My original comments about Bible Codes from 1999
Real mathematicians have proved the Bible codes are real - and published the results in the appropriate journals. The first paper was published in Statistical Science, Vol. 9, No. 3 by Witzum, Rips and Rosenburg and it is reprinted in Michael Drosnin's book The Bible Code.
The part of the Bible that has been proved to contain code is the Torah, the Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. There is a tradition, part of the oral tradition passed down since those days, that Moses received the book directly from God, in the form of an unbroken series of 304,805 Hebrew characters, fifty days after the Exodus began.
Turning the Torah back into an unbroken string of characters turns out to be the first step in the decoding process. The Hebrew scribes have been unstinting in their resolve to keep the Torah perfect to the letter.
Strict training for scribes takes place in traditional schools with strict and unchanging instructions about how the work is done. If a single mistake were found in a copy of the Torah, then the whole manuscript would be destroyed immediately.
This warning is passed down to each scribe in training: "Should you perchance omit or add one single letter from the Torah, you would thereby destroy all the universe." The Christian New Testament points to this special care at Matthew 5:18, Jesus said: "I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, nor the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law (Torah) until everything is accomplished."
It was probably traditions such as these that convinced a great mathematician like Newton that there was a code hidden within the text. Many Hebrew scholars suspected the same, the Vilna Gaon a prominent 18th century rabbi (Elijah Solomon) wrote; "All that was, is, and will be unto the end of time is included in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible." The Ramban, Rabbi Moses Ben Nachman, claimed that the whole of the history of Israel was contained within The Song of Moses.
However, even for a genius like Newton, the shear size of the task involved in trying to decode a message of 304,805 characters made it impossible for him. One of the few pre-computer successes was by Rabbi H.M.D. Weissmandl of Prague. He discovered that if you take the fiftieth letter of each chapter of the Torah, it is a T, the hundredth is an O, and the hundred and fiftieth is an R, and so on to spell TORAH. This may have been designed as an easy hint for code-breakers, or as part of a verifying 'watermark' to show that the text is accurate.
This is the nature of the code that has been broken; Michael Drosnin in his book about the code used the following example of a coded English phrase with a skip of four letters.
Rips explained that each code is a case of adding every fourth or twelfth or
Once the letters are highlighted the coded message is obvious:
Rips explained that each code is a case of adding every fourth or twelfth or
As in this case, the messages encoded in the Torah are short and scattered, and they are not confined to skips of four or fifty.
By the late 1980's it was possible to write software to run on a personal computer that could reliably, and quickly, resort the whole Torah using varying skip lengths. This process brings letters next to each other that were originally separated by the skip length. This process revealed a new dimension to the coded messages. A good example of this is Michael Drosnin's discovery about Yitzhak Rabin.
Michael obtained the software necessary to search for the hidden messages. He discovered the name of the Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, with a skip length of 4,772.
Presumably, the computer had to search the entire text at every skip length from 1 through to 4772. You might expect that it should arise by chance in that much text, but there was more than just the name.
When the computer skips 4,772 characters each time, it gets from one end of the Torah to the other in 64 skips. It prints that as one line and then takes the second letter and skips through from there. This results in a grid, 4,772 by 64, containing the name Yitzhak Rabin. Inspection revealed the words "assassin will assassinate" going across his name like a crossword. Rabin was warned about the prediction, but he was assassinated a year later. Afterwards the name of the assassin, Amir, was also found to be close-by in the grid.
The early research by Doron Witztum, Eliyahu Rips and Yoav Rosenburg was published in the journal Statistical Science, Vol. 9, No 3, in1994. They first showed that names taken from the Encyclopedia of Great Men in Israel occurred encoded in the Torah, together with the dates of their lives, and the cities they lived in. They further showed that if the text was randomized, or another book used, such as a Hebrew edition of War and Peace, then nothing like it is found. They then calculated the enormous odds against the names occurring as they do by random chance.
Although it was proved mathematically, many people still refuse to believe it, preferring to rely on common sense. It would be almost impossible to write a book coded in this way, but definitely impossible to include precise details of future events. The code appears to be a miracle that has been time-locked into the Bible, waiting until the computer age.
We are indebted to Michael Drosnin for running interesting word searches and for publishing the results. Although many Hebrew academics are working on the codes they have not published very much so far. All the following examples are from Michael's book The Bible Code. The vocabulary, and dates, in the code are generally in the same format as would be used in present day Hebrew newspapers.
Code about the Code
1] Encoded in Exodus 32:16-17, where it says 'And the tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets' are the words IT WAS MADE BY COMPUTER.
2] Deuteronomy 12:11-17 has encoded within it, BIBLE (TANAKH - Old Testament) CODE with SEALED BEFORE GOD crossing it.
3] Between Genesis 41:46 and Deuteronomy 28:8 there is encoded HE ENCODED THE TORAH AND MORE.
4] Coded into Daniel 12:4-6 where it says 'shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end' is the word COMPUTER also 1997 (5757 in Hebrew). Daniel also contains FOR YOU THE HIDDEN SECRETS.
5] NEWTON is coded into Numbers with GRAVITY crossing it.
6] Encoded into Numbers and Deuteronomy is ATOMIC HOLOCAUST, JAPAN, 1945. HIROSHIMA is spelled out with a skip interval of 1,945. There is also HIROSHIMA TO END SHOOTING WHOLE WORLD, this occurs in Genesis where it states 'And it repented the Lord that he had made man upon the Earth and it grieved him in his heart.'
7] HITLER is encoded in Genesis together with NAZI AND ENEMY, EVIL MAN and SLAUGHTER.
8] PRESIDENT KENNEDY, TO DIE and DALLAS are coded together within Genesis.
9] Numbers and Deuteronomy contain OSWALD and NAME OF THE ASSASSIN WHO WILL ASSASSINATE also RUBY and HE WILL KILL THE ASSASSIN.
10] Exodus contains R.F. KENNEDY, S.SIRHAN, and SECOND RULER WILL BE KILLED.
11] In Genesis is coded, SHOEMAKER LEVY, WILL POUND JUPITER, 8TH AV (July 16th). Jupiter occurs twice, once as a transliteration of the English name, and once as ZEDEC the Hebrew name. [picture]
12] In the Book of Isaiah the comet is named again; SHOEMAKER LEVY occurs with JUPITER.
13] In Deuteronomy WORLD WAR and ATOMIC HOLOCAUST both occur with two dates 2000 and 2006. There is also IT WILL STRIKE THEM, TO DESTROY, ANNIHILATE crossing WORLD WAR.
14] From Genesis 44:4 to Exodus 10:16 there is encoded ARMAGEDDON in the Hebrew form of Harn Megiddo (Mount Mediggo) now the site of an Israeli Airbase. Also there is ASAD HOLOCAUST (Asad is Syria's president) and SHOOTING FROM THE MILITARY POST.
15] 9TH OF AV IS THE DAY OF THE THIRD occurs coded into Numbers. Jerusalem has twice been destroyed on this date. ARIEL the ancient name of Jerusalem is also there and so is WORLD WAR.
16] THE NEXT WAR occurs coded into a section of Genesis and Numbers with ANOTHER WILL DIE, AV, PRIME MINISTER.
17] Exodus through to Deuteronomy contains a section of code that includes PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU, BIBI, ELECTED, FOR THE GREAT HORROR, SURELY HE WILL BE KILLED, MURDERED.
18] DINOSAUR is encoded between Genesis and Deuteronomy crossed with DRAGON and ASTEROID.
19] KOBE JAPAN, FIRE EARTHQUAKE, THE BIG ONE, 1995, occur within the text of Numbers and Deuteronomy.
20] In Leviticus there is CHINA, GREAT EARTHQUAKE, 1976.
21] GREAT EARTHQUAKE is encoded through Exodus and Deuteronomy with the dates 2000 and 2006.
22] JAPAN is encoded in Leviticus 14:18 with GREAT EARTHQUAKE and the years 2000 and 2006 appear just below in Leviticus 27:23.
23] ECONOMIC COLLAPSE encoded between Exodus 20:9 and Deuteronomy 11:6. EARTHQUAKE STRUCK JAPAN is just below.
24] L.A. CALIF, 2010, GREAT EARTHQUAKE occurs encoded twice in the Torah, in different places, one of which also includes FIRE.
25] Exodus contains YEAR OF THE PLAGUE crossed by ISRAEL and JAPAN.
27] 2010 is another year encoded with COMET and DAYS OF HORROR cross 2010, DARKNESS and GLOOM cross Comet.
28] The year 2012 also appears with COMET, again in Deuteronomy, also IT WILL BE CRUMBLED I WILL TEAR IT TO PIECES and EARTH ANNIHILATED.