Your faith is worth more than gold
~ 1 Peter 1:7
The discovery of significant words spelled out at equidistant skip sequences of letters in the original text of the Hebrew Bible is powerful evidence that the Bible is a work of God rather than a work of men.
God’s way of righteousness is by faith in Jesus Christ. Faith implies a decision to trust, without proof. For those who take that step God sends the Holy Spirit to make the Bible come alive and He takes the believer on a journey where faith grows and matures. We have an opportunity to increase faith when we comprehend what has been called the Torah Code, an underlying pattern of words spelled out at equidistant skip sequences throughout the original text of the Hebrew Bible.
An example …
Using the Masoretic text we find the word TORAH spelled out at equidistant letter skip sequences at the start of the books of Genesis, Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
The Hebrew word TORAH (meaning “law) is the title rabbis use to describe the first five books of the Bible, the Law of Moses.
Finding this pattern does not mystify the Bible. It is simply there. It is a fact. It can be checked by counting the letters manually or with computer programs. That the pattern is there is remarkable. It occurs too many times to be considered a coincidence. It is an indication – a seal so to speak – of divine authorship.
The first word in Genesis 1:1 is BERESHEET (“In the beginning.”):
The last letter of this Hebrew word is a tav:
Tav is the first letter of the word TORAH:
Count seven times seven letters, or 49 characters, from that tav. The 50th letter in the Hebrew text is vav – the second letter in the word TORAH:
Keep going in this way, every 50th letter, and TORAH is spelled out. In the book of Exodus, starting with the first occurrence of the letter tav, the word TORAH is spelled out in the same way.
Do the same exercise in the fourth and fifth books of the Bible – Numbers and Deuteronomy – and we find the same phenomenon, except that the word TORAH is spelled backwards; pointing inwards, so to speak.
What about Leviticus, the middle book of the first five books of the Bible?
In that book we find spelled out the Hebrew word that represents the name of God:
Starting with the first letter yud, skipping seven letters and counting the eighth, we find the word YHWH, which some people transliterate into English as Yahweh or Jehovah (but see our video teaching "The name of God" for a fuller explanation).
It is impossible that this could have happened by chance. The only conclusion is that the Spirit of God directed the men who wrote the text. As you will see in the next section computer searches have discovered other word codes pointing to events that have occurred in history.
This is not numerology. It is not using the Bible to predict the future. God tells us not to do that.
Let no one be found among you who ... practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord …”
The plain text of the Bible gives warnings of events to occur in the last days but we are told that no-one can predict the time of the end. We should not try to be predictive. Prophecy is given for two reasons:
Events occur that were foretold in the Bible – such as the regathering of Israel to the Promised Land – and we realise that only God could have known these things. Our faith is reinforced.
When we see predicted events unfold it is a signal to be ready – to be taking God seriously.
Being aware of the Torah code simply confirms that our trust in the Word of God stands upon a sure foundation.
The existence of the word TORAH embedded at an equidistant skip sequence in the Hebrew text was uncovered by rabbis long ago. They counted the letters by hand.
The Bible is unique. It carries the seal of God
However, in the last 20 years, using computers, a dazzling complexity of word codes has been found.
Of course, in any large enough sample of text a computer can find words at equidistant letter skip sequences. That would not be noteworthy. But when a word like TORAH occurs as it does, and in the way that it does, in the opening books of the Bible, it cannot be dismissed as coincidental. The odds against it are too great.
In recent years what has been done with computers is to search the Bible text for a word such as, say, Hitler. In this case, it was found within a passage in Deuteronomy 10, counting every twenty-second letter. The computer program is then set to find related words, such as nazi, enemy, slaughter and evil man. All these words were found in the same portion of Bible text at varying skip sequences. The odds of such a phenomenon happening by chance can be calculated and they are astronomical.
The mathematicians who have been working on this project applied the process to texts other than the Bible. They ran the computer model on the Hebrew translation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace and on the Talmud. The code only shows up in the Hebrew Bible.
Thousands of related word groups have been discovered embedded in the Hebrew text. By way of example here is a small sample of words which are grouped together:
- Man on moon – spaceship – Apollo 13
- Shakespeare – Macbeth – Hamlet – stage
- Hussein – scuds – missile – war
- Rabin – assassin – Amir – Tel Aviv
- Edison – electricity – light bulb
- President Kennedy – to die – Dallas
- French revolution – Bastille – Louis
The mathematics and computer studies have been rigorously tested since the early 1990’s and the evidence is irrefutable. An article on the phenomenon by three world-renowned mathematicians passed an unprecedented three reviews before being published in the authoritative journal, Statistical Science, in 1994.
The Bible is unique. It carries the seal of God.
Torah code reveals the Messiah
Also revealed in skip sequences in the Hebrew Bible is the Hebrew name of Jesus, YESHUA:
- Example 1:
Starting with the yud in BERESHEET, the first word in Genesis 1:1, and skipping 521 letters consecutively, the phrase is spelled out: YESHUA YAKOL, meaning: “Jesus is able.”
- Example 2:
The book of Leviticus gives instruction on blood sacrifices to cover sin. They all point to Jesus’ perfect sacrifice on the cross. Leviticus also describes rules for the priests and for the High Priest. Jesus is our great High Priest.
Leviticus 21:10 says: “And the High Priest, the one among his brothers who has had the anointing oil poured on his head ...”
Starting with the heh, the second letter in the Hebrew: VE HA’COHEN HA’GADOL, “And the high priest ...” and counting every third letter, reveals the phrase: HAIN DAM YESHUA, meaning: “Behold the blood of Jesus.”
- Example 3:
Isaiah 53 is one of the great passages in the Hebrew Bible pointing to the work and person of the Messiah.
Isaiah 53:8-10 reads:
By oppression and judgment He was taken away. And who can speak of His descendants? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of My people He was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though the Lord makes His life a guilt offering, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in His hand.”
Embedded in this passage is the phrase YESHUA SHMI (meaning “Jesus is My name.”)
It is found by starting at the second yud in the word YARIK – “He shall prolong” – in verse 10, and counting back through the verses every twentieth letter.
God is calling Israel to recognise their Messiah
For more on the Torah code and other design phenomena in the original languages of the Scriptures see the video seminar at www.thelivingword.org.au
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