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Though he is better known for his love of science, the Bible was Sir Isaac Newton's greatest passion. He devoted more time to the study of Scripture than to science, and said, "I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired. I study the Bible daily." He spent a great deal of time trying to discover hidden messages within the Bible (See Bible code).
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, a once-in-a-millennium scholar, as he has been called, was interviewed by Michael Drosnin, and was asked about the possibility of Bible codes. Noting an odd quirk of the Hebrew Text, he declared, “In the Bible time is reversed. The future is always written in the past tense, and the past is always written in the future tense.” No one knows why, he said.
Turning to the book of Isaiah, he related, “Here, in Isaiah, it says you need to look backwards to see the future.” He went on, “When Isaiah says, ‘Tell the things that are to come hereafter,’ you can translate the same words to read: ‘They told the future backwards.’ In fact, you can translate the same words to read, ‘Tell the letters in reverse.’ It’s like mirror writing” (p.175).
A 3,000 years old tradition states that God dictated the Torah, (i.e. The Law, the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament), to Moses, in a precise letter by letter sequence, and that historic events, past, present and future, are encoded in the Hebrew Scriptures by an encryption system which can be described and unlocked.
During the Middle Ages a famous rabbi, Moses Cordevaro, wrote “The secrets of the Torah are revealed..in the skipping of letters”. In the 18th century the greatest Jewish thinker of his time, Rabbi ElijahSolomon, known as the Vilna Gaon, said“All that was, is, and will be unto the end of time is included in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible”.
Scholars tell us that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible (called the "Torah" or the "Law of Moses") approximately 3500 years ago. Since that time, the Torah has been hand-copied with such amazing attention to detail that there are only a tiny number of differences in various copies of the Torah even after thousands of years. Scholars have long puzzled over this fanatical devotion to maintaining the precise letter-by-letter sequence contained in the original scrolls written by Moses, because no other ancient writings were preserved with this attention to detail. For instance, there are strict procedures which must be followed when scribes copy the Old Testament Scriptures by hand (other than the Torah), but these procedures are far less strict and rigorous than they are for the Torah scrolls. An example in English would be that if we copy a document by hand and accidentally spell the word "color" as "colour," it conveys exactly the same meaning even though we have not accurately copied the word in a letter-by-letter sense. These types of copying errors would be allowed for any Old Testament scroll other than the Torah scrolls, but the Torah scribes must maintain letter-by-letter perfection (see Cracking the Bible Code, Dr. Jeffrey Satinover).
This fanatical devotion to maintaining the exact letter-by-letter sequence when making copies of the Torah is due to an ancient tradition which has been passed down through generations of Jewish rabbis. According to this tradition, the Torah was not just inspired by God, it was actually given to Moses by God in a precise sequence, letter-by-letter, with no punctuation and no spaces. This ancient tradition says that there is encrypted information "hidden" in the Torah, and therefore the letter sequence must be copied perfectly. For example, a prominent rabbi in the eighteenth century known as the "Vilna Gaon" made the following claim:
"All that was, is, and will be unto the end of time is included in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. ... and not merely in a general sense, but including the details of every person individually, and the most minute details of everything that happened to him from the day of his birth until his death; likewise of every kind of animal and beast and living thing that exists, and of herbage, and all that grows or is inert." (Cracking the Bible Code, Dr. Jeffrey Satinover, p.2).
This almost sounds like some kind of myth or legend. However, it demonstrates the ancient belief that there is information "hidden" in code in the words of the Torah, and that this information describes everything that is, was, or ever will be, including the details of the creation of the universe. For this reason, scribes down through the centuries who had the task of hand-copying the Torah were warned that:
"Should you perchance omit or add one single letter from the Torah, you would thereby destroy all the universe." (Cracking the Bible Code, Dr. Jeffrey Satinover, p.4).
Simple Examples of Hidden Information in the Bible
First of all, what is a code? A code is a way of hiding information from certain people while allowing other people (those who understand the code) to see or understand the information.
Many Christians have a hard time believing in the existence of "hidden codes" in the Bible because they say that God reveals information to us in the Bible rather than hiding information. However, this view actually contradicts Scripture, because the Bible specifically says that God hides certain information from people while causing it to be understandable to other people!
Let's take a look at some examples in the Bible, and we will begin to see that there definitely is information hidden in the Bible in a variety of ways:
1. Jesus Himself tells us that God deliberately hides certain information from some people while causing it to be understandable to other people:
"At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children."" (Matthew 11:25)
10. There is a simple type of code that can be created by writing down the letters of the alphabet, and then underneath writing the letters in reverse order like this:
Using this system, we can write the word "TORAH" in code by finding the T in the top row and replacing it with the letter just beneath it (G). Continuing with this substitution we end up with the word "TORAH" being encoded as "GLIZS."
This was a common form of code in ancient Hebrew writings, and it is referred to as "Atbash" (see for example Basic Concepts in Data Encryption). The Bible contains several examples of words written in the Atbash code, such as the following:
"and all the kings of the north, near and far, one after the other--all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. And after all of them, the king of Sheshach will drink it too." (Jeremiah 25:26)
"How Sheshach will be captured, the boast of the whole earth seized! What a horror Babylon will be among the nations!" (Jeremiah 51:41)
"This is what the LORD says: "See, I will stir up the spirit of a destroyer against Babylon and the people of Leb Kamai."" (Jeremiah 51:1)
In Hebrew, the word "Sheshach" is actually the word "Babylon" written in the Atbash code. Similarly, the term "Leb Kamai" is actually the word "Chaldea" (the archaic name of Babylon) written in the Atbash code. The footnotes for Jeremiah 25:26 and Jeremiah 51:41 in the NIV Bible say that "Sheshach is a cryptogram for Babylon." The footnote for Jeremiah 51:1 in the NIV Bible says that "Leb Kamai is a cryptogram for Chaldea, that is, Babylon."
This is another example of hidden information being deliberately encoded in the Bible.
13. Ancient Jewish tradition says that there are "70 gates of wisdom," meaning that there are 70 ways of interpreting the Torah. "Skipping letters" is said to be the 50th way (see Cracking the Bible Code, Dr. Jeffrey Satinover). This refers to a type of code in which words are formed by starting on a particular letter in a document and then skipping, say, every 10 letters until the hidden message is spelled out.
It is given in thy writings of Scripture, although in a hidden manner, ye may observe if ye will look.
-- The Edgar Cayce Companion (Compiled by B. Ernest Frejer) page 173, reading #5747-3
XXXVIII. ....... Concerning which the Lord saith in a mystery: Unless ye make the things of the right hand as those of the left, and those of the left as those of the right, and those that are above as those below, and those that are behind as those that are before, ye shall not have knowedge of the kingdom.
Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
You cannot transpose the same meaning of words from back then, to the meaning that we have today.
[mirror] seed dna bride (*added silent "e" onto "brid")
bird and bees
[mirror] OWN it animul eye (*"i"=eye)
[mirror] r u tame = ARE(r) YOU(u) TAME(tam)
Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
Well,Esoteric, my biggest thing is that when it comes to prophetic books,not sure if this is really what you are addressing on this thread, such as Revelation,one has to put it into perspective.
The present generations' imagination is set aflame by the book of Revelation. However, one needs to realize that the ancient prophets had nothing to compare what they were "seeing" to.
Stop and think about it, something such as the falling of the World Trade Centers would have been considered pretty spectacular to the ancient mind. The weaponry of the modern world would have been, Whew , to the ancient prophet's frame of reference.
My point is, we have to be careful when we start delving into "bible code" and Revelatory prophecies that speak of the "end times" and such.
You may be wondering, "Well what does this have to do with language?" Everything. The ancient prophets didn't have the vocabulary....
I think we should all keep this in mind when dealing with ancient,particularly biblical, prophecy.
Originally posted by wellwhatnow
Is the concept of the code of which you speak, ET, just a bit ethnocentric? I mean to say, does it only work if you look at the Christian Bible printed in English?
Does the same code apply to the Bible printed in Aramaic? Greek? Russian? French?
Please explain how this works for texts printed in other languages,
Originally posted by Esoteric Teacher
Perhaps you are familiar with "The Bible Code"? Perhaps not.
The entire reason for this thread is to introduce you to the idea that the true Bible Code would have a key or "primer" that also is in the bible itself.
I strongly believe that if there is a "Bible Code", that the Bible itself would have to be the key to such a code, if it existed in the first place.
Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
Esoteric, I certainly think that much of the bible came directly from God. Although, any one who is vaguely familiar with some of the things I post will be quick to point out that I do contend that it has been manipulated.
All of that is really beside the point on this thread. I bring it up because you do put heavy reliance on the prophecies being issued from the Godhead. Now, while I must admit that I too do believe that to be the case,it must be duly noted that it was the mind of the prophet that translated the messages from God.
What I am pointing out is that it was not God that transcribed the prophecies. God only revealed, inspired, the prophecies to the prophet.
Originally posted by dAlen
..... but it seems the title would have been better named "Bible Code" vs the, somehwhat, long winded, "Religions' greates "conpiracy." Words & Language. Subliminial influence & Mind Control."
The reason I point this out, is at first glance, only the Bible Code seems to be main focus...however the title is supposed to show the main focus, of which Im not finding any of the points in it popping out. Im sure you cover aspects, hidden in here, but why not just call it Bible Code?