Yah’s Digital Fingerprint
by Chris Egbert
Hebrew is called Lashon Hakodesh, the Holy Tongue. In every language words have meaning. But only in Scriptural Hebrew do even the individual letters possess meaning. Together, they imbue every word with a cumulative essence. Hebrewisms found in the New Testament, along with quotes from historical figures like the Greek historian Eusebius, who in the third century asserted Matthew wrote his gospel in Hebrew, attest to the New Testament having initially been penned in the Holy Tongue. But the Most High, knowing the end from the beginning, saw that the Greek manuscripts alone would survive two millennia of antisemitism. So He placed His fingerprints on every page in both Testaments.
Hebrew and Greek assign numerical value to each letter. The study of these numerical values is called Gematria, which constitutes only one of many ways in which the Creator has set His seal upon the Bible. This article will delve into a few of what I like to call digital fingerprints. These Divine fingerprints should prove to anyone possessing a modicum of understanding about the laws of probability, that the Holy Scriptures are Divinely inspired. These codes and cyphers are not meant to diminish the life-changing significance of the plain text meaning of every verse, but to authenticate them. For on each page the Most High, who is a Master mathematician and cryptologist, has employed both ciphers and codes—from micro to macro—to prove His authorship. This article will explore some of the different types.
The Elegance of Design
Did you know that the Hebrew word for pregnancy is haryon (hay, resh, yod, vav, noon). Its gematrical value is 271, the number of days in a normal pregnancy. Shaneh (shin, noon, chet), the Hebrew word for year has the gematrical value of 355, the number of days in a Hebrew lunar year.
Consider this amazing connection: Ozen, the Hebrew word for ear (which science in the late 19th century discovered controls balance) is derived from the Hebrew root for, you guessed it, balance.
In Leviticus 25:13, Scripture says, “In the Jubilee year you shall return each man to his ancestral heritage.” The word “return” in this passage is “teshuvu”. It’s usually spelled “tav, shin, vav, vet, vav”, but here, in this specific passage about the Jubilee year, the first “vav” is omitted. Why? It’s a sign! A prophetic sign! God inspired Moses to write it just this way in order to draw our attention to it. He wanted to force serious Bible students to dig deeper here. How do we know? We know because Hebrew letters are also numbers. And in 1948, the Land of Israel was returned to its rightful owners the Jewish people. The Jewish calendar date that corresponds to 1948 is 5, 708 (the 5 signifying the 5th millennium), and the numerical value of “tashuvu” without that first vav equals 708! Coincidence? Not a chance! God is a master code writer!
Perfection Or Completeness
Heptadic Structure is the recurrence of the number seven or one of its multiples found throughout Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. There are seven days of creation, seven days (Gen 7:10) before the flood waters came, seven Feasts of Yahweh, seven lamps of the Menorah, seven Spirits of God, seven churches, seven trumpets, seven seals and thunders in Revelations, just to name a few. But now let us scratch the surface of Scripture for the number seven at a bit deeper level.
More Sevens in Scripture
Hosanna appears 1 time in the Old Testament and 6 times in the New, which equals 7.
The phrase “the stone which the builders rejected” appears 1 time in the Old Testament and 6 times in the New, which equals 7.
“Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself,” appears 1 time in the Old Testament and 6 in the New, and it equals 7.
And the phrase “uncircumcision of the heart,” appears 6 times in the Old Testament and 1 time in the New, also equalling 7.
Multiples of Seven In Scripture
Now let’s look at some phrases with cumulative values equaling sums that are multiples of seven.
Hallelujah occurs 24 times in the Old Testament and 4 times in the New. That equals 28, which is 7 X 4.
Shepherd appears 12 times in the Old Testament and 9 times in the New. That equals 21, which is 7 X 3.
Jehovah Sabaoth appears 285 times in the Old Testament 2 times in the New. That equals 287, which is 7 X 41.
Issac appears 112 times in the Old Testament and 14 times in the New. That equals 126, which is 7 X18.
Aaron is listed 443 times in the Old Testament and 5 times in the New. That equals 448, which is 7X 64.
There are hundreds of more examples of the number seven, or one of its multiples, being used throughout Scripture, but I won’t belabor that point. For the greater point is this: Long before there were computers, thirty-six authors, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, numerically connected, not only the individual books, but He numerically connected the Old and New Testaments. Now that is design!
Equidistant Letter Sequencing
For over a thousand years Jewish sages have been searching out the hidden codes found in the TORAH. Today, aided by computers, cryptologist can debunk the myth that the Bible is simply a collection of Jewish fables. And not just because with the aid of the computer they can easily search Scripture at predetermined intervals, termed equidistant letter sequencing (ELS), and discover incredible finds, words and names that are spelled out. Any book with a sizable enough word count can produce various words through the process of ELS. This “ambient noise” is intrinsic to language. Its occurrence needs no deliberate intent. But the relevance of the words that cluster around specific passages in scripture has never been reproduced using any volume of literature, except the Bible!
Forty-nine is seven squared. Scripture instructs us to count 49 days from First Fruits to Shavuot, and in Leviticus 25:8 we’re instructed to count seven Sabbaths of years. Using an ELS of 49, researchers have produced remarkable results. For if you start at Genesis, Chapter 38, and count every 49th letter, you’ll discover five names spelled out: Perez, Boaz, Obed, Jesse, and David. They all cluster about the story of Judah and Tamar, who begot Perez.
According to Dr. Chuck Missler, the odds of David’s lineage showing up are estimated at about 1 in 65,000. But the fact that it shows up in a chronological order of descent raises those odds to 1 in over 800,000.
Numerous equidistant letter sequences, called Torah Codes, have been found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. Dr Chuck Missler’s 500 page tomb, “Cosmic Codes, Hidden Messages From The Edge Of Eternity” includes only some of those which have been discovered. The one I am about to discuss was discovered in 1982.
Dr. Eli Rips of the Institute of Mathematics at Hebrew University, Dr. Moshe Katz of the Haifa Technion, and Dr. Witzum used computers to continue a search first begun during World War II, by Rabbi Weissmandl. These researchers were searching for occurrences of the word Israel (yod, shin, resh, aleph, lamed) anywhere in the first 10,000 letters in Genesis. They searched at an equidistance from less than 100 to more than 100 and discovered that the word “Israel” occurred twice, once at an interval of 7, another at an interval of 50 (Jubilee). Finding “Israel” at these two significant intervals is amazing!
The probability of “Israel” occurring once was 1 in 1,200, twice raised that to 1 in 400,000. But WHERE this ELS occurred made their discovery phenomenal. For both instances clustered between Genesis 1:31 and Genesis 2:3, the section of Scripture that contains the words recited every Friday night during Kiddush. It’s this passage that has been used by observant Jews for more than two-thousand years to sanctify the Sabbath, which God said was to be a sign forever between himself and Israel.
VOCABULARY By Design
In Cosmic Codes Dr. Chuck Missler challenges his readers to try to design a genealogy (fiction or non-fiction) that meets even some of the following criteria.
The number of words must be devisable by seven (no remainders).
The number of letters must be devisable by seven.
The number of both vowels and consonants must be devisable by seven.
The number of words beginning with a vowel must be devisable by seven.
The number of words beginning with a consonant must be devisable by seven.
The number of words that occur more than once must be devisable by seven.
The number of words that occur in more than one form must be devisable by seven.
The number of words that occur in only one form must be devisable by seven.
The number of nouns must be devisable by seven.
The number of male names must be devisable by seven.
The number of generations must be 21 (a multiple of 7).