- Important Bible Verses – Important Interpretations
- Predictions about Jesus
- Bible Numerics
- The First Seven Words of The Bible
- What Do Certain Numbers Symbolize in The Bible?
- The Concealed Mathematical Code of the Bible
- The Testimony of the Bible as the Word of God?
- The Bible Numerics Prove the Right Translation
- Important Bible Verses – Important Interpretations
A few words to start
I selected this set of Bible verses from my many articles. When reading these articles you will find that interpretation is not always easy. Originally, I thought I would just write down the ten most important verses, but I soon noticed, I wasn’t able to settle for just ten. The word of God is important throughout. Some of the verses, when you study them more closely, lead to very significant conclusions.
Doctrinally important change in my thinking brought these verses: Who [God] will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Tim 2:4) … ” My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure; … yes, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.” (Isa 46:10-11). Have you yourself thought what God means here?
First of all, I realized that God had an advance plan to act. God does not only hope that it would be nice if everyone were saved. God works to fulfill his will. Nothing can prevent the will of God. What was the doctrinal problem I had to study? For two thousand years, the teaching of the churches (which helped the Church to keep the members under control and in the right faith) has been: if you do not believe rightly, you will go to hell, which is eternal and endless torture in the lake of fire. Is it right that our Creator would send his children to eternal torture? God’s fire will purify us of the filth of sin, but is it an eternal torture for some?
In my writings, I show that the Greek word for aion and aionius and aïdios and Hebrew owlam do not mean eternal, endless time. See the reasoning at the end of this article. I feel that God has set a ‘trap’ in the Scriptures to the Bible scholars to see if we can identify the verses by which God reveals that the literal interpretation of the Bible is not the best or even possible.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isa 55:9)
If you have read all my articles in the Bible Concealed, you have noticed that in many places I ask: Why God? In my recent update on the Last Judgment, I write about God’s Advanced Plan. God has planned everything in advance. He had even planned to have his Son crucified as part of his solution for the future of mankind. We humans do not understand everything God has done and will do in the future. If only we admit it and would try to live every day according to God’s will.
For we are God’s co-workers; (1 Cor 3:9)
Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians is very significant. Paul tells us how he has, like a skillful builder, laid the foundation, and another man builds on that foundation, but this builder should look at what kind of house he is building. 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” People’s works will be revealed because it is revealed in fire; and the fire itself will test what sort of work each man’s work is.
3:14 If any man’s work remains which he built on it, he will receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work is burned, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, but as through fire.”.
– Here is the description of human salvation; the foundation of life must be built upon Christ. The evil deeds of men and, of course, the good ones, will come to light when the fire will test him after judgment. However, man is saved as if through fire.
Before that, however, there is a verse that has been missed by many. And if anyone has noticed, he has not figured out its significance. 3:9 ” For we are God’s co-workers; You are God’s farming, God’s building.” Who does Paul say we are God’s co-workers? And who are the “Farmland of God” and “God’s Buildings”?
Let’s start from the very beginning. God created man in His own image. Surely it wasn’t God’s idea that it would be nice just to watch people walk in paradise. Something more important he had reserved for man. Then followed the Fall. As a result of it, God gave His only Son to redeem mankind from the power of Satan. Then in the near future: The Son of God will come and establish the Millennial kingdom.
Then the last judgment will be read to each resurrected person. People will be purified of all sin. They are ready to act in the role God gives for them. Think! They will be God’s co-workers. Paul (who originally was the greatest enemy of Christendom) and the apostles were already in his lifetime such co-workers. The participants of the first resurrection will receive the gift of eternal life at their resurrection, and they will be God’s and Jesus’ co-workers in the same way the apostles once did. However, I made a bold interpretation that the saved ones of the second resurrection, who will also receive eternal life, will join the other God’s co-workers to carry out the tasks given them by God.
The devil said to him [Jesus], “I will give you all this authority, and their glory, for it has been delivered to me; and I give it to whomever I want. (Luk 4:6)
The Bible calls Satan “King of this world” (or prince). For example, John 16:11 “about judgment, because the prince of this world has been judged”. Why has God given all the authority of the Earth to Satan? Why didn’t God destroy Satan as soon as his disobedience to God became clear? We don’t always understand God’s far-sighted thoughts. Isaiah has written to us the message of God: For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isa 55:9).
I reasoned: To become God’s co-worker in the kingdom of God, man must prove that he has made the right choice. Most choose to live the worldly way yearning to the pleasures it offers, everything that Satan can offer. One who chooses to obey the kingdom of God and the gospel of Christ is acceptable to God.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, (1 Tim 2:5)
This is the Bible verse that the Catholics do not seem to have read. In their opinion, Virgin Mary, except being the Eternal Virgin and the Mother of God, is also the Mediator between man and God. The Catholic doctrine says that “at the end of her earthly life her body was raised directly into Heaven; this is known in the Christian West as the Assumption. Pope John Paul II‘s 1987 encyclical Redemptoris Mater began with the sentence: “The Mother of the Redeemer has a precise place in the plan of salvation.” It does not seem to matter that the Bible states that no one except Jesus has ascended in heaven. The Third Ecumenical Ecclesiastical Assembly has raised Mary to the title of the Divine Mother in 431.
According to the Catholic Church, Mary was taken to heaven with her body, which in 1950 was declared a dogma (Assumtion Mariae). The Catholic Church meetings, unlike the Bible, interpreting the Bible in their own way, have raised Jesus Christ to God while God the Father made Jesus as ‘merely’ Lord and Christ.
Jesus Christ – the Man
There are two important things in the Bible verse above: There is only one mediator between God and man. He is Jesus Christ. Catholics are confident that the mother of Jesus, Virgin Mary, is also an important mediator in heaven. She is being given prayer requests even though they should be addressed to Jesus. Mary is lying dead in her grave, waiting for the resurrection.
Another, perhaps even more significant, observation: Jesus Christ is a human being in heaven. He was born as a human, he lived a human life, died as a human being and ascended in heaven as a human.
For you have made him [man] a little lower than God, and crowned him with glory and honor; (Psa 8:5)
Who is this, which is spoken of almost a god? It is the man God created in his own image. Man has had to experience a long course of development from almost a God to almost an outcast. When God’s plan is realized, man will regain his role as God’s co-worker and Son of God, the brother of Christ.
For since death came by man, the resurrection of the dead also came by man. (1 Cor 15:21).
So then as through one trespass, all men were condemned; even so through one act of righteousness, all men were justified to life. For as through the one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one [man] will many be made righteous (Rom 5:18-19).
No one has ascended into heaven, but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven. (Joh 3:13).
The common misconception is that, upon death, good people will enter heaven and the evil ones will go to hell. The dead are looking at their relatives on Earth from heaven. If people had common sense and power of deduction, they could wonder: 1) How is it possible that some get to heaven and others go to hell without any judgment 2) How is it possible that those who have come to heaven will stay there when Jesus returns to the Earth in accordance with his promise to rule the Millennial kingdom. 3) When the last judgment is given, do people in heaven then have to return to Earth for judgment?
The most famous person who should be in heaven is the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the Eternal Virgin and the Mother of God. More than a billion people believe this and direct their prayers to Mary in heaven. However, Mary has not ascended in heaven because “no one” has risen there except Jesus Christ. Not even Abraham, whom God called his friend. Nor has King David who was a man in God’s liking. NO ONE!
who [God] desires all people to be saved and come to full knowledge of the truth. (1Tim. 2:4) … My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure; … I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. (Isa 46:10-11)
So God wants all people to be saved. According to the next verse, God assures that he will do what he has spoken. “For God so loved the world, that he gave one His only Son [to be crucified]” (John 3:16). Is this God’s solution by which God will save the whole world?
As Jesus resurrected and ascended into heaven, he appeared to the Pharisee Saul who was a persecutor of Christians. Saul was on his way to Damascus to arrest Christians and deliver them to Jerusalem for judgment. What did Jesus do? He appeared to Saul in a bright light that blinded Saul and converted him to Christianity by force, totally against his will. Saul became the most prolific writer of the New Testament and the apostle of the nations, especially in the eastern part of the Roman Empire.
In my writings in the chapter the Last Judgment, I ponder God’s punishment; at its extremes, it could be annihilation i.e. the eternal destruction and separation from the presence of God, and universalism, according to which everyone will eventually be saved. How could God’s punishment be possible in the light of this Bible verse, that those who receive the judgment will suffer forever in the torment of the fiery lake?
For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (Joh 3:16)
Although the death of the innocent man on the cross is a dramatic event, we know that it did not bring repentance to the whole world and turn people to faith. Only a small part of humanity are devout believers. So how will God fulfill his will to save everyone? Has God given all people equal opportunities for salvation? How could it even be possible as God gave people a different amount of faith for each one?
Universalists believe that God also loves those who do not believe in Christ. An example of such people is Paul, who at first was a cruel persecutor of Christians. He was forced to convert into Christianity.
The question that the universalists are asking is: doesn’t God love all people enough that he would convert also those who do not believe? Throughout the existence of Christianity, it has been believed that salvation requires faith in Christ, even if the conversion takes place at the last minute when the destruction of the Lord’s day is swallowing a large part of humanity. The question is specifically about the part of mankind that has not even had the opportunity to choose.
The Bible does offer the possibility of salvation for those who have not heard of Christ, but whose conscience defends the human being on the basis that man follows a similar law of neighbor’s love as Christians. However, there are billions of people who have not been given the opportunity to choose Christ and whom their community has forced to act contrary to the word of the Bible.
As God has predetermined certain people to be Christ’s own, one can ask whether God has chosen some people for destruction i.e. the people to whom God has not given faith or even the possibility of knowing the Bible.
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without blemish before him in love; having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire, (Eph 1:4-5)
But he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other cities also. For this reason, I have been sent.” (Luk 4:43)
Whom does Jesus save? Does Jesus only save those who believe in him, as John says in the verse 3:16?
The Apostle Paul considered it important to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom of God so vigorously that he warned: “But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you any gospel other than that which we preached to you, let him be cursed”. (Gal 1:8)
The contents of the gospel are explained by the three evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke in almost identical terms and John added his own perspective. And yet, the content and meaning of the kingdom of God is unknown to many. At the moment, in the Kingdom of God, there is a multitude of angels as well as one man, the Son of God, Jesus Christ. There will soon be new members in the Kingdom of God as the participants of the first resurrection are joined to it.
These Saints will rule under Christ’s control of the Millennium kingdom of Christ on Earth and after the last judgment condemns with the Saints all the new resurrected. When Christ has brought all people in his kingdom under his authority, he gives back all power to God the Father. Until then, the kingdom of God is the heavenly administration under Christ. Those who have received a positive verdict will not only be subordinate to the Kingdom of God, they will be Christ’s brothers and sisters, and God’s co-workers.
God’s definition is that He is eternal – without beginning and without end. God is not born, nor has anyone created him. He is the only one who is eternal.
I am Jehovah, and there is none else; besides me there is no God. (Isa 45:5)
This is what God spoke through Isaiah. God Jehovah does not speak anything of a triune godhead. Not a word that his Son and the Holy Spirit would also be part of the divinity. Christ was found to be one person of the Triune God only in the 300’s. Similarly, the Holy Spirit was joined to the divinity a few decades later. The Triune God is rooted in paganism; Jesus did not speak of it, nor did his disciples. As for Christianity, the entire Triune God is the invention of the Catholic Church.
”yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we live through him.” (1 Cor 8:6).
Paul clearly defines God: We have only one God, the Father. Paul continues: and (we have) one Lord Jesus Christ. In this way, there is no way that God can be understood this way: We have one God who consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Paul had the opportunity to define God this way if he was of this opinion. Neither did Jesus Christ himself say he was God, but the Shema “God is one” was confirmed by the early Israelis. Deu 6:4: “Shema Jisrael, Adonai Elohenu Adonai Echad” – Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
”before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me”. (Isa 43:10)
This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ. (Joh 17:3)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ; (Eph 1:3)
The three Bible verses above confirm God as one, the Father. The Ephesian letter still states that God the Father is the God of Jesus Christ. Can God Have God? God the Father made his son Jesus, not to be God, but Lord and Christ.
Everything that happens in the world takes place according to God’s advance plan:
that they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none besides me: I am Jehovah, and there is no one forming light, and creating darkness; making peace, and creating evil. I am Jehovah, who does all these things. (Isa 45:6-7)
For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself. (Joh 5:26)
Most Christians believe in the Triune God. According to it the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are equal in divinity. The mathematical testimony of the triune divinity is: 1 + 1 + 1 = 1, not 3. The fact that Jesus Christ himself testified that God is one, i.e. the Father, has no importance. There are three god persons. To prove this, verses from the Bible have been presented, which when examined in more detail, prove something quite different. For example Joh 20:28
Thomas answered him [Jesus], “My Lord and my God!” If you read only this verse, one may well conclude that Thomas says to Jesus that Jesus is his Lord and God. But if you read three verses forward, the truth is revealed: (John 20:31) but these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.
Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake. (Joh 14:10-11)
John seems to attach importance to this assurance of Jesus because he uses two verses. Jesus does not want to prove his own divinity, but to explain that God the Father is behind his deeds. Jesus explains: ”For I spoke not from myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. I know that his commandment is eternal life. The things therefore which I speak, even as the Father has said to me, so I speak.” (Joh 12:49-50) And these too: ”For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.” “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me”. (Joh 6:38, 7:16)
Isn’t Jesus part of the Almighty Triune God? If he were God himself, he would probably have had words and deeds of his own, and he would not have to rely on God the Father. At the Church synod, Jesus was found to be not only a human being, but also a God. In fact, I am not a supporter of such doctrine, but I have said that Jesus is definitely a human being. The humanity of Jesus is also found in the following verse: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, (1 Tim 2:5)
having become so much better than the angels, as he has inherited a more excellent name than they have. Heb 1:4
Hebrews (2: 9) states that Jesus states that he was made “a little lower than the Angels.” That’s the way we humans are. When Jesus ascended in heaven after his resurrection, God raised him to “much better than the angels”. I was once reflecting on the problems related to this issue and the question arose: if Jesus was God in heaven before he was born on Earth, why did God have to raise Jesus when he returned to heaven? Why did not God (the Father) and Holy Spirit just say “welcome back and take your place as a member of the Triune God”. On the whole, how can God be raised? – Hope you didn’t get upset about what I said. My intention was not to make a mockery of the Triune God. If you read my writings related to this topic, you will understand why I believe God is just one. This is also what Jesus believed.
No one can come to me [Jesus] unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day. (Joh 6:44)
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn’t fade away, reserved in heaven for you, (1 Pet 1:3-4)
Word of God
I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book, if anyone adds to them, may God add to him the plagues which are written in this book. If anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, may God take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book. (Rev 22:18-19).
”We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” (1 Joh 5:19).
even he whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn’t receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (2 The 2:9-11)
The devil, leading him up on a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. The devil said to him, “I will give you all this authority, and their glory, for it has been delivered to me; and I give it to whomever I want. If you therefore will worship before me, it will all be yours.” (Luk 4:5-7)
Why has God given the Earth and its nations to Satan? God wants all people to know Him and be saved. Wouldn’t it have been better for God to destroy Satan? But remember: Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
in whom the god of this world [i.e. Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn on them. (2 Cor 4:4)
Satan is still the “god of this world.” Satan is called by many names that describe his many attempts to prevent people from believing in Jesus Christ. God has allowed him to act almost without limit, but it will end when Jesus comes the second time and establishes his Millennial Kingdom. Then Satan will be bound and his assistant Antichrist and the false prophet will be thrown into the lake of fire.
Most assuredly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these will he do; because I am going to my Father. (Joh 14:12)
Jesus testified that God the Father was behind all the miracles of Jesus. When Jesus promises that the people who believe in him will have the power to make more significant works than Jesus did, it means that the power of God will be available to members of the Kingdom of heaven. That power comes from faith. Jesus said in Matthew 21:21: ”Most assuredly I tell you, if you have faith, and don’t doubt, you will not only do what is done to the fig tree, but even if you told this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it would be done.”
For what purpose someone in God’s kingdom might need such forces, I still can’t say.
“For whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Mat 12:50)
Man was created in the image of God as Christ is at the moment, but man is not yet. Those people who are doing the will of God, Christ recognizes his brothers and sisters, or his mother. It can happen either after the first resurrection, or else after the second resurrection after the promulgation of the judgment of God.
”For whom the Lord loves, he chastens, And scourges every son whom he receives.” (Heb 12:6)
Chastisement is instructive and educating. It educates man mentally and prepares him to join the kingdom of God. Those reproached in this way will not be condemned with the world at the final judgment.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new. (2 Kor 5:17)
When man is in faith, he has become a new creation. He has received the seal of God, which protects him from tribulations of the last times.
Therefore don’t be anxious, saying, ‘What will we eat?’, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘With what will we be clothed?’ For after all these things the nations seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. (Mat 6:31-33)
Today, people agonize with livelihood and having money enough is their greatest concern. Jesus also sent his disciples to preach the Kingdom of God. The journey was made without suitcases and a big bag of money, trusting that God would take care of their daily needs. When the rich young man asked Jesus what he should do to enter the Kingdom of God, Jesus urged him to sell everything and give the money to the poor. The young man did not have enough faith that God would take care of him and he went away sorrowful.
… but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God. (Rom 2:29)
At the time of the early church, there were uncertainties about the correct attitude towards the new converts from paganism to Christianity and also Jewish Christians. Do you need to do circumcision for those who are converted, many of whom were old people? What food was it good to eat? To what extent should the converts comply with the Jewish regulations? And so on. Paul did not require the hundreds of rules and ordinances of the Jews to be followed by the converts. They would be Jewish internally. Israel thus became “Israel of God”. Israel of God is made up of all those believers who are in Christ and recognize Him as Lord and Christ.
.. in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed (1 Cor 15:52)
… It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. (1 Cor. 15:44 )
In the first resurrection, the believers who have died in Christ during the first two millennia will rise first. Immediately after these, Christ’s own who are alive, will change and ascend in the clouds to meet Christ who is coming. If faith is strong enough, such a person can have a share in the first resurrection; these resurrected will not have to participate in the Last Judgment.
The second resurrection takes place a thousand years after the first one. It is also called the resurrection of judgment because all, who are dead, are judged according to their deeds.
”For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like God’s angels in heaven.” (Mat 22:30)
The Creed talks about ‘resurrection of the body’, but the human physical body does not resurrect. The resurrection body is spiritual, not flesh and blood. After the death of man, the spirit has been with God in heaven. I cannot answer the question whether the spirit in heaven with God waiting for the final judgment is in a conscious state or unconscious.
Jesus answered him, “Most assuredly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, [again, from above] he can’t see the Kingdom of God.” (Joh 3:3)
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Mat 7:21)
Most assuredly I tell you, among those who are born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptizer; yet he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. (Mat 11:11)
“The Kingdom of God doesn’t come with observation;” (Luk 17:20)
At present, the Kingdom of God is in heaven, and there are God, a great number of angels, and Jesus Christ, the only man. They are all in the spirit body. The kingdom of heaven can only be accessed through the resurrection. The above Matthew 11:11 shows how tough the requirements are in accessing the kingdom of heaven. According to our measure, John the Baptist who made the way to Jesus is a commendable believer. However, Matthew says that even the least in the kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist. John the Baptist is according to my interpretation, still waiting for the resurrection and access to the Kingdom of God.
Getting in the Kingdom of God is much more difficult than achieving salvation. Those who enter the kingdom of God form a small group and are involved in the first resurrection. A much larger group will be saved in the last judgment given after the second resurrection. This small crowd, the so-called saints, reign with Christ in the Millennial kingdom. After the resurrection, this group of saints will receive the gift of eternal life and membership in the Kingdom of God (or Heaven).
What does it mean that the Kingdom of God is not visible, or as Luke (17:20) says, comes not with observation? First, there is a group of saints, who are part of the Kingdom of God, reigning over the Millennial kingdom with Christ. They are in the spirit and, according to my interpretation, that means they are invisible. They can also take the physical body as Jesus did after his resurrection. Instead, the subjects of Christ’s Millennial kingdom are all in the physical body, and they are mortal, unlike the leadership of the kingdom who have received eternal life.
The Kingdom of God is described in Romans 14:17 for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
“Most assuredly I tell you, he who hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and doesn’t come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. (Joh 5:24)
”For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.” (Jam 2:26)
He said to them, “Because of your unbelief. For most assuredly I tell you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly I tell you, if you have faith, and don’t doubt, you will not only do what is done to the fig tree, but even if you told this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it would be done. (Mat 17:20,21:21)
Most assuredly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these will he do; because I am going to my Father. (Joh 14:12).
It will happen that whoever will call on the name of Jehovah shall be saved; For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, As Jehovah has said, And among the remnant, those whom Jehovah calls. (Joel 2:32).
But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you any gospel other than that which we preached to you, let him be cursed. (Gal 1:8)
For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think reasonably, as God has apportioned to each person a measure of faith. (Rom 12:3)
It is notable in this verse of the Romans, that God has given to each human being a measure of faith; for some a little and plenty for some others. God is also like a potter who makes vessels for various uses; some vessels for everyday use, others for special occasions. Some people are attracted to God, but not all. Why does God not treat all his creatures in the same way? I thought that at the last judgment God would take into account the different starting points of people, and that God would be merciful to those to whom he has given faith just a little.
The disciples came, and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” He answered them, “To you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but it is not given to them. For whoever has, to him will be given, and he will have abundance, but whoever doesn’t have, from him will be taken away even that which he has. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they don’t see, and hearing, they don’t hear, neither do they understand. In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says, ‘By hearing you will hear, And will in no way understand; Seeing you will see, And will in no way perceive: (Mat 13:10-14)
Even the disciples did not understand what Jesus meant by the parables he told them. Jesus explained to them, but not to the great crowds. Why didn’t Jesus even want the ordinary people to understand his parables? Generally, parables are used to make it easier to understand things. I’m thinking that God has wanted people to make some effort and make an effort to understand. Not that everything would be offered pre-chewed. Matthew 7:7 indicates to this: ”Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you.”
”For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men-the washing of pitchers and cups, and you do many other such things. “He said to them, “Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. (Mark. 7:8-9)
This was written two millennia ago, and I can only say that the world has not changed much since then. Faith is accompanied by a lot of religious customs that steal a large part of the true worship of God. Particularly in the Catholic world, there is worship and processions of saints to honor especially the Virgin Mary. The worship of the Virgin Mary is very common around the world. A few years ago, the worship and celebration of the Virgin Mary in South America was shown on television. At the same time, there was a local, old pagan-god feast celebrated.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God. (1 Joh 4:7)
”for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,” (Eph 2:8)
The starting point for God’s plan of salvation is that God wants all people to be saved. In another passage of the Bible, God still assures that he will complete what he wants. When you read these verses, you may wonder why one verse promises salvation without greater effort, but another verse seems to make it very difficult to reach salvation.
[God] who desires all people to be saved and come to full knowledge of the truth. (1Tim 2:4)
It will happen that whoever will call on the name of Jehovah shall be saved; For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, As Jehovah has said, And among the remnant, those whom Jehovah calls. (Joel 2:32)
In the day of the Lord, much of mankind will be destroyed when God’s wrath and revenge erupts on us. In this turmoil of destruction, many will still curse God, but many will call Jehovah or Jesus – and will be saved. They are saved at that time, but the final salvation is still some way off.
… For you [Jesus Christ] were killed, And bought us for God with your blood, Out of every tribe, language, people, and nation, (Rev 5:9)
There are some saved from all languages and tribes. However, it is not said here that Jesus, with his blood, has bought all men from all tribes and tongues and nations. In other words, here is no promise of salvation to every human being.
“Most assuredly I tell you, he who hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and doesn’t come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. (Joh 5:24)
This verse above has an important promise to the believer: eternal life without being involved in the last judgment. The believer actually is promised a part in the first resurrection. This is how I interpret this promise of Jesus. When a man is born again, he receives the seal of God, which helps the angels to recognize him and guard him in the coming tribulations. The sealed people are also gathered together by the angels.
that if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Rom 10:9 )
The recognition of the mouth given in church with others is not enough. God also needs the faith of the heart.
For no one can lay any other foundation than that which has been laid, which is Jesus Christ. But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or stubble; each man’s work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire itself will test (δοκιμάζω dokimázō: to test, examine, prove, scrutinize, to see whether a thing is genuine or not, as metals) what sort of work each man’s work is. If any man’s work remains which he built on it, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, but as through fire. (1 Cor 3:11-15)
No other basis of faith than faith in Jesus Christ guarantees to man the salvation and access to the Kingdom of God. At its best, human faith is weak and shaky. In the Ephesians, it is assured that ”for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast.” (2:8-9)
The building of faith that man has built during his life is tested in the final judgment. 1 Cor tells you what can happen: if the fire finds a “building” durable, the man will be paid. If, on the other hand, the building of faith is done poorly, it will burn, but the man himself will be saved “as if through fire.”
How is the verse about the final judgment possible? ”… They were judged, each one according to his works.” (Rev 20:13)
”What good is it, my brothers, if a man says he has faith but has no works? Can faith save him? And if a brother or sister is naked and in lack of daily food, and one of you tells them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled;” and yet you didn’t give them the things the body needs, what good is it? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself. Yes, a man will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.” (Jam 2:14-18)
James seems to get to the essence of the matter: a faith that does not give man a desire to do the works of faith to his neighbors is useless and in fact dead. The right faith is manifested as loving deeds. How many believers are there who fulfill the words of Jesus, “what have you not done to one of these least, you have not done to me”?
”For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.” (Jam 2:26).
… a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. (Rom 3:28) But to him who doesn’t work [works of the law], but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness. (Rom 4:5)
but if any man’s work [‘house of faith’] is burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Paul explains salvation this way: on the last day the fire of God will test each man’s works; If someone’s work burns, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, as through fire (1 Cor 3:15). The prerequisite is that man has sought to build the foundation of his faith in Christ.
Is salvation easy or difficult?
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will happen to the ungodly and the sinner?” (1 Pet 4:18)
“Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it. For narrow is the gate, and constricted is the way that leads away into life, and few are the ones who find it (Mat 7:13-14).
I would say it’s easy for a believer. The fire of God, which tests the man’s works may be painful, but the man is saved – as if through fire.
When a man becomes a believer: Eph 1:13 in whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation,-in whom, having also believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, And also: [God] who also sealed us, and gave us the down payment of the Spirit in our hearts. (2 Kor 1:22).
Faith in Christ also manifests itself in the expectation of his coming. Paul says:
” From now on, there is stored up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day; and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved his appearing.” (2 Tim 4:8).
For when nations not having Law do by nature the things of the Law, they not having Law are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience witnessing with them, and the thoughts between one another accusing or even excusing, (Rom 2:14-15)
Even the Gentiles can be saved even if they have no faith in our God at all. The Romans shows that if the Gentiles are like “good Christians”, they can be saved by the testimony of their conscience. If the Gentiles act according to their hearts to their neighbors the way Christians are called to act, i.e. to love their fellow men as themselves, they have the deeds of the law in their hearts.
For when they are saying, “Peace and safety,” then sudden destruction will come on them, like birth pains on a pregnant woman; and they will in no way escape. (1 The 5:3). For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (Rom. 1:18).
Do not let anyone deceive you in any way, because that Day will not come unless first comes the falling away, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, the one opposing and exalting himself over everything being called God, or object of worship, so as for him “to sit in the temple of God” as God, proclaiming that he himself is God (2 Tes 2:3-4).
Behold, the day of Jehovah comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger; to make the land a desolation, and to destroy the sinners of it out of it. (Isa 13:9)
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. (2 Pet. 3:10)
And immediately after the affliction of those days the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give her light, and the stars will fall from the heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of man will appear in the heavens. And then all the tribes of the land will wail. And they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and much glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the heavens to their ends. (Mat 24:29-31)
The fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from the sky which had fallen to the earth. The key to the pit of the abyss was given to him. He opened the pit of the abyss, and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke from a burning furnace. The sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke from the pit. Then out of the smoke came forth locusts on the earth, and power was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. They were told that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree, but only those people who don’t have God’s seal on their foreheads. (Rev 9:1-4)
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we will be saved from God’s wrath through him. (Rom 5:9)and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead- Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come. (1 The 1:10)
For God didn’t appoint us to wrath, but to the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Tes. 5:9)
God has not destined believers to suffer the wrath of God on the day of the Lord. Believers receive salvation through Christ. Salvation is in two parts; salvation from the destruction of the Lord’s day and salvation to eternal life by the last judgment.
since it is a just thing with God to pay back tribulation to the ones troubling you, and to give you, those being troubled, relief with us at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from Heaven with angels of His power, in flaming fire giving full vengeance to those not knowing God, and to those not obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will pay the penalty: eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might, (2 Tes 1:6-9)
For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside to fables. (2 Tim 4:3)
This verse tells how people are looking for teachers whose teaching tickles their ears. People want to hear only pleasant things. The teaching that all will enter heaven is to their liking.
Because of this, God sends them a working of error, that they should believe a lie; (2 The 2:11). For there will arise false christs, and false prophets, and they will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones. (Mat 24:24)
Satan is the one who always and everywhere tries to mislead people out of the truth. In the end, God will also test the faith of the people by sending a “strong deception”. The deception is so convincing that even the chosen ones are mistaken to accept it. At the end times, Satan’s nearest aide, the Antichrist, will come forth; even he whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn’t receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (2 Tes 2:9-10)
I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, that you have no participation in her sins, and that you don’t receive of her plagues, (Ilm 18:4)
What is the fate of God’s own people in these difficult times?
They will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. (Luk 21:24) (Jerusalem was released in 1967)
For I am with you, says Jehovah, to save you: for I will make a full end of all the nations where I have scattered you, but I will not make a full end of you; but I will correct you in measure, and will in no way leave you unpunished. (Jer 30:11)
For Jehovah will have pity on Jacob, and will yet choose among Israel, and set them in their own land. And the foreigner shall be joined to them; and they shall cling to the house of Jacob. (Jes 14:1)
“that they all might be judged who didn’t believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Tes 2:12)
For these people, the word of the cross is foolishness, but for those who are saved, it is the power of God.
But for the cowardly and unbelieving, and those having become foul, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all the lying ones, their part will be in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Rev 21:8)
The Book of Revelation lists a number of different people who have to suffer the judgment in the lake of fire. I have greatly wondered what the cowards are doing on this list. In English, the Word the Greek word deilos δειλός G1169 (coward) is translated into fearful or timid, and the Greek word has been translated correctly, and the few times it has been used in NT the word should be translated like this. For example Mat 8:26 “And he [Jesus] saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the lake, and the wind became perfectly calm. Mark uses the same word for fearful deilos: “And they said to them, why are you so fearful?” – The only explanation I can find is that the word is used for cowardice when there is no faith left.
However, it is inconceivable that cowards would be punished by being thrown into the lake of fire to be tortured there forever. Jesus no longer returned to the above-mentioned event, so it was not very significant. Peter was also a coward and denied Jesus three times. Nevertheless, Peter retained his position in connection with the Apostles and the Church of Jerusalem. He and the other apostles are expected to lead the twelve tribes of Israel in the Millennial kingdom. For the moment I can’t explain why cowards have been included in Revelation 21:8 to be thrown into the lake of fire.
For if we discerned ourselves, we wouldn’t be judged. But being judged, we are corrected by the Lord, that we not be condemned with the world. – “We” refers to believers, the called and chosen ones. (1 Cor 11:31-32)
For those who are the Lord’s own, believers, judgment is the Lord’s punishment, which means teaching, correction, healing, etc. during the lifetime of a believer. Those who belong to the world are much more than the above-mentioned Lord’s own people, will be condemned much more severely.
– The word for judgment is in Greek κρίνω krinō. When the Church of God is being judged, it includes the Lord’s punishment. The consequence of punishment, on the other hand, is chastening reproach of wrong behavior. The punishment is in Greek παιδεitusωv paideuo, which according to Strongs contains the following qualities: educate, Discipline (by punishment): chasten, instruct, learn (to cause one to learn), teach. Further, God stretches out by producing suffering, pain, or even great economic losses. The church is not included in the same set with the rest of the world. Further, God chastises by producing suffering, pain, or even great economic losses. God’s Church is not included in the same group with the rest of the world.
The fact that the called and chosen have to experience the chastening of God already in their lifetime, allows them to participate in the first resurrection and rule in the Millennial kingdom with Christ. They will not be condemned in the last judgment, but have already received eternal life in their resurrection.
As many as I love, I reprove and chasten. Be zealous therefore, and repent. (Rev 3:19)
Here is a part of the words given by Jesus to the Church of Laodicea. Today’s society and its churches are considered the modern Laodicean church. This world’s churches are lukewarm, rich in their own eyes, but are neither cold nor hot. Jesus says he is vomiting them out of his mouth. Jesus urges you to buy eye salve so that people can see the true reality.
Part of the churches are on the right track. Jesus loves them and therefore they are chastised and instructed to repent.
“The King [Jesus] will answer them, ‘Most assuredly I tell you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Mat 25:40)
In the last judgment, our deeds are examined. An example of this, the verse above, tells us how we should deal with our underprivileged brothers in our lives. What we do or leave undone for them, we do to Christ himself.
Don’t judge, And you won’t be judged. Don’t condemn, And you won’t be condemned. Set free, And you will be set free. (Luk 6:37)
The history of churches and other denominations is full of examples of judgmental attitudes towards other believers. The code of conduct is derived from the doctrine that if one does not act according to the doctrine, such a person will receive a severe punishment. In the Middle Ages, the punishment could even have been burning at the stake. Today, punishment can be separation from the church and shunning the person so that even relatives or friends are not allowed to be in contact with the person.
It is not for us to pronounce condemnation, which simply means that the person is deemed to hell i.e. the lake of fire.
When the Lord Jesus appears from heaven with his angels in flaming fire giving full vengeance to those not knowing God, and to those not obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will pay the penalty: eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might, (2 Tes 1:8-9)
2 Thessalonians is written to comfort those who are waiting for Christ, to be rewarded with access to the Kingdom of God and those who persecute them would be punished in the fire of Christ with eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and the glory of his power. In my view, this is not the last judgment; Here the judgment is directed at the coming of Christ to the living sinners on Earth, and only the last judgment condemns the resurrected dead.
“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Mat 25:46)
Sodom and Gomorrah
“Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them, having, in the same way as these, given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the punishment (dikē) of eternal (aiōnios) fire (pyr)”. (Jud 1:7)
The inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah committed the filthy deeds spoken in Revelation 21:8. These cities have been destroyed and the destruction is eternal. The fire itself that the Bible says is burning, is extinct for Sodom and Gomorrah. Does it mean that city dwellers will be punished at the last judgment. The punishment is said to be the suffering of the eternal fire.
This interpretation is supported by the verse in 1:6 above: …Angels who didn’t keep their first domain, but deserted their own dwelling place, he has kept in everlasting bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day.
In verse 1:6 Jude speaks of the angels who, contrary to God’s prohibition, left their heavenly dwellings and came to the Earth and took the women they considered beautiful. These angels are placed in the “eternal” bonds to wait for the final judgment. The Book of Revelation uses the phrase to eternal bonds unthinkingly: God’s purpose is not to keep them in chains always and forever. For this, I am sure you will agree. Instead, disagreement arises from the punishment itself. Is this an eternal punishment in the fiery lake? It is quite possible that the Bible equates the judgment of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah with the judgment of the angels. The Saints will also condemn the angels.
The fire of Sodom and Gomorrah might not have been meant to be eternal, but the punishment was to be eternal after the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorra were awakened to the last judgment. Is the judgment truly endless forever? At least we know from the Bible that it can be very long; The Antichrist and the false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire when Jesus comes and overcomes them. Rev 19:20 “The beast i.e. the Antichrist was taken, and with him the false prophet who worked the signs in his sight, with which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur”.
The fire of Sodom and Gomorrah might not have been meant to be eternal, but the punishment was to be eternal after the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorra were awakened to the last judgment. Is the judgment truly endless forever? At least we know from the Bible that it can be very long; The Antichrist and the false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire when Jesus comes and overcomes them. Rev 19:20 “The beast was taken, and with him the false prophet who worked the signs in his sight, with which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur”.
The following chapter tells of Satan’s fate when he and his troops lose the battle; The devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are also. They will be tormented (G928 βασανίζω basanizō) day and night forever and ever. (Rev 20:10)
– The Antichrist and false prophet are still in the fiery lake when Satan is thrown there. They have been in the lake of fire a thousand years. This shows that the punishment can be long-lasting. When the Antichrist and the false prophet were thrown into the lake of fire a thousand years before Satan, where they have been throughout the millennial reign of Christ, we can deduce from this that the fiery lake is a figurative expression. Or do you believe that somewhere in the Millennial kingdom there is a huge lake of fire when everything else in the Kingdom is developing into a paradise?
Satan is an angel and angels are spirits. However, the Antichrist and the false prophet are human. Is the same fire an appropriate punishment for both angels and humans?
The Beast i.e. the Antichrist and his partner, the false prophet will be thrown into the lake of fire at the Second Coming of Jesus. Satan is tied for a thousand years, after which he is let go. Satan gathers a huge army and attacks the Saints, but this army is destroyed. Satan himself is thrown into the lake of fire, where the Antichrist and the false prophet have already been for a thousand years. The punishment of the fiery lake, has been long, at least for these two, but will it continue forever and ever?
Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. If anyone was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire. (Rev 20:14-15)
“Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire”. KJV: “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire”. – The last destroyed is death. No one needs to die anymore, so death can be figuratively cast into the fiery lake. KJV says that “hell” is also thrown into destruction. Like many others, NASB translates that Hades is being destroyed. Hell, or place of torture, is not a good choice of words, because it means that the torture site is thrown into the lake of fire.
Throwing Death and the grave (Hades) of mankind into the fiery lake is a completely figurative expression; it does not include eternal punishment. Death has not broken God’s commandments. Rather, it is an eternal annihilation, the complete destruction of death. Does this mean that the large crowds in the fiery lake will remain there forever because they can no longer die as death no longer exists, but is also destroyed?
Eternal chains Jude 1:6
aïdios – a synonym for aionios
Jde 1:6 – And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day
7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them, having, in the same way as these, given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire.
Eternal = aïdios G126 – covers the complete philosophical idea — without beginning and without end; also either without beginning or without end; as respects to the past it is applied to what has existed time out of mind
Rom 1:20: For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal (ἀΐδιος G126) power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
In this verse of Judah 6, the word aïdios G126 is used to describe eternity. Strongs describes it as: aïdios G126 – covers the complete philosophical idea – without beginning and without end; Is this word, if possible, even more powerful than aion the common word in the NT? At least it is in no way weaker. The definition of Strongs for aïdios is badly wrong at least for this verse in the Bible; “Without beginning and without end”, we know that the sins of the angels had a clear beginning and a clear end when they were removed from the angelic corps and were put in (figurative) chains!
Is it right to talk about eternal chains? Every reader of the Bible knows that God’s purpose has been to shackle these angels just to wait for judgment. It is certain that the day of God’s judgment will come after the Millennium of Christ. We do not know the exact timing, but in no case, it is the question of eternity. We are waiting for the kingdom to start any time in the near future.
When the angels are given judgment in time, is it truly an eternal punishment in the fiery lake? The Bible doesn’t tell that with absolute certainty. Maybe so if you compare the known judgments to Satan, Antichrist, and the wrong prophet, and others.
αἰώνιος, -ον Strong’s G166:
1. without beginning or end, that which always has been and always will be: θεός, Romans 16:26 (ὁ μόνος αἰώνιος, 2 Macc. 1:25); πνεῦμα, Hebrews 9:14. 2. without beginning: χρόνοις αἰωνίοις, Romans 16:25; πρὸ χρόνων αἰωνίων, 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2; εὐαγγέλιον, a gospel whose subject-matter is eternal, i. e., the saving purpose of God adopted from eternity, Revelation 14:6.
3. without end, never to cease, everlasting: 2 Corinthians 4:18 (opposed to πρόσκαιρος);
Conclusion; Without stating, whether the eternal punishment is really God’s punishment for these sinners, at least the two words that the Bible uses to describe the eternal (ἀΐδιος) chains and the eternal (αινιος) punishment, do not prove this, but leave strong doubt about the correctness of the translation.
- Predictions about Jesus
About his birth: Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
Mic 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Being small among the clans of Judah, out of you one will come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.
As a little boy in Egypt: Hos 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
The Son of God: Psa 2:7-8 I will tell of the decree: Jehovah said unto me, Thou art my son; This day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I will give the nations for your inheritance, the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession.
John the Baptist, predecessor of Jesus: Mal 3:1 Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me; and the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, behold, he comes!” says Jehovah of hosts.
How did Jesus teach: Psa 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable. I will utter dark sayings of old. Also Mat 13:35: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.” Mar 4:34 Without a parable he didn’t speak to them; but privately to his own disciples, he explained all things.
Healed the blind and deaf: Isa 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Mat 11:5 the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
Jesus spoke what God commanded: Deut 18:18 I will raise them up a prophet from among their brothers, like you; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I shall command him.
The Jews rejected Jesus: Isa 53:3 He was despised, and rejected by men; a man of suffering, and acquainted with disease: and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised; and we didn’t respect him.
He was tortured: Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he didn’t open his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he didn’t open his mouth.
Jesus was beaten: Isa 50:6 I gave my back to the strikers, and my cheeks to those who plucked off the hair; I didn’t hide my face from shame and spitting.
The clothes of Jesus were divided: Psa 22:18 They divide my garments among them. They cast lots for my clothing.
Jesus’ body was pierced: Zec 12:10 I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they will look to me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and will grieve bitterly for him, as one grieves for his firstborn.
The bones of Jesus are not broken: Psa 34:20 He protects all of his bones. Not one of them is broken.
Jesus rose from the dead: Psa 16:10 For you will not leave my soul in Sheol, neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption.
Much of the Bible’s content, perhaps as much as one third, are predictions based on the words of God’s prophets. The prophets spoke and wrote down what God had commanded them to speak and write. We can start from the following assumption: if several prophets tell the same thing and if it comes true, it is a miracle. The miracles of the Bible can be denied because there is no proof other than the Bible’s account. Many prophets of the Bible tell us about Jesus, from his birth to his death and resurrection, and the events of his second coming – parousia.
Jewish scholars knew the predictions of the coming Messiah and so did the apostles who wrote the New Testament. In theory, it would be possible that the disciples would have together decided to make up the story of Jesus’ life in line with predictions. Why would they have done so? If they had something to gain from this, it could be possible. However, they did not profit materially. On the contrary, they were subjected to ridicule and persecution and lost their lives because of their faith. But let the reader decide whether such conspiracy is true or do predictions through the prophets of God, prove his Son’s birth and life and his message.
- Bible Numerics
With the word numerics, I do not mean number mysticism or any form of prediction. If you have such a fixed attitude, you are like my acquaintance with whom I was in correspondence; he would not even open my e-mail attachments which included articles on the subject, but outright assured me it is forbidden in the Bible. The question is that the Bible passes through a mathematical formula or a seal of God that is so comprehensive and which can in no way be made by man or by biblical writers.
2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God” … and Peter adds: ”for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
The old scriptures often start this way: 1 Cro 22:8 But the word of Jehovah came to me, saying…
The New Testament writers, the apostles, each wrote their writings for several decades after the events took place. Someone may wonder how it is possible that everyone could memorize the events so well and describe them often very closely and in the same way with other writers. There is a simple explanation: Jesus promised to his apostles that they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit would bring to their remembrance all that Jesus had taught them: Jhn 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of all that I have told you.
There are few people who believe that the Bible is true in everything. Even from the first line in the Bible, the creation of the world and man is controversial, and as evidence of science that both man and animals are claimed to be the result of millions of years of evolution. How can it be explained then that the author of the Bible knew that man was created from the dust of the earth? (It might be better to say material from the earth, but with the same meaning). If people were asked two or three thousand years ago what man was made of, the answer would have been something like this: a human being is made of flesh, bones, and blood. If someone claimed that humans consisted mostly of water (70% and water was made up of two gases, hydrogen and oxygen), and also of the following elements: carbon, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus, then such arguments would have been laughed at. However, the author of the Bible knew that man was made of earth’s ingredients, although these substances were not mentioned.
The Bible is written mainly in Hebrew (OT) and in Greek (NT). Each and every letter in both languages (and Latin also) have a certain number value. The Bible canon has 39 books in the OT and 27 books in the NT. The entire Bible was finished about 1600 years ago. The Old Testament is written by 28 writers (4 × 7) and the New Testaments 8 writers (2x2x2), altogether 36 authors (6 × 6). Of the epistles of the New Testament, Paul has written 14 (2 × 7) and the other 7 are written by other apostles. This ‘seven’ we often encounter.
Bible’s divine numerics – What does the numeric code prove?
Is the Bible actually the very Word of God? 2 Timothy 3:16 explains: All scripture is given by inspiration of God … And Peter adds: “for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” (2 Pet 1:20)
Of this most important question, I have included a chapter of its own in these writings. It essentially contains a testimony of the divine numerics of the Bible. The numerics which cover both the Hebrew Old Testament as well as the Greek New Testament, do not mean any numerology or number mysticism. After having realized this powerful Bible numerics, I believe that the whole Bible is the Word of God, although the pen has been in a man’s hand. So accurate is the word of God that changing a single letter from the original text violates this divine numeric code. However, this has happened: mistakes may have occurred when copying, either inadvertently or deliberately, errors have been made, even additions. However, thousands of preserved texts have been reconstructed fairly well to match the original scriptural text.
The Bible urges us to pay attention to the correctness of the doctrine. Usually, people do not bother their heads with doctrinal questions, but go along with the mass. Arthur Schopenhauer wrote in the early 1800s: There is no opinion, no matter how absurd, that people would not be willing to accept if they are convinced that it is generally accepted.
The Bible is a most difficult book to understand. Of course, there are many teachings that are simple to adopt but also there are verses that have led to doctrines completely unacceptable. I find myself disagreeing with the main churches, both catholic and protestant. I do not want to proclaim to be the teacher of the only truth, but I hope the reader himself will judge what is the truth taught by the Bible.
I hope the notes I have written for myself for further research can also help the reader to understand the word. I’m still searching for the truth and I may write about new topics or adjust my opinion if it proves to be well-grounded by the Bible’s testimony. In Greece, Berean near Thessaloniki were people who, after listening to the teachings of Paul, themselves made sure whether the scriptures were as Paul had taught. For such research, the Bible also encourages. In many homes there is a Bible, but has it ever been opened? Today, there are also a lot of tools available for us to study the Bible online. Church leaders may still see danger today in independent study of the Bible; people may change their minds. I am prepared to do so – if the word of the Bible proves it appropriate.
- The First Seven Words of The Bible
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (in Hebrew בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ׃ in total 7 words).
This sentence contains three nouns with numeric values 86, 395, and 296, put together 777, which is 111 x 7. Seven is the number of perfection of God and 777 reflects perfection in its highest form.
The verb of the sentence ”created” has a numeric value of 203, which can be divided by the number 7 (29×7).
If we count the sum of the numeric values of the first and last letters of each word in each sentence we have a total of 1393, which is divisible by 7, 199 x 7 is 1393. If the sum of the first and last letters of the first and last words of the sentence is considered, then it (497) is also divisible by 7 (71 x 7). Also for the five words in the middle of the sentence, in the same way, we get 896, which can also be equally divided by 7.
The number of letters in these seven words is 28, 4 x 7.
The first three Hebrew words, In the beginning /created / God, the number of letters is 14 or 2 x 7. This is also the case with the last words.
When we look at the number of letters in the subject (God) and the object (heavens, earth), it is 14 or 2 x 7. The same with the rest of the words.
The shortest word in the sentence is in the middle of the sentence. The number of letters in that word and the word on its left side is 7 altogether. Additionally, the number of letters in the middle word and in the word on the right of that word is also 7.
According to Ivan Panin, number seven reflects God’s perfection and perfect order. Number seven is found in the Old Testament 287 times (41 × 7 = 287) while “seventh” appears 98 times (14 × 7 = 98) and “Seventy” 56 times (8 × 7 = 56).
Here are some examples of the miraculous appearances of the number seven, which are found altogether over 30 times in the first words of the Bible. To find these features you need to look for them. Karl Sabiers wrote about these findings in his book “Mathematics Prove Holy Scriptures”, p. 21-27. Sabiers, who is deeply acquainted with Panin’s studies, writes: ”Genuine scripture, both Hebrew and Greek, where the numbers equivalent with the letters are added up properly, at some point: word, sentence, paragraph, or chapter, will always be divisible by the number seven!”
In both the Hebrew OT and the Greek NT, a single letter error may transform the meaning of the sentence to be opposite. By looking at two different translations based on their numerical value, the correct translation can be chosen. This can also be done with the Greek text. The author of the book above (pp. 91-94) gives an example of the last word of the Book of Revelation: Is the very last word ”amen” or ”saints,” as translates Wescott and Hort? Using a numeric calculation the issue is resolved and it can be stated that the word Amen is not part of the sentence. Jesus said meaningfully: Mat 5:18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not one letter or one stroke of a letter will disappear from the Law until everything has been accomplished.
…The inclusion of numbers seven and some other numbers throughout the Bible will be further discussed below. When examining their presence, one can not avoid thinking about the importance of the matter. Is it coincidental? Is the whole issue just “hoo-ha” as one person wrote in a net chat room. Below I am writing about a mathematician named Ivan Panin, who a hundred years ago spent fifty years studying the Bible Numerics, especially in the New Testament. He came to the conclusion that this could not be a coincidence, nor was it that the various writers would have developed this code through the whole NT.
If that is the case, I will come to a rather shocking conclusion; The author of the Bible is God Himself, and the role of each apostle has only been to keep the pen in his hand. Most people do not believe in the whole mathematic code. But I do. Ivan Panin was also deeply disappointed with the general reaction. He imagined that his calculations of tens of thousands of pages would open people’s eyes, and the word of the Bible would have a whole new emphasis on people’s minds. However, people did not believe him and his research was forgotten. How true is the Bible´s statement about people…
”seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand” (Luke 8:10)
- What Do Certain Numbers Symbolize in The Bible?
Consider the symbolism of some numbers in the Bible.
When looking at the figures in the scriptures, attention should be paid not only to the number in question, but in particular to find out how many times that number appears in different writings. With current information technology, it’s easy. As we look at how many times that number exists in a particular context, the meaning of God’s word becomes apparent. In this way, the symbolism of God’s Word becomes evident. For example: Number 8 reflects a new beginning. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. God’s word is confirmed by the fact that the word Bethlehem appears in the New Testament just eight times. In the Old Testament, Bethlehem appears countless times, but Bethlehem does not have the same meaning in the Old Testament in describing the birthplace of Jesus Christ as the new beginning of mankind.
All this system of numbers and their symbolism is from God. How could all these numerous writers during 1500 years have been able to follow these writing rules without divine guidance.
The number of occurrences of a particular number is one of the biblical attributes. I will also look at biblical figures that are larger than numbers only. The total numeric value of letters in the name of Jesus is 888: Jesus in Greek is Ἰησοῦς Iēsous and the numeric sum of his name’s letters is: 10 + 8 + 200 + 70 +400 + 200= 888. The numeric sum of the Bible’s most significant Beast is 666. More on the Beast in my article.
This could be a coincidence if it was the only one, but the Bible is full of such “coincidences”. Are these just random numbers or do they have some deep significance? Let us consider the symbolism of some other numbers in the Bible.
The number 1 is said to mean unity and oneness. What do those words actually mean? John 10:30 says I and the Father are one. This example was from the NENT but this is quite a typical translation. And another one: “The glory which you have given me I have given them, that they may be ONE, just as We are ONE” (Joh 17:22).
The translation means that God the Father and Jesus are in fact like one and the same God.
The widely accepted translation says: 1 John 5: 7-8: 7 And there are three who give testimony in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. And these three are one. 8 And there are three that give testimony on the earth: the spirit, and the water, and the blood; and these three are one. – In 1 John 5: 7-8, which I have dealt with in a separate article, there is another way of translating this unity/oneness: NENT translation has found a good wording: 7 And it is the Spirit that witnesseth, for the Spirit is the truth. 8 Because the witnessing ones are three: the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and the three agree in one. –That is the question here; the heavenly ‘management team’ is in agreement. They are not together one God, but God the Father is the one and only God. I am explaining my meaning in more detail in chapter 3.
During the millennial kingdom, the world is unified in Christ. Zec 14:9: The Lord will be king over all the earth. In that day shall the Lord be one, and his name one. – Who is this Lord? Am. Std. shows us: ”And Jehovah shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall Jehovah be one, and his name one”. Sure, we have God the Father in addition to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Lord, and also the Holy Spirit of God.
3 is the number of Divine completeness, which is called the Trinity. The proof is said to be found in Mat 28.19: ”Therefore go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, implying three persons in one.
According to Matthew, this is what Jesus said to his disciples in Galilee where they met when Jesus was resurrected. What a wonderful proof of trinity. Pity it is a forgery. See my justification in an article about baptism: ”Baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”.
God has three overall qualities; he is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. When speaking of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, do they all meet these three attributes? This is also to be considered on the basis of the writings on this site. What did Jesus say about himself? Did he claim to be almighty or did he just say and do what God commanded him to do? Did God raise him above all creation, did God give him eternal life? Jesus said before his ascension to heaven that God has given him all the power in heaven and on earth. Should not the Almighty have such power without being given to him?
In fact, God has given power over the earth to Satan. Not permanently, but for a definite time until the coming of the millennial kingdom of God, whose king is Christ. Sure, God is almighty and he could interfere with Satan’s administration at any time, but he will not do it. Why? Because he has given the earth to Satan. Luk 4:6 He [Satan] said to Jesus, “I will give you all this authority and the glory of these kingdoms. For it has been given to me, and I give it to anyone I please.
4 is the number that describes the world. In the world, there are four cardinal directions. Even in ancient times, four elements were identified: land, air, fire, and water. There are four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. The day has four parts: morning, day, evening and night. God decided, after having created the material world in four days to create the animals on the fifth and man on the sixth day.
Prophet Daniel saw the vision (Dan 2:37) of four consecutive world powers and the four beasts that describe these powers (Dan 7: 1).
From number 6 it is said that it is the number of incomplete human. Seven reflects perfection, but number 6 expresses sin and Satan’s impact on human life. This sin brought by Satan culminated in the early days of the Bible when Cain killed his brother Abel. The 6th commandment says “You shall not murder” (KJV ”kill”).
The greatest beast that has not yet emerged is the Antichrist according to the Revelation. The Antichrist is a direct translation of the Greek word ἀντίχριστος antikristos. This Antichrist is a man to whom Satan gives his great power. The number of the Antichrist is 666, it is the number of the Beast. Revelation, therefore, calls upon the one who has the understanding to count the number of the beast. Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. He who has understanding, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is six hundred sixty-six.
In six different parts of the Bible (Mar 3:22, Luke 11:15, John 7:20, 8:48, 8:52, 10:20), Jesus was claimed to be possessed by Beelzebub or that Jesus casts out the demons by the help of the ruler of the demons.
When Jesus was crucified there was darkness over all the land from the sixth hour unto the ninth hour (Mat 27:45)
Number 7 describes spiritual perfection. The Word of God is seven times purged completely. Psa 12: 6 The words of Jehovah are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, purified seven times. Isa 34:16 says, Seek you out of the book of Jehovah, and read: no one of these shall be missing, none shall want her mate; for my mouth, it has commanded, and his [my] Spirit, it has gathered them.
“According to Jesus’ words: … until heaven and earth disappear, not one letter [Lit. one iota] or one stroke of a letter will disappear from the Law (Mat 5:18).
Number 7 is repeated several times in the Book of Revelation; seven golden candlesticks, seven letters to seven congregations, a book scroll sealed with seven seals, seven angels standing in front of God, seven trumpets, seven thunder-like spirits of God and the last seven scourges. In the Book of Revelation, there are more than fifty such occurrences of number 7.
God created the world during seven ‘days’. The word day ‘yowm’ can mean more than just a normal day, but a time span. When God’s calendar tells us that one day is like a thousand years, some Christians believe in God creating the world in 6,000 years. “Like a thousand years” is, however, only a figurative expression when it comes to creation. However, from Adam, the first person of the Bible to Jesus, it has passed 4,000 years and from the death of Jesus almost 2000 years, or altogether 6,000 years or six ’days’. At the end of the sixth day, there are many events that I write about in the ‘end time’ articles. Day 7 is the holy day of rest of God and the day of the Kingdom of God (Millennial Kingdom), which is reigned by Christ and by the saints.
Day 7 was the day of God’s rest, and he also showed that day to people as a day of rest, Sabbath. Every 7th year was a special year: 5 Moos 15: 1-15 1 At the end of every seven years you shall make a release. 2 And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release that which he has lent unto his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and his brother; because Jehovah’s release has been proclaimed.
The occurrence of number 7 in the symbolism of the scriptures is very common. There are some thirty combinations of seven in the Bible’s first paragraph alone.
One more point is to be noted; the numeric sum of the three nouns in the opening sentence of the Bible i.e. God, heaven, and earth is 777. The spiritual completeness in the sum of the three sevens discloses most strongly God’s purpose.
New beginning. In the word Χριστός Christos i.e. Christ the sum of the numeric values is 1480 or 8 x 185. Jesus was also a Savior, the sum of the numbers of the word ”Savior” is 1408 or 2 x 8 x 88. Jesus is the Messiah: 656 or 8 x 82. Jesus is the Lord: 800 or 8 x 100. The Son of Man: numeric value is 2960, or 8 x 370. The Son of Man appears in the Bible 88 times.
Jesus said: I am the truth: the truth is 64 (8 x 8).
The Book of Revelation has 888 words.
The Book of Revelation tells about the beast and challenges to calculate its number: Rev 13:18 ”Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six”.
In the word Χριστός Christos i.e. Christ the sum of the numeric values is 1480 or 8 x 185. Jesus was also a Savior, the sum of the numbers of the word ”Savior” is 1408 or 2 x 8 x 88. Jesus is the Messiah: 656 or 8 x 82. Jesus is the Lord: 800 or 8 x 100. The Son of Man: numeric value is 2960, or 8 x 370. The Son of Man appears in the Bible 88 times.
When you add 1 to the number of perfection i.e. 7, a new number that reflects a new beginning, a new birth is obtained. Originally, the last day of the week was Saturday and Sunday was the 8th day and the first day of the new starting week.
Number 8 relates specifically to Jesus. The numeric sum of the Greek name of Jesus is 888, i.e. eight expressed in the strongest possible terms. 888 consists of two parts, that is, 24 x 37. 24 is divided into 6 x 4. 6 depicts that Jesus became like a human and 4 means in the world. In this way, Jesus manifests two characteristics; the man and the world.
The sum of the letters in the word Christ is 1480 or 8 x 185.
Jesus was also a Savior, the sum of the numbers is 1408 or 2 x 8 x 88.
Jesus is the Messiah: 656 or 8 x 82.
Jesus is the Lord: 800 or 8 x 100.
The numeric value of Son of Man is 2960 or 8 x 370. The Son of Man appears in the Bible 88 times.
Jesus is called: Lord, the numeric sum of the letters is 800; Jesus, the sum is 888; Christ, the sum is 1480; Total sum 3168
This figure appears in various writings, but always emphasizing the characteristics of Jesus Christ. 1 Timothy 2:5 says: ”For God is one, also there is one Mediator of God and of men, the Man Christ Jesus”. The numeric sum of the phrase “one mediator between God and of men” is 3168.
Isa 53:11 tells of Jesus’ forthcoming role: ”He shall see the fruit of the travail of His soul; He shall be fully satisfied. By His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify for many, and He shall bear their iniquities”. — The sum of the values of the Hebrew letters in this verse is also 3168, which confirms the role of Jesus as a sacrifice for mankind and the high priest.
Jesus said: I am the truth: the truth is 64 (8 x 8).
Psa 98:3 ”He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. In Hebrew, this is “Yeshoth Elohenu” which sums to 888! An important but ambiguous question is: does the “salvation of our God” refer to Jesus or Jehovah? The numeric value of this phrase is 888 and it could refer to Jesus as Jesus made salvation for all believers. But, does “our God” refer to Jesus, not necessarily. Salvation comes ultimately from God the Father, who gave Jesus the task of redeeming mankind from sin.
Noah’s Ark saved 8 people in the destruction of the entire humanity. These 8 started a new episode in the new beginning of mankind.
The OT tells that if a leper was cleansing, he should be brought to the on the eighth day (3 Moos 14: 10,23). 10 And on the eighth day he shall take two flawless lambs … 23 And he shall bring them unto the priest for his cleansing on the eighth day.
– When Jesus and Nicodemus discussed salvation, Jesus mentioned rebirth as a condition of salvation, 8 times during the conversation (Joh 3: 1-8). When Jesus spoke of living water with the Samaritans, Jesus mentioned the word water 8 times (John 4: 4-15).
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and his birth brought new hope to mankind. Bethlehem is mentioned in NT 8 times (Mat 2: 1, 5,6,8,16 Luk 2: 4,15, Joh 7:42) in connection with Jesus. Bethlehem is mentioned 37 times at VT.
Nine is the number of finality or perfection itself. The number is so special that if it is multiplied by any other number, the sum of numbers is always 9. For example: 9 x 8 = 72 and 7 + 2 = 9. In the first sentence of the Bible Moses writes: “In the beginning God”. The sum of the numeric values of these words is 999.
The next sum of the word ”heaven” is also 999.
The fruits of the Holy Ghost for believers are listed in the Bible nine different kinds: Gal 5: 22-23 ”But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
The sums of numeric values of the words “amen” and “true” are 99 and these appear in the Bible 99 times.
Jesus’ work was completed when he died on the cross on the ninth hour of the day.
Satan has many names:
Dragon has a numeric value 975 or 13 x 75 (is mentioned in Revelation 13 times) Tempter 1053 13 x 81
Belial 78 13 x 6
Serpent 780 13 x 60
Murderer 1820 13 x 140
Antichrist 1911 13 x 147
Demon 975 13 x 75
Adversary 364 13 x 28
Mark lists 13 evil attributes which Jesus spoke of and which come from the hearts of people: Mar 7:21 For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil thoughts come, as well as sexual immorality, stealing, murder, 22 adultery, greed, wickedness, cheating, shameless lust, envy, slander, arrogance, and foolishness.
In the biblical gematria number 13 may also occur against Satan. The words “Jesus of Nazareth” were contained in a table set above the crucified Jesus, where there was written “Jesus the Nazarene King of the Jews.” Jesus of Nazareth has a numeric value 2197 or 13x13x13. It’s just a coincidence?
17 is the number of victory and salvation. Gen 8:4 The ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.
The Acts list the events of the Pentecost when the apostles came all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, according to what the Spirit gave them. The Bible lists 17 different areas and tongues when the Holy Spirit came upon them. Act 2:8-11 8 So how is it that each one of us hears them speaking in his own native language? 9 We are Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, 10 Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the district of Libya near Cyrene, and visitors from Rome. 11 We are Jews, proselytes, Cretans, and Arabs. Yet we hear them telling in our own tongues the great deeds of God!”
The name of the holy city of Jerusalem or Jerusalem is mentioned in the Psalms 17 times (Psa 51-147).
1 John 5:4 because everyone who is born from God has overcome the world. Our faith is the victory that overcomes the world.
Number 37 is the number of God’s Word. Jesus is the image of God according to the Scripture. 2 Cor 4:4 … Christ who is the image of God. Col 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn above all of creation. – The sum of the numeric values of the letters “God’s Image” is 1369 or 37 x 37. The sum of the numeric values of the first verse ” In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth ” is 2701 or 73 x 37. “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” is 1369, or 37 x 37.
Number 37 signifies the word of God and number 24 refers to the priesthood. Jesus, therefore, is not only the word of God, but also the high priest. Heb 5:5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become a high priest, but He speaking to Him, “You are My Son; today I have begotten You.” 6 As He also says in another place, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek,”
In certain verses the numeric sum of 37 is the sum for God, only Son and only begotten. 2 × 37 = 74 is the sum of a great God, their Redeemer, and everlasting. 3 × 37 = 111 is the sum of wonderful and the Most High, Son of the Living God and Lord of all. From these examples, we see that number 37 and its multiples always refer to God or the attributes of God.
Number 40 embodies the trial or testing period. Everyone knows the 40-year-old Israeli peregrination in the wilderness after leaving Egypt (5 Moos 8). Several shorter 40-day trials are known in the Bible: and [Moses] went up on the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights (2 Moos 24:18). Jonah preached; “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” (Jon 3:4). However, the destruction did not come at all because they repented of their deeds.
Jesus went to the wilderness to fast. He spent 40 days in the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan (Luke 4:1-2).
Jesus spent after his resurrection 40 days on earth before he ascended to heaven (Acts 1:3).
Number 40 is obtained when the number of the world 4 is multiplied by the number of law 10. The number reflects people fallen in most varied temptations and trials. The same figure is obtained when the number 8 which tells of the new person is multiplied by 5, the number of mercy; the result 40 describes a person who can endure the trial.
1 Corinthians 10:13 says that … God is faithful, and he will not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. Instead, along with the temptation he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to endure it.
Number 50 is the number of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was shed on Pentecost in Jerusalem. The Apostles saw fiery tongues that set above each one of them. The Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages (Acts 2: 1-4).
Every 50th year was in Israel a year of jubilee. 3 Moos 25:10 25:10 and you shall make the fiftieth year holy, a year. And you shall proclaim liberty in the land to all its inhabitants; it shall be a jubilee to you. And you shall return every man to his possession; yea, you shall turn back each to his family.
The number is obtained by multiplying 17 by the number 9. 17 is the number of the victory and the number 9 describes the fruit of the Spirit. The figure 153 is also obtained by summing all numbers from 1 to 17. The sum will be 153. Do you remember where the number 153 is known? That is the number of fish the apostles got with the net. The Apostles were fishing but did not receive any fish. Jesus cried to them for instructions on throwing the net and the fishnet began to fill up (Joh 21:11). Jesus said earlier to Peter and his brother Andrew: Mat 4:19 “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” The Greek word ἰχθύς Ichthys means fish and its numeric value is 1224 or 8 x 153. The value of the fishnet δίκτυον is the same.
Fishing for people, of course, means proclaiming the gospel and turning people into followers of Jesus. At best, “fishing” people can produce big catch; For example, in Pentecost, the apostles received three thousand men to be baptized.
What should we think about gematria?
In addition to the numbers and figures I have just written, there are many other numbers with symbolic significance. Many are against the mere idea of numbers in the Bible. However, we must admit the numbers found in the Bible are real. There are so many of them that their presence cannot be considered as a coincidence.
When we think about the occurrence of these numbers and their symbolic significance and the whole mathematical code that passes through the Bible – the questions to the very existence of the code and the significance of it are exactly the same as the ones I have just mentioned regarding these symbolic numbers. Are all these numbers and mathematics in the Bible from God? The Bible is God’s Word, therefore, should not all the contents of it be from God?
One of the Bible scholars I esteem is seriously of the opinion that some books should not be included in the Bible. In any case, some books are less valuable and significant than others. In addition, there are falsified texts and additions in the Bible. In his opinion, if I understand correctly, only the text of the Bible is important and you should pay no attention to the numeric mumbo jumbo. A Jehovah’s Witness I know would not even open my email when I told him about the article I had sent him.
It is true that the Bible has been subject to unauthorized additions. It could have been, say, the Catholic monks, who have considered some clarification have been necessary in the Bible. However, there are controversial and difficult interpretations in the Bible. Can you imagine a time when reading the Bible in English was illegal and led to legal action and even be burned? Today we have computer programs for studying the Bible and every word in it. I know that modern computer programs bring forth new startling revelations for the clarification and testimony of God’s word.
My own perception and belief is that God is behind all the Scriptures and the writers have, by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, written the Bible text. God has deliberately chosen his word so that finding His true will is behind hard work. But as Jesus said in Mat 5:18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not one letter or one stroke of a letter will disappear from the Law …
- The Concealed Mathematical Code of the Bible
Throughout the Bible, there is a complex, multilevel and coherent mathematical code that would have been impossible to produce by human means.
Ivan Panin, one of the most famous mathematicians of his time, found a Hebrew and Greek numeric value encoding, whereby the entire text of the Bible is “sealed” so that no letter can be changed without breaking it. This code is included in the entire Bible – having 33 authors in about 1500 years
No other existing text, such as apocryphal books, some of which is included in the Catholic Bible, has not found a similar attribute. The code presented by Panin can not be denied. Surveyors have, however, argued that any number of words can be calculated from any book.
I guess so, but no other book has a consistent and repetitive code running through the whole book confirming the accuracy of the biblical text like a confirmatory seal.
2 Tim. 3:16 says: All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness 2 Pet says: 1:20-21 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
I must emphasize that Panin does not try to predict anything with these codes. It is not a doctrine based on number mysticism, nothing like Kabbala. No other existing text, such as apocryphal books, some of which is included in the Catholic Bible, has not found a similar attribute. Panin’s main message is in my opinion, that God is the writer of the Bible; He has used the prophets to deliver the divine message exactly as God has dictated. The prophet held the pen in hand but it was God who dictated the message. How is it possible that 33 different writers over 1,600 years followed the code in a way that the code remained unchanged from one book to another. For God, it has only been possible.
Ivan Panin was born in Russia on December 12, 1855, and as a young man, he was an active Nihilist, one who was so “turned off” by the inane circumstances surrounding him that he adopted the attitude that all values were worthless and nothing was knowable or communicable. He apparently detested the Czarist government so much that he participated in various plots against it and eventually was forced into political exile. From there he moved to Germany where he spent a number of years furthering his education. When he left Germany he immigrated to the United States and soon entered Harvard University.
Ivan Panin became widely known as a confirmed agnostic, so well known, in fact, that when he renounced agnosticism and embraced Jesus Christ, several newspapers carried banner headlines announcing his conversion! Upon hearing of this remarkable turn of events, Professor James, who was reputed to be the greatest Metaphysician of his day remarked, “What a pity that Mr. Panin is cracked on religion. A great philosopher was spoiled in him.”
What event made this brilliant and gifted man, one firmly convinced that absolute truth (“God”) was unknowable, change his mind? What so challenged his intellect and shook him to the very core of his being that he was left with no alternative but belief in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior? The answer is this: He made the scientific discovery that should have shaken the entire world! (The fact that it has not yet done so and has been quietly disregarded by those who should have been its greatest advocates is one of the great mysteries of our time!)
One day in 1890, Mr. Panin was casually reading the first verse of the Gospel of John in the original Koine Greek. This verse, in the original, says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the God, and the Word was God.” And as he read this sentence, his curiosity was stirred by the fact that the definite article “the” preceded “God” in the first instance, but not the second. Why the difference? To analyze this apparent discrepancy, he made a parallel list of all verses in the New Testament in which the word “God” occurs with the article “the” and all those without it. Then when he compared the two lists he noted that there was a mathematical relationship between the two sums. Next, he went through the same procedure for the word “Christ” and on through several other words. each time taking note of the amazing numeric relationships hidden beneath the surface of the text. This “chance” observation would later prove to have been a life-changing event as Ivan Panin enthusiastically pursued the newly-found and exciting discovery he later named “Bible Numerics.”
As these discoveries began to unfold, one after another, Dr. Panin quickly came to the realization that they were far more than just coincidence. There was a mathematical precision inherent to the entire Bible that no mere mortal could have devised and his intellectual objections relative to an unknowable God were overruled! Jesus Christ revealed Himself through His Word to this “chosen vessel” and, like the apostle Paul and a host of others, Ivan Panin was never the same man again.
From that day in 1890 until he died on October 30, 1942, Ivan Panin literally devoted his life (over 50 years) to fully developing this discovery and preserving it for the world. The following is a description of Dr. Panin by Mr. Karl Sabiers, in his book “Mathematics Prove Holy Scriptures.” It was originally published in 1941, while Mr. Panin was still alive:
“This distinguished person is a man of extra-ordinary resources in scholarship. He is keen-minded and alert and possesses amazing analytical and dissecting ability. He is eminently open and scientific. He assumes nothing, but bases all on observed facts. …”This man chose a life of frugality in order to serve his Master by counting words, letters, syllables, and Bible numbers, preserving his findings in neat, hand-written notes now yellowed with age, all 40,000+ pages of them! Mr. Panin … points out that the Apostles left little or no life stories of themselves, but exalted Christ instead”.
Ivan Panin found the numeric seal with which God has sealed the texts of the Bible so that no letter can be changed in texts without breaking the seal. The seal also works in the opposite direction. It can be used to check whether the copier has made any mistakes! Ivan Panin used a Greek manuscript written by Westcott & Hort. From the alternative interpretations given by Westcott & Hort, Ivan Panin was able to select the one which carried out the numerical system of the divine text. This revised Greek manuscript, Ivan Panin published with the name “Numeric Greek New Testament” with 514 pages and printed by the Oxford University Press. “Numeric English New Testament” (can be read online) is his translation from the Numeric Greek New Testament. It is the most accurate translation of the New Testament available.
Panin said: When I had made this observation, I was of course exceedingly enthusiastic as was Archimedes who after resolving a great mathematical problem while taking a bath, rushed into the street naked shouting ‘I solved it.’ “I thought people would be happy about my new observation, but I found that human nature has not changed anymore. So I continued my work quietly alone”
Panin gave his work to nine major scientists to criticize; he did not receive any answers from any of them. None of the scientists wanted to look at his observations publicly. Over a hundred years have now passed since the publication of the article. It can be said that it is almost completely forgotten. Not a miracle in itself; most people, though, do not study the Bible, even as they are so-called in the Bible. It seems to be enough for people to visit church sometimes, perhaps at Christmas or on Easter. Those who are more active and are visiting their church weekly do not actively seek Bible truth in the scriptures. They are content with what they get from their priests. Who is looking for the original apostolic word of the Bible?
Letter to the New York Sun – By Ivan Panin
For some months proceeding Sunday, November 19, 1899, the New York Sun had been devoting the better part of a page of its Sunday edition to the discussion of the truth of Christianity. On that date, it printed a letter from one W.R.L., in which he denounced Christianity, using the old oft-refuted “arguments,” and challenged “some champion of orthodoxy to come into the arena of the Sun,” and give its readers some “facts” in defense of the Christian religion. The writer had not seen the N.Y. Sun for years; but on his way from South Framingham to Grafton, Massachusetts, a copy of the Sun of that date, left on a vacant seat in the train, ‘fell into his hands.’ The following letter met that challenge.
The letter was reprinted by the writer himself in a pamphlet of some fifty pages with the Greek text of Matthew i, 1-17 and the vocabularies thereto, enabling the scholarly reader to verify his statements for himself.
Sir: – In to-day’s Sun Mr. W.R.L. calls for a “champion of orthodoxy” to “step into the arena of the Sun;’ and give him some “facts.” Here are some facts:
The first 17 verses of the New Testament contain the genealogy of the Christ. It consists of two main parts: Verses 1-11 cover the period from Abraham, the father of the chosen people, to the Captivity, when they ceased as an independent people. Verses 12-17 cover the period from the Captivity to the promised Deliverer, the Christ.
Let us examine the first part of this genealogy.
Its vocabulary has 49 words, or 7 x 7. This number is itself seven (Feature 1) sevens (Feature 2), and the sum of its factors is 2 sevens (Feature 3). Of these 49 words 28, or 4 sevens, begin with a vowel; and 21, or 3 sevens, begin with a consonant (Feature 4).
Again: these 49 words of the vocabulary have 266 letters, or 7 x 2 x 19; this number is itself 38 sevens (Feature 5), and the sum of its factors is 28, or 4 sevens (Feature 6), while the sum of its figures is 14, or 2 sevens (Feature 7). Of these 266 letters, moreover, 140, or 20 sevens, are vowels, and 126, or 18 sevens, are consonants (Feature 8).
That is to say: Just as the number of words in the vocabulary is a multiple of seven, so is the number of its letters a multiple of seven; just as the sum of the factors of the number of the words is a multiple of seven, so is the sum of the factors of the number of their letters a multiple of seven. And just as the number of words is divided between vowel words and consonant words by sevens, so is their number of letters divided between vowels and consonants by sevens.
Again: Of these 49 words 35, or 5 sevens, occur more than once in the passage; and 14, or 2 sevens, occur but once (Feature 9); seven occur in more than one form, and 42, or 6 sevens, occur in only one form (Feature 10). And among the parts of speech, the 49 words are thus divided: 42, or 6 sevens, are nouns, seven are not nouns (Feature 12). Of the nouns 35 or 5 sevens, are Proper names, seven are common nouns (Feature 12). Of the Proper names, 28 are male ancestors of the Christ, and seven are not (Feature 13).
Moreover, these 49 words are distributed alphabetically thus: Words under A-E are 21 in number, or 3 sevens; Z-K 14, or 2 sevens; M-X also 14. No other groups of sevens stopping at the end of a letter are made by these 49 words, the groups of sevens stop with these letters and no others. But the letters A, E, Z, K, M, X, are letters 1, 5, 6, 10, 12, 22, of the Greek alphabet, and the sum of these numbers (called their Place Values) is 56, or 8 sevens (Feature 14).
This enumeration of the numeric phenomena of these 11 verses does not begin to be exhaustive, but enough has been shown to make it clear that this part of the genealogy is constructed on an elaborate design of sevens.
Let us not turn to the genealogy as a whole. I will not weary your readers with recounting all the numeric phenomena thereof: pages alone would exhaust them. I will point out only one feature: The New Testament is written in Greek. The Greeks had no separate symbols for expressing numbers, corresponding to our Arabic figures, but used instead the letters of their alphabet: just as the Hebrews, in whose language the Old Testament is written, made use for the same purpose of theirs.
Accordingly, the 24 Greek letters stand for the following numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800. Every Greek word is thus a sum in arithmetic obtained by adding the numbers for which its letters stand, or their numeric values. Now the vocabulary to the entire genealogy has 72 words.
If we write its numeric value over each of these 72 words, and add them, we get for their sum 42,364, or 6,052 sevens, distributed into the following alphabetical groups only: A-B, have 9.821, or 1,403 sevens: G-D, 1904, or 272 sevens; 3,703, or 529 sevens; TH-R, 19,264, or 2,752 sevens; A-X 7,672, or 1,096 sevens. But the numeric value of the 10 letters used for making these groups is 931, or 7 x 7 x 19, a multiple not only of seven but of seven sevens.
Let Mr. W.R.L. try to write some 300 words intelligently like this genealogy, and reproduce some numeric phenomena of like designs. If he does it in 6 months, he will indeed do a wonder. Let us assume that Matthew accomplished this feat in one month.
2. The second part of this chapter, verses 18-25, relates the birth of Christ. It consists of 161 words, or 23 sevens; occurring in 105 forms, or 15 sevens, with a vocabulary of 77 words or 11 sevens. Joseph is spoken to here by the angel. Accordingly, of the 77 words, the angel uses 28, or 4 sevens; of the 105 forms he uses 35, or 5 sevens; the numeric value of the vocabulary is 52,605, or 7,515 sevens; of the forms, 65,429, or 9,347 sevens.
This enumeration only begins as it were to barely scratch the surface of the numerics of this passage. But what is especially noteworthy here is the fact that the angel’s speech has also a scheme of sevens making it a kind of ring within a ring, a wheel within a wheel. If Mr. L. can write a similar passage of 161 words with the same scheme of sevens alone (though there are several others here) in some three years, he would accomplish a still greater wonder. Let us assume Matthew accomplished this feat in only 6 months.
3. The second chapter of Matthew tells of the childhood of the Christ. Its vocabulary has 161 words, or 23 sevens, with 896 letters, or 128 sevens, and 238 forms, or 34 sevens; the numeric value of the vocabulary is 123,529, or 17,647 sevens; of the forms, 166,985, or 23,855 sevens; and so on through pages of enumeration. This chapter has at least four logical divisions, and each division shows alone the same phenomena found in the chapter as a whole. Thus the first six verses have a vocabulary of 56 words, or 8 sevens, etc. There are some speeches here: Herod speaks, the Magi speak, the angel speaks. But so pronounced are the numeric phenomena here, that though there are as it were numerous rings within rings, and wheels within wheels, each is perfect in itself, though forming all the while only part of the rest.
If Mr. L. can write a chapter like this as naturally as Matthew writes, but containing in some 500 words so many intertwined yet harmonious numeric features, in say the rest of his days – whatever his age now, or the one to which he is to attain: if he thus accomplish it at all, it will indeed be marvel of marvels. Let us assume that Matthew accomplished this feat in only 3 years.
4. There is not, however, a single paragraph of the scores in Matthew that is not constructed in exactly the same manner. Only with each additional paragraph the difficulty of constructing it increases not in arithmetical but in geometrical progression. For he contrives to write numeric relations to what goes before and after. Thus in his last chapter, he contrives to use just 7 words not used by him before.
It would thus be easy to show that Mr. L. would require some centuries to write a book like Matthew’s. How long it took Matthew the writer does not know. But how he contrived to do it between the Crucifixion, A.D.30 (and his Gospel could not have been written earlier), and the destruction of Jerusalem, A.D.70 (and the Gospel could not have been written later), let Mr. L. and his like-minded explain.
Anyhow Matthew did it, and we thus have a miracle – an unheard-of literary, mathematical artist, unequaled, hardly even conceivable. This is the first fact for Mr. L. to contemplate.
A second fact is yet more important: In his very first section, the genealogy discussed above, the words found nowhere else in the New Testament, occur 42 times, 7 x 6; and have 126 letters, 7 x 6 x 3, each number a multiple not only of seven, but of 6 sevens, to name only two of the many numeric features of these words.
But how did Matthew know, when designing this scheme for these words (whose sole characteristic is that they are found nowhere else in the New Testament) that they would not be found in the other 26 books? that they would not be used by the other 7 New Testament writers? Unless we assume the impossible hypothesis that he had an agreement with them to that effect, he must have had the rest of the New Testament before him when he wrote his book. The Gospel of Matthew, then, was written last.
5. It so happens, however, that the Gospel of Mark shows the very same phenomena. Thus the very passage called so triumphantly in today’s Sun a “forgery,” the Last Twelve Verses of Mark, presents among some sixty features of sevens the following phenomena: It has 175 words, or 95 sevens; a vocabulary of 98 words, or 2 sevens of sevens with 553 letters, or 79 sevens; 133 forms, or 19 sevens, and so on to the minutest detail.
Mark, then, is another miracle, another unparalleled literary genius. And in the same way in which it was shown that Matthew wrote last, it is also shown that Mark, too, wrote last. Thus to take an example from this very passage: It has just one word found nowhere else in the New Testament, ‘deadly’. This fact is signaled by no less than seven features of sevens thus: Its numeric value is 581, or 83 sevens, with the sum of its figures 14, or 2 sevens, of which the letters 3, 5, 7, from both the BEGINNING and END of the word have 490, or 7 x 7 x 5 x 2: a multiple of seven sevens, with the sum of its factors 21, or 3 sevens.
In the vocabulary it is preceded by 42 words, 7 x 6; in the passage itself by 126 words, or 7 x 6 x 3, both numbers multiples not only of seven, but of 6 sevens. We have thus established before us this third fact for Mr. L. to contemplate: Matthew surely wrote after Mark, and Mark just as surely wrote after Matthew.
6. It happens, however, to be a fourth fact, that Luke presents the same phenomena as Matthew and Mark; and so does John, and James, and Peter, and Jude, and Paul. And we have thus no longer two great unheard-of mathematical literati, but eight of them and each wrote after the other.
7. And not only this: As Luke and Peter wrote each 2 books, John 5, and Paul 14, it can, in the same way, be shown that each of the 27 New Testament books was written last. In fact, not a page of the over 500 in Westcott and Hort’s Greek edition (which the writer has used throughout) but it can be demonstrated thus to have been written last.
The phenomena are there and there is no human way of explaining them. Eight men cannot each write last, 97 books, some 500 pages cannot each be written first. But once assume that one Mind directed the whole, and the problem is solved simply enough; but this is Verbal Inspiration – of every jot and tittle of the New Testament.
There remains only to be added that by precisely the same kind of evidence the Hebrew Old Testament is proved to be equally inspired. Thus the very first verse of Genesis has seven words, 28 letters, or 4 sevens: to name only two out of the dozens of numeric features of this one verse of only seven words. – N.Y. Sun, Nov. 21, 1899 – Corrected.
To this letter, several replies appeared in the Sun, but not a single answer. For in only three ways can it be refuted.
(a) By showing that the facts are not as here given.
(b) By showing that it is possible for 8 men to write each after the other 7; for 27 books, for some 500 pages to be each in its turn written last. (c) By showing that even if the facts be true, the arithmetic faultless, and the collocation of the numerics honest, it does not follow that mere men could not have written this without Inspiration from above.
Accordingly, as many as nine noted rationalists (of whom Drs. Lyman Abbot and Charles W. Eliot are still living) [now in 1927 also gone to where they may know] were respectfully but publicly invited to refute the writer. One was not “interested” in the writer’s “arithmetical” doings; two “regretted” that they “had no time” to give heed thereto. Another “did not mean to be unkind,” but … The rest were silent.
For the special benefit of these, the writer printed the original data with numerous details, enabling them in the easiest manner to verify every statement made by him if they wished. And to the best of his ability, he has for years seen to it that no scholar whom surely these things especially concern remain in ignorance of the facts here recounted and of like cogency.
A notable exception to the above is a lawyer of standing [now also dead], whose books on Law are deemed as of authority. He had intelligence enough and candor withal to confess that the case for the Bible as made out by the writer is impregnable, that the Bible is thus proved to be an “absolutely unique book.”
This much the case itself exhorts from the but too well-equipped writer on – EVIDENCE; and accordingly, he henceforth reads the writer’s Numerics with intense appreciation. And then, fresh from this confession, he betakes himself once more to the circulation of his anti-Christian books in the writing of which he joys to spend his leisure hours.
In the second letter to the N. Y. Sun the author, in discussing some irrelevant “answers” to his first letter, recited the three ways of refuting him and then continued:
No sane man will try to refute me by the second method. To refute me by the first method I herewith respectfully invite any or all of the following to prove that my facts are not facts: namely Messrs: Lyman Abbott, Washington Gladden, Heber Newton, Minot J. Savage, Presidents Eliot of Harvard, White of Cornell, Professors J. Henry Thayer of Harvard, and Dr. Briggs, and any other prominent higher critic so called. They may associate with themselves, if they choose, all the contributors of the ninth edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica who wrote its articles on Biblical subjects together with a dozen mathematicians of the caliber of Professor Simon Newcomb. The heavier the calibre of either scholar or mathematician, the more satisfactory to me.
They will find that my facts are facts. And since they are facts, I am ready to take them to any three prominent lawyers, or, better still, to any judge of a superior or supreme court, and abide by his decision as to whether the conclusion is not necessary that Inspiration alone can account for the facts, if they are facts.
All I should ask would be that the judge treat the case as he would any other case that comes before him: declining to admit matters for discussion as irrelevant when they are irrelevant; and listening patiently to both sides, as he does in any trial.
- The Testimony of the Bible as the Word of God?
For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not one letter or one stroke of a letter will disappear from the Law until everything has been accomplished (Mat 5:18). This is the Bible’s testimony given by Jesus himself. The Bible is the Word of God,
There were errors in translation of its Greek version and Panin corrected them using his method. Panin was accused of having translated the New Testament to his liking. This was not the question; Panin had to try to find the right Greek version that would implement God’s numeric code which goes through the entire New Testament in the Greek language. After having finished the Greek New Testament, Panin translated it in English. Ivan Panin has, according to his mathematical method, checked the entire New Testament and published it in English. The work is called Numeric English New Testament. There is no code in the English translation, only in the Greek (and Hebrew Old Testament). Its translation is based mainly on the American Standard Version (1901).
If you had in your hand the scripture written in the original language, Hebrew or Greek, you could, like Panin, see it as mere numbers. Each Hebrew and Greek language letter has a corresponding numeric value. So Panin in a way turned the text into numbers and started looking into the code that they exposed. He found that the sum of the letters of each sentence or paragraph was divisible by seven. Every Bible book, every chapter and every verse exposed this very code. And if it did not, there was something wrong in one or several words used.
Many may wonder about such an abundance of mathematical codes in each book of the Bible. Why would God have done so? Panin answered his friend with a question: why do the banknotes have different, often invisible security features? The friend immediately realized that they were included in the banknote printing process to prevent counterfeiting. Panin stated that for the same reason God has included in every Bible verse an invisible code that can be used to ensure that the text is correct. Examining the Bible this way helps to correct translation errors, helps to determine whether certain words or even verses belong to the original Bible and do the so-called Apocrypha Books belong to the Biblical Canon or not. In my opinion, the most important proof is that with biblical numerics it can be indisputably shown that God himself has inspired all the words of the entire Bible, the Old and the New Testament. Not one letter can be changed without the code being broken. I give you a couple of examples a little later. Today, it may be possible to produce such text using computers. When writing the Bible during the 1500 years there was no such possibility. All writers should have known about the code and should have been able to produce text according to the code.
When Panin had completed his work, he was excited and believed that everyone else would be, the whole of Christendom. If he imagined that church bells would echo in the whole world and people would praise God for revealing his truth to the last letter, Panin was badly disappointed; nobody could have cared less! The result was an indifferent silence and disbelief. Even today, about one hundred years later, the most common comment is: hoo-ha!
Isaiah (6:9-10) conveyed God’s message:
He said, Go, and tell this people, ‘you hear indeed, but don’t understand; And you see indeed, but don’t perceive.’ Make the heart of this people fat; Make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn again, and be healed.
- The Bible Numerics Prove the Right Translation
1 Tim 3:16
Which version of the translation is correct?
Am. Std.: And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; He who was revealed in the flesh, was vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.
KJV 1789: ”And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
This is a very meaningful verse; it is not at all inconsequential whether it is God who has appeared in the flesh, or only a man. If the correct translation is God, it would mean that Jesus is God who has appeared in the flesh. The Catholic manuscript – Vatican MS – for an understandable reason – wants to interpret this “God appeared in the flesh …” but another one – Alexandrian MS, interpreted it as “He who …” Which one is right? There is a small difference between the two texts. Panin studied the matter with Bible numerics and found that the version “He who” implements the code correctly and is the correct translation. This verse does not take a stand for or against the divinity of Jesus.
Rom 16:7 – Junia or Junias
One of the Bible translations uses the name Junia but is uncertain giving a footnote: “According to another interpretation, the name in question is not a woman’s name, but a man’s name, Junias.” Panin removed the uncertainty in his numerics calculation. It is at the end of the Numeric English New Testament (NENT), in the annex “Paper VII”.
The hitherto uncertainty whether the Greek Ιουνίαν, Iounian is the accusative of Iounia, feminine, or Iounias, masculine, is now removed in favor of Junia by Numerics thus: Among the numerous persons saluted by Paul in Romans 16 are the following seven women.
102 Πρισκίλλα Priscilla
40 Μαρία Mary
67 Ιουνία Junia
101 Τρύϕαινα Tryphæna
120 Τρυϕσα Tryphosa
83 Περσίς Persis
65 Ιουλία Julia
578 or 17 x 17 x 2
The figures in the seven place values preceding the names are seventeen (Feature 1), their sum is 578, or 2 seventeens (Feature 2) of seventeens (Feature 3), of which the first name has 102, or 6 seventeens, and the other six have 476, itself 28 seventeens (Feature 4), with the sum of its figures seventeen (Feature 5). This division, moreover, is by 2 seventeens; thus:
578 is 17 x 17 x 2
102 is 17 x 2 x 3
476 is 17 x 2 x 2 x 7
The numbers with two figures have 255, or 15 seventeens; those with three have 323 or 19 seventeens (Feature 6).
The two women who are named together, Tryphæna and Tryphosa, have 221, or 13 seventeens, leaving for the others 357, or 17 x 3 x 7, or 21 seventeens (Feature 7).
The three middle names have 288, leaving for those on each side of them 290, each neighbor of 289.
288 is (17 x 17)-1 or 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 3 x 3
290 is (17 x 17)+1 or 2 x 5 x 29
so that this division is the nearest possible unequal division into two halves, each of seventeen (Feature 8) seventeens (Feature 9).
This enumeration of the Numerics of the seven women (whose sole bond is that they are named by Paul to be greeted among many others) is in nowise exhaustive; but these suffice for the present purpose. The chance for these Numerics to be a mere coincidence here, undesigned, is (with due allowance for the neighborhood feature which has not as good a chance as the direct features of 17) one in 17 x 17 x 17 x 17 x 17 x 17 x 17 x 17 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 or 446,000,000,000 or 446 billions.
An elaborate design of seventeens thus runs through the seven names possible only with JUNIA and is DESTROYED with its omission from the list.
It may be that this very question about Junia is not of great importance to the whole of the Bible. What is remarkable is that Panin has developed a method that helps to ensure the correctness of the Bible text and to ensure that the wrangle between scribes will stop. Using the NENT translation, we get so close to the original Greek text of the Bible as it is possible. For Greek-speaking bible students there is the equivalent Bible text as the original version. Some hold such a statement as prominent and inappropriate. However, all things considered, the Panin’s Greek Bible fulfills the requirements of numerics. Of course, the English translation (NENT) aspires to be as close to the original as possible.
But but. If the word of the Bible itself is now reliable and the errors in it are corrected, there remains an important question: what is the correct INTERPRETATION of each verse? In its turn, Panin used the modern phrase structures: The sentences begin in uppercase and end to the point. Subordinate clauses are separated by commas. It is Panin who has decided when the Bible talks about god and when about God. Would it have been better to write all the letters in either uppercase or lowercase letters? Well, that would not have been very readable to modern man. When reading Panin’s NENT, it is good to keep in mind that the commas and g:s are not necessarily the same as the apostle would have meant if they had used them. These questions are very difficult and demand interpretation. I have tried to shed light on alternative translations in the chapter “Translation and interpretation issues”.