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I remain skeptical of the “Bible code” generated by computer from alphabetical characters in the Hebrew Bible. There’s too much room for chance in the process. If such a code exists, we haven’t unlocked its secrets. A computer search for messages hidden in letters a certain number of spaces apart would yield mixed results. It would take a lot of “hits” to confirm the existence of a code.

From studying some things that are more evident, I am certain that background information does exist in the Bible however. The ancient Hebrew language is highly organized, and innuendo exists in the Bible. There are many instances where particular words hint at the broader meanings of a family of words, and interesting connections exist between languages also. I have written about a few of these things (ref. “Truth” in my March 2010 archives, “Altar, Alter” in January 2014, “Crystal, Chrysalis, and Christ” in July 2010, and also my blog page, “The Messiah”).

Such word associations can determine whether a passage of the Bible has special meaning to the reader. Sometimes one language might also reveal a facet of God’s truth that another may not.

Some would object to calling these language enigmas a code, but they have obviously been used as such in Bible prophecies. Hebrew letters each have an individual name and meaning, while the original pictographic precursor of the letter may convey a further thought. Other meanings may yet be communicated when letters are combined into syllables (ref. Syllabic writing). Shortened words acting as syllables, prefixes, and suffixes, are part of all languages, and all languages have families of words with related meanings. Some words may have an opposite meaning, but yet be related.

Hebrew letters also serve as numerals, as do letters of the Greek alphabet (and others), so a numerical code could be contained within the original writings of the Bible. Sections of it could remain intact, in spite of translations and transliterations. That would give even greater meaning to Bible warnings concerning the altering of the text.

We probably should have a word of caution here, because people often disagree on the interpretation of a simple reading of the Bible. Although a deeper study of the Bible can resolve many perplexing passages, other problems may arise in the process. I think we should set a rule for ourselves, that an interpretation of underlying meanings should not contradict a plain reading of the text.

Besides the Bible, it’s possible for other ancient writings to contain hidden information. The Copper Scroll, found in the same cave as some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, is an ancient document that might make use of such secrets of language.

The Copper Scroll is neither an ancient commentary, nor a copy of a biblical writing, as are the other scrolls. It is a list of various treasures, mostly silver and gold, presumed to be from the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, hidden in separate places prior to the Temple’s destruction. Altering a few words or numbers in the interpretation of the scroll could jeopardize its value as a map.

There’s a good chance that the claims of the scroll are truthful, but many of the landmarks have been lost. If some of the treasures are yet hidden somewhere, it’s possible that the scroll contains encrypted clues that could lead to a discovery. The writing is in a different dialect from the other scrolls, and a few Greek letters are inserted here and there in a mysterious fashion. Some serious scientists think the Greek letters do involve some sort of code. It could be interesting to apply “Bible Code” software, and other code-breaking techniques to the Copper Scroll.

The ultimate goal of truth is complete revelation, but concerning the Bible, just as it is in war, some knowledge must not be revealed to the enemy too soon. Foreknowledge must sometimes be kept secret from those who would seek to alter the future from the paths predicted by the Bible. Otherwise, God would be robbed of biblical evidences for Christ.

Many atheists claim they would be accepting of God if he would openly reveal himself, but that’s not necessarily true. Some people might be receptive, but many would not. God only knows. I’m sure that all of us would abuse knowledge of the future in some fashion if we actually had control of it. That is one of the reasons for some of the obscure passages of the Bible.

The Bible plainly says that Christ’s enemies would not have crucified him if they had fully known who he was (1st Corinthians 2:8). Some, while they wouldn’t have hesitated to torture a fellow human being, would have feared to treat the living God in the same manner (Jesus is recorded in Matthew 25:40 as saying that mistreatment of others is equal to mistreatment of God). Some people directly involved in the crucifixion would have feared to expose their true nature, and others would simply have tried to avoid fulfilling Bible predictions.

If earlier attempts on the life of Jesus, had been successful (Luke 4:28-30), he wouldn’t have completely fulfilled the prophetical writings concerning the suffering Messiah. The writings had to convey these prophecies to a later generation, and yet do so in a way that the enemy would not be able to alter them. The suffering of Christ is the foremost attempt of God to reveal his heart to a doubting world. Only one who truly loved mankind (the good shepherd, John 10:11-14) would have endured the cross when he could have avoided it (Matthew 26:50-56). The prophecies had to be fulfilled for God to gain our trust.

Knowledge of the future is considered in the Bible to be an evidence of authenticity. The “dark sentences” (Daniel 8:23-25), enigmas, and paradoxes of the Bible are there for a purpose. My last few posts have been about the tower of Babel, but endless books could be written on the subject. It’s all in the Bible, often in a condensed form, some of it written between the lines in undiscovered codes, and (ref. Proverbs 1:6, Psalms 49:4, and Numbers 12:8) in the “dark sayings of the wise.”

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