Torah code, hidden messages
Study of the Bible will increase knowledge, which may only make you proud. The goal should be to know Jesus better and to trust Him more.
Attempts to mystify the Bible, like the Jewish practice of kabbala and teachings that reserve understanding for priests or scholars, are far from God’s intent.
God’s way of righteousness is by faith in Jesus Christ. Faith implies a decision to trust, without proof. For those who take that step He sends the Holy Spirit to make the Bible come alive and He takes the believer on a journey where faith grows and matures. We have an opportunity to increase faith when we comprehend what has been called the Torah Code, an underlying pattern of words spelled out at equidistant skip sequences throughout the original text of the Hebrew Bible.
Here is an example.
Using the Masoretic text, which has not changed by as much as one character for more than 2000 years, we find the word TORAH spelled out at skip sequences at the start of the books of Genesis, Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The Hebrew word TORAH means law, or teaching, and is the title rabbis use to describe the first five books of the Bible, the Law of Moses.
Finding this pattern does not mystify the Bible. It is simply there. It is a fact. It can be checked by counting the letters manually or, today, with computer programs. That the pattern is there is remarkable. It recurs too many times to be considered coincidental. It is an indication, a seal so to speak, of divine authorship.
The first word in Genesis 1:1 is BERESHEET, meaning “In the beginning.” The last letter of the Hebrew word is a tav:
Hebrew is read from right to left. Tav is the first letter of the word TORAH. Count seven times seven letters, or 49 characters, and the 50th letter in the Hebrew text is vav – the second letter in the word TORAH. Keep going in this way, every 50th letter, and TORAH is spelled out. Also starting with the first occurrence of the letter tav in the book of Exodus, the word TORAH is spelled out in the same way.
Do the exercise in the fourth and fifth books of the Bible – Numbers and Deuteronomy – and we find the same phenomenon, except that the word TORAH is spelled backwards; pointing inwards, so to speak.
What about Leviticus, the middle book of these first five books of the Bible?
In that book, dominated by the seven opening chapters detailing blood sacrifices for sin, we find the ancient name for God spelled out. Starting with the first letter yud, skipping seven letters and counting the eighth, we find the word YHWH, translated into English, by the way, as Yahweh or Jehovah.
It is impossible that this could have happened by chance. The only conclusion is that the Spirit of God directed the men who wrote the text. As you will see in the next section, computer searches have discovered other word codes, pointing to events that have occurred in history.
This is not numerology. It is not using the Bible to predict the future. God tells us not to do that.
“Let no one be found among you who ... practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord ...”
~ Deuteronomy 18:10-12
The plain text of the Bible gives warnings of events to occur in the last days, but we are told that no-one can predict the time of the end. We should not even try. Prophecy is given for two reasons:
Events occur that were foretold in the Bible – such as the regathering of Israel to the Promised Land – and we realise that only God could have known these things. Our faith is reinforced.
When we see predicted events unfold, it is a signal to be ready – to be taking God seriously.
Being aware of the Torah code simply confirms that our trust in the Word of God stands upon a sure foundation.
The existence of the word TORAH, embedded at a continuous equidistant skip sequence in the Hebrew text was uncovered by rabbis long ago. They counted the letters by hand.
However, in the last 30 years, with computers, a dazzling complexity of word codes has been found.
Of course, in any large enough sample of text a computer can find words at letter sequences of equidistant intervals. That would not be noteworthy. But when a word like TORAH occurs as it does, and in the way that it does, in the opening books of the Bible, it cannot be dismissed as coincidental. The odds against it are too great.
In recent years, what has been done with computers is to search the Bible text for a word such as, say, Hitler. In this case, it was found within a passage in Deuteronomy 10, counting every twenty-second letter. There would be nothing remarkable about that in itself. However, the computer is then set to find related words, such as nazi, enemy, slaughter and evil man. All these words were found, in the same portion of Bible text, at varying skip sequences. The odds of such a phenomenon happening by chance can be calculated and they are astronomical.
The mathematicians who have been working on this project applied the process to texts other than the Bible. They ran the same computer model on the Hebrew translation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, and on other literary works. The code only shows up in the Bible. Change just one letter in the Bible text, however, and the entire phenomenon disappears.
Thousands of related word groups have been discovered embedded in the Hebrew text. By way of example, here is a tiny sample of words which are grouped together:
- Man on moon – spaceship – Apollo 13
- Shakespeare – Macbeth – Hamlet – stage
- Hussein – scuds – missile – war
- Rabin – assassin – Amir – Tel Aviv
- Edison – electricity – light bulb
- President Kennedy – to die – Dallas
- French revolution – Bastille – Louis
The mathematics and computer studies have been rigorously tested since the early 1990’s and the evidence is irrefutable. An article on the phenomenon by three world-renowned mathematicians passed an unprecedented three reviews before being published in the authoritative journal, Statistical Science, in 1994.
The Bible is unique. It carries the seal of God.
Torah code reveals the Messiah:
YESHUA, the Hebrew name of Jesus, is revealed in skip sequences in the Hebrew Bible.
- Example 1:
Starting with the yud in BERESHEET, the first word in Genesis 1:1, and skipping 521 letters consecutively, the phrase is spelled out: YESHUA YAKOL, meaning: “Jesus is able.”
- Example 2:
The book of Leviticus gives chapters of instruction on blood sacrifices to atone for sin. They all point to Jesus’ perfect sacrifice on the cross. Leviticus also describes rules for the priests and for the High Priest. Jesus is our great High Priest, mediating with God for us.
Leviticus 21:10 says: “And the High Priest, the one among his brothers who has had the anointing oil poured on his head ...”
Starting with the heh, the second letter in the Hebrew: VE HA’COHEN HA’GADOL, “And the high priest ...” and counting every third letter, reveals the phrase: HAIN DAM YESHUA, meaning: “Behold the blood of Jesus.”
- Example 3:
Isaiah 53 is one of the great passages in the Tanach pointing to the work and person of the Messiah.
By oppression and judgment He was taken away. And who can speak of His descendants? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of My people He was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though the Lord makes His life a guilt offering, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
~ Isaiah 53:8-10
Embedded in this passage is the phrase YESHUA SHMI, which means: “Jesus is My name.”
It is found by starting at the second yud in the word YARIK – “He shall prolong” – in verse 10, and counting back through the verses every twentieth letter.torah numerology