Ivan Panin carefully examined the Hebrew text of Genesis 1:1 and discovered an incredible phenomenon of multiples of 7 that could not be explained by chance. Genesis 1:1 was composed of seven Hebrew words containing a total of 28 letters. Throughout the Bible the number seven appears repeatedly as a symbol of divine perfection—the 7 days of creation, God rested on the 7th day, the 7 churches, the 7 seals, the 7 trumpets, etc. In total, Panin discovered 30 separate codes involving the number 7 in this first verse of the Bible.
A Partial Listing of the Phenomenal Features of Sevens Found in Genesis 1
1 The number of Hebrew words = 7
2 The number of letters equals 28 (7x4 = 28)
3 The first 3 Hebrew words translated "In the beginning God created" have 14 letters (7x2 = 14)
4 The last four Hebrew words "the heavens and the earth" have 14 letters (7x2 = 14)
5 The fourth and fifth words have 7 letters
6 The sixth and seventh words have 7 letters
7 The three key words: God, heaven and earth have 14 letters (7x2 = 14)
8 The number of letters in the four remaining words is also 14 (7x2 = 14)
9 The shortest word in the verse is the middle word with 7 letters
10 The Hebrew numeric value of the first, middle and last letters is 133 (7x19 = 133)
11 The Hebrew numeric value of first and last letters of all seven words is 1393 (7x199 = 1393)
Are the Bible Codes real?
Many of us have heard of the mysterious “Bible Codes”. What exactly is all the fuss about?
With the invention of high-speed computers a phenomenon has reportedly been discovered in the Bible involving what is called Equidistant Letter Sequences, or ELS, also popularly know as the “Bible Codes.” Basically a “code” is a word or words found in the text spelled out over regular intervals, such as every 7th letter, or every 20th letter.
How do we prove these words found encoded in the text are not just there by chance, which is the charge of skeptics of the Bible Codes? One of many statistical tests used by mathmaticians and other scientists is the “a priori test”, that is, rather than looking for related words in a text by trial and error, instead to specify in advance the words you are looking for in the text.
Here is an example of a code that has been found: a computer search was done for pairs of encoded words that revealed the names and dates of birth or death of the thirty-four most famous rabbis during the years 90-1900 A.D. These names were specified in advance by choosing them out of an encyclopedia.
When this experiment was run, the researchers found the names of every one of the thirty-four rabbis encoded and paired in close association with their birth or death dates. These were all encoded in the 78,064 letters of Genesis! And this code, if valid, is also prophetic! In Chapter Ten of The Bible Can Be Proven, I decribe this amazing experiment further as well as provide links to articles such as http://www.torah-code.org/papers/wdp2.pdf which describes some of the statistical methods used by code reseachers and answers some criticisms.
Apparently God has put some interesting features in the text of the Bible to get the attention of today’s computer-minded generation! And they seem to hold up to rigorous statistical testing.