Lately I have heard so much about the “Bible Code.” I have read the book also by the same title, and it is quite believable. If you haven’t heard about it, a computer program was developed that takes the original Hebrew text of the Bible and develops a sequence (every tenth letter, every 1456 letter) which then spells out current happenings, current leaders, for example Bill Clinton. It accurately predicted the Oklahoma City bombing and other events. The hidden code also tells of future events. The author, Michael Drosnin, states that this “secret code” in the Bible is the book the angel told Daniel to “shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the End” (the book of Daniel). Please shed some light on this subject.
This is another attempt by Satan and the powers of antichrist to bring man away from the Scripture so that they can foist upon man their own goals, namely to destroy the faith of the elect if it were possible.
The man, Michael Drosnin, that wrote the book Bible Code, is himself an unbeliever. That is, he does not believe in the God of the Scriptures, in fact he maintains that aliens from outer space have written the Bible. On the other hand, he presents the so called Bible code as another means in the hands of man whereby he can save himself. This in itself ought to warn us that this supposed hidden Bible code is no more than another attempt to draw one away from the obedience to the Word of God.
Also, this book has become a best seller, and the movie rights have been sold to the book. The personal profit is tremendous and again leads one to see the true nature of this hoax.
The writer of this book and his supporters are not interested in truth; in fact the book itself is designed to take you away from the truth of the Scriptures. It is striking that in all the so-called hidden code in the Bible the author and others find the names of all the rabbis of the Jewish faith of any importance, even names of political leaders, as you mention, even Clinton, but the name of Jesus is absent in this so-called code.
There are several important truths that we must ever keep in mind. God has given us the infallibly inspired Scripture as a complete whole which reveals all that we need to know for faith and life. This is our confession and this is the testimony of the Scripture itself. The Word of God is given unto us clearly and plainly that we may be led in such a way to be made perfect, that is to be prepared to dwell with our God forever. II Timothy 3:16- 17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” We do not need more than this. In fact Paul warns us “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Galatians 1:8-12. In this passage we learn that the gospel that is preached is the gospel received by the revelation of Jesus Christ. It is this revelation that we now have in the Holy Scriptures. No man may add or subtract from that gospel. To do so is to bring a false gospel. Who must interpret the so-called code? Mathematicians or other highly learned men that can explain not only how the so called code works, but that it reveals things that God did not reveal in His revealed Word. This is foolishness. God has said that He hides the Word from the wise and prudent, they cannot even know what Jesus taught plainly in the parables; but He reveals His Word and the things of His kingdom to babes. How different from all the technical knowledge needed to read and to interpret this so-called code. Jesus Himself says “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:18-19. It is a matter of life and death, eternal life and eternal death to attempt to add or subtract anything to the Scriptures. Already in the Old Testament we hear the warning of God, in Deuteronomy 18:9-12 “When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” Basically this is that which is attempted through holding that there is a secret code that needs to have special divination to determine its meaning. Especially is this true when those that hold to the special code would say that the future things, even in their details, can be foretold by this code. It is an abomination unto the Lord.
God clearly reveals to us all that we need to know about the future in the various prophecies of the Scriptures. Man is not satisfied, he wants more, he will not walk in faith. That is the problem and trouble. Are we satisfied with God’s Word, are we content with His ways or shall we make a god of our own understanding? Almost anyone can use a computer and with a mixture of the letters of the Scripture that is taking any one theme could produce spellings of almost all of the known words in the language of man. But this proves absolutely nothing other than the tremendous capacity that man has to do what he pleases. With statistics it is said you can prove any thing you want, so it is with such mathematical play with the words of Scripture. God gives man over to his foolishness unto destruction.
In faith we receive God’s written clear Word of the Scriptures, and receive the gospel of salvation by grace alone. Do not listen to the call of antichrist so prevalent today that would draw you aside from obedience to that Word.
Finally remember God is light and truth, He does not deceive nor does He hide for ages from His people that which they need to know. We read this very simply and wonderfully in the First epistle of John in verses four through seven, “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” There is no darkness in God at all. ❖