This little book (Hidden Treasures in the Biblical Text) of 14 short Chapters presents very compelling evidence for the truth seeker to implicitly trust the inerrancy of the Bible (in its original languages- Hebrew & Greek). Dr. Chuck Missler has outstanding resources in every media format on his expansive website at khouse.org. I have selected this particular chapter, The Rule of Seven as it clearly presents information that defies statistical probability- were it not clear evidence of the Divine Author’s intent to encrypt an ‘unbreakable’ authentication code in His Holy Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
Please enjoy the full citation of this exciting information:
The Rule of Seven
The recurrence of seven-or an exact multiple of seven– is found throughout the Bible and is widely recognized. The frequent occurrence of the number seven is conspicuous even to a casual reader.
We encounter the seven days of Creation in Genesis, the seven Feasts of Israel, seven days of rain after Noah enters the Ark, seven days between the doves, Jacob serves seven years for each of his two wives, seven kine and ears of corn in Pharaoh’s dreams (seven good years and seven famine years), seven lamps of the Menorah, the seven elements of furniture in the Tabernacle, seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the repeated use of seven in the Levitical priestly instructions, the seven weeks to the Feast of Weeks, the seven months between Nisan and Tishri, (and the seven years of the sabbatical year, and the seven times seven to the Jubilee Year); the seven priests with seven trumpets circling Jericho seven times in the Book of Joshua, seven nations of Canaan, Solomon was seven years building the Temple, Naaman washed seven times in the Jordan River, seven loaves fed the four thousand, etc.
In the Book of Revelation we encounter seven churches, seven lampstands, seven stars, seven seals, seven horns, seven spirits of GOD, seven angels, seven trumpets, seven thunders, seven crowns, seven last plagues, seven bowls, seven kings, and there are many more sevens, much more subtle in their presence.
A Design Challenge
Consider the following assignment: Try designing a genealogy- even from fiction- which meets the following criteria:
- The number of words in it must be divisible by 7 evenly. (In each of these constraints, it is assumed that the resulting divisions are without any remainders).
- The number of letters must also be divisible by 7. (Not too difficult so far? Let’s include a few more constraints…)
- The number of vowels and the number of consonants must also each be divisible by 7. (Getting more challenging? Let’s add a few more).
- The number of words that begin with a vowel must be divisible by 7.
- The number of words that begin with a consonant must be divisible by 7. (Let’s add some frequency constraints).
- The number of words that occur more than once must be divisible by 7.
- The number of words that occur in more than one form shall be divisible by 7.
- The number of words that occur in only one form shall be divisible by 7.
- The number of nouns shall be divisible by 7.
- Only 7 words shall not be nouns.
- The number of names in the genealogy shall be divisible by 7.
- Only 7 other kinds of nouns are permitted.
- The number of males names shall be divisible by 7.
- The number of generations shall be 21, also divisible by 7.
A challenging assignment, indeed! Could you do it?
If you encountered such a genealogy, would you attribute such characteristics as these to random chance?
These have all been met (in the Greek) in the genealogy of Jesus Christ in the first 11 verses of the Gospel of Matthew.
The heptadic (sevenfold) structure of the Bible has been much studied and the subject of numerous volumes in the past, but none are more provocative than the works of Dr. Ivan Panin, to whom we are indebted for these observations.
Chance as the Rival Conjecture?
The difficulties of matching a corpus of any text to fit the numerical rules are staggering. For each feature listed there are six chances of failing and only one of success. For two such features at the same time, there is only one in 7 x 7, or 49 changes of “winning.” In fact, for each additional feature required, the odds pile up against complete success rather quickly:
- For 2: 7 x 7= 49
- For 3: 7 x 7 x 7= 343
- For 4: 7 x 7 x 7 x 7= 2,401
- For 5: 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7= 16,807
- For 6: 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7= 117,649
- For 7: 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7= 823,543
- For 8: 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7= 5,764,801
- For 9: 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7= 40,353,607
The discussion of the genealogy in Matthew detailed 14 features, several of which were interdependent. The odds of a random text complying to only 9 heptadic constraints is 0ver 40 million to one! If it took you 10 minutes per draft, and you worked 40 hours a week for 50 weeks per year, it would take over 3,000 years to accomplish this task by random trials!
The Last 12 Verses of Mark
There are some scholars who believe the last 12 verses of Mark were not in the original and were added later. This has become a dispute among many.
(Many Bibles have a footnote to that effect, excessively relying on the Alexandrian codices [4th century] and the writings of Westcott and Hort, et al. It is becoming increasingly understood that those 12 verses were expurgated from the Alexandrian codices and were actually in the original. Irenaeus, in 150 AD, quotes them in his commentary, as doe Hypolatus in the 2nd century). [emphasis mine-sg]
Do you think that a clever scribe could have composed these verses on his own? The passage in question has over 34 heptadic features, which would seem to make their inclusion by human manual methods seem a bit difficult; [multiplied out it would be]:
54,116,956,037,952,111,668,959,660,849 to 1!
One million supercomputers, composing 400 million drafts per second, would require over 4 million years to complete that number!
That is with only 34 features. Panin has identified 75 [in these 12 verses]!
This heptadic attribute seems to operate as an automatic security monitor- watching over every single letter of the text- that doesn’t rust or wear out, and has been standing watch for several thousand years. It is of an uncompromisable design and can be viewed as the ‘authenticating fingerprint’ of the Author Himself.
One of the simplest and most provocative aspects of the Biblical text is the vocabulary usage. The number of vocabulary words in a passage is, of course, different from the total number of words in a passage. Some words are repeated. It is easy, for example, to use a vocabulary of 500 words to write an essay of 4,000 words.
There are words in Matthew that occur nowhere else in the New Testament. There are 42 such words (7 x 6) and they have 126 letters (7 x 18). Again, always an exact multiple of 7. How could this possibly have been organized?
Even if Matthew contrived to include this characteristic into his Gospel, how could he have known that these specific words- whose sole characteristic is that they are not to be found in the other New Testament books- were not to be used by the other writers? If this was the result of a deliberate design on his part, how could he have organized this?
Unless we assume the absurd hypothesis that he had a prior agreement with all of the other writers, he must have had the rest of the New Testament before him when he wrote his book. This characteristic would imply that the Gospel of Matthew, then must have been written last.
It so happens, however, that the Gospel of Mark exhibits the same phenomena. This, too, suggest that the Gospel of Mark would also have had to be written “last.”
The same phenomena are found in Luke… and in the writings of John, James, Peter, Jude, and Paul. Each would have had to write after the others in order to contrive these vocabulary usages! You can demonstrate that each of the New Testament books had to have been written “last.”
Was this due to “chance” or was it the result of deliberate, skillful design? There is no human explanation for this incredible and precise structure. It appears to have all been supernaturally designed or edited. We simply gasp, sit back, and behold the skillful handiwork of the Ultimate Author.
We are indebted to the painstaking examinations and lifetime commitment of Dr. Ivan Panin for uncovering some of these amazing insights. Ivan Panin was born in Russia on December 12, 1855. Having participated in plots against the Czar at an early age, he was exiled and after spending some years in study in Germany, came to the United States, and entered Harvard University. After graduation in 1882, he converted from agnosticism to Christianity.
In 1890 he discovered some if the phenomenal mathematical designs underlying both the Greek test of the New Testament and the Hebrew text of the Old Testament [he was fluent in multiple languages… a true genius]. He was to devote over 50 years of his life painstakingly- and exhausting his health- exploring the numerical structure of the Scriptures, generating over 43,000 detailed hand-penned pages of analysis. He went on to be with the LORD in his 87th year, on October 30, 1942. [end of citation]
sg… Just a few statistically impossible ‘realities’, only possible via the inerrancy of the entire Bible in the original languages from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, authored by YHVH GOD.
Missler, Chuck, How We Got Our Bible, Koinonia House, 2000.
McCormack, R., The Heptadic Structure of Scripture, Marshall Brothers, Ltd., London 1923.
Panin, Ivan (Various works); write to Bible Numerics, Suite 206, 121 Willowdale Avenue, Willowdale, Ontario, Canada, M2N 6A3.
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