Imagine the ability to predict the future. Events, places, names, dates and times mapped out in front of you on a sheet of paper. And while cutting edge science is theorizing that time, as Einstein once remarked, may itself be an illusion, that there is no real difference between past, present and future – it seems outlandish. Who can know the future?
On November 1, 1994, author Michael Drosnin flew to Jerusalem and had a letter delivered to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The letter warned of a possible attempt on the Prime Minister’s life. Drosnin believed that Rabin was in danger and felt the need to warn him. His letter was ignored. On November 4, 1995, Rabin was shot dead by an assassin who said he was on a mission from God.
Had Drosnin uncovered some plot to assassinate Rabin? No. He found his information in the Bible. Drosnin is a reporter from New York City who formerly wrote for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, and he is the author of an astounding book called The Bible Code.
The Bible code, as the name implies, is a hidden code which exists in the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament. This mysterious code amazingly uncovers specific details of important historical events which happened thousands of years after the Old Testament was first chiseled in stone.
The notion that there might be some sort of hidden code in the Bible was first hit upon by a rabbi by the name of H.M.D. Weissmandel from Czechoslovakia. He noted that at the beginning of the book of Genesis if he skipped fifty letters, then a further fifty, then fifty more, the letters in this skip sequence spelled the word “Torah”. Torah is the Hebrew name for the first five books of the Bible (the Pentateuch). He also found this sequence in the Books of Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
More than fifty years later, a Russian born mathematician by the name of Eliyahu Rips heard about this purely by chance. He found it interesting and did some follow-up work. With the help of a modern computer Rips unlocked the Bible code.
The program Rips applied to the original Hebrew text searched for significant words or phrases spelled out in any number of skip sequences like the one mentioned above. It could be every second, fifth, tenth or thousandth letter in the 304,805 letter long string which is the Torah. A keyword or phrase is located in this way, and the skip code is identified. If, say, the keyword is spelled out using every 100th letter, the text is then arranged in rows of 100 characters in length. The program then searches the surrounding text for related words or phrases. Every time the rows are rearranged according to different skip sequences a new set of interlocking text is created surrounding the particular keyword, whatever it happens to be. But if even one single letter of the Torah is out of place or missing, the code will not work.
The amount of information which has been found in this manner in the Bible code is nothing short of astonishing. In his own words Rips, “Found words encoded far more than statistics allowed for by random chance.” And one of Israel’s leading mathematicians is quoted as saying, “Statistically it is far beyond what is normally required. The most stringent standard ever applied is 1 in a thousand. Rips’ results are significant at least at the level of 1 in a 100,000… ”
Rips, working in conjunction with colleagues Doron Witztum and Yoav Rosenberg, developed a mathematical model which when applied to the Hebrew Old Testament via computer, confirmed the existence of the code.
They conducted an experiment to obtain this verification of the code in which they searched the text for the names of 32 significant wise men from historical to modern day. They wanted to see if the names would appear along with the dates on which these people were born and died. They also searched other control texts including a Hebrew translation of War and Peace for these same names and dates. The results were shocking.
All the names together with the correct birth and death dates appeared in the Bible code. None appeared in any of the three control texts. They calculated the odds of this Newsrooms happening to be 1 in 10 million.
A paper detailing Rips, Witztum and Rosenberg’s premise and results of their experiments was submitted to Statistical Science, a journal of mathematics from the U.S. The skeptical editor of this publication had the results checked an unprecedented three times by separate mathematical experts to determine its authenticity. Each expert came back in disbelief with the same result – there was a code in the Bible. The paper was published in August of 1994. No one could refute the findings or even bring them into question, and no one has since. What’s more, no one has been able to explain how this code was created.