Genesis chapter 1
The very first statement in the Bible is, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Such has been the influence of Darwin’s theory of evolution that many people, upon reading those words, refuse to read on. Little do they know that God has placed his Divine seal upon them, which cannot be denied and has not been denied, by even the most vehement sceptic.
Bible numerics is one of those treasures hidden below the surface for thousands of years in the very words of the Bible. God has been pleased to reveal His extraordinary treasure in the closing stages of gentile times, when most people now accept the theory of evolution as a fact, thereby discrediting the Bible.
The language of the Old Testament is Hebrew. Like most ancient languages each letter of the alphabet had a numeric value. The letters were then used as numbers for general use and in mathematical calculations by those ancient people.
Numerics in Genesis 1: 1
Consequently, each word, phrase, sentence, paragraph and book of the Bible has a definite arithmetical sum. Now consider the sentence: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” in terms of the arithmetical sum of words and parts of the sentence, as written in the Hebrew language (from Structure of the Bible by Dr Ivan Panim):
There are 7 Hebrew words 1 x 7
The 7 Hebrew words have 28 letters 4 x 7
There are three nouns: value 777 111 x 7
There is one verb, “created”; value 203 29 x 7
The subject of the sentence has 14 letters 2 x 7
The predicate of the sentence has 14 letters 2 x 7
The 4th and 5th words have 7 letters 1 x 7
The 5th and 6th words have 7 letters 1 x 7
The nouns in the object of the sentence have 7 letters 1 x 7
The first, middle and last letters of the verb have a value of 133 19 x 7
The value of the first and last letters of all words, is 1393 199 x 7
The particle ‘eth’ and article ‘the’, have a total value of 406 58 x 7
Numerics in Matthew 1
The Lord is called “The Wonderful Numberer” in the Bible, (Dan. 8:13— margin), so each number has certain significance as well. For example, the number 7 is God’s number of spiritual perfection and that is why it is so prominent in this new revelation of Bible numerics. The remarkable fact is that each sentence, phrase and paragraph of the Old Testament of the Bible is constructed along the same lines. What is more remarkable still is that the New Testament, which was written in Greek, is also constructed along the same lines. Consider this section of the New Testament, the first chapter of Matthew, verses 1—11 (from Dr Panin’s work):
There are exactly 49 Greek words 7 x 7
28 of the words begin with a vowel 4 x 7
21 begin with a consonant 3 x 7
7 end with a vowel 1 x 7
42 end with a consonant 6 x 7
The 49 words have 266 letters 38 x 7
Of the 266 letters, 140 are vowels 20 x 7
Of the 266 letters, 126 are consonants 18 x 7
Of the 49 words, 7 are in more than one form 1 x 7
Of the 49 words, 42 are in one form only 6 x 7
Of the 49 words, 14 occur once 2 x 7
Of the 49 words, 35 occur more than once 5 x 7
42 are nouns 6 x 7
7 are not nouns 1 x 7
35 are proper names 5 x 7
7 are common nouns 1 x 7
The 7 common nouns have 49 letters 7 x 7
The common nouns occur 63 times 9 x 7
Of the 35 proper names, 28 are male ancestors 4 x 7
Of the 35 proper names, 7 are not male ancestors 1 x 7
Male names occur 56 times 8 x 7
For the three women, there are 14 Greek letters 2 x 7
“Babylon” has 7 Greek letters 1 x 7
Dr Ivan Panin had this to say about these amazing facts: “There is not a single paragraph in this gospel that is not constructed in the same way as (the one) already shown. It would have taken Matthew over one thousand years to have constructed the gospel on these lines, even assuming it to have been possible for him to do so, which of course it was not, because of the many circumstances over which he had no control. But is it possible that Matthew had some supernatural power? Well, he certainly was controlled by a supernatural power as is plainly stated in 2 Tim. 3:16, but if we credit Matthew with this power, we must also credit Mark, Luke, John, James, Peter, Jude and Paul with the same, for the records of each reveal the same supernatural phenomena.”
The concept of the numeric value of alphabetical letters should not be hard to comprehend. Most school children learn quite early that some letters of the Roman (Latin) alphabet have numerical equivalents. They learn them at school because those same Roman numerals are still widely used today, e.g;
I = 1, V = 5, X = 10, L = 50.
It is a good example of an ancient language, similar to Hebrew and Greek, in terms of the allocation of numerical values to letters. The reason ancient people used letters as numbers was because the base 10 number system that we use was not invented until 800 AD—the Hindu/Arabic system.
Dr. Panin, who discovered the numerical structure of the Bible, was a converted Russian Nihilist (unbeliever), Harvard scholar and mathematician. He devoted 50 years of his life to Bible numerics, publishing a book, Structure of the Bible. As he implied in the quote above: Either each writer of scripture was an unparalleled mathematical genius or he wrote as he was moved by the Holy Spirit.
His findings also proved that the 27 books of the New Testament, which were received into the canon of scripture at the Councils of Carthage in 397 and 419 AD, were selected under Divine providence, because other books that were considered and rejected have no such patterns of seven as illustrated in this chapter. The apocryphal books, added by the Roman Catholic Church to their Old Testament, had no numerical features in them; neither did the New Testament apocryphal books, of which there were dozens.
In considering the Old Testament or the New Testament, or the Bible in its entirety, Dr Panin discovered: ref 22
1. The number of words in the complete vocabulary will divide by the number 7.
2. The number of words beginning with a vowel will divide by 7.
3. The numbers of words beginning with a consonant will divide by 7
4. The number of letters in the vocabulary will divide by 7.
5. Of these letters, those that are consonants and those that are vowels both divide by 7.
6. The number of words in the vocabulary occurring more than once will divide by 7.
7. The number of words occurring in more than one form will divide by 7. The number of words occurring in only one form, likewise divide by 7.
8. The number of nouns will divide by 7. The number of words that are not nouns will divide by 7.
9. The number of proper names will divide by 7. The male names divide by 7. The female names divide by 7.
10. The number of words beginning with each of the letters of the alphabet will divide by 7.
The patterns of seven revealed so far barely scratch the surface of Bible numerics that Ivan Panin discovered. He challenged nine noted Bible critics through the medium of the New York Sun newspaper, 9 November 1899, to refute publicly, or give an explanation of his few facts presented. Four made lame excuses. The rest were silent. ref 23
He also challenged by way of newspapers anyone to write one paragraph of 300 words intelligibly and produce some numeric structure similar to the Bible’s, completing it in six months. No one took up the challenge. ref 22
Another discovery of Dr. Panin was that the writer of the first gospel book, Matthew, used certain words not found in any other New Testament book. He posed the question: How did he know he would use words not found in any of the other 26 books? He would have needed to have in front of him all the other books, and to have written his book last, to complete the overall pattern of numbers. However, each of the other books displays the same feature, so each of the other writers would have had to have written his book or books last! Since that is impossible, the only explanation is that God’s holy spirit controlled what each author wrote, yet still allowed him his own style of writing. This confirms what one Bible author wrote:
“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of men but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the holy spirit” (2 Pet. 1:21).
Nobel Research Foundation findings
Sir Ambrose Fleming, the great scientist and inventor had this to say:
“The work of Dr Panin has been investigated by the Nobel Research Foundation of the USA, and regarding his statement that the Bible could not possibly have been written except by inspiration of God himself, their verdict is as follows: ‘So far as our investigation has proceeded, we find the evidence overwhelmingly in favour of such a statement’.’’
Having placed these facts before our readers, should we now expect sceptical unbelievers to embrace God’s word with open arms and express their complete belief in the Bible? Unfortunately, we cannot! Dr Panin himself wrote:
“When I first made the discovery, I was of course taken off my feet…I thought people would be delighted to embrace the new discovery, but I found human nature is always the same. So I quickly withdrew and did my work all by myself.” ref 23
Jesus made a similar observation during his ministry: “Men love darkness rather than light,” but it is hoped that honest people with open minds will see finally that God has spoken to us all through his word the Bible.
The challenge is there for those still unconvinced to look into Bible numerics for themselves, for those who reject these amazing facts are not rejecting believers in God’s word; they are rejecting God himself.
The study of Bible numerics is wonderful proof that the Bible is God’s word; it is another very good reason to believe the Bible.