Opinions on faith and life

Bible Codes

2005-09-01

Here is a quote from Zola Levitt Ministries:

The whole idea of Bible codes stems from the Jewish occult philosophy of cabalism, which is an unreliable and over-speculative method of Bible interpretation. Muslims and anti-missionary Jews also use Bible codes to explain away the deity of Christ and discredit Christianity. Good Bible interpretation will always start with the plain text, and not try to read some esoteric meaning into it.
Along with that I would add that if you just read the writings of the code proponents, you would conclude that it’s a fact. But then, “The first to state his case seems right, until his opponent comes and cross-examines him” (Proverbs 18:17). So we must test everything, no matter how convincing it may seem.

Personally, I believe that what God “hides” he hides in plain sight. For example, the Jews did not recognize Jesus as their Messiah because they did not understand the scriptures which plainly identified him. Jesus himself spoke in parables so that some would not understand, while others who were truly seeking him would understand. There is no need for a more complicated scheme when even plain words are difficult.

As the quote states, there is no need for esoteric (hidden, understood only by trained elite devotees) meanings in the Bible. It has been demonstrated that one can apply these code principles to any given writing with amazing results, so there would be nothing proved by applying them to the Bible. Gnosticism is making a comeback today, and it grasps at any and every straw to try and discover that which God has not made known to unbelievers. And if something is still future to us, we will only know what can be learned from what is written.

So if you want to know where we are in Bible prophecy, just read Daniel and Revelation (of course there are others but these are the main ones).