“Don’t just read your Bible – Count It!” – David Bay
It becomes difficult to dismiss the thought that Gail Riplinger is performing the same function as the “Christian Kabbalists” of the Italian Renaissance and the Rosicrucians of the English Renaissance, who also claimed to be “Christian Kabbalists.” The first batch of false converts posed as enlightened Christians in possession of the key to understanding the hidden truth of Scripture – the Cabala – and they managed to gain the confidence of the Roman Catholic hierarchy by claiming that Kabbalah could be used to prove Christian doctrine. Their hidden agenda, however, was to introduce Kabbalistic methods of interpreting Scripture which could also be used to introduce false doctrines.
Gail’s promotion of Kabbalists and their quest for hidden meanings in the letters of Scripture is conditioning her readers for the false teaching that Francis Bacon and his Rosicrucian brotherhood encrypted secret information in the King James Version. In a 2006 presentation to the Prophecy Club, Gail informed the audience of an exciting discovery by “mathematical statisticians” of Equidistant Letter Sequences (ELS) in Genesis:
“This particular article is called ‘Equidistant Letter Sequences in the Book of Genesis.’ Several Hebrew scholars took the book of Genesis and using a computer they discovered Equidistant Letter Sequences. They found embedded in the text of the Hebrew Bible the names of people…not people like Moses, but people who lived in the 1900s. It included not only their names but the day they were born, the day they died, and the cities they were born and died in. Now these were in the Hebrew text, not written straight out, but they were equidistant letter sequences. In other words, every third letter would spell their name or every fourth letter. It could be across, down, diagonally, and only a computer could pull all of this information out. The men that they found, the names of the people they found lived in the 5th century, 6th century, 10th century, 19th century.”
Gail did not mention that the data plugged into the computer were …“personalities…taken from the Encyclopedia of Great Men in Israel” and that the encoding of names and dates of “great Torah sages” [read: Kabbalists] proves the “divinity of the Torah,” which is a fundamental principal of Kabbalah. (See: “Equidistant Letter Sequences in the Book of Genesis” by Doron Witztum, Eliyahu Rips and Yoav Rosenberg)
Other promoters of the popular Bible Code phenomenon include Chuck Missler, the author of Cosmic Codes: Hidden Messages, Grant Jeffrey (The Mysterious Hebrew Codes) and other “Christian” Kabbalists who have been cracking the “Bible Codes” which Francis Bacon and his band of the Knights of the Helmet supposedly encrypted in the KJV.
David Bay, who sells the books of Missler, Jeffrey and other Kabbalists, advises Christians, “Don’t just read your Bible – Count It!” This exhortation links to an article on “Bible Numerics” which is a tribute to the work of numerologist, Ivan Panin, whose computations led him to conclude that God did not inspire the Textus Receptus at all but, instead, put his seal of approval on the Greek Text of Westcott and Hort:
“Without the aid of Wescott and Hort I could not have really done my work, because the text of the Authorized Version from my point of view – not from the point of view of salvation or doctrine even, but from the textual point of view – the text of the Authorized Version was useless to me, and for this reason: it has too many inaccuracies for my special purpose…
“…Wescott and Hort based all their work largely on the Vatican and Sinai MSS., and decided that wherever the two MSS. agreed, that should generally settle the reading. Well, you know, there has been some doubt cast upon the Sinai MSS., because a very shrewd Greek copied a great many MSS. and tried to foist his own MSS. on the folk, so that has left a cloud on the Sinai MSS., and some people see fit to cast doubt on it even now, when there is the question as to whether the British Government did wisely to take part in its acquisition … I have analysed the Greek words for the Sinai and Vatican Codexes. I have here page after page of the numerics of those words in Greek. Whenever we wish to study numerics relating to our own affairs or life or anything else, we must always remember that the language in which God wishes us to count is Greek, because He left the name of the anti-christ in Greek. You and I will have to stand the test when anti-christ comes. The Holy Spirit has given us warning. ‘Be sure not to receive this mark of the beast upon you,’ because it will be the number of the beast upon ourselves. The Holy Spirit warns us that he is 666, that is, in Greek. You and I have to go to numerics in Greek when we wish to prove the correctness of a passage. The three words show striking numerics. There is a system there of sevens and nines at once on the blackboard. I have here page after page of the numerics of those three words. The Sinai Codex has a separate scheme of its own and the Vatican Codex has a separate scheme of its own.’
“That is how God has set His seal on His book; so that by the aid of the text presented to us by Wescott and Hort, I was able to verify everything they stated, and verify all the doubtful readings, so that those two great MSS. can be established in such a way that no one can attack their authenticity. This is the testimony of numerics as to any aspersion on the Sinai Codex.” (“Bible Numerics Examined” – Part II)
According to one critique of “Bible Numerics Examined”, Ivan Panin doctored the Greek Text to arrive at a predetermined conclusion:
“One of the best-known examples of Ivan Panin’s work concerns the first part of the New Testament, namely the first one or two chapters of the Gospel of Matthew… Ivan Panin was not the only writer to undertake this study. In 1923, R. McCormack published The Heptadic Structure of Scripture (Marshall Brothers), which also showed a great many features of the number 7 in the first two chapters of Matthew… In order to produce these patterns, they modified the text using the many variant readings that appear in old manuscripts. In addition to this deliberate cooking of the data, they presented some of the vast number of features of 7 that appear in any text by pure chance. The only logical conclusion we can draw from this sorry episode is that neither author achieved anything beyond self-delusion.” (Brendan McKay, “In Search of Mathematical Miracles”)
Source: THE BIBLE CODES