Equidistant Letter Sequences (ELS)
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Code II: The Countdown
by Michael Drosnin
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Before World War I, Rabbi Michael Dov Weissmandl learned about the mysterious concept of Equidistant Letter Sequences (ELS) within the original Hebrew text of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible). This phenomenon is also known as the Bible code. For example, when he found the first letter of the Hebrew word Torah, he would count forward (or backward) until he found the second letter. If that letter was 50 letters away, he'd look for the third letter another 50 letters away. This was tedious, manual labor, done without the aid of a computer. But, he found words coded into the original Hebrew of the Torah by applying the concept of ELS.
Recently, a group of Jewish scholars in Israel continued Rabbi Weissmandl's research using powerful computers. Doron Witztum, Yoav Rosenberg, and Eliyahu Rips found many words embedded via ELS within the text of the Torah. A paper called Equidistant Letter Sequences in the Book of Genesis was published in 1988 in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society -- and more recently in Statistical Science, 1994, Vol. 9, No. 3, 429-438. The work was completed at Hebrew University and the Jerusalem College of Technology.
The original text of the Bible was written without punctuation marks and with no spaces between words. Therefore, with the aid of computers, it is possible to apply the concept of ELS and reveal heretofore hidden key words within the surface meaning of the text, throughout the Old Testament.
The author of Signature of God, Grant L. Jeffrey, is a strong Bible scholar, an evangelical Christian, and a well-known lecturer on Bible prophecy. The author of The Bible Code and Bible Code II, Michael Drosnin, is a skeptical secular reporter. However he wrote his book in close collaboration with Dr. Eliyahu Rips, a world-class mathematician, a believer in God, and one of the discovers of the ELS concept.
The ELS research confirms these things: God is real, the Bible is truth.
He was/is/will be a real, supernatural entity with the power to dictate the Old Testament to shepherds and kings in such a way that the truth is conveyed in the surface text while hidden ELS words are sprinkled everywhere among the characters that make up the original Hebrew text.
Bible Is Truth
Not only did God inspire the Bible's writers to say what they said, He inspired them to say it in a way which spelled out these hidden messages. No humans could have done this, even with today's computers. The chances that it happened accidentally are beyond calculation. We've heard the Bible called a good book for years. Now we know that the Bible is THE Good Book. The Chief Executive Officer of the entire universe has dictated it verbatim. How could it be anything else but Truth? What other religious books? That's what they are: other religious books. The Bible is the only Book of Truth.
Control: God's Hand on the Scribes
After God had gone to all the trouble to embed hidden messages via ELS, the resultant Hebrew text written by the Bible authors had to be preserved totally intact. No problem. God empowered the scribes, monks, and copyists who made copies of the original manuscripts to work at zero tolerance for errors. Just one typo in the first verse of Genesis, and God's system of ELS could have been contaminated. I have been typing on a keyboard since 1949 and on a computer keyboard since 1981. Over the years, I have made more typos per square inch than anyone living or dead. If the entire Old Testament could be copied by hand without a single error, that would indeed be a miracle.
But mistakes didn't happen. There were zero typos. Or, if mistakes were made, -- they were caught and corrected. Biblical copyists and proofreaders down through the ages: we owe you an eternal debt of gratitude. Due to your skill, diligence, and meticulous attention to detail, Equidistant Letter Sequences (ELS) in the Old Testament is intact today.
After all, He is God!
Don't even bother.
People who make their living trying to discredit God and the Bible have already taken their best shots at ELS and missed the mark. Scientists, mathematicians, liberal theologians, agnostics, skeptics, atheists -- no one has been able to shoot down the ELS research.
Jeffrey B. Satinover:
Bible Review, November 1995
"The robustness of the Torah codes findings derives from the rigor of the research. To be published in a journal such as Statistical Science, it had to run, without stumbling, an unusually long gauntlet manned by some of the world's most eminent statist icians. The results were thus triply unusual: in the extraordinariness of what was found; in the strict scrutiny the findings had to hold up under; and in the unusually small odds (less than 1 in 62,500) that they were due to chance. Other amazing claims about the Bible, Shakespeare, etc., have never even remotely approached this kind of rigor, and have therefore never come at all close to publication in a peer-reviewed hard-science venue. The editor of Statistical Science, himself a skeptic, has challenged readers to find a flaw; though many have tried, none has succeeded. All the 'First Crack' questions asked by Bible Review readers -- and many more sophisticated ones -- have therefore already been asked by professional critics and exhaustively answered by the research. Complete and convincing responses to even these initial criticisms get fairly technical."
about secular events in the Bible?
ELS reveals that Hitler, Nazis, Auschwitz, Berlin, Poland, Twin Towers knocked by airplane, are coded within the original Hebrew text of the Bible. ELS references to the assassinations of Yitzak Rabin, Anwar Sadat, both Kennedys, and Abraham Lincoln are also documented. Check the Indices for details.
Annotated Index to the Signature of God
Annotated Index to The Bible Code and Bible Code II
The Name of Jesus Revealed in the Old Testament by Yacov Rambsel
Bibliography: Links to ELS Resources on the Internet
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