Joshua touches on this subject in his recent article The Bible Code Controversy. Personally I believe there are, but of course it is of the utmost importance to carefully examine whatever you find in order to preclude the possibility of errors or coincidences.
Why would there have to be codes in the Bible to begin with?
Actually I believe there are codes everywhere to be found by those who are ready to find them and in the fields that they are interested in. That might be nature, or the zodiac, or alphabets (hieroglyphs or holy characters are not called holy for nothing), or mythologies and archetypes, to name just a few. The reason they are there is because I believe we ourselves, as divine sparks of the fire that is God, put them there as signposts before we descended out of a world of higher awareness into this world of matter, duality and separation. You might say we programmed a whole variety of choices in experiences and then put on a blindfold of forgetfulness in order to meet the adventure open minded. However, there was the possibility of getting lost in this world, so we put up these signposts everywhere in order to find our way back again when we were ready to do so.
In the Hebrew Bible there seem to be very intricate codes that you can find only when doing all sorts of complicated procedures but those are not the ones I am involved in. They may be very valuable, I do not know, but for our everyday life I found the simplest codes also the most effective. They give real pointers how to deal with the difficult things in life and what might be the reason for them. In my previous articles I have already written a lot about them.
The basis of the esoteric interpretation of the Hebrew Bible is the alphabet and the fact that each character is both a letter and a number. Besides that each character has a name as well, which sometimes is used in the interpretation.
- The Hebrew alphabet does not contain vowels, which makes it possible to see different words (and meanings) in the same word as you have to supply the vowels for yourself in your mind.
- There are some consonants however that are sometimes used as vowels. For instance the wav can be read as a ‘w’, a consonant, but also as an ‘o’, ‘u’ or ‘ou’, which are vowels; and the jod can be used as ‘j’, a consonant, or ‘i’, a vowel.
An example of this is the word for ‘animal skin’, or, 70-6-200. The wav, 6, is used as a the vowel ‘o’ here. The word or is used here to describe the physical bodies that Adam and Eve receive by descending into ever denser energy and incarnating into the world of matter, duality and separation. Until then they had had bodies of light, also called or, but written as 1-6-200. The ajin, 70, and the aleph, 1, are letters that are not pronounced and as such both words sound the same but have a different meaning. This change from 1 to 70 also implies the change from oneness to multiplicity, from finer, etheric light bodies to bodies of physical matter. It shows the lowering in vibrational frequency.
The word 70-6-200 can also be read as iwer, which means ‘blind’; in this case the wav is used as the letter ‘w’. The meaning of this blindness is that they have become blind to oneness and unity, to higher awareness, and their two eyes have opened for duality and separation.
- As each character is a number, a word has a numerical value as well, made up by the total of the values of its characters.
- Words that share the same numerical value are connected to each other in meaning as well, which I have shown in the words nachash, serpent, and mashiach, messiah or anointed one, in my previous article, The Tree of Judgment.
- Words can be interpreted by interpreting each separate character first and then putting the different meanings together in order to make them into a meaningful whole.
- Words can be split up in different ways: in a number and another word, or two words, as for instance the word ‘cross’, which is tselav in Hebrew, 90-30-2. This can be seen as tsel-2, or shadow of duality, world of duality, or as 90-lev, birth of the heart (lev) after a long process (remember Sara being ‘90’ when she gave birth to Isaac, another code).
This kind of regular codes as it were can be found throughout the Bible but there are special pointers when your attention is drawn to a very special meaning or interpretation, like:
- characters being written extra large or small, above or below the line, or even upside down, as I have heard about but which I have never seen.
- a spelling ‘mistake’ in the Torah, where no mistakes are allowed, so if there seems to be one, then that must have a special meaning.
- adding or taking away one or more letters (mostly the consonants that are used as vowels or are not even pronounced at all) in a word in order to get a certain numerical value or to make it possible or impossible to read a certain word in it.
An example of this is the word arum, 70-200-6-40, which means ‘naked or subtle’. Arum can be read as er-6-40. Er means ‘awake’ and it is connected by the character wav – which means ‘hook’ – to the character mem, which means majim, or ‘water’ as a word. Water is a symbol for ego and emotions.
When in the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3 it is written that they were not aware / ashamed, one esoteric interpretation is that they were awake / had a high awareness and that they already were connected to an ego but that this ego did not function yet. After they had eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil though, they suddenly became aware of the fact that they were naked, that they had an ego.
However, they were not awake any longer as the word ‘naked’, arum, was suddenly written: 70-10-200-40. A jod was added, which is the first letter of the Name of God as used in the Hebrew language in this material world, JHWH. They were on their way now to experience all sorts of difficult things because of the activation of their ego but God (10) was there with them. The divine spark was still there inside them, although they (it?) had fallen asleep.
But not only that. Something has disappeared as well, as Robert pointed out to me. The six, the wav that functioned as the hook that had connected Man to his / her not yet functioning ego, is no longer there. Man and his ego are no longer connected but have become one. From here the ego takes over.
Remember the deep sleep, the tardema, that God put Adam in before separating his male and female sides from each other and making them independent?
It was not some sort of anaesthesia. Nowhere does it say that Adam woke up. This tardema or deep sleep was the process of descending slowly into this world of matter and separation. And we are still asleep, although not as deeply anymore. We now have come to realize that we are asleep and live in a world of illusion that is not real. We are in the process of waking up and will start ascending soon, if we are not doing so already.
Another example of how codes are used is Exodus 19, with the story about God giving the Ten Commandments, literally the Ten Words, to the people of Israel in the desert.
Ex. 19:16-19 in the KJV: “And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.”
It is a story of energy and vibrational frequency, even literally. There is a mountain involved. In earlier and later verses Moses is going up the mountain, ascending, which means ‘raising his awareness, his vibrational frequency’, and God is coming down, descending, onto the top of the mountain. God’s frequency is lowered in order to be able to communicate. They are tuning in, you might say. The people are nowhere near those high frequencies yet, so they are positioned at the foot of the mountain, just after things start happening. There is thunder and lightning and exceedingly loud sounds; there is trembling and shaking, both of the people and the mountain itself.
And there is an anomaly in spelling to draw the attention.
In verse 16 it is written that there was the sound (voice) of a shofar, a trumpet. The mountain is called Sinai in verse 18.
- Sinai is 60-10-50-10, total numerical value 130.
- The word ‘sound’ in Hebrew is qol, normally written as 100-6-30, so in total 136, even in the verses just before and after this verse, but in verse 16 the six is taken out and it is written as 100-30, also 130 in total.
- The word shofar is 300-80-200, which adds up to 580.
In previous articles I have shown the importance of the number thirteen in Hebrew. Both the word echad, meaning ‘one, oneness, unity’, and the word ahava, meaning ‘love’, have a numerical value of thirteen.
Fifty eight proved to be the numerical value of the word chen, meaning ‘grace, mercy, love’, and also of the name of the mountain from which Moses ascended at the end of his life, the Nebo. You can read this name as 50-bo, meaning ‘higher awareness is in him’. Fifty is here a symbol of higher awareness and bo means ‘in him’. Far from being punished by not being allowed to enter the Promised Land, Moses did not have to enter it anymore.
In this scene in the Sinai desert we find the multiplication by ten of both these values 13 and 58, because all is pervaded by the divine energy of God (10). And the word qol in this verse has been purposely adapted to a value of 130 in order to point to the importance of those meanings.
Finally I want to show an example of a pattern which can only be found if you are willing to consider that the New Testament – especially the Gospels – was written in Hebrew instead of in Greek. This is anathema to the theologians as only manuscripts in Greek seem to have survived the times. In Jerusalem however there are (or were almost forty years ago) some Roman Catholic Bible scholars doing research into this possibility. I attended a lecture, given by one of them, which interested me enormously. Unfortunately I have forgotten his name.
These scholars had come to the conclusion that the Greek manuscripts had been translations (and bad ones at that) from Hebrew originals. They had translated the Greek texts back into Hebrew and found that words that had been unintelligible to them in Greek, sounded in their Hebrew translation remarkably like other Hebrew words that made much more sense. He gave many details, even whole sentences, but unfortunately I have forgotten those as well. I never forgot the lecture and its essence though and I remembered them again when I started to find hidden meanings in the New Testament myself. That could only happen because Hebrew translations of certain words started popping up in my head when I was almost meditatively concentrating on the texts. That is when I started to believe that these scholars’ theory might be right.
This example shows a resemblance and a connection that I discovered between two Hebrew terms, one at the very beginning of Genesis and the other in the final chapter of the Gospel of John in a Hebrew translation of the New Testament.
Genesis 1 starts with the word Bereshit, with a very big bet, the number two, to indicate that duality is being created here, followed by the verb bara, created.
Bereshit bara, in the beginning created… It has been interpreted as ‘with a beginning created …’ or even as ‘with a point created …’. The reshit is this point – you might also call it purpose – that it is all about. It is duality that is being created, as even the word bara, 2-200-1, shows by occurring twice in these few words.
Bereshit bara is written in numbers: 2-200-1– 300-10-400 2-200-1
- 2 involution into the world of duality.
- 200 the point of the greatest distance from the world of unity and oneness, and the pinnacle of separation.
- 1 return to oneness.
That is the whole cycle that seems to repeat itself continuously in the Bible stories, spiralling upwards in ever higher forms towards the birth of the Christ Consciousness that follows the same pattern in the life and death of Jesus and his resurrection and ascension. But of course it is also our story, the story of mankind, over and over again.
At the end of the story, in John 21, we find Jesus after his resurrection back in Galilee, on the shore of the Lake of Tiberias, Jam Tveriah, in Hebrew. It is the only time that this lake is called by that name in the New Testament, so that must have a meaning.
- Jam and Jom can be seen as the same word. Jam, ‘lake or sea’, can also be interpreted as ‘day’ or ‘period’.
- Tveriah, 9- 2-200 -10-5, can be read as 9- bar -Jah. Bar means both ‘pure’ and ‘son’. So what we see here is: the period, or the point in time, (jom) of the birth (9) of the purity – or the son – (bar) of God (10-5, the first two letters of JHWH).
Within this context we see Jesus watch his disciples, who are trying to catch some fish without any result. He then tells them to throw out the net ‘on the other side’.
The disciples cast out their nets. A net in Hebrew is reshet, 200-300-400. These are the last three characters of the Hebrew alphabet; the last three possibilities to express yourself in this material world of illusion we still live in. So maybe you might see it as using your last resources or your last strength in order to accomplish your task.
- The numerical value of the last two characters together is 700, which means ‘fulfilling this task is the completion of this world of duality and the seventh day’. The total numerical value of the word reshet is 900, which means that the time of the birth of a great new cycle and a beautiful new world is there.
The result of their action is that they catch 153 fishes. The fishes here are a symbol of everything that was still lying hidden in the water that is a symbol of ego and emotions. They bring it all up to the surface to be looked at and examined.
There are several ways to come to the number of 153. One is based on the number seventeen as the last bitter phase before something new and beautiful starts. When you add up all numbers from one till seventeen, you get one hundred and fifty three. It means going through all seventeen phases of your life and examining them, processing and digesting them and then call it all good, tov, 9-6-2 = 17.
In the story this process is explained / executed again as they put the fishes on a fire (purification) and ‘eat’ them, which is again processing and digesting.
All this, of course, following the voice of the Christ Consciousness that finally had woken up in them.
The connection between the first word of Genesis and the last chapter of the Gospel of John is the resemblance between these two terms bereshit, ‘in the beginning’, and bareshet, ‘in the net’, and in what they stand for: the beginning and the end of a cycle respectively.
In bereshit, 2-200-1-300-10-400 we find an aleph, 1 and a jod, 10, that are both missing in bareshet, 2-200-300-400. In order to get to the numerical values of 700 and 900 and what they stand for, these two extra characters have to disappear. The bet in both terms is not part of the words reshit and reshet but stands for the word ‘in or with’ and as such does not count in this example. As the Christ Consciousness has woken up in the disciples and their actions lead to the return to oneness, these numbers 1 and 10 do not have to be visibly present anymore in the word reshet.
Thus bereshit and the following verb bara together stand for the ‘purpose’ it was all about at the beginning of creation: the involution / evolution cycle of spiritual development in the world of matter and duality, of separation.
And then bareshet is the final phase of this world, with the process of bringing up the last issues to be cleared and healed and the birth of a new great cycle and a beautiful new world.