The Importance of the Torah to Judaism and Christianity
Ancient traditions state that G_d directly dictated the Torah (the first 5 books of the Old Testament) to Moses. The traditions further state that G_d did this in a very precise letter by letter sequence. Even to this day, the Jewish Rabbis consider it a crime to depart even one "Yod" from the original text, which G_d gave Moses some 3,500 years ago. The famous Rabbi Ishmael once warned his scribe, Rabbi Meir,
- "Be careful in your work, my son, for your work is the work of Heaven. Omit or add a single letter and you can destroy the whole world." (Eruvin 13a)
But why would G_d be so particular about maintaining a precision in his Word? The Torah has always been a very special part of the Bible. Deuteronomy 9:10 teaches us the following:
- "And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of G_d; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly."
There is no other portion of scripture that was written directly by the finger of G_d. It is for this reason that the Jewish rabbis and scribes take such care in their study of it. The Torah is also the theological foundation that the rest of the Bible stands upon.
Jesus Defeats the Devil's Temptations Using Only the Torah
When Jesus resisted the temptations of the devil (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:2-13), he quoted the Torah. He did this for a reason: the Torah is the most authoritative part of the Biblical Text! Jesus quoted because the Torah was His law-book and the guide for His upcoming ministry. His Messiah-ship could only be proven if He followed every word in the Torah!
Do you ever wonder why the devil did not quote the Torah back to Jesus? It is because he hates the Torah or any kind of legal order that he cannot control. He knows that if people follow the Torah, he cannot worm his way into people's lives to destroy them. That is why people should strive to live a "Torah-observant" lifestyle.
We see this when we study end time prophecy and the coming end-time world government. One of the attributes of this end-time government will be the fact that it will apply a Satanically-designed legal system which will supposedly replace the Torah. When the Apostle Paul refers to the Beast using the phrase "the mystery of iniquity," he is pointing out the fact that this Beast system will attempt to replace the Torah with its own legal system. (II Thessalonians 2:7) The only religious system which will have a legal system that attempts to replace the Torah is the Sharia law system attached to the Islamic religion. The Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church only supplants the Torah, it does not attempt to replace it.
The Bible Codes in the First Century and in the Bible
The famous first century historian Josephus, wrote about a group of Jewish Prophets who could see the future by researching the texts of the Torah and the Tenach. In his chronicle The Wars of the Jews, he tells of a sect of Essene Jews living in Qumran (where they found the Dead Sea Scrolls) who had a special gift of prophecy. He claimed they obtained this ability from the prophet Zechariah, one of the last of the Old Testament prophets.
Josephus told of their ability to assign numerical values to the various Hebrew Letters (Gematria). Then, using a special substitution ciphers (Josephus called it "using several sorts of purifications") they discovered that the Torah and the rest of the Old Testament had deeper levels of understanding than anyone first thought. After completing the "purification process," they applied a set of mathematical algorithms apparently taught them by the prophets. The end result was that they could predict the details of the fulfillment of a Sacred Writing, and even determine the exact time of the prophecy's fulfillment with astute accuracy. Rarely, if ever, did their predictions prove wrong. It is for this reason that the Jews continue to be so zealous in their desire to protect every letter of the Torah. (Wars of the Jews, Book 2, Chapter 8, Part 12, p. 159)
References to these prophets can be found in the New Testament. We see one example of this in Matthew 2:4-6. King Herod II, extremely nervous about the coming of a conquering Jewish Messiah, asked the chief priests and the scribes where the Messiah was supposed to be born. We are sure the king would have liked to have asked the Essenian prophets directly, but they apparently did not talk to gentiles. The chief priests and the scribes gave a terse answer to King Herod II. They probably wanted to stay in the good graces of their prophets as well. They remembered all too well what happens when you don't. Read the book of Jeremiah for details.
Yehoshua (Jesus) was well-aware of their presence. He made the following statement in reference to them: "O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" (Matthew 16:3b) The reason this statement is constructed in the form of a question is because everyone know they could discern the signs of the times. Their problem was that their religious applecart was being dumped by the very presence of the Messiah. They knew very well that Yehoshua (Jesus) was the Messiah because they would see it from their calculations of Jeremiah's, Daniel's and Zechariah's "Seventy Weeks" Prophecies, and from their textual research and apparently their code research.
Roman Destruction of Jerusalem in C.E. 70
After the massacres of the Jews at Masada in 70 CE, the secrets of the Bible Codes were not lost. The Rabbis wisely did not share this wisdom with the outside world. When the Rabbis did make some any kind of reference to them, they were careful not to disclose too much of their secrets. They wisely understood the implications of what they had been given by G_d, taking great pains not to let these secrets fall into the wrong hands.
Bible Code Studies:
- Key Codes
- The Two Witnesses
- Russian Codes
- The "Terrible Beast System"
- Missiles of October
- 2012 Codes
- Beginning of the Tribulation
- Osama bin Laden Codes
- Fake Rapture
- "Left Behind" Code