Proverbs 30:4 Symmetry

Proverbs 30:4-6 speak of a mystery, particularly to followers of Judaism, as it asks the question, what is God’s Son’s name?

Who has ascended into heaven, or descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has bound the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name, and what is His Son’s name,
If you know?

5 Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
6 Do not add to His words,
Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

Verse 6 warns us not to add to His words, which many are guilty of various faiths are guilty of doing.

But now, if we take those verses in Hebrew, which runs from right to left, and lay them out rows of 22 letters per row (which is quite elegant, since Hebrew has 22 letters), here is what we find:

Proverbs 30:4-6 Bible Code

We could call this the Proverbs 30:4 Symmetry; the red squares note the start and end of verses 4-6. The green text (seven characters long) are the words “what is his son’s name”. The yellow text states “add not to his words”. The horizontal purple text spells “Hashem” (or “the name” which is the Jewish traditional reference to God’s name), and the vertical purple text spells “is Yeshua”. So together, the purple text spells “the Name is Yeshua”.
Although in itself, this proves nothing, it is nevertheless noteworthy because of the perfect cross form symmetry of the positioning of the two statements in purple, as well as their symmetry with the previous words, and the fact that this the name “Hashem” is perfectly inside of “what is His Son’s name” and both are tied together by the words “is Yeshua”.
See a video on this here.

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I’d rather live my life as though God exists

I’d rather live my life as though God exists and find out he doesn’t, than live my life as though God doesn’t exist, and find out he does.

The logic of this statement should be obvious:

If God exists, and I live as though God exists, I inherit eternal life.
If God exists, and I live as though God does not exist, I forfeit my eternal soul.
If God does not exist, and I live as though God exists, I die.
If God does not exist, and I live as though God does not exist, I die.

Most of the people in the US who are not believers would classify themselves as agnostics, meaning, it can’t be known whether God exists or not. But, the scripture (Matthew 7:7) says,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

With so much hanging in the balance, it is amazing that more people do not seek God for themselves.

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An Unflattering Portrait is More Likely True

An Unflattering Portrait is More Likely True

It stands to reason that the writers of the bible would want to make themselves, and their people, look good. Yet instead, we find one example after another of bad character, bad choices, and bad people. From the first story of Adam and Eve, to their children Cain and Able, to the rebellion of Korah, the misguided hero Samson, the brothers of Joseph who sold him to slave traders out of jealousy, and on and on it goes; the Israelites were a people of whom even God called “a stiff-necked people”, “an adulterous wife”, “a harlot”, and many more such unflattering terms. If you weigh the disobedience of the Israelites against the obedience, you end up with far more stories and chapters about disobedience and evil deeds.

The vast majority of the kings of Israel and Judah were referred to as “evil” in the final assessment. Only 8/20 kings of Judah, and 0/19 kings of Israel were noted as righteous. Previous to this, in the United Kingdom, there was only 1/3 considered righteous (David). Even Solomon, who started well, ended up building temples to false gods. All told, we can count 42 kings, of which only 9 were righteous. Not a great percentage.

So why should these Israelites concoct a history like this that is so full of unflattering stories and examples? Because it was the truth – the prophets of God wrote down the truth, which is often ugly. Truly, it makes the Jewish people look bad, but there are also heroes along the way. Job, Moses, Abraham, Daniel, David, Josiah – a few bright stars, few and far between.

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The Number Seven in Scripture

The significance of the number seven in the bible

It is significant that the number seven, which stands for completeness, would be repeated in so many significant ways. I will divide this into two parts:

Part I – The significance of the number seven,  in Genesis 1:1, as discovered by Ivan Panin –

the first verse of the bible in Hebrew
Genesis 1:1 in Hebrew with English translation

The first thing to notice about the first verse in the Bible is that the middle word has no translation. It is a significant word all by itself, which has no actual translation, but is made up of the aleph and the tav, the first and last words of the Hebrew alphabet – significant because, in Revelation 1:8, Jesus says “I am the Aleph and Tav, the beginning and the ending, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty”. Actually most English Bibles translate this as the “Alpha and Omega”, since they are based on the Greek language, though it is more likely at the time of John’s vision in Revelation, Jesus would have been speaking Hebrew since they were both Jews.

The number of Hebrew words in Genesis 1:1 = 7.

The number of letters = 28 (7 x 4).

The first three (of seven) Hebrew words translated “in the beginning God created” contain 14 letters (7 x 2).

The last four (of seven) Hebrew words translated “the heavens and the earth” have 14 letters (7 x 2).

The fourth and fifth words have 7 letters.

The sixth and seventh words have 7 letters.

The three key words (God, heaven, and earth) have 14 letters.

The number of letters in the remaining four words is also 14.

The shortest word in the verse happens to sit in the middle of the verse.

The Hebrew numeric value of the first, middle, and last letters is 133 (7 x 19).

The Hebrew numeric value of the first and last letters of all seven words is 1393 (7 x 199).

Professors at Harvard University attempted to disprove this numerical find as proof of divine authorship by trying to duplicate the feat using the English language and arbitrary number assignment to each letter of the English alphabet. They had at their disposal over 400,000 English words, as compared to 4,500 words available in biblical Hebrew. Despite this advantage, and the advantage of being able to arbitrarily assign numerical values, they were not able to duplicate the feat of 30 mathematical multiples of seven as found in Genesis 1:1.

Read more about it here.


Part II – A few further examples of the significance of the number seven in scripture.

The phrase “The Lord of Hosts” is repeated 70 times in the King James bible.

The phrase “His servants the prophets” is repeated 7 times in the Bible (2 Kings 17:23; 21:10; 24:2; Jeremiah 25:4; Daniel 9:10; Amos 3:7; and Revelation 10:7).

The Ten Commandments are written in the 70th chapter of the Bible, Exodus 20.

The first miracle of Jesus occurs in the 70th chapter of the New Testament, John 2.

In the genealogy of Jesus given in Matthew, which tracks from Abraham to Jesus, 42 (6 x 7) generations are listed.

In the genealogy of Jesus given in Luke, which tracks from Adam to Jesus, 77 (7 x 11) generations are listed.

There are hundreds of examples of numeric values that defy coincidence. One resource to visit is here.

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Neurosurgeon in coma sees Heaven

One of the better stories, this one by a neurosurgeon who lay in a coma, and suddenly became aware of another reality – and claims to have seen Heaven. From an article in Newsweek magazine, with accompanying video. What is significant about this near-death experience is that at the time, this doctor’s brain was shut off (due to acute meningitis), so his experiences, or even consciousness, was not medically possible. Here’s an excerpt from the article by Dr. Eben Alexander:

My near-death experience, however, took place not while my cortex was malfunctioning, but while it was simply off. This is clear from the severity and duration of my meningitis, and from the global cortical involvement documented by CT scans and neurological examinations. According to current medical understanding of the brain and mind, there is absolutely no way that I could have experienced even a dim and limited consciousness during my time in the coma, much less the hyper-vivid and completely coherent odyssey I underwent.

See the article at the Daily Beast here.

Having mentioned this experience by Dr. Alexander, to be balanced, it is also important to include a letter I recently received from a friend who has read multiple reviews on Dr. Alexander’s book and heard him speak. Pete writes:
“I think that his experience presents strong evidence for a non-physical part of our bodies. Scientifically speaking, his book is rocking the established paradigms of consciousness, especially in neuroscience. That said, his particular “revelation” of life after death is potentially very deceptive for believers and non-believers alike. He talks about learning from an angelic being the following”:

“You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever.”
“You have nothing to fear.”
“There is nothing you can do wrong.”

“There is more that he shares that contradicts scripture. He was Oprah’s book of the month and will undoubtedly serve her agenda of new age spirituality and the “many paths to God” that permeates her teachings.”

Check out this link in relation to all of this:

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When Nothing is not Nothing

In a book called A Universe from Nothing, Lawrence Krauss attempts to demonstrate that the universe could have come from “nothing”. This post debates that position, and holds that when you call upon laws of quantum mechanics and wave functions and so on, that you are really referring to “something” – here is an excerpt:

Of course, the problem with all of this is the same as the problem with the original suggestion that the laws of QM show that a universe can come from nothing. The laws of QM are not nothing, and neither are “the symmetries of the void” nor anything that “can be described mathematically,” “has an explicit wave function,” etc. In general, if you can characterize it in terms of physical law — which Krauss, Stenger, and like-minded atheists all want to do vis-à-vis “nothing” — then it isn’t nothing. It’s something physical, and thus something rather than nothing. Obviously.

and again:

But this is the muddleheaded stuff of a freshman philosophy paper — treating “nothing” as if it were an especially unusual, ethereal kind of substance whose nature it would require tremendous intellectual effort to fathom.  Which, as everyone knows until he finds he has a motive for suggesting otherwise, it is not.  Nothing is nothing so fancy as that.

Another critique on Krauss comes from philosopher David Albert:

Philosopher David Albert, a specialist in quantum theory, offers a more balanced assessment of Krauss’s book in The New York Times Book Review. And by balanced assessment, I mean merciless smack down. Albert asks, “Where, for starters, are the laws of quantum mechanics themselves supposed to have come from?” Modern quantum field theories, Albert points out, “have nothing whatsoever to say on the subject of where those fields came from, or of why the world should have consisted of the particular kinds of fields it does, or of why it should have consisted of fields at all, or of why there should have been a world in the first place. Period. Case closed. End of story.”

Online, a discussion between science writer John Horgan and Lawrence Krauss:

3. jhorgan 10:43 am 04/23/2012

Caleb and Lawrence, thanks for your comments. Larry, I’ll always be grateful to you for helping bring me up to speed on modern cosmology a dozen years ago when I was researching an article for Scientific American. And what’s disappointing is that, apart from the discovery of the acceleration of the cosmic expansion, which was certainly a big surprise, nothing has really changed since then. You and/or your popularizing colleagues–Hawking, Greene, Kaku, Susskind–are still marketing various unsubstantiated versions of inflation, multiverse theories, string theory, vacuum energy, anthropic principle, etc. What’s ironic is that, although you don’t have any more evidence for these speculations, your marketing of them has become more aggressive, a trend that I predicted in The End of Science. Even Caleb implicitly acknowledges that your book’s title oversells its actual content, and yet you accuse ME of hype. Come on Larry, face it, physics, at least in its grandest mode, is in big trouble.(emphasis added.)
Which prompts a walk-back from Krauss:

6. lawkrauss 11:09 am 04/23/2012

John.. first, I didn’t make any definitive claims.. and I get offended when people claim I make such.. second I tried to indicate how much has changed in the last 22 years.. that is the purpose of the book.. things are dramatically different than they were then, and I went through a very careful analysis to describe these changes….. the analysis of fluctuations in the CMB, the discovery that the universe is flat.. these are REAL empirical discoveries that both impact upon and add credence to many of our ideas..
Link to this

7. jhorgan 5:37 pm 04/23/2012

Larry, so you’re saying that you’re not claiming to have answered the question posed by your book’s title? You’re just tossing some ideas around, and you don’t expect anyone to take them too seriously? OK, that’s a useful clarification. It also means that things have not progressed in the last 22 years, in spite of what you just asserted. I think you better tell Dawkins, before he embarrasses himself further.(emphasis added.)

At which point, Krauss apparently takes a powder and doesn’t respond.

See the whole article here.

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Five Pieces of Evidence for God

In this video are five pieces of evidence for God’s existence, in this debate between philosopher William Lane Craig and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss. Craig hangs his arguments upon:
1. The existence of contingent beings.
2. The origin of the universe.
3. The fine-tuning of the universe for intelligent life.
4. Objective moral values and duties in the world.
5. The historical facts concerning Jesus of Nazareth.

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Test tube creation of life is impossible

If you take a test tube filled with all the ideal salts and substances to foster life, then insert a living cell into that mixture, and puncture that cell with a sterile needle, you still cannot create life from the matter in a destroyed cell, demonstrating that test tube creation of life is impossible, and the theories of a cosmic soup that spawned life are the stuff of fantasy.

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The Universe needs a cause

The universe exists. Everything that exists has a cause, so the universe needs a cause. The Big Bang was the beginning of the universe, and something must have triggered it. If you surmise that some aspect of the universe triggered the big bang, then something must have preceded that. At some point, we have to get to a point where there was nothing, and the only explanation for something to be created out of nothing is that God created it. If everything has a cause, the universe has a cause, and we cannot say that the universe was created by part of itself – that is illogical. The universe had to be created by something other than itself.
Now if the argument comes, well, if God created the universe, who created God? Well that is illogical; because that argument supposes that nothing can be the causeless cause, but here we propose that God is exactly that, a causeless cause, who does not need a creator. If you insist that God needs to have been created by something, let’s call it X, then we also have to ask, well, then, what created X? And then we can say that X was created by W – and so it goes, infinitely, and never does any being or entity have the ability to be a causeless cause because the argument is illogical.

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Which would you choose

This video raises some good points – is it possible God exists in some % of the knowledge you do not have, and if there were only two choices, to die like an animal, or have the possibility for eternal life in paradise, which would you choose?

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