For two decades, after becoming a believer, I studied the Bible the only way I knew how. I took it at face value. And there is certainly nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s where all students of Scripture should begin, with the plain meaning of the text, in what Jewish TORAH scholars call the peshat level.
But God’s word is far too complex to stop there. Sir Isaac Newton, one of the world’s most brilliant scientists, who not only discovered gravity but figured out the mechanics of the solar system, was a student of Scripture. He spent decades searching the Scriptures for hidden codes.
In the book Cosmic Codes, Hidden Messages From The Edge Of Eternity, Dr. Chuck Missler shows how the Bible’s 66 books–hand-written by 40 authors over 2,000 years (before computers!) form an “integrated message system” demonstrating “skillful and comprehensive design.” In his 500 page tome, Missler breaks “evidences of design” into “micro and macro codes.” I like to think of these as the finger print of YHVH.
For centuries Jewish Rabbis have taught that, when He comes, the Messiah will interpret not only the Scripture but every word and letter, down to the very spaces between the letters. Does that ring a bell? It should! Remember Matthew 5:18? Yeshua said heaven and earth would not pass away until every jot and tittle of TORAH has been fulfilled. Well, for a jot and tittle to be fulfilled, it would have to have meaning, wouldn’t it?
Hebrew Biblical scholarship operates on four levels.
- Peshat—the direct simple meaning.
- Remez –allegoric or symbolic meaning
- Derash—comparative, midrashic, meaning given through comparative occurrences.
- Sod—secret, mystical, as given through revelation.
The mnemonic to remember the levels is PaRDeS. (Garden! In Hebrew)
Down through the centuries, Rabbis have taught that the first five books of Scripture, TORAH, constitute the blueprint of creation. All creation! In modern parlance one might say, YHVH, the Eternal Program Writer, used Yeshua, His WORD, to write in Hebrew the DNA code for everything.
Hebrews 11:3. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were made not of things which are visible.
The Hebrew Language
The sages also taught that man’s ability to communicate through language constitutes an integral aspect of his having been created in God’s image. Now, I’m not saying animals can’t communicate. They can! But they don’t communicate through speech and certainly not through the written word. Go ahead, try to think. Even one thought! You can’t, not without using words.
Hebrew, the Language God spoke with Adam, was the only language until YHVH confounded communication at the tower of Babel. Chuck Missler, in his book Cosmic Codes, Hidden Messages From the Edge of Eternity, points out: “It is strange to notice that all languages seem to flow toward Jerusalem. Languages of the nations west of Jerusalem—English, French, German, Italian, etc.—read from left to right. Languages of the nations east of Jerusalem—Hebrew, Aramaic, Sanskrit, Chinese, etc.—read from right to left.”
Original Hebrew, used before the Babylonian captivity, conveyed not only a sound called phonemes and a numerical value, but was a pictograph. Each letter held meaning! Each letter told a story. For example, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the Alef, represented by the head of a bull. Its pictograph meaning is strength, leader. The second is Bet, and it looks like a tent. It means house, household, or family. The Hebrew word for father is spelled alef, bet. So who is the father? The strong leader of the house. See how it fits?
Putting Words Together!
Have you ever wondered why the Scriptures so often refer to Messiah as a stone? He’s the stone the builders rejected. He’s the rock that Moses struck in the dessert that brought forth water. He’s the rock upon which the kehilat (church) is built. Allusions to God as a stone or rock fill the Scriptures. Well, the next time you read one of these metaphors, think about this:
In Hebrew father, Abba, is spelled with an aleph and a bet, son, ben, with a bet and a nun. Stone is spelled by compressing the Hebrew words for father and son. The aleph bet and bet nun. When they share the letter bet, when they are echad (one), it spells the Hebrew word for stone: aleph, bet, nun. Now what other language do you know that can do that?
Consider Zephaniah 3:9
For then will I return to the people a pure language that they may all call upon the name of YHVH, to serve him with one consent.
Hebrew, a language considered dead for nearly two thousand years, is spoken today by over five million people in Israel alone. Among Hebrew roots Christians, studying the Hebrew language is considered foundational. But have you ever considered the architectural similarities between this God-created language and music?
It Sounds Like Hebrew!
A musical scale consists of 7 notes: C,D,E,F,G,A,B. Then, at what would be 8th in the series, you arrive once again at C, only at an octave (which means 8) higher. And what does the number 8 signify in Hebrew? You guessed it! New beginnings!
Musical chords consist of 3 notes. In Hebrew, verbs and “roots of words” are formed with 3 letters. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Cymatics studies the connection between sound, vibrations, and physical reality. In 1787, the musician and physicist Ernst Chladni drew a violin bow perpendicularly across the edge of flat plates covered in sand, producing geometric patterns known today as Chladni figures. And in 1967, when a Swiss researcher named Hans Jenny, in an experiment using a tonoscope and sand, spoke Hebrew, the sand formed the corresponding vowels. Modern languages, however, failed to produce like results.
Names in Scripture
What’s in a name? In Hebrew thought, a name is destiny! But don’t bother using a conventional lexicon. To learn the meaning, one must study the original roots. But even then, as Missler points out in his aforementioned tome, there are variant meanings. Let’s take the name Methuselah, formed from two root words, “muth,” and “shalach.” Muth means death and shalach means to bring or send. Now, to further prove design encoded into Scripture, I will use the meaning of the names listed in Genesis, from Adam to Noah, to tell God’s plan.
Mahalalel–the blessed God
Jared–shall come down
Methuselah–his death shall bring
Decoded it would read: Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow, (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring the despairing rest.
Want some further proof of the design encoded into Scripture. Try this with the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures: B’resheet (Genesis), Sh’mot (Exodus), Vayikra (Leviticus), B’midbar (Numbers), D’varim (Deuteronomy):
Start with the very first occurrence of the letter tav found in Genesis. Then count every 49th letter. It will spell TORAH–tav, vav, resh, and heh–going from left to right. This pattern repeats in Exodus. It is omitted in Leviticus, but starts up again at every 49th letter in Numbers and Deuteronomy. Only in Numbers and Deuteronomy, TORAH is spelled from right to left!
So what happens in Leviticus?
To answer, I will quote Chuck Missler again:
“When we return to examine the Book of Leviticus, we discover the square root of 49, 7, yields a provocative result. After the first yod, after an interval of 7, taking the next letter yields yod, hey, vav, hey, the Tetragrammaton, the ineffable name of God, YHVH.”
This is a repeating pattern throughout the book of Leviticus! The interval of 7s (the number of perfection) spells out the Tetragammaton!
Missler says, “It appears that the TORAH always points to the Ineffable Name of God!
Did you know that the Hebrew word for year is shaneh. Its gematrial value is 355, the exact number of days that make up the Hebrew lunar year. Pregnancy in Hebrew is haryon. Its gematrical value is 271, the number of days in a normal pregnancy. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
These incredible signs are imbedded all through the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament as God’s watermark. They are YHVH’s fingerprint! They are never, however, to be used to misconstrue or go against the plain, peshat, meaning of any text.
So the next time you find yourself skipping over passages in the so-called Old Testament that seem monotonous or unimportant (like all those long lists of begats) admit the truth. It’s too deep for our limited understanding. But don’t give up! Keep digging for gold.
I know I will. It’s there. And I will keep studying Hebrew. After all, like Zephaniah prophesied, soon God will return to his people a pure language that all may call upon His name: YHVH!