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1. Background

OBC (The Other Bible Code) is a highly integrated structure that exists within God's Word - as mediated by the Hebrew and the Greek systems of alphabetic numeration. Readers are alerted to the presence of this structure by the 'riddle' of Revelation 13:18 (Appendices 1, 2 and 3) which offers wisdom to those who, with understanding, read words as numbers - at the same time indicating which particular numerical features are to be considered significant. Those interested in following truth - no matter where it leads - are thus particularly led to seek multiples of 37 (itself a unique number per se) and instances of numerical geometry (666 being uniquely triangular). These are immediately found in abundance in the Bible's first verse and in both components of the Lord's name.

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2. Introduction

There has been - and continues to be - much controversy regarding the manner by which man, and all he observes around him, came into being. The process described in the Bible's opening chapter is either denied outright, or otherwise interpreted so as to harmonise with the widely-held belief in evolution. Few understand the words to convey a literal meaning.

Our interest here concerns the bare essentials of the matter as they are reiterated by the Lord on Mt. Sinai (and quoted above). Clearly,

These components are associated with the numbers 6 and 1, respectively.

It is our purpose to develop from these simple beginnings a conceptual model of the Creation. The relevance of this model will emerge as certain of its features are found to coincide with the principal numerical attributes of Genesis 1:1 (detailed elsewhere at this site). In this confidence, we proceed to examine other features of the model in order to further our understanding of the event and of related scriptural fundamentals.

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3. A Model of the Creation

As has been implied above, the Creation may be treated as a three-dimensional event - which suggests that the application of simple principles of coordinate geometry will best lead to a satisfactory conceptual realisation. We proceed accordingly.

Fig.1 depicts a standard left-handed coordinate system in the region of the origin (O). Proceeding from O, the progression of events in time is recorded along each axis: the 6 days of earth's creation along x, and the 6 days of heaven's creation along z. The suggestion is that the square OLMN (shaded blue) lying in the xz-plane is a fair geometrical expression of the week's creative activity.

In Fig.2, the 'day of rest' that follows the 6 days of activity is similarly represented by an identical square, O'L'M'N', lying in a plane parallel to the xz-plane and displaced 1 unit in y.

Clearly, these two squares which model the creation week may be regarded as the lower- and upper- faces of a cuboid whose dimensions in x, y and z, respectively, are 6, 1 and 6. This figure is shown below in transparent representation (Fig.3). Interestingly, two of its principal defining characteristics, the diagonals M'O and M'L, are, respectively, the square roots of 73 and 37 - prime factors of the 73rd triangular number, 2701, and of Genesis 1:1! Further, this numerical triangle has an outline of 216, ie the cube, each of whose 6 faces equal the squares OLMN and O'L'M'N'. These facts add credence to the suggested model.

With the side OL, these diagonals form the right-angled triangle OLM' which rests within the cuboid - a summary, so to speak, of the Creation.

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4. Creation's Triangle

Observe that triangle OLM' (Fig.5) - now removed from its context - is the outcome of a logical pictorial representation of the information provided in Genesis 1, 2 (and reiterated in Exodus 20:11).

By scaling up this triangle by the factor, square root of 37, we obtain the following figure, PQR, whose sides are seen to be clearly related to scriptural features of interest.

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5. The Creation/Creator Relationship

It has been demonstrated on earlier pages that

It follows that the numerical difference between this overview of the Creation and the Creator is 333, or 9 x 37. We thereby learn that 73 is the sum of the two squares, 9 and 64. The following diagram (Fig.7) depicts a significant implication of this fact:

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6. A Touch of Euclid

It is an important conclusion of conventional geometry that the angle in a semicircle is a right angle. Since the two triangles of Figs 6 and 7 are right-angled, and have identical hypotenuses, they may be presented together within a circle of diameter root 2701, thus:

Some interesting conclusions follow:

As can be seen, this figure mysteriously accomodates all the principal biblical constituents, B, C and G. There is, undoubtedly, much of a symbolic nature here!

Observe that the ratio of the sides of this rectangle is 8:3 (identical to that of superficial area to volume in the original cuboid); this has implications of further interest.

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7. The Chequerboard

The backcloth here takes the form of the familiar square chequerboard of 64 unit squares. We will take each unit square to represent the uniquely symmetrical trifigurate number, 37. On this basis

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8. Conclusions

The suggested model is convincing in every way and - by some impressive examples of positive feedback - amply justifies its own existence. But, more importantly, it demonstrates the close coordination that exists between key biblical themes, viz the Creation (as represented by the Genesis 1:1 overview and the 6:1 division of the days), the Creator (and his identity), and Christ and Antichrist (the 'beast'). In that it also focuses attention on a secular artefact - the chequerboard (whose relevance to OBC has been voiced in earlier pages) - it leads to a broader understanding of the Creator's modus operandi.

It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that these clear evidences of supernatural agency, drawn mainly from the biblical text, powerfully confirm God's Being and Sovereignty, the Unity and Truth of his Word, and much else! Since the Lord has gone to such lengths to counter man's natural tendency to deny his Person and confute his Word, he must now expect a positive response from those endowed with his likeness.

Vernon Jenkins MSc

2001-07-29

email: vernon.jenkins@virgin.net

http://www.otherbiblecode.com

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Appendix 1: On the correct reading of Rev.13:18

Doubts continue to be expressed in some quarters concerning our proper understanding of the 'number of the beast'. Is it 666 or 616? Apparently both appear as possible candidates in the early Greek manuscripts. However, I suggest there are a number of good reasons why we should accept 666 as the God-ordained number, viz

(a) generations of scholars involved in the study and translation of the Greek originals have clearly understood the true value to be 666 - otherwise why would this number unfailingly appear in the text proper and 616, if at all, in a footnote?

(b) the evaluation of 'Jesus', the Christ, from the Greek (nominative case) is 888; hence, that of the Antichrist is more likely to be the counterfeit lookalike, 666, than 616;

(c) 666 is the epitome of numerical geometry; as 'triangle of triangles' it features in the geometrical representation of Genesis 1:1; on the other hand, 616 is devoid of any such properties.

(d) 666 as triangle is linked to two other dimensionless NT numbers, 153 and 276 - both of which are also triangular - by the theme "out of the sea'; details are provided on the page "666 - and All That!" at http://www.otherbiblecode.com

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Appendix 2 - On the pivotal nature of Revelation 13:18

As investigations have proceeded over the past 20 or so years, it has become increasingly obvious that Revelation 13:18 is a pivotal verse. Here is the statement as we find it expressed in the Authorised Version of the Bible:

"Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."

These much-neglected words (from the mouth of the Lord) are highly informative - and this quite independently of what appears at first glance to be their prime purpose, viz the identification of a particular individual - for consider:

These strands of information are summarised in the following diagram:

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Appendix 3 - On the matter of 'Wisdom'

It will be remembered that 'wisdom' was offered to him who proceeded to put the above principles into practice - the aim, ostensibly it seems, being to identify a person whose name could be fairly read as 666. Interestingly, we find that 'wisdom' in the Hebrew is 'chokmah', thus:

The word (read from right to left) has 4 letters. Above each letter is printed its ordinal position in the Hebrew alphabet; and below, its value as a numeral according to the scheme instituted c200BC. As may be seen, the associated sums are 37 and 73, respectively. The first, of course, is a factor of both 666 and 888; and 73 is its digit reflection. These numbers, of course, are the factors of Genesis 1:1.

[Note: the ordinal values of letters do not normally figure in OBC analysis; however, because of the importance of this word 'wisdom', and because of its unique numerics, this special treatment is, undoubtedly, justified.]

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Appendix 4 - On the understanding of 'Word'

The first verse of the Gospel of John, as rendered in the original Greek, reads (left to right) as follows:

As may be seen, 'Word' (or 'Logos') appears three times. In the Stoic philosophy, this represented the active principle living in and determining the world; in Christian theology it represents the Word of God incarnate, ie Jesus Christ (John 1:10,14).

Read as a number, 'Word' has the value 373 - a telescoping of 37 and 73, factors of Genesis 1:1 and the numbers we have found to be associated with 'Wisdom'.

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Appendix 5 - An English scheme of alphabetic numeration

Aa = 1; Bb = 2; Cc = 3; Dd = 4; Ee = 5; Ff = 6; Gg = 7; Hh = 8; Ii = 9; Jj = 10, Kk = 20, Ll = 30; Mm = 40; Nn = 50; Oo = 60; Pp = 70; Qq = 80; Rr = 90; Ss = 100; Tt = 200; Uu = 300; Vv = 400; Ww = 500; Xx = 600; Yy = 700: Zz = 800

As in the Hebrew scheme, the evaluation of names or words is carried out by adding together the numbers represented by the constituent letters.

Example:

While this scheme may appear hypothetical to us, there is good reason to believe that it is the recipient of God's approval, for consider:

888 ('Jesus', Greek) = 515 ('Jesus', English) + 373 ('Word' = 'Jesus') !

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