II. PROOF THAT GOD INSPIRED THE BIBLE
GOD DESCRIBES HIMSELF (Exodus 34:6b-7)
There are many important Bible verses highlighted by numeric features, but none approach the complexity of Exodus 34:6b-7. Most numeric studies list interesting patterns but never give reasons why a particular pattern is present.1 Nor do they point to a supporting verse. The Exodus verse is completely different. It is supported by another verse where God describes himself (Revelation 1:8). This verse presents the plan for the numeric features in Exodus. In turn, the numeric features in Exodus give depth to God’s self-description in Revelation. But this is not all. These are not random numeric features that happen to work. The Exodus verse has so many numeric features they are too many to present here in full. By studying these two verses and the main numeric features, we can better appreciate God’s power, wisdom, and delicate hand in even the smallest matter.
And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (Exodus 34:6-7 KJV)
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8 KJV)
The Exodus verse contains the only record of God secretly describing himself to a friend (Moses). This verse is especially important because God tells us he spoke with Moses face to face (Exodus 33:11a, Numbers 12:6-8, Deuternonomy 34:10). All other prophets received God’s word through visions. If we are to understand God, know who he is, why he does what he does, and what he wants us to learn and do (Jeremiah 9:23), we cannot pass over this verse.
Revelation 1:8, which is at the other end of the Bible, also describes God’s nature but in a different way. This vision was given to the apostle John, the apostle beloved of Jesus (John 13:23, 21:7, 24).
The 119 letters of the Hebrew text (Exodus 34:6b-7) are given below. This encompasses the full quote of what God said. This also includes the part
and the LORD proclaimed. I believe it is not only important to remember that God said this, but that he proclaimed it.
(Hebrew is read from right to left.) Click here to see the full numeric conversion.
The first word of Exodus 34:6b-7 is displayed below with its numerics as an example.
|# of letters:||1||1||1||1||1||5||(a)|
|# of digits in letter values:||1||2||3||3||1||10||(c)|
|# of words:||1||1||(d)|
|Word sum (total from B):||317||317||(e)|
|# digits in word sum:||3||3||(f)|
|Hebrew letters are read from right to left.
Table information has been presented from left to right.
Translating the entire verse (Exodus 34:6b-7) to letter values we find the following:
- 119 letters (119 = 17 x 7)
- 6174 total of all letter values (6174 = 7 x 7 x 7 x 3 x 3 x 2)
- 206 digits from all the letter values
- 33 words
- 91 digits from all the word sums (91 = 13 x 7)
What are the chances of someone writing a complete thought with all these factors of 7 built into the text?
With the help of Revelation 1:8, we can find even more intricate features. Revelation 1:8 tells us what to look for, the first, the last, and the middle. Every word has a first letter, a last letter (a beginning and an end), and a middle section.
God is the alpha and the omega. Add up the first and last letters of each word:
3052 = 109 x 7 x 2 x 2.
This can be broken down further. God is the alpha. Sum the first letter of each word:
1330 = 19 x 7 x 5 x 2.
God is the omega. Sum the last letter of each word :
1722 = 41 x 7 x 3 x 2.
God is the one who was, is, and is to come. Since the passage total (6174) is divisible by 7, this means that by excluding the first and last letters, the remainder must also be divisible by 7. 3122 = 223 x 7 x 2. This is automatic, but there is an even better feature.
Take only the odd positioned letters and add them:
3388 = 11 x 11 x 7 x 2 x 2.
This automatically means that the sum of all the even positioned letters is also divisible by 7: 2786 = 199 x 7 x 2.
This verse also demonstrates a third way of God’s omnipresence. Each instant is a new beginning. Sum the second letter of each word (in some cases this would be the last letter): 1743 = 83 x 7 x 3. (NB This pattern cannot be extended since the shortest word in the passage consists of 2 letters.)
The first features of 7 could have been labouriously constructed. These seven features make it very unlikely.
These are some of the best numeric features from the passage. There are others, along with thousands of lesser features. What makes the odds astronomical is that these features are derived by reason and not chance. Each feature describes God’s nature. The very least we can conclude from these amazing features is that the writer must either be super intelligent, or directed by God. The fact that 1500 years separates the writing of Exodus 34:6b-7 and Revelation 1:8 weighs heavily in favour of the latter conclusion. Only a powerful being spanning time could influence the way humans write.
I call this the Micro Proof: God’s micro control over individual letters. There is also the Macro Proof, completely independent of Bible Numerics. God isn’t limited to tiny items. He controls the world’s history in marvellous ways. ( Click here for information about this .)
(If you’re interested in an explanation of the Exodus verse, and its
unpleasant last half,
Proof means the Bible must be trusted. Its lessons are relevant and necessary. Visit: Bible Issues for other important topics.
1. The earth is approximately 93 million miles from the sun. One can use the digits (93,000,000) to look at the ninth, and third letters of the Exodus verse. The zeroes don’t point to any letters. The numerical value of these two letters would be 105, which is divisible by 7. But this isn’t really a feature. Nothing in the Bible (especially Revelation 1:8) indicated the earth’s radius from the sun was significant. And why not kilometres as opposed to miles? How about Chinese li as a measurement? If the earth's radius from the sun doesn’t work, how about the diameter of the earth itself? One can go on and on and on... Most numeric studies grab anything and then call it a feature to prove God wrote something. That is not how Bible Numerics works. Everything must have a concrete reason, not just because it’s there and fits, or what we wish it to be.
The features here are significant because Revelation 1:8 gave us the principles to find them. There are hundreds of other features. The above is only a tiny sample. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to see how deeply and intricately Revelation 1:8 actually ties in with the Exodus verse.