Absolute Arithmetical Scientific Proof
Demonstration Of The Inspiration Of The Bible
Compiled by Kevin Hentges
One of the most remarkable occurrences in our time is God's preparation of one individual to produce positive evidence that would completely undermine all Biblical criticism and bring atheism toppling to the ground whenever honest, thinking men will face the facts.
More startling still is the fact is that this individual was a converted Russian Nihilist--a Harvard scholar and a mathematician. At the very time when organized atheism was laying it's plan to get control of Russia and make use of it's vast resources to sow the seeds of atheism in every nation on earth, God was preparing His Russian--Ivan Panin--to bring fourth scientific evidence of the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures in the original languages.
Dr. Panan who passed away in October 1942, after 50 years of work on Bible numerics, was not the first to discover that there was a strange mathematical structure running through the Bible. There was Browne in his Ordo Saeculoreum, and Grant in his numerical Bible, and Bullinger in his numbers of the scriptures. These men all brought fourth striking examples of numeric features in the Bible. Other competent scholars now carry on further research in Biblical numerics.
It remained for Dr. Panin, however, by giving his very life to the task, to find that every letter of the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts is numbered and occupies it's own special place in the order of the total number of letters in the Bible, the slightest variations of orthography being all God ordained. Since every Greek and Hebrew letter carries a numerical value (letters being used for figures in these languages), every word, phrase, sentence and paragraph has a definite arithmetical sum.
Dr. Panin devoted himself so persistently to counting letters and working out mathematical problems, that he often physically wore himself out. His works were voluminous and his discoveries seemingly without end. Since his death the Nobel Research Foundation, which took over 43,000 sheets of his work, has recently hired Hebrew and Greek scholars to further study and pursue his works and release a book on their findings.
Panin established an infinite series of complex systems, in the Hebrew and Greek texts in all sequences, combinations, ratios, etc. The discovery settles many questions concerning the divine revelation of scripture. Dr. Panin's work proves that the present books of our Bible are there because of divine design and settles disputes from other scholars as to what books should be added or possibly eliminated.
In this report it is possible to only touch the surface of this study. We must remember that the divine authority of the scriptures has always been sustained by the proofs from the fulfillment of prophecy, from the inexhaustible depths of truth revealed, from it's matchless power over the lives of men, from it's indestructibility and from the testimony of Jesus Christ himself. The word claims that all scripture is inspired by God, 2 Tim.3:16.
Dr. Panin has submitted conclusive scientific evidence that the Bible could not have been produced by the unaided human mind. This proof is found in the amazing numeric phenomena in the very structure of the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. Dr. Panin demonstrates that every writer of the Scriptures was an unparalleled literary and a mathematical genius or he wrote as he was moved by the Holy Spirit. Professor John C. Banks, a worthy successor of Dr. Panin, has further been offering numeric evidence to the same proposition. Out of his excitement, Dr. Panin laid his discoveries before the readers of a New York newspaper, copies had also been sent to leading skeptical educators and scientist with a challenge they disprove, if possible, the phenomena to which he had called attention. Since that time to this present day, many scholars and skeptics have been confronted with his evidence and not one has been able to discredit it!
Some challenged Dr. Panin to find the same mathematical structure in Hebrew and Greek classics outside the Bible. He spend years trying to find the same phenomena in other writings but failed. The numeric features couldn't even be found in the seven books that the Catholic Church added to their Old Testament.
Lets look at some of the interesting facts that Dr. Panin came across in his research of Biblical numerics.
It is a well know fact that the number 7 is found throughout the universe. It is evidently the number of the Creator and the number of fullness, rest and completion. Not only is this law of 7 found running through creation, but it is found scores of times in the scriptures, and always appears to be significant. Furthermore, students and biblical scholars have been amazed to find this number appearing in unexpected ways. However, skeptics might contribute this to the writer, considering 7 some kind a mystical number, and studying to write important sentences in exactly seven words, or to cleverly develop subjects under 7 points.
Panin's work, however, deals with not the translations, but with the Hebrew and the Greek. One is foolish who attempts to maintain verbal inspiration of the King James version or any other version. Translation difficulties have been tremendous. It is a well known fact that the constant change going on in language usage, has rendered many words in our English translation practically obsolete, hence the various attempts at modern speech translations.
But how could Panin get back to originals since we did not know that we have original documents? The answer is that the comparison of hundreds of preserved manuscripts which are now in archives, shows a uniformity that proves a common source.
Following is an abbreviated example of the kind of phenomena found by Dr. Panin in these texts:
Dr. Panin takes a given subject like the genealogy of Christ in Matt. 1:17, or a book of the Bible as a whole, or the Bible in it's entirety and shows the following phenomena:
- The number of words in the vocabulary will divide by the number 7.
- The number of words beginning with a vowel is divisible by 7.
- The number of words beginning with a consonant is divisible by 7.
- The number of letters in the vocabulary is divisible by 7.
- Of these letters, those which are vowels and those which a consonants will both divide by 7.
- The number of words in the vocabulary occurring more than once is divisible by 7. Those occurring only once also divide by 7.
- The number of words occurring in more than one form is divisible by 7. The number occurring in only one form likewise divides by 7.
- The number of nouns is divisible by 7 and the number that is not nouns likewise divides by 7.
- The number of proper nouns divides by 7. The male and female names divide by 7.
- The number of words beginning with each of the letters of the alphabet is divisible by 7.
The Bible is written in two languages: The Old Testament in Hebrew, (a few chapters in Chaldee being for numeric purpose the same as Hebrew); the new testament in Greek. Both these languages have this peculiarity; they have no separate symbols for numbers, corresponding to our modern Arabic figures, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 0. In their place they make use of the letters of their alphabet, so that each Hebrew and Greek letter stands also for a certain number. This is called the numeric values of its letters. The numeric value of a sentence, paragraph, chapter, book, volume, or library is the sum of numeric values of the words in which these consist.
By means of these numeric values the Greeks and Hebrews performed all their numeric operations. But in scripture an additional system is used for the purpose of numeric construction of the text, that of (place values).
The place value of a letter in the scripture, whether Hebrew or Greek, is the number of the place in which the letter occupies in the alphabet. Accordingly, in the Hebrew the place values and the numeric values of the first 10 letters are the same. And the same is the case with the first letters in the Greek. But the eleventh Hebrew letter does not stand for eleven, but twenty. Accordingly it's numeric value is twenty, but its place value is eleven; the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the 22 stands for 400. Accordingly its numeric value is 400, but its place value is 22. The same applies to the Greek alphabet. It's sixth letter stands for 7; this is its numeric value, but it's place value is 6. Beginning to make sense right! OK.
The full value of a Greek or Hebrew letter or word is the sum of its numeric and place values: thus the value of the word for Jesus, in Greek is 975, of which the numeric value is 888, and the place value is 87. Now note further features. The numeric value of the various alphabetical groups of words is divisible by seven. The numerical value of the various forms in which the words occur produce the same phenomena.
The above enumeration barely touches the surface of numerics. Panin challenged any man to write one paragraph containing 300 words intelligently and produce some numeric phenomena of like designs, and complete it in six months. No man has ever met his challenge. Many scripture writers were men chosen from very ordinary walks in life, having little or no schooling. If Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John for instance, had attempted to write by unaided human wisdom, and produced the harmonious features found throughout their books, and each topic of their books, how long would it have taken them? Remember that within each additional sentence the difficulty of constructing on this plan increases in arithmetical and geometrical progression, for they contrive to write each paragraph so as to develop constantly fixed numeric relations to what goes before and what comes after.
But an even more amazing feature remains: The number of words found in Matthew; not found in any other New Testament book, displays an elaborate numeric design. How did Matthew know that he had used words that would not be used in any of the other 26 books? He would of had to have before him all these books, and would not to have written last. It so happens that each of the other books show the same phenomena. Did each writer write last?
Panin proceeded to prove by numerics that every book of our Bible carries special features and that each one is necessary to cause the numerical scheme of the entire Bible to work out correctly, and that nothing can be added or subtracted from the Bible, as we have it, without spoiling these features. From the first verse of Genesis to the last verse in Revelation, divine evidence is found. The nature of God is, therefore, proved to be the God of Scripture. The quarrel of modern skeptics, therefore, is not with believers of the Bible, but with God himself!
Lets take numerics a little further, seven is not the only number that proves of interest. There are equally interesting developments with other numbers, all which are significant in their places. Our Bible has 66 books, of which some assign themselves to some author by name while others are anonymous. Those which assign themselves, either in whole or in part to certain writers, are as follows: Ex., Levee., Num., Duet., ascribe themselves at least in part to Moses, or are quoted as the works of Moses in other parts of the Bible....Isa., Jer., Ezek., and the 12 Minor Prophets, ascribe themselves to the writers whose names respectively bear. Psalms is ascribed to David. Prov. and Son of Sol. ascribe themselves to Solomon and Eccl. ascribes itself to the "son of David." Dan, Ezra, and Neh., ascribe themselves to these respective writers. Jas., 1 and 2 Peter and Jude bear the names of the writers. The epistles of Paul, with exception of Hebrews, ascribe themselves to Paul. Revelation ascribes itself to John. The anonymous books are Gen., Josh., Judges., 1 & 2 Sam., 1 & 2 Kings, Job, Ruth, Lam., Esth., 1 & 2 Chron., Matt., Mk., Lk., John, Acts, 1,2,3 John , and Hebrews.
Of the writers named as the authors of the books of the Bible, some have ascribed to them more that one book. Moses has 4, Solomon 3, Peter 2, and Paul with 13. Others only have one book ascribed to them.
Now bear in mind that the books of the Bible are, in the Hebrew and Greek Received Text, arranged differently from the English Bible. In the original Text the order is as follows:
|1. Gen.||23. Zeph.||45. James|
|2. Ex.||24. Hag.||46. 1 Pet.|
|3. Lev.||25. Zach.||47. 2 Pet.|
|4. Num.||26. Mal.||48. 1 John|
|5. Deut.||27. Psa.||49. 2 John|
|6. Josh.||28. Prov.||50. 3 John|
|7. Judg.||29. Job||51. Jude|
|8. 1 Sam.||30. Song of Sol.||52. Rom.|
|9. 2 Sam.||31. Ruth||53. 1 Cor.|
|10. 1 Kgs.||32. Lam.||54. 2 Cor.|
|11. 2 Kgs.||33. Eccl.||55. Gal.|
|12. Isa.||34. Esth.||56. Eph.|
|13. Jer.||35. Dan.||57. Phil.|
|14. Ezek.||36. Ezra||58. Col.|
|15. Hos.||37. Neh.||59. 1 Thess.|
|16. Joel||38. 1 Chr.||60. 2 Thess.|
|17. Amos||39. 2 Chr.||61. Heb.|
|18. Obad.||40. Matt.||62. 1 Tim.|
|19. Jonah||41. Mark||63. 2 Tim.|
|20. Mic.||42. Luke||64. Titus|
|21. Nah.||43. John||65. Phile.|
|22. Hab.||44. Acts||66. Rev.|
The number is 66, or 6-11's. The anonymous books are 22, or 2-11's. The non-anoymous books are 44, or 4-11's. Of these 44, 22, or 2-11's belong to the writers of more than 1 book, and 22 or 2-11's to writers of only 1 book. The sum of the 66 numbers, or 6-11's is 2,211,201-11's. This number is divided thus: the 22 books of the authors of more than one book have 946 or 86-11's. The other 44 have 1,265 or 115-11's.
Of the 66 books, 21 are epistles. Their numbers are (James to Phile.) 45-65. Now the sum of 2,211 for the 66 books is divided between epistles, and non-epistles: the epistles have 1,155 or 105-11's, and the non-epistles have 1,056 or 96-11's. Moses, David, Isaiah, Jememiah, Hosea, Joel and Daniel are expressly quoted in the New Testament. The number of their books are 2,3,4,5,12,15,16,27, and 35. The sum of 132 or 12-11's. Now take the numeric values of the Bible Authors (those to whom the books ascribe themselves), by adding up the value of each letter.
|Total 7,931||11 x 7 x 103|
The sum is 721-11's. The sum of the factors 7,11, 103, is 121, or 11-11's. The presence of these factors of 11's in connection with the number, order, and names of writers is either accidental or designed. That the number of books in the Bible should be a multiple of 11 might be purely accidental, since, however, only every 11th number is a multiple of 11, the chance for any being a multiple of 11 is only 1 in 11. That this number be so divided between anonymous and non-anonymous books that each class be also a multiple of 11 -this also may be accidental, but the chance for this is only one in 11 x 11, or one in 121.
These numbers being so divisible between anonymous 11's among the authors of only one book and those of more than one may be due to chance, but the chance for it's being accidental is only 1 in 11 x 11 x 1111, or 1331. Taking this further notes that of the 8 features of 11's noted, every one might be accidental, but the chance of it being accidental is only one out of 214,358,881. Now the sum of the numeric values of the 26 authors (7,931) is also a multiple of 7. Of this number the 21 writers of the Old Testament, or 3-1's, have 3,808, or 544-7's, and the New Testament writers have 4,123, or 589-7's. Of the 3,808 belonging to the Old Testament, 2,933 or 419-7's belong to the writers of the Law and the Prophets, from Moses to Malachi, and 1,190 or 170-7's belong to the writers of the so-called Hagiographa, from David to Nehemiah. Seven of the 21 O.T. writers, or 3-7's, are expressly named as such in the New Testament: Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Hosea, and Joel. Their numeric value is 1,554 or 222-7's. The numeric value of Moses who heads the list and John who closes it, 345 and 1,069, make 1,414 or 202 7's.
The Bible begins with the Hebrew word "beginning" and ends with the Greek word hagios, "saint." The Hebrew word occurs in the following books: Gen., Exo., Lev., Num., Deut., 1 Sam., Isa., Jer., Ezek., Hosea, Amos, Mic., Psa., Prov., Job, Eccl., Dan., Heb., and 2 Chor. The Greek word appears in the following New Testament books: Matt., Mk., Lk., Jn., Acts, 1 & 2nd Peter, 1 Jhn., Jude, Rom., 1 & 2 Cor., Eph., Phil., Col., 1 & 2 Thess., Heb., 1 & 2 Tim., Titus, Phile., and Rev. These books are 42 in number, or 6-7's. Take the respective numbers of these books in of their place and their sum is 1,575, or 225-7's.
These eight features of 7's in connection with the order and the writers of the books may again be just be accidental, but the chance for these features of 7's and 11's happening together is one in a billion!
It is precisely shown that the present number of books in the Bible is not accidental but designed. It is clear that the proportion between anonymous and non-anonymous books is designed. It is also clear that the proportion belonging to writers of more than one book is designed and also the proportion in the Bible between the epistles and the non-epistles are designed, even the order of the Books in the Bible in Hebrew and in Greek and the 26 writers didn't all happen by chance, it was in God's perfect design.
On the assumption of mere human authorship, these numeric phenomena in the order and unanimity and non-unanimity of the books are wholly unaccountable. But the assumption that a superior mathematical mind, the mathematical author of nature, has planned these numeric (unwittingly by the authors themselves) at once explains not only these phenomena, but thousands of similar ones that can be brought forward.
Does this mean that critical scholars of the world, the atheist, and the infidels will all now be brought to bend their knee to Jesus Christ and to accept the scriptures? No! For scores of them who have already been confronted by the facts, push them aside, saying that they either have no time to investigate these facts or they are not interested in the mathematics of the Scriptures. "The world by wisdom knows not God," no matter how strong the evidences of divine inspiration are presented, they seek not the truth. Knowing the truth would therefore make them accountable to a Savior. If the infinite Christ himself could not convince the scholars of His day, no numeric phenomena revealed in our day will convince those who do not want to be convinced.
"This is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men love darkness rather that light, because their deeds are evil." The value of these discoveries lies chiefly in their power to confirm the faith of born-again believers in these last days to proclaim with renewed power the Gospel which accompanied by the conviction of the Holy Spirit, is able to break down the infidelity of those who are blinded by the enemy of souls.
In conclusion: Concerning the works of Dr. Panin, Professor A. Gordon Kelvin, of New York City, prominent in the Field of Secular Education, made a pilgrimage to Aldershot, Canada, to view the works of Dr. Panin. After an intensive study of Dr. Panin works, he said "I feel it is time for a concerted effort of those of his work to make it available to many who do not know of it. I find that Dr. Panin had in his possession data in the form of numeric concordances which represent years of labor. I was alarmed to see them in such perishable condition. Dr. Panins work must be made known to all."
The Nobel Foundation considered these manuscripts of such importance that a special camera was set up to photograph each of some 43,000 sheets. These have since been checked for errors and some corrections made. Additional numeric features have been discovered by the scholars doing this work. A press conference was held to disclose Dr. Panins findings, however, many of the hundreds of the people in the press decided that Dr. Panins work apparently had no news worthy value and it never made the news.