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At 8:48 A.M. on September 11, 2001 I was awakened by the sound of an explosion that changed the world forever.
I turned on my clock radio and heard a news bulletin-a jumbo jet had crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers.
I ran up to my roof just in time to see a second Boeing 767 fly right into the second of the Twin Towers, setting it ablaze. It was obviously no accident. The two planes had been hijacked by terrorists. New York was under attack.
For more than an hour I stood alone on my roof and watched with increasing horror and disbelief as those two 110-story buildings, the silver monoliths that loomed over Lower Manhattan where I live, continued to burn, shooting giant orange flames out of the gaping holes, spewing huge plumes of black smoke up into the sky.
Suddenly, one of the towers collapsed. It just fell straight down. And then the second tower also imploded. They both disappeared in a cloud of dust that rushed up the street right toward me. In an instant they were gone.
My mind could not take in the scale of the destruction my eyes had seen. It was on a scale only captured in Biblical prophecy.
I ran down from the roof and immediately searched the ancient code on my computer, the Bible code. It was the one place I might find confirmation of the full danger, and a revelation of what was yet to come.
The hidden code, discovered in the Bible by a famous Israeli mathematician, had already revealed other world-shaking events that took place thousands of years after the Bible was written.
Now it revealed the entire event I had just witnessed. What I watched from my roof only minutes earlier, was there in detail on my computer screen in ancient Hebrew characters.
"Twin Towers" was encoded in the 3000-year-old text. "Airplane" appeared in exactly the same place. "It caused to fall, knocked down" crossed "airplane" and "towers."
What I saw happen with my own eyes on September 11, 2001 was encoded in the Bible 3000 years ago.
As I watched it all happen, I had only one thought, and when the first tower fell I said it out loud-"Oh my God, it's real."
It was not this terrorist attack that really shook me. It was what the Bible code predicted was yet to come.
It had already predicted the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Yitzhak Rabin. Everything from World War II to Watergate, from the Holocaust to Hiroshima, from the Moon landing to the Gulf War, had been foreseen. Sometimes the predictions were found in advance, and the events happened exactly as predicted.
And now every detail of September 11 was there, too. Suddenly, brutally, I had absolute proof that the Bible code was real.
So when the planes slammed into the towers, as I watched the horror begin to unfold, I also saw visions of a future too terrible to imagine, but clearly foretold in the code. And suddenly, it all seemed totally plausible.
For five years I had been warning world leaders that an ancient prophecy was about to come true, that the Apocalypse foretold by all the West's three major religions was encoded in the Bible, that we might face the real Armageddon-a nuclear World War starting with an act of terrorism in the Middle East-within a decade. But I could not fully believe it myself.
President Clinton had my book with him at Camp David, and my letter warning him that we faced a war in the Holy Land that could engulf the entire world.
"I hesitate to state it in detail, because it sounds so Apocalyptic," I told Clinton, holding something back even as I warned him. I could not bring myself to tell the President the world might come to an end.
Yet just within the past year I had finally told the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Israel, and the leader of the Palestinians that according to the Bible code we were already in the ultimate time of danger, the End of Days.
I had sat with Yasir Arafat in his embattled headquarters in Ramallah, and with Shimon Peres in Tel Aviv, and with Ariel Sharon's son in Jerusalem, and with Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff in the White House, and told them all that we might have only five years left to save the world.
But no one would heed the warning.
Just the day before the September 11 attack I had talked to the White House again to see if the new President, George W. Bush, had received a letter I sent him, warning that we might face World War III while he was in office.
My letter to Bush, sent more than a month before Arab terrorists struck New York and Washington, stated:
"Now the Bible code warns that the world may face its ultimate danger-a nuclear World War starting in the Middle East-while you are in office.
"This critical moment was without doubt clearly foreseen.
"'Bush,' 'Arafat,' and 'Sharon' are all encoded together by name in the Bible with the time of danger long foretold by all three major Western religions-the 'End of Days.'
"And the Bible code clearly states the danger in modern terms- 'atomic holocaust' and 'World War' are both encoded in the Bible. And both are encoded with the same year, 2006."
On September 11 the President himself said that we were at war, that the "first war of the twenty-first century has begun." And a column in the New York Times was headlined "WORLD WAR III."
But until September 11 I never entirely believed it myself. I am not religious. I don't believe in God. I'm a secular, skeptical investigative reporter. I started out on the night police beat at the Washington Post, I covered corporate news at the Wall Street Journal, and I still have a flat-footed sense of reality. So although I wrote a book that made the Bible code known to the world, I woke up every morning doubting the danger was real.
On the morning of September 11 I was awakened by the event that proved it real.
Suddenly there was no room for doubt. It wasn't just Israel, it was the United States, it was New York. It was the city where I lived. It was just down the block. And I saw it happen with my own eyes.
The attack on New York, the attack on the World Trade Center, this unbelievable horror was not only encoded in the Bible-I had actually seen it in advance.
I had found it in 1993, right after the failed terrorist attack on the same two towers. "Twin Towers" was encoded in the Bible with "the warning, the slaughter," and that was crossed by "terror." "Terror" appeared a second time, and "it will fall, collapse" was also encoded twice.
But I assumed it was about the past, not the future. It never occurred to me that lightning would strike twice-that there would be another terrorist attack on the same two monoliths eight years later, that it would succeed, and knock both towers down.
And I never thought to look in the code for "airplane." As I explained to a friend at the CIA later that day, "No one could have imagined it would be done that way." "Someone did," he said.
After it happened, the warning was clear. It had been hidden in the Bible for 3000 years. Now it was obvious. Every detail was there.
The scientist who discovered the Bible code, Eliyahu Rips, found the same extraordinary code table on September 11 at his home in Jerusalem, and e-mailed it to me from Israel.
When I spoke to Dr. Rips, one of the world's leading authorities in group theory, a field of math that underlies quantum physics, he told me that he had calculated the odds.
The odds against the three key words-"twin" and "towers" and "airplane"-all appearing together in exactly the same place in the Bible, the odds against it happening by chance, were at least 10,000 to 1.
There was more. Osama bin Laden was named in the Bible code. Rips had found a single code sequence that declared him guilty-"the sin, the crime of bin Laden"-and it appeared in Genesis where the plain text told of "the city and the tower."
Also, in the same place, the original words of the Bible stated, "They saw the smoke rising above the land like the smoke of a furnace."
The leader of the hijackers, the pilot of the first plane that hit the towers, Mohammed Atta, was also identified.
"Terrorist Atta" was encoded in the Bible, and "Egyptian man" appeared in the same place.
There was another target, the headquarters of the American military in Washington. The Pentagon was struck by a third hijacked plane an hour after the first attack in New York. That, too, was encoded.
"Pentagon" appeared once in the Bible, crossed by "damaged." Again, the prediction in the 3000 year old text was exact. One of the five sides of the Pentagon had fallen, but the building itself still stood.
"Emergency" appeared with "Pentagon," immediately followed by "from Arabia." In fact, it was learned in the next few days that most of the terrorists had come from Saudi Arabia.
The warning of the greatest terrorist attack in the history of the world, of the first foreign attack on mainland America in modern times, had been encoded in the Bible for 3000 years. But we had missed it, until it was too late.
And now the code warned that it would lead to war. "The next war" crossed the Hebrew name for the World Trade Towers, "the Twins." "Terrorist" was encoded in the same place.
The statement in the code was chilling. This terrorist attack was the start of a new war, the war that Bush declared, a war against terrorism that many were predicting would last years.
And now I saw the encoding that captured the full horror of this moment. "Towers" and "the Twins" again appeared together in exactly the same place as the words in the plain text of the Bible that again made clear that the final countdown had begun-"in the End of Days."
For years I had been warning top government leaders in Washington and in the Middle East that the world might be facing danger on a scale only captured in Biblical prophecy, and now I had seen the reality begin to unfold with my own eyes, just down the block from my home in New York.
And I was certain that this was the beginning of something too horrible for any of us to fully imagine, not the end.
"A cryptogram set by the Almighty," the "riddle of the Godhead, the riddle of past and future events divinely fore-ordained."
That's what Sir Isaac Newton called the Bible code. Three hundred years ago Newton, the first modern scientist, the man who discovered gravity and figured out the mechanics of our solar system, who single-handedly invented advanced mathematics, searched for a hidden code in the Bible that would reveal the future of mankind.
For more than 3000 years, ever since there's been a Bible, people have believed there was something hidden in it, great secrets that were known only to the high priests, new revelations that could be found using some esoteric formula, some form of magic, some new science.
But it remained for a Russian immigrant to Israel, Eliyahu Rips, a mathematician freed from a Soviet political prison, to find the code that had eluded everyone for millennia.
Rips succeeded because he had the one essential tool that everyone before him lacked-a computer.
The Bible code had a time lock. It could not be opened until the computer was invented.
It was designed, apparently by some intelligence that could see the future, to be opened now. That much seemed clear. The code could have been designed to be found by Newton 300 years ago. Or it could have been designed to be found 300 or 3000 years in the future, by a technology that would not exist until then.
Instead, some intelligence that could see across time encoded the Bible in a way that allowed us to crack the code at this one moment in human history.
"That is why Isaac Newton could not do it," said Rips. "It had to be opened with a computer. It was 'sealed until the time of the End.'"
But when Eli Rips began his search for the Bible code nearly twenty years ago, he was not thinking about the "End of Days."
He was just solving a mathematical puzzle. "I found words encoded far more than statistics allowed for by random chance, and I knew that I was on to something of real importance," recalled Rips. "When I applied a computer, I made the breakthrough."
Rips discovered the Bible code in the original Hebrew version of the Old Testament, the Bible as it was first written, the words that according to the Bible itself God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai 3200 years ago.
Rips eliminated all the spaces between the words, and turned the entire original Bible into one continuous letter strand, 304,805 letters long.
In doing that, he was actually restoring the Bible to what ancient sages say was its original form. According to legend, it was the way Moses received the Bible from God-"contiguous, without break of words."
Rips wrote a computer program that searched the strand of letters for new information revealed by skipping any equal number of letters.
Anyone could make up a sentence that would tell one story on the surface, but another story hidden in a simple skip code. For example:
Rips explained that each code is a case of adding every fifth or tenth or fiftieth letter to form a word.
Now read that same sentence as a four-letter skip code:
Rips ExplAineD thaT eacH codE is a Case Of adDing Every fifth or tenth or fiftieth letter to form a word.
The hidden message-READ THE CODE.
But no one, not even Newton, could go through the whole Bible counting letters by hand, checking every possible skip sequence, starting with every letter from the first verse to the last verse, backwards and forwards, from the beginning of the Bible to the end. Only a computer can search fast enough to make the job possible.
And only a computer could find the complexly interwoven information in the Bible code. Time after time related words, names, dates, and places are, against all odds, encoded together.
The words form a crossword puzzle. Each time a new word or phrase is discovered, a new crossword puzzle is created. And the connected words reveal accurate, often detailed information about modern events.
It's what makes the Bible code unique. In another book one might find a random skip sequence that spells "Twin Towers"-but not with "airplane." One might find "bin Laden"-but not with "the city and the tower." One might find "the Twins"-but not with "the next war," or "the End of Days."
"Only in the Bible code is there consistent, coherent information," said Rips. "No one has found anything like that in any other book, in any translation, or in any original Hebrew text, except the Bible."
When Rips reported his discovery in an American mathematics journal, many scientists were skeptical. They couldn't fault his science, but they couldn't believe his results. The claim was just too amazing-a code in the Bible that revealed events that happened after the Bible was written.
A senior code-breaker at the top secret National Security Agency, the clandestine U.S. government listening post near Washington, heard about the startling claim, and decided to investigate.
Harold Gans had spent his life making and breaking codes for American military intelligence, and he was sure the Bible code was "off-the-wall, ridiculous."
He wrote his own computer program, and set out to prove it was a hoax. Instead, he replicated the results of Rips's experiment. The names of 66 sages who lived and died long after Biblical times were indeed encoded with the dates they were born, and the dates that they died. Gans could not believe it. He thought that the experiment must have been rigged. He looked for new information, encodings that Rips never tried to find. He was sure that the names of the cities where the 66 rabbis lived and died could not be found in the code. He found them.
Gans had set out to debunk the Bible code. Instead, his 440-hour experiment proved it was real.
"It sent a chill up my spine," recalled the code-breaker.
No man could have encoded the Bible with information about people who lived, events that happened, thousands of years after the Bible was written. But someone did.
If not one of us, then who?
—from The Bible Code II: The Countdown by Michael Drosnin, Copyright © December 2002, Viking Press, a member of Penguin Putnam, Inc., used by permission.
Posted October 17, 2011
Posted November 25, 2010
Well, the book is okay. I'm only commenting on the comments in which the authors have multiple misspellings, incorrect grammar; it makes them seem downright ignorant. If I'm looking for a book review, I'm also seeking one by someone who shows the ability to write complete sentences using correct English and grammar.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 17, 2005
I am one of the fools who bought this book and I have to say that one of the predictions already did not come true. In this book, the author states that Arafat will be assassinated possibly in an ambush.. As we all know he died, but not from an assassination. Needless to say, I do not recommend this nonsense to anyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2004
Posted February 8, 2004
Lets put it this way, how convient that he found the 9/11 message AFTER it happened. I could take anyway book right now, think up a code and then somehow get results, probably giving me details of every war that ever happened. Once he starts predicting, in detail mind you, events that HAVEN'T happened yet then I might be more inclined to believe him.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 19, 2004
This is really silly. Anyone with a modicum of maths education will recognize it for what it is: pure, unadulterated, arrant nonsense. Pure playing with random patterns and numbers. Utter hogwash. The popularity of books like this only underscores the urgent and massive need we have for far more widespread scientific education. With science, we have created the most advanced, the most civilized civilization ever. Were we to lose it, there is no law anywhere, divine or human, that says that it must come back. We have endured millenia of darkness, be it the European Dark Ages, the South American blood sacrifices or countless other horrors. This book stems from the same kind of prehistoric thinking, rooted in false maths for the ignorant.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2003
There's one major item missing from this book: a Hebrew-English glossary. How am I supposed to believe that Hebrew words are being spelled out in code in the Bible when I don't speak Hebrew and have no way of knowing what the 'examples,' which are given exclusively in Hebrew, say? Furthermore, I've heard that Hebrew is written without vowels, so are the 'words' that are supposedly 'encoded' in the given examples full Hebrew words or vowel-less abbreviations? And why isn't any of this adequately covered and explained within the book? The publisher of this book sure wasn't treating the readers as if we had any brains!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2003
I enjoyed this book very much. I could not put it down till I read cover to cover. It makes good sense and I look forward to his next book. This books makes you think about the future of humanity. We urgently need to make a difference in the world by promoting peace efforts before we destroy each other.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2003
People who believe what is inside this book are really innocent. How can they imagine that facts happening in 2001 could have been predicted 3000 years ago ?. The author said the code is unique to the bible and claimed that the probability that the predictions occured by chance is very very low. This is untrue, Associated Press reports that some skeptics ran Drosnin's computer program on Tolstoy's "War and Peace" and found in that classic novel the exact World Trade Center code words that Drosnin found in the Bible. Then they ran the program on Dosnin's new book and found this encoded warning: "The Bible Code is a silly, dumb, fake, false, evil, nasty, dismal fraud, and snake-oil hoax." You are free to read such a book but be aware that every is false!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 12, 2003
First of all, as I stated in my review of the original book, it would be fairly easy to fool me. I am not a cryptographer, nor a statistician, nor a reader of Hebrew, nor a scholar of the Torah. Yet, after reading this book all the way through, it still has the nagging feeling of truth to it. This would seem to be the "sealed book" mentioned in Isaiah. The author hammers home his warning of atomic terrorism in 2006, as well as, the fact that we are in "the end of days." He also includes the code table that covers all the details of the September 11th attacks. Plus, the other code matrixes dealing with bin Laden are included. He even includes incredibly relevent and accurate matrixes dealing with recent U.S. politics. However, the truly mind boggling revelations deal with what he has found concerning the "code key" and its origins. It may sound too fantastic to be believed, until you reflect that it is in agreement with the published views of Sir Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the DNA helix..... While I have an absolute certainty in my own mind that God exists, I have no use for organized religion, so I have no fundamentalist ax to grind. I have a couple technical degrees and have worked in engineering, so I do not think that I am a totally credulous dupe. I've even obtained the software to test it myself. There is something here. I can't see how anyone with even a half-way open mind can simply dismiss it (unless you are a "fundamentalist" materialist.) Indeed, from what I've read of some of the critical reviews, it is obvious from their statements that the authors have not actually read either book, or if they did, they were incapable of following the technical side of the arguement. As I stated before, if it does turn out that this is an elaborate hoax it will not shake my beliefs. However, if you do concede that it exists, then some detailed soul searching would seem to follow of necessity....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 14, 2003
Just got through reading it...i'm perplexed...a little stressed...with more questions for Michael Drosnin. The book rings true, I want to assist Drosnin on his quest, his duty as the reluctant Prophet to bring about peace in the Middle East. We may very well be in "the end of days", for things seem out of control on the geo-political front. I loved the book, its an extremely compelling read for anyone, sceptic or not. Do not pass this one up!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2003
As a religious woman I couldn't help but identify with the similarities of the hebrew bible, and how if we don't change our attitudes and behaviors what we may face. It's a mysterious "whirlwind" from beginning to end which leaves one captivated as well as famished for the answer. It's definitely recommended for all, regardless of your belief.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2002
Posted January 6, 2003
like the first book,a chiller about what MAY happen,IF we let it,book two delves further into prophecy and what are we gonna do about it?? Is the future our past? IF we look ahead do we see what has happened before??A real nail biter at times and looking forward to book 3"Peace or annihilation, What happened?"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2002
Have not read this title yet. Really looking forward to it. ELS (Equidistant Letter Codes) are said to have won WW2 and fostered significant strength in developing the INS in the USA. And these codes couldn't predate all else? Hmnnn. Maybe reviewer # 1 is correct. Maybe it's predictable. Maybe that individual was seeking something other than what seems to present as a likely truth. It's an individual, free-will choice. Can you really afford to ignore it?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2002
This is a really good book. If I were you I would go read this book as soon as you can!!! It teaches you everything the Bible doesn't. It tells you stories beyond anything that you could imagine. This was a really very good book. Hope you like it when you read it!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2002
Bible Code II is even more exciting than the Bible Code! I could not put it down. I saw a display of Bible Code II at a nearby Barnes and Noble and the next day as soon as I could went back and bought a copy. Every chapter unfolds into an adventure. I love the way the author explains how everything happened. The End of Days, Code of Life, and Invasion chapters are thrilling!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2002
This book, while trying to convince us that our world is facing a monumental catastrophe, does little to convey the sense of urgency the subject demands. Although the the Bible Code warrants consideration, I was left feeling I had read a screen play for the X-Files and not the Lord's Word clarified. I was, however, left with an intrigue that will demand a more in-depth examination.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2011
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