Signals in the King James Bible: The Meaning of 666

Signals in the King James Bible: The Meaning of 666

by R. C. Copeland


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For many centuries, and up to the present day, Christians have searched the text of the King James Bible for a hidden message. Historically, the number 666 loomed large in these searches owing to its prominence in the Bible's last book, The Revelation. And, owing to the prophetic cast of this particular book, hints of the future were sought. However, what will be found in Signals in the King James
Bible: The Meaning of 666 has nothing to do with any of this but rather the actual patterns of 666 within the Bible. 666 is a triangle, 1 + 2 + 3 + ... 36 and, besides its triangular pattern, it has regular factors as do all triangles, here 18•37 or 37•18, and thus a definite grid. Lists of centrally important names in the King James Bible have 666 letters and upon these grids are corroborative acrostics that demonstrate a heretofore hidden design.

Besides this, all numbers connected to the King James Bible, its books, chapters, and verses, are shown to be numerically connected to the number 666 and thus they are particular selection systems that reinforce the initial premise that what emerges cannot be the result of an operation of chance. Logically it then must follow that the King James Bible has an inherent design, one which transcends our time and space.

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ISBN-13: 9781425125998
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Pages: 582
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Signals in the King James Bible: the Meaning of 666

By R.C. Copeland

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Numeric Patterns of 666

The title of this book might immediately cause readers to be skeptical, if not dismissive, of a claim that the King James Bible contains a hidden message from an intelligence transcending our time and space. Believers in God or not they could point out that the Bible has been studied for many centuries with the aim of finding such a message but with no tangible results that are unequivocal. So, what is different here? If the Bible has gone through several versions, just what version contains the message? And, wouldn't it be arbitrary to select one version over another? All these questions have answers, but first a look at the kinds of problems that naturally arise when searching for a hidden message in any context is in order.

Contact, by the late Carl Sagan, a best selling novel of 1985 later made into a movie, described messages that defined the methods of communication in a dynamic and static medium. In Contact listeners for signals from space received a series of radio pulses, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13 ... the prime number sequence — those numbers divisible only by themselves and 1 — and thus assumed its artificiality as no known natural process generates such a sequence. After the initial signal, instructions were sent to Earth detailing the construction of an interstellar vessel. Once the task was completed a crew set out upon a pre-programmed voyage and after various adventures returned to Earth to begin a search for a different kind of message, one that would establish that the entire universe was the result of a transcendent design.

Where the first signal was dynamic the second appeared in a static context, the digits of Pi, 3.141 ... and it was found deep in the infinite sequence of its digits in base 11 numeration. The form it took was "... a perfect circle, its form traced out by unities in a field of naughts." (1.) This is the most common association of Pi: Pi times the diameter of a circle gives its circumference and Pi times the square of its radius gives its area. So this discovery completely fulfilled the fundamental criterion for recognizing a signal of artificiality in a static context, which is unequivocal self-reference. Thus in Contact this display established beyond any doubt or question that it could be the result of an operation of chance. The inescapable conclusion stemming from this discovery was then "... The universe was made on purpose ..." It was the creation of an Intelligence that transcended all of our actual dimensions.

This is the criterion employed herein to determine whether or not the intrinsic patterns from various sorting modes of the elemental components of the KJV, and other finite contexts, can be mere happenstance. By "Sagan's Criterion," as described, it will be demonstrated that they cannot and thus the same conclusion of design reached in Contact must obtain here to a degree. But the message in the KJV goes further than the fictional one in Contact in that it is not just one thing but very many. The self-reference is so deep, and with so many layers of recognition, that it defines redundancy. Here the question changes from "where is the message" to "where is it not?"

As for the question of which Bible to employ among its various versions the obvious answer would be to choose the most prominent, the one whose authority in the English language — the language of the message — is paramount, and this would be the version that is historically central. In G.B. Shaw's Pygmalion, when Henry Higgins admonishes Eliza Dolittle, "You speak the language of Milton, Shakespeare, and the Bible," (2.) he does not refer to a Bible with a modernized 23rd Psalm such as "Even though I walk through a dark valley ..." but rather, "Lo, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death ..." Moreover, when the Protestant Bible is quoted in speech or print most always it is as verses from the KJV like that above, "Lo ..."

The King James Version was published in 1611. Then, as various printers' errors crept in over the decades, there were revisions beginning in 1760. The authors of The Strongest Strong's, after Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (1894), state "The best modern version for this (KJV) is the Cambridge Paragraph Bible of 1873 ..." and an electronic edition of this was employed to crosscheck the initial concordance with a major index and thus theirs is "... the most thoroughly analyzed and most accurate concordance ever produced for the KJV." (3.) All relevant aspects of the signals in the KJV are in agreement with both books. For any reader who possess a Bible, and it is the Authorized King James Version, then every Biblical reference made in this book will be found in the Bible on your shelf.

Besides Biblical signals, others in related contexts directly point to those in the KJV. The signals are elementary; they do not stem from computer driven searches of the Bible like those of The Bible Code noted earlier. But, apropos of the discredited ELS method, grids appear in the signal contexts of the KJV. However, these grids are not the result of an arbitrary process but are lists of names from the Bible that form grids upon which appear corroborative acrostics, and with intrinsic focal points relating to the whole context.

Apropos of grids and their acrostics, another matter should be addressed before the message in the KJV, and its attendant signals, is explored: the number 666 about which so many Bible signals turn. For many, religious or not, the number conjures up The Revelation, the last book of the Bible, where it first appeared to etch itself upon historical imagination as "the number of the beast" and thus it is synonymous with evil, the Antichrist, or Satan. But however one feels about 666, a symbolic reference from the past or an evil to come, there can be no doubt that a decipherer of the message and its signals is directed to this last Bible book. But what this means, other than it is the core signal of design, may not be stated with any degree of certainty.

Every so often a new interpretation of 666 appears as technology advances. Besides being a "name" it is linked to a logo, or a bar code, or a computer chip implant, all of which are said to herald the coming of End Times and the terrible events described in The Revelation. Concerning this book, the Jerusalem Bible of Roman Catholic tradition has these comments: (4.)

A "revelation"(called apocalypse, from the Greek term) is a distinct literary form: apocalyptic writing was very popular in some Jewish circles in the beginning of the Christian era. The framework of a Revelation is always a vision of hidden, supernatural, events; the language in which the vision is described is richly symbolic and so allusive that the message can be interpreted in more ways than one. Thus the book of Revelation is not to be accepted simply as an allegory which can be translated into other terms. It contains the author's vision of heaven and a vindication of the Christian martyrs in the world to come, but it must be understood first and foremost as a tract for the times, written to increase hope and determination of the Church on earth in a period of disturbance and bitter persecution, and prophesying the certain downfall and destruction of Roman imperial power. The imagery, largely drawn from the Old Testament, especially Daniel, allows the author to allude to the enemy, Rome, under the disguise of the old enemy, Babylon; and to present the happenings of his own day, seen by their reflections in the heavens, as recapitulations or fulfillments of the great events of Israel's past.

The Jews of 2000 years ago did not have numerals to express number and instead they employed their alphabet, letters 1 through 10 for those numbers and then multiples of 10 for the remaining letters. Somewhere in number lore it has been noted that the letters in the full name of a Roman emperor of the time, Nero, had a value of 666. More directly, the value of the first six Roman numerals in reverse order, MDLXVI, will equal 666.

But many Christians, and especially those belonging to fundamentalist Protestant denominations, hold that the events described in The Revelation are literal predictions, and thus yet to occur. Hal Lindsey, the author of The Late Great Planet Earth plus a number of subsequent books dealing with End Times, described with complete assurance the various contemporary nations, or national unions, that would supply the armies mentioned in The Revelation and elsewhere in the Bible apropos of "Biblical prophecy." Central to his scenario was the role played by the Soviet Union, and the Communist menace was greatly stressed. In one book (1980) he worried about the explosive megatonnage of U.S. missiles as this lagged behind that of the Soviets, and he advocated scrapping the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty so we could catch up in this regard. (5.)

But a glance around the world of today will demonstrate how profoundly un-prophetic Lindsey has proved to be when he began to prognosticate in the late 1970's. In the last 40 years or so everyone on Earth has witnessed the implosion of Communist regimes in Eastern Europe along with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In Lindsey's scenario the European Union was to have emerged as a dominant military power with America declining to a dependant status. Yet today America is the world's only superpower, and it possesses a military technology far in advance of any conceivable rival. Realistically, nowadays major nations of the world appear bent on acquiring wealth through expanded commerce and invention and not by starting wars of conquest. It is ridiculous to even imagine the cautious nations of the E.U. embarking upon military intervention in Israel as in Linsday's There's A New World Coming (6.) where a confusing array of gigantic armies fight it out over Jerusalem. And whatever inflammatory diatribes are directed against it, in reality Israel possesses sufficient atomic weapons to deter any likely foe. Basically, the actual conflict is between the Jewish colonialists and their descendants, and the dispossessed Palestinians and theirs.

But however unrealistic such literal interpretations of The Revelation are, the puzzle remains. For besides employing 666 as a focal point of signals, other intrinsic signal patterns directly lead to this number, and it is inescapable that a decipherer is directed to this last book of the Bible. Perhaps the inherent intention here was to corroborate the use of the number by emphasizing its primary context, but who really knows?

Whatever you feel about 666, its stunning coincidence remains. That this number, so freighted with symbolism and laden with lore, should be central in the signals of the KJV is a sharply etched irony if the motive of the design is unknowable. In any event, 666 may be seen in ways besides that in The Revelation, which in no way contradicts whatever one believes; that The Revelation was a tract for its times, or that it concerns an unfulfilled prophecy. Either way, 666 commands attention that serves in either context.

Above all, one thing is salient about 666, and it is that it must be the most beautiful classic polygonal number of any in the set, and this in light of what makes these numbers beautiful to mathematicians. As noted, 666 is a triangle of 36, 1 + 2 + 3 + ... 36, just the 6 dots below are a triangle of 3:


If somewhere in the universe there is a species with 13 tentacles on each of two limbs, and they count in base 26 numeration, they too would be compelled to concede that 666, as a triangle of 36, is in a class by itself and that there is something utterly special about base 10 numeration. If any readers ever have perused books concerned with number lore they have doubtless discovered that after 22, 1 ... 22, some numbers are skipped and though this becomes very pronounced with 3-digit numbers 666 is always noted. But, more to the point, every so often the aphorism "all women are beautiful, but some are more beautiful than others," appears in various contexts, and 666 is exactly this in number theoretic terms; it possesses a vast range of numerical relationships and an almost mystical prominence.

The number theory referred to here, and to be seen in these pages, is of the most elementary sort. It is simply arithmetic except for a few instances where high school algebra is employed to show the relationship of various patterns. This is what 666 is, the visible pattern of a figurate number that may be decomposed into other polygons. For example, if a square of 10•10 is depicted it is seen to be composed of 4 smaller squares of 5•5. If the square is an odd number it will have a central "1" surrounded by 8 triangles. So also do other polygons, triangles, pentagons, hexagons ... decompose into similar arrangements of polygons. But, in natural number, there is nothing like 666 in this regard. In light of this, consider the next 8 pages depicting particular compositions of 666 that are germane to this exposition. They all are regular, which is to say that they are not numerically meaningless decompositions but that they are non-trivial sequences such as all squares of the order 2, 4, 6 ... are composed of 4 squares of the order 1, 2, 3 ...

The first 6 decompositions of 666 stem from a context to be explored next, and the last two naturally arise from a context in the New Testament. The first division sets the stage for the signals of the second: Its signals, and the one actual message, are "anti-cryptographic," or something designed to be deciphered. This idea was first advanced in a seminal paper by Philip Morrison and Giuseppe Cocconi concerned with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (S.E.T.I.). They discussed the problems of interstellar communication, (7.) and gave one example of sending a series of prime numbers as Sagan did in Contact. Here, apparently, the interstellar intelligences in Contact subscribed to the arbitrary exclusion of 1 from the primes. The convention is adopted so that certain mathematical statements will be true but it is by no means universally accepted. D. H. Lehmer did not like it at all and his prime number tables were the gold standard until the advent of electronic computers. The issue is raised here as a particularly pointed signal arises from a prime number whose ordinal is counted from 1.

Besides this, there are intrinsic numerical patterns in the KJV that naturally sort verses, chapters, and books into various arrays that describe a number of mathematical relationships. Some are well known, but it is likely that many have been hitherto unrecognized. This is another aspect of the signals. They tell a decipherer something not known before. Oft-times it is a relationship, which, once realized, may leave the mathematical reader wondering how it could have been overlooked throughout the centuries, or even the millennia, that the particular number type was studied. It is striking how obvious they often appear to be once the right angle of approach is seen — or, rather, is shown by the inherent design.

The first of these relationships begins with a coincidence. Nowadays the word is used mainly in the sense of "a notable concurrence of events or circumstances having no causal connection" rather than "... exact agreement or correspondence in substance, nature, character, etc. ..." (Oxford English Dictionary (OED) There is a subtle bias here. Something that possibly should be studied for a connection is dismissed as accidental or happenstance. Whether it is the former or latter definition no more odd coincidence appears in this exposition of the signals in the KJV than their connection to the most unlikely of writers, the late Martin Gardner. Gardner established and presided over the Mathematical Games column in The Scientific American. He was a ferocious skeptic of anything purported to be evidence of the paranormal, or "pseudo-science" like Freudianism, and he was a founding member of CSICOP, the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. It may seem a fantastical notion on the face of it, but it clearly will be seen that the core of the actual message in the KJV would appear to be directly addressed to Gardner in a most specific way. It is a remarkable coincidence to be sure, yet one this author deems meaningful rather than meaningless. But let the readerjudge when it is seen at the last.


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Table of Contents


1. Numeric Patterns of 666, 1,
2. Numeric Patterns Connected to Christ, 53,
3. King James Bible Book Name and Chapter Signals, 89,
4. King James Bible Verse Signals, 139,
5. Christ and 666, 179,
6. The Message in the King James Bible, 225,
7. Signal Links in the King James Bible, 305,
8. Acrostic Signals of King James Bible Book Names, 353,
9. The Prime Number Models of Biblical Signals, 475,
10. True Polygon Signals in the First and Last Words of Christ, 511,
11. Signal Probability, 527,
12. Conclusion, 541,
Afterword, 555,
Notes, 561,

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