The Bible Code

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The Bible Code by Michael Drosnin, Doron Vitstum

0n September 1, 1994, I flew to Israel and met in Jerusalem with a close friend of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the poet Chaim Guri. I gave him a letter which he immediately gave to the Prime Minister.

"An Israeli mathematician has discovered a hidden code in the Bible that appears to reveal the details of events that took place thousands of years after the Bible was written," my letter to Rabin stated.

"The reason I'm telling you about this is that the only time your full name Yitzhak Rabin is encoded in the Bible, the words 'assassin that will assassinate' cross your name."

On November 4, 1995, came the awful confirmation, a shot in the back from a man who believed he was on a mission from God, the murder that was encoded in the Bible three thousand years ago.

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ISBN-13: 9780684849737
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 04/07/1998
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 217,746
Product dimensions: 7.37(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

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From Chapter 1: The Bible Code

On September 1, 1994, 1 flew to Israel and met in Jerusalem with a close friend of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the poet Chaim Guri. I gave him a letter which he immediately gave to the Prime Minister. "An Israeli mathematician has discovered a hidden code in the Bible that appears to reveal the details of events that took place thousands of years after the Bible was written," my letter to Rabin stated. "The reason I'm telling you about this is that the only time your full name — Yitzhak Rabin — is encoded in the Bible, the words 'assassin that will assassinate' cross your name. "That should not be ignored, because the assassinations of Anwar Sadat and both John and Robert Kennedy are also encoded in the Bible — in the case of Sadat with the first and last names of his killer, and the date of the murder, and the place, and how it was done. "I think you are in real danger, but that the danger can be averted." On November 4, 1995 came the awful confirmation, a shot in the back from a man who believed he was on a mission from God, the murder that was encoded in the Bible three thousand years ago. The assassination of Rabin is dramatic confirmation of the reality of the Bible code, the hidden text in the Old Testament that reveals the future. The code was discovered by Dr. Eliyahu Rips, one of the world's leading experts in group theory, a field of mathematics that underlies quantum physics. It has been confirmed by famous mathematicians at Harvard, Yale, and Hebrew University. It has been replicated by a senior code-breaker at the U.S. Department of Defense. It has passed three levels of secular peer review at a leading U.S. math journal. Rabin's assassination was not the only modern event found. In addition to the Sadat and Kennedy assassinations, hundreds of other world-shaking events are also encoded in the Bible-everything from World War II to Watergate, from the Holocaust to Hiroshima, from the Moon landing to the collision of a comet with Jupiter. And the Rabin assassination was not the only event found in advance. The Jupiter collision was found, with the exact date of impact, before it happened, and the dates of the Gulf War were found in the Bible before the war started. It doesn't make ordinary sense in our secular world, and since I am not religious, I would normally be among the first to dismiss it as millennium fever. But I have known about this for five years. I have spent many weeks with the Israeli mathematician, Dr. Rips. I learned Hebrew, and checked the code on my own computer every day. I talked to the man at the Defense Department, who independently confirmed that the Bible code does exist. And I went to Harvard and Yale and Hebrew University to meet with three of the world's most famous mathematicians. They all confirmed that there is a code in the Bible that reveals the future. I did not fully believe it until Rabin was killed. I found the Bible code's prediction of his assassination myself, a clear warning that he would be killed in the Hebrew year that began in late 1995, but never really believed it would happen. When he was killed, as predicted, when predicted, my first thought was, "Oh my God, its real."

Copyright ©1997 by Michael Drosnin

Interviews

On Wednesday, October 8th, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Michael Drosnin to discuss THE BIBLE CODE.


Moderator: Welcome to the barnesandnoble.com Live Events Auditorium. Tonight we're proud to present Michael Drosnin, who is joining us by phone to discuss THE BIBLE CODE. Welcome, Michael Drosnin. Thanks for coming online to discuss THE BIBLE CODE. How does it feel to be the first author to have been on both our America Online site and our Web site?

Michael Drosnin: It's good to be back here with you. Not quite as strange as being in Japan, where there are no Christians, no Jews, no Bible, and yet my book is now the number-two bestseller.


Francis Baacon from Atlanta, GA: Are these predictions or probabilities that are discovered in the Bible? Do you know of any probabilities that were avoided?

Michael Drosnin: I believe that the Bible code reveals all of our possible futures, not one predetermined future, and that what we do determines the ultimate outcome. The one probability that may have at least been delayed, if not prevented, was the threatened atomic attack on Israel, which is encoded with several different years in the Bible.


Keri from Boston: Was the tragic death of Princess Diana or Mother Teresa found in the Bible code? Was there any mention of the assassination attempt of Hamas leader Khlaled Mashaal?

Michael Drosnin: I never checked for the recent attempted assassination of the Hamas leader. But all major events in the Middle East that I have looked for are encoded. I did check for the death of Diana the day after she was killed. And, in fact, it was encoded quite clearly within a few verses of the book of Exodus. The same Hebrew words that appeared in the headlines of Israeli newspapers -- "Diana" and "car accident" and "death" -- all appeared together in the Bible code, along with the year that she died.


Brian Knapp from New Jersey: How and when did you first hear about the existence of this code?

Michael Drosnin: Five years ago, when I was in Israel to meet with the chief of Israeli Intelligence on a totally different story. I heard by accident about an Israeli mathematician who had found the exact date the Gulf War would begin before the war started, in a code in the Bible. My first reaction was, "I'm not religious."


Jerry from the corner deli: Has investigating the Bible code changed your beliefs at all? How religious were you when this investigation began?

Michael Drosnin: I was not religious when I began to investigate the Bible code five years ago. And I am not religious now. I did not believe in God then and I do not believe in God now. But I am now certain that some other intelligence did encode our future into the Bible. The Bible code is the first scientific evidence that we are not alone, but I don't know the identity of the encoder.


T. Althorp from San Francisco: Are your calculations based exclusively on the Aramaic or Hebrew versions of the Bible, or is it at all possible to decipher a code from later versions, such as the Septuagint? Also, how do you differentiate the assorted books of the Old Testament that were written many years apart, or is the code limited to a set of books?

Michael Drosnin: The Bible code exists only in the original Hebrew language version of the Bible. The most careful research has been done in the first five books of the Bible, called the Torah, the words that according to the Bible, God dictated to Moses on Mount Sinai. However, it appears that at least some of the later books of the Old Testament are also encoded. Obviously a code that depends on skip sequences within the Hebrew text cannot be found in an English or French or Russian or Chinese translation of the Bible. No one has done careful scientific research for a similar code in the original ancient Greek version of the New Testament.


Joy from Hilton Head: Hi, Michael. Have you met with Prime Minister Netanyahu?

Michael Drosnin: I have not met with Netanyahu, but I have communicated with him through his father, who is a famous historian, and I have also met with some of his top advisers. I did meet with Shimon Peres when he was prime minister. And I warned Rabin a year before he was killed that the Bible code predicted his assassination.


Shelby Thomson from Arnold, Missouri: Bruce D. Wilner claims that interpretation of the Hebrew is taken very loosely in order to come up with words that would fit desired predictions or events that have already occurred. Also he says the experiment was rigged according to "Haralick's Refutation." How do you reply to these claims?

Michael Drosnin: I am not familiar with the critic you named, but I have heard the same questions raised before. It is simply not true that the Hebrew is used loosely. "Yitzhak Rabin" in the Bible code is spelled exactly how his name is spelled in an Israeli newspsper. "President Kennedy" is spelled in the Bible code exactly the same way his name is spelled in the Hebrew encyclopedia. All. All of the Hebrew names and words that are displayed in the Bible code printouts in my book were confirmed by the foremost translator in Israel.


Jose from Troy, Michigan: Have they devised a way in which they can actually converse with the program? Isn't this some sort of intelligence as you stated in your book?

Michael Drosnin: Often it does feel like being on with some other intelligence. You type in a question and the Bible code provides an answer. Sometimes it feels like it is happening in real time, but the Israeli mathematician who discovered the code is quite certain that all the information was recorded a long time ago, when the Bible itself was written.


McNeil from NYC: The very existence of the Bible code seems to suggest that our lives are predetermined, that we have no control over what happens. Do you agree with this?

Michael Drosnin: Not at all. I am certain that the Bible code reveals only our possible futures and that what we do determines what actually happens. I see the Bible code as a series of warnings, not a series of predictions. In fact, I believe the Bible was encoded specifically to warn us in time to prevent the greatest of the dangers that are encoded.


Tierney from Detroit, MI: Why is it that only famous people are included in the code? What about the lives of the billions of ordinary people -- why are they left out? I ask this because it seems to me that if you go into the code looking for something like Princess Di's death specifically, than you can find it. As in, "We see what we expect to see." I am interested in your refutation.

Michael Drosnin: Finding Rabin's assassination encoded a year before he was killed, and warning him a year in advance, is a total refutation. Other major events that were found before they happened include the Gulf War and the collision of a comet with Jupiter, both found encoded in the Bible with the exact dates before the events took place. Often I find encoded in the Bible things that I do not expect to happen, but which then do happen as encoded. In answer to the first part of your question, I do not know if your name or my name is encoded in the Bible because I have not looked for either of our names. The mathematician who discovered the code does believe that everyone is in some way encoded in the Bible, but he also thinks that we have found only the first, simplest level of a far more complex code.


Amelia from Charlotte, NC: When writing this book, did you worry about being perceived as a lunatic or the voice of one?

Michael Drosnin: I spent five years carefully investigating the Bible code. I interviewed famous mathematicians at Harvard, Yale, and Hebrew University, who all confirmed the code. I interviewed a senior code breaker at the U.S. Department of Defense who proved the code was real in his own independent experiment. I learned Hebrew and obtained a copy of the Bible code computer program and worked with it myself every day. I personally found the warning of the Rabin assassination in the code, and when he was killed as predicted, in the year that the code predicted, I lost any doubt that the code was real. Once I knew it was real, I never worried that my book would obviously be controversial.


Shelby from St. Louis, MO: Have you searched for any predictions regarding our presidential election in 2000?

Michael Drosnin: The only U.S. presidential election I looked up in the Bible code was Clinton's first election in 1992, which I found encoded six months before it happened. It was one of the first things I searched for when I first started working with the Bible code.


mebunson from Las Vegas: Do you have any plans to establish an institute or group of researchers to study the Bible code in greater depth? It seems that if there is so much accurate information about future events (e.g. the death of Princess Diana) to be found, it would be a worthwhile endeavor to attempt to use the code to prevent future catastrophes or, at the very least, to prepare as many people as possible for their eventuality.

Michael Drosnin: I'm only a reporter. But I have set up a nonprofit foundation and given it a share of my income from this project, specifically to provide support for serious scientific research into the Bible code and other research that may help prevent world crises.


McNeil from NYC: If the code is a series of warnings, then how can you say it predicted the assassination of Rabin a year ahead of time? If the assassination had been prevented, wouldn't the Bible code have been incorrect?

Michael Drosnin: I don't think the Bible code is either right or wrong. My guess is that it tells us what might happen, not what will happen. There is an ancient statement in the Talmud, "Everything is forseen, but freedom of action is given." For nearly 2,000 years, wise men have debated that apparent paradox, and the Bible code forces us to face it all over again. I think what it means is that all of our possible futures are known, but we -- using our free will -- determine what actually happens.


Jose from Troy, Michigan: This is not a question, but just a thought. I am currently researching aritificial intelligence (AI) via robotics, and I was just thinking: Since you state that this is some higher intelligence...could it be instead a part of the puzzle? The aim of AI is to ultimately develop a sentinent being -- why? Because somewhere deep in our consciousness, we've realized that it is possible. Could this intelligent "thing" inside the Bible be influencing our actions? Could it be the thing that will make machines (robots, PCs, the Internet, the planet itself) into conscious entities? Is this Bible code (aka "program") the piece of the puzzle that has eluded AI researchers for so long? Has anyone pondered this?

Michael Drosnin: It's an interesting thought, and I have pondered it repeatedly over the past five years. I do not know if the Bible code is a form of artificial intelligence or simply an intelligence very different from our own. Since it can see across time, I assume it arises from another dimension. Of course, no one can even explain the nature or origin of our own intelligence, the human mind.


Kern Frahm from the North Shore: What are some of the probabilities that the Bible code discovered that haven't happened yet?

Michael Drosnin: The most terrible warning encoded in the Bible is that we might face a nuclear world war within the next ten years. The words "atomic holocaust" and "world war" are encoded in the Bible, and both are encoded with the same two years, the years 2000 and 2006. I think that might be the real Armageddon, but I also believe that we can prevent it from happening.


Tom from California: Here is a quote from Professor Eliyahu Rips, the professor you mention in your book, that I found at www.cybermail.net/~codes/public.htm. "I do not support Mr. Drosnin's work on the Codes, nor the conclusions he derives." How do you respond to this?

Michael Drosnin: Dr. Rips and I are very good friends, and I am aware that he does not share all of my conclusions. He is religious and I am secular, and so we see many things differently. But Dr. Rips did write a letter to my publisher stating, "The scientific research shows that there is a code. Details of events that took place thousands of years after the Bible was written are enclosed in the Bible. In a few cases, details of events have been found in the Bible before they happened. Your author Michael Drosnin found a prediction of the Rabin assassination encoded in the Bible, and showed it to me, more than a year before the Prime Minister was killed." This was stated in a signed letter, and Dr. Rips stands behind that statement to this day.


Shelby Thomson from Arnold, Missouri: Are you going to write a follow-up book?

Michael Drosnin: My publishers around the world have been asking me the same question, probably because the current book is the world's bestseller. I am considering writing a new book, which perhaps will come out at the same time as the movie Warner Brothers has announced it will make.


Moderator: Mr. Drosnin, we appreciate your visit to the barnesandnoble.com Live Events Auditorium! We predict your continued success, and hope you'll join us here again in the future. Goodnight!

Michael Drosnin: Goodnight. I think that your prediction is a predetermined reality and not merely a probability. Thank you.


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Guest More than 1 year ago
It amazes me how many people have fallen all over the so-called Bible code and missed the obvious. Consider how the Bible code works and then ask yourself is there anything amazing about it at all: First, the computer is told what to look for by the so-called decoders. They pick an event in history and then list as many key words as they can describing that event. The computer only needs to find two or three of the key words in order to please the decoders. Thus, the assasination of John F. Kennedy might come up as any of the following (using modern Hebrew equivalents): 'JKF, killed, Texas' or 'Kennedy, Assasin, Car' or 'President, Dead, Dallas.' The number of choices the computer has for finding an event coded in the Hebrew Bible is as wide as the list of facts and synonyms you can attribute to an event. As for matching dates, every letter in the Hebrew alphabet represents a number (just as with Roman numerals) and so the possibility for matching numbers is huge. Second, the Hebrew books that the computer scans were written in consonants only. Because there are no vowels and because the matching strings of letters have no context, just a few consonants can be used to make numerous words. Example (using an English equivalent): B-R-D could mean 'bird' or 'board' or 'bored' or 'aboard' or 'brad' or 'bared' or 'broad' or'abroad' or 'bread' or 'bred' or 'breed' or 'bride' or . . . You get the idea. It's like playing jeopardy with all the vowels being free wild cards. Thus, the posibilities of finding words from your list of key words go up tremendously. Third, the computer is given a huge range of skip patterns it can try in order to come up with strings of letters that match the desired key words for a given historic event. Thus, the computer starts scanning the Hebrew text of one of the Bible's books by skipping every other letter and seeing if it can come up with a letter sequence that matches one or more of the key words. Then it tries skipping to every third letter, then every fourth and so on throughout the entire book. If necessary it'll skip hundreds of letters. If it still doesn't find any significant matches, it repeats the whole process, starting from the second letter in the book. If, after all of that, the computer still can't find two or three good matches from the key word list, the decoders simply try using another book of the Bible. All that is required for a match to be considered significant is that the key words that are found must be in close proximity to each other. They don't even have to be found using the same skip pattern. The decoders may have discovered 'JFK,' for example, by skipping to every 186th letter in the book of Genesis. Then, within the area that JFK was found, they may have found 'assasin' by skipping to every fourth letter and the modern Hebrew spelling for 'Dallas' by skipping every thirteen letters. So long as each of the words are found overlapping the same area of text as 'JFK,' it's a score. Finally, consider this: the entire code rests upon the spacing of the Hebrew consonants. That means that if a single letter had ever been dropped out of the text or added to it, all the spacings after that letter would have changed and the entire code would have been scrambled. Although the Hebrew manuscripts were carefully handed down and are, indeed, the most accurately preserved texts of antiquity, I doubt any scholar would argue that not one single letter has fallen from the text or been added to it. All you have to do is compare the existing manuscripts and you will see that they do not agree EXACTLY to the letter. They are incredibly well preserved but they do contain occassional spelling variations or dropped words. So, which manuscript is the only perfect copy in order for the code to work. Guess what? With all the possible variations the computer has to choose from (and that's why it takes a computer), it makes absolutely no difference which manuscript you use. They will all
Guest More than 1 year ago
'If the Bible code proves one thing, it is that a nonhuman intelligence does exist, or at least did exist at the time the Bible was written. No human could have looked thousands of years ahead and encoded in that ancient book the details of today's world.'......I have to disagree with this statement. There is one person who can look far into the future and see what will happen...GOD. I don't believe He is an ET.
David Lundman 7 months ago
The Bible began in outer space where a civilization used technology to see across space-time and encode information about reality in the Bible which may have been written in a form of Sanskrit used in outer space by that civilization.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
We may have less than three years to save our world' says Michael Drosnin, an American journalist and best selling author. He has written two books claiming that he can see into the future using a 3000 year old code, hidden in the Bible.What he can see is truly horrific according to Drosnin, the world could end in an atomic holocaust - in 2006. It sounds preposterous yet Drosnin claims to have serious scientific backing. Behind his findings lies the work of one of the world's most brilliant theoretical mathematicians, an Israeli professor called Eliyahu Rips. In 1994, using exactly the same ancient code, Michael Drosnin accurately predicted the assassination of the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin - twelve months before it occurred. Drosnin's books on the Bible Code have been translated into most of the world's major languages and are read by millions of people. If he's right, he's stumbled on one of the most important discoveries ever made. On the flip side people can get the same results from any book with a similar amount of pages. So, what about a War and Peace Code? Yellow Pages Code? An interesting read, but don't take it too serious...........Hattely
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since all written language is mathamatic at its core, a guy can find any kind of words he want if he just keeps hunting and pecking long enough. This is especially true of a guy copying his interpretation of prophecy from all the other sensationalist prophecy teachers out there. For a real book about the real Bible code, read 'the Character Map' by Eickleberry. The code he found shows us how to read all prophecies, and, more important, how to live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing! A friend suggested it but did warn that it would make my mind start asking questions it's never thought of before. I read it within 2 days! The knowledge contained in it keeps your attention throughout the entire book. Drosnin even provides examples of deciphered codes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was captured by the information in this book. But without proper education on the Hebrew language it is hard to put together on your own. The scientist and math experts are quite convincing with their facts and knowledge base though. Especialy with the predictions all pointing to the holy land of Isreal and the timelines associated with them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought both books after seeing a show about the Bible Code on tv. I found both books incredible and I read both in a couple of days!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Codes and math are a hidden part of the bibles matrix, but what does it mean? Read on!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a 14 year old jr. high school student, and read this book when I was in 5th grade. I immedately started looking closely at the Bible and changed my views on the Bible. This book, and the sequel are AMAZING books, and everyone who is interested in learning what Newton thought was in the Bible should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend brought over Drosnin's book and a CD of the Bible Code program. We downloaded it and he walked me through. He told me that if I read the book by Drosnin it would help my searches. It did. While visiting he showed me myself in the code. My occupation, religious association, city of residence, personality traits and lifestyle all were there together at a skip of 7600. Anyone interested in the factuality of the discovered Bible Codes needs the program for them to see themselves if it is so. With it you can also see the scriptures that you run through. Of course the scriptures being left to interpretation, when you find yourself, and recognize you, the corresponding scriptures become very real. As for the naysayers, guilt is a dragon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The premise of the book is that an Israeli mathematician using group theory quantum math exposes a sub-bible using only the original hebrew of unbroken words.It is interesting but the book jumps about and leaves out much. An NSA codebreaker with a hebrew background is alleged to have confirmed existence of the code. The premise is interesting but the author does not give many revelations. One central theme of the book is that the future might be changed. The bible is said to be an elaborate computer program.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found that this book contained very believable contents that anybody should have access to. I can go either way for this whole millenium thing, but this book really got me thinking. This book is a pageturner and really interesting with great facts, but the thing i didn't like about it was that it only stataed one side of the story, or prophesy, however you want to put it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This particular bit of pseudoscience is based on kabbalistic theology and on a statistical fallacy known as 'the enumeration of favorable circumstances' (among others). Even the author (a self-professed atheist) doesn't consistently have faith in the method, since the accuracy of its 'predictions' is so variable. When the Hebrew Bible (including the Torah) was first written, it used considerably fewer letters than the Masoretic Text uses today (thanks to the absence of vowel-letters). That means essentially NONE of the 'patterns' found in the modern text have any relationship to the original text (not that the patterns in the modern text have any real significance anyway). The real message of the Bible is found in its 'melody-text' (consonants, vowels and accents combined as sung words), not in its sequence of letters. It is the WORD of God, not the CODE of God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book twice and I was very interested in the content of the story. I think the author was very thorough with his research on the subject. I would love to be able to talk to the author about other possible predictions. I will be looking forward to reading the sequel.