The most basic question about the nature of the Bible centers in its claim to be "inspired" or to be the "Word of God." Just what is meant by and what is included in that claim is the subject of the first link and, in that sense, the most important link in the chain of communication "from God to us."
I want to show you four proofs of the inspiration of Scripture.
Paul the Learner
The Structures constitute a remarkable phenomenon peculiar to Divine Revelation; and are not found outside it in any other form of known literature.
This distinguishing feature is caused by the repetition of subjects which reappear, either in a pattern of alternation or introversion, or a combination of both in many divers manners (see examples on page 2).
The various subjects are indicated by letters, which are quite arbitrary and are used only for convenience. The subject is marked by a letter in regular type, while the repetition of it is marked by the same letter in Italic type. These are always in line (vertically), one with the other.
While the works of the Lord are great and perfect, the Word of the Lord is the greatest of His works, and is "perfect" also (Psalm 19:7).
Genesis 1:2- 31 "The Heavens and Earth which are now"
Darkness & Light. Night and Day 1st day.
Day and Night. Sun and Moon 4th day.
Genesis 24:54 - 67 "Eleazars Mission and Return"
The return desired
A (56) Request
for departure renewed
Genesis 45:1-16 The Cup Discovered
A (3-13) Joseph
Genesis 45:3-13 Joseph Revealed Even Further
A (3, 4)
In ancient times, when the Scriptures were written down for humanity, there were two languages that used their alphabet for a dual purpose: to write words, and to count numbers. In other words, each letter of the alphabet also had a numerical value that was used in a practical manner in their society instead of a separate number system. And it was these two languages God chose to use in His written Word.
The two major languages of the Bible are: Hebrew - Old Testament
Greek - New Testament
These two languages are the only ones known to the writer (Ivan Panin) that have this peculiarity. All the letters of the alphabet are used also for numbers.
For example, the 24 Greek letters stand therefore for the following Numbers:
* both are "s", the second is used at the end of a word.
Thus the letters in Greek added together for the name Jesus = 888:
The sum of the numeric values of its letters is that of the word they make up. The sum of the numeric values of its words is that of the sentence, paragraph, section, or book formed by them.
In addition to its numeric value every Greek letter has also its Place Value. The place from 1-24 it holds in the alphabet; the first letter has thus a place value of 1; the second of 2; the last of 24. The place value of Jesus is thus the sum of the place values, 9,7,18,15,20,18; or =87. The place value of a sentence, paragraph, section, or book is thus the place value of the sum of the words formed of which they are made up.
The sum of the place value and the numeric is the value of the word. Thus the value of Jesus is 888 and 87, = 975. The value of a sentence is the sum of the place and numeric values of its words; or simply of the values of its words.
Chance or Design?
The numeric value of Jesus Christ is 2,368; of which Jesus has 888, and Christ has 1,480. This factors out to:
This numeric value, 2,368, itself = 37 x 8 x 8, is divided between Jesus and Christ by 37 x 8; of which Jesus has 3, and Christ 5. This of course may be a mere coincidence, undesigned. But the chance for this being so is "one in 37 x 37 x 8 x8 x 8 or 1,369 x 512, or one in 700,928"; a small chance indeed, but not sufficient for the present purpose to establish design here.
As the chance for these additional numerics is (one in 8 x 8 x 8 x2 x 2 x 25 x 25), the chance of (one in 709,928) obtained above is reduced 1,280,000 times to 896,000,000,000, to some 900 billions, ample for establishing design here.
The above is a good example of one of the methods by which the science of Bible Numerics secures its results.
The presence of a numeric design in the Greek of Jesus Christ is not a mere curiosity: it brings at once certainty into what had hitherto been conjecture and disputation: The seventy translators of the Old Testament rendered the Hebrew Yehoshua, originally Yaishua, by Jesus, Iehsous. The name could have been transliterated a dozen other ways. But they hit upon the one form which not only produces with Christ a scheme of 37 x 8, but which gives for the Savior 888; where the name of His Satanic counterpart in Revelation is 666. The present Greek form for Jesus was meant to be just this- designed.
But this design tells more: The seventy made their translation some 280 years before the Lord Jesus was born. They could not have known that the Messiahs name would be the Hebrew Joshua. It was not they therefore that chose this name for the Messiah, so as to produce this design in the two words by passing by other possible transliterations. It is for the deniers of the inspiration of the Scriptures to discover who it was that put this design into the words Jesus Christ.
There are many, many more designs found through out all the Scriptures. The possibility that these patterns could have happened merely by chance can be likened to a bag full of oranges breaking open and all the oranges landing in equal rows:
O O O O O O O O
If you saw the oranges arranged in this manner, you would know someone had placed them in this pattern by design. How can we assume anything less when we see the designs and patterns in Gods word?
One of the most interesting evidences of Divine Inspiration comes from Charles Wesley:
It cannot be mere accident or incidental that the Bible possesses an amazing unity from Genesis to Revelation:
No one person or group of men put the Bible together.
They were collected because they were recognized as Divinely inspired (or "God Breathed") both by the prophets themselves and later generations, and was revealed to be one book whose "chapters were written by men who had no explicit knowledge of the overall structure. Their individual roles could be compared to that of different men writing chapters of a novel for which none of them have even an overall outline. Whatever unity the book has must come from beyond them. Like a symphony, each individual part of the Bible contributes to an overall unity that is orchestrated by one Master.