The Emerging ENIGMA Bible
COSMS, CODES, AND CRYPTOLOGIES, Part 3
change the meaning of these texts to fit his theories
and use random hermeneutical methods,
anything can be “proven.”
—Pastor Gary Gilley*
The study of “cosmic codes” and related occult methodologies did not originate with Chuck Missler, but from the ancient sages and Jewish mystics who generated the occult body of mystical writings called the Kabbalah.
Missler acknowledges this fact himself in Chapter 10 of Cosmic Codes called, “The Skipping of Letters.” He favorably examines the teachings of a few of these Kabbalistic scholars—men such as 12th century Rabbi Moses ben Nachmanides, and 18th century rabbi, Eliyahu ben Shlomo or Vilna Gaon. Who are these men and what did they teach? According to the Jewish Virtual Library:
Nachmanides had a strong mystical bent. His biblical commentaries are the first ones to incorporate the mystical teachings of kabbalah.[i]
Christian apologist John Weldon, in Decoding the Bible Code, reports that Rabbi Vilna Gaon “was subject to strong occult influences” such as “mysticism, mystical revelations, ‘angels, and other celestial beings,’ the dead, and out of body experiences.”[ii]
The beliefs of these and other twelfth and thirteenth century sages are examined in The Kabbalah: An Illustrated Introduction to the Esoteric Heart of Jewish Mysticism:
They and their followers believed that the Word of God, as delineated in the Torah (the book of Mosaic law), could give the power to heal the flesh and drive out evil and sickness. Their teachings were recorded in the Sepher Hasidim…. According to the book, the Word was hidden from plain sight, where only the worthy and pure could locate it…. [They] devoted themselves to scrutinizing the Torah for hidden codes. Each mark and letter of the Torah was counted, analyzed, given a value and manipulated. Words that added to the same number were seen as equivalent at the least, and perhaps as revealing a special new wisdom. This technique was called Gematria, and its adepts were know as Baal Shem, “Masters of the Word.”[iii] [italics in original, bold added]
THE CRYPTIC ELITE
In explaining his qualifications and motivations to write such a book, note the first things listed in Chuck Missler’s brief resume:
…[V]ery few of the popular treatments of this intriguing subject evidence any background in cryptology, which is precisely the science at issue. Having spent a 30-year career in both military and civilian pursuits in advanced communication and information science technologies—including deeply classified ventures in the intelligence field—and, also, having more than three decades in serious Biblical studies, I felt that a broader approach to the subject of hidden messages was appropriate.[iv] [bold added]
One must raise the question: does a background in the “science of cryptology” and “deeply classified ventures in the intelligence field” trump the Holy Spirit and the plain Word of God? Missler lists “several brilliant mathematical explorers” (scientists) responsible for the most recent wave of Bible (Torah) code examinations:
...Doron Witztum, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish Torah scholar who had been a graduate student specializing in general relativity; Eliyahu Rips, a Lithuanian émigré and world-class mathematician in group theory; Prof. Daniel Michelson, maintaining appointments both in the Department of Mathematics at UCLA as well as the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; and Gerald Schroeder, an MIT physicist, a participant in six atomic bomb tests, and who has worked for the Department of Defense, the Atomic Energy Commission, and the UN. (I had the delightful privilege of celebrating Passover in Gerry’s home in Jerusalem many years ago, and it was he who first introduced me to the “Torah codes.”)185 [v]
Are readers to assume that an atomic bomb physicist (working with the Department of Defense and the United Nations)—and an apparently unbelieving Jew—has a unique ability to decode hidden biblical messages that are out-of-reach to a Spirit-filled believer simply reading the text? This seems to be the suggestion.
Under the subheading, “The Big Guns Take a Look,” Missler also lists a National Security Agent (NSA) expert in un-cracking codes, Dr. Harold Gans:
Dr. Harold Gans has been a senior mathematician with the most prestigious cryptology institution in the world, the National Security Agency (NSA)…[He] is a brilliant mathematician who has published over 190 technical papers (most of them classified), and has headed up teams of the top mathematicians, cryptanalysts, programmers, and engineers, solving problems previously considered virtually uncrackable. [bold mine][vi]
Without further information, the reader is left to guess at Dr. Gans’ faith, if any.[vii]
In answering anyone who raises questions about the elevation of scientific “big guns” to the place of spiritual advisors, Missler initially seems to agree: “[It] is not God’s ‘style’ to put us at the mercy of experts, or elitist of any kind.” He even quotes 1 Corinthians 1:26-29:
“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.”[viii]
However, in the immediate paragraphs following—in what appears to be a dialectic slight-of-hand—Missler accuses his critics of “scriptural myopia,” and “naiveté.” Missler is referring to "ELS," which stands for "Equidistant Letter Sequences," which is a complicated counting letter pattern that is said to reveal a hidden code. Missler wrote:
There are some serious concerns over the ELS codes. Among these, however, are some concerns which we feel are disturbingly myopic. There are some critics of the ELS codes who feel that God has nothing in His Word that the common person cannot understand. This places a strange constraint upon God…it is very myopic and naïve to infer that only things, which can be understood by the rank and file are in God’s Word.[ix] [Emphasis added]
So once again only the code-breaker elite trained in secret decoding methods are qualified to decipher encrypted Bible messages, while “common” and “rank and file” Christians are just being "disturbingly myopic" and "naïve"? Note that the issue is not over the “understanding” of the deep things of God, which is accessible to every believer through the plain reading God's Word (Ephesians 3:4: "Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ"). The issue is rather that the technically elite have been elevated to a sort of priesthood regarding the decryption of these so-called hidden messages in the Bible. The truth is that
- No believer, before glorification, will ever understand all mysteries that are hidden in God’s Word (perhaps we never will).
- There are no “classes” of Christians. Likening the “common person” to “the rank and file” flies in the face of 1 Corinthians 1:26-29.
- The Scripture is open to us so that we may share the "mystery of the Gospel" of Salvation with others (See Eph. 6:19, Col. 4:3.)
In the book Kabbalah (cited earlier), besides indicating that “only the worthy and pure” are able to “locate” the hidden meanings in the Torah, the author also highlights the diligence required in these decrypting practices:
…[these men] devoted themselves to scrutinizing the Torah for hidden codes. Each mark and letter of the Torah was counted, analyzed, given a value and manipulated. Words that added to the same number were seen as equivalent at the least, and perhaps as revealing a special new wisdom. This technique was called Gematria, and its adepts were know as Baal Shem, “Masters of the Word.”[x]
The underlying motivation for such beliefs is explained by a second century rabbi named Akiba Ben Joseph (Rabbi Akiva), the founder of rabbinic Judaism:
Akiva believed that every letter, punctuation mark and even decorative flourish of the Holy Scriptures had been inspired by God, and that he study of such minutiae could reveal the truths of God’s laws.[xi]
Compare Rabbi Akiva’s ideas above with those of Chuck Missler, who wrote in Cosmic Codes that:
…[T]he more we investigate, the more we discover that the books of the Bible are actually elements of a highly integrated message system in which every detail, every number, every name, even the elemental structures within the text itself, are clearly the result of intricate and skillful “engineering.” [pg. 86]
In the Biblical record, every detail, every place name, every number, has been tailored by deliberate design…Deciphering these codes is our ultimate challenge. [pg. 218, bold mine]
(Unfortunately for Rabbi Akiva, his textual manipulations led him to announce a false Messiah, Simon bar Kochba.[xii])
To underscore the importance that Missler places on these Kabbalist mystics, note the following favorable comments he made in his book Cosmic Codes:
"...[A] more recent prodigy, Rabbi Michael Ber Weissmandl... acquired a Torah commentary written by a 13th century sage, Rabbenu Bachya ben Asher of Saragossa, in Spain. Fascinated by Bachya's cryptic asides, and allusions to decryptions (literally, kabbalah, in Hebrew), for the rest of his life, Weissmandl maintained his certainty that divinely ordered information was embedded within the Torah by means of Bachya's description of the skipping of equal intervals of letters...." [pg. 125]
Where will these extra-biblical occult techniques lead others who follow them? History provides us some answers.
For example, the Kabbalah eventually became a mystical cargo that Spanish Jews and Christian Gnostics brought with them to America during Columbus’ historic voyage. They “leapt on it as the lost secrets that would allow access to the very innermost mysteries of the Bible.” A Christian Gnostic by the name of Pico della Mirandola, “was convinced that Kabbalistic study—particularly gematria and the other analytical techniques—could verify the scientific truth of Christianity.”[xiii] [italics added]
Adepts of both the Kabbalah and Gnosticism seek extra-biblical revelation or knowledge—esoteric and hidden knowledge that is forbidden by God.[xiv] Note that even at this early time religious, but misguided, men were seeking spiritual wisdom through "scientific" methods.
Although numerology is clearly a form of occult divination, there is a legitimate study of numbers as it relates to the Bible. John Weldon informs us that:
The Bible clearly uses numbers in a conventional and rhetorical sense, and as far as these are concerned, the study of biblical numerology is legitimate.4 We also occasionally find numbers used symbolically—such as the number 7 in Revelation 3:185—but we never find numbers used mystically—that is, with hidden meanings that can illuminate the text or reveal the future.[xvi] [bold added]
James Jacob Prasch of Moriel Ministries, a Hebrew-speaking evangelist to the Jews and highly respected Bible teacher, explains further:
Clearly there is a remarkable numerical coding to the Bible and this has a valid and potentially valuable application in evangelical apologetics… [but] we must separate that which is biblical and what is not. Certainly symbolic numbers…have a meaning in biblical typology. This has always been known…. In Formula Citations (Old Testament prophecies being fulfilled in the life experience of Jesus) and in Biblical Genealogies, numerical values and patterns re-enforce a textual meaning. But nowhere is Gematria used as a basis of doctrine or prophecy…. We must recognize these aspects of biblical numerics which have validity. Some though, again take it further than scripture does, arriving at wild conclusions.
The allegedly secret meanings of words or phrases in Jewish mysticism are derived from understanding their numerical values. In Zohar, Kabbalistic interpretations of numbers are not uncommon, but this derives from the occult practice of numerology, which is pagan and Hellenistic in origin…. With the help of a computer, one might be able to ‘discover’ another coherent text keeping to a fixed system of numerical pattern as scripture does….
However, one could take almost any original Hebrew text… and devise an alpha-numeric pattern that will reveal what are supposedly cryptic messages or predictions. In Hebrew this would be relatively simple because, unlike Greek or Latin, Hebrew has no vowels, only consonants. So it is easy to make words. In dealing with prophecy and deeper significance in a biblical text, God’s Word does not use alpha-numerics….[xvii] [bold mine]
In an entire chapter devoted to examining numerology, numerics, and gematria, Chuck Missler acknowledges the dangers of relying on the mystical elements in his cryptic endeavors, but ends his analysis with this disturbing conclusion that seems to override his concerns:”[xviii]
But, the deeper question remains. Does the Bible use numbers in a mystical sense? The Kabbalists held that every detail in the Torah was significant. So did the Lord (Matthew 5:17:17-18). Many will, of course, accuse us of “mysticism,” and we make only faint apology. Paul and John clearly were “mystics[xix].” [bold, italics mine]
Are the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the apostles Paul and John comparable to the mystical Kabbalists! Were they “mystics?” We think not![xx] A few paragraphs later, Missler exhorts his readers to “cling to the whole of Scripture as our fixed point of reference.”[xxi] But given the context, one must ask if, by italicizing the word “whole,” Missler is alluding to the Bible plus encrypted Bible codes as Holy Writ? This then raises an additional important question:
Is this teaching on hidden cosmic codes a way to expand beyond the plain text of the Bible in order to accommodate new messages, new meanings, new "words" from God? Will this open the Canon to new eschatologies? New end-time scenarios?
The potential answer is disconcerting. Missler suggests that the advent of the modern computer era will enhance the decoding of these supposed hidden messages in the Bible. It is suggested that earlier generations in the church didn't have access to mechanical devices like computers that would facilitate the decoding of these "hidden" new words from God. So now in our era we have more revelation? In the following quotes from Cosmic Codes, keep in mind that the mixture of scientific technology plus mysticism forms the basis of Quantum Spirituality:
BIBLE CODE CONTROVERSIES
Bible code teaching is not new. There are other authors who have capitalized on the Bible code idea over the years. Chuck Missler distances himself from Michael Drosnin, the discredited author of the best-selling book, The Bible Code.[xxii] However, Missler admittedly “draws heavily” from the works of other Bible code proponents: Rabbi Yakov Rambsel (His Name is Jesus: The Mysterious Yeshua Codes), Grant Jeffrey (Signature of God), and Jeffrey Satinover (Cracking the Bible Code).[xxiii]
Both John Weldon and the authors Clifford and Barbara Wilson discredit the works of Rambsel and Jeffrey, citing a researcher who consulted Dr. Harold Gans, the NSA cryptologist mentioned earlier: “We showed Rambsel and Jeffrey’s statistical computations… simply disregard universally accepted scientific claims. There is not even one statistical claim or computation in their books that is normatically rigorous or true....”[xxiv]
Further public awareness was then added with Dr. Jeffrey Satinover’s article in Bible Review in October 1995.194 Dr. Satinover is an expert in mathematics, physics, and clinical psychiatry; he is a former Williams James lecturer in Psychology and Religion at Harvard; has degrees from MIT, Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Texas. He reported that the mathematical probability of these 66 names of Jewish sages, with the dates of their birth or death, in an ancient text such as Genesis, was less than one chance in 2.5 billion.[xxv]
Concerning Dr. Satinover’s beliefs, note the comments made by critics Weldon and the Wilsons in Decoding the Bible Code:
Both Drosnin and Satinover discuss how the paradoxical findings of quantum mechanics relate to the Bible Code. For example, in particle physics, the indeterminacy of the position of an electron is paralleled to the indeterminacy of the Bible code as it relates, for example, to multiple predictions or other “fuzzy” aspects of the code. [pg. 59; bold added]
It is the parallels between quantum mechanics and the Bible code that causes Satinover to conclude, “God lays out the broad pattern of history, acts in the world alongside us, [but willingly] ‘contracts’ some portions of His omnipotence so that we may be granted the gift of genuine freedom.” [pg. 60; bold added]
Satinover also implies that the Bible codes contain infinite knowledge7 and are multilevel—“the codes were but one face of a dazzling multifaceted jewel with depths beyond understanding.”8 Billions of skip codes, leading to billions of messages, and even different levels and dimensions. All of this boggles the mind. [pg. 84; bold added]
…And even in Satinover’s serious work, we find certain occult expressions: “There is no such thing as a single fixed reality—all phenomena and experience are unpredictable, fuzzy.”…”To learn the template [of existence] is to make present both past and future; to study sacred history is to see the eternal in the mundane.”29 [pg. 123; bold added]
As Dr. Satinover points out, “The claim that the codes existed in the Torah lay at the very heart of Kabbalah…” [pg. 119; bold added]
Besides linking the Bible codes to New Age physics and to a “God” who “contracts” portions of His omnipotence, Satinover’s apparent connection to occult teachings is alarming. The Decoding the Bible Code authors ask the important question: “What are the implications if the concept of Bible codes was revealed from an occult source—especially one having a hidden agenda?”[xxvi]
And we must ask the obvious question: Why is Chuck Missler “drawing heavily” from a man with such obvious occult beliefs and incorporating them into his Koinonia Institute study text?
Although only evident in the Appendices to Cosmic Codes,[xxvii] Missler also incorporates extensive material from Anglican clergyman and Ultra-Dispensationalist, E.W. Bullinger, who died in 1913. Among Bullinger's books are, The Witness of the Stars, “an in-depth study of the constellations and principle stars as they pertain to prophetic truth…”[xxviii] and Number in Scripture: Its Supernatural Design and Spiritual Significance, “a classic reference book on biblical numerology [providing] a complete synopsis of the spiritual significance of numbers found in the Bible.”[xxix] Even the titles sound mystical and astrological, not biblical.
According the late Dr. Harry Ironside, Bullinger’s The Companion Bible, “contains interpretations which are utterly subversive of the truth.”[xxx] Ironside warned:
Some of Dr. Bullinger’s positions are glaringly opposed to what is generally accepted as orthodox teaching, as, for instance, the sleep of the soul between death and resurrection… [M]ost of his followers in Great Britain have gone off into annihilation, and there is quite a sect in America who began with his teaching who now are restorationists of the broadest type, teaching what they are pleased to call universal reconciliation…[bold added]
Considering the dire effects of Bullinger’s teachings upon his followers, one can only wonder what direction Missler' quantum mysticism might lead his students. 2 Peter 2:1 warns the church: “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.” Commenting on this Scripture, Jacob Prasch states:
As Scripture warns, God does not like a mixture. The Hebrews could not make a garment of wool and flax (Dt. 22:11). In Laodicea there was the hot water and the cold—“I wish you were either cold or hot.” But when there is a mixture—the lukewarm—it is spit out (Rev. 3:16). Forget about the argument there is “some” good in it, that there is “some” truth in it, so “we’ll take the ‘good’ bits.” That is man’s wisdom, not God’s. “A little leaven leavens the whole lump” (1 Co. 5:6; Gal. 5:9). But it says when they do this [mix truth with error] they will deny “the Master who bought them.”[xxxi] [bold added]
CRACKING THE GENESIS CODE
How far and wide has Missler’s quantum mysticism already spread? In our article published a year ago, “Doomsday Datesetters 2012,” we explained how this was connecting with the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and its aberrant beliefs:
In July of 2007, discernment author Jackie Alnor wrote an Apostasy Alert article called, “Quantum Alchemy,” exposing the "Quantum Leap-2 Conference" co-sponsored by the NAR-affiliated Elijah List. In her article, Alnor expressed concerns that Missler was one of the featured speakers of the event and wondered if he “could be a bridge builder between the two camps… [Calvary Chapel and Kansas City Prophets],” saying:
Missler sharing the stage with mystics and false prophets could stumble many young believers who could assume Missler’s involvement was an endorsement of any and all teaching and actions that might occur. Since the names Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel were used in the advertising [Missler taught the Bible under Smith for over 25 years], could this be a ploy to draw in unsuspecting Christians to a gathering where deceiving spirits are welcome? ...Will Missler speak up against these dark teachings when he takes the platform or will he go on as if they’re all one big happy family?
That question has been answered.[xxxii]
We plan to go into uncharted territory. We will embark on a journey to explore the mystery of color, light, and sound. This road has been traversed by scientists and mystics alike. This conference will blend science and theology, and is designed to release divine creativity.[xxxiii] [bold, italics added]
It was at the Quantum Leap 2 Conference that Chuck Missler made contact with New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) teacher David van Koevering, writer, minister, motivational speaker, inventor, visionary, musicologist, who is also a quantum physicist. Van Koevering's teachings include “The Physics of Worship” and “The Science of God Sounds.”[xxxiv]
There are more connections. Van Koevering quotes Missler in the August 7 issue of Elijah Rain Magazine, “Keys to Taking Your Quantum Leap”:
It is believed that the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second.... That means that light may have been ten to thirty percent faster in the time of Christ; twice as fast in the days of Solomon; and four times as fast in the days of Abraham. My friend Chuck Missler says, "That would imply that the velocity of light was more than ten million times faster prior to 3,000 B.C. This possibility would also alter our concepts of time and the age of the universe. The universe might actually be less than 10,000 years old!" That sounds like a quantum leap to me!
Before the fall, God had created one realm from gravity waves to His glory. This present human realm is up through the electromagnetic spectrum to the speed of light.... In the Garden of Eden, when mankind sinned, was cursed in the fall downward, and lost upper bandwidth and spiritual consciousness, light slowed down even more…. [bold italics added, Scripture bold in original][xxxv]
This quote is disturbing because the NAR false prophets and apostle leaders desire to tinker with Genesis 1, reversing the effects of the Fall, and restoring paradise so that they can have dominion. This quote indicates that some of them may have the hope that by tinkering with quantum physics they might discover a "scientific" way to change time and space. To underscore the interconnections, a portion of Missler’s quote is found in Cosmic Codes—in a chapter devoted to “hyper-holograms,” “hyperspaces,” and “Chaos Theory.”[xxxvi] And Missler also incorporates elements of quantum “sound theory” with the Hebrew alphabet in Cosmic Codes.[xxxvii]
The Quantum Spirituality theory that time itself can be altered seems to lead straight into science fiction. In his 1997 book Alien Encounters: the Secret Behind the UFO Phenomenon, Chuck Missler and co-author Mark Eastman suggested that:
We live in an age when the very nature of time is only beginning to be understood. The concepts of time warps, time travel, and the like are no longer the plaything of fiction writers, but the serious study of particle physicists, cosmologists, and other scientists. So, before we go further in our exploration of hyperspace and UFOs, we need to shed the baggage of some additional misconceptions that may hinder our understanding. [pg. 222]
Notice yet again how Missler suggests that in order to embrace these new beliefs one must "shed the baggage" of "misconceptions" that might "hinder" understanding these new things. And note how these ideas could head straight into new eschatologies that incorporate UFOs. Previously I have written about Chuck Missler's associate Tom Horn and his call for "techno-dimensional spiritual warfare" in order engage "pagan deities" and other creatures that return in 2012. (See HERE.)
Sadly, Chuck Missler brings these mystical and destructive teachings with him to platforms around the country, such as the conservative Red River Bible and Prophecy Conference in Fargo-Moorhead,[xxxviii] Missler’s Strategic Perspectives Conference in Lakeland, FL (home of the Lakeland/Todd Bentley false revival) [xxxix] with paranormal teacher Tom Horn, and the 2012 Prophecy Summit in Branson, MO, with Horn, Gary Stearman, et al.[xl] Missler's quantum mysticism will also continue to infiltrate the church at large through his many books, articles, DVDs, videos, speaking engagements, website, training institute, and even Bible version.[xli]
*This quote is taken from a review of The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn, another book in the genre of "quasi-fictional" stories. Pastor Gilley warns that Cahn "massages Scripture and current events in an attempt to prove that God’s judgment on the United States has been hiding in these verses from the day they were given by Isaiah, but have now been unlocked by the careful investigation of Cahn." [emphasis added] See Pastor Gilley's review HERE.