Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mark Hitchcock on Bible Codes Revealing 2012

Nathan JonesPDFBy Nathan Jones

Do secret codes in the Bible reveal the world will end in 2012?

Dr. David Reagan and I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Mark Hitchcock on the show Christ in Prophecy. Mark is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor of Faith Bible Church located in Oklahoma, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also a much in demand speaker at Bible prophecy conferences all over the nation.

Dr. Hitchcock was invited to answer questions based on a book he has just published about the widespread speculation and even hysteria that the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012. The book it titled 2012: The Bible and the End of the World.

Dr. Mark Hitchock

Bible Codes Revealing 2012

Dr. Hitchcock: Bible codes was a huge phenomenon a few years ago with a lot of flurry. All the Hebrew letters in the first five books of the Old Testament were searched using what is called "Equal Distant Letter Sequencing" for clues. It is much easier to sequence in Hebrew because you don't have vowels.

The sequencing or the skips over sequential letters can be up to 500 letters! Eventually you'd make some kind of word sequence.

So, these codes are found hidden in there. The problem with the technique is that it has been used on Moby Dick and War and Peace with the same results as when using the Bible.

There are a lot of problems with Bible codes, and I talk about those a lot in my book 2012. One of the problems is that Jesus didn't ever use this method. You have to use computers to find Bible codes, which means this was hidden to people before the advent of computers. Another problem with Bible codes to me is that it looks like an exercise in Monday morning quarterbacking. The codes come along and tell you things only after the events have already taken place.

Michael Drosnin

Back in 2006 when Michael Drosnin wrote the original Bible Code book, he said 2006 was going to be a time of nuclear holocaust, or Armageddon. Well, it didn't happen. Now in Bible Code 2 he says he found the code "2012 Earth annihilated." But, he already made these big predictions for 2006 that didn't happen. So, again, it is like Nostradamus and these others — they come up dry and they're wrong, but they want us to believe the next prophecy.

It's like the fellow who wrote the pamphlet "88 Reasons Why Jesus is Coming Back in 1988," and then when that didn't come to pass he wrote another one called "89 Reasons Why He is Coming Back in 1989." Neither one of those books are selling too well today either, by the way.


VeniSheckChicolte said...

I don't see why people try to play God. For cryin' out loud, even JESUS doesn't know when he's coming back, so why should we? I just don't see the point of it.


hartdawg said...

these "bible codes" realy irk me. i use to like perry stone but seems he reads to much into things now. i read a book by paul crouch (sorry i did) and he`s into this code stuff. now anytime i read a book at barns&noble or anywhere and i see a hint of this code junk i put it back on the shelf. cmon people, read the word in its simplicity. its not that difficult.

son of thunder said...

Amen, hartdawg.

Just read the Word.

Nathan Jones said...

I've been asked why we're spending so much time on the topic of 2012. The reason I've spent so much time on 2012 is so that as Christians we can "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have" (1 Pet. 3:15).

By the time we're done this topic (next Tuesday), we should be able to easily answer any 2012ers.

Anonymous said...

I second that "Amen", hartdawg.

Jeffrey Satinover also wrote a book on the Bible codes. I respect the man's intelligence. He's smart enough to be a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and physicist (Wiki) yet he wasn't able to verify Jesus Christ within the pages of the Torah. Pity he wasn't walking along the road to Emmaus when the Lord went through Moses for the two disciples.


Don't worry about codes just read the book.

DrNofog said...

Veni said... "...even JESUS doesn't know when he's coming back"

Veni, it's past tense. He "didn't" know that info when he was in human form.
6 "Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, [clutched onto]
7 but "made himself nothing", taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness." Philippians 2:6-7
Lit. in the Greek - "he emptied himself" -- restricted the free exercise of His divine attributes like omniscience, omnipotence, & Shekinah glory [which, BTW, is lethal to mortal flesh - Exodus 33:18-23 [20 But He said, "You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live."] ].

It would be impossible for Jesus to actually give up His "nature" of being God. See John 3:13 KJV "And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man who is in heaven." Even though He was physically on earth He was/is still part of the Trinity in heaven [omnipresence]. However, as our perfect example, He did no miracles of His own omnipotence, rather, everything He did was as a human perfectly submitted to the power of the Holy Spirit after His baptism.

hartdawg said...

hey, speaking of spending so much time on 2012, after tuesday are you gonna get into his other 2 books? (cashless and america in prophecy) both good books.

Anonymous said...

imminent and immediatly

Nathan Jones said...

Now, Hartdawg, when have I ever given out spoilers? :)

Yes, though, I'm planning on covering our Cashless and America in Prophecy interviews with Dr. Hitchcock as well. Also like to do a verse-by-verse of Luke 21.

I heard the vote of the people and will try to cover more "in the news" analyses as well.

hartdawg said...

a verse by verse study? THAT`S WHAT I LIKE! CAN HARDLY WAIT! that`ll take maybe 2 weeks? speaking of votes i was really shocked apologetics ranked pretty high. 2nd place i think. tho my passion is prophecy i see more and more people i know question faith and are decieved. it seems apologetics and prophecy are closely related.

son of thunder said...

Down, hartdawg. You're drooling. :)

A verse-by-verse of Luke 21 would be cool.

son of thunder said...

And I think that apologetics and prophecy go hand-in-hand. The Bible proves itself through prophecy and is very helpful in explaining why we believe what we believe and has been known to bring people to redemption.

hartdawg said...

2 things thunder 1st i`m NOT drooling not really anyway i`m just a huge believer in verse by verse studies. its usually the most accurate. 2nd a sign the 1st sign jesus pointed out is deception, therefore since deception is the major sign of the end apologetics is definately hand in hand with prophecy thats why i voted verse by verse and apologetics even tho apologetics aint my true passion.

son of thunder said...

I know you've mentioned you like verse-by-verse, and I do too, brother.

I'm in a congregation now where the pastor teaches a Sunday school class that does verse-by-verse, and I really like it.

hartdawg said...

this is my own opinion of course but i feel very strongly about it: while topical and chapter by chapter verse by verse preaching has its place in the church i strongly believe verse by verse preaching is the most correct way of preaching. that way you get the full counsel of God. i believe in going thru books of the bible with a topical series in between books. i feel strongly about that

son of thunder said...

It could be you're right, dawg. I've never experienced it, so I don't have a reference.

DrNofog said...

Schofield is a great study Bible for topics. It has small superscript reference letters in the text for word or topic studies that give a link in the side-margins for the next scripture reference where the word or topic is found and the verse where the final summary of that topic is found. You can follow topics like the HS, sacrifice, sanctification, faith, law of Moses, etc. from the NT back into the OT and vice-versa and study the context of the verse and/or book where it's found.

It also points out cool stuff like the meanings of all the names of God [at the end of Malachi] & where they're first introduced in the OT.

[For brevity, I edit, paraphrase, & otherwise mix in weird stuff...]

In Gen. 1, God introduces Himself as Elohim [plural: Gods-Almighty] from the beginning, to the completion, of the Creation.
In 2:4 He introduces His Great Covenant-keeping Name; "LORD God" [YHVH God-Almighty], as He enters into a covenant with man & all of creation.

In Gen. 17:1 the KJV incorrectly introduces El Shaddai [All-sufficient, sustaining, nurturing God] as "Almighty God" when "El", inherently by itself, already carries the full weight of "Almighty", ie. more correctly; the All-sufficient, sustaining God-Almighty.

[Ok, yeah, so I'm just so stuck on my Schofield!]

However, If you do want to to do serious studies on a Book, verse by verse, you'll either have to take a course; [Sunday school, Bible School, Internet] or search out the best recommended books, [Hopefully, in a PTR denomination study you don't get buffaloed by all that other Amil, Preter, Pre-Wrath, Replacement baloney ].

hartdawg said...

dr nofog
that`s not TOTALLY accurate, i go to a church that sometimes takes over a year on a book preaching verse by verse. going deep int the text (non-denomination) however for the most part you are correct.

hartdawg said...

and thunder, when you said i could be right, COULD is the correct word. i know of people who believe verse by vers is the ONLY way its to be done and they simply refuse to go to a church that doesnt do it that way. thats taking it a little far i think. even verse by verse churches and fail to preach it accurately.

DrNofog said...

Hart, slow down on yer readin'... I did mention 'Sunday school' where you can get some really deep stuff if you have a good curriculum & a good teacher.

BTW, the popular definition of a 'Theologian' is one who can go down deeper, stay down longer, & come up dryer than anyone else... Bwaaaaahaaahaaaha! ;-D

I did forget to mention radio. J. Vernon McGee was classic with his Bible Bus tour.

hartdawg said...

i work nights and try to sleep in the day so when i read these i do tend to go over it rather fast. i heard great things about j.vernon mcgee. i also know he`s good cuz i heard many posties (as you put it, or is it E.I?) and preterist attack him.

hartdawg said...

some of the schofeild is a little too technical for my level. tho i consider myself well beyond the basics i`m not quite at the scholarly expert level just yet.

DrNofog said...

E.I. started with posties, but it's catchy so I'm using it too. I use RTs for the replacement crowd. Haven't come up with anything for prets other than what just came out now as I shortened it cuz I usually just lump them in with RTs. Or maybe pretz?...

DrNofog said...

I might stick with pretz cuz it also doubles for their pretzel logic... ;-D

son of thunder said...

My one issue with J. Vernon McGee is he taught a third dispersion for the Jews. But, he did repent and recant at the end of his career, so I guess he's forgiven.

DrNofog said...

Musta missed that one. Was he thinking a world-wide disp, or the one in Rev, fleeing into the wilderness?

hartdawg said...

if he was thinking the rev 12 one then he`s not totally off

Expected Imminently said...

Ha! prets or pretzs is good, but suspiciously too much like a no no word in my neck of the woods, think I'll stick with the Brits way of speak and say 'pretters':)

Anonymous said...

last time one person did on the mooby dick book and he got a lot of stuff comming up too. Bible codes is just a good thing to be entretaiment but it is not serious stuff. Unfortunatelly they are doing with the bible. Is better use other book for that practice. That is my oppion. May be use the a cook book instead but please don't use de Bible for that Please!!!!!

-Noe Martinez