In this post we are going to be looking at the second portion of the Matthew 1:18-25 passage to illustrate the Divine "Heptadic" Design Structure or Feature, that serves to authenticate who the real Author of the Bible is.
Continuing on with the first chapter of Matthew, take a look at the pattern of "seven" in verses 18-25. This is also a logical unit, or section, which deals with a single principal subject: "the history of Christ's birth." These 8 verses contain 77 Greek vocabulary words that are authenticated as God's inspired Word through their "Heptadic" structure. And, once again, this numbering structure only work's with the original Greek - "Textus Receptus" - from which the King James Bible was translated. No, it does not work with the Geneva Bible if you are wondering. The "Westcott and Hort Greek Text" (from which all other modern Bible versions were translated) omits the phrase "her firstborn" (in Greek "autos prototokos") in verse 25, thereby voiding the numerical authentication and proving it a counterfeit. Let's stop for a moment right here.
Can you guess why the "Wescott and Hort" new Greek text left out this expression "her firstborn"? It was done to protect Roman Catholic doctrine that teaches Mary did not have other children. Wescott and Hort were pro-Roman Catholic Anglican priests and bishops. Those that have done exhaustive research and study of what Wescott and Hort did to perpetuate a fraud, with their new Greek text, on such a massive scale in eliminate anything that would call into question Roman Catholic doctrine and teaching.
The significance of this is found in the fact that God's "Heptadic" Design would not replicate itself in the corrupted Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, as well as in the English translations. Only the Greek "Textus Receptus" and the Hebrew Masoretic text faithfully reveal God's inspiration. In my Bible courses, especially the Gospels, as students, we had to outline the content on large 12" x 18" graph paper as part of our weekly assignments. Lesson assignments throughout the time frame duration of the course, were dealt with in chapter form. Just like elementary school, we had to break down each verse using proper grammar principles. I used the Greek and Hebrew to substantiate the verse diagramming work in English to support the English text. To the best of my knowledge, it is rare for seminary students today to be required to do basic linguistic and grammar diagramming of the text.
To this point, I have identified two reasons why the "Heptadic" Design is not touched by the Christian community:
In part 1, I noted that it could curtail and impact the sale of the modern counterfeits if the public knew about this being a means of validating God's inspired Word. Then, secondly, above, I noted how a corrupt Greek text was used for all modern translations to benefit the Roman Catholic Church doctrine of Mariology.
Here follows the material that Ivan Panin found in Matthew 1:18-25 and the existence of the "Heptadic" Design Factor:
1. The number of words in the seven word passages is 161, or 7 x 23.
2. The number of vocabulary words is 77, or 7 x 11.
3, Six Greek words occur only in this passage and never again in Matthew. These six Greek words contain precisely 56 letters, or 7 x 8.
4. The number of distinct proper names in the passage is 7.
5. The number of Greek letters in these seven proper names is 42, or 7 x 6.
6. The number of words spoken by the angel to Joseph is 28, or 7 x 4.
7. The number of Greek forms of words used in this passage is 161, or 7 x 23.
8. The number of Greek forms of words in the angel's speech is 35, or 7 x 5.
9. The number of letters in the angel's 35 forms of words is 168, or 7 x 24.
There are words in Matthew's passage just described that occur nowhere else in the New Testament. They occur 42 times, or 7 x 6; and have 126 letters, or 7 x 18. How was this organized, if not by God, for the skeptic?
Even if Matthew contrived this characteristic into his Gospel, how could he have known that these specific words - whose sole characteristic is that they are found nowhere else in the New Testament - were not going to be used by the other writers? Unless we assume the absurd hypothesis that he had an agreement with them, he must have had the rest of the New Testament before him when he wrote his book. This would mean that the Gospel of Matthew had to be written last.
It so happens, however, that the Gospel of Mark exhibits the same phenomenon. It can be demonstrated that it would have had to be written "last". The same phenomenon is also found in Luke, John, James, Peter, Jude and Paul. Each would have had to write after the other in order to contrive the vocabulary frequencies! Therefore, you can demonstrate that each of the New Testament books had to have been "written last".
There is no human explanation for this incredible and precise structure. It has all been "supernaturally" designed. In the next post in this series, we will examine the evidence of this function as it is found in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. The "Heptadic" Structural Design Feature has been tested by Biblical linguists on the Apocrypha and not one of the spurious books of the Apocrypha reveal in any way, this Divine Signature Authentication.
Another excellent resource on the general theory concerning Bible numerics is the 7-volume work of F.W. Grant, 'The Numerical Bible'. For some odd reason, I never purchase the set, however, I do access it through the Princeton Theological Seminary library in research work. It is nearly 700-pages long and was originally published in 1897. F.W. Grant died in 1902.
May your week ahead be richly blessed.