In a previous post, I revealed how the statements שמי ישוע (“Jesus is my name”) and נצלבתי (“I was crucified“) are encrypted in the original Hebrew text of Isaiah 53 at different equidistant letter skip sequences. Because the revelation of that particular mystery has generated a lot of interest, I thought I’d publish another of similar likeness. In this brief analysis, we will have a look at the Psalm 22 Bible code matrix.
ELS codes explained
In order to be able to receive and understand the Bible code of Psalm 22, one must first have a working knowledge of ELS codes. ELS is an acronym which stands for Equidistant Letter Sequencing. I intend on doing a very detailed comprehensive post at some point in the near future on ELS codes, as they constitute a very important type of canonical watermark which is a powerful and irrefutable witness to the divine authenticity of the Holy Bible. Yet for the sake of the present discussion, all that needs to be said is that ELS codes refer to hidden messages encrypted in the Hebrew text of topically relevant biblical passages at equidistant letter skip sequences.1
To demonstrate what this means, consider the following example:
As can be seen, if you begin at the very first letter of Psalm 69:30 in the original Hebrew, and skip every 5 letters–it spells out אשיר לו (pronounced ‘ashir lo‘), which translates to English as: “I will sing to him.” Note that the authenticity of the encoded message is attested by the obvious topical relation we find between the hidden message and the plain text of the containing verse. Simply put, the fact that we find the statement “I will sing him” encrypted within a verse which talks about praising the name of God with a song in the plain text, tells us that this is not a coincidence. One need not be a statistician to know that this is very obviously deliberate and did not occur by random chance.
It should be noted that not all ELS codes are confined to single verses as in this particular instance. I use this example frequently to explain this topic on account of the fact that its very clean and simple, and very clearly gets the point across. Bible codes of this nature are found all throughout the text of the Hebrew Bible, and can be found at any equidistant letter sequence.
It should also be noted that any given passage of the Hebrew Bible has a seemingly infinite number of topically relevant codes of this nature running through it simultaneously–all of them encoded at different equidistant letter-skip sequences. When charted on a grid, such codes converge to form Bible code matrices which can yield valuable prophetic or spiritual insight into the plain text of the containing passage, as we are about to see.
The prophetic significance of Psalm 22
Before we look at Psalm 22 Bible code matrix, something should first be said of the prophetic significance of this beloved psalm of David. Of all of the 150 total psalms in the Psalter, this particular psalm stands out above all the rest as the psalm that is the most obviously about Jesus Christ. Matthew and John both quoted this psalm in the crucifixion narratives of their gospels in order to show that Jesus was the fulfillment of the prophecies contained within it (Matt. 27:35; John 19:24). Indeed, as previously stated, Jesus himself actually quoted this psalm while on the cross (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34)–2 an action by which he identified himself as both the subject of the psalm, as well as the spirit of prophecy speaking through David (Psalm 22:18; cf. Acts 2:29-31).
For all of these reasons, I would go as far as to say that Psalm 22 ranks right up there with Isaiah 53 at the very top of the list of specific Bible chapters that are the most obviously about Jesus. In it Jesus himself (who is the spirit of prophecy) speaks through David in the first person and describes his future crucifixion in tremendous detail as if it had already occurred (Rom. 4:17; Isa. 42:9; John 13:19; 14:29), in accordance with his perfect foreknowledge (Job 36:4; 37:16; Acts 2:23). He speaks of his accusers walking by and mocking him while he’s hanging on the cross (Psalm 22:7-8; cf. Matt. 27:42-43; Luke 23:35), speaks of the Roman soldiers dividing his garment and casting lots for it (Psalm 22:18; cf. Matt. 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34; John 19:23-24), and speaks of his executioners piercing his hands and his feet (Psalm 22:16). All of these prophecies in this psalm which were spoken over 1,000 years before by the mouth of David, were suddenly filled with meaning and brought to life the moment that Jesus Christ was crucified. The fact that we find “Jesus Christ” and “our messiah” occurring together in this psalm of all places is saturated with prophetic significance and is undeniably deliberate.
The Psalm 22 Bible code matrix
The Psalm 22 Bible code matrix is charted below. It contains three prophetic relevant encryptions. I have also highlighted two prophetically relevant statements in the plain text for emphatic purposes. Behold:
The three encoded words
As can be seen, we have several related words encrypted within Psalm 22 at different equidistant letter skip sequences, all of which are topically related to the passage in which they appear. First, we have the name ישוע משיח (“Jesus Christ”) encrypted in the first eleven verses of this verse at an ELS of every 45 letters backwards. To give you some idea of just how rare it is to find an eight letter string like this encoded anywhere in the Hebrew Bible at a short-distance ELS–this is 1 of only 2 passages in the Hebrew Bible where this name appears encrypted at an ELS of between 2-150 letter-skips. Finding “Jesus Christ” as one continuous text string encoded anywhere in the Old Testament at an ELS of less than 150, and especially less than 100, is remarkable–and this is especially true in light of the fact that it happens to contain 2 letters (ayin and chet) which do not appear frequently. But finding the name Jesus Christ encrypted in this particular passage of the Hebrew Bible is remarkable–given the fact that Jesus actually quoted this very psalm on the cross in the final moments of his earthly existence. But it gets even better.
As the matrix above reveals, the word משיחנו (“our messiah”) also appears encrypted in this same passage–being found at an ELS of every 27 letters. While it would be remarkable and astonishing to find both “Jesus Christ” and “our messiah” encoded next to one another at short-distance in the same biblical passage, the significance of finding these two words encoded together at such short equidistant letter sequences in this particular prophetically relevant psalm cannot be overstated.
The third and final encoded word in the matrix is the word צלבו (tselvo (meaning: “his cross“)) is an added bonus, as I actually discovered this one by accident while I was assembling the above text grid.3 While this is only a four letter word, the fact that it contains one rare letter (tsade), and just so happens to appear next to the name “Jesus Christ” in the grid (in a passage which found its prophetic fulfillment in the crucifixion of Jesus no less) makes it practically certain that this too is part of the code matrix.
The two plain-text statements
As previously stated, I highlighted two particular lines of the plain text for emphatic purposes. The first of these is the verse first of the Psalm: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?” As I stated earlier, this particular line is extremely relevant, as Jesus literally quoted the first line of this verse as he was dying on the cross (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34). By quoting the first line of this psalm while dying, Jesus was identifying himself as the spirit of prophecy speaking by the mouth of David in this psalm, and was thus identifying his death on the cross as the ultimate fulfillment of all of the prophecies contained within that psalm. Any biblically literate Jew who happened to be standing at the cross when Jesus said that, would be able to go back and read Psalm 22 and realize that he had just witnessed the fulfillment of all of the prophecies contained within that psalm.
The other line I have highlighted in the grid is verses 7-8, which reads: “All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.” This prophetic statement is referring to the proto-rabbinic opponents of Jesus, mocking the dying Lord at his crucifixion (Matt. 27:42-43; Mark 15:30-32; Luke 23:35). In the gospel records of this mocking, they actually mock Jesus’ messianic claims, saying: “If he be the messiah, let him now come down from the cross.” In light of this, the fact that the name “Jesus Christ” appears next to the words “our messiah” and “his cross” appear encrypted in the original Hebrew of this passage–suddenly takes on a whole new level of prophetic significance.
Final thoughts on the Psalm 22 Bible code matrix
The fact that we find the names “Jesus Christ”, “our messiah”, and “his cross” all encrypted in a Psalm which found its ultimate fulfillment in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ–is obviously no coincidence. The name of Israel’s God and messiah was deliberately encrypted into the original Hebrew text of this psalm by the spirit of prophecy himself–in order to affirm by yet another mighty infallible proof that this prophetic psalm of David is in its entirety about no one other than the Lord Jesus Christ himself (John 5:39; 1 Pet. 1:10-12), who is the promised messiah of Israel.
- For a slightly more in depth explanation, see the following video.
- The very line that he quoted is highlighted in purple in the above table.
- This is relatively common, as Bible code matrices are essentially divinely assembled Hebrew word search puzzles. Consequently, it is very common for other topically and prophetically relevant words and phrases to become visible within the grid as you manipulate the length of the rows in the grid.