THE END OF THE WORLD is just around the corner, according to the outrageous claims of a rabbi studying a “hidden code” in the Bible.
The Bible code, also known as the Torah code, is an alleged set of encoded words hidden within the Hebrew text of the Torah, that according to its proponents, have seemingly predicted significant historical events. Christianity and Judaism share the first five books of the Bible, which also make up the Torah – known as the five books of Moses, and a number of rabbis, priests, mathematicians and professors have claimed within the original Hebrew versions of these sacred texts are secret messages left by God. They attribute some of the biggest events in history to have been prophesied in these texts, including the election of Donald Trump, the Holocaust, the destruction of the World Trade Centre on 9/11, and the shooting down of the Ukrainian airliner by Iran in January.
The hidden code is said to have been cracked centuries ago by mathematically selecting letters from the texts which appear to create words, but was populated by the documentary ‘The Torah Codes: End to Darkness’ by filmmaker Richard Shaw in 2015.
Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson – who featured in Shaw’s film – continues to study the so-called code, regularly uploading his findings to YouTube which appear to offer insight into world events.
But in January he went one step further, uploading a video to his 10,000 subscribers claiming Iran will develop a nuclear weapon in 2020.
He explained that he had apparently discovered that the texts contain the phrases “Iran Atomic” and this year – which in the traditional Hebrew calendar is 5780.
Perhaps more worryingly, in one of his latest videos he claims the the end times are predicted for 2021, adding that the prophecy can be found in the Book of Leviticus.
Rabbi Glazerson said in January: “It is a very interesting and significant table.
“Hoping we will soon have Messiah coming and he will finish and burn out the enemies of Israel.
“And then peace and quiet will come to the whole world.”
Researchers have been using a special programme called SofSofTorah to trawl through the pages of the holy book for some time now.
They claim this is helping them piece together information and prophecies being delivered to them from God.
It was developed by Dr Alexander Roetenburg, who has a PhD in mathematics, and computer scientist Professor Robert Haralick.
Using this piece of software, analysts have been able to trawl through the ancient texts and present their findings from the so-called code.
Judaism’s end of days heralds the coming of the Jewish Messiah ushering in the kingdom of God who will apparently rule during the Messianic Age which will see the end of the world as we know it.
Rabbi Glazerson believes the current end of days process began in 2016 – and will end in 2021.
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The academic’s most view clips include predictions of Donald Trump’s election months before polling day.
Torah Codes filmmaker Mr Shaw died last June at the age of 65, and was still investigating the code before his passing.
Before his death, in interviews promoting the film he claimed Glazerson had found the name of his production company “Pinlight” buried in the codes.
Mr Shaw said: “The books of the Bible were originally given with no spaces between the words and no punctuation.
“The text almost looks like computer code because of the way it was written down. With today’s computers, we can decode some of its mysteries.”
Dr Eliyahu Rips, a Torah codes researcher who became the first to use computers, previously said: “We cannot pretend that we have a full grasp of it but using the means at our disposal we can see it is real.”
His team published a paper on their findings as researchers continue to produce a steady stream of reported predictions and links the world events.
Codes are said to be found in the Torah in diagonal strips across the text, or in columns in the original Hebrew.
These are known as Equidistant Letter Sequences (ELS) – taking a letter and then jumping the same numbers of letter across the page to unearth the code.
The second form of messages are known as Code Cylinders, these are formed by reading vertical strips in the text that form words.
Both of these two forms read together are what make up the so-called Torah Codes in “tables”.
Software is used to make the study of these easier, with all of Rabbi Glazerson’s findings being presented on a computerised version of the Torah.
The primary objection against Bible codes is that information theory does not prohibit “noise” from appearing to be sometimes meaningful.
If data chosen for ELS experiments are intentionally or unintentionally “cooked” before the experiment is defined, similar patterns can be found in texts other than the Torah.
Although the probability of an ELS in a random place being a meaningful word is small, there are so many possible starting points and skip patterns that many such words can be expected to appear.
Critics add that it is also possible to “tune” an ELS experiment to achieve a result which appears to exhibit patterns that overcome the level of noise.