THE END OF THE WORLD could be around the corner, according to the sensational claims of a Rabbi studying what he alleges to be a hidden code in the Bible that predicted the coronavirus outbreak after warnings against “things you should not eat”.
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 including the election of US President Donald Trump. 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. 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 Mr Shaw’s film – continues to study the so-called code, regularly uploading his findings to YouTube which appear to offer insight into world events.
In January he claimed coronavirus can be found in the Torah by using the Bible codes.
Pointing out numerous news stories discussing the coronavirus outbreak originating from China’s markets – which were reported to have included everything from rats, snakes, bats and pangolins – Rabbi Glazerson revealed an excerpt from the Book of Leviticus that spoke about the importance of not eating these meats as they are “impure”.
He highlighted consistent letters highlighted equidistant from one another in the text – something known as the Equidistant Letter Sequence (ELS) on which Bible codes scholars heavily rely.
This ELS contains the Hebrew letters “kuf, reish, vav, nun” – meaning corona.
He also points out other highlighted ELS instances in the same section.
One spells out “vav, yud, reish, vav and samech” which is virus.
The other spells out “alef, bet, reish, mem, het and yud,” which spells out the phrase “eiver mehai,” or limb from the living.
In another part of the excerpt, he highlights the letters “samech, yud, nun and yud,” which translates to Chinese.
He exclaimed: ”You have it exactly in the section of the Torah that says things you should not eat.
“I separated for you the impure things, then you will be for Me a holy people.
“It’s amazing finding this, coronavirus, China and the limb from the living, which causes what we see now.”
Later that month, the Rabbi went one step further.
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.
Rabbi Glazerson then claimed that the end times are predicted for 2021, adding that the prophecy can also be found in the Book of Leviticus.
He said in January: “It is a very interesting and significant table.
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“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.
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.
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.