* All scripture references use the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
God's seal of authentication is on the Bible; His footprint is on the world; and His handiwork is evident throughout. This is proven by the historical record and its correlation with the numbers of the chapters in certain books of the Bible, forming two types of patterns. One pattern is based on years, and the other is based on the days of the month. The year patterns are found in the book of Psalms. The day patterns are found primarily in the books of the major prophets (Job, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel) and, to a lesser degree, in the books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) and in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).
God is not limited to these patterns alone. These are just some of the ones I'm aware of. The patterns are best observed using the New King James Version. While there are many translations of the Bible, this one seems to use just the right word and phrase combinations to form the patterns. God is more than able to arrange circumstances to suit His needs, and I suspect the suitability of the NKJV is one of these divinely arranged circumstances.
The year patterns in the Psalms use simple arithmetic and two calendars. The two calendars involved are our standard Western calendar (also known as the Gregorian calendar) and the Hebrew calendar (the standard calendar of Israel ). Fortunately, it is not necessary to speak Hebrew or know the Hebrew months of the year to understand the pattern. Only the numbers of the years are important. The arithmetic involved requires only the ability to count to 150, subtract 40, and add 1. There are 150 chapters in Psalms. The Hebrew year is arrived at by subtracting 40 from the standard calendar year, until the Hebrew year flips over in September (usually). Then, you have to add back 1 to get the correct Hebrew year, if the historical event being investigated occurred in the last quarter of any given year.
In its simplest form, the individual years of each century are represented by the chapters of Psalms bearing that same number. In each case, it's only the last two digits of the calendar year and the last two digits of the Psalms chapters that are significant. This enables the pattern to utilize all 150 chapters and represent any century of the last 2,000 years. It works in B.C. also, but that requires more explanation.
To illustrate, the year 2008 would be represented in the pattern by Psalm 08 and Psalm 108, as would the years 1908, 1808, 1708, etc. The years 1946, 1846, 1746 . . . would all be represented by Ps. 46 and Ps. 146. The years 1997, 1897, 1797 . . . would all be represented by Ps. 97. (There is no Ps. 197, since there are only 150 chapters in Psalms.)
God gives us a sense of surround sound or stereoscopic vision by incorporating the Hebrew calendar into the pattern, in addition to the Western calendar. (Of course, I'm telling this from my perspective, as I have no idea how or in what order He did it.)
The arithmetic of how to arrive at the Hebrew year is straight forward. Simply subtract 40 from the standard calendar year. See the following examples:
The year 1995 is represented by Ps. 95 and 55 (95 – 40 = 55).
The year 2008 is represented by Ps. 8, 108, and 68 (108 – 40 = 68).
The year 1492 is represented by Ps. 92 and 52 (92 – 40 = 52).
The year 1946 is represented by Ps. 46, 146, 06, and 106 (46 – 40 = 06).
A caveat occurs in the last few months of each year, though. The Hebrew year advances to the next year in September (or occasionally, October) of the standard calendar year. Therefore, if a date falls after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, then the Psalms pattern changes. The examples above are correct for anything happening in January – August of each calendar year. However, let's assume we're looking at an event that occurs in November of each of the years. Then, the pattern changes as follows:
|Nov. 1995||Ps. chapters 95 and 56||95 – 40 + 1 = 56|
|Nov. 2008||Ps. chapters 8, 108, 69||108 – 40 + 1 = 69|
|Nov. 1492||Ps. chapters 92 and 53||92 – 40 + 1 = 53|
|Nov. 1946||Ps. chapters 46, 146, 7, 107||46 – 40 + 1 = 07|
This is how the numbers work for the year patterns. The words and phrases of the prophetic description of historical events are viewed abstractly and lifted out of Biblical context. Names, pronouns, and places are substituted according to the historical record. I'll give three examples in this article to illustrate how the patterns work. I've included quite a bit of detail in the first example.
The plague of fowl that struck the stoutest men in Israel in Psalm 78 may look strikingly similar to a plague caused by fowl at Fort Riley, Kansas, in the spring of 1918 (The American Experience/ Influenza 1918/ PBS). A quick subtraction of 40 from 1918 reveals that the last two digits of the Hebrew year for 1918 are 78, and hence the Psalm pattern for the spring of 1918 is Ps. 18, 118, and 78. The PBS documentary cited above (transcript at www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/influenza) recounts the historic details of the pandemic which began with a gale-force wind blowing into Fort Riley and blackening the sky with dust. A mere two days later, on March 11, 1918, the first soldier became ill before breakfast, the second solder one minute later, and a hundred more by lunch. Ironically, the children of 1918 accidentally linked the influenza pandemic to birds in their rhyme:
“I had a little bird
They were even right about the airborne transmission of the virus (“in flew Enza”). Scientists took another 87 years to discover the same links. In 2005, epidemiologists were able to determine that the 1918 influenza pandemic was indeed bird flu. It was the first known case of influenza passing straight from birds to humans. Yet there it was in Psalms 78 some 2,500 years ago, in Numbers 11 some 3,500 years ago, and linked to the 1918 pandemic via the Psalms pattern.
The Numbers account gives the added detail of a two-day incubation period, the same period it took for soldiers to become ill at Fort Riley.
Chapter 11 of Numbers is linked to the 1918 pandemic via the date it broke out in the military population (March11, 1918) and the date it broke out in the civilian population (Sept. 11, 1918). NOTE: Please see the article “Day Patterns” for a discussion of how this works.
Chapter 78 of Psalms clearly links the biblical account of an acute onset plague, associated with birds, to the year 1918 (Hebrew year 5678).
Psalm 78:26-28, 30-32, 50
It is frightening how closely this parallels the PBS transcript.
The 1918 fowl plague killed only soldiers (stoutest men) embroiled in World War I for the first six months of the pandemic, as it spread from base to base and nation to nation. After entering the civilian population six months later, when three civilians “dropped dead” on the street of Quincy , Massachusetts , the 1918 pandemic went on to kill over 50 million people worldwide.
Two books that are excellent resources on the 1918 pandemic are America's Forgotten Pandemic, by Alfred Crosby, and Flu, the Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918, by Gina Kolata. The word “forgotten” in the first title inadvertently points to the real cause behind the plagues of Ps. 78 and 1918. Psalm 78:5-8, 11, 22, 32, 41-42 indicate that the people had “forgotten” God and His works. (NOTE: Bolded verses have the strongest correlation to historic events.) This was true in the time of Moses and true in 1918 (see PBS transcript).
The same thing is happening today as we debate what to teach in our children's science classes (Ps. 78:5-8). If intelligently designed scientists and educators take the time to understand what this website is saying, they may begin to see that God is behind the science. The accounts discussed by Crosby, Kolata, The American Experience, Moses (Numbers 11), and Asaph (Ps. 78) all seem to describe super-virulent avian influenza outbreaks some 3,500 years apart, and yet converging in the Hebrew year 5678 (1918). It does not take a virologist to see the similarities and read the handwriting on the wall. It could happen again. Another potentially pandemic bird flu (H 5 N 1 ) has killed millions of poultry in over 60 countries since 2003. Like the 1918 bird flu, H 5 N 1 has also spread directly from birds to humans and has a similar two-day incubation period. Fortunately, only a few hundred people have been infected so far, but a high percentage of those infected have died. I do not know if this new bird flu will begin spreading easily among humans. No one does, but I do know that we forget God at our own peril.
Another example that illustrates how the year patterns work is the written account of the volcanic explosion and ensuing tsunami generated by Krakatoa in August of 1883 (Hebrew year 5643). The Psalm pattern that applies would be Psalm 83, 43, and 143. A good historical reference is Krakatoa: the Day the World Exploded, by Simon Winchester. Again, it does not take a scientist to see the similarities between Mr. Winchester's book and Psalm 83:13-18.
Another book by Mr. Winchester is Crack in the Edge of the World, a detailed account of the April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the geologic factors that precipitated it. As with Krakatoa, it's very well written and filled with science-based causality. The second Psalm (106) of the Psalm chapter pattern (Ps. 6, 106, 66) demonstrates the real prime mover of the tectonic plates. (Note: Not every chapter in the pattern has to pertain to a particular event.) Pay special attention to Ps.106: 6, 13-14, 17-18, 21, 23, 28a, 29a and Ps. 66: 5, 7, 10-12. (NOTE: If there's an ‘a' or ‘b' after a verse number, it means it's the first part of the verse or the last part, respectively.)
As shown by the quote below, Mr. Winchester believes he has laid to rest the possibility of a supreme being intervening in geologic events (earthquake) and human affairs (destruction of San Francisco by fire), but he may have overlooked some significant evidence to the contrary.
“The San Francisco earthquake was not caused by God but by forces we understand . . . I'm an unapologetic believer in evolution and Darwinian theology. The notion that 100 million Americans think that the earth . . . was created in seven days by an all powerful being is sort of mind-boggling.”
Simon Winchester, 2005
God can be recognized by His works. He inspires in those who believe a sense of awe and wonder and even fear. He is the creator and sustainer of the universe, though skeptics believe these roles to be mythical. Though some may put their hope in Darwinian theology, it is God who made the universe and God who made the rule book for the universe. Then He gave us a copy of that book--written by men but inspired by God--so we would know how the game is played. In His mercy, He shows us how to win the game. It's in the book, the same book we will demonstrate many times over to be authenticated by the seal of God.
Graphic of Four Historic Events - Year Patterns