In 1890 he discovered some phenomenal mathematical designs underlying both the Greek text of the New Testament and the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. He was to devote 50 years of his life painstakingly exploring the numerical structure of the scriptures, generating over 43,000 detailed, hand-penned pages of analysis.
The Heptadic Structure
The recurrence of the number seven-or an exact multiple of seven- is found throughout the Bible and is widely recognized. The Sabbath on the seventh day, the seven years of plenty, and the seven years of famine in Egypt, the seven priests and seven trumpets marching around Jericho, The Sabbath year of the Land are well-known examples.
Also, Solomon’s building the Temple for seven years, Naaman’s washing in the river seven times, and the seven churches, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven bowls, seven stars, and so on in the Book of Revelation, all show the consistent use of the number seven.
But it turns out to be much more below the surface. Ivan Panin noted the amazing numerical properties of the Biblical text – both the Greek of the New Testament and the Hebrew of the Old Testament.. These are not only intriguing to discover, but they also demonstrate an intricacy of design which testifies to a supernatural origin!
Look at the first 17 verses of the New Testament (The Gospel of Matthew) which deals with a single principal subject: the genealogy of Jesus Christ. It contains 72 Greek vocabulary words in these initial 17 verses. (*note; The verse divisions are man’s allocation for convenience, added in the thirteenth-century A.D.). We find the following Heptadic (7) structure throughout these original Greek verses.
1. The number of words which are nouns is exactly 56, or 7 x 8.
2. The Greek word “the” occurs most frequently in the passage:exactly 56 times,or 7 x 8.
3. Also, the number of different forms in which the article “the” occurs is exactly 7.
4. There are two main sections in the passage: verse 1-11 and 12-17. In the first main section, the number of Greek vocabulary words used is 49, or 7 x 7.
5. Of these 49 words, The number of those beginning with a vowel is 28, or 7 x 4.
6. The number of words beginning with a consonant is 21, or 7 x 3.
7. The total number of letters in these 49 words is exactly 266, or 7 x 38-exactly.
8. The numbers of vowels among these 266 letters is 140, or 7 x 20.
9. The number of consonants is 126, or 7 x 18-exactly.
10. Of these 49 words, the number of words which occur more than once is 35, or 7 x 5.
11. The number of words occurring only once is 14, or 7 x2.
12. The number of words which occur in only one form is exactly 42, or 7 x 6.
13. The number of words appearing in more than one form is also 7.
14. The number of 49 Greek vocabulary words which are nouns is 42, or 7 x 6.
15. The number of words which are not nouns is 7.
16. Of the nouns, 35 are proper names, or 7 x 5.
17. These 35 nouns are used 63 times, or 7 x 9.
18. The number of male names is 28, or 7 x 4.
19. These male names occur 56 times or 7 x 8.
20. The number which are not male names is 7.
21. Three women are mentioned-Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth. The number of Greek letters in these three names is 14, or 7 x 2.
22. The number of compound nouns is 7.
23. The number of Greek letters in these 7 nouns is 49, or 7 x 7.
24. Only one city is named in this passage, Babylon, which in Greek contains exactly 7 letters.
To be continued....