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Mark of the Beast - The Great Counterfeit
You said that,
Quote:I began this study by looking into Revelation 13:16-18 in more detail in the Greek and tracing the Greek back to Hebrew as well as thematic connections found in Scripture.
What I noticed was you said you traced the Greek back to the Hebrew. Guy, the NT was written in Koine Greek, the language of commerce, not Hebrew. There have been Hebrew translations from the Greek, but it was not written in Hebrew to begin with. There are no original Hebrew manuscripts, so to take the Greek back to Hebrew is unnecessary and will lead to error in understanding.
Second, thematics is referring to bible codes which is all based on gematria of the kabbalah. That means it's the occult. It's used to try to find 'the hidden meanings' of Scripture. The kabbalist gematria cannot be applied to the Greek because it was always based on the Hebrew alphabet, and could never be applied to the NT. That's aside from the obvious issues.
You can read a bit about bible codes and thematics and kabbalah and gematria here >
from > Literal Kabbalah: Gematria and Numerology, the web site of Theomatics provides these insights into Bible codes and it's various names. Theomatics suggests that ELS is not gematria.
"Presently, there are two types of Bible codes. One is the ELS evidence (Equi-distant Letter Sequences), also known as "Torah Codes."
The other kind of code is "theomatics." The foundational basis for theomatics has been known for thousands of years, ever since the time before Christ. It is commonly referred to by the term gematria. It was in 1975 that this original code in the Bible ~ known for thousands of years but never deciphered ~ began to reveal itself ..." 61
Isaiah 48:16 "Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning..."
If you do a search on the forum you will find thematics, gematria, kabbalah, bible codes, etc discussed and refuted. There are no hidden things to search after. Our understanding of Scriptures comes from the Holy Spirit.
Deu 29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Neh 9:13 Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:
Neh 9:14 And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:
1 Corinthians 2:9-14 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Also, some of what you are suggesting might parallel what I have researched in the Occult Inroads: Symbolism > http://www.seekgod.ca/topicsymbols.htm#inroads
And also Taking the Name, the Mark, & the Number http://www.seekgod.ca/topicsymbols.htm#taking
3John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
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RE: Mark of the Beast - The Great Counterfeit - by Vic - 02-27-2011, 12:37 PM
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