Gematria is terms of the Bible, Old and New Testament, is defined as the processes of:
As noted by many of the proponents of Gamatria, they are not to be used for divination or predicting the future but to glorify God. On many sites there is the admonition written in Proverbs 25:2 "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter." Additionally, many of the proponents, as well as the detractors, have noted that there is limitations on how far Gamatria should be used (if at all) because it can be taken to areas that are contrived, spurious and pure conjecture. The problem that the detractors face is there is an overwhelming abundance of literally over 50,000 examples found in mathematics, messages and patterns that are unequivalently proof there is Gematria in the Bible.
One great example given that was found by a Jewish Rabbi in Prague is in the two books Genesis and Exodus the skipping of 50 letters will spell out "Torah". This does not occur in Leviticus but does then occur again in Numbers and Deuteronomy where "Torah" is found but spelt backwards. This is quite extraordinary in and of itself where just the spelling alone but one could argue that it points to the book of Leviticus which is the known as the Book of the Law. Torah is the first five "scrolls" books by Moses containing the Law.
Another great example is found in Isaiah 53 "He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed", by Yacov Rambsel of San Antonio, Tx found by skipping of every 12th letter spells out "Jesus is my Name" ~ "Yeshua is My Name".
A great favorite is found in Proverbs 30:4 "Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is the name of His son? Surely you know!" Starting with the first yod, counting every 22nd letter spells Yeshua shai, which means "Yeshua, the Gift." Yeshua is Jesus in Hebrew.
The detractors like to give examples of taking any large book like War and Peace or Moby Dick and then point out that by skipping of letters can find peoples names or even sentences. With a broad statement by the detractor, they can quickly dismiss many listeners but the detractors never discuss what process they used, how many examples they found and was the pattern found germane to the text it was found in.
Regarding numerology of Gematria, there is the well known "Mark of the Beast" which equals 666.
The question is why would God put Gematria in the Bible. One answer is to prove and show the finger print of the Holy Spirit behind the Text. Another answer is prove the legitimacy of the Text.
For all of us, we need to consider that God has written the scriptures to often reflect concepts, patterns of judgment, mercy and so many wonderful truths where there is often a very evident secondary meaning written without anything hidden in Gematria. A great example of this is the passage on the King of Tyre where God starts with a description of the earthly king but then moves on to be discussing Satan in Ezekiel 28:12-19 "Mortal, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord GOD: You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, carnelian, chrysolite, and moonstone, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald; and worked in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. With an anointed cherub as guardian I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked among the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways from the day that you were created, until iniquity was found in you. In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and the guardian cherub drove you out from among the stones of fire. Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you. By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade, you profaned your sanctuaries. So I brought out fire from within you; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you. All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever".
Some great sources
Take a look at this link from Grant Jeffrey which is a wonderful read that discusses the matter on the "Signature of God". Another two great links from Chuck Missler are "Beloved Numerologist" and "Hidden Codes in the Bible".
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