Shall we throw James out of the Bible?

The Spiritual Perfection of Jesus Geneology

A letter that was printed in the New York Sun, 1899

More of how God Counts in Genesis, plus a Number Table

153: A very special number. NEW!!


Some people, after hearing Martin Luther's comments on the book of James would have us remove it from scripture altogether. In my opinion, only a fool would demand so. A fool that couldn't recognise that God works on levels not known to us, and so has to have an answer that fits his own experience.

I have found at least one reason why James shouldn't be taken out of the Bible. It would throw the designed number scheme out of kilter. Just by the fact of it's presence on the index list, it fulfills an intricate number scheme that has 21 features of the number 11. This is Ivan Panin's work. He says that for something like this to occur coincidentally it would be like taking nine pennies, shaking them in a bag, letting them fall to the ground, and having them land all on the same side, AND forming a straight line, touching each other.

Let me explain these features. With Bible numerics, one "measures the parts of scripture from as many ways as can be imagined. In the case of the index, you may see how many books (66=6X11=feature one). Then we can go down the line "measuring" how many books have known authors, are letters, mutliple books by one author, etc. But we're not thru with the index yet. There are still four more features of eleven. Anonymous books, 22=2X11=feature 2, non-anonymous books, 44=4X11=feature 2b. Of the 44 non-anonymous, multiple books by one author 22=2X11, and single-book authors 22=2X11 feature 3. There are 33 letters 33=3X11 and 33 non-letters 33=3X11 = feature 4.

Feature five takes more explanation. The Bible is broken down into 7 divisions. The three divisions of the Old Testament are the Law, Prophets, and Holy Writings. the New testament contains the four natural divisions of the Gospels, Acts, Epistles and Revelation.

We will notice a natural break in the list at Acts/Epistles. When divided here, there are 44 books in the first part, and 22 in the second. This is not contrived, seeing that the break occurs naturally. It's there whether or not we recognize it. We just went along "measuring" everything that could be measured and found this "coincidence."
Well, if we delete the book of James, everything is one number off. No James, no scheme, no Ivan Panin.

SEVEN : The Number of Spiritual Perfection.

Ivan Panin spent forty years running numerics on as general an area as the index of the Bible's books to the numerics of individual verses. Here's an excerpt from Bible Numerics.

...."The genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ is in the first chapter of Matthew. The vocabulary to the first half of this genealogy of the first eleven verses has 49 words. 49 happens to be 7x7. It has two separate numeric features. First, it is a multiple of 7; second, the sum of its factors is 14 - twice 7. Of these 49 words 28, or 7x4, begin with a vowel, and 21, or 7x3, with a consonant. That is to say, the words of the vocabulary are divided into words beginning with a vowel and words beginning with a consonant, not at random, but by sevens. So we have four features of sevens. So the 49 words of the vocabulary have 266 letters. That is a multiple of 7, i.e., 38x7, but that is not all. The sum of the figures of 266 is 14, or twice seven, and the sum of the factors 7x2x19 is also a multiple of seven; and we have three additional features of 7.

"I have said that the 49 words in the vocabulary are divided between vowel words and consonant words by seven. The 266 letters of the vocabulary follow exactly the same plan, namely 140 of them, or 7x20, are vowels, and 126, or 18x7 are consonants.

"There is only one chance in a million that these things could have happened accidentally, but if that were all we might say, "Well, a strange thing may happen once in a while, even though the chance is only one in a million;" -but it so happens that of those 49 words, 42 are nouns and 7 are not nouns. Of the 42 nouns, 35 are proper names, the other 7 are common names. Of the 35 proper names, 28 are male ancestors of the Lord Jesus Christ. This presents not only a set of divisions of seven, but it diminishes the chances 343 times. In other words, this scheme alone shows that some mathematical artist, for some reason, sat down and said to himself, "I will construct that small portion of the genealogy in such a way that when I get through, all these remarkable features of 7 appear." I tried to sit down and figure out how long it would have taken Matthew to write that particular piece of genealogy, and I reckoned that it would have taken him, if he did nothing else, and did not sleep or eat or do any business or see and visitors, a good month to do that. You will see that it would have been impossible for him to do it at all, because there are features that make it impossible."


The following is a letter that was printed in the New York Sun, l899. It contains some of the above, but more. This letter tends to extend Ivan Panin's credibility; the Sun not being a "religious" entity. Anyway it's fun to see Panin's work in this context.

This letter was blantantly stolen from two sources : http://www.trf.org.au/article.asp?article_id=61 You should go there. It's warm this time of year. If you can't do that, buy "The Inspiration of the Scriptures Scientifically Demonstrated, by Ivan Panin. The letter appears there, too. You'll find addresses on the Bibliography page.

For some months preceding Sunday, November 19th, 1899, the NEW YORK SUN had been devoting the better part of a page of its Sunday edition to the discussion of the truth of Christianity. On that date it printed a letter from one W.R.L., in which he denounced Christianity, using the old oft-refuted "arguments," and challenged "some champion of orthodoxy to come into the arena of the SUN," and give its readers some "facts" in defence of the Christian religion. The writer had not seen the NY SUN for years; but on his way from South Framingham to Grafton, Massachusetts, a copy of the SUN of that date, left on a vacant seat in the train, fell into his hands. The following letter met that challenge.

The letter was reprinted by the writer himself in a pamphlet of some fifty pages with the Greek text of Matthew 1:1-17 and the vocabularies thereto, enabling the scholarly reader to verify his statements for himself.

SIR: - In today's SUN Mr. W.R.L. calls for a "champion of orthodoxy" to "step into the arena of the SUN," and give him some facts:

1. The first 17 verses of the New Testament contain the genealogy of Christ. It consists of two main parts: Verses 1-11 cover the period from Abraham, the father of the chosen people, to the Captivity, when they ceased as an independent people. Verses 12-17 cover the period from the Captivity to the promised Deliverer, the Christ.

Let us examine the first part of this genealogy.

Its vocabulary has 49 words, or 7 x 7. This number is itself seven (Feature 1) sevens (Feature 2), and the sum of its factors is 2 sevens (Feature 3). Of these 49 words 28, or 4 sevens, begin with a vowel; and 21, or 3 sevens, begin with a consonant (Feature 4).

Again: These 49 words of the vocabulary have 266 letters, or 7 x 2 x 19; this number is itself 38 sevens (Feature 5), and the sum of its factors is 28, or 4 sevens (Feature 6), while the sum of its figures is 14, or 2 sevens (Feature 7). Of these 266 letters, moreover, 140, or 20 sevens, are vowels, and 126, or 18 sevens, are consonants (Feature 8).

That is to say: Just as the number of words in the vocabulary is a multiple of seven, so is the number of its letters a multiple of seven; just as the sum of the factors of the number of words is a multiple of seven, so is the sum of the factors of the number of their letters a multiple of seven. And just as the number of words is divided between vowel words and consonant words by seven, so is their number of letters divided between vowels and consonants by sevens.

Again: of these 49 words 35, or 5 sevens, occur more than once in the passage: and 14, or 2 sevens, occur but once (Feature 9); seven occur in more than one form, and 42, or 6 sevens, occur in only one form (Feature 10). And among the parts of speech the 49 words are thus divided: 42, or 6 sevens, are nouns, seven are not nouns (Feature 11). Of the nouns 35, or 5 sevens, are Proper names, seven are common nouns (Feature 12). Of the Proper names 28 are male ancestors of the Christ, and seven are not (Feature 13).

Again: of these 49 words 35, or 5 sevens, occur more than once in the passage: and 14, or 2 sevens, occur but once. Feature 9 ; seven occur in more than one form, and 42, or 6 sevens, occur in only one form. Feature 10 . And among the parts of speech the 49 words are thus divided: 42, or 6 sevens, are nouns, seven are not nouns. Feature 11. Of the nouns 35, or 5 sevens, are Proper names, seven are common nouns. Feature 12. Of the Proper names 28 are male ancestors of the Christ, and seven are not. Feature 13.

Moreover, these 49 words are distributed alphabetically thus. Words under alpha-epsilon are 21 in number, or 3 sevens; zeta - kappa 14 or 2 sevens; mu- chi also 14. No other groups of sevens stopping at the end of a letter are made by these 49 words, the groups of sevens stop with these letters and no others. But the letters, alpha, epsilon, zeta, kappa, mu, and chi , are letters 1, 5, 6, 10, 12, 22, of the Greek alphabet, and the sum of these numbers (called their Place Values) is 56, or 8 sevens Feature 14 .

This enumeration of the numeric phenomena of these 11 verses does not begin to be exhaustive, but enough has been shown to make it clear that this part of the genealogy is constructed on an elaborate design of sevens.

Let us now turn to the genealogy as a whole. I will not weary your readers with recounting all the numeric phenomena thereof: Pages alone would exhaust them. I will point out only one feature. T he New Testament is written in Greek. The Greeks had no separate symbols for expressing numbers, corresponding to our Arabic figures, but used instead the letters of their alphabet: just as the Hebrews, in whose tongue the Old Testament is written, made use for the same purpose of theirs. Accordingly, the 24 Greek letters stand for the following numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800. Every Greek word is thus a sum in arithmetic obtained by adding the numbers for which its letters stand, or their numeric values. Now the vocabulary to the entire genealogy has 72 words. If we write its numeric value over each of these 72 words, and add them, we get for their sum 42,364, or 6,052 sevens, distributed into the following alphabetical groups only: alpha- beta have 9,821, or 1,403 sevens; gamma-delta, 1904, or 272 sevens; epsilon-zeta, 3,703, or 529 sevens; theta-rho, 19,264, or 2,752 sevens; sigma-chi, 7,672, or 1,096 sevens. But the numeric value of the 10 letters used for making these groups is 931, or 7 x 7 x 19, a multiple not only of seven but of seven sevens.

Let Mr. W.R.L. try to write some 300 words intelligently like this genealogy, and reproduce some numeric phenomena of like designs. If he does it in 6 months, he will indeed do a wonder. Let us assume that Matthew accomplished this feat in one month.

2. The second part of this chapter, verses 18-25, relates the birth of the Christ. It consists of 161 words, or 23 sevens; occurring in 105 forms, or 15 sevens, with a vocabulary of 77 words or 11 sevens. Joseph is spoken to here by an angel. Accordingly, of the 77 words the angel uses 28, or 4 sevens; of the 105 forms he uses 35, or 5 sevens; the numeric value of the vocabulary is 52,605, or 7,515 sevens; of the forms, 65,429, or 9,347 sevens.

This enumeration only begins as it were barely to scratch the surface of the numerics of this passage. But what is specially noteworthy here is the fact that the angel's speech has also a scheme of sevens making it a kind of ring within a ring, a wheel within a wheel. If Mr. L. can write a similar passage of 161 words with the same scheme of sevens alone (though there are several others hers) in some three years, he would accomplish a still greater wonder. Let us assume that Matthew accomplished this feat in only 6 months.

3. The second chapter of Matthew tells of the childhood of the Christ. Its vocabulary has 161 words, or 23 sevens, with 896 letters, or 128 sevens, and 238 forms, or 34 sevens; the numeric value of the vocabulary is 123,529, or 17,647 sevens; of the forms, 166,985, or 23,855 sevens; and so on through pages of enumeration. This chapter has at least four logical divisions, and each division shows alone the same phenomena found in the chapter as a whole. Thus the first six verses have a vocabulary of 56 words, or 8 sevens, etc. There are some speeches here: Herod speaks, the Magi speak, the angel speaks. But so pronounced are the numeric phenomena here, that though there are as it were numerous rings within rings, and wheels within wheels, each is perfect in itself though forming all the while only part of the rest.

If Mr. L. can write a chapter like this as naturally as Matthew writes, but containing in some 500 words so many intertwined yet harmonious numeric features, in say the rest of his days - whatever his age now, or the one to which he is to attain: if he thus accomplish it at all, it will indeed be marvel of marvels. Let us assume that Matthew accomplished this feat in only 3 years.

4. There is not, however, a single paragraph of the scores in Matthew that is not constructed in exactly the same manner. Only with each additional paragraph the difficulty of constructing it increases not in arithmetical, but in geometrical progression. For he contrives to write his paragraphs so as to develop constantly fixed numeric relations to what goes before and after. Thus in his last chapter he contrives to use just 7 words not used by hem before. It would thus be easy to show that Mr. L. would require some centuries to write a book like Matthew's. how long it took Matthew the writer does not know. But how he contrived to do it between the Crucifixion, AD 30 ( and his Gospel could not have been written earlier), and the destruction of Jerusalem, AD 70 (and the Gospel could not have been written later), let Mr. L. and his like-minded explain.

Anyhow, Matthew did it, and we thus have a miracle - an unheard-of literary, mathematical artist, unequalled, hardly even conceivable. This is the first fact for Mr. L. to contemplate.

A second fact is yet more important: In his very first section, the genealogy discussed above, the words found nowhere else in the New testament occur 42 times, 7 x 6; and have 126 letters, 7 x 6 x 3, each number a multiple not only of seven, but of 6 sevens, to name only two of the many numeric features of these words. But how did Matthew know, when designing this scheme for these words (whose sole characteristic is that they are found nowhere else in the New Testament) that they would not be found in the other 26 books? That they would not be used by the other 7 New Testament writers? Unless we assume the impossible hypothesis that he had an agreement with them to that effect, he must have had the rest of the New Testament before him when he wrote his book. The Gospel of Matthew, then, was written last.

5. It so happens, however, that the Gospel of Mark shows the very same phenomena. Thus the very passage called so triumphantly in today's SUN a "forgery," the Last Twelve Verses of Mark, presents among some sixty features of sevens the following phenomena: It has 175 words, or 25 sevens, a vocabulary of 98 words, or 2 sevens of sevens, with 553 letters, or 79 sevens; 133 forms, or 19 sevens, and so on to the minutest detail.

Mark, then, is another miracle, another unparalleled literary genius. And in the same way in which it was shown that Matthew wrote last it is also shown that Mark, too, wrote last. Thus to take an example from this very passage: It has just one word found nowhere else in the New Testament, [Image] [Image] [Image] [Image] [Image] [Image] [Image] [Image] [Image], deadly. This fact is signalled by no less than seven features of sevens, thus: its numeric value is 581, or 83 sevens, with the sum of its figures 14, or 2 sevens, of which the letters 3, 5, 7, 9 from the begin ning of the word have 490, or 7 x 7 x 5 x 2: a multiple of seven sevens, with the sum of its factors 21, or 3 sevens. In the vocabulary it is preceded by 42 words: 7 x 6; in the passage itself by 126 words, or 7 x 6 x 3, both numbers multiples not only of seven, but of 6 sevens. We has thus established before us this third fact for Mr. L. to contemplate: Matthew surely wrote after Mark, and Mark just as surely wrote after Matthew.

6. It happens, however, to be a fourth fact, that Luke presents the same phenomena as Matthew and Mark, and so do John, and James, and Peter, and Jude, and Paul. And we have thus no longer two great unheard-of mathematical literati, but eight of them and each wrote after the other.

7. And not only this: As Luke and Peter wrote each 2 books, John 5, and Paul 14, it can in the same way be shown that each of the 27 New Testament books was written last. In fact, not a page of the over 500 in Wescott and Hort's Greek edition (which the writer has used throughout) but it can be demonstrated thus to have been written last.

The phenomena are there and there is no human way of explaining them. Eight men cannot each write last, 27 books, some 500 pages, cannot each be written last. But once assume that one Mind directed the whole, and the problem is solved simply enough; but this Verbal Inspiration - of every jot and tittle of the New Testament.

There remains only to be added that by precisely the same kind of evidence the Hebrew Old Testament is proved to be equally inspired. This the very first verse of Genesis has seven words, 28 letters, or 4 sevens: to name only two out of the dozens of numeric features of this one verse of only seven words - NEW YORK SUN, November 21, 1899 - CORRECTED.

To this letter several replies appeared in the SUN, but not a single answer. For in only three ways can it be refuted.

1. By showing that the facts are not as here given. 2. By showing that it is possible for 8 men to write each after the other 7: for 27 books, or some 500 pages, to be each in turn written last. 3. By showing that even if the facts be true, the arithmetic faultless, and the collocation of the numerics honest, it does not follow that mere men could not have written this without Inspiration from above.

Accordingly, as many as nine noted rationalists (of whom Drs. Lyman Abbot and Charles W. Eliot are still living [now in 1927 {original date of publication of this pamphlet} also gone to where they may know] ) were respectfully but publicly invited to refute the writer. One was not "interested" in the writer's "arithmetical" doings; two "regretted" that they "had no time" to give heed thereto. Another "did not mean to be unkind," but ... The rest were silent. For the special benefit of these the writer printed the original data with numerous details, enabling them in the easiest manner to verify every statement made by him, if they wished. And to the best of his ability he has for years seen to it that no scholar whom surely these things specially concern should remain in ignorance of the facts here recounted, and of hundreds of like cogency.

A notable exception to the above is a lawyer of standing [now also dead], who books on Law are deemed as of authority. He had intelligence enough and candour withal to confess that the case for the Bible as made out by the writer is impregnable, that the Bible is thus proved to be an "absolutely unique book." This much the case itself extorts from the but too well equipped writer on - EVIDENCE; and accordingly he henceforth reads the writer's Numerics with intense appreciation. And then, fresh from this confession, he betakes himself once more to the circulation of his anti-Christian books in the writing of which he joys to spend his leisure hours.

In the second letter to the NY SUN the author, in discussing some irrelevant "answers" to his first letter, recited the three ways of refuting him and then continued:

"No sane man will try to refute me by the second method. To refute me by the first method I herewith respectfully invite any or all of the following to prove that my facts are not facts: namely Messrs. Lyman Abbott, Washington Gladden, Heber Newton, Minot J. Savage, Presidents Eliot of Harvard, White of Cornell, and Harper, the University of Chicago, Professor J. Henry Thayer of Harvard, and Dr. Briggs, and any other prominent higher critic so called. They may associate with themselves, if they choose, all the contributors of the ninth edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica who wrote its articles on Biblical subjects, together with a dozen mathematicians of the caliber of Professor Simon Newcomb. The heavier the caliber of either scholar or mathematician, the more satisfactory to me. They will find that my facts are facts. And since they are facts, I am ready to take them to any three prominent lawyers, or, better still, to any judge of the Superior or Supreme Court, and abide by his decision as to whether the conclusion is not necessary that Inspiration alone can account for the facts, if they are facts. All I should ask would be that the judge treat the case as he would any other case that comes before him: declining to admit matters for discussion as irrelevant when they are irrelevant; and listening patiently to both sides, as he does in any trial."

That's the kind of thing Ivan Panin does. I know that at first hearing this material may seem suspect. Many folks have heard that "You can do anything with numbers." Keep in mind that this man spent FORTY YEARS working on these Biblical numbers. He even did a translation of the Bible to ascertain the "true" Scripture. My suggestion is that you clear up any doubts you may have by testing any writings you may choose, Biblical or not, for some numeric design. You'll find it's like playing the violin. It's easy to say "What's the big deal about playing a violin?" Until you try to get any kind of sound out of one yourself. The numeric design deciphered by Ivan Panin is easy to see in the Bible, but imposibble to find elsewhere. Try it. You'll find that the same is true regarding Gematria. But that's another subject.

Ivan Panin has many booklets that you can get from The Association of the Covenant People, PO Box 1478, Ferndale, WA 98248,USA.


There must be something deeply significant about this number from the solemn way in which it is introduced:

Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three." Why this meticulous accuracy? Why not say he caught about a hundred and fifty fish? Now it will be remembered that when Jesus called Peter to become His disciple he said, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." The one hundred and fifty three fishes are thus symbolic of the men whom Peter caught.' The number is therefore symbolic of 'The sons of God,' and this idea is closely connected with the factors of 153, namely 9 x 17 for 'eternal security.'

The reference in John is the only occasion on which the number 153 appears in Scripture so that direct confirmation by comparison of texts is not possible. However, some very remarkable evidence is to be derived from numeric values. In the record of the miraculous draught, the word for 'fishes' comes to 1,224, or 8 x 153, and the words for 'the net' have the same value, 1,224.

The Hebrew expression for ' Sons of God' has a numeric value of exactly 153, while the Greek equivalent adds up to 3,213, .or 3 x7 x153. Another Greek phrase with a similar meaning is 'joint heirs' which comes to 1,071; or 7'x 153. In Mark there is a complete list of the twelve discipies. The total numeric value of the names as there given is 9,639 or 7 x 9 x 153.

If you want to see some amazing confirmation of 153, go to Les Harrison’s treatment of 153. He has compiled a list of over 1700 Biblically oriented phrases with a value of 153. The amazing thing is that this is not in Greek, but in English gematria.

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