The Jewish Talmud states that “Raba removed his cloak, clasped his hands and prayed,”, so we know at one time, even the Jewish people may have occasionally prayed with clasped hands; however, the written Torah does not command them to do so. Today, Jewish people do not pray with their hands clasped, in fact, they are unlike the entire world.
As you will see in subsequent sections within this article, nearly every major religion prays with their hands clasped, except for one -the Jewish people. In this article we will explore the pagan origins of the Praying Hands, starting in ancient Sumeria (ca. 888-885 BC) and ending in the Holy Bible where we discover how our Father intended us to pray.
Sumeria (ca. 888-885)
In 8th century BC, the people of Sumeria (i.e. Modern Day Iraq) were worshiping the sun god Shamash. Here in the image below we have a stone relief, discovered in Iraq (ca. 1881 AD), of pagan priests performing religious worship of the sun god, Shamash.
Notice the man clasping his hands. Here we have possibly one of the earliest known records of hand clasping for religious purposes, roughly 800 years before the birth of Christ being used in the pagan worship of elemental deities, such as the sun and moon.
Therefore, if the Jews had ever learned to clasp their hands in prayer, then they are likely to have learned this from the Babylonians while they were in captivity during the time of Daniel, toward the end of the 5th century BC (i.e. 500 years before Christ). They likely stopped folding their hands as a result of Roman persecution in 1st century AD when they noticed that they too also clasped their hands in prayer to their elemental deities.
Today, there are literally hundreds of religious groupings, but our focus is on the foundational groups. Browse through the images below to see how Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, and Buddhists pray and notice how all of them clasp their hands, except for one group.
Interestingly, as we drift further away from the major groups of religion into paganism, we find a different kind of hand gesture -one that is all too familiar to the modern Christian, which is the arms out, palms up or out position -apparently a classic pagan stance.
In Exodus 4:31, it reads, “and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.” The Jewish bow is one of complete submission, where the hands are out, palms down, and the whole body is folded upon itself. Jacob made this pose to Esau in Genesis 33:3.
In 2 Chronicles 20:18, we read that all of Jerusalem made this same pose, as we see above, in worship of God, “And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.”
In Matthew 26:39, we read where Jesus made this same pose the night of his arrest, “And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
In Philippians 2:9-11, it states, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
In Revelation 5:14, it states, “And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.”
In summation, nowhere in the entire Holy Bible does it ever mention anyone clasping their hands to pray, so where did we get the idea that we as Christians should clasp our hands? The most obvious answer is from paganism, just like Christmas, Easter, and Halloween are all originally pagan holidays, we have incorporated paganism into our worship of God.
Today, the Jewish people wail and stand with their hands stretched outwards like pagans; therefore, until we turn back and begin to follow the true word of God, no one is correct. Until we learn to bow at the feet of the Lord, His proper worship on earth is nonexistent.
Nevertheless, in the end, all knees will bow and all tongues will confess that He is the Lord and those who are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ will finally begin to worship Him the way He both intended and deserves; however, it won’t hurt to get started now.
According to the book of Revelation, the following will occur at a future time:
|17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
Here we read a very cryptic passage about a very bloody ending for God’s children. We know that this passage concerns God’s children, because it is talking about the gathering of fruits, so why does the Angel toss the fruit into a proverbial winepress?
Because it is symbolism for how God’s children will die. We know that they will be rounded up and murdered because in verse 19 it speaks about the gathering and the sacrifice.
What is most interesting about this passage is that by stating, “by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs” it provides to us the necessary information needed to calculate two things: 1) How much blood is needed to span across a distance of ~200 miles and 2) How many people would it require to produce approximately that much blood.
Therefore, in the end, when tribulations are upon us, we are able to calculate an approximate number of those martyred in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ! However, what we discover is a value significantly lower than we had originally imagined, which is sad.
A Thousand and Six Hundred Furlongs
In case you are curious, 1600 furlongs is approximately 200 miles. Knowing this information allows us to calculate the approximate total gallons of blood needed to cover a distance of ~200 miles. We must approximate two more important factors: 1) The width of the trail and 2) the average depth of the trail, which is why our answer is only an estimate.
The average healthy person contains approximately 9 pints of blood which is the same as 1 gallon plus 2 cups, or simply 18 cups. When a person loses approximately 1/3 or 33% of their total blood volume, then they are considered to be in critical condition, thus highly suspected to die within a few minutes because of their inability to maintain circulation.
You will see where all of this information comes into play in the following section.
Solving the Problem
How many gallons of blood would it take to cover a distance of 200 miles long, by 5 feet wide, with an average depth of 2 centimeters?
L = 200*5280 feet (200 miles long)
W = 5 feet (wide)
A = 0.0656168 foot (2 centimeters deep)
L*W*A*7.5 = 2598425.28 (2, 598, 425) gallons of blood
How many people would it take to supply 2, 598, 425 gallons of blood?
a = 2598425 gallons of blood
b = 0.37 gallon (5.92 cups)
a/b = 7022770.27 (7, 022, 770) people
We expected more, but according to these results, when the world is faced with the realities of Revelation 14:17-20, during this dark time approximately 7, 022, 770 of God’s children from all around the world will be mass arrested, detained, and murdered.
What we learn is that like Jesus Christ suffered and conquered death, we too must suffer and conquer death and this is made possible through His blood and by the grace of God whose son died and was risen so that we could live free forever in His eternal glory.
Whatever the exact number is, we hope to be included.
Despite what many believe, Bible Code is not an encryption, because the content we discover is not encrypted; however, it is like an encryption except that it is better defined as Linguistic Steganography which defines any intelligent message hidden within a text-based host.
In terms of Bible Code, our text-based host is the Holy Bible and our hidden intelligent message is our theory based on statistical evidence. In the following sections, we will briefly describe the concept of linguistic steganalysis and how it can be applied to Bible Code.
Linguistic Steganalysis is a new concept to Bible Code research that we are slowly developing and integrating into the DivineCoders Bible Code software. What we are accomplishing is a means to detect Bible Code in the Holy Bible using a programmatic automated process.
Steganography has been used to hide information in plain-sight for thousands of years and is still being utilized today in many electronic forms, such as the watermark. There are several ways to detect steganographic content, but not all of them apply to Bible Code.
This article focuses on linguistic steganography where we are expected to detect the presence of hidden messages within a data set for which there is no comparison; therefore, we are limited to only a few of its known detection methods which are the statistical, frequency, and logical analyses; although we have determined that there is no real deviation to be found in terms of character frequency in the Holy Bible when compared to what is known as relative frequency; therefore we are left with our remaining two viable detection methods.
Determining What’s Known
The process of Bible Code steganalysis begins with what is known. For this purpose we used a random data set containing more than 1 million terms that we consolidated to a little more than 86,000 unique terms which is used as a reference in a bruteforce algorithm that was designed to retrieve all possibilities between an equilateral skip of 1 and 1500 at each index between n and n+1000 indexes at a length between 3 and 10 characters.
So, as our automatic process is analyzing the text of the Holy Bible, it begins by focusing on blocks of text rather than the whole and quickly determines that which is known to be a valid English word from that which is unknown and assumed to be nonsensical gibberish.
At the end of our initial evaluation of each block of text, we then perform a statistical t-test, so to help us automatically determine the significance of each possible candidate.
Our t-test allows us to determine the significance of discoveries by comparing our probability value with the mean value that is calculated from a large population of samples from which we derive our significance level which is used in comparison. To understand this concept, one should reference a Galton board and observe the law of large numbers in action.
To help imagine this process, think of a fair two-sided coin and take for instance the encoded word STATISTICS found in the book of Isaiah which has 10 characters. So, to discover a word of that size is like flipping a coin and it landing on the same side 10 times in a row.
If we were to view a Galton board, we would immediately notice that such things exist only in the outermost columns of the board which suggests significance where those columns located at the center of the device suggest what is to be expected as its normal distribution.
Therefore, our statistical t-test allows us to determine that which is the product of purpose from that which is thought to be random and it is because of this method that we are able to automate the steganalysis process in Bible Code when combined with bruteforce.
Considering that we have defined Bible Code as steganography and our hypothesis is that which expects there to exist an intelligent message encoded within the plain-text of the Holy Bible, our final step in this process is and should be a logical analysis done manually.
Here is where we begin to focus on the block of text that is defined by the index and length of each candidate. Our goal here is to locate additional terms that t-test HIGH and that also correlate logically until we form an intelligent message in adherence to our standards.
Automated detection is the future of Bible Code and we here at DivineCoders are working hard to bring this technology to your browser and PC. To keep up with our latest projects and research, please visit our facebook page and click “like” to receive our weekly updates.
As always, we are, of course, going to provide to you a pure biblical perspective; however, in order to answer our audience fully, we must also spend a little time with the world. You will see how Jesus was not asking His disciples to arm themselves, but rather you will find that He was testing them when He told them to buy a sword. Furthermore, you will see how this was not just a test, but it was also a warning, one that should be taken quite seriously.
We hear too many Christians trying to use Luke 22:35-38 to justify the threat of violence, but we are here today to tell you quite honestly that you are very much in error. Much of the issue boils down to a single passage in the book of Luke and we tell you honestly that you have misunderstood its meaning and have effectively rejected our LORD and Savior, Jesus.
Hidden in Plain Sight
It is very easy to misunderstand the Gospel and Luke is no exception, especially chapter 22, verses 35 to 38, because as Gentiles, we lack a critical understanding of Jewish culture that is the key to understanding the true meaning of Luke 22:35-38.
35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.
Above is our questionable passage found in Luke 22:35-38, so what we need to do in order to fully understand this passage is to look up the original Greek, so to see which Greek words were used, as doing so often tells us more than the English translations.
Tallit for a Sword
The word “garment” was translated from the Greek word, “himation”. In ancient Greece, the “himation” was not just any sort of garment, as the Greek lexicon might have you believe; on the contrary, the himation was worn over clothes, like a cloak, and would have been the closest thing that the Greeks had to compare to the Jewish “Prayer Shawl”.
Let’s not forget that Jesus and His disciples were faithful Jews and would have, indeed, worn a “Prayer Shawl”, because they would cover themselves with it while praying. In Hebrew the “Prayer Shawl” is called a “tallit” and the Jews were commanded by God to wear them while praying, as is described in the book of Numbers 15:38 and in Deuteronomy 22:12.
Therefore, allow us to translate Luke 22:36 using what we have just learned:
Then Jesus said, “But now, he that has a purse, let him take it, and treat it as a beggars-bag: and he without a sword, let him sell his tallit, and buy one.
Now that we have this verse in proper context, we can easily see that Jesus was testing the faith of His disciples. We know this because Jesus effectively said to His disciples, “those without faith in me, go buy a weapon to protect yourself”, because in Ephesians 6:17 we learn that the true “sword” of faith is the word of God and with Jesus was the word:
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
In order to understand Luke 22:36 fully, we must now turn to Matthew 26:51-52:
51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.
52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Here is a passage that must be overlooked, because upon reading it, one would immediately detect a contradiction, assuming that we can be counted amongst the lot of those who believe that Luke 22:36 is suggesting that one buy weapons for their personal safety. What we are failing to consider is that we are trading our tallit for a sword.
In other words, one is effectively trading ones faith for a weapon; therefore, in turn, one is literally rejecting the offer of Salvation and attempting to bring about ones own salvation by foolishly relying upon oneself. The Bible says that no man can save himself and if he tries to save his own life, he will surely lose it. Honestly, the word of God cannot be more clear.
When Jesus asked His disciples if any of them had a sword, at least 10 said “No” and at least 2 said “Yes” and they showed Jesus actual swords. They were Jewish and should have known better than to consider selling their tallit, as God commanded them to wear it. Not even they understood the reference and their chance is gone, but you can reconsider.
We are asking you to sell your sword and to buy back your tallit. Place your faith in the word of God, which is your greatest sword of all, and love your enemies as yourself. Be reminded that we have a mighty God and that He truly wants to fight in your place.
For it is written, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)
Many Christians understand and admit that Jesus was God in the flesh, but they don’t quite make the connection between YHWH and Jesus. If YHWH and Jesus are indeed both the same entity, then this would mean that Jesus is not just the creator, but He is also the destroyer; lest we forget about the Great Flood in Noah’s time that wiped out the entire planet.
The Bible states that God forms the light and creates darkness, He makes peace and creates evil, and that He, the LORD, does all of these things. (Isaiah 45:7) Do not be fooled, He is both our judge and lawyer, He is both our executioner and savior -all at once and this is why we should both fear His reprove and love His mercy, because He is truly all things.
Christians do not want to believe that God will punish them and they certainly do not want to even fathom that God would prevent sinners from being saved, because, quite simply they cannot imagine a single reason why God might want to prevent some sinners from being saved. Which is why we have written this article: To challenge an erroneous belief.
God of this World
Truly, the God of this world is and always has been the Creator. We challenge you to answer us, “At what point did God lose control of His universe?” Or, better yet, “At what point did God give away His control to Satan?” Where in the Bible was this exchange recorded?
Certainly, you can search the entire Bible from cover to cover and you will not find it, because it never happened. Case in point, in the book of Job, Satan had to ask for permission from God to attack Job. If Satan is indeed the “god of this world” then why would he need to ask the LORD for permission to control a world that he is supposedly the god of?
Honestly, we could thoroughly disassemble this concept using pure logic and from that alone we would prove our point; however, the following passages are far more evidential:
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
Here we see a passage in the book of Isaiah that tells us that the LORD made a command to prevent unbelievers from hearing His message, so that they cannot be healed by it.
39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
Here we see a passage in the book of John that references Isaiah 6:8-10, which is a direct correlation between the salvation offered by the LORD and the salvation offered by Jesus Christ, therefore suggesting that they are the same offer, from the same source.
Why Would God Do This?
Hopefully, by now, you understand that the god of this world is truly the LORD and that Jesus Christ is the LORD. So, you are probably wondering, ‘Why would God reject sinners?’ And, the answer to that question can be found in Romans 1, in the following verses:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
So, we see that the answer is essentially because these people know God but have chosen to reject Him. Moreover, they are undesirable, untrustworthy, despicable, and vile. They will cause another harm for their gain. They are lustful and very wicked individuals.
The Bible calls these people scoffers and says that they are willfully ignorant of God’s word. These people are your evolutionists, atheists, humanists, satanists, etc. They are your Hitlers and Stalins, your Dawkins’ and Scotts, and all else who have willfully rejected God and have contributed in some way to one of the many man-made iniquities of this world.
We were made aware of this misconception and found that those who believe that the God of this world is Satan has been misguided. As followers of Christ, we want to offer our readers the truth about our God, even if it makes you angry. The truth will set you free.
We used a list of 20,300 keywords that were all exactly 10 characters long. Out of that list of 20,300 keywords, only 20 keywords where found within the entire OT. Which means that only .098% or only 1 out of every 1015 possible keywords in our list was discovered.
a = 20,300 possible keywords
b = 20 total keywords found
b/a * 100 = .098% of list found
a = 20,300 possible keywords
b = 20 total keywords found
Now, reduce both values by a factor of 20.
b/20 / a/20 = 1 / 1015 (1 out of 1015) = .098% ✓
See a full list of the 20,300 keywords that we used to gather the following results:
|Chronicles||3||BANDOLIERS, PRETESTING, RESOUNDING|
|Exodus*||3||CONTRITION, ERADICATES, OVERLOADED|
|Isaiah||3||RETROCEDED, RETROCEDES, STATISTICS|
|Song of Songs||0||N/A|
* Denotes one of the five books of Moses.
Our statistical analysis ends with calculating the probability value for each available keyword, because we do not have a sufficient amount of keywords at this time to perform a reliable t-test for groups of 10. Our results range from 0.000000541410 to 0.000008478672.
If the value listed under the column Unique is set to YES, then this denotes that its associated keyword could only be found one time within the entire Old Testament.
Although, our list of keywords were preselected, we still had absolutely no control over which keywords would be discovered. Many of these keywords are quite uncommon in everyday speech, therefore we define each available keyword for your convenience, below:
|BANDOLIERS||A shoulder-belt with loops or pockets for cartridges (ammo).|
|PRETESTING||A preliminary test that precedes the final test.|
|RESOUNDING||A long and loud sound.|
|RENOTIFIES||To inform or give notice to someone multiple times.|
|CONTRITION||Sincere and profound remorse for sin.|
|ERADICATES||To destroy someone or something completely and utterly.|
|OVERLOADED||To load beyond capacity; to be overburdened.|
|REBELLIONS||Resistance to or defiance of any authority, control, or tradition.|
|ADMITTANCE||The permission or right to enter into a certain location.|
|LEADENNESS||A profound sense of despair or loneliness; deep hopelessness.|
|RETROCEDED||To have gone back; to have retired; to have receded.|
|RETROCEDES||To go back; to retire; to recede.|
|STATISTICS||The study of probabilities and outcomes in the natural world.|
|TENDENCIES||A prevailing disposition to proceed toward some point, end, or result.|
|CONSIDERED||To have thought about or decided upon a subject with care.|
|REITERATED||To have repeated the same statement multiple times; often in excess.|
|NATIONALLY||Pertaining to an entire nation as an organized whole unit.|
|NEMERTINES||Any member of the invertebrate phylum Nemertea; ribbon worms.|
|STONEBOATS||A flat sledge or drag used for transporting heavy materials.|
|TANTALITES||A mineral consisting of a heavy dark lustrous oxide of mostly tantalum.|
The list of keywords that were found are quite amazing, not just because they are all defying the odds while weighing in at an astonishing 10 characters long, but also because many of them appear to summarize the plain-text from which they were extracted.
The concept of an eternal Hell is a catastrophic misconception that has played a central role in mainstream dogma for as long as anyone can tell, yet according to scripture, the concept of an eternal Hell is one that is clearly, undeniably, and irrefutably heretical.
If you have gone your entire life believing in an eternal place of damnation, then this article is for you, as it is going to challenge you to your core and it will force you to seriously question that belief, perhaps for the first time. The shattering of this dangerous misconception will lead you to understand the reality of judgment like never before, as the Bible intended.
If you turn to the book of Revelation, chapter 20, you will notice that here is a description of events that have not yet taken place where Christ will reign on earth for 1000 years and that Satan and his demons will surround the kingdom and God will destroy them with fire and the red dragon himself is cast into the eternal lake of fire, then the following happens:
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Now, we want you to pay close attention to verse 13 where it states, “death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them”, then we want you to look at verse 14 where it states, “death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.” This would mean the following:
1. Hell and the Lake of Fire are not the same place, because the Bible states that Hell was “cast into the lake of fire”, which would suggest that Hell and the Lake of Fire must exist at two different locations, because one cannot logically “cast” something into itself.
2. When Hell and Death are finally cast into the Lake of Fire (which is eternal), both Death and Hell will be completely empty, so that the institutions themselves will be destroyed.
We now have absolutely no biblical reason at all to conclude that Hell will last for eternity. To state something different would be heretical, completely inaccurate, and contradictory.
Path to Salvation
Now that we know the truth about Hell, and that our time there as sinners is only temporary, we can freely spread the truth of the Gospel of Christ, so that every sinner will hear the truth and know that the second death is not eternal torment; it is a complete and permanent deletion of our existence, but that salvation is for those who choose to strive for it.
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
So, we see that Christ is the bridge between sinner and salvation for everyone. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
We hope that we have made our case against an eternal place of torment and have provided you with enough information to continue your own study into Judgment and what this could mean for you and how you might find salvation through your faith in Jesus Christ.