"Unconventional" View of the Scriptures
Considering the Bible's Natural Structure
I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches
of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD,
which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
readers of our material realize that we place great emphasis on the
dispensational divisions found in the Scriptures. We contend
recognizing these divisions is essential to "rightly dividing" the word
of God and understanding the Lord's overall plan and purpose. We
believe these divisions are natural and obvious to all who read the
Scriptures with a believing heart.
Last Spring (2009),
however, a dear brother brought to our attention that there
other natural divisions of the text of the Scripture of what may be
considered a more subtle sort. At least to us 21st century believers.
the Geneva Bible was first published in 1560 the text of the Bible has
been divided into chapters and verses. The breaks in the text into
these sections and subsections was and still is a great benefit. It
helps in quickly finding a certain passage, aids in reading and
memorization, and helps identify where a passage belongs. For nearly
450 years the Lord has used and blessed these inserted and arbitrary
The early Hebrews were the first to place divisions in the text of the
Scriptures. As one said,
The Old Testament was originally divided into
sections by the Jews. One section was read in the synagogue every
Sabbath day (Acts 13:15). These sections were subdivided by the
Masoretes into 669 “orders.”
the New Testament came along other believers divided it text into
arbitrary divisions to aid in reading and consultation. Over the
centuries others dabbled in this area. In the mid 1500s a man named Robert Stephens place the
verses in the New Testament text as we have them today,
The present New Testament verses were introduced by
Robert Stephens first in his Greco-Latin Testament published in 1551
A.D., and then later Stephens published the Latin Vulgate of 1555, the
first whole Bible divided into the present verses. Legend has it that
Robert Stephens numbered the verses of the Bible while on horseback on
a trip. His son testifies that his father did indeed number the verses
of the Bible while on a trip from Paris to Lyons, but that the work was
done while resting at the inns along the road.
main thing to note on this is the chapters and verses were completely
arbitrary. That is, at the whim and fancy of the individual. This does
not mean they are wrong or evil, only that they are not necessarily
natural. As we have said the Lord has used them and blessed them. He
allowed them to be used in His premier English Bible the Authorized
Version of 1611. Most likely nearly all of use who are
believers were introduced to the Scriptures by someone quoting or use
reading the Bible "chapter and verse."
A More Natural Way?
of the peculiarities of human nature is its strong tendency to adhere
things that are familiar. Anything "new" is often regarded as suspect.
The chapter/verse system of reading the Scriptures is all we and our
ancestors for any generations have known, and it is as natural to most
of us as breathing. But let's step back a little and consider some
What if one took out all the arbitrary chapter and verse
breaks in the Scriptures, what would he have? A very long line of text
that would be hard to manage. However, this huge paragraph would
have some very obvious natural breaks in it, that is the books.
Now our huge text is divided into 66 books.
Nothing arbitrary about that, they are natural.
look at each Bible book. What further natural breaks could be found?
Ah, there are sentences, questions, and even phrases.
These breaks are
there regardless of language. A question is a question in Hebrew,
Greek, or English. So, one could place breaks or a new line in the text
of the Scripture in any or all of these natural and inherent divisions.
Granted, the chapter/verse system often makes breaks in these places
well, but not always and not consistently. For instance, here is a
section of Genesis divided at the sentences and questions,
the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD
God had made.
And he said unto the
woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees
of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of
the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye
touch it, lest ye die.
serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know
that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye
shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was
pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she
took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband
with her; and he did eat.
eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and
they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool
of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of
the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
And the LORD God called
unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
And he said, I heard
thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I
And he said, Who told
thee that thou wast naked?
Hast thou eaten of the
tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
And the man said, The
woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I
And the LORD God said
unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?
And the woman said, The
serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
breaks are clear, natural, and easy to read. Each break in
could even be numbered and it would still be natural because numbers
An Even Better Way?
the Scriptures at the sentences is not a new concept, but a brother who
calls himself, The Carpenter introduced me to a radically new and now
quite obvious divider—the numbers.
Numbers have significance in
the Scriptures. Who in reading the Bible hasn't noticed how the numbers
3, 7, 12, etc. have special (and possibly even hidden) meaning. Several
over the years have written books examining the numbers in Scriptire.
But, The Carpenter, (http://www.the1stkjv.com)
showed me something
else. To aid in seeing the numbers, they need to be changed from text
into digits (3 for "three," 80
for "fourscore," etc.). He
undertaken to do this, but it was a very difficult task. The written
out numbers are often hard to see, especially the small ones.
task like this is a sinch for a computer. The Carpenter came across our
Analyzer Bible study application on the internet and posted
comments in the forum. He mentioned his desire to be able to see all
the numbers in the Scripture as digits. Being a self-taught software
programmer (who had an incompetent teacher) I offered to write a script
to do the conversion. I also wanted to see what the Lord may be reveal
in the numbers.
After writing the program, in a few seconds the computer made the vast
majority of conversions. I had no idea there were over 8000
numbers in the Bible. I sent the text to The
Carpenter and he made the final few and proofread the text. He also
tagged the numbers with a different color that started with a capital
letter. (The capital letters of the AV is another interesting study).
As a result we produced a new edition of the Authorized King
Version like no other in existance. We call it the Authorized
It is identical to the regular Authorized Version in words and meaning.
The only differences are the written out number words are changed to
digits, with brackets around the digits for clarity
(basically just a spelling change), and the text is broken at
sentences, questions, and the digits. In
fact, this represtation of the AV
text may have enhanced meaning! Consider this
passage from John 11-12 in the AVNum,
not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in
Who says the
1611 is not found in the Bible! As far as we know
this is the first time this has been revealed. This sequence transcends
language and translation. The digits 1611
are found in any true Bible text in any language!
(1) the children of
God that were scattered abroad.
Then from that day
forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a
country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there
continued with his disciples.
the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country
up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.
sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the
temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast?
both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that,
if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take
days before the passover came to
Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the
There they made him a
supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was
of them that sat at the table with him.
took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed
the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was
filled with the odour of the ointment.
(1) of his disciples,
Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this
ointment sold for
Also of significance, notice how the first 1
in 1611 speaks of how the Lord will "gather together in (one)
the children of God that were scattered abroad;" the 6
is associated with the Passover; the second 1
refers to Lazarus; and the last 1 to Judas.
There are many applications that can be made from this.
this is just a random coincidence? First, is anything written or done
by our infinite God a coincidence? Think before you answer. Second, as
a simple test try
to find the dates that some of the "new Bibles" were published in
sequence like 1611. How about,
1885, (The Revised Version that was
destined to "replace" the AV) — Nope
1901, (The American Standard
Version) — Nope
(The Revised Standard Version) — Nope
1967, (The New American Standard
Version) — Nope
International Version) —
1982, (New King James Version) — Nope
2001, (English Standard Version) — Nope
...and many more!
the only major Bible translation with its
publication date found in order among the numbers of the Scriptures is
the Authorized King James of 1611!
is indeed ironic is the 1611 sequence is found in
all the new versions while their own publication dates are not!
How is that for an insult?
will still claim coincidence, but this is the
excuse of the willingly blind. It appears the Lord hid a key in the
nearly 2000 years ago that He kept hidden until 2009. He is showing
have ears to hear and eyes to see where His pure truth can be found in
these latter days.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that 1161 (1611
reversed) is found twice. Coincidence? Yeah, right. I suppose it is
just a coincidence the
sun is in the sky.
The 1611 sequence is so obvious that even your author can see it, but
without doubt there are many more yet to be discovered.
For instance, look how Revelation "lights up" with the digits
there a method or sequence to these numbers in Scripture? Surely there
is, but the Lord has not revealed many things as of yet. Maybe in these
last days He will open the eyes of someone to see them.
angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and
they were cast upon the earth: and the
part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was
cast into the sea: and the
part of the sea became blood; And the
part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and
part of the ships were destroyed.
angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it
were a lamp, and it fell upon the
part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of
the star is called Wormwood: and the
part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters,
because they were made bitter.
angel sounded, and the
part of the sun was smitten, and the
part of the moon, and the
part of the stars; so as the
part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a
part of it, and the night likewise.
I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying
with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by
reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the
angels, which are yet to sound! And the
angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to
him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
Copyrighted, But Free
Carpenter and I freely present the AVNum to the
community for its consideration. It is copyrighted for one reason: to
keep it free. Some in the past have taken public domain works and
locked them up in encrypted, password protected, or proprietary formats
thus sealing it from the public as a whole text. We do not want that.
We want it to remain absolutely free in its entirity.
is available in two Bible Analyzer Library texts.
If you don't have a
copy of Bible Analyzer you can download it free
just install the AVNum bonus files from the Download
page and see what the Lord may reveal. For an
online version visit The
Carpenter's excellent website, http://www.the1stkjv.com
and view the text, and much more, there.
we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden
wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: (1Co 2:7)