Numerics Test Applied to Mark 16

THE authenticity of the last twelve verses of the 16th chapter of Mark has long been brought into question. They are omitted by some translators of the New Testament, marked as an interpolation by others, and included as part of the Scripture by yet a third group without any comment. Other Bible commentators have written complete books in an endeavour to contend, with great learning, ability and zeal, for the genuineness of these verses.

Why all this division of opinion about this particular portion of Scripture? It is obvious that an endeavour has been made to exclude these verses as not inspired and remove them from God's Word.

Summarises New Testament Commandments

This passage of Scripture is important to Bible believers because it summarises in a few verses the New Testament commandments which the Lord gave. In ACTS 1:1-2, we read, "The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:"

It was His commandment that we take hold of the promises in MARK 16, and because He realised the importance of this passage of Scripture and the blessing that it can bring into the lives of believers, He wove a wonderful numerical pattern through it. This pattern sets His seal upon it, that no-one might doubt that this is His inspired Word to all.

Pattern of Sevens

The number of words in this passage of Scripture is 175, or 25 sevens (Feature 1); its vocabulary has 98 words, or 14 sevens (Feature 2); the number of its grammatical forms is 133, or 19 sevens (Feature 3); the total numeric value of the letters of all the words in the passage is 103,663, or 14,809 sevens (Feature 4); the numeric value of its 133 grammatical forms is 89,663, or 12,809 sevens (Feature 5); of these 133 forms 112, or 16 sevens, occur only once; and 21, or 3 sevens, occur more than once (Feature 6). The 98 words of the vocabulary have 553 letters, or 79 sevens (Feature 7); of which 294, or 42 sevens, are vowels; and 259, or 37 sevens, are consonants (Feature 8). Of these 98 words of the vocabulary 84, or 12 sevens, are found before in the Gospel of MARK; and 14, or 2 sevens, are found only here (Feature 9). And again, of these 98 words of the vocabulary 42, or 6 sevens, are used by the Lord in His address to the disciples; and 56, or 8 sevens, form no part of His vocabulary (Feature 10).

What is true here of the vocabulary to this passage is true also of the passage itself. Its 175 words are thus divided between the speech of the Lord and the rest of the passage; the speech has 56 words, or 8 sevens; the rest of the passage has 119 words, or 17 sevens (Feature 11).

The Devil's Number?

Many features of Bible numerics are calculated by adding the numerical values of individual words together. This is possible because the letters of the Greek alphabet had a numerical meaning as well as being used in writing words. For example, the Greek word for "dragon" is "drakon", and we can add its numeric value as follows:
  D .......... 4  
  R .......... 100  
  A .......... 1  
  K .......... 20  
  O .......... 800  
  N .......... 50  
    975 = 13 x 75  
Thus we see that this numeric value is a multiple of 13, but let us examine some other names by which the Bible refers to the devil:
The Adversary.......... 364 = 13 x 28
The Antichrist.......... 1,911 = 13 x 147
Belial.......... 78 = 13 x 6
Serpent.......... 780 = 13 x 60
The Demon.......... 975 = 13 x 75
Tempter.......... 1,053 = 13 x 81
There are innumerable instances where the number 13 is woven into the Bible pattern. Here is another remarkable instance:
In GENESIS 10 the names of Canaan and his descendants are given. They have a numeric value of 3,211 or 13 x 13 x 19. In the 13th generation from Shem were two brothers, Peleg and Joktan, and we are told that they later rebelled. The numeric value of Joktan is 169, or 13 x 13. He had 13 sons, and the numeric value of their names totals 2,756, or 13 x 212. The verses recording their history have a numeric value of 13 x 13 x 63.

Commandments are Clear

Dare we neglect the Lord's instruction to believe and be baptised for our salvation? Can we afford to go along with those who would like to persuade us that receiving of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues is not for today? Must we reject the testimony of those who are able to tell that the Lord has answered the prayer of faith with laying on of hands for the healing of their sicknesses? Do we still feel that God is no longer able to give us His divine protection?

If you had any doubts you need have them no longer. God has set His seal upon His Word, and is therefore bound to confirm His Word with signs following.

by Ivan Panin