Drs. Ivan Panin & Chuck Missler
Ivan Nikolayevitsh Panin, often called the ‘father of Bible numerics’ was born in Russia, December 12, 1855. As a young man he participated in a movement to educate the under-classes, a movement which was labeled nihilism by observers from neighboring countries; the members of the movement merely called themselves revolutionaries. At This time in Russia, saw many of the upper classes leaving their luxurious homes to go to the factories and teach the less fortunate, for which efforts they were tortured, often to the point of insanity or death. In effect, the newly freed serfs (1856 and 1861) were seen by these ‘nihilists’ as not actually free, but merely being sold into wage slavery, and the solution settled upon was to educate them. Neither the government nor the Czar looked kindly upon this.
Finding himself exiled at the early age of 18, he emigrated to Germany, where he held citizenship from 1874 to 1877. He had a voracious appetite for knowledge, especially in literature and linguistics. At the age of 22 he emigrated to the United States and entered Harvard University, where he spent four years, picking up Greek and Hebrew, and graduating in 1882 with a Master of Literary Criticism.
Having already written The Revolutionary Movement in Russia in 1881, he traveled around giving lectures on Russian Literature (especially Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, and Tolstoy, authors who had contributed to the social upheaval that forced changes in Russia’s during the mid-1800s) which kept his audiences spellbound. These were the days before television when a five-hour lecture was appreciated. His wit and range of thought were legendary, as was his firm Agnosticism stance. As editor of two newspapers he was famous for quirky little quips that makes one stop and think, such as:
To be a good root, feeling must be passionate; to be a good fruit, its expression must be dispassionate.
Karl Sabiers, who wrote Russian Scientist Proves Divine Inspiration of Bible during the last year of Panin’s life, wrote:
“After his college days he became an outstanding lecturer on the subject of literary criticism… His lectures were delivered in colleges and before exclusive literary clubs in many cities of the United States and Canada. During this time Mr. Panin became well known as a firm agnostic— so well known that when he discarded his agnosticism, and accepted the Christian faith the newspapers carried headlines telling of his conversion.”
This conversion occurred in 1890 when his attention was caught by the first chapter of John, in which the article (“the”) is used before “God” in one instance, and left out in the next: “and the Word was with the God, and the Word was God.” His keen literary mind was aroused, and he began to examine the text to see if there was an underlying pattern contributing to this peculiarity. Making parallel lists of verses with and without the article, he discovered that there was an entire system of mathematical relationships underlying the text. This led to his conversion to Christianity, as attested to by his publication in 1891 The Structure of the Bible: A Proof of the Verbal Inspiration of Scripture.
Until his death in 1942, Ivan Panin labored continuously on the discovery of numerical patterns throughout the Hebrew language of the Old Testament and the Greek language of the New Testament, often to the detriment of his health. His conclusion was that if these patterns were implemented intentionally by man, the collaboration of all writers of the Bible—stretched over many disparate years—would be required, in addition to the condition that each of them be a mathematician of the highest order.
In 1899 Panin sent a letter to the New York Sun challenging his audience to disprove his thesis that the numerical structure of scripture showed its divine origin.
Based on his edition of the Greek text, Panin translated the New Testament into English, The New Testament from the Greek as Established by Bible Numerics (New Haven, CT, 1914). This was followed in 1935 by a “Second Edition, Revised”.
Thereafter, until his death in 1942, he devoted over 50 years of his life to painstakingly exploring the numerical structure of the Scriptures, generating over 43,000 hand-penned pages of analysis. A sampling of his discoveries was published, and is still being published today. A free pdf copy is available from the footnote link below.
Critics of his work doubt the value of some of his findings and attempt to dismiss more evident numerical patterns as random chance. Panin’s claims, that the existence of such statistical anomalies is proof of divine inspiration, are still sharply debated by skeptics of his work, yet to date no thorough statistical analysis has been made either for or against his claims, as the spectrum of data that Panin used for demonstrating the patterns precludes linear analysis. While Panin spoke highly of the edition of Westcott and Hort of the New Testament, he found their textual criticism wanting and was obliged to produce his own critical text. This work, the New Testament in the Original Greek, published in 1934, claims to have reconstructed the lost original version by his techniques. A more recent publication, Ivan Panin’s Numerics in Scripture, provides his Greek text side-by-side with both Westcott & Hort and the contemporary Nestle-Aland, demonstrating that there is the same amount of differences between Panin’s text with each of the other two respectively.
Another criticism is that the same kind of numeric patterns can be found in any text, yet the methods used for casual demonstrations of this nature lack the requisite depth to draw conclusions.
Proponents of his work include well-known authors such as Chuck Missler.
Ivan Panin’s work remains somewhat of an anomaly; he was certainly a competent translator and textual critic on his own merits; it is the additional element of numerics that ignites the passions of both those who agree and disagree with his approach.
An example of Panin’s work for Genesis 1.1 below.
Dr. Chuck Missler
Dr. Missler a longtime advocate of Ivan Panin’s work has written some books and had programs made about the numbering systems in the Holy Bible.
After teaching for many years at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Missler moved to Coeur d’Alene in 1992 and founded Koinonia House. Through this organization, Missler distributes a monthly newsletter and Bible study tapes, hosts a radio show, and speaks at conferences. He has also been involved in efforts to use computers to decipher what he considers coded messages contained in the Bible. His books include “Cosmic Codes: Hidden Messages From the Edge of Eternity”. Koinonia House. 2004. ISBN 1-57821-255-3 and Hidden Treasures in the Biblical Text. Koinonia House. 2000. ISBN 1-57821-127-1. These are interesting books to see just an insight to what God has done behind the written word in numbers, secrets exposed of the scriptures until this modern computer age is amazing indeed.
What is equally amazing the attacks against these scientific findings. Nevertheless, God reveals deep and powerful meanings and messages multiple levels deep and wide in His written book called the HOLY BIBLE.
In his book “Cosmic Codes – Hidden Messages from the Edge of Eternity” Dr Missler explores the following:
- The Field of Cryptography: Secret Writing
- Extraterrestrial Communication
- Hidden Codes in the Bible
- The “Bible Codes”—Real or Imaginary?
- Microcodes: Jots and Tittles
- Macrocodes: Strategic Structure
- Metacodes: Beyond our Own Awareness
An example of Missler’s work below.
|The Holocaust||hawfh||50||Deut 31:16|
|Crematorium||ynbl !vbk||134||Deut 31:28|
|for my sons|
|In Poland||!ylwpb||-107||Deut 32:22|
|The Fuhrer||rryph||5||Deut 32:50|
|King of the Nazis||~ycan $lm||-246||Deut 33:16|
|Genocide||~[ xcr||-22||Deut 33:21|
|Mein Kampf||pmaq !ym||9832||Num 22:1|
In the next chapter we look at the numbers and their meanings for which we are interested in for the purpose of this book.