Tattenai and Tobiah

At that time, Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar Bozenai and their associates went to them and asked, “Who authorised you to rebuild this temple and restore this structure?”
Ezra 5:3 (NIV)



Tattenai, a Persian governor during the reign of king Darius, was foremost among those who opposed the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem by the captives who had returned from Babylon. When the work began, Tattenai and others sent a letter to King Darius asking that a search be made for a document that would validate the claims of the Jews who were rebuilding the temple that this worked had been decreed by King Cyrus I, the king who had released them from captivity in Babylon. A document authorising the rebuilding was found, whereupon King Darius wrote back to Tattenai and his associates ordering that the work was to proceed, with financial assistance from the region Tattenai governed, and that anyone who hindered the work would be impalled on a beam from their house, which would then be torn down. Tattenai thereafter worked diligently to assist in the rebuilding of the temple.

The Lord, having first sent the Jews into exile in Babylon for failing to honour the terms of His covenant with them, had later inspired king Cyrus I to release the remnant from captivity. Previous opposition by their enemies to the rebuilding of the temple by the returned exiles had been successful, but now this last-minute opposition by Persian officials had been overcome and those same authorities were now ordered to pay for the rebuilding! God was blessing the Jews again, clearing the way for the rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple, the historical centre of Jewish religious life.

Tobiah was an Ammonite official who oppossed the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s wall by Nehemiah. Nehemiah had been sent there by Artaxerxes for that purpose, but he found his efforts opposed by Tobiah, Sanballat and other enemies who did not want to see the wall rebuilt. However, with the Lord’s help Nehemiah was successful, completing the wall in fifty-two days.

Remarkably, both of these related episodes in the history of the Jews - the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the wall round the city - have the number of the beast built into their foundations, which suggests that these stories have an analogue in the modern event that is marked with the beast’s number: 9/11.

Ezra 4:8 - 6:18 (NIV)

Tattenai, Shether-Bozai and their associates are mentioned four times in a short section of Ezra - 4:8 to 6:18 - that is one of a very few sections of the Old Testament written in Aramaic. It begins by relating the contents of letters sent by an officer called Rehum to king Artaxerxes, who stopped the first attempt to rebuild the temple, and by Tattenai to king Darius. The Aramaic section continues with the decree of Darius ordering Tattenai et al to assist with the next rebuilding attempt and ends by relating that the temple was completed and dedicated to God.

The Aramaic section begins at Ezra 4:8 and ends at Ezra 6:18. Adding the two numbers implied by the first and last verses we obtain:

48 + 618 ....= 666

Tattenai is mentioned in four verses. 5:3, 5:6, 6:6 and 6:13. Adding the numbers implied by the first and last verses in which Tattenai is given, we obtain:

53 + 613 = 666

Even the name ‘Tattenai’ is marked with 666.

Tattenai (s) = 666

These encoded 666s point to an eschatological analogy with the story of Tattenai in 9/11, also marked with 666.


This takes us to what may be an important discovery made by Eighth Day Assembly. In Strong’s Hebrew Concordance, Tattenai is the last entry, number 8674. The three numbers preceeding this are 8671, 8672 and 8673. The Hebrew words under these entries mean

8671: ninth..
8672: nine....
8673: ninety

According to Bullinger, the number nine stands for endings, finality, completion, judgment, fruits and suffering. The triple expression of a number, as in ‘999’, means the ultimate expression of the ideas associated with that number. The position of Tattenai at the very end of Strong’s Concordance, and in association with a triplet of nines, suggests, then, that have now arrived at the ‘end of time’.

The Hebrew word for ‘Tattenai’ is Taw Taw Nun Yodh, the English transliteration being TTNY. These are the initials of the very targets whose destruction signalled that ending and the city in which they so proudly stood:

Twin Towers New York

This may be another sign that the twin towers represented Tattenai, the official who oppossed the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem and whose opposition was overturned - as the towers themselves were, quite literally, overturned.

Nehemiah 4:3 (NIV)

This verse quotes the mocking words spoken by Tobiah the Ammonite to the Jews as they were rebuilding the Jerusalem wall.

Nehemiah 4:3 (NIV)
Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building - if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!”

The mention of a fox is interesting here, because of its standard value.

Fox (s) .........= 666

It is probably no accident, either, that ‘fox’ is an old nickname for the devil.

The ordinal value of the words to ‘fox’ is the standard value for a word associated in Rev. 13:18 and Ecclesiastes 7 (the Bible’s 666th chapter) with 666.

Nehemiah 4:3 (NIV)
Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building - if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!”

1st 17 words Nehemiah 4:3 (o) = 713
Wisdom (s) ...............................= 713


The Fox

Nehmiah 4:3 is in fact the third mention of foxes in the Bible. The first and second verses that mention the animal are Judges 15:4 and 15:5.

Judges 15:4-5 (NIV)
4So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail-to-tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails 5lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing corn of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing corn, together with the vinyards and olive groves.

Now if we sum the numbers implied by these chapter and verse indicators, we find something truly remarkable:

154 + 155 + 43 = 352
satan (s) ...........= 352

Nehemiah 4 is the Bible’s 417th chapter. This is the combined value of the same name again:

satan (c) ...........= 417

Judges 15 is the Bible’s 226th chapter. Summing the place values, now, of the chapters in which each of the three verses stands, we find the sv of a well-known synonym for the devil from Roget’s Thesaurus:

226 + 226 + 417 ....= 869
the Wicked One (s).= 869

Here we see the opposition by Tobiah to the rebuilding of the wall firmly stamped with the mark of the beast.


The opposition put up by Tattenai to the rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple, and that of Tobiah to the rebuilding of the Jerusalem wall meant that they were also in opposition to the Lord’s plans for His people. Hence in the New Bible Code both passages are clearly marked with the number 666 and other marks of the beast.

The successful rebuilding of both structures in the face of this opposition may have a modern analogy in 9/11, which represented the destruction of the beast. The twin towers and the system they stood for were a stumbling block to the reinstitution of God’s kingdom on earth: they stood - literally and symbolically - in opposition to God. If the forces of global capitalism, symbolised by the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, represented Tattenai, Tobiah and their cohorts, the ‘overturning’ of the twin towers may mean that, symbolically, God’s temple is now being rebuilt. Indeed, Darius’s warning in his decree that anyone who opposed the rebuilding of the temple would be impaled on a beam from his house (similar to a crucifixion), which would then be pulled down, was symbolically fulfilled in the crucifixion of 9/11.


Bill Downie 10/2/10