9/11: Ezra

The books of Ezra and Nehemiah contain some of the New Bible Code’s most dazzling encodings. I have treated these two books as one (they are a single book in the original Hebrew Bible), because some of the information is revealed by comparing listed numbers in Ezra with parallel lists in Nehemiah.

Ezra 2:3-17 (NIV)

In chapter two the returning exiles from Babylon are numbered by tribe. The first group of eighteen names and their tallies are listed below.

 Ezra & Nehemiah Lists

I have highlighted verse 13 in grey because this verse is the centre of an incredible set of encodings.

1. 666 is the 11th number on the list.

2. The sum of the numbers to 666 is 12243.

12243 = 11 x 1113

3. Subtracting the numbers given in a parallel list in Nehemiah from the Ezra tallies (last column above) shows the 666 ringed by the numbers -1100 and -11. The difference between the combined numbers of Azgad and Bigvai in each book is therefore 1111.

(1222 + 2056) - (2322 + 2067) = -1111 = -11 x 101

4. Even more remarkably, the sums of the numbers of Azgad and Bigvai in each book are multiples of 11.

1222 + 2056 = 3278 = 11 x 298

2322 + 2067 = 4389 = 11 x 399

Here in these Ezra encodings we see 666 firmly linked to the number 11.

5. If we sum the tallies from both lists, checking the running total at each name for divisibility by 11 (second-last column above), we find that four of these totals (we would expect only one or two) are multiples of 11. If we now highlight them we find, to our astonishment, that these multiples of 11 form a pattern around the Adonikam!

This is something which is fantastically unlikely to have happened by chance and is stunning confirmation of the reality of these encodings. The name ‘Adonikam’ is not associated with a multiple of 11 this time, but its importance is clearly signalled by its central position.

6. The sum of all the numbers of the men of Israel returning from Babylon, as recorded in both books, is 60907.

60907 = 11 x 5537

Ezra 2:17-20, Nehemiah 7:22-25 (NIV)

A little further down the list there is another discrepancy between Ezra and Nehemiah. The Hashum are listed 17th in Ezra but 15th in Nehemiah. The appropriate section of each list is shown below, along with the difference in the tallies. 

Ezra 2 Tally Nehemiah 7   Tally Difference
Bezai  323   Hashum    328          -5
Jorah  112 Bezai  324    -212
Hashum    223 Hariph  112     111
Gibbar   95 Gibeon   95        0

The Nehemiah list can be rearranged to agree with Ezra's ordering, giving the following difference in tallies.

Ezra 2 Tally Nehemiah 7.  Tally Difference
Bezai  323   Hariph    112          -5
Jorah  112 Bezai  324    -212
Hashum    223 Hashum  328    -105
Gibbar   95 Gibeon   95         0

The difference between these two numbers is very significant:

111 - (-105) = 216 = 6 x 6 x 6  

216 is the cube of 6 and an alternative way of expressing the same concept as the repeated digits 666. Moreover, the number 105 is the 14th triangular number and it is itself the outline of triangle 666, the 36th triangular number. 111 and 105 are also the ordinal values of these names. 

New York (o) = 111
Nine-eleven (o) = 105


Ezra 2:69, Nehemiah 7:70-72 (NIV)

These passages list contributions to the rebuilding of God's house by the heads of families in Jerusalem.

Ezra 2:69
According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work 61000 drachmas of gold, 5000 minas of silver and 100 priestly garments.

Nehemiah 7:70-72
Some of the heads of families contributed to the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1000 drachmas of gold, 50 bowls and 530 garments for priests. Some of the heads of families gave to the treasury for the work 20000 drachmas of gold and 2200 minas of silver. The total given by the rest of the people was 20000 drachmas of gold, 2000 minas of silver and 67 garments for priests.

Sum of contributions listed in Ezra .........= 66100
Sum of contributions listed in Nehemiah = 45847
66100 + 45847 ................= 111947 = 11 x 10177

Ezra 4:8 - 6:18 (NIV)
This is one of two sections of the Old Testament written in Aramaic (the other is in Daniel). It concerns opposition to the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem by Tattenai, the governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and their associates, who are mentioned four times. After the recovery of a decree by King Darius, authorising the rebuilding, Tattenai and his officials thereafter cooperated. The central figure here is Tattenai, the governor of Trans-Euphrates.
The Aramaic section begins at Ezra 4:8 and ends at Ezra 6:18. Here are those verses.

4.8 Rehum the commanding officer and Shimshai the secretary wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king as follows: . . .

6.18 And they installed the priests in their divisions and the Levites in their groups for the service of God at Jerusalem, according to what is written in the Book of Moses.

Adding the two numbers implied by the first and last verses we obtain:

48 + 618 ....= 666

Amazingly, the English translation of the Hebrew name tattenai is also marked with that number!

Tattenai (s) = 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

These encodied 666s point to an eschatological meaning for the story of Tattenai and, through the 666-centred encodings found in Ezra 2, with 9/11.


This takes us to 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

In biblical numerics nine means finality, completion and judgment. The position of Tattenai at the very end of Strong’s Concordance, and in association with so many nines, can only mean one thing. We have now arrived at the ‘end of time’ [1].

Tattenai’s initial opposition to the rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple, overturned by the recovered decree from King Darius, may have a modern analogy. The twin towers and what they stood for, were a stumbling block to the reinstitution of God’s kingdom on earth. If the twin towers represented Tattenai and his cohorts, their ‘overturning’ may symbolically mean that God’s temple can now be rebuilt.

Nehemiah 4:3
Nehemiah’s version of the story of the opposition to the rebuilding of the temple mentions a fox, in chapter 4, verse 3, in a comment by Tobiah the Ammonite, assistant of Sanballat.

3.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.”

This features another hidden 666.

Fox (s) = 666

Moreover, the fox is an old pseudonym for the devil. This is, in fact, the third biblical mention of a fox, the first two being found in the Book of Judges.

Judges 15:4
4. So 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,

Judges 15:5
5.lit 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 vineyards and olive groves.

If we read the chapter and verse numbers as single numbers - giving 43, 154 and 155 - then sum them, we obtain another number related to the devil.

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

Like Tattenai, Sanballat was opposed to the rebuilding, which was completed in any case. The association of the devil with the opposition to the rebuilding is hugely significant here, for the New Bible Code identifies the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon as manifestations of satan’s power.

Ezra 8:3-14 (NIV)
This is part of a list of the family heads returning from Babylon with Ezra, which begins in verse 2. The numbers of their men begin in the second part of verse 3, and I am counting from here to the end of the list.

3.150 men;
4. 200 men;
5. 300 men;
6. 50 men;
7. 70 men;
8. 80 men;
9. 218 men;
10. 160 men
11. 28 men;
12. 110 men;
13. 60 men;
14. 70 men.

Number of men associated with family heads = 1496 = 11 x 136


Ezra 9:11 (NIV) Ist 18 words
11. you gave through your servants the prophets when you said ‘The land you are entering to possess is ...

1st 18 words Ezra 9:11 (o) = 1100 = 11 x 100

The number 18, being 6 + 6 + 6, is associated with 666 in the New Bible Code. This is especially evident in Revelation 13:18 and in the placing of the Adonikam in Nehemiah. Here we see 11 and 18 encoded together once more.

Nehemiah 9:11 (NIV)

In chapter 9 of Nehemiah, the Israelites are confessing their sins to God and praising Him. Verse 11, numerically identified with 9/11, is given below.

11. You divided the sea before them, so that they passed through it on dry ground, but you hurled their pursuers into the depths, like a stone into mighty waters.

Nehemiah 9:11 (o) = 1628 = 11 x 148

Notice that the verse speaks of division, one of the attributes of the number 11. The verse has four clauses which are themselves bisected into opposing pairs. The first two clauses speak of God parting the Red Sea for the Israelites.

11. You divided the sea before them, so that they passed through it on dry ground, ...

Ist and 2nd clauses Nehemiah 9:11 (o) = 759 = 11 x 69

The second pair of clauses refer to the destruction of their pursuers.

11. ... but you hurled their pursuers into the depths, like a stone into mighty waters.

3rd and 4th clauses Nehemiah 9:11 (o) = 869 = 11 x 79

Thus we have the number 11 encoded into a narrative fragment that is identified by the chapter and verse numbers 9:11 and that speaks of division and destruction, two of the ideas associated with the number 11 in biblical numerics and the keynotes of the events of September the 11th, 2001.

Bill Downie 3/3/06

Latest update 11/9/09

911: Psalms


1. Interestingly, the Hebrew word for Tattenai, whose English transliteration is TTNY, has the same initials as Twin Towers, New York.