In The Beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3, NIV)


Our beginnings are described in the opening chapter of the book of Genesis, its first three verses taking us up to God’s creation of light. Viewed through the lens of gematria, these same words give rise to a dazzling burst of encoded numbers that brilliantly illuminate the text of the NIV Bible.


‘God’ in the First three verses of Genesis

The word 'God' is found three times in the first three verses of Genesis. Three of course represents God’s triune nature. As would befit the importance of the word we use to name our Creator, these three 'God's seem to have been positioned to encode further numbers.

God in first three verses 

1. Position Within Each Verse

As you can see, 'God' is word 4 in verse 1, word 20 in verse 2 and word 2 in verse 3.

4 + 20 + 2 = 26
God (o) = 26

2. Absolute Position

'God' is word 4, word 30 and word 37 in Genesis.

4 + 30 + 37 = 71
God (s) = 71

 3. Position of 'God' in Genesis 1:1

Even the positional values of the letters seem to be encoded. The number of letters to the final letter of ‘God’ in Genesis 1:1 is 17.

God (r) .......= 17

This is the first time the divine name is mentioned in Scripture and it is the site of a beautiful little cross, revealed through the ELS method of encoding.

These elegant encodings feature the standard, ordinal and reduced values, the well-established systems of gematria upon which the New Bible Code turns out to be based! Therefore they appear to be a validation of these three systems.

4. Absolute Position of the Letters
Here is more evidence of encodings at the letter level, a stunning piece of code reflecting the Christian statement that Jesus Christ is God Incarnate.

'God' in Genesis 1:1 uses letters 15, 16, and 17 of the NIV Bible.
'God' in Genesis 1:2 uses letters 124, 125 and 126 of the NIV Bible.
'God' in Genesis 1:3 uses letters 154, 155 and 156 of the NIV Bible.

 Summing these numbers gives us the standard value of the Greek word meaning 'Jesus'. 

Ihsous 15

Moreover, 888 is also the standard value of this English phrase:

The Lord's Second Coming (s) ...................................= 888

This is the grand theme of the New Bible Code, running through almost every page on this site.

5. Position of the Letters Within Each Verse

'God' in Genesis 1:1 uses letters 15, 16, and 17 of Genesis 1:1

'God' in Genesis 1:2 uses letters 79, 80 and 81 of Genesis 1:2

'God' in Genesis 1:3 uses letters 4, 5 and 6 of Genesis 1:3.

Again summing the numbers we have the following:

15 + 16 + 17 + 79 + 80 + 81 + 4 + 5 + 6 = 303
Appearing (s) = 303

This is an alternative expression for Coming, encoded this time in the positional values of the letters. 


Bill Downie 31/3/05

Latest update 26/7/15