Are There Secret Messages In The Bible?

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Many claim that the Bible has hidden or secret messages or codes.  Is this true? Are there secret messages in the Bible?  If so, what are they?

The Hidden Mystery

Paul is clear that there are some mysteries in the gospel when he wrote to the Ephesians in 3:3-6 “the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly.  When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.  This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” Here Paul shows that the mystery of Christ has not been known until recently, in his time, and that it was even hidden from him at one point.  This mystery was only recently, relatively speaking, been revealed by the apostles, the prophets but not by human means. It was revealed only “by the Spirit” or Holy Spirit of God.  Part of the mystery is that salvation is not only for the Jews, which they had formerly believed claiming to be the children of Abraham, but it is now for the Gentiles too.  Salvation is not about race, which they had believed, but about grace.

Are there secret messages in the Bible?  If so, what are they?

Are there secret messages in the Bible? If so, what are they?

Revealing the Secret Mysteries

Paul was sent “to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages” (Eph 3:8b-9). Jesus told the disciples once that “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given” (Matt 13:11) which meant it had not been given to the Jewish religious leaders.   Jesus acknowledges that these were “the secrets of the kingdom of heaven” that is not given to everyone.  He said that “I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand” (Matt 13:13) but to the disciples and to those who trust in Him He says “blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.  For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it” (Matt 13:16-17). Paul told King Agrippa about his calling and that it is God Who opens the eyes and not man that reveals these hidden mysteries telling the king that the Lord told Paul “I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me” (Acts 26:17-18). God is the One Who must open our eyes because Satan, “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor 4:4).

Are There Secret Messages in the Bible?

I believe that anything that is hidden is hidden only because a person has refused to humble themselves and repent before God.  Jesus says “nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light” (Luke 8:17) “for whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open” (Mark 4:22).  What might be unseen or not understood can be seen and understood with the Holy Spirit as Paul tells the church at Corinth “a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised” (1 Cor 2:14).  This is why “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor 1:18). What is hidden or secret can be revealed by God’s Spirit so there are no secret messages that God would ever hide from His own children.  He makes evident those things we need to know but for those who have refused to repent and humble themselves, He will not give them His Spirit and without His Spirit, they cannot ever understand the mystery of the gospel.  God is not unfair. He will save those who submit to Him in all humility and confess their sins to Him and trust in His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ but to the unbelievers who remain proud and unrepentant, the gospel will remain foolishness to them because they can’t see their need for the Savior.  This reflects what James wrote “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (4:6). God gives to the humble His Spirit and the understanding of His Word but He is opposed to or resists giving anything to those of a proud mind.  God cannot work with those who are full of pride for how can God fill anyone who is already full of themselves?

Conclusion

God is not unfair. He will save those who humble themselves before Him, who bow down to worship Him, to those who repent (turn away) from their sins, who confess them to God and then put their trust in the only Person Who can save them…Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).  People that believe that there are secret hidden messages are ignoring those things that are plain.  The main things are the plain things (e.g. Roman 10:9-13, Acts 4:12, 16:30-31; John 3:16-17) and are so simple that even a child can understand them but the educated and proud cannot because of their pride.  Others believe in an alphabetical Bible code that can be understood by the way the words and letters are ordered.  Some see the sequences of certain words and letters as giving special meaning or enabling someone to read hidden or secret messages.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  God speaks through Paul to debunk these myths: “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Rom 1:19-20). God has made Himself known so disbelievers are without excuse.   It is plain to them.  The only reason that people deny the existence of God is because they want to hold onto their sin but unless they repent and trust in the Savior, it is no secret that they face the wrath of God on Judgment Day (Rev 20:12-15).  These things are not hidden from unbelievers…they are made plain from God, therefore they are surely “they are without excuse.”

To understand the Bible you must start reading, take a look at this related article: How to Find Time to Read the Bible

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



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Pennywhistler December 31, 2014 at 9:25 am

Oddly enough, Judaism does not even believe in “salvation” for anybody, much less the Jewish People. It’s just not there, Paul or no Paul.

There is repentance, which is available to ALL people at ALL times.

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Marlon January 19, 2015 at 4:53 pm

There is salvation and that is through Jesus Christ alone….for there is no one worthy except our Lord Jesus Christ, and all who believes in the testimony of the Father…will LIVE and not experience the second death….and has passed from death to Life….

read 1 John 5:9-12
If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son. The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son.…And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

This is the mystery of God’s salvation not known earlier but is revealed in God’s Grace to those whom He has called to witness to the TRUTH….

A humble bond-servant of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Light of the world,

Marlon

Marlon

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Ron October 12, 2019 at 11:35 am

https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/are-there-secret-messages-in-the-bible/

Where does the bible specifically say that Paul went into the desert for three years to be taught by the Holy Spirit? I see that Paul went into Arabia, then returned to Damascus and THEN three years later went to Jerusalem. I have read the following:
“Some scholars believe that Paul went to Arabia to preach the Gospel and this action proves that Paul received his revelations concerning the Gospel from Christ himself.” but can’t find scripture to back it up. Thank you

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Jack Wellman October 12, 2019 at 12:02 pm

I see your point sir. We cannot know for sure what the Bible does not clearly say. Speculation is not safe to teach. THank you sir.

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Maria Wallace February 2, 2021 at 6:48 pm

There is a documentary called Torah Codes End to Darkness, IDF uses this computer Blot, also Mark Biltz YouTube shows lots of info about hebrew, hebrew language is represented by numbers, so their language is scientific proven

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Jack Wellman February 2, 2021 at 7:14 pm

Thank you Maria. As for the Torah Codes End to Darkness,, within the heart of the codes are predictions of the end times and the coming of the Jewish Messiah coming in 2021. Since Jesus said no man can know the day or the hour, certainly meaning we can’t know the year, this shows these “predictions” are false and not from God. Anything from man will never mean anything in the end. It will all prove false. Only God knows the future and it’s not hidden in Hebrew texts. God would not reveal the Son of God and leave His children in the dark about this. The hidden code is said to be cracked by mathematically selecting letters from the texts which appear to create words which can be read as prophecies.

As for Mark Biltz. Stay away from this false prophet’s teaching. His teaching is riddled with errors and borders heresy. Biltz frequently badly handles biblical passages. For instance, on p. 35 Biltz quoted Genesis 7:11-12 in that the Flood commenced on the seventeenth day of the second month when the fountains of the great deep were broken up and the windows of heaven were opened and that it rained for forty days and forty nights. He followed that passage with this statement:

“The second month is Cheshvan, similar to our late October-early November time frame. So it was the seventeenth day of this month that the rain started. When you count forward forty days, you come to Kislev 27. The rains stops and a beautiful rainbow appears. And on the biblical calendar, Kislev 27 is right in the middle of Chanukah!”

This displays a common misconception about the Flood – that it lasted 40 days and nights. Actually, the Flood was about a year (Genesis 8:6-14). In the Flood account, the rainbow is not mentioned until after the Flood, with the Noahic Covenant (Genesis 9:12-17). This was long after the 40 days and nights of rain. Such ignorance of the Flood narrative on the part of a supposed Bible teacher is appalling.

There are other examples of Biltz mishandling Scripture. On p. 34, Biltz quoted Matthew 24:24 about false prophets performing great signs and wonders and posed the question of how we can determine whether a prophet is false or not. He wrote,

“Many people think they can determine if a prophet is a true one or not by whether what he prophesies takes place. That is not totally accurate. God may be testing you to see if you know the litmus test. You can find it in Deuteronomy 13.”

This confuses the matter, because there are two biblical tests for a prophet. Deuteronomy 13 warns against a supposed prophet that wants people to worship gods other than the true God. Even if that prophet were to produce great signs and wonders, if he counsels following other gods, then he is a false prophet. However, the test of Deuteronomy 18:20-22 applies to a prophet who claims to represent the true God. If a prophecy made by a prophet claiming to represent the true God fails to come to pass, then we can be assured that he is a false prophet. Since Biltz claims to represent the LORD, the Deuteronomy 13 test does not apply. However, effectively setting dates for the LORD’s return amounts to a prediction that we can test. According to Deuteronomy 18:2-22, if and when this prediction fails to come to pass, we can be assured that Biltz is a false prophet. Even more troubling is that this deflection of the prophet test is a common practice of many cults.

On p. 95, Biltz badly handles the chronology and details of the incident with the golden calf in the wilderness. He wrote,

“In Exodus 32, we read that after Aaron made the golden calf, Moses went up to the mount and fasted for forty days. Historically, he came down on Yom Kippur with the good news that atonement had been made and God wanted to tabernacle among them.”

First of all, there is no mention of Moses spending 40 days on the mountain in Exodus 32, nor is there any mention of a fast in Exodus 32. Moses had spent 40 days on the mountain, but it is mentioned earlier, at the end of Exodus 24. It is clear from the Exodus 24-32 narrative that Aaron made the golden calf near the end of the 40 days when Moses was on the mountain (Exodus 32:1). Nor does the text of Exodus 32 reveal that Moses brought “the good news that atonement had been made and God wanted to tabernacle among them.” Nothing could be further from the truth, or at the very least, Biltz left out some critical details. Before Moses came down off the mountain, God told him of the evil deeds of the people and that He would destroy them (Exodus 32:7-10), so Biltz doesn’t even know his Bible well enough to teach anything. There is zero scientific evidence out there…and this teaching is satanic, as is Biltz’, so please avoid these “prophets” for “profit.”

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