And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder;
so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
The Unity of Scripture revealed in the structure of the Wheel manifests
in the thematic integration of the content of each Spoke. The degree of integration
can be measured by analyzing the distribution of words specific to the theme throughout
the Bible. For example, the article Creation
discusses the distribution of two fundamental root words meaning to
create (Hebrew: bara, Greek ktidzo). This graph represents the results:
The prominent peak, which is about ten times above average,
corresponds to Spoke 1. It demonstrates that the integration of the theme of Creation
with the content of Spoke 1 is indeed an objectively
measurable property of the Bible. Such links are represented as follows:
|Thematic Link: Creation|
Words, sets of words, phrases, and even whole verses are found distributed
only on a given Spoke of the Wheel. These KeyLinks are extremely
common in Scripture. I currently have 1,897 recorded in my database. The
Interactive Hypertext BibleWheel allows you
to visually navigate many of the most significant KeyLinks on the Wheel.
A typical example of a KeyLink uniting the content
of two books on Spoke 15 is found in the distribution of the name Haggai. It
occurs in exactly two books - Ezra and Haggai - which occupy Cell 15 and Cell 37 on Spoke 15.
The Prophet Haggai is a KeyLink:
|Spoke 15 KeyLink: The Prophet Haggai|
If there is a set of words or a phrase that forms a thematic link between content on a
given Spoke, but are also found elsewhere in Scripture, the set of words or phrase is
simply called a Link. These are technical terms. I am careful to use them with
these specific meanings.
KeyLinks also play a fundamental role in the correlation between the 66 Books of the Bible
with the 66 Chapters of Isaiah. For example, searching the entire KJV for all occurrences of
the phrase "that ye may know and believe" yields exactly two verses:
|KeyLink: That Ye May Know And Believe|
|Bible Book 43.10 (John 10.37f)
|If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But
if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know,
and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
||Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have
chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me
there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. |
This KeyLink can be repesented two ways. First, we can represent it using the names of the Books:
|KeyLink: That Ye May Know And Believe|
|Isaiah 43.10John 10|
Alternately, we can use gnotation to display the fact that this KeyLink is actually a
|KeyLink: That Ye May Know And Believe|
|PIsaiah( 43, 10 ) PBible( 43, 10 )|
This KeyLink differs from the first two discussed above in that it is sensative to which
textual tradition one uses. Basically, there are two fundamental textual traditions
that matter when studying the New Testament:
- The Majority Text (MT): This
represents the vast majority (~90%) of extant New Testament manuscripts.
It is the
basis of the King James Version and the New King James Version. The Textus Receptus is of
- The Egyptian Texform (NU): This is the basis of the Nestle-Aland
and the United
Bible Societies Greek New Testaments. It is refered to as the NU textform.
Almost all modern translations, such as the NIV, ASV, NASB, RSV, and NRSV, use this
Most of the KeyLinks I have discovered are independent of both textform and translation,
but there are a number of highly significant variations that need to be discussed. The
KeyLink "that ye may know and believe" is a prime example. In the Majority Text, the Greek
manuscript reads as follows:
In the Egyptian textform, this phrase is written as:
Though the difference appears slight, and probably does not carry a great theological
significance, (though it may, considering the spiritual effect of belief versus mere
understanding), the difference in light of the precise mathematical correlation between the
structure of the Chapters of Isaiah with the Books of the Bible is enormous. Simply stated,
this KeyLink exists only in the Majority Text!
Yet there is more. If we examine the Greek form of Isaiah 43.10, as passed down through
the Septuagint (LXX), we find something quite astounding. Here is the phrase as it
appears in this ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament:
The text from Septuagint version of Isaiah 43.10 is a letter-for-letter
reproduction of the text found in John 10 of the the Majority Text! It is for reasons such
as these (and many others) that I have become strongly convinced that God has preserved
the Majority text as the primary witness of his Word.
The vast majority of KeyLinks discussed in these pages exist in all versions of the Bible. This
is because they are a property of the Bible itself. Yet there are highly significant exceptions
to this general rule.
There are two kinds a variations that must be recognized:
- Variations due to different translations of the
same underlying Greek or Hebrew text.
- Variations due to different underlying
Variations due to translation are usually, but not always, inconsequential.
For example, searching the entire KJV for all occurrences of the phrase "Israel
shall be saved" yields exactly 2 verses. One from Isaiah 45 and one from Romans, Book 45 of the Bible. As written,
this KeyLink is missing from the NIV. But that is not at all significant, because the KeyLink
does exist in the NIV in the form "Israel will be saved."
In order to get a reasonable view of the significance of the various KeyLinks discovered
in Scripture, the following seven English versions will be used for comparison:
||King James Version|
||New King James Version|
||New International Version|
||1901 American Standard Version|
||New American Standard Bible|
||Revised Standard Version|
||New Revised Standard Version|
Searching the entire KJV for all occurrences of the phrase "the everlasting God"
yields exactly three verses: one from each of the books that constitute Spoke 1 of
||And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD,
the everlasting God.|
||Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God,
the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there
is no searching of his understanding.|
||Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel,
and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery,
which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the
scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God,
made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:|
These verses actually represent three KeyLinks:
||KeyLink: The Everlasting God|
The phrase "the everlasting God" distinguishes these three books from all other books
of the Bible. But in addition, it also distinguishes the KJV and its derivative NKJV
from all the other five English versions of Bible used for comparison.
Of the seven major versions listed above, only the KJV and NKJV fully manifest this
The table below displays the distribution of the two phrases "everlasting God" and
"eternal God" as they appear throughout the seven major versions. The table is
exhaustive; it lists all occurrences of these phrases. KeyLinks are written in
bold. The versions with KeyLinks between all three Cycles are highlighted
with a white background:
The first thing to note is that the theme of Spoke 1 is independent
of translation. Any faithful rendering will express it since it is contained in
the Greek and Hebrew texts.
The only difference amongst the versions is their
use of eternal and everlasting. In and of itself, this is
since these words are theologically equivalent. But in light of the Wheel,
the difference is great indeed because it destroys the uniqueness of the links
on Spoke 1.
The NIV is particularly disappointing in that all three KeyLinks
linking Genesis to Isaiah, Genesis to Romans, and Isaiah to Romans are lost. Though
the phrase "eternal God" does form a link between Genesis and Romans in the NIV,
it is not a KeyLink since the phrase also appears in Deuteronomy on Spoke 5.
The degradation of Godís signature is only slightly less pronounced in the other
versions since they preserve one KeyLink between Genesis and Isaiah.
Unfortunately, the NIV, which is fast becoming the most popular version, contains
no KeyLinks at all based on either "the everlasting God" or "the eternal God"
and so of the seven versions listed, it exhibits the least evidence of divine
inspiration. It lacks the KeyLink signature of the everlasting God.