I've read through the thread and can well understand the excitement that Steven feels about English gematria and the synchronicities that seemed to point him towards further exploration in that area. I went through a very similar period of awakening. I was particularly interested in Steven's 'key' synchronicity, as an amazing experience involving a key happened to me at the beginning of my own work with English gematria, in November 2001. This involved my Alpha Course director, who was sitting reading her NIV Bible, when a voice told her 'This is for Bill'. Startled, she re-read the passage she was studying and again heard the words 'This is for Bill'. She wasn't used to hearing disembodied voices, so she made a cup of tea, leaving a plain piece of paper in that page as a bookmark. When she returned she was staggered to see that the words she had been reading, I Thess. 5:23-24, were printed on her bookmark - she swears it had been a plain piece of paper beforehand. Not only that, but the text, which was addressed to me, was shaped like a key. I've reproduced it below:
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you thorugh
and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept
blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
She knew the words were for me and duly handed me the bookmark. Two days before she recieved the bookmark I had made my first discoveries about the prophetic importance of 9/11 through English gematria and I strongly suspected this was a sign I was on the right track - especially since I receieved another sign on the same day as my Alpha Course director. I eventually found that this was the key to unlocking the New Bible Code in the NIV Bible and 9/11. It works like this
1. Numbers are encoded as ordinal values
2. These numbers take on meaning as the standard values of encoded words or phrases.
For instance, the key itself is composed of two verses:1 Thess 5:23 and 1 Thess 5:24.
1 Thess 5:23 (o) = 1559
Our Lord Jesus Christ (s) = 1559
1 Thess 5:24 (o) = 468
The Lord God (s) = 468
Using this two-system key, encoded words and phrases within the NIV Bible can be unlocked.
Ist 12 words Genesis 1 (o) = 515
Jesus (s) = 515
Words 13 to 18 Genesis 1 (o) = 391
Second Coming (s) = 391
So the first 18 words of Genesis can alternatively be read JESUS, SECOND COMING
Similarly, the last 18 words of Revelation give THE LORD, SECOND COMING
The last 14 words of Malachi give THE SECOND COMING
The first 14 words of Matthew also give THE SECOND COMING
Notice the 18-14-14-18 pattern and also note that in Matthew the number 14 features in the genealogy of Jesus.
These 'bookend' encodings are a tiny fragment of an awesome tapestry of meaning woven into the NIV Bible, 9/11 and other millenial events and artifacts of western culture, announcing the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.