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Spoke 21

Isaiah 43 – The Gospel of John

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

John 8.58

Sevenfold I AM in John
  1. I am the Bread of Life
  2. I am the Light of the World
  3. I am the Door of the Sheep
  4. I am the Good Shepherd
  5. I am the Resurection
  6. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life
  7. I am the Vine

The great name of God (Ehyeh, I AM), which was revealed to the prophet Moses at the burning bush, speaks of God's eternal self-existence. It arises from the verb (hayah, to be), prefixed with the letter Aleph, which transforms it into the first-person future. Hence the most literal translation would be I will be. This conveys the sense of God's absolute freedom to be as he will.

In accordance with the Alphabet Table, the value of this name is:

I AM (, Ehyeh) = 5 + 10 + 5 + 1 = 21

This correlates to Spoke 21, which contains the Gospel of John, commonly known as the I AM Gospel because of the seven distinct statements Jesus made that begin with the phrase "I AM". Furthermore, when God first gave this divine name he said to Moses "Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."

This integrates with the great theme based on the Spoke 21 KeyWord pic (Shelach, Send) as discussed in The Pool of Siloam and shows how God himself associated these two fundamental Spoke 21 themes - "I AM" and "Send" - in the text of Scripture more than a thousand years before the Bible was even completed! We now witness an entirely new level of prophecy that remains fulfilled forever before our eyes as we gaze into the supernatural structure of the Holy Bible.

Correlated Word Distributions!

The Christian intuition as to the nature of John's Gospel is also born out in the distribution of the phrase "I am" throughout the New Testament. Searching the entire King James New Testament for all occurences of this phrase yields the following distribution:

A very similiar and emphatic declaration of I AM from the mouth of the YHWH appears in the "New Testament" portion of the Book of Isaiah (the so-called Deutero-Isaiah). The correlation is exact: the maximum occurs in Isaiah Chapter 43, corresponding to the Book of John:

If we now normalize the distributions so they represent percentages and superimpose the graphs, the astounding correlation becomes plain for all to see. A line graph is used for easier comparison:

The significance of these distributions can not be overstated. The distribution of the phrase "I AM" in Isaiah is mathematically correlated with that found throughout the Bible. This linguisitc spectral analysis of Scripture proves that the Lord God Almighty designed Isaiah as an image of the Bible within the Bible. Isaiah is the Wheel within the Wheel. We have an eternal witness that depends on nothing but the structure of Scripture itself!

Consider how many converging lines of evidence is involved with these graphs! The mathematical correlation depends jointly upon the sequence of chapters in Isaiah and the books of the Bible. Furthermore, the integration involves Spoke 21 and the Shin KeyWord Shem (Name)! And besides all this, there is another joint distribution maximized in John/Isaiah 43 involving the words Witness and Believe with a correlation coefficient of .77! Such numbers simply can not occur by chance, let alone in conjunction with the profound semantic integration with the meaning of the Hebrew letters! And yet, for all this, we have barely just begun!

Before Abraham Was, I AM

The incredible witness of John's Gospel to the identity of Jesus Christ as Eternal God is further amplified by a KeyLink based on the phrase "Before Abraham was, I am" from John 8.58 above. Searching the entire King James Bible for all occurences of a phrase of the form "before ... was, I am" results in exactly two verses, John 8.58 and Isaiah 43.13. Beginning in verse 10 for context, we read:

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. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

We have the following KeyLink:

KeyLink: The Eternal I AM
LinkPhrase 'before ... was, I am'
Isaiah 43chainThe Gospel of John

Using geometric notation and representing the Book of John as PBible(43) and Isaiah Chapter 43 as PIsaiah(43), we can represent this link as a second order projective KeyLink:

keyKeyLink: The Eternal I AM
PIsaiah( 43 ) chain PBible( 43 )

This KeyLink is called second order because the one-dimensional point PBible(43) resulted from two projections of the three-dimensional point representing John 8.58:

PBible(43, 8, 58) ==> PBible(43, 8) ==> PBible(43)

If this is not clear, please read the article called Projective Links. These ideas will prove very important in what follows below.

Yet this is just the beginning. There are many other KeyLinks embedded in these verses. Searching the entire Bible for the word "believe" in conjunction with the phrase "that I am he" yields three verses, Isaiah 43.10, John 8.24, and John 13.19. It should be noted that this KeyLink occurs in all seven versions used for comparison in this study.

Turning first to John 8.24, we read the words of Jesus:

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

And in John 13.19, Jesus said:

Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Turning again to Isaiah 43.10, we compare these words of Jesus with the words of the Lord God Almighty:

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.

Labeling this KeyLink with its obvious mnemonic yields a this second order projective KeyLink:

keyKeyLink: Believe That I Am He
PIsaiah( 43 ) chain PBible( 43 )

This is an extremely string KeyLink for two reasons. 1) It is really a double KeyLink because there are two distinct verses in John linked to the verse in Isaiah 43, and 2) It exists in all seven version used for comparison in this study, so it is a genuine property of the Bible, independent of translation.

That ye may Know and Believe

Yet there is more. I have been saving the best for last. Searching the entire KJV for the phrase "that ye may know and believe" yields exactly two verses, Isaiah 43.10 and John 10.38. Beginning with verse 37, we read:

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.

Isaiah 43.10 is the only other verse in all the Bible that contains this phrase. We read again:

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.

We have, therefore, this is a first order projective KeyLink (the highest possible correlation between a two and a three dimensional object):

keyKeyLink: That Ye Mey Know And Believe
PIsaiah( 43, 10 ) chain PBible( 43, 10 )

It is extremely important to keep in mind just what is going on here. The phrase "that ye may know and believe" occurs in two and only two verses of the entire King James Bible and these verses are geometrically related as a 2 dimensional shadow to the three dimensional object that casts it! Here now is a graphic image of what is going on here:

Now to see the full significance of these KeyLinks, (we have already listed three), we need to take a closer look at the context of John 10. Beginning in verse 24 we read:

Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.

The answer Jesus gave here in Book 43 profoundly resonates with what the LORD God Almighty (YHVH) said concerning Himself in Isaiah 43:

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. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

In Book 43 the challenge is presented, "If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly", and in Isaiah 43 the plainest possible answer is given, "I, even I am the LORD, and besides me there is no saviour." Note the continued, repetitive emphasis of the phrase I AM.

No one can pluck them from my hand

Continuing with John 10, we read:

But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

Comparing these last two verses with Isaiah 43.13 yields another astounding correlation:

Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

Taking this thematic link as a clue, and searching now for all occurrences of the phrase "out of my hand" yields between 3 and 12 verses, depending on which version is searched. But adding the criterion that this phrase be found within the context (3 verses) of other significant words already encountered in Isaiah 43 and John, such as believe or witness, yields two more second order projective KeyLinks:

keyKeyLink: 'out of my hand' within3 believe
PIsaiah( 43 ) chain PBible( 43 )

In this KeyLink, the asterix (*) is a wildcard, which means all forms based on witness, such as witnesseth, witnessed, witnessing, etc., were searched for.

keyKeyLink: 'out of my hand' within3 witness
PIsaiah( 43 ) chain PBible( 43 )

The final verses of this section brings the full implications of these passages into perfect focus. Jesus said:

I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

This was not the first time that Jesus was threatened with stones. He met with this same behavior earlier when he said Before Abraham was, I am. Those who heard him speak knew perfectly well what he meant, because in using the divine name I AM, Jesus was applying to himself the very name that Almighty God had declared to be His own "memorial unto all generations". The clarity with which He was understood is evident in the next two verses:

Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

Now if we’ve been paying attention, these verses should immediately ring bells around the word work because we just read about that in Isaiah 43.13 where God said "I will work, and who shall let it?" Likewise, we remember John as the Gospel in which Jesus taught us what "the work of God" is. In other words, this word "work" is another is another Key to the Bible.

keyKeyLink: 'out of my hand' within3 work*
PIsaiah( 43 ) chain PBible( 43 )

Know and Believe the Saviour

The Bible allows no doubts about the claims of Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is (YHVH), the eternal self-existing I AM manifested in the flesh. He is God, the only Saviour. This is revealed in yet another KeyLink between John and Isaiah 43. Searching for all occurences of the words know and believe, within one verse of Saviour yields but two passages. The first we have seen many times, Isaiah 43.10:

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. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

The other is found in John 4.42. I begin with verse 4.41 for context:

And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

We have therefore, yet another second order projective KeyLink:

keyKeyLink: Know and Believe the Saviour
PIsaiah( 43 ) chain PBible( 43 )

What have we seen here? We have discovered seven projective KeyLinks linking Isaiah 43 to John, the 43rd Book! And all of them exhibit extreme theological significance.

Finally, laying out the verses from John 10 and Isaiah 43.10f side-by-side makes it easy to see thematic unity of these deeply correlated portions of Scripture:

Isaiah 43.10f Book 43.10f

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.
I, even I, am the LORD;
and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

I and my Father are one.

Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? 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.





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