by Rolando Jose Olivo
Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
The first book of the secret code of the Bible appeared in 1997 and became an international bet-seller. Subsequently, the second (2002) and third part (2010) were published. In these texts, the journalist and researcher Michael Drosin, relying on the finding of the mathematician Eliyahu Rips and his collaborators, in principle skeptical, confirm the existence of a powerful code in the original version of the Hebrew Bible, capable of predicting relevant events and even warm about possible catastrophes, in order to avoid them and save humanity from a possible world war with nuclear weapons.
The Biblical code shows spectacular results and also indicates events that were not fulfilled. In this regard, the author explains that the future is not static, presenting some failed predictions with messages of being postponed or canceled. Or in another way, the biblical code is arduously defended, stating that this is a sensational predictive tool, which can help human beings to change the future. There are opinions in favor and against the biblical code, other bible code books were written and new search programs have been developed. However, the researchers address this issue in a practical way without examining the religious background of the Bible.
For the purpose, in addition to analyzing the biblical code (is it true or false?), this book evaluates the biblical prophecies and the book of Revelation, exploring possible parallels. However, the only concrete approach is that the biblical prophecies are infallible and the biblical code isn’t (it presents failed predictions that cannot be justified, even as postponed or canceled) Immersed in its sensational predictions (Watergate scandal, economic crises in 1929 and 2008, Oklahoma terrorist attack, Clinton’s impeachment, defeat of Al Gore by judicial decision, fall of communism in Russia and China, etc and resounding failures (assignation of Netanyahu, arrest of Bin Laden, assassination of Arafat by Arab terrorists, assassination of Obama, international war in 2006, terrorist-nuclear attacks in New York and Jerusalem, 2011 or 2012 that would unleash a third world nuclear war, etc.) which happily didn’t occur, the logic points to the fact that the biblical code can be a great fallacy, which can’t be compared with the Word of God or its (His) Will.
This is one of the plethora of books written by Rolando Jose Olivo on the topic of religion and beliefs both from the standpoint of Christian and Jewish perspectives. On the one hand, the biblical code yields spectacular results, and on the other hand, it has also indicated events that were not fulfilled, which demonstrates that this scientifically and religiously questioned code is ambiguous and does not have validity and reliability criteria, nor can it be compared with biblical prophecies or considered as infallible.
This book is written for a specific audience but can be read by all.