Sunday, March 12, 2017

Putnam's Riddle

Cris Putnam, bestselling author and Christian apologist, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, evening March 1, 2017.  One of his last post on Logos Apologia was a riddle of sorts, and this post is in loving memory to Cris and the Godly legacy he has left.  His post, Am I Coming Soon?, was truly a wonderful riddle, and it is my hope that you enjoy this, my answer to his riddle.

Four times does Jesus say in the Book of Revelation "I am coming quickly", and this phrase has been debated from the very beginning.  The academics, whether from a religious point of view or not, all agree that Christ did not mean what He said.  This is a little hard to counter because 2,000 years have in fact passed by.  However, what may be the real issue of difficulty is what particular discipline of academia is being utilized for the exegesis of said phrase.  Perhaps accredited studies in  Koine Greek nor in Theology is what is truly required to decipher what Jesus was pointing to.  Maybe the correct field of study is Mathematics, and more to the point Geometry.

The four verses in question is as follows.
Revelation 3:11 LITV  Behold, I am coming quickly. Hold what you have that no one take your crown.
Revelation 22:7 LITV  Behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is the one keeping the Words of the prophecy of this Book.
Revelation 22:12 LITV  And, behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each as his work is.
Revelation 22:20 LITV  The One testifying these things says, Yes, I am coming quickly. Amen. Yes, come, Lord Jesus!

The exact phrase in Koine Greek is "ερχομαι ταχυ" and all the translations, whether old or new, relays the aspect of a rather near event, not one that is far into the future.  Unless, of course, you utilize the concept that time is cyclical and not linear.  Looking at this as God actually wrote it, one thing comes to mind.  It is a fact that the original languages of the Bible, God's Holy Word, that being Hebrew and Koine Greek, never had Arabic numerals.   His Word was written long before Fibonacci introduced them to Western Mathematics in 1202.  

It is the norm for Christian academics to either view prophecy, and hence time itself, as being linearly defined as past, present or future.  This however is not what is contained within multiple verses of  Scripture.  Those verses paint an entirely different concept of time.

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 LITV  That which has been, it is that which shall be. And that which has been done, it is that which will be done. And there is no new thing under the sun.  (10)  Is there a thing of which one might say, See this, it is new? It has already been for the ages which were before us.
Ecclesiastes 2:12 LITV  And I turned to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly. For what can a man do who comes after the king, when they have already done it?
Ecclesiastes 3:15 LITV  That which has been, it already is; and that which is to be, it already has been. And God seeks what has gone by.
Ecclesiastes 6:10 LITV  That which has been is named already, and it is known that he is man; and he is not able to contend with Him who is stronger than he.
Isaiah 46:10 LITV  declaring the end from the beginning, and from the past those things which were not done, saying, My counsel shall rise; and, I will do all My desire;

All of these verses state that time is cyclical not linear.  This also needs to be magnified by the simple fact that the letters used to write them are also numbers, one and all.  As already stated, the original languages used are AlphaNumeric by design, never containing Arabic numerals.  This being the case, let us look at this phrase mathematically.

When the letters are used as Greek number we see wondrous things whereas ""ερχομαι ταχυ" is in reality the sums 826 and 1301 respectively.  This is one of geometry's greatest conundrums.  You see when you put this into equation form it is thus. 
1301 / 826 = 1.57
This integer 1.57 is known to be defined as:
π/2 = 90 and (pi)3.14/2 = 1.57

In effect, Jesus was stating He was half of the circle, or time itself. 

We also see other integers at work for 826 + 1301 = 2127.  Anther way of stating that is "ζωοποιουντος" in the Koine Greek.  This being the singular word that equates to that sum is found in two verses, and means variously make alive, give life, or quicken.

Romans 4:17 LITV  according as it has been written, "I have appointed you a father of many nations;" before God, whom he believed, the One making the dead live, and calling the things that are not as if they were.
1 Timothy 6:13 LITV  I charge you before God, He making all things alive, and Christ Jesus, the One witnessing the good confession to Pontius Pilate,

I hope you have been edified, and remember to offer up your prayers for Cris' loved ones.  Time will prove that though Cris is gone, he shall be back around the ride.  The Lord Jesus Christ will raise him up on the last day, and in that you can rest assured.

God bless - God speed,
Matthew



All scripture from Green's Literal Translation (LITV). 
Copyright 1993 by Jay P. Green Sr. 
Copyright 03/12/2017
Matthew Miller