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To determine whether the Koran is indeed the word of God, one thing we can do is to look for, what I call, the "fingerprint of God" in the Koran, which is easily found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. What I mean by this is that every writer has his own style, which distinguishes them from every other writer. And God is no different. To find the fingerprint of God we can look in many different places, such as in prophecy, symbolism, the numerical code, Gametria, others.

To understand the fingerprints of God concerning  prophecy, I suggest you read my page entitled "The divine Prism," after that "Numbers, symbolism and prophecy" and next, "prophesies in names In my articles regarding numbers, I show several basic things which have been universally acknowledged as having a symbol. In these articles I've pointed out the basic meaning of numbers. Rather than go over this information again, in this article we will take a look the numeral "codes". We know that God works in intervals of seven (to show that something has been completed or fulfilled), but God also works in intervals of 50.

In his article, "Codes in the Torah," professor Daniel Michaelson wrote: "The number 50 has several important meanings in Judaism. Every fiftieth year is a Jubilee year; the Torah was given 50 days after the exodus from Egypt, and there are 50 gates of wisdom." A skeptical reader would say that all of this is nothing more than a coincidence, perhaps arguing that we would be able to find such a system in any book. Daniel Michaelsen addresses this idea, detailing the mathematical probability of these Torah codes and concludes that "the probability of such a coincidence is about ONE IN THREE MILLION.

"Computers have been used to decode this very interesting and intriguing code. For example, in 1982 Dr. Eli Rips of the Institute of Mathematics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem with others used computers to find meaningful words in the biblical text at equidistant intervals. As an example, the computer was asked to find all appearances of the word Israel in the first ten thousand letters of Genesis, at equal intervals ranging from 100 - to 100. The computer demonstrated that the word Israel is spelled out only twice, at interval of 7 and 50, in Genesis chapter one. The significance of this finding according to Michaelson is that: "These are exactly the four verses that constitute the Kiddush which we recite over a cup of wine every Friday night to sanctify the Sabbath.

"This is astounding because 7 and 50 are the only numbers related to Shabbat. Seven stands for both the Seventh day of creation and the seventh year of Shmita when the land rests. After seven shimita cycles the land rests also on the fiftieth year, the Jubilee year. Is this merely a coincidence? A simple calculation shows that the probability of the word Israel appearing once at a given interval in the above verses is about 1 in 100. The chance of two appearance at the interval of 7 and 50 either backwards of forwards is about 1 in  400,000. The name of Israel, found in code, at intervals which speak of resting the land on the seventh and fiftieth year! Why not an interval of 8 or 49?"

The skeptic believe in  the power of chance.
From the Book "The Creator Beyond Time and Space" by Mark Eastman, he states, "The first 17 verses of the Gospel of Matthew are a logical unit, or section, which deals with a single principal subject: The genealogy of Jesus Christ. It contains 72 Greek vocabulary words in these initial 17 verses. The number of words which are nouns is exactly 56, or 7X8. The Greek word "the" occurs most frequently in the passage: exactly 56 times, or 7X8. Also, the number of different forms in which the article "the" occurs is exactly 7. There are two main sections in the passage: verse 1-11 and 12-17. In the first main section, the number of Greek vocabulary words used is 49. or 7 x7. Why not 48 or 50?

"Of these 49 words, the number of those beginning with a vowel is 28, or 7x4. The number of words beginning with a consonant is 21, or 7x3.  The total numbers of letters in these 49 words is 266, or 7x38. The number of vowels among these 266 letters is 140, or 7x20. The number of consonants is 126, or 7x18. Of the 49 words, the number of words which occur more than once is 35, or 7x5. The number of words occurring only once is 14, or 7x2. The number of words which occur in only one form is exactly 42, or 7x6. the number of words appearing in more than one form is also 7.

"The number of the 49 Greek vocabulary words which are nouns is 42, or 7x6. The number of words which are not nouns is 7. Of the nouns, 35 are proper names, or exactly 7x5. These 35 names are used 63 times, or 7x9. The number of male names is 28,or 7x4. These male names occur 56 times, or 7x8. the number which are not male names is 7. Three women are mentioned Tamar, Rahab and Ruth. The number of Greek letters in these three names is 14, 7x2.. The number of compound nouns is 7, The number of Greek letters in these 7 nouns is 49 or 7x7 Only one city is mentioned in this passage, Babylon, which in Greek contains exactly 7 letters. And on it goes."

There are even more features in the numerical structure of the words themselves. As you may know, both Hebrew and Greek use the letters of the alphabet for numerical values, therefore, every word, in either Hebrew or Greek has a numeric value of its own by adding up the values of the letters in that particular word. The study of the numerical values of words is called gametria.

The 72 vocabulary words add up to a gametrical value of 42.364, or 7 x 6.052. If one Greek letter was changed, this would not happen. The 72 words appear in 90 forms, some appear in more than one form. The numeric value of the 90 forms is 54.075 or 7x7.725.

It becomes immediately obvious that hidden below the surface are aspects of design that cannot be accidental or just coincidence. In fact, the Jewish Rabbis have a saying that "coincidence is not a kosher word." The Rabbis further believe that we will not completely understand the scriptures until the Messiah comes. However, when He does come, He will not only interpret each of the passages for us, but He will also interpret the very words themselves. More than this, He will interpret the very letters themselves and even the spaces between the letters!

Other implications.
There are words in the passage just described that occur nowhere else in the New Testament. They occur 42 times (7x6) and have 126 letters (7x18). How was this organized?

Even if Matthew contrived this characteristic into his gospel, how could he have known that these specific words whose sole characteristic is that they are found nowhere else in the New Testament, were not going to be used by the other writers? Unless we assume the absurd hypothesis that he had an agreement with them, he must have had the rest of the New Testament before him when he wrote his book. The Gospel of Matthew, then, must have been written last.

It so happens, however, that the Gospel of Mark exhibits the same phenomenon, which means that it would have had to been the last book written. But this same phenomenon is also found in Luke, John, James, Peter, Jude and Paul. Each of these would have had to have been written after all the others in order to contrive the vocabulary frequencies! We are indebted to the painstaking examinations and lifetime commitment of Dr. Ivan Panin for uncovering these amazing insights.

The epitaph on the cross of Jesus.
When Jesus was crucified, Pilate wrote a sign that was nailed to the cross. The particular wording he chose displeased the Jewish leadership and they asked him to change it, but he refused there request. John 19:19-22 reads "And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS." This title was seen and read by many Jews because the place where Jesus was crucified was right outside the capitol city of Jerusalem. More than that, it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. "Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I have written I have written." Pilate refused to revise the epitaph he had composed. This may have more significance than is apparent in our English translations.

In Hebrew this "title" which Pilate had written reads: Yeshua HaNazarei v Melech HaYehudim, meaning: Jesus the Nazarene and king of the Jews.

What we don't notice in the English translation is that the acronym of this title, which is made up of the first letter of each word, spells out Yahweh (YHWH). If Pilate had rewritten his title the way the Jewish leaders had requested, it wouldn't have spelled out the name of God. Did Pilate realize this? Did he do this deliberately, or was he ignorant of the significance of what he had done? Did he perhaps do it to upset the Jewish leadership, whom he realized were diligently seeking to have Jesus put to death? Or did he actually suspect that maybe Jesus was who He claimed to be? We will never know the answers to these questions, but that still doesn't change the fact that his title provided the acronym for the name of Israel's God.

It is clear to me that these kinds of signs clearly show us the fingerprint of God. No one else could have written so many books, with the same identical pattern. And when we look at the same kind of signs with prophecy, symbols, and chiasmus, it becomes even clearer that no man could have written this book.

But the Koran contains no prophecy. It has no miracles. It doesn't contain any symbols, no chiasmus, or hidden codes.

The only interesting thing about this book it is that, when it is read in the Arabic language, it sounds like beautiful poetry. However, one of the easier "gifts of the Spirit" for Satan to imitate is the gift of languages. In my opinion, the reason for this is simple. He doesn't know the future, so he can't prophesy. Although he can pretend to state a prophecy, especially if it's to take place way off in the future, his prophecies won't be fulfilled. And if that's the case, why even attempt to prophesy? He doesn't know anything about symbolism, because symbolism is the language of the Spirit of God, which he doesn't possess. Chiasmus, codes and Gematry can only occur when someone's mind is filled with divine inspiration. Satan could perform miracles, but not in the name of Jesus. So the only gift of the Spirit that he can most easily imitate is the gift of tongues.

But Paul gave us a warning about this when he wrote, "I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater [is] he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.    Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?. For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?  So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air..I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:..  In the law it is written, With [men of] other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.  Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying [serveth] not for them that believe not, but for them which believe." (1 Corinthians 14:5,6,8,9,14, 18, 21,22).

So if the gift of tongue is not accompanied with the gift of interpretation, it is useless and could cause all kinds of confusion.

All the truly great prophets, such as  Moses, Elija, Elisha, and many others, performed great miracles. As Christians we believe that Jesus was the greatest of all the prophets and He performed the greatest miracles of all. Although He never did it for the purpose of gaining public attention, it nonetheless showed His divinity and authority. Yet, if Muhammad was the greatest of all prophets, as Muslims believe, how come he never performed any miracles?

Jesus said in the Bible that his signs would follow His disciples. In Mark 16:17,18 we read, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." It's obvious that Muhammad was not a follower of Jesus, nor did he ever claim to be. But he did teach that Jesus was a prophet. Then where are the signs of Muhammad's prophetic calling that Jesus, the prophet, said would follow those who believed in God?

Those who believe in Muhammad teach that he was the last prophet, and the reason why someone is considered a prophet is s usually because they prophesy of future events. Yet Muhammad did not make even one prophecy, so it seems a little strange to me how they can call him a prophet. I could understand why they would call him a great teacher, but for them to call him a prophet doesn't make sense to me.

And finally, the greatest gift that God has given man is the ability to choose for himself. We call this "free agency." Yet, according to the Islamic faith, especially when they have full governmental control over people, they forbid people to live as they want, More than that, they forbid the preaching of any other religion. Most Islamic nations have some of the poorest people and have some of the most restrictive and repressive governments in the world. A religion that is based on fear of retribution, that must enforce its rules by force and intimidation, and can only survive by eliminating all other faiths, in my opinion, is a religion that is too weak to stand on its own merits.

These are the reasons why I feel that the Islamic faith was inspired from an angel of light like Paul explained in Galatians 1:8 because its Gospel is clearly a different one.
If the tesimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy Revelation 19:10 then Muhammed didn't have it.

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