Justifying shotgun predictions (The True Bible Code get some wiggle room)

I’ve been following the progress of The True Bible Code people in trying to predict the great end of all things. So far they’ve had little success. At the time of writing, 8 or 9 completely bogus predictions. They are not discouraged though. Here is their explanation.

So one could say you have had 9 attempts, you screwed up each time, give up and try doing something less dramatic! But although our repeated failures would at first sight take more and more credibility away from our work, the world security situation is for a fact moving in a direction that lends more and more credibility to our work. We started behaving as prophets of Doom for the UN and for Manhattan on April 29th 2006, when we proposed 2006Iyyar11 (June 8/9) as the date of the first nuclear terrorist attack. At that time the following global security situation existed…

[1] The UN Security Council was regarded as the military head over nations and their armies
[2] Around 50 people were being killed in Iraq each day
[3] There was no war between Israel and Lebanon
[4] There was no war between Israel and Gaza
[5] The UN in Lebanon had not been bombed by Israel
[6] The UN offices in Beirut had not been ransacked by angry Lebanese
[7] Al Quaeda had said they were pretty much ready for their next US terror attack and Bin Laden had offered a ceasefire if the coalition were to get our of Iraq and Afghanistan
[8] The evangelicals were not saying that WWIII had begun or that we could be in the Great Tribulation of Matthew 24, or that they expected things to go nuclear.
[9] You could take cabin baggage on to an aeroplane.

Today however (as of August 13, which is 85 days after our first predicted date) the situation is…

[1] The UN have lost their headship over Israel and are seen as completely impotent in the face of their own building being bombed, their own peacekeepers being killed and large number of women and children being bombed in Lebanon.
[2] Around 100 people are being killed each day in Iraq, which must surely now be in a civil war
[3] Israel is at war with a part of Lebanon
[4] Israel is at war with Gaza
[5] A UN outpost in Lebanon has been bombed killing 4 UN peacekeepers
[6] The UN offices in Beirut have been ransacked by angry Lebanese
[7] Al Quaeda have said that they will not sit by and watch their Muslim brothers and sisters being slaughtered
[8] The evangelicals are now saying that WWIII may have begun and that this could be the Great Tribulation of Matthew 24 and that they expect things to go nuclear.
[9] You cannot take cabin baggage onto an aeroplane due to a terror attack on a mass transportation system that was foiled.

As you can see, we have a very selective and subjective list of facts. Let’s look at some of the points.


[8] The evangelicals were not saying that WWIII had begun or that we could be in the Great Tribulation of Matthew 24, or that they expected things to go nuclear.
[8] The evangelicals are now saying that WWIII may have begun and that this could be the Great Tribulation of Matthew 24 and that they expect things to go nuclear.

Who are these evangelicals and why is anyone paying a blind bit of notice to them. By their very nature they have adopted an irrational view on the world and so they are not thinking in a logical or impartial fashion. Mormons expected the world to end sometime around 1890 or 1891. Most Mormons currently believe that the world did not in fact end and continues to thrive. Like my Mormon claim, their claim regards evangelicals is vague and anecdotal.


[1] The UN Security Council was regarded as the military head over nations and their armies
[1] The UN have lost their headship over Israel and are seen as completely impotent in the face of their own building being bombed, their own peacekeepers being killed and large number of women and children being bombed in Lebanon.

The UN Security Council being considered the military head over nations and their armies is simply an opinion, not a fact. The UN has stood by and watched plenty of unauthorised military adventures take place. This is not the first time or place where the UN have lost people or facilities. The UN will continue to chug along. Headship is defined as The position or office of a head or leader; primacy or command.. Can anyone honestly say that the UN normally has ‘headship’ over Israel? The UN is only in charge of military forces specifically placed under her command. The UN charter refers to its role as being one of ‘facilitation’, not rule.


[9] You could take cabin baggage on to an aeroplane.
[9] You cannot take cabin baggage onto an aeroplane due to a terror attack on a mass transportation system that was foiled.

You used to be able to smoke on planes, now you cannot. You used to be able to travel on planes without having your shoes inspected, now you cannot. Air travel is cheaper. Budget airlines now sell food to passengers instead of it being provided free. Easyjet has orange coloured seats. Flights are more frequent and many journeys that would have been taken by train are now cheaper to do via air. Airbus’s new giant jumbo (the A380) has been delayed. Do any of these facts seem to fit in to the creator’s big plan?

All they have done is produce a list of facts and opinion that mean nothing. Had they published the second list before the events occurred then this would be an interesting feat. They are selectively using facts and opinions to try to justify their whacky prophecies.

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10 Responses to “Justifying shotgun predictions (The True Bible Code get some wiggle room)”

  1. bonnieq Says:

    “They are ever studying but never coming to the truth,” saith the Lord. They are attempting to interpret prophecy from a worldly perspective, thus they never will be on the mark. Only spiritual interpretations are dead on, for the Bible interprets itself but only if Spirit led. They have got it so wrong that the people are grossly unprepared by Christ’s “quick” return. As Jesus said, “Beware the pastors and preachers and theologians; for they speak not from the mouth of God, but from the lusts of their hearts.” Therefore, He added, “The truth will be perfected from the mouths of those untutored by man.”

    Excellent article. Thank you for sharing this. When you have time, perhaps you will visit my Christian blog: One of God’s Pens at http://www.bonnieq.wordpress.com

    Many blessing to you, BonnieQ
    Unicorn Haven
    http://www.geocities.com/pen_for_god

  2. Sean Kehoe Says:

    Thanks for stopping by BonnieQ. Yep, personally don’t agree with the Bible being seen as a source of spiritual guidance but it’s definitely a more healthy approach than trying to interpret it literally as the people on that site are doing.

    By making these claims they do all Christians a disservice by devaluing the book that is the basis of their religion.

  3. Jakob Says:

    Hey, this morning I woke up on the couch instead of my bed, and the rancid smell of stale beer in my gut spoke to me and told me to anticipate a bad day at work. And indeed it has been.

    Can I get a cult following now?

  4. Sean Kehoe Says:

    I’ll sign up if I get to wear a hat.

  5. Diane Says:

    I find it interesting that everbody sits around in Fear or Joy (cant figure this one out) over the end of the world. Everybody wants to know the future. Ok, heres my version:
    1. The United States will get a new democratic president that will attempt to withdraw from the embarrassing mess the present one has gotten us into, only to be blamed for the mess this pull out causes to the supposed “Middle Eastern” Political Balance. Not that I have ever noticed any balance. EVER!
    2. The world will begin to understand that true cruelity and suppression has its place in the world after one of the Western Countries, my money is on France, suffers a necular explosion. Maybe Saddam had a point in using violence as a threat. (nope dont like the idea personally, but it worked for him and the offer of a true peace uncontrolled by Religious Zelots doesnt appear to be attractive to those in either Afganistan or Iraq.) My guess is a lot of people already think this but its politically incorrect to actually say it.
    3. There will be a threat of a volcanic erruption in Yellow Stone but some bicarbonate will take care of it.
    4. God, will be telling us ALL the same thing he always has, “I wrote the best way to live on your soul, listen or not, you decide what is right or wrong, but you will pay one way or another for your choices” I know I know, you dont believe this one either.
    5. The world will suddenly wake up and realize that the true force behind world peace is actually “LISTENING” to what others say “WHILE” they are speaking “Rather” than thinking about what your response is going to be “WHILE” they are “SPEAKING”.
    6. People will still have to wake up, go to work, pay the bills, buy food, cook dinner, do the house cleaning and worry about what is going to happen next that will cause just a little more stress than what they already have. Special Note Here: Hug someone you love, tell them you love them, it makes things a little better even if it doesnt make stressful things go away.
    7. And finally, be honest with yourself and others. Do what is right by yourself and others. If you cant look in the mirror and like the person you see, then do something about it. ALL THINGS CAN CHANGE. The true message here is that if you are as good a person as you know how to be, and do the best you can, even if the worst happens, you will always be able to say I am sorry, I tried my best to be the best person I could. Then Prophecy and Doom just wont matter as much. GOD BLESS

  6. Sean Kehoe Says:

    Diane, thank you for your well-considered and eloquent post.

    The world will suddenly wake up and realize that the true force behind world peace is actually “LISTENING” to what others say “WHILE” they are speaking “Rather” than thinking about what your response is going to be “WHILE” they are “SPEAKING”.

    You hit the nail on the head. In my job, I teach communication skills. A large part of this is exactly as you said, teaching them to actively listen rather than just sit there and contemplate their response while the customer is still speaking.

    I certainly disagree with your belief in god but I admire your philosophy which I believe you deserve the credit for, not a god.

  7. Rob Pearce Says:

    As a devoted follower of Christ with a prophetic calling, I found the “predictions” given on the discussed website to be highly questionable. To be prepared and released as a true prophet takes around 12 years, and during this time you begin to understand that each prophecy needs to be given by God, interpreted, and given back to God to affirm it’s release. The Bible is used to determine the truth about what is received and for deeper understanding of each prophecy.

    The use of the scriptures on “The True Bible Code” is an attempt to “calculate” prophecy. However, their numerous “errors” and continual explanations to their mistakes would certainly signify that these predictions or prophecies are not affirmed by God, and are potentially the work of a false prophet(s). As stated in 1Jo 4:5: “Those false prophets speak about matters of the world, and the world listens to them because they belong to the world.”

    As such, we must test all prophesies as shown to us in 1Jo 4:1: “My dear friends, do not believe all who claim to have the Spirit, but test them to find out if the spirit they have comes from God. For many false prophets have gone out everywhere.”

    As a side note, the obsession with doom and gloom is contrary to Christian living. If these “Prophets” were called by God, their site would be urging people to interceed and pray. For myself, my focus in life is to be the hands and feet of Jesus that I might have Him say on the day I meet Him (whether it be by the Rapture or by the end of our ministry here on Earth) “Well done good and faithful Servant”.

  8. Sean Kehoe Says:

    Hi Rob, thanks for stopping by, appreciate the comment.

    Advise in the Bible to avoid false prophets is pretty useful.

    You’re right that they’re trying to find mathematical patterns and this is why I think they fail miserably. There are no divinely inspired hidden prophecies in the Bible or any other book, not even in Moby Dick. This is why they can’t succeed. It’s like sweeping Loch Ness with sonar. They are applying a science to superstition and so they will not find anything. Prophecy can only be found when there is a lot of room for interpretation.

    Is there somewhere I could find information this prophet training and some information on the successes it’s students have had? I don’t mean things predicted after the event but actual predictions documented prior to the events happening? Ideally I’m looking direct prophecies, not the obfuscated stuff we get from Nostradamus.

  9. bonnieq Says:

    Rob Pearce wrote, “To be prepared and released as a true prophet takes around 12 years, and during this time you begin to understand that each prophecy needs to be given by God, interpreted, and given back to God to affirm it’s release.”

    What an incredible statement, one for which there is not one scripture to validate it as God’s Truth. Rather, it is that of man’s. Jesus said, “If ye seek the truth, come to me. . . for ye who are anointed have no need to be taught by any man. And, the Holy Spirit comes to those who obey God.”

    Additionally, there are no new prophecies to be had; for every prophecy necessary to the fulfillment of man’s time on this old earth have all been written by God Himself, the last one given to Apostle John. The Holy Spirit then decides, among the chosen, who will be given gifts of prophecy and interpretation thereof and the ability to teach same; which is to say He teaches them the Biblical prophecies’ interpretations, which differ incredibly with man’s interpretations; then those chosen are to teach the same to all “who will hear;” that is to say, understand and obey. There is no time element involved, except for whatever time it takes the Spirit to “make them understand.”

    Further, there is not one prophecy “hidden,” nor are there any secret codes, numeric or otherwise, to interpreting either God’s Word as a whole or the prophecies. While God’s “secrets and mysteries” are in the Bible, they are in plain sight; albeit, they are cleverly woven throughout the Bible and can be discerned only by studying the Bible in accordance with God’s instructions, also written in the Bible in plain sight; but, the blind and deaf will never find them.

    Recently, I encountered a woman who had been told by so-called “prophets” that she had the gift of prophecy but must be tutored by “ordained prophets”, then be herself ordained as a prophet before she could prophesy publically. All of this is hogwash and clearly blasphemy, for none of these claims are in harmony with God’s Word.

    In the last several months, I don’t recall whether it was August or September, I posted an article entitled “Identifying False Teachers and Prophets;” which is scripturally sound. You might find it interesting and enlightening.

    Love in Christ,
    http://bonnieq.wordpress.com

  10. Sean Kehoe Says:

    Hey Bonnie, thanks for stopping by again. I’ll pop over and have a look at that article.

    I agree with what you say regards no hidden prophecies. Even if we get as close to the original sources as we can, there are still language quirks and scribe errors to take in to account. This to me makes it unlikely that we can find clever codes. It’s like expected an authentic message to survive being verbally passed down a line of 20 people.

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