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We have scientifically determined that words and verses in the original Bible are coded with social and scientific information that are more advanced than today’s science. As such, it can't be a document created by a mere human in a cave. Therefore, the original Bible was created by a super-intelligent entity named in the original Bible as “GOD אלהים” and “YHWH יהוה” (known as Lord). Only the “GOD” entity can describe the genesis period with the encoded mathematical formulas.
Logically, believers who think that the original Bible was created by humans, assembled over time, are praying on a history book and guiding their lives based on an archeology book. Logically, if you believe that GOD created the universe, GOD can also make the Bible appear without the need for “inspiring human writers” to write it.
While the original Bible was created by GOD and is encoded with messaging to humanity on four different levels, any human translation becomes merely a “story of the Bible” written based on a human understanding and interpretation of the complex, coded original Hebrew Bible. Since only the Hebrew letters, words, and parables are embedded with the code, any translation will lose any divine messaging and become merely a story, as understood by a mere human.
Can a human interpretation, or mistranslated book, like KJV, be really holy? Is that the Word Of GOD or the word of another man?
GOD (Elohim אלהים coded 86) is not necessarily the same as Lord (YHWH יהוה coded 26). While GOD is a classification (like saying human, animal, or plant), YHWH is the name of the entity. The YHWH name is the combination of the words: past (היה), present (הווה), and future (יהיה).
We can scientifically determine, with the highest certainty, that YHWH is the creator of:
It is highly likely that YHWH brought into existence earth and life forms. It is likely that YHWH was brought the universe into existence. There is also a high probability that GOD is directly or indirectly, responsible for our daily lives, events, and what humans consider to be random, unknown, uncertain, or simply, luck.
We are researching the scientific difference between GOD and YHWH. For now, we assume the term “GOD,” which can be anything and everything, from a particle to the entire nature, or the universe.
Letters: 1,197,000; Words: 305,490; Verses: 23,206; Chapters: 929; Books: 39
code2CODE value: 78,091,262
Shortest verse: 9 letters in 1 Chronicles 1:1
אדם שת אנוש Adam, Sheth, Enosh,
Longest verse: 193 letters in Esther 8:9
ויקראו ספרי המלך בעת ההיא בחדש השלישי הוא חדש סיון בשלושה ועשרים בו ויכתב ככל אשר צוה מרדכי אל היהודים ואל האחשדרפנים והפחות ושרי המדינות אשר מהדו ועד כוש שבע ועשרים ומאה מדינה מדינה ומדינה ככתבה ועם ועם כלשנו ואל היהודים ככתבם וכלשונם
Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that [is], the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth [day] thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which [are] from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language.
The 305,490 Biblical letter distribution:
א95,683 • ב65,215 • ג10,080 • ד32,370 • ה101,964 • ו129,592 • ז9,099 • ח27,598 • ט6,310 • י137,842 • כ47,469 • ל88,302 • מ98,929 • נ55,093 • ס7,635 • ע44,811 • פ18,284 • צ14,977 • ק16,278 • ר68,065 • ש58,198 • ת63,206
א7.99% • ב5.45% • ג0.84% • ד2.70% • ה8.52% • ו10.83% • ז0.76% • ח2.31% • ט0.53% • י11.52% • כ3.97% • ל7.38% • מ8.26% • נ4.60% • ס0.64% • ע3.74% • פ1.53% • צ1.25% • ק1.36% • ר5.69% • ש4.86% • ת5.28%
1 Genesis בראשית Bereshit • 2 Exodus שמות Shmot • 3 Leviticus ויקרא VaYekra • 4 Numbers במדבר BaMidbar • 5 Deuteronomy דברים Dvarim • 6 Joshua יהושע Yehoshua• 7 Judges שופטים Shoftim • 8 Samuel 1 שמואל Shmuel • 9 Samuel 2 שמואל Shmuel • 10 Kings 1 מלכים Melachim • 11 Kings 2 מלכים Melachim • 12 Isaiah ישעיהו Ishahaiah • 13 Jeremiah ירמיהו Yermiyahu • 14 Ezekiel יחזקאל Yechezkel • 15 Hosea הושע Hoshe-ah • 16 Joel יואל Yoel • 17 Amos עמוס Amos • 18 Obadiah עובדיה Ovadiah • 19 Jonah יונה Yona • 20 Micah מיכה Michah • 21 Nahum נחום Nachum • 22 Habakkuk חבקוק Chavakuk • 23 Zephaniah צפניה Zephaniah • 24 Haggai חגי Haggai • 25 Zechariah זכריה Zechariah • 26 Malachi מלאכי Malachi • 27 Psalms תהלים Tehilim • 28 Proverbs משלי Mishlei • 29 Job איוב Eyov • 30 Song of Songs שיר השירים Shir a-shirim • 31 Ruth רות Rut • 32 Lamentations איכה Eicha •33 Ecclesiastes קהלת Kahelet • 34 Esther אסתר Ester • 35 Daniel דניאל Daniel • 36 Ezra עזרא Ezra • 37 Nehemiah נחמיה Nehemiah • 38 Chronicles 1 דברי הימים Divrei HaYamim • 39 Chronicles 2 דברי הימים Divrei HaYamim
Shortest verse: 21 letters in Obadiah 1:6איך נחפשו עשו נבעו מצפניוHow are [the things] of Esau searched out! [how] are his hidden things sought up!
Longest verse: 76 letters in Obadiah 1:1חזון עבדיה כה אמר אדני יהוה לאדום שמועה שמענו מאת יהוה וציר בגוים שלח קומו ונקומה עליה למלחמהThe vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.
The book of Obadiah is the 4th of 12 Bible books that bear the names of the Minor Prophets. Obadiah, with only one chapter consisting of 21 verses, purports to be a record of “the vision of Obadiah.” Nothing is known of the prophet except for his name.
The book of Obadiah is based on a prophetic vision concerning the fall of Edom, a mountain-dwelling nation whose founding father was Esau. Obadiah describes an encounter with Yahweh, who addresses Edom's arrogance and charges them for their “violence against your brother Jacob.”
Throughout most of the history of Judah, Edom was controlled absolutely by Jerusalem as a vassal state. Obadiah said that the high elevation of their dwelling place in the mountains of Seir had gone to their head, and they had puffed themselves up in pride. “Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,' declares the LORD”.
In Siege of Jerusalem, Nebuchadnezzar II sacked Jerusalem, carted away the King of Judah, and installed a puppet ruler. The Edomites helped the Babylonians loot the city. Obadiah, writing this prophecy, suggests the Edomites should have remembered that blood was thicker than water.
Obadiah said in judgment Yahweh would wipe out the house of Esau forever, and not even a remnant would remain. The Edomites' land would be possessed by Egypt and they would cease to exist as a people.
In the Bible, thirteen different men are named Obadiah, including the minor prophet in the book of Obadiah.
One of the twelve minor prophets: Other than what is disclosed through the book of Obadiah, nothing more is known about Obadiah the prophet. His book, the shortest of the Old Testament with only twenty-one verses, reveals that Obadiah probably lived in the harsh and bitter era after the capture and destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. He was most likely a contemporary of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel.
Obadiah’s prophecies focus on God’s judgment against the Edomites (a hostile neighbor of Israel) for their part in destroying Jerusalem. Obadiah’s message is that God will not forget his people even in their captivity but will accomplish his purpose through and beyond the appalling conditions they endure. Some of Obadiah’s words are remarkably similar to a few verses in Jeremiah 49.
A governor: Although he served as overseer of the household of the evil King Ahab, this Obadiah remained a devoted servant of God. He is known for safeguarding 100 prophets of Yahweh from Ahab’s wife, the wicked Queen Jezebel, by secreting them in a cave and bringing them food and water. He also served as an emissary between Ahab and the prophet Elijah (1 Kings 18:1–16).
A descendant of David: The son of Arnan and father of Shecanian was named Obadiah. He was a descendant of King David through Zerubbabel (1 Chronicles 3:21).
Obadiah 1:2-3 – “See, I will make you small among the nations; you will be utterly despised. The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’”
Obadiah 1:4 – “‘Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,' declares the LORD.”
Obadiah 1:12 – “You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.”
Obadiah 1:15 – “The day of the LORD is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.”
Obadiah 1:21 – “Deliverers will go up on Mount Zion to govern the mountains of Esau. And the kingdom will be the LORD's.”
The main theme of the book of Obadiah appears to be twofold. First, God’s people will return home and live on in God’s kingdom. Although they lived in captivity for a while, God brought them back to Jerusalem, and they rebuilt.
This is contrasted with the people of Edom, who ended up cut off and decimated forever. God does not forget his people, even when other nations scorn and pillage them. He brings them back home and brings dry bones back to life.
Second, Edom serves as a warning to whoever chooses to let pride overtake their thoughts and actions. Although Edom and Judah stemmed from the same family, Edom chose to let family grudges cloud their judgment.
Because of this, they played a passive role during the Babylonian invasion and an even more violent role throughout Israel’s history. Because they didn’t help the problem, they became part of the problem. Edom, among other nations that had caused harm to God’s people, experienced horrific destruction, as prophesied in Ezekiel.
Lesson 1: God Has the Right and Authority to Choose Whomever He Wills, for Whatever Purpose He Wills (Obadiah 1:1-2,18). It was God’s sovereign choice to bring about a nation through Jacob; his descendant would be Jesus, the promised Messiah.
At the heart of it, Edom’s issues of jealousy and hatred toward Israel were rooted in their unwillingness to accept that choice. Obadiah condemns Edom for their arrogance. One can only surmise that a bitter spirit of jealousy toward Israel was passed down, father to son, mother to daughter. We don’t know how the bitterness grew, but we can clearly see the results.
The reality is, God has the right to choose. Paul used Esau and Jacob to illustrate this truth as he cautioned the Gentile believers in Rome to avoid a prideful attitude towards the unbelieving people (Romans 9). It is only by God’s mercy that He chooses any of us, and God can never be accused of injustice.
Lesson 2: God hates pride because it always deceives us and leads us astray (Obadiah 1:3). Proverbs 16:18 warns that “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.” God hates pride (Proverbs 8:13). Edom made a critical mistake.
They challenged God to a power struggle. Pride deceived their hearts. How much better would it have been for Edom to lay down their pride and humbly accept God’s choice of Israel? Instead of judgment, they would have benefitted from the blessings of God as supporters of His people, just as God promised Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3.
One of the first mountains written about in the Bible is Mount Seir. “And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto Elparan, which is by the wilderness” (Genesis 14:6, KJV). The next we hear about Mount Seir is in Genesis 36:8-9 where “Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom. And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir:”
It is important to notice that the Bible mentions “Mount Seir” and the “land of Seir.” Mount Seir was named after Seir the Horite, whose offspring inhabited the area. We also know from Genesis 36 that Esau, the son of Isaac, made Seir his home. Deuteronomy 1:2 tells us that there was an eleven-day journey between Horeb (also known as Sinai) via Mount Seir to Kadeshbarnea, on the border of Canaan.
The prophet Ezekiel also mentions Mount Seir four times in a record of one of his visions from God. In Ezekiel 35:2-3 (KJV), God tells the prophet to “set thy face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it” and say, “O mount Seir, I am against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate.”
The Edomites “had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword” (35:5), therefore, God is punishing them by making them desolate. We do not hear what becomes of Mount Seir after this.
Obadiah saved a hundred prophets by hiding them in caves, “one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water” (1 Kings 18:4). Caves were common in Palestine. In times of warfare and persecution, they served as excellent hiding places.
The Bible tells us that “Obadiah feared the Lord greatly” (1 Kings 18:3). He was also a high official for the apostates King Ahab and Queen Jezebel (1 Kings 18). It is significant that the king would keep Obadiah in such an important position whom he knew to be a servant of the Lord. But Ahab realized that Obadiah could be trusted over his affairs (verse 3).
At that time, the evil king and queen had been searching everywhere for Elijah, but could not find him. But now the Lord commanded Elijah to go and reveal himself to the king. The famine had been placed upon the land by Elijah’s direct announcement to Ahab. And Now the LORD was ready to reveal His mighty hand to the nation so he sent Elijah to fulfill that mission (verse 1).
Queen Jezebel, who was greatly devoted to Baal and worshiped it, severely persecuted God’s people. Because of Elijah’s message of shutting up the heavens so that it might not rain due to the people’s apostasy, the evil queen was determined that the prophet and all who associated with him in the ministry for Jehovah should be killed.
The book of Obadiah is unique for being a one-chapter book. Obadiah’s prophecies against Edom are similar to those found in other Bible books (see Isaiah 34:5–8; Jeremiah 49:7–22; Ezekiel 25:12–14; 35:1–15; 36:5; Joel 3:19). However, among these prophecies, Obadiah’s are unique in stating that the reason Edom’s cruelty toward Judah was so offensive was that the people of the two nations were related.
Particularly cruel was Edom’s decision to stand by while their Israelite brothers and sisters were being destroyed and to rejoice over their misfortune. Obadiah declared that the people of Edom should not “have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction” (Obadiah 1:12).
Additionally, Obadiah’s vision of the future restoration of Zion and of “saviors… on mount Zion” (Obadiah 1:21) applies not only to Jerusalem but also to the latter days.
The Edomites were the descendants of the biblical Esau, who was the son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham. Esau was the twin brother of Jacob, the father of 12 sons who became the 12 tribes of Israel.
Genesis 25 notes that these twin brothers wrestled in the womb and that the older (Esau) would serve the younger: “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger” (Genesis 25:23). When he was born, Esau was considered red and hairy (Genesis 25:25).
As an adult, Esau gave away his birthright to his brother Jacob in exchange for some red stew or soup because he was famished. This was noted as the reason he was called Edom. Later, Edom's land would include the locations Seir (Joshua 24:4), Bozrah (Isaiah 63:1), and Sela (2 Kings 14:7, modern-day Petra).
In Genesis 36:31, the Bible records that the early Edomites had kings long before Israel had a king. The Edomites worshiped a variety of gods (the Jewish historian Josephus mentioned a god served by the Edomites named Koze) and lived in the land south of the Dead Sea that included red sandstone.
In Numbers 20 the Israelites requested permission to pass through Edom during its 40-year wilderness journey. This request was turned down. Deuteronomy 23:7 commanded that the Israelites could not despise or hate the Edomites because of their family connection.
King Saul attacked the Edomites and King David made them servants 40 years later. After the death of Solomon, the people of Edom rebelled and gained some of their former freedoms until they were later controlled by Tiglath-Pilesar.
During the time of Nebuchadnezzar, Jerusalem was attacked and destroyed. Psalm 137:7 mentions that the Edomites were involved in the plunder of the city. This action was condemned (Isaiah 34:5-17; Jeremiah 49:7-22).
Between the Old and New Testament times, the Edomites were once again controlled by the Jews and forced to embrace Judaism. In the Greek language that gained prominence during this time their name became the Idumaeans. King Herod was an Idumaean and ruled at the time of the birth of Jesus; he also commanded the deaths of all males two years old and under in Bethlehem in order to kill the threat of a Jewish king (Matthew 2:16-18).
The Edomites, by then known as the Idumaeans, would eventually disappear from history. One of the last mentions of the Idumeans was a reference to the land of Idumea by the church leader Jerome. The prediction that Esau (the Edomites) would serve Jacob (the Israelites) proved true.
Obadiah with only one chapter and a total of 21 verses is one of the shortest books in the Bible. This book is not addressed to the Jewish people but to the nation of Edom who were the descendants of Esau who was the oldest son of Isaac and Rebekah and the brother of Jacob. So they were cousins of Israel.
However, when Israel was in trouble and needed Edom’s military support, Edom refused to help, and instead, they helped Israel’s enemies. Obadiah was the prophet who declared judgment upon Edomites.
There are several different men named Obadiah in the Bible. The origins of this story take us back to Genesis chapters 25 onwards where Rebekah and Isaac had twins and it was told that they would become great nations but the older will serve the younger. Esau was born hairy and red thus Edom means red. The Edomites lived in a rugged, mountainous region southeast of Israel.
Edom refused to let Israel pass through their land in the times of Exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land. After that, the two nations were often at war with each other and rarely lived together like brothers. These sins and pride of Edomites were at last judged by God. However, the end of the book is again a promise of the fulfillment and deliverance of Zion in the Last Days.