The Root of the Trees
In thumbing through the book of Mark chapter 4, verse 6, it was casually noticed that the word root in Greek, had an exact numerical value of 168. Here Jesus was found giving the parable of the seeds and the soils.
"And when the sun rose it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered" (Mk 4:6).
The primary Greek word for root is rhiza (pronounced ree-za). It is comprised of five Greek letters that total up to a numerical value of 168.
Now when we saw this word for root, it became immediately apparent that it was within the cluster (one number less) of 169. This number 169, is one of the most significant numbers in the Bible to do with the Divinity, for it is the square of 13 (13 x 13 = 169). In Theomatics II, there is an entire chapter entitled Moses and the Burning Bush, that fully explains the significance of both the numbers 13 and 169.
The number 169 is very key when the concept in the Bible is that of God being the source. This is an observation that has been made over and over again ~ hundreds of times. When one spends years in research, and studies this phenomena, certain things become immediately apparently because they happen so regularly.
Now this Greek word for root, appears a total of 16 times in the New Testament as a noun. It appears twice as a verb.
Matthew 3:10, Matthew 13:6, Matthew 13:21, Mark 4:6, Mark 4:17, Mark 11:20, Luke 3:9, Luke 8:13, Romans 11:16, Romans 11:17, Romans 11:18, Romans 15:12, 1 Timothy 6:10, Hebrews 12:15, Revelation 5:5, Revelation 22:16 verbs: Ephesians 3:17, Colosians 2:7
As it was pointed out so strongly in Example #1, In order to perform an objective and scientific analysis of any theomatic pattern in the Bible, every single instance that refers to a particular word or topic ~ must be examined.
Now let us look at these occurrences and see what happens with various words and short phrases. In the first occurrence of Matthew, this phrase appears.
"And already the axe is laid at the root of the trees" (Mat 3:10).
- THE ROOT OF THE TREES ... 169 x 7
- Mt 3:10 rizan dendrwn"
The two words "root" and "of the trees" cluster off the number 1183, which factors out to 169 x 7.
But notice that this verse is talking about the "root of the trees." Since it is the tree roots that this is talking about, not only does the word root equal 169, but also the following.
- OF THE TREES ... 169 x 6
- Mt 3:10 dendrwn'
In the second occurrence of Matthew, these words appear.
- "But when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered"
- (Mat 13:6).
Just as in the same verse of Mark, here the word root is 169.
- ROOT ... 169
- Mt 13:6 rizan'
Now we come to the third and final occurrence in Matthew.
"This is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet does not have root in himself, but endures for awhile" (Mat 13:21).
The following three little Greek words produce another 169.
- HAVE ROOT IN ... 169 x 5
- Mt 13:21 exei rizan en"
Here I am going to briefly break away from this pattern with the word root. What about the seed that fell upon the good soil, and did have root, and it did produce fruit?
"But other [seed] fell into good soil..." (Mk 4:8).
- GOOD SOIL ... 169
- Mk 4:8 ghn kalhn'
Now let us look at this entire phrase.
"But other [seed] fell into good soil, and produced fruit" (Mk 4:8).
- AND PRODUCED FRUIT ... 169 x 5
- Mk 4:8 kai edidou karpon
But if that is not enough, look at the words that immediately follow.
"... and produced fruit, and coming up and growing, it produced thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and hundred fold" (Mk 4:8).
- GROWING ... 169 x 4
- Mk 4:8 aucanomena"
The reason it grew (169) and produced fruit (169), was because it fell into good soil (169) and had root (169). Here we see the phenomena of how God designed all of the theological concepts to weave their way through the words ~ structured on multiples with the number 169.
Now let us look at the next occurrence of the word root in Mark's gospel, where Jesus interprets this parable for his disciples.
"And these in like manner are the ones sown on rocky ground, who, when they hear the Word, immediately receive it with joy; and have no root in themselves, but endure for awhile" (Mk 4:16,17).
- AND HAVE NO ROOT IN ... 169 x 12
- (mt) Mk 4:17 kai ouk exousi rizan en'
Now the last occurrence in Mark's gospel, is in a negative context. It concerns the story where Jesus cursed the fig tree. Later on, when Jesus and the disciples returned, they noticed that something had occured to this fig tree.
"As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots" (Mk 11:20).
- THEY SAW THE FIG TREE WITHERED ... 169 x 15
- FROM THE ROOTS
- Mk 11:20 eidon thn sukhn echrammenen ek rizwn'
NOTE: The above nine words in English, are translated from only five Greek words (including one with the untranslatable article). Interestingly, the word "fig tree" by itself is 169 x 4. We saw earlier how the one word meaning "of the trees" was also 169.
The first occurrence in Luke's Gospel is identical to the very first reference in Matthew, where the axe was laid to at the root of the trees. The words "root of the trees" was 169 x 7. But we noticed something interesting this time in Luke. Here it states that it was "even the axe" that was "laid at the root of the trees."
"For already, even the axe is laid at the root of the trees" (Luk 3:9).
- EVEN THE AXE ... 169
- Lk 3:9 kai h acinh'
And the word axe by itself is 130 theomatically, and of course 169 is 13 x 13. There are so many clever little things happening in these passages theomatically, that it would be impractical to try and discuss all of this within this brief presentation.
Here now, is the second occurrence in Luke's gospel.
"And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away" (Lk 8:13).
- BUT THESE HAVE NO ROOT ... 169 x 17
- Lk 8:13 kai outoi rizan ouk ecousin'
We now leave the gospels and move on to the book of Romans.
"And if the first fruit is holy, so is the whole lump; and if the root is holy, also the branches" (Rom 11:16).
- AND IF ROOT IS HOLY, ALSO THE BRANCHES ... 169 x 2
- (vn) Ro 11:16 kai h riza agia kai kladoi
Now in reference to the word root, this next example from the verse that follows, is probably the most clear cut and perfect possible from the entire Bible.
"And if some of the branches were broken off, and thou being a wild olive, was grafted in amongst them, and thou didst become a partaker of the root of the richness of the olive tree" (Rom 11:17).
The following is 13 to the third power.
- PARTAKER OF THE ROOT ... 169 x 13 (13 x 13 x 13)
- Ro 11:17 sugkoinwnov rizhv'
And here comes verse 18, the next verse.
"Boast not against the branches. If you do boast, remember, it's not you that supports the root, but the root [supports] you" (Rom 11:18).
- THE ROOT SUPPORTS ... 169 x 5
- Ro 11:18 riza (bastazeiv)'
Now the next two examples are truly incredible. Twice in the New Testament it talks about Christ being the root of something. Once He is called the root of Jesee, and then the other time He is called the root of David.
- "And again, Isaiah says, 'the root of Jesee shall come, he who rises to rule the gentiles'" (Rom 15:12).
Before we look at the above example, let us go to Isaiah, and see what happens in the Hebrew of the Old Testament.
"In that day the root of Jesee shall stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations shall rally to Him" (Isa 11:10).
- IN THAT DAY THE ROOT OF JESEE SHALL ... 1690
- Is 11:10 'rwa ywy wrw avh Mvyb
Now the word for "root" in Hebrew does not work out to 169. It has a value of 800, and "root of Jesee" is 1120, or 80 x 7 x 2. It is a commonly known and well documented fact, that everything to do with Jesus is based upon the number 8 throught the Bible. The name Jesus (Iesous) has a numerical value of 888. The word Lord (kurios) has a value of 800. And from the Old Testament, the basic root word for root, from a prophecy in reference to Jesus, is 800, or just 8 (without the zeros).
Now when we go to the New Testament, we find that the words "root of Jesee" produce the following.
- ROOT OF JESEE ... 546 (13 x 21 x 2)
- Ro 15:12 riza Iessai"
But also, in the New Testament, Jesus is refered to as the "root of David." Jesee, of course, was David's father.
"And one of the angels said to me, 'weep not; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered..." (Rev 5:5).
- ROOT OF DAVID ... 546 (13 x 21 x 2)
- Re 5:5 h riza Dauid'
Both expressions, "root of Jesee" and "root of David" have the same value of 546. Now what is significant about this number 546, is the fact that it is one of the most important number in all of theomatics. The term "I AM," probably the most awesome name for God in the entire Old Testament ~ when Jehovah appeared to Moses in the burning bush ~ has a value of just 21. And both "root of Jesee" and "root of David" are 13 x 21. An entire chapter of Theaomatics II discusses these numbers extensively. There is obviously some sort of symbolical aspect of Christ's Divinity in relation to His being of the root of Jesee and David.
NOTE: If a person had studied various aspects of theomatics, many of these structures would be immediately apparent. It is difficult, for somebody who looks at this subject for the first time, to comprehend a lot of this. We realize the limitation of these brief explanations.
But what became of the 169 pattern? I was disappointed that neither of the above two phrases contained a 169. But in looking again at these verses, the text was really stating that the real roots were actually Jesee and David themselves. So I went to my computer concordance, and found that the name Jesee appeared with the definite Greek article in Matthew. It was in the account of the geneology before the birth of Jesus. And the name David, was also present with the same untranslatable article. Both the names Jesee and David came out the same. This example is just one more key on how God has put this whole theomatic concept together.
- JESEE ... 169 x 5
- Mt 1:5 ton Iessai'
- DAVID ... 169 x 5
- (w&h) Mt 1:5 ton Daueid'
And Jesus is the root of both Jesee and king David.
One of the most famous verses in the Bible, has to be this one. While this passage is not typical the type of verse that we see using the word root, there is clearly an inherent 169 in the phrase that points back to the word root.
"For the root of all evil is the love on money" (1 Ti 6:10).
- ROOT ... 169
- Mt 13:6 rizan'
- OF ALL EVIL IS ... 169 x 23
- 1 Ti 6:10 pantwn twn kakwn estin
Now we come to Hebrews 12:15.
"See to it that no one fail to obtain the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness spring up and by it, the many become defiled" (Heb 12:15).
- LEST ANY ROOT ... 169 x 4
- He 12:15 mh tiv riza
The last two occurrences of the word root, are in the book of Revelation. We talked about Revelation 5:5 earlier, where Jesus is called "the root of David." The following is actually one complete and explicit title.
- THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH, ... 169 x 19
- THE ROOT OF DAVID
- Rev 5:5 o lewn o ek fulhv Iouda riza Dauid'
In the last chapter of Revelation, Jesus said the following.
"I am the root and offspring of David" (Rev 22:16).
The words "I am the root and offspring" is 169 x 8. Here is the most distinct portion.
- THE ROOT AND OFFSPRING ... 169 x 5
- Re 22:16 riza kai to genov"
For our last example, we will show an interesting feature from Colosians where the word used for root is a verb. This is a perfect example of how the logic of the theomatic structure works.
"So live in Him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith."
Now the word "rooted" does not have a 169 pattern in it. But the verse says that Christians are to be "rooted and built up..." The building up is the result and consequence of being rooted.
- BUILT UP ... 169 x 6
- Col 2:7 epoikodomoumenoi
We have looked at virtually every example where the word "root" is used in the New Testament. The above examples are good, but in our opinion they are less than spectacular.
Looking at all of this from a logical and scientific perspective, there should be little question of the fact that we are dealing here with design and not random numbers. When one looks at the short explicit nature of the above phrases, and how many random phrase combinations would be required to produce each multiple of 169 ~ this pattern is occuring way beyond what the mathematical laws of chance would allow. For all the examples from the New Testament, the average length of all the above features was only 2.4 words in length (not counting variables such as articles and conjunctions).
We have included some comments about the scientific proof aspect of theomatics, on the page, Scientific Proof of the Discovery.
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