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Friends, I posted this page in response to an email I received from an online friend who spoke of the "Bible Wheel". I had never heard of this idea, so I looked up the website.

http://www.biblewheel.com/blog/index.php/2010/03/28/what-is-the-bible-wheel/

The man, Richard Amiel, who posted this information says this (from the link above):

"I am educated in Mathematics and Physics and am currently a freelance software engineer living in Yakima, Wa. I created this site on February 11, 2001 to share the Bible Wheel which I discovered in 1995. For over a decade I was completely convinced it was proof of the divine inspiration of Scripture. In late 2009 my wife and I began questioning our beliefs and have since left the faith. Oddly enough, the evidence for the Bible Wheel withstood our skepticism though the Bible itself did not. What it means remains a mystery."

I have taken the liberty of pasting in the important part of his website between two lines for easy reference.

BTW, no one should construe anything that I say on this site as a personal attack on Mr. Amiel or his wife, whom I am sure are both very nice and smart people. In fact, as a fellow software engineer, I'm sure that we have a lot in common about lots of things.

What I have to say is purely about the "Bible Wheel" idea and nothing else. Mr. Amiel is not the first, and certainly will not be the last person, to jump to a false conclusion about the Bible based upon false presuppositions. Being smart and well-educated is no guarantee whatsoever that you will understand the Bible correctly or at all. In fact, God says in 1 Corinthians 1:17-29 that only God Himself can reveal the Scriptures to sinners, and it has absolutely nothing to do with how smart you are. I Corinthians 1:17-31:

 


(Excerpted from Richard's Site so that he can give his side of the story first)

What is the Bible Wheel? By R. A. McGough | Published: March 28, 2010

A Simple Beginning

The Bible Wheel is a circular presentation of the Bible that I discovered by rolling up the traditional list of the sixty-six books like a scroll on a spindle wheel of twenty-two spokes which correspond to the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The order of the Hebrew alphabet is established in the alphabetically structured passages of the Old Testament, most notably Psalm 119 that praises God’s Word from Aleph to Tav, from beginning to end. This exemplifies how everything in the Bible Wheel is derived from Scripture and Scripture alone.

Read more from Chapter 1 of the Bible Wheel book


A Unified View from a Higher Dimension

On May 12, 1995, I completed the first draft of the Bible Wheel shown below. I placed the Hebrew Letters on the outer rim so there would be room to write their names and listed the numerical position of each Book below its name for easy reference.

The Bible Wheel

The structure consists of a circular matrix of sixty-six Cells on a Wheel of twenty-two Spokes. The sixty-six Cells form three wheels within the Wheel called Cycles. Each Cycle spans a continuous sequence of twenty-two books as follows:

The three cycles of the Bible Wheel

With the completion of the Bible Wheel, we now have a fully unified view of the whole Bible as a symmetrical, mathematically structured two-dimensional object. The increase from the traditional one-dimensional list of books to the two-dimensional Bible Wheel immediately reveals a host of unanticipated correlations between the three books on each spoke with each other and the corresponding Hebrew Letter.

Read more from Chapter 1 of the Bible Wheel book


A Large-Scale Pattern Appears

On May 14, 1999, after four years of fruitful study of the correlations between the books and Hebrew letter on each Spoke, I noticed that the three books on the first Spoke were also the first books of three primary divisions of Scripture:

The first Spoke of the Bible Wheel

This “coincidence” prompted me to examine the traditional groupings of the books. I discovered that Christian scholars have noted from ancient times that the books of the Bible naturally fall into distinctive categories that form this pattern on the Bible Wheel:

The Canon Wheel

The pattern begins with the first five books known variously as the Torah, the Law of Moses, or the Pentateuch. These five books are colored dark purple in the diagram above (Genesis to Deuteronomy). They are followed by twelve historical books from Joshua to Esther (dark red). The next five books are known as the Wisdom Books (dark purple). This completes the first Cycle of twenty-two books. The next Cycle begins with Isaiah, the first of the five Major Prophets (light purple). These are followed by the twelve books of the Minor Prophets (light red). This completes the Old Testament. Next comes the five books of New Testament History (Gospels and Acts, light purple) and the whole pattern is completed with twenty-two Epistles that occupy Cycle 3 (blue).

The Three Cycles of the Bible Wheel

Read more from Chapter 2 of the Bible Wheel book


The Canon Wheel – Sevenfold Symmetric Perfection

The Canon Wheel

 

The image below is called the Canon Wheel. It displays the seven canonical divisons to reveal a deep, intrinsic symmetry in the structure of the Bible.

The symmetry embodies three symbolic elements – the Circle, the Number Seven, and the Alphabet. Each of these symbols convey different aspects of the ideas of unity, perfection, and completeness. The Number Seven is the premier Biblical symbol of perfection and completeness. The Circle encompassing the entire Bible is a universal archetype of unity and wholeness. The correspondence of each book with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet is complete from Aleph to Tav (the first and letters letters of the Hebrew alphabet). This echoes the symbolic meaning of the Alpha Omega that defines the nature of Deity:

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. — Revelation 1:8

With the advent of the Canon Wheel, we now have an overwhelming convergence of distinct, independent, universal, and Biblical symbols representing different aspects of the unity, perfection, and completeness of the Holy Bible. They synergistically interact to amplify the symbolic meaning each holds individually so that the significance of the whole is immeasurably greater than the sum of its individual parts. And yet for all this, we have only just begun to discover the wonder revealed by the simple act of “rolling up the Bible like a scroll.”


The "Bible Wheel" Debunked

Now, with all due respect to Mr. Amiel, I want to say that the "Bible Wheel" idea is based upon a foundation of complete and total falsehood; namely, that the Bible contains 66 "Books". This is a perfect example of what is wrong with the current Bible format seen in every Bible version other than the Bible versions published by JHS Publishing.

All modern versions (other than JHS Publishing versions) use the "Traditional Format."

The Traditional Format shows 66 "Books" in the Traditional Bible Canon, in an "Old Testament"/"New Testament" arrangement, and the Books of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles are divided into 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, and 1 and 2 Chronicles. Adding up all of the Bible documents this way comes out to 66 total documents.

This "Traditional Format" goes way back to the early centuries of Christianity, and all modern Bible versions (except JHS Publishing versions) use it or something similar to arrange their Bibles. Therefore, modern-day Christians who read their Bible versions have rarely seen anything different than the Traditional arrangement and assume (wrongly) that "that's the way that it is", because "It's been that way for over a thousand years, so it must be correct", when in fact the real truth is that "that is the way it has been passed down to us from the Roman Catholic religion."

Traditional thinking about the Bible is reinforced by the reluctance of many pastors to challenge the thinking of their congregations and even to challenge their own thinking!

It is NOT true that the Bible has 66 documents; it only has 63 individual documents, because 1 and 2 Kings were originally just a single document, and 1 and 2 Samuel, and 1 and 2 Chronicles are in the same category, reducing the number of Traditional Canon documents to 63, which destroys the Bible Wheel idea from the roots up.

In other words, Richard bases his entire notion of a "Bible Wheel" on the idea that the Bible has 66 documents/books. But history tells us that Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles were originally written as single Books, and were not divided into 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, and 1 and 2 Chronicles until much later by the translators of the Septuigant. Wikipedia has some good information on this topic:

"1 and 2 Samuel were originally (and still are in some Jewish bibles) a single book, but the first Greek translation,, produced around the second century BCE, divided it into two; this was adopted by the Latin translation used in the early Christian church of the West, and finally introduced into Jewish bibles around the early 16th century" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Books_of_Samuel)

The same is true for Kings and Chronicles.

The Septuigant text division scheme was carried forward into practically all Bible translations today, so this is why you commonly hear the words "66 Books in the Bible" from many preachers, because they are following the Septuigant tradition, and many of them don't even realize that it is a tradition and not a fact.

But please note that the number "66" with regard to the total number of Bible documents is a TRADITION, and is not the TRUTH. The foundation for Amiel's argument in favor of a "Bible Wheel" is based upon a TRADITION, but it is not true. Logically, if your presupposition is false, then any conclusion based upon that falsehood is also false. You cannot build a true idea upon a false foundation, which is what Richard Amiel has done.

I can state a conclusion that "the moon is made of green cheese", but that doesn't mean that the moon is actually made of green cheese. First you need facts (a presupposition) proving that the moon is made of green cheese, then you can say it as the truth and it will be true, because your underlying presupposition is true.

Whether you believe that the Golden Ratio arrangment of the Bible is true or not (you should, because it is true), it should be easy to see that building an idea upon a falsehood cannot work. The Bible Wheel concept is false.

If you want to learn the more about the Golden Ratio arrangement of the Bible, you can download a free PDF which contains a series of brief studies explaining what the Golden Ratio is, and how it relates to the true arrangement of the Bible. Or you can view the same information in photos on this page. You can also follow the latest studies on this topic on the JHS Publishing Facebook page. These studies are reformatted and added to the Appendix document periodically.

Richard said on his site: "In late 2009 my wife and I began questioning our beliefs and have since left the faith."

Strange, isn't it, how someone can claim that the Bible has what appears to be a divine structure, and yet now says that he has left the Faith of Christ. Anyone who doesn't believe in Jesus Christ has no business teaching the Bible, to put it mildly! Why would anyone listen to a man explain the Bible to them who has rejected the Lord Jesus Christ? Without Jesus, we have nothing at all; and without Him, we can do nothing.

Jesus said:

"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." John 15:5

 

The True Format of the Bible according to the Golden Ratio

O    The Holy Bible, Golden Ratio Format

C    Division One: History and Doctrine

O    Volume 1: The Laws of the Old Covenant Kingdom of Zion

U    Book 1.1: Jehovah chose Israel out of all nations to be his special people (Genesis)

C    Book 1.2: Jehovah led Israel out of Egypt to Mount Sinai to receive his Laws (Exodus)

C    Book 1.3: Jehovah led Israel to Canaan to conquer it (Numbers)

O    Book 1.4: The Laws of the Old Covenant Kingdom of Zion were given by Jehovah (Leviticus)

O    Book 1.5: The Laws of the Old Covenant Kingdom of Zion were given by Moses (Deuteronomy)

O    Volume 2: The Prophets of the New Covenant Kingdom of Zion

O    Book 2.1: Judgment was prophesied against the Old Covenant Kingdom of Zion (Minor Prophets)

O    Book 2.2: The Old Covenant Kingdom of Zion was destroyed (Jeremiah)

C    Book 2.3: The Old and New Covenant Kingdoms of Zion (Isaiah)

C    Book 2.4: The Old and New Covenant Temples of Zion (Ezekiel)

U    Book 2.5: The Future Kingdom and King of Zion (Daniel & Zechariah)

C    Volume 3: The Past and Future History of the Kingdom of Zion

U    Book 3.1: The Beginnings of the Old Covenant Kingdom of Zion (Joshua & Judges)

C    Book 3.2: The Construction of the Old Covenant Kingdom of Zion (Samuel)

C    Book 3.3: The Destruction of the Old Covenant Kingdom of Zion (Kings)

O    Book 3.4: The Pre-Exile Temple of Jehovah (Chronicles)

O    Book 3.5: The Post-Exile Temples of Jehovah (Lamentations -> Revelation)

C    Volume 4: The Past and Future History of the King of Zion

O    Book 4.1: The Gospel of Jesus Christ explained for Old Covenant Jews (Matthew)

O    Book 4.2: The Gospel of Jesus Christ explained for New Covenant Christians (Luke)

C    Book 4.3: Jesus Christ preached the Gospel to individual Jews (John)

C    Book 4.4: Jesus Christ preached the Gospel to crowds of Jews (Mark)

U    Book 4.5: The Apostles preach the Gospel of Christ to both Jews and Gentiles (Acts)

U    Volume 5: The Saints of the Kingdom of God

U    Book 5.1: The Way of Spiritual Completeness and Eternal Life (Hebrews & Romans)

C    Book 5.2: The Way of Spiritual Maturity (1 & 2 Corinthians)

C    Book 5.3: The Way of Spiritual Service (Colossians -> 2 Thessalonians)

O    Book 5.4: Discipline and Wisdom in the Kingdom of God (Job & Proverbs)

O    Book 5.5: Fellowship and Works in the Kingdom of God (Ecclesiastes -> 1 John)

C    Division Two: Prayers (Psalms)

U    Volume 1: The Saints of the Kingdom of Zion

O    Book 1.1: The Obedient and Mature Saint

O    Book 1.2: The Backsliding and Rebellious Saint

C    Book 1.3: The Character of the Righteous and the Wicked

C    Book 1.4: The Mouth of the Righteous and the Wicked

U    Book 1.5: The Wise and the Foolish

C    Volume 2: The Past and Future History of the King of Zion

U    Book 2.1: Jehovah is praised by both Jews and Gentiles

C    Book 2.2: Jehovah has revealed himself to Israel through the Law

C    Book 2.3: Jehovah has revealed himself to mankind through Natural and Special Revelation

O    Book 2.4: Jehovah is the Great Creator of the Universe and Helper of Israel

O    Book 2.5: Jehovah is our Merciful Savior and Protector

C    Volume 3: The Past and Future History of the Kingdom of Zion

O    Book 2.1: The Beginnings of the Old Covenant Kingdom of Zion

O    Book 2.2: The Golden Age of the Old Covenant Kingdom of Zion

C    Book 2.3: Jehovah rejected the Old Covenant Kingdom of Zion

C    Book 2.4: The Old Covenant Kingdom of Zion rejected their King

U    Book 2.5: Jesus shall rule the New Covenant Kingdom of Zion when He returns in glory