In Part one of this series on the last 12 verses of Mark, I gave some reasons why the last 12 verses in the Gospel of Mark may be part of the Bible after all. In this article, I want to present some exciting evidence discovered by Russian scholar Ivan Panin about the last 12 verses of Mark.
Ivan Panin devoted a whole book just to the last twelve verses of Mark. I have included a detailed description of his findings on this passage which will serve as an example to illustrate the extent and consistency of numerical patterns Panin had also found in many other parts of the whole Bible.
Panin worked for long hours each day, counting letters and words. He even compiled several of his own concordances in which he put in all the various forms of the Greek words.This whole process of making these concordances alone took several years. He also noted the numerical value of each word and letter. He gives an example in his book on the last twelve verses of Mark’s Gospel, where he starts with the Greek text as rendered by Westcott and Hort and then shows how he applies his tests to it.Panin apparently used meticulous methods for textual criticism on a par with the best scholars. ( See Bible Numerics Examined, Part 2, Dr. Ivan Panin, Russia’s Gift to Christianity, The Cutting Edge, 7 May 2003, http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1363.cfm.)
When Panin examined Mark 16:9-20, he found many patterns of sevens in the text, that is, features that are all divisible by seven exactly, with no remainder.
Let’s look at the last twelve verses of Mark, Mark 16:9-20. This passage has natural divisions―the appearance of Christ to Mary Magdalene (verses 9-11), Christ’s appearances (verses 12-14), the speech of Christ (verses 15-18) and the conclusion (verses 19-20).
Bear with the math here. This is typical of what Panin found in the entire Bible.
There are 175 (7 x 25) words in this section.
The total vocabulary words are 98 (7 x 14).
The number of letters in the vocabulary words is 553 (7 x 79).
The number of vowels in the vocabulary words is 294 (7 x 42); the number of consonants is 259 (7 x 37).
Of the 98 vocabulary words, 84 (7 x 12) are found before in Mark; 14 are only found in this passage.
In the Lord’s speech, verses 15-18, 42 (6 x 7) vocabulary words are found, whereas the remaining words not found in this division are 56 (7 x 8).
And there is more. The total number of word forms in the whole passage is 133 (7 x 19).
Forms occurring only once are 112 (7 x 16); there are 21 forms that occur 63 times.
The 21 forms that occur more than once have 231 letters (7 x 33).
Out of the 175 total words, 56 (7 x 8) of these are in the Lord’s speech; 119 (7 x 17) are in the rest of the passage.
As noted above, the natural divisions of the whole passage are: the appearance to Mary Magdalene (v. 9-11), Christ’s appearances (v. 12-14), the speech of Christ (v. 15-18) and the conclusion (v. 19-20). These sections have: 35 (7 x 5) words in verses 9-11, 105 (7 x 15) in verses 12-18, and 35 words in verses 19-20, for a total of 175. In verse 12 there are 14 words, 35 words in verses 13-15, and 56 (7 x 8) in verses 16-18. So even the subdivisions of the divisions are broken up into multiples of seven.
Let’s look at the numerical value of words. The total numerical value of the letters in the whole passage is 103,663 (7 x 14,809).
Verses 9, 10 and 11 form natural subdivisions; the numeric value of this division, 17,213 (7 x 2,459), is thus: The value of verse 9 plus 11, the two outside subdivisions, is 11,795 (7 x 1,685), the middle subdivision verse 10 is 5,418 (7 x 774). Also, verses 12-20 have a value of 86,450 (7 x 12,350).
In verse 10, the numerical value of the first word is 98 (7 x 14), the middle words are 4,529 (7 x 647), and the last word is 791 (7 x 113).
The numerical value of the total word forms is 89,663 (7 x 12,809).
And so on. There are similar elaborate schemes of seven in the numerical values of the vocabulary words and also in the word forms. We have looked at multiple features of seven in this passage. Ivan Panin found seventy-five in all!Panin is also emphatic to state that the same types of patterns seen in the complex example above are in fact found throughout the entire Gospel of Mark. So the fact that some scholars dispute this passage does not affect the phenomenon as a whole, but a powerful argument is made here for its inclusion.
Would an ambitious scribe writing this passage be able to do all this? The detail I have shown here is also shown by Panin in his other examples throughout the Bible. In other words, what he found here is the same type of patterns he found not only in Mark’s Gospel, but throughout the entire Bible. Even with a computer it would be difficult to impossible to design any such text and have any paragraph make any sense at all, much less by a human scribe in the third to eighth century as some critics allege. This obviously indicates much more than chance or human effort alone.
Maybe we need to erase those footnotes in our modern Bibles that say these verses aren’t authentic!
 Ivan Panin, The Last Twelve Verses of Mark, The Association of the Covenant People, n.d., 17-23.