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According to a new book, The Bible Code, the Bible contains a complex code which can be shown to have foretold all the major events of history. Our own researches confirm all this and more. But we think the book makes things more complicated than necessary. Indeed, you need not venture much farther than the first verse of Genesis in the King James edition, to obtain the most astonishing predictions.

Take the opening words, "In the", which have 2 and 3 letters respectively. The first 3 elements in the 2-times table are 2, 4 and 6. Now go to verse two: "And the earth was without form ..." Letter number 2 is "n", 4 further on is "e", then another 6 takes us to "w", spelling the word "new".

Back on verse one, the next word is "beginning", which has 9 letters, a clear indication that we must move to verse 9. But before that we must proceed with "God created the heaven and". The two numbers that rhyme with "heaven" are 11 and 7, and the number of letters in "God created the heaven" is 19, or 22 if we include the next word also. That gives us two sequences: 11, 7, 19 and 11, 7, 22.

Now verse 9 is: "And God said let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear." Counting out the letters according to our 11-7-9-11-7-22 sequence, we get: l-a-b-o-u-r. A clear prediction of New Labour!

But there is more. The last words of the first verse is "earth", which has 5 letters. And the number of words to that point, including "The first Book of Moses, called Genesis" is 17. Proceeding, therefore, to chapter 5 verse 17, we read that "the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years". Divide 895 by the chapter number, 5, and you get 179 - exactly the size of New Labour's overall majority.

If we only had more space, I'd tell you how to calculate today's Lottery winners, too.