Chapter 4

The 3rd Level


     Over the past several years, the Sagan Signal has been thoroughly investigated by credible individuals. I think that it can safely be said that my code theory has been at least provisionally confirmed. But that’s not good enough. To complete the scientific process, the data needs to be tested at the highest level with full transparency. To help accomplish that goal I direct your attention once again to the Last Supper. In the previous  chapter I identified a second level of symbolism in this sacred ritual that led us to the code. If my understanding of the number 33 is correct, there is a third level waiting to be discovered. Finding it, and what it reveals, is the subject of this chapter.

     We begin our search for the 3rd level with the observation that the sequences we are dealing with have three slots across. So we have to ask ourselves: What is missing from the first two levels that needs to be at the 3rd level to complete the symmetry of the 3x3 model?

     One possibility, based on the correspondence between olive oil and Christ, would involve identifying a symbolic correspondence between the symbols “bread” and “wine” with persons. If we can do that, it would create a trinity of persons, with Christ filling the 3rd slot. Following is a symmetry chart showing this arrangement:

                      Slot 1         Slot 2        Slot 3

1st level:       bread         wine         Christ 


2nd level:      grain          wine         oil 


3rd level:       ?                ?               Christ


Bread and Grain as Masculine Symbols

     Down the first slot, I note that bread and grain are both ancient symbols of masculinity:

     The bread at the Last Supper was made from flour, ground up seed, either wheat or barley. The word “seed” in the Greek is “sperma,” from which we get our word sperm, the male reproductive cell.

     In the field, the “sperma,” or seed, is located at the top of the shaft of wheat or barley. Early in its lifetime, the shaft is soft and pliable and not able to reproduce, but as it matures it becomes hard. When fully mature, the seed loosens from the head, falls to the ground, and new life begins. Without going into salacious and totally unnecessary detail, the associations between grain and male sexuality are obvious.


     Throughout the Bible, descendants are identified as the seed of their forefathers. Jews, for example, are called the seed of Abraham. Christ is called the seed of David. There are dozens of other examples.

     All this male imagery strongly suggests that the word in the first slot at the 3rd level should be a masculine symbol.

     Since we already have Christ in the 3rd slot, one possibility would be to put the Father of Christ in the 1st slot. The New Testament clearly establishes a family relationship between God and Jesus Christ. Following is but one example:

     “So that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:6.

     If God is the Father of Jesus Christ, that makes Jesus his Son, a relationship confirmed by Peter in Matthew 16:13-17:

     “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he was asking his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father who is in heaven."

By putting the word “Father” in the 1st slot, and replacing the word “Christ” in the 3rd slot, with “Son,” we fill in the chart as follows:”

                    Slot 1         Slot 2        Slot 3

1st level:     bread         wine         Christ 


2nd level:    grain          wine         oil  


3rd level:     Father        ?               Son

     We now have two of the three slots at the 3rd level filled, leaving only the middle slot left unfilled. Whatever word we put in that slot must be in horizontal symmetry with “Father” and “Son,” and in vertical symmetry with “wine,” the word that occupies the two slots above it.

     There is only one word that fits, and that is “Mother.” Following are the three levels of Last Supper symmetry:

                    Slot 1         Slot 2        Slot 3

1st level:     bread          wine         Christ


2nd level:    grain          wine          oil 


3rd level:     Father        Mother      Son

     In this proposed arrangement, the third level of the Last Supper features a nuclear family, with the father mentioned first, the mother second, and their son, third. When compared to the Nicene model, with a Father and a Son, but no Mother, this common sense nuclear family Trinity fares very well. In English law there is what is known as the “reasonable man” rule that allows a jury to consider how any rational and reasonable person would think and act in a given situation. I submit that they would favor the nuclear family model of the Trinity over the bizarre and unnatural Nicene formula.

     Critics would properly ask: What about the Holy Spirit? Where does He fit in? The answer is simple. In the Bible, the symbol for the Spirit is the same as the symbol for Christ. It is “oil.” “Christ” and “Spirit” are one and the same. This fundamental truth is confirmed dozens of times throughout the New Testament, particularly in the writings of the Apostle Paul.


Second Witness

     Anyone advancing a controversial hypothesis, if they really believe it, wants it tested in as many ways as possible. The more tests it passes, the stronger it becomes to skeptics and the closer it gets to being confirmed by scientific consensus. At stake at the present time are two critical aspects of the Sagan Signal: the claim that there is a third level of symbolism in the Last Supper as predicted by the 33rd degree, and that the three factors in the 3rd level are Father, Mother, and Son.

     In an extraordinary example of internal confirmation, both claims are proven by the existence of a decryption algorithm located in one of the code sequences.

     Ideally, a code is self-confirming, meaning that out of the 46 sequences, at least one of them is a master link that corroborates the Father, Mother, Son formula. A search reveals that one of the sequences, located in Psalm 128, symbolically equates bread to a father, wine to a mother, and oil to their children. The odds of this being a coincidence are infinitesimally small.

     This short Psalm stands apart from other sequences in that it is the linchpin that connects the Sagan Signal to the third level of the Last Supper. Or, to use another analogy, it is the Rosetta Stone that unequivocally proves that the three words at the third level of the Last Supper are Father, Mother, and Son.

     This beautiful psalm, only six verses long, describes a man, his wife, and their children living a simple agrarian existence, most likely part of a small village where everyone knew everyone and most were related. There is no mention of royalty and palaces or priests and temples. Politics and organized religion are not involved. It’s the story of an unnamed nuclear family living in ancient Israel a thousand years before Jesus came on the scene. Following is the entire chapter as it appears in the King James Version, with the modulated grain, wine, and oil symbols highlighted:


     PSALM 128 – a Song of degrees

     "Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel."



     Notice that it is the husband, eating bread, “the labour of his hands,” who is mentioned first. It is his wife, who is compared to a fruitful vine, who is listed second. Finally, in the third slot, it is their children, symbolized by young olive shoots, who are mentioned last. This is not only a great example of how the code’s three primary words: bread, wine, and oil, are modulated, but an important biblical affirmation of the nuclear family model of the Trinity – critical internal support from Scripture that the Nicene model doesn’t enjoy. Both common sense and biblical evidence favor a nuclear family Trinity.


Wine and Women

     In the Masonic model of the Trinity, the Mother is listed in the wine column. This means that there must be some deep and demonstrable symbolic connection between wine and women, and there is. Historically, rural families in Israel would have a small vineyard growing alongside their houses, where the women could keep an eye on it. There are a large number of references in Scripture, particularly in Proverbs and in Song of Solomon, that describe women, not men, working in the family vineyard. During the day, after the husband had gone off to work in the field, the wife and daughters would pollinate, prune, and water the vines and, as the grapes began to ripen, protect them from predators like birds and the “little foxes.” The symbolism between wine and women is ancient and indisputable. To sum it up in a few words, farm life in Israel was a division of labor, with the men working the fields and the women tending the family vineyard and doing all the other things associated with running a home.


Honoring Father and Mother

     Looking at the 3rd level of symbolism in the Last Supper in its totality, I maintain that it shows Jesus Christ, the Son, honoring his parents, Yahweh and Sophia. To further test this provocative claim, I refer you to the Fourth Commandment:

     “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” Ex. 20:12

     This is the only one of the Ten Commandments that has a promise attached to it: Honor your father and your mother and live a long and healthy life.

     If my theory that the third level of the Last Supper depicts Christ honoring his Father, Yahweh, and his Mother, Sophia, is true, the Fourth Commandment provides an opportunity to test it. After Christ’s death and resurrection, his followers organized into local churches in cities scattered around the Mediterranean Basin. Following Christ’s command, all of them regularly commemorated the Last Supper.

     According to my theory, those churches that conducted the communion service properly would be honoring their heavenly parents, Yahweh and Sophia, and be blessed with health and long life as promised in the Fourth Commandment. Conversely, those who abused the ceremony would suffer an inordinate amount of sickness and premature death. 

     My bold prediction is that those Christians who turned the ritual of the Last Supper into an excuse for gluttony and drunkenness would be dishonoring their heavenly parents and, as a consequence, be afflicted with serious health issues, causing some to die before their time. This is exactly what happened in the Corinthian church, as the following quote from the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians reveals:

     1 Corinthians 11:20-30:


“When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.

For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and the other is drunken.

What? Have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I    say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was            betrayed took bread:

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance  of me.

After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye,    as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep (have died prematurely).



     My claim is that Jesus Christ, at the third level of symbolism of the Last Supper, was obeying the Fourth Commandment by honoring his father, symbolized by bread, and his mother, symbolized by wine. In contrast, the Christians at Corinth had turned the Last Supper into a sham, and for that reason were suffering the consequences. Could this be just a coincidence? Possibly, but I strongly doubt it.


Newton and the Trinity

     My purpose in posting this manuscript online is to introduce the Sagan Signal to the world at no cost, with the hope that the Smoking Gun Challenge will prompt further tests and investigations. At the same time, there is no denying that it contributes to a slow chipping away of the highly suspect doctrine of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit model of the Trinity. For those who take the Bible seriously, a natural trinity that includes a woman as well as a man is consistent with the following verse in Genesis:

     “God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27

     In this verse, the word “God” in the Hebrew is “Elohim,” which is plural, a fact vividly described in verse 26, where it says:

     “Then God (Elohim) said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image . . .

     Not surprisingly, traditionalists who defend the all-male Nicene Trinity have a hard time with verses like this that seem clear enough. Furthermore, if you put Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the three slots at the 3rd level of the Last Supper, the symmetry is destroyed. If the Sagan Signal is formally confirmed, as I’m confident it will be, it will prove that the men who convened in Nicaea in 325 A.D. got it terribly wrong.

     Mainstream scientists have long lamented the fact that Isaac Newton, at the height of his scientific prowess, suddenly abandoned his work on conventional science to chase after what is universally considered a fairy tale, a hidden Bible code. Now we know the truth, it isn’t a fairy tale. The Bible code the great Isaac Newton searched for, he found, and it has been recovered. It is the Smoking Gun.

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