Ivan Panin was born in Russia on December 12, 1855 and as a young man he was an active Nihilist, one who was so "turned off" by the inane circumstances surrounding him that he adopted the attitude that all values were worthless and nothing was knowable or communicable. He apparently detested the Czarist government so much that he participated in various plots against it and eventually was forced into political exile. From there he moved to Germany where he spent a number of years furthering his education. When he left Germany he immigrated to the United States and soon entered Harvard University where he became the personal friend of both the famous professor William James and the University's President Eliot.
Ivan Panin graduated as a Master of Literary Criticism. He became a brilliant scholar and an outstanding lecturer and he toured the U.S.A speaking on Carlyle, Emerson, Tolstoy, Russian literature, etc., receiving up "top dollar" for each address. His lectures were delivered on college campuses and to exclusive literary clubs in many cities of the United States and Canada. During those years Ivan Panin became widely known as a confirmed agnostic, even so well known, that when he renounced agnosticism and embraced Jesus Christ, several newspapers carried big headlines announcing his conversion! Professor William James, who was reputed to be the greatest Metaphysician of his day remarked, "What a pity that Mr. Panin is cracked on religion. A great philosopher was spoiled in him." Prior to his renouncement, Ivan Panin wrote some three thousand aphorisms and many outstanding essays, which stand today as a memorial to his days as a Master of Literary Criticism. He also was an editor of two daily newspapers, a gifted writer, and an eloquent speaker.
One day in 1890, Ivan Panin was casually reading the first verse of the Gospel of John in the original Greek language. This verse, in the original, says: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the God, and the Word was God." And as he read this sentence, his curiosity was stirred by the fact that the definite article "the" preceded "God" in the first instance, but not the second. Why the difference? To analyze this apparent discrepancy, he made a parallel list of all verses in the New Testament in which the word "God" occurs with the article "the" and all those without it. When he compared the two lists he noted that there was a mathematical relationship between the two sums. Next, he went through the same procedure for the word "Christ" and on through several other words, each time finding amazing numeric relationships.
From that day in 1890 when Ivan Panin found the first mathematical phenomena in the Holy Bible, he devoted his life to fully developing this discovery and preserving it for the world. About 50 years he worked tirelessly for 12-18 hours each day counting letters and words, compiling hand-written concordances, and working out mathematical problems. He worked with such zeal that on several occasions his health completely failed. But in spite of the tremendous mental and physical strain this placed upon him, he labored without pay, giving himself entirely to this labor of love. At one point he was offered the very tempting position as president of a college, but he turned it down trusting God to provide for his needs.
This refined gentleman lived with his wife, quiet, humble live on a small Canadian farm, far removed from the busy city activities. Ivan Panin was an ardent and devout Christian and a "born again" child of God. He was very modest and conservative. Ivan Panin was reluctant about publicizing facts concerning his own life story. He points out that the Apostles left little or no life stories of themselves, but exalted Christ instead. Ivan Panin died on October 30, 1942, at Aldershot, Ontario, Canada, in the age of 86 years. He left us manuscripts that consist of approximately 40000 pages whereto he had carefully and thoughtfully written millions of figures.
Ivan Panin found the numeric seal by which God has sealed the texts of Holy Bible so that smallest detail in the text can not be changed without breaking the seal. The seal works opposite way also. The seal can be used to check whether or not the copyist of the original manuscripts has made errors! Ivan Panin used the manuscripts collected by Westcott & Hort. From the alternative readings that Westcott & Hort left to the manuscripts, Ivan Panin was able to choose that one which maintained the seal intact by checking which one worked with the numeric system that God has knitted into the text. This corrected Greek manuscripts Ivan Panin published with name "Numeric Greek New Testament". It contains 514 pages and has been printed by Oxford University Press. "Numeric English New Testament" is his translation of "Numeric Greek New Testament". It is the most accurate available translation of the New Testament. Ivan Panin translated even those articles that do not have meaning in English. The Book Society of Canada published this book that contains 610 pages and that Oxford University Press printed.