ByMark Newton, writer at
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Mark Newton

The Matrix Trilogy was clearly full to the rim with biblical references. Even if we discount the themes of the films, we still have the many biblical names included, for example the Nebuchadnezzar, Zion, and Trinity to name but a few.

However, today we stumbled across another hidden biblical reference in The Matrix: Reloaded. The discovery, which comes from, concerns a licence plate that appears on Agent Smith's car at the beginning of the film.

So, have you figured it out? Well, if you have, I'm impressed because you clearly know your holy scriptures. The license plate number, IS 5416, is believed to reference Isaiah 54:16, a verse of the Old Testament which has some similarity to the themes of The Matrix.

In the King James Bible, Isaiah 54:16 reads as follows:

Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have the waster to destroy.

The quote is more than just a reference to the name of the film's antagonist, Smith. The verse is believed to concern God's control of all the weapons and men of war, stating he will not allow them to be used against the New Jerusalem (a.k.a. Zion). Therefore, could this foreshadow Smith's defeat at the hands of Neo and/or the machines inability to capture Zion thanks to his intervention?

Of course, this is just one of the many hidden biblical references spread throughout the entire trilogy. Can you think of any more?


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