First let me say, I couldn’t sleep last night because I was thinking about certain scriptures found in Revelation and Isaiah. This was a personal exploration for me because I was reminded about the first and last, the alpha and omega God.
In the first chapter of Revelation John has a vision of the risen Lord. This vision describes Jesus in many ways, (some of which have been alluded to in the book of Daniel, the appearance of the son of man) one of which is a description of Jesus being the ‘First and Last’ in Hebrew ‘AlephTav’…
Rev 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as one dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying, Fear not; I am the first and the last,
Rev 1:18 and the Living one; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
This got me thinking about other places in the OT where God says that He is the ‘First and Last’.
Isa 44:6 Thus saith Jehovah, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, Jehovah of hosts: I am the first, and I am the last; and besides me there is no God.
Lets look at Aleph and Tav a bit further. The Aleph is symbolised as an ox (meaning the strength and sacrifice) Aleph – is a symbol of strength. It has the picture of a rams head or strong ox and represents a sacrificed animal. *This letter would be called alpha in Greek.
The Tav is symbolised as the sign of a cross, Tav – is a called the seal of truth (we will look at this word truth in Hebrew a bit later) because it is the last letter of the word truth. It is a picture of a cross, a sign. The pictograph symbolizes ownership, to be sealed, to make a covenant, and even to join to things together (we look at this joining together a bit later in this post). *This letter would be called omega in Greek. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the first and the Last.” (Revelation 22:13). In its picture form, you could say that means “The Strength/Sacrifice as a sign of Cross”!
Interestingly the word for Truth in Hebrew is made up of Aleph Mem and Tav, it is Emet. Mem (Hebrew word of water and chaos). Mem is right in the centre of the first and last letters of the Hebrew Alphabet.
We read in Genesis 1:2, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” This was a time of darkness, wilderness, and chaos yet the Spirit of God was hovering over ha mayim (הַמָּיִם) over the waters.
We also see water of life throughout Scripture so while water can be chaos it can also be life. “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” (Revelation 22:1)
If you remove the aleph, which is symbolic of strength and sacrifice, you are left with only the mem and the tav which together form a word that means dead מת. Jesus declared He was the way, the truth (‘emet) and the life. You see through this spiritual picture that without His sacrifice aka without the aleph we have death. [source]
According to scripture Paul heard Jesus prior to his conversion in the Hebrew tongue. (Acts 16:14). Perhaps John heard Jesus this way too when he was told to write all things down in the book of Revelation.
The Aleph and Tav is a curious thing. It is found in Genesis 1:1 as a silent, hidden word and never to be spoken. The word in Hebrew is, ‘êth – ayth H853. But its the contracted form found in the Strongs concordance number H226, which really illuminates the meaning…
(in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.: – mark, miracle, (en-) sign, token.
which is also from H225…
A primitive root; properly to come, that is, (impliedly) to assent: – consent.
In Genesis Aleph and Tav is seen this way…
As it is written in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God (ALEPH/TAV) created the heavens and the earth.” Considered this way, Jesus is the Direct Object of the Universe, the End (sof) of all of creation. And not only is Jesus the End of all creation, but He is the “Beginning of the Creation of God,” the Creator and Sustainer of all things: “For by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for him: And he is before all things and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:16-17) [source]
I hope you are having light bulb moments as you read all of this. I certainly was when I decided to research the Aleph and Tav in its implications. There is so much to this which I find very exciting.
And now we get to the joining things together and the Tav.
I have found this pdf file which is quite an extensive article on the Aleph and Tav. I have blogrolled it for you under the Hebrew categories in my sidebar. It is called “aleph and tav study – the hidden silent illumination (pdf)” in case you’re interested.
Presently I am going through it bit by bit, but I wanted to show you something quite extraordinary. Take a look at the picture below…
It’s in the shape of a cross. This Laminin is the very essence of our Molecular structure that holds us together. If we didn’t have this, we would fall apart. It’s like our glue.
Colossians 1: 16-17: “For by him Jesus [in Hebrew, Yeshua] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
Summary: In Him all things, both the visible and invisible are held together.
Now let‟s consider a teaching from Atlanta pastor Louis Giglio so that we can literally see the truth of what Paul described. Incredibly, within the human body as well as the bodies of all animals, the living cell‟s are “held together” by an adhesion protein molecule called “laminin”. Laminin‟s are heterotrimeric proteins, they are the very “glue” that holds our cells together.
The structure of this molecule is amazingly in the exact form of a cross, the ancient Hebrew letter Tav.
Laminin is a “heterotrimeric”, it is made up of three parts to form one.
Amazing, isn’t it? Laminin–called the “basement membrane” without which our bodies would literally fall apart–is comprised of three parts, yet it is unified in the shape of the ancient Hebrew letter Tav, the sign of His covenant, the cross. [source pdf]
There is so much to be learned about the Aleph and Tav and its place within the Hebrew scriptures.
Here are a few links to get you started: