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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Aleph Tav - Herald of Messiah

Aleph Tav

In my Scripture studies I've found the אֵת Aleph and Tav. I want to share an exciting “finding” about the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, they are the אֵת Aleph and Tav.

They are shown here in the modern Hebrew script.

Each letter in Hebrew has a unique pictographic meaning and number. The letters Aleph and Tav אֵת literally portray their meaning as "the strength of the covenant."

The key to understanding Aleph Tav  אֵת as the strength of the covenant is to consider that God gives His teaching and instruction from Heaven for living on earth because He loves us.

Every word, every letter and each jot and tittle of the book of life is important.

You can explore the significance of two Hebrew letters that provide an Aleph Tav Herald of Messiah in the Hebrew Bible.

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The study focuses on the Hebrew language because it is the source code of the Bible. The oldest reference to the Aleph Tav word on record is noted by a witness whose name is John. He opens his testimony with this unusual statement:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

If you've read the story written by the Apostle John, you likely thought that John may have been reading a different Bible that you have. There's a reason, his Bible contained the word, the Aleph Tav אֵת that has always been in the ancient scrolls. Yet the Aleph Tav אֵת has been hidden because English and all other language translations do not portray the word nor the graphic meanings of the ancient Hebrew script.

This study digs in the word John points to and the person.

To dig into the mystery we can learn a lot if we return to the Hebrew language.

The Aleph Tav אֵת begin its journey through the Bible in the very first verse. Its there front and center in the beginning yet not known to millions of Bible students. Our issue is that we use translations of the Hebrew Scriptures. Yet, it is time that they be seen because the אֵת serve a big purpose in the Word of God as two witnesses over 7,000 times throughout the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings.

Think about that and think about this:
"If you had believed Moses, you would believe Me... for he wrote of me." John 5:46 
"It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4  
"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest jot or tittle shall pass away from the Law [Torah], until all is accomplished." Matthew 5:17-18
Every word, every jot and tittle is important and we are to live by them so we need to return to them.

They are Hebrew words. In 1948, a discovery in Qumran revealed bits and pieces of the original pictographic Hebrew script used by Moses and the Hebrew prophets before the exile to Babylon. They were found in the Dead Sea scrolls. The ancient Hebrew provides a real eye opener and opens up the Bible as well as the depth and meaning of each Hebrew letter.

This study will show you why you need to learn as much as you can about the Hebrew language.

The reason, it's the language of the Bible and the language of Almighty God.

Hebrew can help us all better understand each word in the Scriptures that have been given to us by our Creator as His Kingdom Constitution and our instruction manual for living.

Except for faithful Jewish people, most of the rest of us among the nations have only seen or read translations of the Bible that are in fact translations of translations. That presents a problem. In fact, most English Bibles are translated from "Greek" including the Septuagint which was translated from "Hebrew" manuscripts well over 2,000 years ago. Due to this translation “babel” from Hebrew to Greek and English, there is much to re-learn about God's word its the herald of Messiah.

Yeshua of Nazareth taught that He had not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets; rather, He had come to fulfill them (Matthew 5:17). Then, He emphasizes the eternal nature and importance of each Hebrew stroke of God’s Word: “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled”

Like the old saying, “lost in the translation”, the Aleph Tav אֵת has been literally lost in translation, so one goal of this study is to put an end to that and to show the Aleph Tav is a herald, a sign, a word waiting to be re-discovered and heaven and earth are a clue.

This is important because the Aleph Tav אֵת gives us a peek at the Messiah that should be “seen“ throughout the “Word” of God. Many Bible fans may be familiar with the “Greek” counterparts of Aleph and Tav as the Alpha and Omega in Revelation.

Yet, we understand these only to illustrate the “beginning” and the “end,” but there is much more to that in the ancient, graphic meaning of the ancient Aleph Tav אֵת  -- the first and last letters of the Hebrew "aleph-bet."

It is important to learn as much as we can about the Hebrew language if you want to better understand the voice of God and that is what this study is all about as it points to Aleph Tav Herald of Messiah from the beginning to the end.

There is no idle word in Scripture yet these two letters are never seen except in a Hebrew Bible. They have been “hidden” there hidden there too long since the beginning of heaven and earth, so it is time to hear from the two witnesses... אֵת. Below is the first verse of the Bible.

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ

Think of the Aleph Tav like a computer’s “source code” which is hidden and not seen. Yet, behind the scenes, the source code gives every computer its instruction and provides the user with what is needed to complete the task.

Likewise, the Aleph Tav אֵת does this throughtout the Hebrew Scriptures. Some of them are obvious, some not so obvious. For a "code" sampling, consider the Biblical place we know as Etham. It is the second named location that Moses, Israel and the sjourners with them were led to by the Pillar of Fire after they all left Egypt's bondage together.

At Etham they entered the wilderness. In Hebrew, Etham is Aleph Tav Mem אתם .

Since each Hebrew letter provides a graphic sign, ultimately composing the word's meaning from the letters we can learn something about Etham: Aleph א = strength, Tav ת = covenant and Mem ם = rushing water.

What really happened at Etham? The word itself gives the storyline in the "strength" of "covenant" as "water rushed."

That is the hidden story of Etham and the source code from the Hebrew word אתם. Remeber the exodus, it was marked by the miracle of the Red Sea crossing. Etham is not just any word, it shows us that each word and letter of the Torah scribe's pen has great significance from beginning to end in the teaching of God.

This study will shed a few other lights on the source “code” of the Bible, yet there's a lot more and that journey is yours to discover, I just want to help get you started on the journey.

Moses wrote of Messiah:
Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

John 5:46 For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
Aleph Tav אֵת is a Hebrew word code that points to Messiah as "the strength of the covenant" throughout the inspired Word of God.

To begin your journey with "the strength of the covenant" just download the study and share it freely because the only copyright here is your right to copy. Be sure to come back and visit this page from time to time since the study may be updated with new discoveries shared by others.

Please feel free to write if you have a message about the Aleph Tav אֵת that should be included in the teaching as others have.

What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time for you to return to God's speech:
“For at that time
I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech,
that all of them may call upon the name of the LORD
and serve him with one accord. Zephaniah 3:9 
It's time to return to His covenant, time return to see, hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment.

God is a sovereign God. He is a loving Father and He has provided the way to offer you redemption as described throughout the Bible.

You can accept His gift of life (Chai).

Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of any sin against God or others, ask your heavenly Father for His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: A reader has provided a reference to the ancient Paleo Hebrew that can be viewed and studies online at Parallel Hebrew Old Testament by John Hurt.

Finally, the Aleph Tav אֵת can also be seen in a Bible publication titled The Messianic Aleph Tav Scriptures from Bill Sanford. This Bible edition includes many excellent commentaries. Mr. Sanford kindly wrote to me a few months prior to its publication to let me know about this new Bible after viewing this study.

You may want to visit Bill's website. There are extensive video teachings, in addition you'll find Aleph Tav alerts and interlinears that will help you explore the אֵת in the Hebrew Bible.

Shalom ya'll.