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Alef Tav – The Sign of Messiah


“At the beginning I announce the end, proclaim in advance things not yet done; and I say that my plan will hold, I will do everything I please to do” (Isaiah 46:10). 

The two letters above are the alef and tav, the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  These two letters are read from right to left as ‘et’.  This little duo  is found dispersed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures in between words. In general, they have no specific meaning or purpose.  However, a quick look at their word pictures shows they have a hidden treasure.

Hebrew Word Pictures

alef is a letter picture of an ‘ox’ and means ‘what is first’ and ‘leader.’

tav is a letter picture of ‘crossed sticks’ and means ‘covenant’ and ‘sign.’

– what is the first covenant and sign

Yeshua says,  “I am the ‘A’ and the ‘Z,’ the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (In Revelation 22:13).  However, this is a Greek translation and Yeshua would never have used Greek or English words to describe himself.  He was Jewish and spoke Hebrew. He would have said he was the ‘aleph and the tav’.

Those who read the Scriptures in Hebrew would have immediately understood the hundreds b of places where the את appeared between words with no apparent meaning.  The first one occurs in Genesis 1:1 and the last in Revelation 22:19, “Pay attention!” “I am coming soon, and my rewards are with me to give to each person according to what he has done.  I am the ‘aleph’ and the ‘tav’, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Second, they would have seen the aleph and tav together meant “sign of the first leader.’  They would see that from the beginning, Yeshua was the ‘sign’ of the promised ‘Seed’ that would come through Isra’el and redeem the world.   He would fulfill everything from the beginning of creation until the day of judgment, the throne of reward and eternal restoration of Paradise.

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