Beginning & End
Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
It is here that we first hear Jesus referring to Himself as the Alpha and Omege, the Beginning and the End. In the Greek language this meant that He was the first letter and the last letter. Some have said that it also means that He is everything in between, from A to Z.
But is this really a New Testament term? I would like to show you two more verses, but in the Old Testament.
1. Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. . .
Can you see it? Of course not. But in the Hebrew text there is an “Alaph” and an “Tav” together that was never translated, placed inside of this verse. What does that mean? First, grammatically, it is a sign of a definite direct object.
Second, is it by chance that these two letters are the first and last letters? If you were to read this in the Greek it would be the same as the alpha and omega.
Third, the location of these two letters is significant. The letters are located between the “Me” and the “whom” of Zechariah. Therefore it would read like this:
…then they will look on Me, alpha & omega, whom they pierced.
2. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The “aleph” and the “tav” are hidden also in this very first verse. Literally, the Hebrew says, “In the beginning created God the heavens and the earth.” This two letter anomaly is between God and heavens. Therefore, it would read, “In the beginning created God, Aleph and Tav, the heavens and the earth.”
3. Jeremiah 38:16 So Zedekiah the king swore secretly to Jeremiah, saying, “As the Lord lives, who made our very souls, I will not put you to death, nor will I give you into the hand of these men who seek your life.”
Here it is again between “Lord” and “lives.” This would make it, “As the Lord Aleph Tav lives . . .
4. Daniel 9:13 “As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us . . .”
Here is the fourth occurrence between “Moses” and the word for evil or “all this disaster.” This would make it read as, “As it is written in the Law of Moses, Aleph Tav, all this disaster . . .” making the Law of Moses related to the Aleph and Tav.
Yes, Jesus is in the Old Testament.
Some teachers believe that the “Aleph” and “Tav” have another understanding. They believe that these two letters represent the Hebrew alphabet which they believe is the original language. It would be the same as us saying, “he sang everything from A to Z.” If it represents their alphabet then Genesis 1:1 would read, “In the beginning God created the alphabet . . .” Point – before He created the heavens and the earth he created the alphabet, the building blocks of all things.
The Hebrews pronounced the “Aleph” “Tav” as Oat. An Oat is meant individual letters. In the Greek it is the word for “sign.” In the Latin it is the word for “word.” Who was the Word?
Here is an interesting thought. John refers to Jesus as the Word in John 1:1. This greek word is the word “logos” which is the literal written word. Yes, He is the word of God, but could it be possible that John, making this verse sound so much like Genesis 1:1, was saying that Jesus was the untranslated word in Genesis 1:1, the Aleph and Tav? Just a thought.
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