(Ver 1.0) This will be a very short lesson that will focus upon only one picture of the complete Hebrew alphabet (Alef-Beyt). This picture was found on the internet by searching for images of the “ancient Hebrew alphabet”. It is freely available on most search engine websites. It is included here just to assist those that are becoming truly interested in studying this amazing subject. If you would like, please take it and print it to put it in your own subject study notes.
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(Ver 1.1) This lesson is “Part 23” in the Bible study series about the Lord Jesus Christ, being hidden in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet. Today’s lesson will focus upon the last letter in the Hebrew Alphabet called the “Tav”. The “Tav” is the 22nd letter of the Hebrew alphabet. We should have already learned a lot about this letter, by reading from the beginning of the series. But if you have not read the series from the beginning, you might like to go to “Part 1” to start.
The letter “Tav” is one of the two alphabet letters, that Jesus directly claimed to be represented by personally in the Bible. We have already learned that Jesus said in Revelation 1:8, 1:11, 21:6, and 22:13, that He was the “Alpha” and the “Omega”. These are the first, and the last letters of the Greek alphabet. This was Jesus claiming to figuratively be, not only the beginning, and ending of all things, but also Him making the plain declaration that He is even literally every alphabet letter that makes up the languages that we can know Him by. Please make a note that Jesus made this claim in Revelation, 4 times. This number will become a repeated pattern in this lesson.
We must understand that the words of Jesus claiming to be one language’s first and last letters, would definitely apply Him to be found in the exact same corresponding letters, of every language. God knows every language in existence. Just because you speak a language like English, and the New Testament is written in Greek, this does not mean we all have to learn to speak Greek. This means the Greek Alpha and the Omega, could have been translated to be the A and the Z, and it would teach us the same concepts given to us by God from Greek.
Do you remember what Jesus Himself, claimed in John 12:24? In this verse of scripture, Jesus claimed the He was a “corn of wheat” seed. He then said that He would remain alone, unless He died, was buried in the ground to sprout, and then to bring forth much new fruit. Wow, this is very amazing news about His “death” on a “Tav” cross, and what happened afterwards. But please realize Jesus is speaking of Himself as being a spiritual seed, and that this planting will be of Him being raised from the dead, in order to produce His new spiritual fruit called the new creation of the church.
This knowledge should help us understand that these translation concepts, must also include the original Old Covenant Hebrew language, since Jesus was born a Jewish man. Most likely Jesus gave this alphabet representation claim to John by speaking to him in the Hebrew language. And John would have made the translation, from Hebrew to write it in the Greek language for the world to read.
We can easily reach this conclusion, because when Jesus appeared to Saul of Tarsus, being described in Acts 26:14, Jesus spoke from heaven to Saul in the Hebrew tongue. Remember Jesus was still in heaven when John received this revelation. Therefore, if Jesus spoke the Revelation verses to John in Hebrew, like He spoke to Saul in Acts, then these letters written in Greek would have been the Hebrew alphabet beginning and ending letters, called the “Alef” and the “Tav”, respectfully.
It is essential to realize that in the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, the “Alef” and the “Tav” are combined to form a mostly untranslatable word. This Hebrew word is H853 in the Strong’s, and it occurs in over 5000 verses of the text. In most of these verses, we can find Jesus being secretly referred to in the words, with God using figurative types, shadows, allegory, and other forms of writings. This is exactly why Jesus looked at the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem, and said to them, “Search your scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, but these are they that testify of me” (Jn 5:39). Remember, that Jesus was speaking to people who were Jewish, and He was referring to the Old Covenant Hebrew language when describing of their testimony of His personal hidden identity.
These words of Jesus combined with His spoken words in Revelation, claiming to be two direct alphabet letters, should cause us to begin to believe, that if the beginning letter and the ending letter of an alphabet is about Jesus, then every letter in between must also have something to “testify” about Jesus being LORD. So let us get started with the specific last and ending Hebrew letter “Tav”.
INTRODUCTION – THE TAV
We have already briefly seen the “Tav” in previous lessons in the series. The letter “Tav” has been assigned a numeric value of “400”. The “Tav” Ancient Hebrew letter pictogram, is a visual image of a cross. The letter sound in the English language is like the letter “T”. Like most Hebrew letters, there is also a word of the same “Tav” sound. This Hebrew letter sound alike word is “Tav” H8420, and it means “a mark”. Therefore, the basic meaning of the letter “Tav”, is that of a “mark”.
A mark is some kind of inscription, line, or figure that emphasizes or distinguishes something or someone. Marking a date on a calendar makes that date special to someone. But a mark could be a person’s signature. Usually, people sign their name as their mark on contracts or legal agreements, but for those unable to sign, they could simply scribble their identifying “mark”.
This Hebrew word that is translated as “mark” is comprised of two Hebrew letters. The first is the “Tav”, and the second is the “Vav”. The “Tav’, as we are learning is a “cross” picture, and the “Vav” happens to be the picture of a “nail”. A “nail” will certainly leave a mark in the body of a man hanged on a cross. One of the meanings of the letter “Vav”, is that of making a “connection”. People do this by nailing two boards together. The separated boards become joined together by the “Vav” nail. Humans were separated from God before Jesus was connected to the “Tav” cross with a “Vav” nail. Do you think any of this was a coincidence? Of course, it was NOT!
This word H8420 is used in Ezekiel 9 twice, in verses 4 and 6. In this context people who are not in favor of the nation of Israel’s sin, received a mark (Tav) on their foreheads. Everyone that does not have this mark to save them, is slain. This appears to be a type of a parallel of soon coming end time events that are described in the book of Revelation.
In Revelation 13:7, people are doomed to hell by receiving the “mark” of Satan’s beast. But in Revelation 7:4 God seals 144,000 men to save them, by placing a mark in their foreheads. Then, in Revelation 22:4, the people who do not receive the mark of Satan, receive the name “mark” of the Lamb in their foreheads. We can begin to see how there are two “marks” and “names” in which all humans can choose between. The “Tav’ mark represents God’s name and family, and this certainly appears to be the wisest human selection. The other option is to receive Satan’s name as a mark (Rev 13:7), and stay in his family.
Therefore, the letter “Tav” has at the least, six specific, indirect and direct meanings assigned to it as being the “mark” of God.
- The number 400
- A “cross” mark as pictured
- Jesus as the “Last”
- The Cross, God’s “goal” or “mark” to obtain
- The “sign” or “mark” of a covenant
- The “name” and “mark” of the family house we belong
These are just a few of the major meanings found in the letter “Tav” that we will be learning about today. Let us begin with understanding more about the letter “Tav” number value 400, first.
1. TAV – 400
The “Tav” letter has a specific number value of 400 assigned to it. If there were any other number of letters in the ancient Hebrew alphabet, the number 400 would not have fallen on this last letter “Tav”. Therefore, there must be a pre-designed higher intelligence meaning, for this specific number to be associated with this specific cross letter picture.
Remember, that Jesus spoke 4 times in Revelation that He was the last letter of the alphabet, and 4 x 100 = 400, the number value of this last letter. It is interesting that the number 100 is the value of the Hebrew letter “Qof”. This letter is drawn as a picture of a rising sun. In Malachi 4:2, God writing about Jesus says “The Sun of Righteousness, will arise with healing in His wings”. Therefore, we are observing another prophecy of the number 4 being multiplied by 100 as a sign of a man that dies on a cross (Tav), and He will arise (Qof) from the dead to give us His righteousness. We can figure out that Jesus thought that this was talking about himself, since He was the one that claimed to be the letter “Tav”, 4 times. But what does the number 4 have to do with a rising “Qof” (100) sun, in association with the timing of a cross (Tav)? We are about to find other potential prophetic associations with the number 4, 40, 400, and 4000 as we continue.
The number 4, in its various forms, is actually very significant as a pattern in the recorded records of the Old Testament. We should know by reading stories in the Bible, that the number “40” is associated with a time of “testing”, “temptation”, and “judgement”. There was Noah that entered into the Ark, when it rained 40 days to destroy the world. There was Moses that met with God on mount Sinai for 40 days (Exo 24:18), and this time delay away from the people of Israel, caused them to fail a very important test (Exo 32:1). Later in Numbers 32:13, the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years to eliminate one generation that refused to possess the promise land. Everyone should also know that Jesus was tested by Satan, for exactly 40 days in the wilderness (Mk 1:13). After the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb, Jesus met several times with His new, New Covenant family on the earth for 40 days (Acts 1:3), before ascending into heaven to sit down. Finally, remember that Jesus waited 4 days before He raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:39). That will become very significant to our lesson soon.
There was exactly 400 years stated in Genesis 15:13, when God tells Abram, that his seed would be in bondage to a nation that was not of God. There, they would be treated harshly, and be as servants and slaves. But God said He would judge that nation, and his people would be delivered, and come out from them with an abundance of His blessings. This was God speaking of the natural nation of Israel that would be delivered from Egypt, through God’s chosen servant named Moses.
This Old Covenant story of deliverance, is full of types, shadows and prophetical patters of the coming New Covenant, implemented by Jesus Christ on the cross (tav). We learn this truth by reading 1 Corinthians 10:11, where God says the words written in the Old Covenant are “ensamples” for us in the New Covenant. The Greek word translated as “ensamples” is G5179, and this word means a “die” as struck, a “stamp”, or a “scar” as a mark. Especially remember the “scar” reference, because this is a very specific type of “mark” (Tav) symbol, that we will see again soon. But the main definition states that the Old Covenant was a “type” of the New.
God informs us by using this specific Greek word selection, that the Old Covenant, has applications for covenant examples, and covenant warnings for everyone in the New Covenant. These words were given for us to learn from, to not repeat their mistakes. But what does the number 400 associated with a natural nation being freed from physical bondage, have to do with the church? Could it be that it is because the church is called a spiritual nation (1 Pet 2:9) by God, and we have been freed from our spiritual bondage from Satan (Col 1:13), a hostile enemy of God?
Let us please remember, that from Abraham to Christ was approximately 2000 years, and from Adam to Abraham was also approximately 2000 years. Adding these together we have a total of 4000 years of human history from the first Adam to Jesus, who is called the “Last Adam” (1 Cor 15:45). Isn’t that interesting that we are studying the “last” letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and Jesus is also called the “last” Adam? It should be easy to see the “Tav” connections to Jesus taking place.
Then, know that no human was ever spiritually saved until after the Last Adam, Jesus died on the cross that is representative of the last letter (Tav). When Jesus was resurrected from the dead, He was raised up 4000 years after the first Adam sinned to allow Satan to rule over our world (2 Cor 4:4).
It should be becoming more obvious now, how the “Tav” being a cross, the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and having the number value of 400, is a prophetic pictured image and timed prediction of the crucifixion of Jesus. God is shining a light upon the timing of Jesus’ coming death on a cross, as a pattern of the number 400.
Therefore, the number of 4000 years appears to be the essential timing for God’s detailed work of salvation. The number 4000 is simply “400” (Israel’s natural captivity period) multiplied by 10. The number 10 is the Hebrew Letter “Yod”, and this letter has the meaning of “work”. Can you begin to see the connection, to what God was doing in Jesus on the cross, was His greater work of all human spiritual salvation?
If Israel, was in physical bondage for 400 years, why can’t the number 4000 years, be a greater reality relating to humans being in spiritual bondage to Satan, the time from Adam to Jesus? 400 years of physical bondage, must be a type of the greater 4000 years of spiritual bondage. But how do we confirm this transition?
It is interesting that in the Hebrew mindset, multiplying any number by the number 10, can be viewed as “a completeness of order”. Or in other words, multiplying a number by 10, brings that number to a stated “fulness” of “completion”. Therefore, multiplying 400 x 10 = 4000, causes the number 4000 to be the fulfilment of the prophecy of the number 400 as a type. God confirmed this pattern with reading in Galatians 4:4. This verse states Christ’s appearance on earth, happened at a very specific planned and timed event within all of human history, and God called this event “the fulness of time”. This word can also be understood to be the “fulfilling of”. For example, Romans 13:10 says “love is the fulfilling of the law”. Do you see the concepts being taught by this word selection?
If we look up the Greek word G4138 that was translated as “fulness”, we learn it can be defined to be “completeness”, as in a cup that has been filled. It appears that God has reused specific patterns of events of previous time periods that happened to natural Israel, to reveal prophecy of Jesus’s work for all humanity. Please remember, that patterns are prophecy (Ecc 1:9). And, the Spirit of true prophecy is always a testimony of Jesus (Rev 19:10).
This one Old Covenant pattern describes their physical bondage to, and deliverance from Egypt. This recorded natural event and timing, appears to represent something spiritual, that happens to the New Covenant church through Jesus. Hopefully, you are already knowledgeable to what this work of Christ was.
In studying the Bible for many years, I have come to the conclusion that the 7 days of creation described in Genesis chapters 1 and 2, are an outlined prophetic view into the entire history of man upon the earth during this age. If we apply God’s time of one day representing 1000 years, as defined by 2 Peter 3:8, and divide 4000 by 1000 years, we arrive at 4 days within God’s defined scale of all human time as 7 days or 7000 years total.
Now take this number back to “Day 4 of creation” and see what God did. If we read Genesis 1:13-19, we will find God’s description of day 4 of creation. On this day God set two rulers into place. The rulers were called the greater light, that rules the day, and the lesser light, that would rule the night.
These two lights are called in other parts of the Bible, the “sun” and the “moon”. These two ruler separations, represent two “kingdoms”. The Day is the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, who we know is called the “Sun of Righteousness” in Malachi 4:2. We saw this earlier in this section with the mention of the “Qof” Hebrew letter that is the number 100.
The kingdom of “darkness” and the “night” is the dominion of the devil (Col 1:13, Eph 5:8). It is amazing that by humans choosing to enter into God’s “Kingdom of Light”, they have been freed from the spiritual kingdom of the darkness of this world (Col 1:13). There are multiple other lessons available here to confirm all of this with many scriptures. It is most interesting that this event of dividing spiritual night from spiritual day, took place 4000 years after Adam sold us into Satan’s authority, and this was prophesied exactly on Day 4 of creation.
Therefore, we can see how the “Tav” representing the number 400 has significant value and application to the work of God to die on a cross, and this occurred 4 days in God’s spiritual timeline, when Jesus died 4000 years in the timing of the human calendar. These 4000 years represented spiritual captivity to a spiritual enemy of God and man. There is much more that could be written about this, but this was the quick overview of the number 400 of the Tav, and how it relates to Jesus’ deliverance of humanity on a cross (Tav).
2. TAV – THE OBVIOUS MARK OF A CROSS
The first and most obvious meaning of the letter “Tav”, is taken from the plain, direct, and clear picture of it, as a Roman style “cross” of execution. We all need to take the Bible as “literally” as possible when reading and studying. Think about how intelligent God is compared to us. Then imagine Him not being able to “Say what He means and mean exactly what He says”. This is why I believe firmly that every pictogram of the Ancient Hebrew alphabet was designed by God, to get across a plain message meaning of the picture, to point us to the main subject of the entire Bible, named Jesus.
The first known crucifixions in human history, took place 500 years before Christ. This means this cross letter was written in Hebrew texts, 500 – 1000 years before Christ would die upon a cross. The first usage of a cross occurred during the “Persian” empire. It was used to make examples of at least 3000 people during the time of Darius, the King of Persia. But this method of execution became especially perfected during the Roman empire when Jesus was physically living in Israel.
Observing the picture of the ancient Hebrew letter, we all can plainly see that the “tav”, represents two crossed wooden poles, that are overlapped to form the exact shape of a common style of Roman execution device, called a “cross”. Today, many people wear this symbol as jewelry, with most not having a clue to its meaning, purpose or what God has accomplished for us in Christ hanging on a cross (Gal 3:13, Rev 5:9).
The death sentence on a cross was designed for ultimate pain, and a slow death. This “crossed” wooden pole device was implemented as the cruelest, and most humiliating method of a slow death. This method of death took place by “nailing” a human’s feet and hands, to two crossed wooden posts. The posts were made of the wood from trees, that were able to hold the large nails. This combination was able to secure the weight of the human, being hanged on it. With every breath the crucified human would have to force themselves upward creating ultimate pain, to allow air into the lungs and to exhale. Eventually the human would not have the strength to breathe again, and would suffocate.
We should all be able to understand that a “tav” represents crucifixion. We know from reading the Gospel eye witnesses accounts, Jesus was crucified and died. We can find that Jesus was hung upon a cross from 9 am (Mark 15:25) until 3 pm (Mark 15:34), a period of 6 hours, with half of them in sunlight and half of them in darkness (Mark 15:33). We can also read in Psalm 22:16, and Zechariah 12:10, that Jesus was prophesied to be “pierced” in His flesh. We know these prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus by reading John 19:31, and Revelation 1:7. This information clearly confirms the “Tav” as a cross, in the eyes of God, was speaking about Jesus.
This “Tav” cross death of Jesus and the release of His blood to die, is exactly what has been pictured in the ancient Hebrew alphabet letter “Tav” for approximately 3500 years when Moses first wrote the Torah. I call this God, hiding His truth in plain sight. Now let us look at the important concept of this letter being the last in the alphabet.
3. TAV THE LAST LETTER = JESUS THE LAST
The fact that the “Tav” is the last letter of the alphabet, causes it to figuratively represent “completion”, “conclusion” and “closure”. As we know from studying Revelation 22:13, Jesus directly claimed to be, “the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last”. This was a very profound statement. In this statement He used the first and the last letters of the alphabet. Therefore, all of the words of Jesus in Revelation 22:13, were in clear agreement with the “Tav” being the “Last” letter.
Obviously, being the last is the opposite of being the “first”. When two human captains are picking a team for a game from a selection of possible players, usually they pick the best player first, and the least desirable player last. Therefore, being called “last” in a normal human mindset, usually carries the connotation, that the final option being chosen, discussed or observed, is not the best choice. However, in God’s mindset, He usually saves His last option, or selection to be His greatest work.
We have already seen where Jesus is called the “Last Adam” in 1 Corinthians 15:45. So this was the first picture of Jesus as being called a final, or ending “Adam” (man), that is implied to never occur again. Clearly, we learn Jesus was God’s best selection saved for “last”, and only He could save us all.
Mat 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
Wow, could these words being spoken by Jesus, reveal something very profound that was happening in God’s work hanging on a cross? I believe it does. Keep this in your mind as we continue learning about Jesus being called the “Last”. See if you can think how God’s Last Adam could possibly become a new beginning to be called the “First”? This is going to be amazing, and I hope you can see, and receive it. We will continue, by looking at some “last” words of Jesus while hanging on the Tav cross.
This “last” Hebrew letter “Tav”, further becomes directly connected to Jesus’ recorded death while hanging on the cross (Tav) by us observing this letter was a cross, and it helped manifest the death of Jesus. But we should know that it was actually Jesus’ choice to give up His spirit willingly (John 19:30), that caused His death (James 2:26). Everyone in Israel was shocked that Jesus was already dead including the Roman soldiers when they came to Him to break His legs to force death quickly (John 19:33).
Before the willing departure of His spirit, Jesus spoke some very specific “last” spoken words. One of His “last” recorded statements, was with Jesus crying out, “It is Finished” (John 19:30). This Greek word G5055 translated as “finished’, literally means to be “completed”, “concluded”, or “fulfilled”. It is definitely true that everything that the Holy Spirit wrote would happen to Jesus was being fulfilled. We can read in Matthew 26:54-56, Mark 16:49, and John 19:36 to name three, that many scriptures were “fulfilled” in the work of Christ’s death on a cross. Therefore, the words “It is finished” may mean, “Everything spoken of me, has been completed”. But that application could not be completely accurate, because Jesus had not yet risen, not yet ascended into heaven, and not yet returned to the earth to reign 1000 years, etc. Or maybe we are not seeing clearly what God has just accomplished in the words “It is finished”.
When anyone speaks the Hebrew alphabet, beginning with the “first” Alef and continuing in alphabetic sequence, they will always arrive at the Tav “last”. The alphabet speaker could be described as being “finished” speaking when they arrive at the last letter “Tav”. Isn’t that interesting? When were the “First” recorded words of God found in the Old Covenant Hebrew text?
Do you remember how God created our world in Genesis? Creation was accomplished with God’s spoken words. 10 times in Genesis 1 it is recorded “God said”. Therefore, God created everything in our world using “spoken” words that held His power to create. God formed these words from selected specific alphabet letters. Are you beginning to see how alphabet letters that form words, could be viewed as potential creation building blocks? Could this be the reason Jesus is claiming to be the alphabet letters “Alef” and “Tav”?
Who is God’s Word? The “Word of God”, if you do not know is Jesus Christ, the second member of the trinity (1 Jn 5:7). The Bible says in John 1:1-3, that God in the beginning, through His spoken Word, created everything that was created. In John 1:14, God writes that the “Word”, who is God, became flesh as the man Jesus. Colossians 1:16 further confirms that God created everything that exists in heaven and on earth, by Jesus Christ whether they are things that are visible, or invisible realities. Now remember in Revelation 19:13 that Jesus is named the “Word of God”. Therefore, we have Jesus the Word of God who was God, being spoken by God, to create our physical world. If Jesus, is the WORD of GOD, which He clearly is, He must also be the individual alphabet letters that create the words.
God’s chosen words of creation were made from specially selected alphabet letters. The precise organization of each specific chosen letter to form the correct words, caused everything in the mind of God to manifest in our newly created world, after God spoke them. Think about this! Do you even know what this is saying, based upon us knowing John 1:1? This verse says, that in the beginning before there was anything created, there existed the Word, and this Word was with God, and this Word was God the Creator! Therefore, these spoken words that created are still God? The answer is yes, He is still the Word.
All of this information, is saying to us that the spoken words of God created everything that we can see around us in our universe. This information claims that the “God Particle” that is being searched for by modern scientists are, divine “sound waves”. These spoken words of creation, made up of alphabet building blocks, are the seed elements that are holding all of the universe together (Heb 1:3).
Wow, this is a very amazing revelation to many Christians, but it can become still even more amazing. Could Jesus who is God’s spoken living word, who created everything, and is holding all of our world together, could He say anything that could cause His creation to begin to “end”? Remember, in Matthew 24:35 and Luke 21:33 that Jesus makes the direct prophecy, that both heaven and earth will pass away. But when does this coming end, begin? Could it be at the cross?
Remember according to John 14:24, Jesus claimed whatever He spoke only came from what He heard His Father tell Him to say. We also know it was this Father God that spoke the Word (Jesus) to create the universe. What then would you think happened when the same creator God who said “Let there be Light”, would come to the earth to die, and while hanging on a cross, He says “It is finished”? What would manifest in all of our creation, through these words spoken by Jesus the creator of heaven and earth? Do the spoken words of Jesus hanging on a cross, still have the same power to cause changes for life or death to occur? The answer must be YES! Therefore, we must ask this question, what did these pre-death spoken words upon a cross (Tav) the last letter, cause to occur when He said “It is Finished”? What was being “completed”, “closed” and “concluded”? When you figure this out it will help set you free completely from the devil.
By Jesus speaking “It is Finished”, causes us to see potential new meaning for these words using His claims of being the first and the last, and the “Alef” and the “Tav”. When He died on the cross, His physical mortal life’s work was definitely “finished”. His mortal work to pay for the penalty of the first Adam’s sin, was completed with His death. But that was not everything that had to happen to save us. Maybe, you do not yet “fully” understand the power of God’s three little words “It is finished”, but they will become more amazing as you study the Bible. We will only be able to be introduced to this potential new concept in this lesson, or we would need to write an entire book to teach it more completely.
But also remember after death, that Jesus had to spend 3 days, and 3 nights in the heart of the earth (Mat 12:40), and then He had to be resurrected from the dead by the Holy Spirit (1 Pet 1:3). Believe it or not, this God designed resurrection from the dead reality, began a brand-new creation that never existed before (2 Cor 5:17). Jesus died upon the feast of “Passover” to save all humans from the old creation, and He was raised from the dead on the feast of “first fruits” to begin a brand-new creation of freedom from Satan. Satan is a type of Pharaoh holding humanity as captive slaves, and his spiritual kingdom of the dark world is a type of Egypt.
This information alone, should be turning on several light bulbs in your heart and mind. Why does God in His Word, claim that there is coming, a new heaven and a new earth? God says this will happen in Isaiah 65:17, 66:22, 2 Peter 3:13, and Revelation 21:1. Why are there exactly 4 verses in the Bible that use the words “new”, “heaven”, and “earth”, in them? In these “4” verses God clearly reveals there is coming a new heaven and new earth. We can foresee from reading Revelation 21:1 that this new heaven and new earth will come to completed “fulness” after the 7000 years of total human history. This represents the fulness of the one week of God’s Genesis 1-2 creation pattern of prophecy.
Wow, is God’s current created world going to end totally at a sudden and surprising single moment of time, or will the ending be a transition period of delay, with a possible big grand finale? If it is a delayed event, that means it is all future. But if it is a transitional phased overlap, that means it could be happening now, which it is. Therefore, when did this ending, begin to happen? What did God accomplish to guarantee the final ending outcome that He desired?
From what God has revealed to us in scriptures, there was a new creation transitional event that occurred at the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. We are learning that God initiated a new creation transition by planting a new “seed” named Jesus. This new seed Jesus, died and was planted in God’s current old creation. It was this new surprising “seed” planting, that will result in an amazing new reality, and Satan was clearly caught off-guard by this plan (1 Corinthians 2:8). It will be this new “first seed” planted that will grow, and increase to produce God’s desired “fruit” of harvest that He has waited for, for a long time (James 5:7). This new creation was initiated by God, and began to manifest at the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Perhaps you do not understand the concept that Jesus was a “seed”, so let us cover this briefly.
Many “new” creation things happened at the resurrection of Jesus. For example, at His resurrection, God initiated a New Covenant that never existed before between the risen Jesus and any believer in Him (Heb 8:18). In the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, God created a new Kingdom of Light, without any darkness in His Son Jesus (Col 1:13). Remember also that God created a new royal priesthood and a new holy nation (1 Peter 2:9) and Jesus is called the King of all kings, and Lord of all lords of these people (Revelation 19:13). In the New Covenant, Jesus gave a “New Commandment” of Love, to govern in the hearts of everyone in His new creation (John 13:34). In this new creation is being built a “New Jerusalem”, and this new Holy city has never existed before (Revelation 21:2). In the resurrection of Jesus Christ, God raised the God man Jesus, from the dead “first”, before everyone else. Jesus Christ, is now called “the Firstborn from the dead” in Colossians 1:18, and Revelation 1:5.
Why was it necessary for Jesus, the sinless Son of God to be born-again, and to be named the “first” one that this happens to? Uh oh! There appears to be a new connection revealed, that is recurring to Jesus being called the “Alef”, the first letter of the alphabet, the “beginning”, and the “first”! We have just found a new reoccurring pattern being revealed. That is about all we can cover on this subject today. But hopefully it will raise your curiosity to find more on your own.
But remember this key! The resurrection of Jesus from the dead, initiated a New Kingdom, house and family of God called “Day and Light”, and this kingdom was separated from the “night and dark” kingdom ruled by the lesser light Satan, as we saw earlier in the Genesis 1 prophecy. This new life that Jesus experienced first, simply initiated His immortal eternal work after death. All of this information implies, that there was something very significant that was wrong with God’s current creation, that needed to be fixed using a new “beginning”. The full transition of God’s new beginning in Christ, is still awaiting completion to occur. This will transpire after the full “end” of our current creation. Check out this verse that Paul wrote about this creation transition that was being eagerly awaited to come to fruition.
Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Do you see what God is saying here? The word “creature” literally means “creation”. God is saying His current creation in heaven and on the earth, are earnestly awaiting the full appearance of the “sons of God”. This is an astounding statement, since Paul himself wrote 2/3 of the New Testament, and when he wrote this book Paul said creation was still awaiting the appearance of the Sons of God. If you do not know what this means, let us take it back to the pattern of the Genesis 1 old creation. On the end of Day 6 came God’s creation of a fully mature righteous man and woman, and God gave them dominion over the entire planet. This is believed to be a pattern for what is being waited for, at the end of day 6 or 6000 years, when the church is awaited to spiritually mature enough to use their spiritual authority over their spiritual enemy Satan.
This new coming beginning, was decided by God to emerge in a new-birthed spiritual Son, who was the uniquely combined earth and heaven participant, named Jesus. Jesus the God/Man, was the “first” one to be born and risen from the dead.
Let us conclude with a discussion of one possible meaning of the “Tav” as a letter that represents the “Last” or “ending” of God’s original creation (Gen 1:1). We have learned that “to be finished”, means a termination has been initiated by the death of Jesus on a “Tav” cross. We can confirm this by reading this verse in 1 John:
1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
First take notice this verse claims the devil has been sinning from the beginning of creation. Do you understand what this verse is saying? God clearly says Jesus was “manifested” as a human (implied to die), in order that the works of the devil can be “destroyed”. But this Greek word G3089, translated as “destroyed” does not mean to cause the devil to be demolished, as in obliterated or cease to exist. Hopefully you do know that you cannot kill a spirit being like Lucifer.
This new knowledge implies to us, that Satan has done a lot of evil to corrupt God’s creation in both heaven and on the earth. God personally becomes a man (Mat 1:23), so that He could use a single “Tav” cross work, to move His current creation into a transitional time for undoing all of these works of evil, and to begin a new creation that never existed before. This is confirmed in the Greek word definition. This word means to cause to be “loosened” from. Anything that needs to be loosed, implies something was previously “bound”. In our case all humans were in bondage to Satan for 4000 years, and were bound for hell. Therefore, Jesus’ resurrection started a new creation work to untie the devil’s bondages that he has placed upon those in heaven and on the earth to whom he was in covenant with.
Then after God’s work in Jesus dying on a “Tav” cross, He reveals to us a new beginning for a new spiritual way of living in a new kingdom, and these two works occurred simultaneously, but with three days of separation apart. Wow, did you notice what God just said? There was three days of tomb transition for the one-man Jesus, to move from being fully dead to becoming fully alive forever. This appears to be prophetical time that will reveal the 3,000-year time period of God’s old to new spiritual transition. After these 3,000 years, Satan will be fully and completely eliminated from the earth. This is again the concept of one day representing 1000 years as we used in the 7 days of creation.
This time will include the 2000-year (2 day) church age, which is followed by the 1,000-year (day of rest) time of the millennial reign of Christ. We are at the end of the 2,000-year church age, so the return of Christ is very imminent. Only after 3000 years from the resurrection of Christ will; 1) the devil and all evil be placed in final eternal bondage (Rev 20:10), 2) the old heaven and earth creation can be consumed with fire (2 Peter 3:7), and 3) a new heaven and a new earth can be created (Rev 21:1).
It appears from Jesus’ words that He was proclaiming “His physical work on the earth as a mortal man was to die for human sin, and to redeem mankind out of the kingdom of darkness, was completed”. This work was His most direct accomplishment, by Him fulfilling the plain picture of the “Tav”. But as we have learned, there is another meaning for it is finished, by what happens directly 3 days after His death. This act of God clearly “signifies” and “marks” a creative new beginning, that had never been available before. This resurrection work of God in Christ, sealed the coming demise of Satan, and lifted Christ followers into a new creation reality of living “in Christ”. Being made “In Christ” a new creation, we are now far apart from the evil of this world, having been fully reconciled to be with God forever. Praise the LORD!
4. TAV – GOD’S CROSS MARK TO OBTAIN
We have covered this subject in other lessons, but it is worth reviewing again, for all the new readers and subscribers that were led by the Holy Spirit to come and study the Bible here. This Hebrew letter “Tav” has an interesting application for the church today. We are told in Matthew 16:24, that Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross (Tav) and follow me.
What was Jesus saying to us, by speaking the words for us to take up our cross (Tav)? He has basically instructed us to stop living for ourselves and for our independent purposes. In other words, He says come end your mortal life and become a born-again spiritual follower after dying to self. In order for us to take up a “Tav” cross and follow Jesus, we are required to come to the “cross” and pick it up. Let us talk about this concept in more depth.
This “cross” symbol of the “Tav” can be viewed as a turning point of opportunity for every human. We could also call it, God’s most significant “cross” road choice for a new direction, provided for all of mankind. This cross picture represents a map of two roads with a center intersection. When we arrive, and we will all arrive at this decision point, we are standing at the center of an intersection that represents the ultimate eternal decision point for eternal consequence.
Every human has been given the freedom right to choose to remain moving in the direction towards the “mark” of eternal death in hell, or we can repent and change our direction point to life eternal. We do this by choosing to believe in Jesus, and to change directions towards knowing God’s eternal life cross “mark” destination. This is God’s purpose for everyone, and He provided it, by the death of the LORD Jesus who came to bring us into His Light and Life of knowing Him.
From the death of one Man named Jesus hanging on a cross, He has provided every human the only available exit point, from continuing on the default wide highway path to hell. Jesus said the majority of the world would choose this path of destruction, but no one is forced to do so. Jesus died on a cross (Tav) to become the only exit gate/door from the chosen road Adam gave to us leading to eternal death. God in Jesus selected to become the right human choice for us, by Him freely offering anyone the gift of eternal life. We simply need to believe in Him being nailed to the posts of a wooden cross, experiencing death for us in hell, and then being raised back from the dead. This act of LOVE gave us something, unexpected, new, meaningful, powerful and profound to believe in.
One of the ultimate messages of the “Tav” (cross), was God giving to us a new cross (Tav) “mark” to travel towards. And it is by our faith in His visible marked signpost of His death, burial, and resurrection, and us calling Him our Lord, that gives us the confident “hope” of our same resurrection experience in the soon future.
By Jesus calling Himself the Alef and the Tav, being the first and the last letters of the Hebrew language, He was giving us a major clue to who He was and what He was doing for us. Please recall, that the Alef is the first letter of the alphabet, and the “Tav” is the last letter. And by joining these two letters together we get the Hebrew word H853 and this word occurs more than 6000 times in the Old Testament. I still believe that every occurrence points us to Jesus in some way.
The first letter Alef as we should know, is the “Ox” picture as a strong servant. The last letter picture as we have learned today is the “Cross” picture in ancient Hebrew, meaning a “mark” or “sign”. Placing these two together we arrive at the meaning, “driving the servant ox to the mark”. Remember, in ancient times, farmers would be placing a yoke upon their strong oxen, and then attaching them to a plow. The land owner would then place a “marker” in the distance to plow towards. This was done so that they could travel in straight lines through the soil to plant seeds, to produce fruit. Doesn’t that sound interesting?
Do you realize that these two letters (Alef+Tav), just described the work of God to save every human? You do know this, if you have studied the parables of Jesus in the Gospels. It would be worth your time to go now, and re-study them and find how many have something to do with farming and producing fruit. You will find in these natural examples, that sowing is done with God’s Word and if fruit is produced this growth causes human salvation.
What we have found, is that in these two letters (Alef+Tav) that Jesus claimed to be, were the combined overview of the entire plan of salvation and the work of God to spread His saving seed, which is the Word of God. God sent His Seed into the world and He became His Son. Jesus was God the manifested strong servant, to sow seeds into the hearts of everyone that would listen. All that listened intently and placed their determined confidence in Jesus, would be saved to enter into the New Covenant church creation.
We can further expand this topic with the fact that when we are saved, we are loosed from Satan, and newly bound and joined together with Christ like two yoked oxen that are pulling and working together to reach the end mark for our life’s calling. Jesus invited us all to “take His yoke, because it is easy” in Matthew 11:29. In this statement, Jesus is claiming that He is the “Alef” who is God, for us to be yoked with. To be “yoke” means to be in covenant with, and this is our next subject.
5. TAV – THE COVENANT MARK
The next very significant meaning of the letter “Tav”, is it also being defined as a “sign” or a “mark”. But this mark is different than the life target mark we learned in the previous section. This “sign” or “mark” was implemented by God first in the flesh. This was an external mark as a scar, that was performed when making a covenant between two individuals.
This type of covenant “mark”, occurs multiple times in the Bible, and is still done in many places around the world today. Let us describe the basic process of what God is teaching. During the making of a covenant between two humans, each of them would use a sharp instrument, like a knife to make a cut mark in their flesh, either on their hands or wrists to cause blood to flow. Both bleeding covenant partners, would then mingle their blood by touching their cut hands or wrists together, and this would cause the covenant to be bonded as long as they were both alive. This cutting of the covenant, would also result in a lasting visible personal “mark” called a scar.
An individual covenant scar could be seen on that person’s body, as a continual reminder to him that he was in a covenant with someone else. Or one covenanted human could show his covenant mark on his hand or wrist, to remind his covenant partner of their covenant commitment to both keeping the promises of the covenant. This mark could also be shown to anyone else on the earth, even an enemy to verify that they had a covenant relationship that their enemy would have to deal with, if they attacked them. If someone was smart, they would make a covenant with the strongest person they could, and this would ensure their peace and safety against all enemies. Wow!
The very first covenant making event between two humans, occurred in Genesis 2. God created one man, named him Adam. God saw that it was not good for Adam to be alone, and God put Adam to sleep and took a rib from his side. This type of surgical procedure would normally cause the flow of blood. From this rib. God made a woman, who would be Adam’s wife. This was the God created model for a male and female marriage covenant (Gen 2:24), and it is the pattern for every ongoing marriage covenant, including Christ and the church (Eph 5:32). From that day forward Adam could have shown Eve the scar in his flesh, as a sign/mark that they were both made from one body. Wow!
Do you remember when God made the covenant with Abram in Genesis 17? As part of this covenant, God required that every male, was to be circumcised. And by anyone not agreeing and submitting to this mark in their flesh, caused that man to not be a part of that covenant. This cutting of Abram’s flesh, left an external covenant scar, and it could not be undone or redone.
At least, three things resulted in performing this covenant act. First, there was the initial cutting of the flesh, and this caused pain, and bleeding. Second this made a permanent mark upon the man’s flesh as long as he was alive. Third, making this covenant, made this man unique, separate and different than all of the rest of the people on the earth, because he had a covenant with the “Most High” God, and they did not. Finally, it is important to know that God’s covenant mark was normally, never seen by other humans, since it was uniquely private and covered.
This pattern of circumcision continued throughout the history of the natural nation of Israel. But God also killed animals in the Old Covenant, and their blood was sprinkled on all of the covenant people coming out of Egypt in Exodus 24:8. Therefore, the pattern of cutting flesh, producing blood and causing it to be mingled upon those agreeing in covenant, is continuing.
But now we jump to the New Covenant in Jesus, and find that the patterns of these natural covenant marks are still taking place. But they are now being implemented by God in the unseen spirit realm, instead of the external natural human visible flesh realm:
Heb 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
Heb 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
It is very clearly written in the New Testament, how the shedding of the blood of Jesus on a cross (tav), implemented a brand-new God covenant between any human (Jew or Gentile), that would receive His blood. Because Jesus shed His blood, we are not required to cut our external flesh and bleed to create a visible flesh covenant mark. But this does not mean that no flesh has any scars in it, in the New Covenant.
Here is an important fact of all God covenants ever made. No created being, has been able to keep a God covenant. The first known revealed covenant in the Bible with Lucifer the highest angelic being failed, because of his rebellion. The Adamic Covenant between God and man, failed because of his rebellion. The marriage covenant with Israel also failed because of their rebellion. Because God is Holy and His standards of perfection are so pure, God had a challenge of how to save his most loved creation man, who He had made in His image, after His likeness.
Therefore, in God’s wisdom, He solved this problem by becoming a man in His creation that could, and would keep His necessary covenant standard of perfection. Then by Grace through Faith in Jesus, God included every human that would believe in His work, the right to be identified before God in the name and the body of Jesus, who is our eternal mediator between every imperfect human and the Holy God (Heb 12:24).
It is very essential to recall, that because Jesus’ body was hung on a cross for us, the external scars in His hands and feet from the nails, and the Roman spear that punctured His side, will always be a visibly “marked” reminder to all humans that are identified to be “in” Him. This will be an eternal reminder of His great love, grace, mercy and sacrifice (Jn 20:27) that took place to save us. Every time we will see Jesus during our eternal existence, the external physical scar reminders will be sufficient proof to cause us to remember, what He did for us. We can easily recall, how our saving covenant was implemented through His flesh and blood given for us freely. But there is also another new spiritual covenant “mark” given to every saved human. This spiritual mark is unseen with natural eyes, and it is very much like the mark of Abram.
Jesus did not personally need any internal spiritual marking to take place for His saving work. But humans did. Humans will receive a new immortal body at the resurrection. But when we were saved, we received a brand-new spirit (2 Cor 5:17), and God did a spiritual covenant work inside of us, as His “signed” evidence of our salvation. Instead of an external “mark” like Abram, Christians are given an internal spiritual reminder mark for the benefit of our spiritual enemy the devil to see. This new internal “mark” takes place only in our unseen spirit:
Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Wow, do you see how God places His new covenant mark inwardly upon the unseen human spirit? Do you see how it is done by divine spiritual hands, and not natural human hands? These are amazing parallels that are patterned after the Abram covenant. Any human can be made clean by receiving the finished work of Jesus’ shed blood by faith. And the new covenant mark (tav) is made by the Spirit of God inwardly in our hearts when we believe, and confess Jesus as LORD.
6. TAV – MARK OF THE FAMILY YOU BELONG
The next significant meaning of the “Tav” alphabet letter, is that of a representation of a family “name”, or the “mark” of the family house. We are going to learn a potentially new concept for some, and for others it will be a review of some items we learned in the description of the Ancient Hebrew letter “Beyt”.
As an introduction to a Tav family mark, please allow me to write about some personal human family examples of a family mark. This human example, is patterned after the Tav God created concepts. This natural human example, will help some to understand the spiritual concept that is taking place by God’s spiritual handiwork.
My great grandfather, owned and raised some livestock, many years ago. This was a common type of human farm work 150 years ago. But there existed the possibility of losing one or more of them, because of broken fences, unexpected storms, natural disasters, or other potential unforeseen problems. These lost, loosed or stolen animals could present significant ownership problems and disputes when they were lost or found by the true owner, or other human neighbors. The loss of any owned livestock would be a significant risk for a greatly reduced personal income and wealth.
Therefore, to resolve the legal disputes, and losses of income, the owner would mark their cattle externally, with their identifying family mark. This mark would be a unique sign or symbol identifying the owning farm or ranch, and it helped to eliminate the risk of loss. Can you begin to see how this “mark” is very similar to the covenant mark we learned previously? This concept clearly represents a “mark” of identity and a relationship of ownership.
This “marking” of cattle was called “branding”. And it was done by a custom-made medal device, usually made of iron. This device could be called a branding iron. The branding iron end, containing the identifying family “mark”, would be placed into a fire of intense heat, to make it glowing red hot. The hot end of the iron containing the mark, would then be applied to the leather cow hide of the living animal. And this action would leave the lasting scar, that would identify the animal for its entire life. So, this process is almost identical to what we learned about before in the “covenant mark” discussion about Abram. This is why this concept of marking a beast for a mark of ownership, sounds a lot like the same covenant terminology and patterns. Both concepts left a visible “mark”. This human implemented process of branding, copies the pattern of a God created family covenant mark, like circumcision.
I included a picture of my great grandfather’s branding irons, above. These were handed down from generation to generation. No, they are not still being used today. But they teach us and remind us about God’s created concepts that He has done for us in our spirit by placing His mark upon our heart. Just as the children of Israel were circumcised 8 days after birth, to receive God’s “covenant mark”, so it is with the New Covenant. The number 8 represents a “new beginning” and when a child of the living God is circumcised at their new birth, God places His Holy Spirit inside of our spirit as a “seal” of the covenant that has taken place (Eph 4:30).
What we are learning, is the fact that every human belongs to someone. We are either owned by God, or owned by Satan. If we read 1 Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23 we will find God with the price of the blood of Jesus, “bought” us out of the kingdom of Satan. We can clearly see that a very significant financial transaction took place to transfer ownership from being lost to being saved. Silver and gold were not a sufficient price, for this legal purchase. It required the life blood of God Himself to make this purchase (Ps 72:14, 1 Peter 1:19).
Satan was the default owner of every human, after Adam sold himself, and all of his children, to the devil (Isa 52:3, Rom 5:19). if you have not given your life to Jesus, and made Him your LORD, intentionally and voluntarily, you are still an owned slave of Satan (Rom 6:20). Because, God worked such a great work to save us He has caused a legal transfer of ownership to be made available to every human. This concept teaches us that God gives us the freewill choice to which family we will belong. Therefore, we have not been permanently “marked” yet! As long as a human is living on this earth, they can make that choice, but any delay would cause a great risk of not entering into God’s family. Now let us explore the concept of how and when we are “marked” for ownership within one of two families, for final ownership.
Let us look this God identifying family mark by reading in one ending verse in Revelation, found in the “Last” book and the “Last” chapter:
Rev 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
This verse in context is describing God’s people. It very clearly states that God will write upon us, “His Name”. Uh oh, sound a lot like a branding, but I do not believe it will hurt. But this concept will be Him giving us His personal ownership “mark”. This act of receiving God’s name as His family mark, is the same as when a loving wife marries her husband and takes his name to be her own. This is what Christians lovingly do with God.
In this section we have been talking about this “mark” concept because the Hebrew word H1004 translated as “house”, has its roots in two Hebrew letters. The first letter of the word, begins with the second letter of the alphabet called the “Beyt”. You should recall that the beyt, represents a tent dwelling, and has the meaning of a house, and the family that lives within the house. Therefore, this letter also signifies the location of the Father’s house, where the Son comes from.
The last letter of the word H1004 translated as “house”, is the last letter of the alphabet the “Tav”, representing a “mark”. Placing these letters together, we get the meaning, the “mark of the house”. God uses this word to teach, each house is formed and governed by the home’s founding father’s name. The strong father would be the designated family originator, like the “House of the LORD”, the “house of Jacob”, the “house of David”, and etc.
To conclude this section of the lesson about a family mark decision point of a cross, we need to remember that Satan has a family house, and is a father of many children that do evil (Jn 8:44). Satan demands humans to take the permanent “mark” of his name in Revelation 13. Everyone that does this, will be forced into hell with Satan, and an everlasting torment with him. This too will be like the concept of getting branded or tattooed. Satan will coerce people with very strong motivations to willingly take his mark. He will do this by starving people. Everyone without his mark will not be able to buy or sell normally through the government created system.
When this motivation is not enough, there will be stronger consequences for not taking his mark. If seeing your relatives starve was not enough, Satan will cause everyone not taking the mark, to have their heads cut off (Rev 20:4). All of this will be a last desperate measure for Satan to control the planet entirely. But those that have read the Bible and believe what God says will happen will never take the devil’s mark, no matter what.
Please evaluate which marked family you are in right now! Please make the wise choice to live and not die, by receiving the “mark” of the cross (Tav). Believing in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, and calling Him your LORD, will insure a new family life.
Thank you for reading and studying this Bible series about the ancient Hebrew alphabet containing the hidden meanings that point us to Jesus Christ. God gave us this language with intentional intelligent design pointers. These “signs” were pathway directions to obtain eternal life. These signs were multi-dimensional. These clues existed in plain sentences, the words contained in the sentences, as well as every letter that created the words. Wow!
By finding and following God’s freely given “signs”, we could live with Him, know Him personally, and never die spiritually to be separated from Him. This is why Paul wrote this verse indicating his direction of travel was to achieve the end destination of a very specific “mark” (Tav).
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
This is an amazing verse about our study subject of the “Tav”. As you can read, the end of Paul’s calling of God in Christ Jesus, was a direct prize to obtain. Paul said this prize was a called “mark” for him to travel towards. This describes the definition of the last ancient Hebrew letter “tav” precisely, especially when joined with the first letter of the alphabet. This is because Paul also called himself a servant (purchased voluntary slave) of Jesus Christ (Rom 1:1).
The Greek word G4649 in Philippians 3:14, was translated as “mark”. This word has the base meaning of “to peer”. Peering can be defined as someone who looks “intensively”, and “searchingly” to find, or reach to obtain a destination. Therefore, this “mark” is a personal “goal” to achieve to reach in this human life before death. This is clearly speaking of humans to become Christians, and then continue on the right path looking to obtain the reward, of what Christ has given to us all on a cross.
These words are both an encouragement to continue as well as a warning not to quit. Paul wrote about this in other verses like this chapter in Corinthians:
1Co 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
In this chapter God writes through Paul, about a race contest that we are running in. God says if we continue running His race to achieve his ending mark, we will obtain an incorruptible crown of life. This should encourage everyone to continue.
Thank you again for taking your valuable time to study the Word of God. Hopefully these lessons are a blessing and will give you the strength to continue your race to obtain God’s final “mark” of victory.
(Ver 1.0) This is “Part 3b” of the Bible study series, revealing “Jesus Hidden in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet”. This is also “Part 2” of the very important ancient Hebrew letter “beyt” study. This series is designed to reveal the patterns of the Lord Jesus, hidden in the ancient Hebrew Alphabet pictograms. He can be found in every letter, but there are some letters that just appear to be most valuable to understanding Him. The “Beyt” is one of these letters. If you have not read the series from the beginning, it is recommended that you go and start with “Part 1”.
Today, we will continue our learning of the second letter of the ancient Hebrew alphabet called the “Beyt”. If you have read “Part 1” of the Beyt subject, you already know this letter represents a “tent” diagram where a family is planted, resides and grows. This letter also represents and identifies, all of the family members that are currently living in the house of their “father” or have come from his house. It is the “father’s name’ that marks the house. For example, notice this verse:
2 Sam 3:1 Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.
Here is a great example of two houses that were at war with each other. The house of Saul was a type of evil, opposing God’s selected servant David. In this verse we learn that houses can grow weaker or stronger. Therefore, it can greatly matter, whose house you choose to belong to and to who you are choosing to be in, either God’s house or the house of the devil.
In the natural realm this was chosen for you by your father Adam. Adam chose to join his “house” with Satan in rebellion, and everyone born in the natural family of Adam is destined to die (Rom 5:12). But in the spiritual realm, Jesus came as the “Last Adam” to create a new family for every human’s choice to live (Jn 10:10). Wow, it seems like an easy choice to make, but the deceiver tricks people into making the wrong choice (Rev 12:9).
This is why we are learning about two opposing spiritual houses and families, one of God and the other of His adversary the devil (Act 26:18). In Revelation 13, the beast representing the devil’s family, demands for humans to take his “mark”. We learned a “mark”, represents a family house’s name of the father. And in Revelation 13:17, we can understand this beast’s mark is joining people with the house of Satan and an eternity in hell (Rev 19:20). If you did not know that Satan was a father, and has a family, please read what Jesus revealed in John 8:44.
But Jesus in Revelation 2:17, offers those that desire to be joined with His family, the gift of receiving His name as their choice. Two spiritual families with two spiritual names of the heads of these family members. The house and family of God, is a very desired family to want to be in. We can identify people in the Old Testament that had this desire. For example, David:
Psa 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
One of our key subjects today will concern King David, the writer of this Psalm. It is very clear that David valued the “House of the LORD”. It is very clear that David desired to be in God’s family. David also makes it clear the spiritual house (beyt) and family, that we seek after determines our family association.
David was only interested in dwelling in God’s house and family. David could read about the alternative house to dwell within, in the Old Testament. Approximately 10 times, God wrote to remind the children of Israel, of their time in the “house (beyt) of bondage” (Exo 13:3, Exo 20:2, Deut 6:12, Deut 8:14). This was God using the natural nation of Egypt who held the natural family of Israel in bondage, as a “type”, for the unsaved people of the world. In the world today, people who do not belong to Jesus, are all in captivity in the house of Satan, under spiritual bondage to sin. But Jesus came to “set all of the captives free” (Luke 4:18).
We have already learned a significant amount of new information found in the one picture of a house tent that people in the Old Testament lived within. We have learned that this picture represents a “house” that was built by a man, in hope of being a future father. We have learned that this tent dwelling is empty at the beginning, and needs to be filled with a “new” family.
We learned there are two positive ways for any good father and husband to fill his house with his family. However, we were just introduced to one new negative method of entering an evil family. The devil uses tricks, traps, deception, and lies, to take people by force into his house of darkness. But Jesus, is always loving and good, He only offers people the positive right of choice to voluntarily join with Him in His house. We will soon learn today about God’s purpose of creating a new house and family of God by us entering into the LORD Jesus.
Unsaved natural humans can be rebirthed into God’s new spiritual family by being “born again” (John 3:3). This process occurs, by hearing the Gospel (God’s seed planted in the spirit of a human), believing in the Son of God as the risen from the dead Savior (spiritual conception), and confessing Jesus as their personal Lord (new birth activation) (Rom 10:9-10). This incredible new life experience (1 Cor 5:17) continues as we experience spiritual growth to maturity. This process is also a new marriage covenant relationship with the LORD Jesus who is the Son of God (Eph 5:31-32).
The son in the “beyt” family was essential to carry on the family name (mark), and to be given the primary part of the inheritance of his father. It is this son’s family responsibility to take the bride selected by his father. Then, these two will be joined to go out of their family houses of their fathers and mothers, to marry each other, and build their own “beyt” house and family. This was God’s stated Law of marriage found in Genesis 2:24. It is a pattern of what we will be discussing today about Jesus’ work for His Father.
Today, we are going to begin this study of Jesus in the “beyt”, with an analysis of a major promise made to one King named David. This promise was concerning a future son, that would come from a seed from his own body. This son was called a coming seed from the house of David, he is foretold to rule over his father’s “house” (beyt) of David and the kingdom of Israel forever (Luke 1:32-33). It does not appear that David was personally revealed the name of this future eternal King. But we discover in other parts of the Bible, this man is Jesus Christ the eternal risen from the dead LORD! Let us begin to learn what this has to do with a “beyt” family and house.
House (Beyt) + Seed (Nun) of David
Joined to the House (Beyt) + Seed (Nun) of God
Forms Jesus, the Son of David, the Son of God
We are now going to study a very important promise that God made to King David, about a coming son that would originate from one natural seed (nun) of David, and one spiritual seed (nun) spoken from God. These two seeds represent the continuation of two “beyt” houses and families of God. The Kingdom of God “seed” (nun) contributed in this promise will be sent from God’s greater heavenly spiritual house (beyt) to the earth.
This spiritual “seed” will be spoken by a heavenly messenger named Gabriel to a virgin woman named Mary” (Luke 1:26-27). The promised natural “seed” that will be contributed by David also happens to be the virgin woman named “Mary”. The virgin Mary was the natural seed “daughter” of King David. It will be the virgin woman Mary’s faith, that will receive the spiritual spoken “seed” of God. It will then be the power of the Holy Spirit that will overshadow her (Luke 1:35), to fulfill the promise that was made to David.
We are beginning to be introduced to an amazing concept designed by God. It occurred when one natural seed named Mary, that came from the house of David, was prophesied by a prophet of God named Samuel, as a promised spoken to David. The end of the promise, was about the implied coming of a female “seed” (nun) of the house (beyt) of David. This woman would be joined with the spoken spiritual “seed” sent from God’s heavenly house (beyt). It will be the union of these two “seeds” being joined together, that will unite the natural and the spiritual realms to form one new unique divine human “seed”, called the promised Son of David and the Son of God. This final “promised” fulfilled combined seed, would be named by His Father God, Jesus (Luke 1:31).
This is the promise that we will be studying in God’s Word and it is so amazing, that it causes a lot of people to not believe in it as being possible. But too often humans limit what God is able to do. We will only be going through a few key verses found in the Old Testament in this section, to focus on God’s single promise spoken to David. This promise was spoken by God in the Old Covenant family, and houses of Israel, Judah, and David. We will also be viewing selected verses in the New Testament to confirm what God is saying in the Old Testament. Let us get started.
We should all at least be beginning to know that the name “Israel” originally came from heaven, which is the spiritual location of the house of God. We have learned how this name change from Jacob to Israel, appears to be a marriage covenant name transfer of one of God’s hidden heavenly names. We know this from reading multiple verses in the Old Testament, where God says “the house or the people who are called by my name”, like in 2 Chronicles 7:14, Jeremiah 7:10-11, 14, 30, and Jeremiah 32:34, to list a few.
It will be this man Jacob that is renamed Israel by God that will bring forth God’s promised “seed”. God made this promise to Abraham, his grandfather. This marriage covenant is spoken of in several verses, but Jeremiah 31:32 is one of the clearest. Therefore, we should all know that God was in a marriage covenant with these people and He was their Husband and the entire nation was collectively called His wife.
Jer 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt (aka, the house of bondage); which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
But we must also know this future promise to Abraham was repeated in a promise to David concerning the same identical one seed (nun), that would be called the Son of David (Mat 1:1), and the Son of God (Mat 8:29), simultaneously. So, we are seeing the potential for two houses, the beyt of David, and the beyt of God being combined, to produce one joint Son. Let us review how this is possible according to the Bible.
Remember in the ancient Hebrew alphabet, that the “beyt” + the “nun” = a son (H1121). The “beyt” is a tent house, and the “nun” is the father’s seed that is contributed to cause his house, family, and name to continue, by the passing of his “seed” (nun) to a new generation. God combined these two letters, to give us the Hebrew word for a “son”. It is the passing of natural or spiritual “seed”, that is being sown by, in, and from the owner father’s “house” (beyt), that will produce their physical or spiritual heir. It is also interesting to know that one key Greek word translated as “seed” is “sperma”, in which we get the English word “sperm”. This information gives us one of the main concepts that was spoken of by God calling Jesus the “Seed of David” (John 7:42).
We have not covered the letter “nun” in detail. This is a future lesson in the series, God be willing. But there are at least 10 things found in the Bible, that are called by the name “seed”. The male sperm is one of them (Gen 38:9). And a born child is another reality that is called a “seed” (Gen 4:25). For our subject today, the other key “seed” that is most relevant is the Word of God (Luke 8:11). The Word of God is the most powerful and prevalent spiritual “seed” found in the Bible (1 Pet 1:23).
It is also essential to know that it is the father that determines the biological “gender” of the child. If the father contributes an “X” chromosome the child is female, and if a “Y’ chromosome, the child is male. The female mother only contributes one “X” chromosome every time to produce a child. Therefore, the mother nor the born child has a choice in this matter of gender determination, period. Consequently, it is only the human, or spiritual father’s seed contribution and the hand of God’s guidance, that can create a child as a female or a male. This will become very pertinent to our discussion of Jesus being formed as a male child, from two joined families, as we continue. Let us look at a verse that helps us to see what God is doing in Jesus:
Rom 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
So far, all of this information up until this point simply means that Jesus the born child of Mary in Bethlehem, had a natural father named David. Jesus came from David’s DNA, as God writes in Romans 1:3. In this verse God said “Jesus was MADE (G1096) from the “seed” of David”. The Greek word translated as “seed” is the Greek word G4690 “sperma”. This word proves Jesus came forth from the “sperm” of David the King. We should agree this “seed” represented Mary, a daughter of the House of David.
Then notice the Greek word translated as “made”. This word is the Greek word G1096 “ginomai”. From this Greek word we get the English words “gene’, “generation”, “genetics”, “genealogy”, and “genome”. All of these words relate to “DNA”, “RNA”, etc. being transferred. What we have just confirmed, is that Jesus had a natural father’s family and house that represents David. It had to be David’s natural sperm “seed” that would be passed down multiple generations to create a female child “seed”, named Mary. It is this female child born Mary from the house of David, that would grow to be a virgin woman capable of receiving spiritual “seed” from God’s powerful spoken word (Heb 1:3).
Mary, God’s selected female seed was born in the house (beyt) of David, and she would have an “egg” inside of her body with David’s DNA, that would cause her to “make” his natural son named Jesus. This information represents the maternal half of the family line of Jesus. It is because of the one male seed of David’s generational house, that would contribute an “X” chromosome, at the exact perfect time in human history, to cause the birth of a “female” seed of David, named “Mary”. It is Mary that will birth Jesus her firstborn son (Mat 1:25), and God’s only begotten Son (Jn 3:16).
It would be good if you could go and study the Luke 3 genealogy of Jesus. Remember a “genealogy” means the passing of “genes” from one seed (nun) to another, creating each new generation. In the Luke 3 genealogy, we will find how seed, after seed was passed from Adam, all the way to Mary, who gave birth to Jesus the Christ in Bethlehem. In this family lineage includes Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, David, and many other male seeds.
But the last “seed” is required by God to be “female”, so God could be the Father in the naturally created child making process. This requirement would allow God to fulfill His role as the male head of the house and family, as well as determine the gender of the child named Jesus, who also must be God’s male Son heir. Knowing this we can better understand the prophecy of God given to David the reigning King of Israel in the book of 2 Samuel and chapter 7. Let us begin to read and study the O.T. prophecy:
2Sa 7:5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?
God sent a message to King David. David personally desired to build the LORD a more permanent house (beyt). This new house was intended to be a more enduring dwelling, rather than the original temporary and portable tent tabernacle. Remember God’s previous temporary house was in a tent constructed originally by God’s directions given to Moses (Exo 25:9). This is very essential for us to know, that the temporary earthly tent tabernacle of God, was a human created tent of a “pre-existing” heavenly dwelling pattern (Heb 8:5). This sounds very important, if you can see it.
Therefore, we are directly connected with two houses following one pattern. There was the original heavenly “temple” that we can believe was created by God as permanent, and this is being contrasted with a new earthly house that must obviously be a temporary “tent” structure. This is the reason that God chose the symbol of a “tent” as the design of the “beyt” alphabet letter. It should be becoming very obvious that this “old” and “ancient” design, is not the final plan of God’s dwelling.
No doubt God placed this desire for a future permanent dwelling, in David’s heart. But God did this, not to fulfill David’s desires in his natural lifetime, but rather to prophesy God’s divine plan for David’s, and God’s shared Son, named Jesus, to fulfill this desire. Notice that the last sentence just called Jesus, both the son of God and David. We found this truth in Romans 1:3, where God called Jesus His Son, made from the seed (nun) of David. This represented two fathers, and two houses, one was the spiritual God, and the other was the natural man, David. Let us examine some of the words Jesus spoke on this subject, while present physically on the earth:
Mar 12:35 And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David?
Do you remember this question that Jesus asked the Jewish rulers in the temple? In Mark 12:35 Jesus said, “how say the scribes that Christ is the son of David?”. Then Jesus begins to quote a verse that David personally wrote about Messiah:
Mar 12:36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
Jesus reminded the Jewish people, what David had written while being inspired by the Holy Ghost, “The LORD said to my LORD, sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool” (Psalm 110:1). This is an amazing verse of scripture that contained a very significant hidden mystery. This verse is quoted 5 times in the New Testament, making it very important for what God is doing in Jesus. Let us start our understanding of this statement, by observing what God says in Isaiah:
Isa 66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
Notice what God says through the prophet Isaiah. God is talking about His house in two locations, asking a very specific question to the humans on the earth. He begins by saying, “Heaven” is the seat of His throne. Then He says, the “earth” is the footstool for His feet. In other words, God is saying to humans, there is no way you will ever be able to fully build me a house, where I can completely fit or rest. Wow, this is very profound, but we do not have adequate time to cover it in depth. However, we are going to be introduced to God’s solution to this problem very soon. Let us continue to see what Jesus said next about this subject:
Mar 12:37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.
Jesus continues speaking to the Jewish rulers, using the information found in the hidden riddle, written by David in Psalms. Jesus said in Mark 12:37, “If David calls the Christ his LORD, how then can He be his son?” This is supernatural wisdom of the Christ, demonstrating God’s superior knowledge, and their inferior lack of it.
Jesus had just tried to make them think and to answer this very profound question. Jesus was not saying that the Christ was not the son of David, but rather He was trying to get them to see that the son of David, must also be the Son of God, in order to fulfill the prophecy of David.
We have further confirmed how one man named Jesus was coming into the world from two houses, one natural of the house of David, and one spiritual from the House of God the Father from heaven. This is an amazing revelation, that teaches us that God is solving two problems in two houses (beyts), by combining them through a common one Son solution. A lot of readers will not yet understand that statement, but do not reject it because it is not understood. It will hopefully come into better light shortly.
2Sa 7:6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt (the house of bondage), even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.
David is then given more information about God’s plan of salvation. We can see a confirmation that when the people of natural Israel were delivered from Egypt which we know is also called the “house of bondage” by God. We should know that God came down personally by His Holy Spirit, and lived with natural Israel, in a temporary “tent” (beyt) dwelling. We know this was when He made them His Old Covenant natural wife, and natural family. This would be a sign of God bringing Himself down from heaven, to establish His family and His name in the earth. Wow, are we not studying about a tent alphabet picture? Do you see any new connections?
Do you remember that God said His feet will be located on the earth at rest in Isaiah 66:1? But here in 2 Samuel, God says He is walking in a “tent”? Notice both scripture descriptions involve God’s “feet”. But the Isaiah reference is a God of a future seated position of rest, and the 2 Samuel reference, is a God of temporary feet movement. If you did not know, the “rest” position is the New Covenant house of God in Jesus, where Jesus is seated in heaven awaiting His enemies on the earth to be made His footstool (Heb 1:13). But the “walking” about in a “tent” (beyt), is an Old Covenant God position in a temporary transition state of mobility, indicating no rest is taking place. Wow, that is “deep”.
One thing we need to see implied in this verse of 2 Samuel 7:6, is God did have a great desire for a permanent dwelling for His Spirit, but it was not going to be a temple made of bricks and stones. Acts 17:24 confirms this by saying, “God has made the world and everything that is in it. Seeing He is Lord of heaven and earth, He will not dwell in a temple made by human hands”. That was a paraphrase, but it conveys the essence of the inspired message about two houses (beyt) in heaven and on the earth. What we are beginning to see, is that God had already provided His Holy Spirit, with a living temporary temple (tent), to dwell in, by forming the human body from the dust of the ground (Gen 2:7). Let us continue with some of our main verses of 2 Samuel 7:
2Sa 7:12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
2Sa 7:13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
For the sake of time, we skipped down to verses 12 and 13. These two verses are about one man’s solitary “seed”. As we know, this man was named David, the earthly king of the natural nation of Israel. We can see in verse 12, that David will sow one seed (nun) that will come from his physical body, and it will “continue” until it produces one son (ben) that will continue David’s throne eternally.
We can clearly see in these verses, that this coming seed that will eternally rule, will only come after David is physically dead and buried. This implies a long period of time has passed before the “seed” will come forth. Between David and Jesus was approximately 1000 years, so that is a significant passage of time, before David’s promised seed would be fulfilled.
Did you notice that in these two verses of 2 Samuel, that God said twice, that “He would establish ‘his’ kingdom”? Whose Kingdom is God speaking of? Also did you notice verse 13, that God said “He will build a house (beyt) for my name (the family mark)”? Could this name be called the house of “Israel” that is on the earth and in heaven? So, we have the combination of the establishment of a kingdom that is to be joined with the building of a house (beyt) for God. This will be combined with the joining of two kingdoms, one of David and one of God. Wow, this can only be speaking of one man, that came from two “seeds”.
This is no doubt the new “Kingdom” of Jesus Christ. What we are observing is this future “seed” that will have a combined eternal kingdom found in two realms of existence. One is David’s natural throne, and the other is the spiritual Kingdom of Heaven. This may be difficult for some to accept, but Jesus confirms this after His resurrection in Matthew 28:18. In this verse Jesus said, “All power in heaven and on the earth, is given to me”. Why would Jesus speak of these two different realms of authority and power, being combined in Him? Why would it be necessary for God to hand over the power of earth to His Son Jesus? An even more amazing question, is why would God the Father of heaven, need to hand over heavenly authority to His Son Jesus also? Why was all of this necessary for God to accomplish? These are excellent questions to which to learn the answers. We will probably not be able to cover these questions in this lesson.
Now notice one of the “beyt” house key lesson concepts, mentioned in verse 13. In this verse we see God promising David that it will be his “seed” (nun), that will be building God’s house (beyt). Wow, this is a very radical promise, and it has nothing to do with a physical building made of bricks, and mortar. This is definitely pointing us to a spirit realm reality and fulfillment, which we will see very soon.
Remember in this section, we are exploring the concept of a two-letter word containing the “beyt” + “nun”. This formed Hebrew word is “ben”, and in English it is the “son”. We are learning that this promised “Son” must be Jesus, the Christ, and this Son must be the Son of God, equally as the Son of David a human. This also confirms the concept of two houses being combined into one “new” family. The key word is “new”, because this type of a production of a “son”, had never been accomplished before by God (Isa 43:19). God has planned the joining of one natural house on the earth from David, with the other a divine house in heaven from God, to create a never before seen new “heir”.
What we have arrived at in our Bible study journey, is the awesome truth that God came into the world to be “born” a human and divine Son. This child grew up into the man that God named Jesus, who is called the Son of Man (Adam), the Son of Abraham, the Son of David, and the Son of God. This made Jesus the Son of two realities named Israel, God the Creator, and Jacob the renamed originator of the natural nation of “Israel”. The name Israel literally means, “He will rule as God!” As you can see, we are being introduced to a brand-new concept that is amazing. The Spirit of God who dwelt, lived, ruled in a kingdom throne in heaven, came personally into the natural world, to begin a new spiritual family for Himself. In doing this great work He would also come to save the human house and family of Adam, that entered into a covenant with death and hell (Isa 28:15-18).
Jesus was, and still is, the only man that is capable of continuing the majestic Kingdom of His Heavenly Father’s name of “Israel” into a New Covenant house (beyt) family. Simultaneously, Jesus is the only son of David, that can fulfill the promise of reigning on his throne over natural Israel, eternally. We have just confirmed that one seed (nun) came into the world and this seed has come from Abraham, and David to fulfill promises given to them. It was this “seed” (nun) that came from the houses (beyts) of God (Israel in Heaven), Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel on earth), Judah, and David, that is fulfilled in one united Son named Jesus Christ (Israel of God that will rule forever in heaven and on earth – Galatians 5:16). We are about to learn about this new “beyt” house of the LORD Jesus, the “eternal Son (beyt + nun) of God” next.
THE NEW COVENANT HOUSE
AND FAMILY OF THE LORD JESUS
So far, we should have learned that God has selected one man named Abraham, and from his house (beyt), chose only one seed (nun) to be his begotten son named Isaac. And from Isaac’s house (beyt), God selected one seed (nun), to be his chosen son named Jacob, who God renamed to be Israel. And from Israel’s house (beyt), God selected one seed (nun) of 12 tribes, to become a son named Judah. And from Judah’s tribe, God chose one future seed (nun) to bring a son (ben) named King David, to continue to bring forth a female daughter seed (nun) named Mary. And from all of these continuing generational seeds (nun), God at the right time brought forth His promised seed (nun), and made His promised “Son” to be the Savior of the entire world (Heb 2:16), named Jesus Christ.
God’s promised “Son” (ben) of salvation, would actually be God, the Word (seed) becoming human flesh. We know this because Jesus is a name that means “Jehovah Saved”. Jesus’ name contains His Father’s name, and one of His main purposes, for becoming a Son. We have also learned that the name Jehovah means in ancient Hebrew pictogram form, “Behold the hand, Behold the nail”. This means the work of Jesus is found in the name of His Father. But there is more evidence that Jesus was the manifestation of God making Himself into human flesh to die on a cross.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God, and He created everything good that can be seen (Jn 1:1-3). Then in John 1:14 we read about “The Word (seed) of God was made “flesh” and dwelled among us”. This simply means Jesus was Jehovah the unseen God being made manifest in flesh (Heb 1:3). As you may know, all of this is really much deeper, than can be described today. But consider this fact, and see what God has said in the prophetic verse of Jeremiah that comes directly before Jeremiah 31:32, that we looked at earlier:
Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
As you can see this verse is about the subject of two “beyt” houses. This verse is about Jesus the Christ, and is not about a natural nation of people. God is foretelling to His Old Covenant natural people, in His previous family household, that there is coming a brand-new family covenant house with a brand-new family tent door entrance (Jn 10:7). This New Covenant was one that never existed before, that He will be making with the House (beyt) of Israel and the House (beyt) of Judah. These natural people certainly did not yet realize or understand what this meant. This was because they did not yet understand that the seed of the Messiah was already in them, and simultaneously in the Seed (Word) of God, when this prophecy was spoken.
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Notice this verse is very profound. God Himself will provide a “sign”. This declares God’s personal participation in the sign being given to them. The virgin being spoken of is the coming woman named “Mary”, who was the natural “seed” of David. But God then says this virgin would conceive and become pregnant with a son. This is exactly what we are reading about in the 2 Samuel promise to David. This verse confirms again, that this divinely given sign, would be God Himself impregnating Mary, with His Word. This would be done to produce a physical child, but this Son would be named “Emmanuel”, that means “God with Us” in human form. Wow, this is really amazing how God spreads the truth out in the Bible. Let us look at the New Covenant writings to the Hebrews to help us understand what God is speaking of in Jeremiah 31:
Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
As we can see Paul quotes the Jeremiah prophecy concerning two “beyt” houses, in chapter 8 of the book of Hebrews. Here in this verse, God says there was a major problem with this Old Covenant, and it was this “fault found” and other issues that cannot be taught today, that causes God to implement the New Covenant through Jesus. Notice this verse in Jeremiah is quoted in the New Testament, revealing these words are concerning, and written to, and about the church.
We now know that Jesus is the prophesied Son of God the Father, and we know that He is also the chosen Son of David. We know this New Covenant is with Jesus, because verses 1 through 7 are speaking of Him as being the High Priest of a much better covenant than the one that God the Father, had made with the natural children of Israel in the Old Covenant. Take a look at this next direct contextual verse, that will prove we are studying the same subject about a “beyt” house and family of God:
Heb 8:2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
Wow, this is one of those profound verses about our subject of the combined “beyt” house of God and David. Remember we read in 2 Samuel that David wanted to move God out of the temporary “tent” and into a more permanent house, but it was not for him to do. This promise was made to Jesus, and he has become the High Priest of the “True Tabernacle” that the LORD “pitched”. The Greek word G4633, translated as “tabernacle”, literally means a “tent”. Remember a tent house is what the “Beyt” is a picture of. That is an amazing direct connection with God’s plan for His Son, Jesus to build the house of God and the House of David into one combined new family. Let us quickly confirm Jesus is a Son that is creating a new family for God:
Heb 3:5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
Heb 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
Can you see that these two verses are about two (beyt) houses? Verse 5 is speaking of Moses’ faithfulness to create the temporary tent house of God in the Old Covenant. But that is being compared with another house (beyt) that is much greater. This house (beyt) in verse 6 is about the “Son” (beyt+nun), named Jesus Christ. It should be very clear to you that this is called the House of Messiah, our combined Son of David, and the Son of God.
Hopefully, you can see the connection to the “prophecy” of David’s desire to build God a permanent house. God promised David that it would be “one” seed that would fulfill his desire to build a house for the LORD. We can confirm that this new house is fulfilled in Christ. But now notice how God describes this permanent temple as being the church. Pay closer attention to the fact that God places the responsibility of remaining in the new “beyt” family and house of Jesus Christ to those that have voluntarily joined His family. Let us continue to learn more details about this plan of God and how it has been implemented in the church:
Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Eph 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Eph 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Eph 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Wow, these are all amazing verses of truth. Do you see the connection of God’s Son Jesus, in the “beyt” house alphabet letter prophecy of David? These verses are directly focused upon the prophecy of Jesus the Son of David, that would come to the earth to build God a permanent dwelling (house).
Notice what we see, in verse 19 by the mention of people in the church choosing to come into the “household” of God. The Greek word G3609 translated as “household”, means “domestic”. The term “domestic” is defined as “as relating to a family”. This word is related to the term “domain”, which represents a realm of authority of the head of the house. This leads us to the word “dominion”, which represents a realm of sovereign kingdom rule. We can see how people that were called “strangers”, and “foreigners” in verse 19, are speaking of people that were abiding in another kingdom house (Satan). But they have now left that evil family rule, to be saved by entering into God’s new family Kingdom formed in His Son Jesus Christ.
Verse 20 reveals God’s radical concept that originates from His designed plan to build a permanent temple for His Spirit. Jesus came to the earth to save people from their death, to “build” them into a new house for the Holy Spirit of God to dwell in. The Greek word G2026 that is translated as “build”, comes from the Greek word G3618, meaning “to be a house builder”. Wow, this is such great accuracy in fulfilling prophecy. We can further see how Jesus in called the chief corner stone of the “building” project. This makes the glorified, and resurrected “body” of the LORD Jesus Christ, the chief building corner stone, that we were all, aligned and joined with. Each newly saved human, becomes a new living stone. Each person is only one of many others, that will be formed into a new spiritual temple of the living God. Jesus is not only the builder; He is also the primary part of the building.
Verse 21 confirms the building plan of God using His Son Jesus, to build together a brand-new Holy Temple. Notice in this verse it clearly says this house of God is “growing”. Wow, do you remember what we read about in the beginning about the house of Saul, at war with the house of David? In this verse God says the house of Saul grew weak, and the house of David grew strong. Do you see how every verse in the Bible has something to do with Jesus, yet? God has placed duplicate natural patterns from Old Testament stories that relate to future Kingdom of God spiritual fulfillments.
Finally, Ephesians 2:22 further confirms all of the people in the church, are being built together for God’s habitation of the Holy Spirit. We find this additionally confirmed in the book of 1 Peter:
1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
What does it mean to be a “living stone”? This verse is God referring to humans in two realms of existence, that we have been learning about in this lesson. We learned of Jesus being born of the physical “seed” of David. In this natural human dimension of life, there exists death and this is what Jesus experienced for us. Then there is the more essential spiritual heavenly life that Jesus possessed, by Him having the Spirit of God living inside of His Body. Jesus after resurrection from the dead, was raised to be physically immortal as well as spiritually immortal. He was the first example, that we are all desiring to follow. This why He is called the “chief corner stone”.
Eternal spiritual life for a lost physical human, is only possible after the Holy Spirit comes inside of a mortal human body. Unsaved people today have a temporary basis for natural physical life, but lack the personal experience of joining with God’s spiritual “eternal life” defined in John 17:3, as “knowing God”. Spiritual death is present now in the mortal body for the lost, but it is finalized by them being separated from God, and not knowing Him, in their eventual realm of eternal existence in hell after physical death.
If you are truly saved, you have the Spirit of the living God inhabiting your physical body (1 Cor 6:19). His Spirit inside your body has been joined with your human spirit (1 Cor 6:17) to become a new creation that never existed before (2 Cor 5:17). We can clearly read we are God’s new “spiritual house” in 1 Peter 2:5 and we now can begin to understand why it was necessary for Jesus to build this new “beyt” house and family of God.
To complete this section of God’s new House of Jesus Christ, it is most interesting to learn about the Old Testament Hebrew man named “Joshua” which is the same name as “Jesus” in English. Joshua was a definite type of the coming LORD Jesus. Therefore, God’s selected name Joshua must reveal something, and it does.
Exo 33:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
In Exodus 33:11, we find God speaking of Joshua. We find Joshua being called a servant that we learned was the first “alef” ox picture letter. Then at the end of the verse we find that Joshua departed not from the tabernacle. This word means a “tent”, the beyt second alphabet letter. Finally, we find Joshua being called the son of “Nun”. Remember beyt + nun = a son. Wow, this is not a coincidence that we have been learning about all of these subjects.
This Hebrew name “Nun”, comes from the Hebrew word H5125, which just so happens to be formed with three Hebrew letters. There are “two” nun letters representing seeds, that begin and end the word. And these two “seeds” are joined together in the middle with a “vav” representing a nail. These are not amazing accidents; these are just more intelligent design confirmations.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Here in this verse is found our combined subject of God’s and David’s houses. David moved by the Holy Spirit declared his final “dwelling” will be in the house (beyt) of the LORD! By Him making this choice, David says the LORD’s goodness and mercy will follow him all of his mortal living days. David could foresee in the spirit, that this natural life was not his final home destiny. And that His coming “seed” would be the LORD, and He wanted to make sure that this would be his choice. If you have not made this choice yet, to join the good house (beyt) of Jesus Christ, this is the perfect time to do it. There will be a link at the bottom of this lesson to direct you how to join the best family possible.
Hopefully, this lesson was an eye-opening experience to see how one ancient Hebrew alphabet letter called the “beyt”, was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. There were literally many verses, and several other lesson subjects, that were omitted from this study. These omissions were due to the unlimited amount of information found on this subject in the Bible. If you are a curious wise Bible student, it would be recommended that you continue to dive into this subject of the old house and family of God originally in heaven, being transitioned on the earth through Moses, versus the new house and a family of God in the Son Jesus Christ.
Here is a list of questions that were not answered in this study:
- Who was in the family of God in heaven before Adam?
- Why did God create an earthly family through Adam, if He already had a permanent family in heaven?
- After Adam sinned and rebelled to join with Satan’s family and the kingdom of darkness, why did God want to save any of us?
- Why did God need a Son (ben=house+seed) from heaven to come to the earth, to be joined with a natural son (ben=house+seed) of a natural man named David?
- Why did God come to the earth personally to save us?
- How did God save us through Jesus His Son (son=house+beyt)?
- Why did God create a new Covenant, a new family, and a new house (beyt) in His Son Jesus Christ?
Thank you for taking your valuable time to read and study the Bible with us today. We are so very blessed to be a blessing to everyone that chooses to receive what the LORD has taught us to share with everyone in the world. If you would like to comment, ask questions, or share this lesson with others, please do so. Join with us to get the Word of Truth out to the entire world. God has blessed you to help you join His family, believe in Him, and act like you are blessed!
I believe we can find Jesus in every letter of the ancient Hebrew alphabet. This belief is founded upon the fact that Jesus in the Book of Revelation, claimed to be the Alpha and the Omega, at least four times. We explored this in the last lesson that was published when discussing the name of Jehovah is comprised of 3 letters used 4 times to say in the letter definitions “Behold the hand, Behold the nail”.
(Ver 1.0) This will be “Part 1” in a new Bible series, the Lord be willing. Today will be the subject introduction. This lesson series will be foundational information designed for every believer. In these lessons we will explore the subject of the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet and how each of these 22 letters can represent, and reveal Jesus in some form, role, characteristic, pattern or work.
It should be becoming clearer to you, that God hid Jesus in letters, words, sentences, paragraphs, and etc., to help us learn to search to find Jesus. We will be learning that the Bible is constructed around layers of intentionally designed natural and spiritual information, with everything ultimately, pointing us to Jesus. We could say the word of God is like an onion. There is the outer skin coating, that is on the visible surface, and we by just touching, smelling and observing this outer shell layer, can gain the strong realization that there must be much more to it, that is yet to be uncovered and seen.
Think of the outer surface layer of the Bible as being the basic information about the book. There are 66 books, written by 40 different authors, divided into two major divisions containing two major human covenants. The first division is called the Old Testament, and consists of 39 books written predominantly in the Hebrew language. And the final division is called the New Testament, and consists of 27 books, written in the Greek language. There is of course a lot of other basic information like book names, author names, etc. that are not going to be covered.
The Old Testament begins with the basic account of the creation of our world, God’s creation of man and his wife, the rise of sin, and the introduction for a great need for our salvation. God initiates a human interaction with His creation to cause His plan to come into manifestation.
He does this by selecting one man named Abraham, that a natural nation named Israel would come from. We can read many real stories about real people and how God built a Covenant relationship with them. Therefore, there are real historical people with actual real names that tell a great surface story of human origin and history. Everything we can read in the Bible really happened as stated, and is the true account of many people, and things interacting with God over 4000 years.
But perhaps you remember Jesus telling the Jewish people, “Search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, but these are they that testify of me” (John 5:39). That is an amazing claim that implies that He was hidden almost everywhere in some form in the underlying layers of hidden verse information. It could be He was found in hidden symbols, patterns, practices, feast holidays, ceremonies, names, titles, or descriptions. Or He could be hidden in natural human typological patterns as in the first man Adam (Romans 5:14). Or it could be that He was hidden in allegorical stories of real people, like Abraham and Sarah (Galatians 4:24).
Knowing how extremely intelligent God is, we can begin to see that Jesus can even be hidden in the letters of the alphabet. This is a great mystery, but God said that this was what He would do in Proverbs:
Pro 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
This verse is amazing. God is claiming to be God and to have an intelligence factor of such great capacity that He can hide Himself in plain sight, using words that we can all read, even knowing all of the word definitions, and still completely miss what He wanted us to search and find. This is such great evidence of a complex design technique that is only possible coming from an infinite intelligent designer.
This is even more impossible based upon the fact that all of this is happening, from someone using 40 different authors that many never met each other, and it was written spread out approximately 1500 years. The beginning authors were all dead, when the ending authors began to write. Therefore, they could not have collaborated together, to plan any of this hidden Jesus to happen. This is one of the main reasons why a computer geek loves Him and His Bible so very much.
JESUS – THE ALPHA AND OMEGA
Let us begin our introduction to alphabet letters, by talking about a very prevalent hidden Jesus in the Old Testament writings using just two letters. Remember Jesus claimed that He is the Alpha (the first letter of the Greek alphabet) and the Omega (the last letter in the Greek alphabet). Jesus made this claim 4 times and it was written using the Greek alphabet in the New Testament book of Revelation. But we do not actually know if Jesus spoke this to John in this Greek language.
It is very possible that Jesus spoke at least 3 languages, and Greek and Hebrew were at least two major known languages for that region and at that time. For example, the sign above the head of Jesus hanging on the cross, was written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin (Luke 23:28). It is possible that Jesus spoke this to John in Hebrew, and John wrote it down in Greek to teach and reach the world. We know from reading Revelation 9:11 John wrote the same name in both Hebrew and Greek. Therefore, John knew both languages. This information should make us wonder, why were these two Greek letters Alpha and Omega, so very important for Jesus to claim, and for us to know. That is a great question to ask God. He must be giving us a clue to something significant to learn about.
Could it be that these two letters that Jesus claimed to be, mean something more than just sayings on the surface that He is the beginning and the ending of an Alphabet? Can we ask, do these Greek alphabet letters, transfer and apply to the Old Testament writings with the Hebrew alphabet? Could it also be possible that these two letters that begin and end one alphabet also indicate the other letters in the middle are also representations of the same Author GOD?
I believe that the Alpha and the Omega are revealed clues and pointers to how we can search, find, and discover Jesus in the Old Testament alphabet. Remember the book of Revelation is supposed to be the uncovering of Jesus and it represents the completion of God’s Words to the church.
I have become a believer that the Alpha and the Omega alphabet letters do transfer into the Hebrew language. What we are about to discover, is that these first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet occur over 7000 times throughout the Old Covenant books of the Law, Psalms, and the Prophets. This is an amazing coincidence or more likely a great design pattern given by the designer to hide Jesus in the first and last letter combination of the Hebrew alphabet.
The first Hebrew letter “Alef” is combined with the last Hebrew letter “Tav”, and these two letters form a word that was mostly ignored by every translator of the Bible. These translators either thought these letters represented an unknown Hebrew word, or had an untranslatable Hebrew word meaning. If only these translators would have read the book of Revelation, and applied what Jesus said they might have potentially placed Jesus in many other places that have been hidden from us.
When I searched the Hebrew text for the Strong’s number H853, the Alef and the Tav hidden word combination was found 7302 times in 5650 verses, in one Bible software. Other Bible software had slightly different numbers of occurrences and verses but they were all close enough not to be disputed or argued.
Wow this is very amazing new information to many people. This means translators largely ignored or removed nearly 14,604 alphabet letters from what they were attempting to translate into a language that others could learn from. This was omitted information that should have been considered essential for us to understand our creator God with. This sounds like a major problem. What if we did this with a classic literature book? If someone ignored thousands of letters when translating it, wouldn’t that cause you to wonder what you may have missed?
That information should become a potential concern to everyone. There could be a lot of good information that is being ignored by a lot of the natural people of Israel, and Christians to learn about Jesus. Thankfully, there are a growing number of people that have come to this conclusion, and are beginning to learn more every day about what we have missed, and you can find some of them on the internet. Let us go over some things that help us see how there are definitely things that we have missed.
THE FIRST ALEF-TAV HIDDEN WORD
The first time this word Alef-Tav occurs is found in the fourth word of the very first verse of Genesis 1:1. I will list the word in the text as A-Z for an English translation presentation. Consider what Genesis 1:1 could have said, if they had added the omitted word:
Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God A-Z, created the heaven and the earth.
The English equivalent A-Z (first and last letters of the English alphabet), could have been changed to the “God Alef-Tav” as in a Hebrew representation, or the “God Alpha-Omega” in the Greek application. If you know much about the New Testament you can find how this A-Z addition to the Old Testament harmonizes with the truth identifying Jesus as the creator of everything, we see around us that is good. We can find these confirmations in John 1:1-14, Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 1:2, Hebrews 11:3, and Revelation 3:14, to name a few.
Can we begin to see how Jesus is being directly named in Genesis 1:1, to be the creator God that made the heavens and the earth? This is really more important than you may know. There are vast numbers of people that do not believe Jesus was God in the flesh. Instead, they label Him to be a mere human man that died 2000 years ago as a prophet. Vast numbers of people believe Jesus was a good man but no greater than any other prophet. But clearly Jesus claimed to be both the Most High God who is the Creator and this was first written in Genesis nearly 3500 years ago.
As you can see, if translators would have added these two alphabet letters in their translations, humans could have been curious to learn to at least ask what these two letters of the alphabet meant. This could have potentially caused more people to search for, who or what this represents. The answer to the curiosity would have become apparent, when people reached reading the book of Revelation, where Jesus gives us the definition of these two individual letters as representations of Himself. WOW!
EXAMPLE 2 OF ALEF AND TAV JESUS
The second time this A-Z word is selected by God in His descriptions comes in just three verses after the first. In Genesis 1:4, we can read the next usage:
Gen 1:4 And God saw the A-Z light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
If we had time to write a book about this verse, we could learn a lot of things about seeing Jesus here. But for the quick overview think of what Jesus claimed in John:
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Compare what God said in Genesis 1:4 to what Jesus just claimed, and then tell me, both of these verses are not about Jesus coming into the world? When the A-Z God spoke into the darkness of Genesis 1 and said “Light Be”, He was making a decree for the darkness of the world to end. This was literally God speaking to the destruction and chaos that had been caused by Lucifer’s rebellion and bringing Himself into the world as the coming Jesus to undo the works of darkness (1 John 3:8). Remember Jesus was called, “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8).
Are we not witnessing the account of the creation of the current natural world in Genesis 1? Therefore, are these not the words that were spoken by God A-Z to create our world foundation? We again find another book-end conclusion like the A-Z identification of Jesus in Revelation. But in this one God confirms that He was revealing His plan to bring “A-Z the Light of the World” with His first order of creation “Light Be”. God is defining and explaining what was happening in the introduction of Genesis with the climatic conclusion of Revelation. God provides further confirmation of Genesis 1:4 to be about Jesus in 2 Corinthians:
2Co 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
These are radical words being taught. There has not been enough people in the world that have seen what Jesus the A-Z, has accomplished for ALL Christian believers. God reveals a part of His foundational works of Genesis 1:4 to be about Jesus’ work on the earth, by teaching us it is the internal light of the knowledge of Christ in the human spirit, that eliminates the darkness of Satan from us.
There are at least 12 verses in Genesis chapter 1 that share this H853 Hebrew Alef-Tav word. I have just included the first two, but you are welcome to go find Jesus in the others.
EXAMPLE 3 OF JESUS IN THE ALEF AND TAV
Today’s final great Old Testament verse, that confirms how Jesus, the self-proclaimed “Alpha-Omega”, was being hidden in O.T. scriptures is found in the prophecy of Zechariah. I will again include the word in the verse as “A-Z”. Take a look at chapter 12 and verse 10:
Zec 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon (me) A-Z whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
This verse is so profoundly obvious to be written about Jesus. The word “me” in the English translation is actually the “Alef and Tav” (H853) word in the Hebrew. This is one of the times when the translators decided the word Alef-Tav should be made to mean “me”. This decision is one of the few times they chose to potentially help the sentence to point us to Jesus. What we are observing is another major confirmation that Jesus claimed to be this person being written about in this book of the Bible. We know this, because we know this is Jesus’ name in the book of Revelation as He claimed to be the Greek “Alpha and Omega”.
These were only three verse examples given that we took the time to find and introduce to you. But we know this is enough to establish the truth, because God commands us in the mouth of two or three witnesses, let every truth be established. All of these three verses point us to the True Jesus in the New Covenant. Therefore, we have enough evidence to at least conclude, it is a worthy Bible search to look for Jesus in the ancient Hebrew.
There are only 7300 other hidden words like these three A-Z examples, found in the O.T. Bible. This is your mission, if you should decide to seek Him. But this was an awesome place to begin your Bible study to find the hidden Jesus. Do exactly what Jesus commanded us to do and begin to search the scriptures for Him. Jesus promised that you will definitely find Him, if you diligently seek Him (Jeremiah 29:13).
The LORD be willing, we will do another short lesson, just on the first letter “Alef” next. Then, if the LORD be willing, we will go through each and every Hebrew letter in order. Thank you for taking your valuable time to read and study the Bible with Agapegeek. We value your faithfulness, support of prayers very much. We love you all and will continue to make mention of you in our prayers. May God abundantly bless and keep you. Always remember Jesus is LORD, and He is coming back very soon.