Jesus in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Part 5 – The Dalet
(Ver 1.1) This lesson is “Part 5” in the Bible study series about the Lord Jesus Christ, being hidden by the Spirit of God in His design of the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet. This is a truly amazing subject of immense importance. The Jewish people of the natural nation of Israel, have been the keepers of God’s written Hebrew Words for nearly 3500 years. Their faithfulness to keep it intact and preserve it accurately, as it was spoken to Moses and the prophets directly from the Spirit of God, is amazing. But what is most amazing to many, is how every letter of their alphabet, pointed them to their coming Messiah, and they totally missed His personal appearance, even crucifying Him on a cross (Tav). We of course are no better than they, because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). If it were not for the grace of God, everyone would still be headed to hell in complete spiritual blindness to what God has freely done for us all and given to us in Christ Jesus.
Today’s lesson will focus upon another one of the most essential letters in the Hebrew Alphabet relating to Jesus, called the “Dalet”. The “Dalet” is the 4th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The number 4 is very significant, and we will see this very soon. We should have already learned a lot about Jesus as letters of the Alef-Bet from reading the other lessons written in this series. If you have not read the series from the beginning, you might like to go to “Part 1” to begin with the introduction to the basic concepts.
The letter “Dalet” we are about to discover is certainly one of the major ancient Hebrew alphabet letters, that describes Jesus precisely. God created a natural pictogram for the letter “Dalet”, that contains massive amounts of hidden symbolic, literal, implied natural and spiritual truths, etc. All of these reveal Jesus to us directly or indirectly.
Today we will be learning only a limited amount of this important information. There is literally volumes of books that could be written on each letter and how it applies to the work of God in Jesus Christ. Here is a quick list of the contents of this lesson’s sections:
- Introduction – The Dalet Door
- Jesus Found in the Number 4
- The 4th Son of Jacob – Judah
- Dalet + Vav + Dalet = Jesus God’s Promise to David
- The Door Prophecy of Jesus’ Words
- Jesus Declares His Legal Entrance into the Human Realm Through a Door
- Jesus the Ark Door of Our Salvation
- Jesus Our Passover Door
- Jesus Our New Covenant Door
- The Conclusion
Let us get started with learning this incredible picture of the ONLY “Door” of access to the Father, named Jesus.
1. Introduction – the Dalet Door
The ancient Hebrew letter “Dalet” is the 4th letter of the alphabet, and also has the gematria number value of “4”. Most can view the ancient pictogram of the “Dalet” and see the basic image of a door. But we can confirm this by studying the Hebrew word H1817 that is often translated as “door”. This Hebrew word is comprised of the Dalet, joined with the “Lamed” and ending with the “Tav”. This pictogram has a powerful meaning and can be understood to say, “The Door (Dalet) of (true) Authority (Lamed) will be hung on a Cross (Tav)”. This sounds like God. But this is just one of our foundational prophecies of our Savior Jesus.
These three letters placed together spell the word “Dalet” and represent the isolated letter “Dalet” in word form. This word occurs approximately 90 times in the Old Testament and is translated as “door” or “doors” 70 times, Therefore, this Hebrew word is confirming the pictured representation precisely as being a “door”.
Here is a key to understanding correct Bible interpretation. In the Bible God calls multiple things by the same name. The subject “Door” is literally no different. There are many separate things that can be a door in the Bible. The first is always the literal natural plain representation as a physical door to a house. But we are about to discover today, that many other physical things can be called doors, including the human mouth (Peh). There are also spiritual doors, figurative doors, etc. that must be taken into account to see how they apply in our study of the Dalet.
Please notice that our “Dalet” door picture has exactly 4 basic drawn connected line components. Interesting how we just found the number 4 again. There are two side posts found in God’s door design, with one top lintel post, and one implied threshold bottom surface (Exo 12:22). Adding these together we get 4 rudimentary components of a basic door design. The drawing of the ancient Hebrew “Dalet” has all four of these 4 elements in the shape of a rectangular box, with the top “lintel” post being a greater extended length. This extension appears to imply the top extended lintel post is of a greater importance. This information should help us know that it is definitely not a coincidence that the letter “Dalet” is a basic picture of a door. Knowing this we can conclude that this letter was God’s specifically planned 4th letter of the alphabet for His own very important purpose to teach us about Jesus. It is absolutely imperative to know that nothing in the Word of God is there by random participation.
But realize that these four door elements, are really just the supporting structure for the main component called the “door”. The 4 side posts are basically just limitations for the main component called the “Door”. If Jesus is the “Door” and He was God, and He was, this would be another very prophetic imagery being given to us. Remember the 4 post design points us to the physical human realm of limitations for mankind within the 4-dimensional space and time realm. What we are suddenly learning is the “Door” picture appears to provide the representation of God our living Door, becoming a “man” and limiting Himself to the features of His created human realm. This is exactly what God says He did in Philippians 2:7. Wow, we have one of our first major contributions confirming the Dalet design defines the Word of God’s appearance upon the earth as a human, to die on a cross. Now consider this next factor and how it can be a prophetical picture of the work of God in person, in human form.
We must add the center swinging door access component to our total of 4 side posts, increasing the total number of major components to 5 connected parts. It is essential to know that the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the “Hey”. This letter occurs twice in the name of God, Jehovah. This letter has the direct meaning to say “Look”, and “Behold” as in someone who is excited and taking in an extended breath of air to shout “WOW”. I wonder if that is why the word “Wow” occurs so much in our Bible studies? I believe it is! What we are observing is when God appears in the human realm, there will be many that are amazed and excited and will shout “WOW”. But there are others born of the devil’s seed that will not react the same way. Which one are you?
It is very interesting that the number 5 is a symbol of God’s Grace in the Biblical study of God selected numbers. We should certainly be aware that if these 5 door components do represent God’s personal appearance, then it was only because of this work of divine Grace, that we were saved. Wow, another match for the confirmation of the ancient Hebrew “Dalet” design to represent Jesus’ death on a cross.
But also, do not forget that it requires “nails” to hang a door upon “hinges”, to allow the door the ability to swing open or be closed. But that type of door was normally only available in a more permanent type of house dwelling like we will read about in the Exodus Passover. For our pictured “tent” dwelling the actual door was usually very different. In a tent type of dwelling, the door was normally just a rod where a veil or curtain was hung but this was also accomplished by nails. It is this veil that we will soon see is also a picture of the coming Christ.
Every “Beyt” tent house must have a “Dalet” door. We learned in the “Beyt” lesson that God and Jesus both have a house and a family associated with them. It was the Father’s House in Heaven that begat His Son’s House. It is the “door” (Dalet) that covers the entrance or exit to the “Beyt” house dwelling, that allows legal entrance into the house and family dwelling. It is the interior area behind the door that was set apart for only the family or their special guests. This area was where they lived inside out of the exterior elements, where they slept, and were protected. Then exiting the house through the door represents the concept of going to work to bring food into the house. Therefore, the “door” represents the basic concept of “movement” from inside to outside, and vice versa.
The concepts that are implied in this “Dalet” door diagram are vast. Every tent or house has walls of separation. But a walled structure without any gate or door, means no exit or entrance to the house. Those on the inside, could not exit, and those on the outside, could not enter without a door. This lack of a door implies a total divided separation of the lives of those on either side of the separating walls (Chet). The Chet is the 8th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and is a picture of a wall, and we have not covered this letter. However, we still know that in the spiritual realm there are doors of access between heaven (spiritual) and earth (natural). We can read about Satan coming from walking on the earth to present himself before God in heaven in Job 1:7. It is very interesting that Satan tells God he has been going “to” and “fro” and “up” and “down” in it. This is another connection of the number 4, that reveals Satan could access the natural realm.
But we find another type of spiritual separating existence like a “wall” in the Luke 16:19-31 story that Jesus tells of two men that died. One poor man named “Lazarus” died and went to Abraham’s bosom. Another rich nameless man died and went to hell. In this real story we learn there is a great gulf between these two spiritual realms, and there was no way from within either place that someone could travel to the other place at any time for any reason. Hell is an example of a permanent spiritual wall (Chet) of separation. Please beware now while you can still learn how to not go there in this lesson. Abraham told the rich man in this story that the way to not come to the place of flames, is found in the implied letters, words, sentences, paragraphs, and books written by Moses and the prophets (Luke 16:29). That is exactly why we are studying this subject of an exit door today.
Therefore, we have just learned that the presence of a “Dalet” doorway in a walled existence represents “Freedom of Movement”. Consequently, we have found another major component for what a “door” represents in the eyes of God, and we need to apply this door characteristic to how it represents Jesus. We can begin to do this by remembering what Jesus said about Himself in John 14:6. Jesus in this verse clearly claims to be a type of “door” access to His Father, by stating “No man comes to the Father except by me”. This is very clearly Jesus saying He is personally going to limit access to His Father in Heaven, and this must be one of the major reasons why He is becoming this “Dalet” door letter representation. This is the function of every door to limit access to selected individuals.
Have you ever seen pictures of the place called Buckingham Palace where the Queen of England abides within? There are outer walls, and gates on the outside of a Palace dwelling. Then there are doors with guards on the outside of the Palace house walls (Chet). This makes entrance into her realm of normal interior existence severely limited to only those who she permits to see her. And they do this by entering into her Palace door (Dalet).
This is exactly one of the major reasons why Jesus has come to the earth to die on a cross (Tav), believe it or not. We can begin to learn this is true by Jesus stating in Luke 12:51, “Think not that I came to bring peace upon the earth, I tell you no, but rather division”. This is another entire book subject of immense importance about our study subject. In this statement Jesus just claimed to have come to bring a “Chet” wall of separation. If we study to find this reason for why Jesus needed to become a wall (Chet) correctly, we will find it was because of Lucifer’s rebellion in heaven. Knowing this we must then realize the reason for Jesus becoming a Dalet “Door” was it is the “door” keeper that grants access to some, while simultaneously separating access for all others (Lucifer). We should see this in some of the examples of doors as we continue to learn.
We have just been introduced to a few of the direct or implied applications for this letter to represent the work of Christ. One major application of Jesus as the doorway of access to His Father, is found in the book of 1 Timothy. In 1 Timothy 2:5, Jesus is described to be the human/God mediator between God and we that are in Him. Because we are “IN HIM” we have access directly to God the Father. Because He (Jesus) is IN us, God the Father has direct access to us by His Spirit. Wow!
This was God becoming the “doorway” solution for the human problem of permanent separation from Him. He became one of us, so that we could become one of Him. Wow, that is describing Jesus to be a “doorway” (Dalet) between two previously permanently separated walled (Chet) realms of existence.
Let us continue to learn other applications of a “door”. A “door” can also represent an “opening” to have an opportunity that you could pass by, if you do not choose to walk through it. This too points us to Christ, because He died once for all humans to have at least one opportunity to enter into the “door” of eternal life. But this opening of opportunity passes us by after we enter into another “door” called natural death (Job 38:17, Psalm 107:18). This is why normal unsaved people w/o demons, have such a great fear of natural death. While saved people who have entered the “Door” of Christ, know where they are going if and when they die.
I recently had a friend that passed from this world. He was a Christian, so we believe he just passed from the earth physical realm into the presence of the Lord Jesus in the spiritual realm (2 Cor 5:8). It is because of our belief in Christ Jesus in this lifetime that causes the door of Jesus to be entered to be in the presence of God in heaven.
We have only been introduced to the subject of the Dalet briefly. But we will list some of the key points that must be understood to continue. A Dalet is:
- A door of entrance or exit into or out from a house and/or family
- A representation for a decision point to stay on one side of the wall or the other.
- Choosing to enter the house, is a cross (Tav) over point of freewill choice.
These were only some of the basic concepts found within God’s “Dalet” door design. Perhaps these were enough to raise your interest levels in learning more of some of the details of Christ being our only exit door. We are about to discover that Christ died on a cross to give “access” for lost humans to enter “INTO” Him as a “door”. In choosing to do this by faith we receive salvation and deliverance from the bondage of Satan. Satan held us behind a wall (Chet) of “sin” where we were bound because of our fear of the looming eternal death door that was imminent for us all being “IN” the first Adam (Heb 2:15). Who do you want to be IN? Jesus is the correct answer for life. Are you ready for some new details you probably have never seen before?
2. Jesus Found in the Number 4
There are many well educated people including, Christian teachers, Jewish Rabbis and Hebrew teachers, who view the number 4 to represent the human realm of natural existence without God. For example, there are 4 dimensions of natural existence called, height, width, length, and time. These 4 dimensions severely limit humans to forward time and 3-dimensional space. Compared to God who can be everywhere all at the same time, and even apart from time, humans have a severely limited natural existence.
Also notice that there are 4 major directions of travel found on a natural compass, called north, south, east and west (Gen 13:14). One year of our calendar time is divided into 4 separate seasons (Gen 1:14). The night watches of the city guards standing on the gated walls, were separated into 4 divisions time (Mat 4:25). On and on we could go with the number 4 being very important in the natural human realm.
When we know the “Dalet” is the fourth letter in the alphabet and it represents a door that could be Jesus, we can begin to search for patterns of the number 4 that stand out, to also point us to Jesus.
We can find that the number 4 is a very significant number in God’s Old Covenant creation, because of the significance of His usage of the number 4 as a prophetical type and pattern for His coming personal appearance on the earth. The very first time Jesus appears in the Bible as the “Alef” and the “Tav” which he claimed to represent in the book of Revelation 4 times, is found in Genesis 1:1. In this verse the Alef+Tav appears as the 4th word and is untranslated and ignored by translators. This is just the first amazing coincidence for the number 4 in the first verse. Now let us see another in days of creation also found in Genesis 1.
Four is the total number of days that passed to bring in the entrance of the LORD Jesus Christ into the world as the joining of two doors (Dalets) representing God and man. This revelation utilizes the God created prophetic pattern of Genesis chapter 1 where the 6 days of creation are a complete history of all human natural time including what is happening now. This prophecy was understood by God’s prophet writing in Isaiah 46:10, where God says “I make known the end from the beginning”. Therefore, we know we can read the creation account of the beginning and see the end laid out.
But in order to further understand the timing we must find God’s definition of one day found in either Psalm 90:4 or 2 Peter 3:8. In these verses God defines 1 day in His eyes to represent 1000 years of normal human time. It would appear God’s definitions of time are significantly different than the natural human perspective. Therefore, the 4th day within the God created six days of work, and 1 day of rest, would prophetically reveal a time period that would occur 4000 years after creation began. This 4000 year, or 4th day would fall within the total of 7000 years or 7 days for the completion or end of our natural world. It just so happens this 4-day representation is the precise amount of time from when Adam sinned, until Jesus died on a cross in our place, to save us from the required death penalty (Gen 2:17).
There are also many other patterns of 4 that are found significant and we will talk about some of them in this lesson as we go. For example, for our introduction, let us remember that Jesus waited exactly 4 days to raise “Lazarus” from the dead. This story represents another significant prophecy pattern of the number 4, revealing the timing of the spiritual work of Jesus to save mankind from their condition of spiritual death. Remember Lazarus had been buried for 4 days, with a large stone “door” (Dalet) covering his tomb. What we find in this real story are multiple symbolic types that are being revealed as greater spiritual realities in Christ.
The dead man Lazarus, represented a type of all humans since Adam in a state of spiritual death (being separated from God). The dead man Lazarus laid in the tomb until he stunk, and so was the smell of humans in God’s nostrils (Amo 4:10) after 4000 years without Christ. Remember the tomb was a separated place containing only the dead and darkness. This is clearly a type of the world where Satan was ruler of darkness (Eph 6:12). The stone (G3937) should become obvious to represent Jesus himself, because it is the only “Door” for human exit from the darkness and death realm moving into the light and life realm. This we will discover today, describes Jesus precisely in His work on the cross. Hopefully you know this story found in John 11:38-44. If not, please go and study this story again, looking for all of the examples given to Jesus our Rock and Door called the savior of mankind (1 Cor 10:4), and Lazarus as the type of the dead separated human race. We will review a little more of this story to help you recall how this relates to our lesson of a “Dalet” door.
Remember, the man Lazarus was in darkness and separated from light who is God (1 Jn 1:5). Then recall there was a closed door “stone” that would not allow access to the light (John 9:5) for those on the inside of the tomb sleeping in darkness (Eph 5:14). But Jesus will also become the door of human salvation as we will learn later by hanging on a cross (Tav).
In doing God’s work on a cross, we will find that Jesus would become a new door of exit, to grant human access back into the fullness of God’s light. Also, remember the dead man Lazarus was wrapped in grave clothes, that will be removed after exiting the tomb door, and these will be exchanged for new clothes for life. Today this symbolism is being lived out in the church who were once dead in our sins, and are now alive and told to put on Christ in Romans 13:14. So we find another pattern of Lazarus’ resurrection to be an image of the church as raised from the dead people that have a new life wearing “Christ”. This occurs when we are born-again, to receive a new spirit. When this occurs God removes our old grave clothes meaning that we have exited the darkness of our old man which was in the first Adam to now be in Christ wearing light (Rev 12:1).
In this Lazarus prophecy, there was a very clear exit of a man, from the darkness where he lay asleep (dead), and there was a very clear passage back into the light to meet with Jesus, face to face. This describes the life and death condition of all humans, originating from the first Adam that caused us all to die, until we believed in Jesus being raised from the dead, in exactly 4 days or 4000 years of total human history.
We have just seen Jesus in the flesh raising an actual dead man named Lazarus. Jesus waited exactly 4 days to arrive to bring him back from the dead. So, Lazarus, was alive like the first Adam before he sinned, and then he died and was in darkness for 4 days stinking. The stone door was opened picturing the crucifixion of Christ on a Tav cross. The dead man was raised as a type of the second birth back exiting darkness and returning into the light of life. All of this was provided by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Finally, there was an exchange of death clothes for life clothes representing being clothed in Christ. We will only go over quickly one other parable that Jesus taught to see His emphasis upon the number 4.
In Luke 13:6-9, we find “4” verses that describe a symbolic “fig” tree. In this parable, Jesus described a “certain man” as an owner of a garden. This is clearly God who planted a Garden in Genesis 2 for His created man to tend. God spoke His first commandment to His created man in Genesis 1:28, saying “Be Fruitful”. This fruit is clearly what God desired of His creation to produce for Him, because it is how God’s creation will end in Revelation 22.
Now look at the 4 verses in Luke 13. We have a land owner that comes to a gardener that is caring for a “fig” tree. This tree is approached by the owner and He is searching for fruit on this “tree” for 3 years and finds none, so he tells the gardener to cut it down. But the gardener pleads for the owner to wait one more year and allow him to fertilize and care for it to give it another chance. This is clearly a type of mercy and compassion being exhibited. But notice how long this “fig tree” is given by the owner? It only has a total of 4 years to produce fruit, and if no fruit is produced then the limit of the owner’s patience has ended.
Wow, now we can see another amazing parallel into the 4000 years or 4 days of creation of God’s patience for His creation to produce any fruit that is worthy. If you recall there is another major encounter with a fig tree that Jesus uses to teach His disciples. In Mark 11:12-14. In these verses, God the creator of heaven and the earth in the flesh comes to a “fig tree” looking for fruit to eat. But He finds none! Does this sound familiar? Remember this encounter is occurring precisely 4 days (4000 years) after Adam sinned and failed to produce any fruit. Do you remember after Adam sinned that God says Adam clothed himself with fig leaves (Genesis 3:7)? This a direct connection to what Jesus is doing in the Gospels with telling a “Fig” parable and cursing a fig tree without any fruit.
Jesus speaks to this fruitless fig tree a curse that caused it to die in less than 24 hours. This was clearly God declaring the end of one natural garden that was planted in the first Adam. This teaches us that God is implementing a New Creation spiritual Garden in Christ, the Last Adam. FYI, this new garden is guaranteed by God to produce “fruit” because of His personal attention and participation. Praise the LORD!
This was just a very limited introduction to the number 4 being directly connected to Jesus as the Dalet Door. We will soon notice that the number 4 will continually pop-up like it was designed specifically by God, which I believe it was. But let us now get into some new detail picture representations of the “Dalet” letter to help verify how these examples of the number 4 in prophecy, and in the natural can fit with what the “Dalet” represents to be in Jesus Christ.
3. The 4th Son of Jacob – Judah
This is a section that will certainly be one that many will find amazing when discovering it. Do you remember the name of “JEHOVAH“ was spelled using the Hebrew letters “Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey”? Do you remember that this name meant “Behold the Hand, Behold the Nail”, using ancient Hebrew pictogram letter representations? These letters of the primary name of God in the Old Testament points us to a man that will be nailed to a cross. This makes this name of God to be a profound revelation of the Creator God exiting heaven, to come to the earth personally in the form of a Man that can die on a cross (Tav). What is also interesting to understand, is the fact that this name of God consists of exactly 4 Hebrew letters, the same number of lines drawn in the ancient Hebrew “Dalet” pictogram. This is not a coincidence either.
Do you remember that Jesus’ name Yeshua, contains the name of “Jehovah” added to the Hebrew word for “Saved”? This is another amazing pointer to exactly what the nail prints in the hands of Jesus has done for everyone that believes in Him. But now we are going to add the “Dalet” to this mystery. What happens when we add the 4th letter Dalet as the 4th letter in the name of Jehovah? This would make the new name “Yad, Hey, Vav, Dalet, Hey”. Do you know what name this is, in the Hebrew language?
This is actually a very significant name found in the plan of God to manifest in His chosen man named Jesus Christ (Messiah). This name “Yod, Hey, Vav, Dalet, Hey” is the name of Judah. Who is Judah? He just so happens to be the 4th son of the twelve sons of Jacob. That is a lot of coincidences of the number 4 being connected together, isn’t it? We should all know and understand that Jesus is called the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah” in Revelation 5:5. We can clearly see in the genealogy of Jesus in Luke 3:33 that Juda is one of the key fathers of the coming future King David and his son the ultimate eternal King of Kings called Messiah, and Jesus.
Therefore, we have some very amazing connections taking place with the “Dalet” addition to the name of Jehovah who becomes a man to die for all of humanity’s salvation. How does the meaning of Jehovah change when we add this “Dalet”? We would have “Behold the hand, behold the nailed door”. Some people try to find fault and criticize any and everything possible to discredit what is taught. Some say, we are taking the two “Hey” letters out of order and placing them first. While this is not wrong, it does not change the actual saying in any way to keep them in their proper order. In the proper order, the name Judah would be “The Hand, Behold! The nailed Door, Behold”. Can you see how this door being nailed is found in the name of Judah? Now pay attention to a prophecy of Jacob about his son named Judah:
Gen 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
This is a strange prophecy of immense application to Jesus. First notice the statement that begins by saying “a scepter” will not depart from Judah. A scepter is normally viewed as a royal staff signifying the holder’s ruling authority and power. This is clearly Jesus who is stated to rule with a “rod” of iron in Psalm 2:9 and Revelation 19:15. We also must conclude that Jesus would certainly come from a “seed” that is exiting from between the legs of Judah as stated in Genesis 49:10. Jacob’s words spoken of Judah are clearly a prophecy of Jesus that would be born of a virgin woman on God’s calendar on the 4th day of mankind’s history. On this 4th day’s entrance into the world, Jesus would become a living doorway to exit out of one kingdom of darkness that Satan rules, to enter into God’s New Covenant kingdom of light that we found in the Lazarus prophecy.
The essential take away of this section, is for us to learn and understand that God “Jehovah” in heaven needed a “door” to be placed in His name to give Him legal access back to humans on the earth after sin, and for the humans on the earth to obtain legal access back to Him. It also simultaneously teaches us that Jehovah needed an “exit” door for His adversary Satan and all of his followers. God became Jesus to become this additional “Dalet” Door inserted letter into His name to teach us and to prophecy what He was about to do in Christ. We will learn more about this as we continue to confirm these words and concepts in other verses.
4. Dalet + Vav + Dalet = Jesus God’s Promise to David
Here is another important name in the Genealogy of Jesus Christ that contains a huge prophetical picture diagram for the work of God in Christ. There are several verses that we learned in the “Beyt” lesson concerning God’s promise to King David, that his future “Seed” would build a house for the LORD. We learned in that lesson, that this “Beyt” house being built was a combined Son from two dimensions of existence. One was the natural realm where David was being promised, and the other was from the spiritual heavenly realm where God was going to send His “Seed” (Word) into the world to become joined as the simultaneous Son of Man, and the Son of God. There was a lot more scriptures in the “Beyt” lesson if you do not recall this, please go and reread it to help you see what is next.
We only want to focus upon the name of David today in this lesson. It is very interesting that the name of “David” contains two “Dalets” connected by one center “Vav”. This is not a coincidence. The letter “Vav” is a picture of a nail, in the ancient Hebrew. This letter identifies symbolically the joining of two things by implied covenant bond, because the two separated items become one together by nails. This is still the law of Marriage from Genesis 2:24, and Jesus is the nail, plus the two doors needed by God to be joined.
What God is confirming is why He selected this man named David to be the King, that would bring the Messiah into the world, and God hid this information in David’s name. Only Jesus could be the true God/Man that could enter two doors of two separated realms of families and houses (Beyt), simultaneously. Because Jesus was 100% a man, and 100% God, only He could provide God a united and joined doorway path for the two separated realms to have close contact. Without Jesus being a common joined door (Dalet), the death of humans occurred when standing unworthily in God’s Holy presence. But because Jesus died and shed His blood for us as a God/Man Door go between, we have been completely reconciled to full intimate relationship with Him being placed in Christ (2 Cor 5;17).
In other words, Jesus could grant humans safe admission into the Holy God’s presence in the spiritual heavenly realm becoming a human door of access, and He can approach God, His Father, because He was also fully and completely God. Jesus became the sinless/spotless Lamb to die for us to provide this access coming from two directions to occur. This is profoundly prophesied in the name of David. The first letter “Dalet” is one side of the problem, and the ending letter Dalet was the other side of the problem. These two doors that were separated, are being connected together because of the power of the “Vav” “Nail” in the center. Of course, the “Vav” nail also represents Jesus, but we have not taught on this letter yet. This will hopefully come later; the LORD be willing.
Just know that Jesus had a physical body tabernacle (Beyt), that granted the Spirit of God personal access into the physical realm. This was a new and living “Dalet” door for God to have access to the natural realm. Perhaps you have never seen this in the Bible, but here is an important verse to learn from about Jesus being a new “Dalet” door:
Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
Notice this verse begins with the description of a new and living way. This is God referring to a “doorway” that provided Him entrance into the natural realm, and humans a close and direct access for us to hear, from the Spirit of God personally or at least as close as possible in this temporary form.
If you look up the Greek word G2665 that was translated as “veil” in this verse, you will see in Strong’s that this word is referring to a curtain door that covered the entrance into the Most Holy location in the tabernacle of God. God informs us in this verse, that this veil being implemented for His new temporary Tabernacle “In Jesus”, was the flesh of Jesus that covered the Holy Spirit on the inside. Wow, this was an amazing advancement for God fellowshipping with humans on the earth from the Old Covenant process.
But it is also important to realize that this was only a temporary transitional phase of God’s plan of salvation for humans. Jesus said to the Jewish leaders in John 2:19, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up”. Then in verse 21, John clarifies that Jesus was speaking spiritually of His natural body temple, and not their physical stone building.
Please just understand that God could personally walk around sinful humans without anyone falling dead legally because He came into the world as walking and living tent with a veil covering in His flesh that protected them. We have just seen a major confirming set of verses that claim Jesus is a veiled tent Dalet type of doorway.
Then remember, that Jesus had the same Holy Spirit on the inside of His mortal body before He was about to die, as He did later in His eternally resurrected body. This teaches us that God had made a onetime doorway transition path from the natural to the eternal spiritual realm using the same veiled doorway in the flesh of Jesus. Did you get what was just said by the Holy Spirit? Can you see how this relates to the joining of two doors by usage of a “Nail” (Vav) in the name of David?
This reveals to us, that whoever, chooses in the living natural realm to enter into the joined door of Jesus, can now approach God in the Spirit realm by faith, without shame or condemnation (Romans 8:1). Wow, this is all found in the ancient Hebrew pictures of the name of “David”. Did you know that God could give such awesome direct prophecies even in the names of real humans? As an interesting side note about how Genealogy names can contain prophecies of Jesus, here is a sentence of prophecy provided by combining the meanings of the names in Genesis 5 from Adam to Noah:
“Man was appointed mortal sorrow, but the blessed God shall come down teaching His death shall bring the despairing, rest and comfort”.
We do not have time to go through all of the details of every name that makes up this prophecy. But this hidden message found in real people’s name implies God was at work in directing human affairs a lot more than many realize. Let us finish this section about the name of David prophecy.
If you go and read the book of Ezekiel, 4 times God speaks of David as His servant that will shepherd His people and reign over them “forever”. This is not speaking of the literal King David as a natural human. We all know this man named David was a sinful man who died, and was buried in a grave, and he too needs a savior. No, these verses are simply using “David” as the name of the natural “father” to associate with Jesus his son.
Study it, believe it, or reject it, whatever you want to do, but it is God hiding truth in plain sight and it is not that hard to find. Praise the LORD!
5. The Door Prophecy of Jesus’ Words
We could write another book on this single detail of the “Dalet” being Jesus the Messiah. Therefore, we willonly cover this topic as a very rapid overview of information that contains significant more specifics. We will not even include all of the verses to shorten the content and this means you need to look up the verses found in Ezekiel 47:1-12. We will however put verse 1 as a beginning:
Eze 47:1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.
When we read this verse with our spiritual eyes opened, we begin to see a significant amount of symbolic spiritual information being revealed. Please notice what is being prophesied by the prophet Ezekiel is about a door, a house and this location contains an “altar” for sacrifice. This sounds a lot like what we encountered in the last section about Jesus being found in the name of “David” as a joined temple doorway of the natural and the spiritual.
We will begin by noticing the verse is about a “house” (Beyt) and a “door” (Dalet) in the house. Then we observe water (Mem) flowing out of the house’ door. What could this possibly represent so far? Natural water is a symbolic spiritual representation of spoken words. We know this by several verses, including John 15:3, and Ephesians 5:26. Both of these verses are about the Word of God that is able to make humans clean by them hearing what is spoken to them. Please take the time and read these verses to confirm that you see this for yourself.
Another key verse is Jesus speaking in John 7:38, where He says “He that believes on me, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”. In this verse Jesus is again emphasizing a description of New Covenant believers, being filled with His Holy Spirit, to produce “rivers” of flowing water. That description is a good direct explanation of what we read in Ezekiel 47:1. The only challenge for some, is the fact that Ezekiel is prophesying using symbolism, and Jesus is speaking in literal spiritual terms mixed with the metaphor of rivers as words, and in Ezekiel words are waters. Now we need to learn about a new application for the “Dalet” door design found in a human body temple:
Psa 141:3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Now, how does God connect the “Dalet” to rivers of words? We just read the answer in Psalm 141:3 above. This verse is very clearly claiming the human mouth is a literal “Dalet” door that opens and closes by lip movements. We are all aware that the mouth is a two-way door of entrance and exit. We can breathe air in and exhale air out with our mouth. We can drink natural water and eat physical food with our mouth. It is also possible to vomit out of our mouths if there is an upset stomach type of condition.
Pro 23:8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.
Notice this verse is using the natural vomiting metaphor as a spiritual application to words spoken. This is not our main subject, but it is very profound. It has direct spiritual applications to all of the people that have become the “body of Christ” on the earth. But let us go over a new claim that Jesus spoke to us all, while He was physically present upon the earth. Jesus said this:
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Jesus is speaking and declares a very radical statement about spiritual realities. Jesus from what we read in Ezekiel 47:1 was the first spiritual God house upon the physical earth that was releasing waters of life to heal people. In the physical body of Jesus lived the Holy Spirit. He guided Jesus to speak everything that He said. Jesus literally claimed these words were coming out of the door of His mouth as rivers to give us all life. Let us confirm this with another statement:
Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Do you see the water transfer being exposed in this statement? Jesus said if we will drink of the “water” (words) that He spoke, we would never thirst again, and this accumulation of drinking in His Words, would result in our ability to fill up our well (spirit), so that we could spring up words for “everlasting life”. Wow, this is really amazing. Here again we are witnessing the connection (a Yod, a nail) between two doors, being repeated. But in this metaphorical usage this spiritual door only has in common spiritual words that flow from Spirit to spirit.
Jesus is literally claiming to speak words that would fill a dry location, and when this location was being filled, it could continue to be filled, by them hearing His words. These spiritual words spoken would keep filling until overflowing, then these words would begin to leak out to become a wellspring of eternal life for ourselves and others. Jesus teaches this concept in Luke 6:45, when He said “A good man out of the treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good, … for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”. Wow this is so amazing.
We could go through every verse in Ezekiel, but that is too much information for this lesson. But please notice some of the key points related to our subject of the “Dalet” a door. We should know that these verses are about the family of God, that entered the “Dalet” door Jesus. We will learn this detail very soon. But we also must know that this is about good God “words” as our living water source of eternal life.
If you read down further in Ezekiel you will find a man that measures the depth of the water exiting the “door” of the house. It is amazing that he measures the water that exits the door, 4 times. Remember the “Dalet” is the number 4. Then we find these words being spoken (waters) are very clean and not polluted words of death. We know from reading James 3:11, that bitter and sweet waters (words) cannot both proceed from the same fountain door opening which is a mouth (Peh). The Peh is just another Hebrew letter not yet covered, and this word literally contains the meaning of the “mouth” and “the power of the words being spoken by its usage”. Surely you can begin to see the intelligent connections and design of God found in the entire alphabet.
Finally notice the comparisons of this prophecy to God’s grand finale in Revelation 22:1-2. These verses in Ezekiel and Revelation are direct prophecy and fulfillment viewpoints. In Revelation 22:1, God sits on the throne with the Lamb, and out of them flow “rivers” as clear as crystal. This represents ultimate purity and holiness in their spoken words. From this river flows life, that feeds the trees of life on both sides of the river. These trees are the saved people of the earth and we are told that we will produce brand new spiritual fruit by drinking in God’s pure words spoken to us, every month (Isa 61:3). What we have learned is a very profound introduction to spiritual doors, and flow of spiritual words for life. I pray this will inspire you to thirst for more, of knowing Him and His Word.
6. Jesus Declares He Legally Entered into the Human Realm
Through a Door
We will not teach this topic in depth today either, but it will be a continuation of some of the concepts that we have learned previously about “doors”. This topic will focus upon a new “Dalet” door type that is not yet fully understood by many Christians. Remember in the “David” lesson God gave us two doors being connected by one nail. We were introduced to one door representing the human natural realm, and the other door representing the heavenly spiritual God realm and Kingdom. It is Jesus that becomes the “Nail” (Vav) to connect these two realms and we will verify in this section, how Jesus entered into the earthly realm legally to do this by going through the human door of entry.
We will only cover the first legal door “Dalet” entrance in this section into the world. Let us look at some key verses on this subject:
John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
Joh 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
This is a radical claim of authority that Jesus the “Last Adam”, is declaring in opposition to Satan’s illegal entrance into our world, at the time of the “first Adam” (Genesis 3). There are two direct spiritual powers being spoken of here. The first spiritual power in verse 1 is referring to the “lesser light” of Day 4 of creation, who rules the Kingdom of darkness. This is clearly Satan as he is also being called the “thief”. Later in this chapter of John 10, we are informed in verse 10, that he only came into the world to “steal, kill and destroy” from humanity. This is plainly speaking of “Satan” and his theft of the ownership and rule of the kingdoms of this world (Luke 4:5-6), that are under the authority of his darkness.
We need to understand the symbolic references that are being made by Jesus to teach us how to apply this information to the spiritual kingdom realms that are being spoken about using figurative natural expression. The first and most important reference is the “sheepfold”.
What is a spiritual “sheepfold” in the context of this discussion? We need to begin by looking up the Greek word G833 that was translated as “sheepfold”. This Greek word literally means an “open air” realm of existence. This can certainly apply to the concept of a sheepfold, where there is a large open air, green pasture, that is fenced in. This type of enclosed area would require an entrance and exit capability that provides access through a “gate” that could be opened and closed. The keyword meaning of this enclosed area is defined with the word open “air” environment. Knowing this, let us read about our enemy Satan’s realm stolen domain:
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Now we are discovering something very important to help define what a “sheepfold” was in the mind of God. In this verse of Ephesian 2:2, God speaks of Satan being the “prince of the power of the air”. This is a description of the “atmosphere” that surrounds our planet. It is this area of “air” that limits normal human realm reaches. So far no one has ever created another kingdom on “mars” or the “moon” because there is no suitable atmosphere in either. So, we can conclude the “sheepfold” of God was the planet earth that Satan had no legal access into.
In John 10:2, Jesus shifts the focus off of the illegal robber and thief Satan, that climbed into our world illegally, and is now focused upon Himself as the “Good Shepherd” (Jn 10:11) that entered into the world through the legal door. Wow, what is the legal door using spiritual definitions? How do spirits legally come into our world? To understand this we better just focus on how Jesus came, since He clearly says He entered legally by the “door”.
Ok, this is not rocket science. It is actually not complicated at all. God became a child in the womb of a woman named Mary, in order to gain legal entrance into our world. The fact that God was born of a human woman, gave Him the complete and legal right to enter our planet as a human to save us. However, we should also remember that God in Jesus completely stripped Himself of His full deity powers to become like the rest of His creation, in order to not to be accused by Satan to be illegal on the planet, like he was. We learn this plainly by reading Philippians 2:5-8.
There is a significant amount of symbolism to transfer and understand about the unseen spiritual world realm. We cannot cover this in greater detail. Just understand that the sheepfold is the planet realm of breathable air. The sheep are all humans on every part of the globe. The “thief” that climbed in illegally was Satan, the ruler of the darkness. The “good shepherd” that gained access by entering into the legal human “Dalet” entrance door was Jesus Christ. God is writing and speaking of His created world on planet earth, where He first planted a garden named Eden, and there He placed His chief created ruler named Adam to oversee the works of His hands. Adam rebelled, disobeyed and sold us to Satan, and he becomes the god of this world (Ps 8:4-6).
This was why God entered the “door” of legal access, being born of a woman into our world, to redeem us from this evil power that was sending us all to hell. By Jesus becoming the “Last Adam”, He had the legal right as our “kinsman redeemer” to buy back what was stolen from us by our sin debt. He accomplished this payment by shedding His blood, with His death upon a cross (Tav). Thank you, Jesus! We will discuss the last part of John 10 containing another “Dalet” door of exit from our world soon.
It is just very profound that Jesus comes into the world on God’s “day 4” of creation to be born a child in Bethlehem. It is more than a coincidence that God accomplishes this using a “Dalet” “door”, the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Let us now stop and go over a couple of Old Testament patterns of “Dalet” doors that represent Jesus the Christ.
7. Jesus the Ark Door of Our Salvation
We are going to review a couple of the Old Testament examples of Jesus as the door of salvation in the New Covenant, with the type of the door of the ark. As you should know God called a man named Noah to build an ark. God describes this story beginning in chapter 6 of Genesis:
Gen 6:16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
God begins in this verse speaking to Noah some key building strategies. There must be a window at a certain height. There also must be a “door” in the “side” of the ark that is lower than the window. The door will become obvious to be the entrance into the ark for everyone to be saved from the coming destructive flood. It will be this “flood” of water that will kill every living creature, that has not found salvation and safety inside of the ark.
Gen 7:1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
Here is God instructing Noah and his family members to enter into the “door” (Dalet) of the ark. They have been declared “righteous” in the eyes of God in their generation. Ok, let us stop and relate this to Christians quickly. Are Christians called righteous? There are many verses that reveal we have been made righteous by entering into “Christ” (Rom 3:26, Rom 5:17, 1 Cor 1:30).
Now pay attention to the word this “generation”. God is again connecting what is happening here to the coming church age. Remember what Peter wrote about the church? 1 Peter 2:9, God through Peter writes “You are a chosen generation”. Isn’t this what was happening to Noah and his family? They came into the ark, and they were saved out of the destruction of this natural world. We as Christians are entering to a spiritual door, and we will be saved out of the pathway leading to eternal damnation.
Gen 7:13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
There are at least 130 verses in the letters written to the churches, that claim we are “IN HIM”, “IN WHOM”, or “IN CHRIST”. All of these verses reveal something we have been given as a gift from God about Christians entering into the “Door” (Dalet) of Jesus. These verses further imply that Christians have exited the world that will be judged very soon. We see a direct correlation to entering into Christ, with the entering into an ark for Noah.
Gen 7:15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
Gen 7:16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
Wow, so Noah, his family, and every animal entered into the ark “door” (Dalet) and God shut the door! This was the sealing of complete salvation. Before this, everyone still had the “freewill” choice that would have allowed them to not go in, or to exit before the door was shut.
These were just a few of the key verses that reveal much more than you probably understand at their first glance. There is a very significant lesson this website that describes some of the key concepts about this subject, called, “Pitch within, and Pitch without”. This lesson will not be repeated here. Therefore, please go and read about it to gain a greater understanding of what is happening here about a “Door” representing Jesus.
There were other significant parallels being given concerning the spiritual church of God to our salvation, by entering into a door of Jesus. Please recall that Jesus in Matthew 24:37 said very clearly that when He returns to the earth for His church, it will be the same as it was in the days of Noah. Jesus is making a direct comparison of these two events. We will hopefully learn more about these concepts and parallels as we continue.
8. Jesus Our Passover Door
The Old Covenant is full of types and shadows that point us to Christ being a type of “door” (Dalet). We will continue with Exodus chapter 12 and the children of Israel being “freed” from their bondage from Egypt. In this true story, there are found multiple spiritual parallels to the church and Christ. Moses was God’s chosen deliverer of Israel, is a direct type of Jesus Christ. The children of Israel are a direct natural type of saved spiritual people and nation of the New Covenant, called the church. Egypt is a type of the world’s darkness and the kingdom of evil. And Pharoah that refused to let God’s people go free, is a direct type of Satan our ruler and prince of the power of the air, our adversary.
We will not go through every verse in this chapter. There is another series found here that provides a lot more detail on this subject. There were a series of great signs performed by God through Moses to convince Pharoah to let His people go, but none of them worked, because of his pride, arrogance, and desire and hunger for power and control. This sounds exactly like the devil today.
Therefore, God brought about one last plan. This was a judgment against everyone called the “death” of the “firstborn”. This judgement would affect anyone that did not believe the words of God spoken through the chosen servant Moses. God told Moses to take a lamb into every house (Exo 12:3). How, did the lamb get into the house? Obviously, he was led through the door (Dalet). How many days did the lamb stay in the house? Curiously it was for “4” days (Exo 12:6). Is all of this just a coincidence or chance occurrence? Obviously not. This is just another confirmation of God’s superior knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet and the “Dalet” being designed as a “door” as the 4th letter of the alphabet.
Then the lamb in the house, had to be killed and its blood collected in a bowl. It was this blood that was then instructed to be placed upon the “doorposts” of the house (Exo 12:7). Wow, another coincidence? Eventually, people are going to have to see the intelligent designs being given to them, aren’t they” I sure pray they do!
God says in Exodus 12:23, that when He passes over each house that contains blood on the door, He would not allow the “destroyer” to come inside to kill any of the “firstborn” in that family. But in every house without the “blood” found present on the doorposts, the “firstborn” of man and beast were slaughtered. It is most interesting that on this day of “Passover” the “moon” was at its peak fulness. Remember “Satan” is the symbolic moon. This too is symbolic for what was coming in Christ’s work and blood to become our door of release and freedom from our captivity in the kingdom of darkness.
I would strongly recommend that you go and read and study the series of lesson on “God is Love” found here. In this you will find, God’s concepts of the hidden parallels between a “Passover” door and the doorposts, and Jesus being a hung as a “door” (Dalet) of salvation for us to enter, being nailed to a cross. Both set of wood posts had blood of a lamb, and both sets of posts had a door hanging on them, etc. By entering into the Passover door, the family was saved from death, and by entering into the body of Christ by Faith, we are also spiritually and eternally saved from hell. The parallels are amazingly eye opening.
What we should find, is this Passover door w/ blood covered posts, is a pictured type and shadow of the far greater Lamb of God sacrifice on a cross. In this sacrifice God’s firstborn natural son (Heb 1:6) died in our place, so that we do not need to. Remember that Jesus is actually called the “Only Begotten” Son of God in John 3;16. Only begotten simply means a naturally born Son of God that was born of a natural woman. It was Jesus’ primary reason for being born as a mortal man, so that He could physically die as well as spiritually die as a gift of substitution. Thank you, Jesus!
9. Jesus Our New Covenant Door
We would all love it if Jesus, would just come out in the open, and directly say “I Am the Hebrew Dalet”, like He does with the “Alef” and the “Tav” in Revelation 1:8. However, even in the Alef and the Tav we must still recognize that we are required to make the necessary language translation, from the Greek “Alpha” and “Omega”.
God would have made it so much easier for us to search, find, and see Jesus if He had chosen to write the entire Bible in one language to everyone. However, this is not His chosen method of communication. He does this for a lot of very wise reasons, and one was because He was desiring to reach the entire world to save everyone. At that time the majority of the world all spoke “Greek”, and that language would allow Him to reach so many more people. God also likes to hide Himself in His writings, to cause us to want to desire to find Him. This is what we are doing by searching for Jesus to be the “Door” of the New Covenant.
Today we have already found a lot of information about Jesus’ relationships to “Doors”. Now we are going to see how Jesus claimed to be the “Dalet” exactly, but just not as a direct corresponding alphabet letter in Greek. Today, using this “Dalet” letter, Jesus is rather observed to be calling Himself to represent the pictured symbol of a “Dalet” door pictogram design. This information again is written by God using the Greek language to record it. But it is this Greek description that matches precisely to the “Dalet” ancient Hebrew pictogram. Let us stop and read the Words of Jesus written in Red Ink, to see His direct claim. We will do this by returning to John 10. In this verse we are going to find a “New” door that was not previously mentioned:
John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
The Greek 2374 translated as “door” literally means a portal or entrance as in opening or closing. This is truly a profound statement of spiritual truth. Jesus is not speaking literally or naturally as in the physical realm of doors. Jesus is rather speaking figuratively of a spiritual type of access to God. Wow, this is eye opening, if you accept it. Ask yourself, these two questions and see if you already know or can find the answers:
- Who are the “sheep” that Jesus the door, is giving entrance into the Kingdom of God?
- Who are the “non-sheep”, that Jesus is locking out from entering into the Kingdom of God?
If you did not know already that you were one of His sheep, it is time to get saved so that you will know Him and His voice personally. In John 10:14 Jesus claimed to be another symbol called the “Good Shepherd”. In this verse Jesus said, “I know my sheep, and My sheep know me”. From this we learn People are obviously His sheep but these people are only saved people in verse 9:
Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Jesus confirms that human salvation is the key to know Him as the Door and the Good Shepherd. Then in the next verse Jesus claims the access to entering this Door to become His sheep is to believe:
Joh 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
This verse is Jesus proclaiming what Paul wrote being inspired by the Holy Ghost later. Paul said in Ephesians 2:8 “By grace are we saved, by faith”. Our participation in believing what God said is the key to becoming and remaining His “sheep.
To answer question 2, Jesus reveals two kinds of animals in His parables. Notice these next words of Jesus to better understand the soon coming of His glory:
Mat 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Mat 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
There are two groups being divided. These parallel the two parties involved in John 10. Remember in this chapter there was Jesus called the “Good Shepherd” and the “Door” of the sheep. And He is at enmity with another called the “thief” and the “stranger” that entered into God’s sheepfold illegally to “steal, kill and destroy” them (John 10:10). This enemy and evil one, is of course, the devil called Satan.
Finally notice the “sheep” that are set on His right hand by the angels and they enter into the Kingdom of God. This is opposed to those are called the “goats” that are divided on His left hand that are blocked from entering into Jesus, the Door of Heaven. These are vital “door” and “gate” concepts being taught. There is only a one Door access into eternal life. Jesus became this “Door” to also be the “Doorkeeper” or “Porter” that allows access and acceptance versus blockade and denial of entrance into God’s Kingdom. Jesus Christ is the ONLY DOOR access into the Kingdom of God.
This is a good time to remember the two kingdoms that we were introduced to in the beginning of this lesson teaching the number 4 of the Dalet. On Day 4 (Dalet), the “Door” (Dalet) was born in a manager in Bethlehem. 33 ½ years later, Jesus died upon a cross (Tav). Three days later, He arose from the dead, and our “Faith” and “Confidence” in this resurrection grants us entrance into “Christ” the Dalet “Door”. Surely you can begin to see that all of this was prophesied in the letters of ancient Hebrew alphabet.
Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
John was given a personal view of an “opening Door” in heaven. This Dalet type of Door appears to be another reference to the LORD Jesus Christ. He appears to open His mouth proclaiming loudly with a sound like that of a trumpet; saying “Come Up Here” (1 Cor 15:52). We know very clearly that this trumpet sound, is a voice and is stated to be a talking Spirit from God’s spiritual realm in heaven. This voice is clearly speaking to people on the earth that are NOT yet physically or spiritually with Him in heaven.
This calling up, is the catching away of the bride of Christ (Rev 21:9), as the door of the end of the two days of the Church age of Grace closes (1 Ths 4:16). At the time revealed in Revelation 4:1, the fulness of the Gentiles has entered into the salvation door of Christ (Rom 11:25) and we are going up to meet with Him in the air (1 Ths 4:17). This is a new door opening of an appointed opportunity to be prepared for, and it is a very soon coming happening, believe it or not. Glory to God!
We have gone through a lot of potentially new information for many about the different concepts of the types of “Dalet” doors, and how they relate to a picture of Jesus Christ. You hopefully recall some of the types of Dalet doors we have covered:
- Being born of a woman as legal entry into the physical realm.
- Being saved from the world’s wide path of hell, by entering into the “Door” of Jesus Christ.
- Taking advantage of life’s most important “doors” of opportunity are many: for example, 1) to hear the Gospel, 2) to believe and receive Jesus and get saved, 3) to study and learn the Word of God, 4) to open your mouth door to preach and teach the Gospel, 5) to be ready to get raptured, etc.
There is a lot more information in God’s Word that was not able to be covered today about “doors”. This lesson has already exceeded 10,000 words and that was above the initial desired target.
We concluded our lesson with a direct claim of Jesus being the ONLY “Door” for His sheep. It is this “Door” that directly represents our study letter Dalet and Christians are His sheep. In this chapter of John 10, we can clearly see Jesus claiming to have figurative “sheep”. We can find out in many verses that believing Christians are His sheep, but we will go back to the Messiah prophecy of Isaiah 53 to help us know this role could be anyone in the world that accepts Jesus as LORD:
Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Do you see the direct connection that God makes of people to be like sheep? According to this verse all people in the world wandered away from knowing God, going into their own ways. But God had mercy upon us to lay upon Himself every sin. Wow, that is an amazing display of God’s Love. Also in John 10, Jesus claims to be the “Good Shepherd” of the sheep who gives His life for us. He is truly the best shepherd that any person would want to follow. We can connect Jesus as our Lord in the description of Him in Psalm 23. This Psalm written by David, one of our subjects today was speaking of His future Dalet Door Son directly. It is also interesting that this chapter is describing Jesus as the ancient Hebrew letter “Lamed”, that has not been covered yet. Hopefully, this letter will come, the LORD be willing.
Thank you for taking the time to read and study God’s amazing Word with us today. If you do not love God and His word, it will be too late very soon to get to know Him easily. Jesus will be returning to the earth to catch His sheep away to be with Him in heaven. During the tribulation time it will be harder to give your life to Him than you can possibly imagine. The pressure of the enemy to take His mark, will be nothing like you have ever seen. It is best to turn your life to Him ASAP, and now is the perfect time. Please go to the link below and click on how to get saved. Do it now, because you are not guaranteed a tomorrow.
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Jesus in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Part 23 – The Tav
(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.
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