The vision God sent to John (Yochanon) in the book of Revelation has intrigued many people over the course of time. In this prophetic book, there are glimpses of celebrations and of shear destruction and torment. I have tried to understand this book to the core, linking verses from the Old Testament (Tanakh) with verses in Revelation so I could understand the context and time sequences.
However, I’ve often been told that the revelation of Jesus Christ (Yeshua) is the greatest revelation in the entire book! How could this be true? Jesus is only mentioned in a few of the chapters. The main focus that I saw was on the churches, seals, trumpets, and bowls, which comprise most of the book. When I discovered a simple truth, my viewpoint changed 180 degrees.
Jesus states in Revelation chapter 1 and chapter 22- “I am the Alpha and the Omega.” He is saying that he is the beginning and the end. He is declaring his reign from before creation, through the end of the earth. Much could be written on this alone.
He is also stating that he is the Aleph and the Tav! Jesus (Yeshua) was Hebrew, so he spoke Hebrew and this passage was translated into Greek. The Aleph and the Tav are the first and the last letters in the Hebrew alphabet, respectively. Unlike English, letters in Hebrew have meaning. The meaning of the letters are:
-Aleph: strong leader (paleo-Hebrew form was an ox head)
-Tav: covenant (paleo-Hebrew form was a cross).
So, Jesus was stating that He is the strong leader of the covenant. This is precisely His identity! And it gets even better…
When the letters Aleph and Tav are joined together in that order, they spell a word in Hebrew, which is pronounced “et.” The word “et” in Hebrew is used to point-out that a direct object is coming next in the sentence structure. This word has not been translated from the original Hebrew to English versions of the Old Testament, because it is said that there is no meaning for this word. This word occurs 7,000+ times in the Hebrew Tanakh (Old Testament), but never shows-up once in the English Old Testament. Jesus is the Aleph-Tav by His self-declaration in Revelation and He links Himself to 7,000+ additional passages throughout the Tanakh (Old Testament)! It is truly amazing how our God works! Talk about hiding truth within the text.
Therefore, it is important to study the text that God has provided in His language (Hebrew) in addition to our own language. God will reward us by unveiling many truths such as this that point to Him in mind-blowing ways. The greatest revelation of Revelation is the revelation of Jesus (Yeshua) throughout time, forward and back!
As an additional note, a close examination of the text of the book of Revelation shows that there are some acrostic significances to this book. What I mean by this is that each chapter in Revelation corresponds to the twenty-two letters in the Hebrew Aleph-Beit with regards to the meaning of the letters. You can verify the first and twenty second chapter from what I have already mentioned regarding the meanings for Aleph and Tav. Also, note that Yeshua’s claim to be the Aleph-Tav was in the first and twenty second chapters, not insignificant! An additional example might be the seventh chapter, which corresponds to the Hebrew letter Tzion, which is the seventh letter in the Hebrew Aleph-Beit. This letter means sword or plowshare. I’ll let you discover the rest. Videos describing the Hebrew letters in depth are available at www.passionfortruth.com and www.elshaddaiministries.us.