How many times have we heard preachers and religious sects shout from the roof tops that the end of the world is near? Well, I don’t know about you, but I hear it a lot. Therefore, since it has been a long time since I have added a blog, I thought it would be appropriate to sound off.
Is the world coming to an end? Almost every generation from Ezekiel, to the Apostle Paul, to modern-day preachers have been prophesying the event. What should be considered regarding the End-Days? The book of Matthew gives a pretty detailed account of the Second Coming of the Messiah, and it should be taken seriously since Yeshua (Jesus) was considered a prophet. Actually, He was more than a prophet, He was and is the High Priest in the order of Melchizedek; the promised Messiah of Israel and the Creator of all things. Greater still, is the striking resemblance of Yeshua and the Father in the book of Revelation. Not to mention Yeshua, Himself, refers to being the Alef (Alpha) and Tav (Omega). These are equivalent of each other since they both start and end the entire spectrum of both languages. And, the fact that since Yeshua was speaking to John, a Jew, it was by no accident that Yeshua used these first words to sound off to John. "I am the Alpha and Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty" (Revelation 1:8).
In order to understand why Yeshua, being out of the scene–physically–for some time, would offer up these words as being the first thing spoken to John on the Island of Patmos, one has to consider the Jewish mind-set. As long as theologians look at this in the Greek perspective, they will only capture the face value of it’s significance, i.e., they will be limited to understanding why Yeshua shared with John these amazing words. However, if you look at what John said in his rendition of the Gospel, you will notice that John is not only the, "disciple that Yeshua loved," but he is an incredible theologian. That’s right! A theologian. On the flip side, if you are merely a Jewish theologian without having the renewed covenant put upon your circumcised heart as found in Jeremiah 31:31-33, then you may be lacking the greatest key to unlocking the wisdom of the Scripture: Being born-again, and filled with the Ruach HaKodesh.
Back to the End-times. If your parents walked into the house, after being gone for twenty years, and said, "Son, we were lost and now we are found" this may be appropriate; however, you may slap them silly because they and you didn’t exchange words of love and admiration first. Why am I saying all of this regarding the End-Days? Well, because instead of Yeshua affirming His love and admiration, first, to the "one whom He loved" he quickly affirmed John’s teaching’s on the beginning of the world. So, before you can truly see the End-Days, you must first see the Beginning of Days. And, if Yeshua is more than a prophet, then He must be telling the truth found in Matthew 24, or we have swallowed the greatest lie of all-time.
John 1:1-5 states, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was l’chayim (life), and that l’chayim was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it." It absolutely amazes me that the majority of non-Jewish believers do not see the direct link and connection to Genesis 1:1! Is it possible that the eyes that are doing the interpretation are non-Jewish? I submit, yes they are! So, being the fact that Yeshua was raised Jewish in every aspect, and He ministered foremost to the lost sheep of Israel, would it not make sense that two Jews were speaking Jewish thought to each other? Yes! Absolutely!
Therefore, that being said, what is really going on? Here is where John the Theologian steps into the picture. John is directly confronting the pharisaical thought of the day. According to the Talmud, the early sages taught that the "Alef" and "Tav" together could not be translated. In Hebrew the word pronounced would be, "et." When questioned as to why, they would merely respond, "because, it can’t!" There are only two consonants, and because it cannot be translated it must be a word that only God knows. Then they would say something like, "if anything, the Hebrew word ‘et’ is the spoken word of God since God had to first create language to speak the world in to existence. Thus, we have Genesis 1:1, "In [the] beginning created God the heavens and the earth." It doesn’t take a genius to see the connection of John 1:1 to Genesis 1:1. John is actually going to start off his gospel with a direct slap-in-the-face to the rabbis by confronting the Sanhedrin authority. In doing so, the disciple of love becomes the theologian of space, time, and energy.
בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ. (Genesis 1:1)
Pronounced, you would say, "Bereshit bara elohim et hashamayim v’et haeretz." (Seven words! Make sure the vowels are pronounced a(ah), e(eh), i(eee), o(oh), u(ouu-like ‘who’ without the ‘w.’) Transliterated, by this author, it would read: "In Beginning created God the heavens and the earth." This can be considered an accurate translation by most scholars; however, it is a mere paraphrase at best! That’s right; our modern-day translations have lost their way down through the centuries.
This is the actual rendering of Genesis 1:1 transliterated, "In beginning created God (et) the heavens and(et) the earth" This would be a word-for-word transliteration if we are to except that the word "et" cannot be translated. If Yeshua is the Alef and the Tav (the Alpha and Omega), then Yeshua is identifying himself to John in the very first sentence of the Bible, and affirming John’s teachings to the congregation (house) of Yeshua.
The word (et) in Hebrew is (Alef-Tav) read from right to left. (Illustrated above in the Hebrew bold type and larger font size.) Again, the rabbis say this word cannot be translated. Unfortunately, theologians of Christendom have continued this myth and have not properly translated it either. When, in reality, Yeshua identifies Himself as the unidentifiable! That’s right. Yeshua is the "mysterious" Alef and Tav of Genesis. And where this supposed unidentifiable word shows up in the Tanach is quite fascinating. You may think I am crazy, but sit back, drink a cup of coffee with me and soak-in the hidden truths of the scriptures revealed to the sons of the Messiah.
The most accurate, literal, transliteration of Genesis 1:1 is this: "In [the] beginning God, Yeshua, created the heavens and Yeshua [created] the earth" (brackets added for English clarity).
Just in case you think that this self-proclaimed theologian has finally lost it, notice what the Apostle John and the the writer of the book of Hebrews write concerning Yeshua and creation:
(1) "Through Him all things were made" (John 1:3a).
(2) ". . . without Him nothing was made that has been made" (v 3b).
(3) "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe" (Hebrews 1:1-3).
(4) This is what the Father says about His Son, Yeshua, "In the beginning, O Lord, You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands" (Hebrews 1:10).
I could go on and on; however, I think you are getting the picture. Simply said, Yeshua is the unidentifiable Alef and Tav of the Tanach. Now, just for giggles ponder on this between now and my next insert on Yeshua being the Alef and Tav. In John 1:14 he writes, "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." We have only touched the surface. Believe me when I say that this is just the start.
In Clonclusion: John is confronting the modern first-Century thought of the day, through the rabbis, that the word "et" (Alef and Tav) in the Tanach cannot be translated nor understood. If anything it has to be the "spoken word" since it had to be created first so that God can speak the world into existence. John is bold, strong, fearless, and unashamed to tell the rabbis: "What YOU say cannot be translated, Yeshua is. What YOU say has to be the spoken word, I say Yeshua is the Word that has become flesh and has spoken to us!" WOW! John is not only the peace-love-joy-flower-power love child that the 60’s generation wants us to believe, he is also a tremendous theologian and the depths of his revelation of the Messiah is in absolute harmony with what Yeshua said in the book of Revelation, and how He is revealed in the Tanach.
Many blessings in Yahweh,