In the last two blogs I mentioned the importance of the ta in the Hebrew texts. Again, the ta (pronounced “et”) is not translated. If you were to look at almost every interlinear text, which is a word-for-word transliteration from Hebrew to English, you would see that in almost every instance (not all), the ta is replaced—often with asterisks.
Again, for your convenience, Genesis 1:1 read back words is:
בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית בָּרָ֣א אֱלֹהִ֑ים אֵ֥ת הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם וְאֵ֥ת הָאָֽרֶץ׃11
Counting each word from the right to the left, you would see the Alef and Tav in the fourth and sixth words. The fourth word “et” stands on its own. However, in the sixth word “et” is connected to the Hebrew letter VAV. This connection of both words would read “ve’et” in Hebrew, or “and**” in English.
So, when translators see this word, they merely translate it as “and” without the **; however, hopefully, you have read Part I and Part II, which explains why the ** are so important to getting the correct meaning of Genesis 1:1.
The letter VAV in Hebrew is the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. God created man on the sixth day; 6 is the number of man; God was finished with creation by the sixth day; and, after the sixth millennium, Yeshua will reign for a thousand years. The translated meaning of vav in English is hook and/or nail. Therefore, the numerical meaning of Vav is six and the symbolic meaning is hook or nail.
When something is connected with another thing, i.e., two pieces of wood, then a nail is used. Isn’t it interesting that in the sixth word of Genesis 1:1, there is Vav connected to the Alef Tav (ta). Thus, one can say that there are two prophetic meanings behind this: (1) Men need to be connected to the Messiah to have true life, and (2) Yeshua the Alef and Tav (YHVH) came to us as a sinless man through the birth of virtuous woman, Mary.
Remember when I said that the Alef and Tav is also the fourth word? Well, prophetically speaking—In the first sentence of the Bible—Yeshua is telling us that He, the Messiah, will come to us on the 4th day (fourth millennium), and again in His millennial reign with man for a thousand years after the sixth millennium. (Also represented in the sixth word with Vav being connected to Yeshua.)
So, what am I saying? Well, it’s easy. Yeshua came to us four thousand years after the creation of the world (fourth word of Gen. 1:1); Yeshua, the Messiah, will come as a man (sixth word of Gen. 1:1); and he will reign with man after the sixth millennium were He will hook or nail (connect) man to him.
There is more to say about the hidden meanings of the Alef and Tav; however, I’ll leave it to my next blog insert. Are you connected to Yeshua? Have you carried your cross today?
Adrian A. Bernal, M.T.S.
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1 Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia : With Westminster Hebrew Morphology. electronic ed. Stuttgart; Glenside PA : German Bible Society; Westminster Seminary, 1996, c1925; morphology c1991