While studying for the series, Who is…?, I came across another connection between the revelation of Yahweh and Yeshua with which I was familiar, but had not considered in this light.
At least twice in the Book of the Revelation of John, Yeshua claims that He is the ‘Alpha and the Omega’
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:12-14
Clearly, the title of ‘Alpha and Omega’ (first and last) is ascribed to Yeshua! Yet, as we have see in our previous ‘Who is…’ posts, we need to look a little deeper…
Even in Revelation, there is another use of this very phrase, ascribed to ‘the Lord God,’
Before we can really explore this phrase, we need to understand that it has MUCH deeper significance than two Greek letters! In fact, it is tied directly to one of the most mystifying words appearing throughout the Tanak!!
John, who records his vision as ‘The Revelation of John,’ was not a native Greek speaker and his concepts, throughout His Gospel and letters, are decidedly Hebraic. None of his writing expresses his Hebrew perspective more than the Book of the Revelation! Every part of the vision is decidedly Hebrew, thus, whether he wrote it in Greek or not is immaterial. What he saw and recorded was Hebraic and he was told, ‘I am the Alef and the Tav!‘ [Alef and tav are the first and last letters in the alefbet (Hebrew alphabet).]
This is a monumental statement for anyone who is familiar with the Hebrew text of the Tanak! Some 7000 times an untranslatable ‘word,’ את, (Alef-Tav) shows up at critical junctures as a pointer to important characters, concepts or pictures. John had already written his Gospel wherein he begins by identifying Yeshua as the Memra, the ‘Word’ who has been made flesh. John reveals Him as the Good Shepherd, the Bread of Life, the Way, the Truth and the Life… all pictures of concepts that point us to either the Torah, or to Yahweh Himself! Here, with the alef-tav, את, translated as alpha-omega, John again connects Yeshua with the Torah and Yahweh!
We could really take off on a tangent pursuing the wonderful את topic, but that is not the thrust of this post. For a crash course on את I recommend pausing to watch this excellent video by Bill Sanford. He has many others here.
The point of this post is to consider again, “Who is…”
As we saw in the opening verses, John in Revelation points to Yeshua as the ‘Alpha-Omega,’ or, more properly, the את. The Alef-Tav.
In the Tanak, however, we read that Yahweh is the ‘first and the last,’ John’s connector with ‘alpha-omega.’ Isaiah 44:6 says,
Thus says Yahweh, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, Yahweh of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last,
And there is no God besides Me.
But even more precisely, את־יהוה , or את־ Yahweh, appears a couple hundred times in the text. An example, showing how this is entirely unseen in the English is,
I will bless Yahweh (את־יהוה) at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Another from Deuteronomy 30:6 and 16 is,
Moreover Yahweh your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your [a]descendants, to love Yahweh (את־יהוה) your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live.
in that I command you today to love Yahweh (את־יהוה) your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that Yahweh your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.
The point is, just as we have seen connectivity between Yahweh and Yeshua under the titles of ‘Holy One of Israel,’ and ‘Redeemer,’ we see the same connectivity as the Alef-Tav! Yahweh Yeshua is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End! They are not separate, they are echad! Unified! One!
As a unified One, as we have previously discussed, Yeshua did not change the Laws or alter the covenants that were deemed eternal! He can’t! That is why it is so important to understand ‘Who is….’
Here is a little more on the Alef-Tav by Bill Sanford:
Much to consider!