The First and the Last

Our Lord is described in the Bible as "the First and the Last" in Isaiah 41:44, 44:6, 48:12, Revelation 1:11, and 22:3. He is also described as "the Alpha and the Omega" in Revelation 1:8, 1:17-18, 2:8, 21:6, and 22:3. But overlooked is the fact that the same equivalent construction is found in the Hebrew Old Testament. The first and the last letters of the Hebrew alphabet are Aleph and Tav. When used with a connector bar, or maqqeph, the two-letter prefix ALEPH/TAV is used as a grammatical element to indicate a direct object of the verb.

But that is only one of four uses of that construction. There are instances where ALEPH/TAV is used as a pronoun to indicate the second person masculine singular.

An example is Zechariah 12:10 which says, "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me (ALEPH/TAV) whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn." These two letters between the "me" and the "whom" remain untranslated.

In Genesis 1:1 we read, "In the beginning God (ALEPH/TAV) created the heaven and the earth." A maqqeph is not required grammatically. The verse is saying that Jesus Christ created everything. His signature is the ALEPH and TAV.

Deuteronomy 6:5 "And thou shalt love (ALEPH/TAV) the LORD (YHWH) thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might."

The word ALEPH/TAV is used as a preposition very frequently (over 7,000 times) in the Hebrew bible. Because the preposition ALEPH/TAV has no equivalent in the English language, it is not translated. But our Lord's signature is all through the Bible.

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