And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me,
Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me,
It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning
and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall
inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Revelation 21:5f (Spoke 22, Cycle 3)
We began this journey into the unified geometric heart of God's Word with the surprisingly simple act of
"rolling up the Bible like a scroll" on a spindle Wheel of Twenty-Two Spokes, corresponding to the Twenty-Two Letters
of the Hebrew Alphabet (Bible Wheel book, pg 23). This led immediately to a host
of "unanticipated correlations" such as the synergistic compounding and compacting of the
four archetypal symbols – the Circle, the Cross, the Alphabet, and the Number Seven – in its large-scale structure,
aptly described as sevenfold symmetric perfection (BW book, pg 52).
Chapter 4 of the Bible Wheel book - For Glory and for Beauty -
reviewed its relation to the prophetic theological art of traditional Christian iconography
and its ultimate significance as the very Seal of God bearing the Sign of Deity in the form of the tri-radiant
cruciform halo generated by the distribution of the seven canonical divisions
on its three Cycles. The first part of this chapter reviewed the integration of the primary themes of
the Books on the First and Last Spokes with the symbolic meanings
of Aleph (Commencement) and
It is, therefore, an incomparable wonder, having come full circle after traversing such a vast domain,
to find the first words of Christ in the Last Book returning us again to the alphabetic origin
of the Wheel of God's Word:
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which
was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Revelation 1:8 (Spoke 22, Cycle 3)
This title identifies Christ as the Living Word of God
who created all things, as it is written later in the same
Book, "his name is called the Word of God" (Rev 19:13, BW book pg 39, see Aleph and Tav,
First and Last).
It is a Divine Title, revealed by God Himself, and it seals the Bible on multiple reiterative levels;
first as a natural symbol of wholeness and completeness, second as a symbol of Eternity,
and third as a symbol of the Word, with all these overtones being combined, compacted, pressed down,
and shaken together into the ultimate symbol of the Complete Perfection of the Eternal Word of God.
It is revealed only in the Apocalypse, and so the Last Book seals the linear sequence of the
Sixty-Six Books with the declaration "It is done. I am the Alpha and Omega." Its Hebrew form – Aleph Tav – likewise
seals the circular matrix of Sixty-Six Books and combines with the bilateral symmetry of the Canon Wheel,
thereby "rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Tim 2:15, BW book pg 246) between the First and Last Spokes
This Seal of God's Word – – is itself a
Divine Title not dissimilar to His eternal memorial name I AM THAT I AM (Exo 3:14). But it is more
than just a title, and the Letters Aleph and Tav are more than mere symbols – they combine to form a number
of Hebrew words that reveal the true nature and origin of the Bible Wheel, chief amongst them
being (ot) which carries the meanings listed in the table.
This word appears nearly a hundred times in the Old Testament, first in the fourfold description of the
purpose of the heavenly lights made on the Fourth Day (Spoke 4, BW book pg 169):
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from
the night; and let them be for signs (ot), and for seasons, and for days, and years:
It next appears in Genesis 4 when God placed a mark (ot) on Cain to protect him
from being slain. God used it a third time when He established His Covenant with Noah, symbolized by
And God said, This is the sign (ot) of the covenant which I make
between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do
set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign (ot) of a covenant between me
and the earth.
It appears a fourth time when God made His Covenant with Abraham (Gen 17:10f):
This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after
thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin;
and it shall be a sign (ot) of the covenant betwixt me and you.
This word is deeply associated with God's covenants and His miraculous saving acts.
The blood of the Passover Lamb was the sign that protected the Israel from death (Exo 12:13),
God gave Moses miraculous proofs that He had sent him (Exo 4:5), and He freed them from Egypt with
"great signs and wonders" (Deut 6:22). And of utmost significance, this is the word that God chose when
He gave the prophecy in Isaiah 7:14 of the miraculous birth of His Son who bears the Sign of Eternity
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign (ot); Behold, a virgin shall conceive,
and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Immanuel, God with us! This brings us to the heart of the Gospel which, like the Bible that declares it,
is encompassed by the Letters Aleph (Beginnings/God) and Tav (Consummation/Cross).
The very word for a miracle is itself a miracle that coherently derives its meaning from the symbolic power of
its Letters: (ot) = A Sign ()
from God ()! The Lord engraved this symbol in the Capstone of His Holy Word.
It governs its entire structure even as it proclaims a host of Divine Signs with distinct yet harmonious voices.
It produces a symbolic symphony declaring the Eternal Nature of God, His Authorship of Scripture, its
Perfection from Aleph to Tav, and its own self-reflective meaning as a Divine Sign.
If you are not dizzy yet, it probably means you need to slow down and meditate on what has been said.
How is it possible that human language could even express these ideas? They touch the highest heavens and
yet remain as simple as ABC, 123. We are gazing into the absolute perfection of the Infinite Intelligence of Almighty God!
Yet there is more; the Sign of God - -
also proclaims the essential core of the Gospel, the greatest miracle of all time:
For God [Aleph KeyWord Elohim] so loved the world, that
he gave his only begotten Son
[on the Cross = = ]
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Jesus Himself used the word sign when He prophesied His death upon the Cross:
But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign;
and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was
three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in
the heart of the earth.
Here sign is from the Greek semeion, whence Semiotics, the science of signs
and symbols. It is used for (ot) in
Greek translations of the Old Testament. This returns us to the opening (and defining) passage of the Apocalypse
where God used its related verb:
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things
which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified (semaino) it by his angel unto his
This brings us full circle yet again. The Last Book on the Last Spoke declares itself to be
a Book of Signs, using the Greek word that specifically corresponds to
. It then reveals its Divine Author by the Greek title
that also specifically corresponds to . And all of this is
exactly what we would expect in a Divine Book specifically designed upon !
When God joined Aleph to Tav and sealed His Circle of Revelation, a kind of nuclear fusion
occurred that unified the whole and ignited it into a blazing synergistic sun of fiery symbols.
In a literal nuclear fusion, physical elements such as hydrogen, helium, and so forth are brought into close
proximity by the sun's powerful gravitational field. This forces them to interact in ways otherwise impossible,
fusing new elements from the originals even as it generates the Light of the World. In the same way,
the Bible Wheel brings together three primary elements (Books) on each Spoke and catalyzes their interaction
with the corresponding Hebrew Letter. This Divine Fire produces a ceaseless conflagration of new insights into
the Holy Word. Indeed, from the moment of its ignition we saw the very Sign of Deity shining from its
sevenfold symmetric perfection. New and wondrous insights continued to effortlessly burst forth, culminating in
the discovery of God's Divine Title – – reiteratively engraved
on multiple levels in its structure so that that Wheel declares from within itself, by its very nature,
that it is a miraculous Sign from God (ot)!
The Divine Unity of this revelation makes it self-reflective, self-descriptive and
self-authenticating. It bears its own proof (ot) in the structure of its body, and all of
this, from beginning to end, is based on nothing less than the very Signature of God
that He Himself revealed in the Final Book.
This one word – (ot) – reveals the full Divine
integration of the Hebrew Alphabet, the Hebrew Language, the Bible Wheel, and the Gospel message.
It is all one! When God closed the circle of the Bible, He fused Aleph with Tav and brought forth
its sevenfold symmetric perfection. And just as the Capstone Signature ,
signifying the alphabetic core of the Wheel, is explicitly revealed in the Last Book, so also is its
sevenfold Seal of Perfection there revealed in the symbol of a book sealed with seven seals:
And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside,
sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice,
Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth,
neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no
man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto
me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book,
and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne
and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain,
having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
This passage played a central role in the design of the presentation in the Bible Wheel book.
I had been struggling for some time to find an introduction to the Wheel that would make it intuitively obvious I
had not "done anything" myself to produce the pattern. The solution came when my wife Rose was meditating
on Revelation 5 and noticed a footnote that said the "book" was probably a scroll. The Lord quickened her
imagination, and she saw the Bible "roll up like a scroll" in her mind's eye. This is the origin of the
metaphor that has proven so fruitful (BW book pg 16). It
also is a key to the Capstone Prophecies (BW book pg 391).
We have yet to exhaust the manifold meaning of Aleph and Tav. As mentioned above,
they combine to form other words that relate to the structure of the Wheel. The most
common, et, is a derivative of ot that functions as a grammatical sign to mark the
direct object of a verb. It first appears at the exact center of the seven words of Genesis 1:1
where it marks heaven as the direct object of God's first creative act:
As a grammatical marker, et is peculiar to Hebrew and so is not translated. It appears again
as the sixth word to mark the earth as the other direct object of God's creative act. There it is
prefixed with the Sixth Letter (Vav) which is how the conjunctive "and" is written in Hebrew (pg 197).
A closely related meaning of et is to mark out words for special emphasis with the implication that the essence or
totality of the thing is in view. This is common knowledge amongst both Christian and
Jewish commentators, as noted by Adam Clarke in his
commentary on Genesis 1:1 (1826 AD):
The word eth, which is generally considered as a particle is often understood by the rabbins
in a much more extensive sense. "The particle," says Aben Ezra, "signifies the substance of the thing."
The like definition is given by Kimchi in his Book of Roots. "This particle," says Mr. Ainsworth,
"having the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet in it, is supposed to comprise the sum and
substance of all things."
This rabbinic tradition interprets Genesis 1:1 as
"In the beginning God created et – Aleph Tav, the Essence of Everything – that is, the heaven and the earth." This further
coheres with its etymology, as Ernest Klein explained in his Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Hebrew
Language where he traced it back to the ultimate root meaning of ot as "a noun in the sense of 'being, essence, existence'."
This means that the Seal of God's Word carries the idea
of essential existence. The closing passage of the story of creation exemplifies this meaning:
And God saw everything (et-kol) that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished (kalah),
and all the host of them.
The phrase et-kol is formed by
combining et with
the standard Hebrew word meaning the whole or all.
It is spelt with the same consonants (vowel points were not added until the 10th century) as ot-kol,
the sign of everything, which coheres, of course, with the precise topic of the passage. This then reveals
the true essence of the alphabetic core of God's Word. Following the arrow from the center of the figure eight,
we pass through the Letters Aleph Tav Kaph Lamed, and see that et-kol is formed by symmetrically interweaving these
two diametrically opposed words on the Alphabetic Circle. This means that the Sign of Everything is
symmetrically spelt out in the
defining alphabetic core of the Bible Wheel, which amplifies yet again its power as a symbol of the all-encompassing
Word of God. This is the never-ending wonder of the Theological Art that God has so skillfully engraved
in His Capstone.
Next Article: Divine Synergy of the Four Symbols
- On his excellent site www.hebrew4christians.com John Parsons
covers much of the same material as the article above. On his page
Jesus and the Aleph-Bet
he connects Jesus with the Aleph Tav as the sign of the direct object discussed above:
Considered this way, Jesus is the Direct Object of the Universe, the End (sof) of all of
creation. And not only is Jesus the End of all creation, but He is the "Beginning of the Creation of God,"
the Creator and Sustainer of all things: "For by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that
are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:
all things were created by him and for him: And he is before all things and by him all things consist."
It is important to note that I wrote the above article (which is an excerpt from pages
86-90 of the Bible Wheel book) before encountering Parsons' work.
This is yet another example of the objective nature of this study. Independent researches come to exactly the
same conclusions just like they do when studying mathematics or physics. The symbolic structure of the Hebrew
Alphabet and its integration with the fundamental Gospel message is an objectively verifiable phenomenon.