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Spoke 22 - Tav

Song of Songs, Acts, Revelation

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.

Revelation 21:6 (Spoke 22, Cycle 3)

Spoke 22 is the Spoke of Consummation. This is particularly evident in the obvious themes of the books that lie on all three Cycles of Spoke 22:

  • Cycle 1 - Song of Solomon: In this book we see the consummation of a natural marriage between a King and his beloved. It aligns with Revelation in which Christ receives His Bride and so confirms the traditional interpretation of this Book as an allegory of Chirst and His Church [see The Marriage Song - Union of Christ and His Church]. This is an example of how God designed the structure of the Bible to reinforce proper hermeneutics. This pattern is also reiterated in the Inner Cycle of Matthew where we find the Marriage Parable in Matthew 22. This is an example of self-similarity over scale, a fundamental aspect of the infinite depth and coherence of Holy Scritpure.
  • Cycle 2 - Acts: In this book we see the consummation of the Jewish Age and the birth of the Church at Pentecost with the birth of the Church, the Bride of Christ, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit who is for us the Seal of God.
  • Cycle 3 - Revelation: In this book we see the themes from the first two books on Spoke 22 come together with an unspeakably joyous climax! It is here that Christ actually receives his Bride who was born in Acts. This is the purpose of all creation! The process will shake the heavens and the earth, and those not willing to be with God will perish. And the remnant will enter the endless extasy of eternal intimacy with Almighty God whose sole desire is to pour his love into us. All the glory God has prepared for this great day will be poured forth. Its magnitude is terrifying - only the witness of the Love of Jesus gives my heart srength to contemplate it at all.

This great theme consummation found on Spoke 22 draws its primary meaning from the 22nd Letter, Tav, which means a mark, sign, or Cross. The Rabbis call this letter the Seal of Creation and say that Tav "makes an impression on the Ancient of Days." It is no accident that the greatest density of the word "seal" appears in Revelation on Spoke 22. But it also appears in the Song of Solomon, where it is associated both with Love (the consummation of the soul in God) and Death (the consummation of the soul without God). We read:

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Song of Songs 8.6 (Spoke 22, Cycle 1)

The image of the Seal with Love and Death links to the Cross, as discussed in The Seal of God.. The images of the grave, fire and vehement flames are reiterated on the Inner Wheel of Isaiah, in its last chapter which corresponds to the Apocalypse.

These themes come together in a most amazing way in the word כלה (kallah). In the majority of cases, it means an end, consummation, or completion. But in other contexts, it means Bride or Spouse, which is how it is used six times in the Song of Solomon. This is discussed in The Bride of Christ. God used Kallah as a Kaph KeyWord in the alphabetic verses of Lamentations, translated as "accomplished":

  • AV Lam 4:11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.

Kallah is a fairly common verb, appearing 206 times in Scripture. Here are the statistics for its use in the KJV:

consume 57, end 44, finish 20, fail 18, accomplish 12, done 9, spend 8, ended 7, determined 4, away 3, fulfil 3, fainteth 2, destroy 2, left 2, waste 2, misc 13;

The related noun occurs 22 times in Scripture, with these frequencies:

end 11, altogether 3, consume 3, consumption 2, consummation 1, determined 1, riddance 1;

The great great themes of Spoke 22 - the Consummation of Creation and the final Marriage of Christ and the Church - are united in the Hebrew language and the geometry of the Wheel. Truly, there is no end to the wonders of the Word of God!

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