And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull,
which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on
either side one, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was,
JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was
crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
Golgotha - The Axis of the Wheel
The crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ is the central event of all Scripture. It is
the fixed point of God's revelation. Just as the Apostle Paul "determined not to know any thing
among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified" (1 Cor 2:2), so the Wheel revolves about this
singular event. It is the axis of the Wheel. The name Golgotha, as noted above by the Apostle
John, means the Place of the Skull. It is a transliteration of the Aramaic name used at the time of
Christ, Gulgoltha, corresponding to the Hebrew gulgoleth (skull).
This word gives great insight into the design of the Bible. It is based on the verb galal (to roll) because
a skull is round like a ball or globe. Christians know this root through the original location of
the Lord's ministry, Galilee, so called because it consisted of a circuit (galeel) of border
towns in the northernmost region of Israel (Joshua 20:7). Another familiar word is Gilgal,
so named because it is where God figuratively "rolled away" the reproach of Egypt after the children of
Israel crossed the Jordon into the Promised Land (Joshua 5:9):
And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away (galal) the reproach
of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called
Gilgal unto this day.
The name Gilgal is a variation of galgal, the common Hebrew word for a wheel,
such as that of a chariot. Its plural form is galgalim. This word appears in twelve verses,
such as the "wheels like a whirlwind" (Isa 5:28), the "fire from between the wheels" (Ezek 10:6), and
the "wheels as burning fire" whirling below the Throne of God (Dan 7:9f):
I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did
sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his
throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels (galgalim) as burning fire.
A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set,
and the books were opened.
Now we can easily see more of God's glorious Wisdom. The name of the place where the Lord was crucified,
Gulgoltha, is spelt with the same letters as galgal suffixed with
an Aleph and a Tav in reverse order.
This means that the word identifying the central event of all Scripture implicitly contains the elements of its
unified geometric and alphabetic structure that we discovered through that "single and surprisingly simple act"
(Bible Wheel book pg 16) of rolling up the list of Sixty-Six Books on
a spindle Wheel of Twenty-Two Spokes, corresponding to the Twenty-Two Hebrew Letters from Aleph to Tav. Moreover,
this leads straight back to the word for a miracle or proof,
the very Sign (Tav) of God (Aleph) = ot (BW book pg 88)
that declares the essence of the Gospel, for it was at Gulgoltha that God (Aleph) died for us on the Cross (Tav),
as it is written:
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us
[Lamed, BW book pg 258] that, denying ungodliness and worldly
lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope,
and the glorious appearing of our great God  and Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us
[on the Cross, = ], that he might redeem us
from all iniquity, and purify unto himself
a peculiar people, zealous of good works. ~ Titus 2:11ff (Spoke 12, Cycle 3)
Skull and Crossbones
from Mayan Graveyard
Uxmal, Mexico ca. 700 AD
The Gospel message comes directly from the Mind of God, the Creator of All. He teaches it to
us using universal symbols called archetypes. Case in point: Christ's Death on
the Cross at the place of the
Skull – the most significant death in the history of the universe – contains the elements of the
archetypal Sign of Death, the Skull and Crossbones. Note that the crossbones look like
the ancient form of Tav (X, BW book pg 373), and that their
fourfold form integrates with the meaning of the Number Four as revealed in
the Fourth Seal of the Apocalypse (Spoke 4, BW book BW book pg 171).
The independent appearance of this symbol on both hemispheres of the globe reveals its universal nature as an archetype of death,
and this reflects the universality of Christ's Atonement when He "died for all" (2 Cor 5:15),
"tasted death for every man" (Heb 2:9), and "took away the sins of the world" (John 1:29).
All these ideas are implicit in the name Gulgoltha. When its final two Letters are taken in
their normal order, they combine to form (et, BW book pg 88),
which denotes the
essence and totality of a thing from Aleph to Tav, from beginning to end.
A simple permutation of the letters of Gulgoltha therefore transforms it into Et Galgal,
the Essence of the Wheel, and we see that the word for the geometric structure of Scripture, when
combined with the two letters defining its Alphabetic Seal, declare nothing less than the essential Gospel
message of all Scripture! And besides all this, we see once again how God has signed and sealed His Word with
His Capstone Signature , the Sign of the
Eternal God (Rev 1:8, 22:13).
Consider the depth of self-reflective integrity revealed here. Throughout this study, we have
seen numerous examples of the self-descriptive nature of the Bible Wheel. We saw it in the alignment of the
First Books of the Law and the Prophets on Spoke 1 (BW book pg 59), and again in the symmetrically maximized
distribution of melek (king) on Spoke 12 (BW book BW book pg 104),
corresponding to the Lamed in the middle of the alphabetic sequence – Kaph Lamed Mem – which spells melek in
reverse order. Now we see the whole structure of the Bible Wheel implicit in the word describing the central theme
of all Scripture! Praise God for His mighty Work! Yet again we see
form united with content (BW book pg 75) in the most plain and obvious way.
Golgotha remains fixed as the inescapable central point about which God's revelation eternally
revolves. This is the revelation of "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev 13:8).
It is the unmovable axis of the Wheel. From Aleph to Tav, from beginning to end, from Genesis to Revelation,
both the Bible and the Bible Wheel have but one message – Jesus Christ, and Him crucified! Behold the Wisdom of God!
The very word denoting the intrinsic geometric structure of God's Word, Galgal (Wheel), points
directly and inevitably to its central event at Golgotha, the crucifixion of "our great God and
Saviour Jesus Christ" where the reproach of our sin was forever rolled away. Glory to God in the highest!
The Wheel of Revelation
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight
in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low:
and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed (galah), and all flesh shall see
it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
Isaiah 40:3ff (Spoke 1, Cycle 2)
Throughout the Old Testament, the primary Hebrew verb meaning to reveal is galah.
This word figures prominently in the thematic links and KeyLinks between the first two Books
on Spoke 5 (BW book pg 189):
The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which
are revealed (galah) belong unto us and to our children for ever,
that we may do all the words of this law.
~ Deut 29:29 (Spoke 5, Cycle 1)
The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is,
that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer (galah)
of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal (galah) this secret.
~ Daniel 2:40 (Spoke 5, Cycle 2)
Galah relates to galal (to roll) through the idea of rolling away a covering to expose,
uncover, or make something bare and naked. It is a fundamental Gimel KeyWord that appears with its
greatest frequency (24x) in the prohibitions against inappropriate nakedness in
Leviticus (Spoke 3, BW book pg 158). The Septuagint almost always renders galah with the
Greek verb apocalupto, the root of the name and first word of the Apocalypse.
Jesus used this word when He said "there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid,
that shall not be known" (Luke 12:2). Most Hebrew translations of the New Testament use this root
in the form of the noun Hitgalut (Revelation) as the title for the Final Book of the Bible.
The roots galal and galah are so closely associated in rabbinic thought that
they are often conflated and spoken of as the same. We saw this in Rabbi Dov Ber Weisman's explanation
of the relation between the word for a scroll (megillah) and the idea of revelation that was cited
in the discussion of Esther (Spoke 17, BW book pg 308):
In Hebrew, the word "megillah" shares the same root as the word "reveal".
By contrast, the name "Esther" comes from the root word meaning "hidden". Megillat Esther (Book of Esther),
therefore, translates to mean: "Revealing the hidden."
Linguistic specialists, in accordance with their careful categorical systems, would quibble with Weisman and
distinguish between the roots galal (to roll) and galah (to reveal), but the natural coherence of these words,
both in spelling and meaning, can not be denied. Indeed, megillah is spelt with exactly the same letters
as galah prefixed with a Mem, while its literal meaning as "something rolled up" is obviously based
on the root galal. This is what Weisman meant when he said megillah and galah share the same root word.
Their meanings completely overlap.
This same semantic overlap extends to the word for a wheel (galgal) which
describes the large-scale geometric structure of God's Word. Any reader of Hebrew can not help but
see it, because it is built into the very Letters of the word itself. Indeed, the distinction between the
roots galal and galah is lost in galgal, which is formed by simply reduplicating the first two letters Gimel and
Lamed that are common to both roots. The very word for the Wheel, just like the megillah (scroll)
it is patterned after, inevitably carries the implication of revelation. Thus, the nature of God's Word
as a Divine Revelation is implicit in its geometric structure! It is the Wheel of Revelation (Galgal HaHitgalut).