On the cover of the Messianic Aleph/Tavאת Scriptures is pictured the Holy Grail as a metaphor to describe the Hebrewאת Character Symbol in the Scriptures. Whether fact or fiction, that is not the issue, but according to Wikipedia, it was Robert de Boron a French poet in the late 12th and early 13th century who apparently first coined the phrase “Holy Grail” in a poetic allegory where it assumed the form of a cup that most modern readers are familiar with today. Robert writes a story whereby Joseph of Arimathea acquired a chalice that Y’shua the Messiah drank from at the Last Supper. The cup then became a very guarded artifact in Glastonbury by the Templars. Even though the grail is believed to be a legend, much like the story of the menorah miraculously staying lit for eight days during Hanukkah, no one can be completely sure, therefore, the mystery. But the Grail’s symbolism associated with Y’shua is a perfect simile of the sacredness affiliated with the Aleph/Tav את Character Symbol throughout the Tanakh. The mystery and intrigue surrounding the Aleph/Tav את Symbol has an increasing number of believers captivated with endless possibilities as to its possible significance in Hebrew text in relationship with Messiah.
Our journey begins with the apostle John proclaiming in four different verses in the book of Revelation, when translated from Aramaic into Greek, that Yahushua (Y’shua) our Messiah is the Alpha and the Omega, and/or the Beginning and the End, and/or the First and the Last (Rev 1:8, 1:11, 1:17, 2:8, 21:6, 22:13). John had to have noticed that the Prophet Isaiah confirmed in Isaiah 41:4 his revelation that יהוהFather was the First (Aleph/strength) and ואת Y’shua was the Last (Tav/covenant). John was merely proclaiming Y’shua’s divinity as Creator and His association as Elohim in both his Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation. Understanding the depth and significance of the Aleph/Tav את Symbol as being a marker also for Y’shua the Messiah’s presence can give a new and broader meaning – for example Psalm 40:7, which is repeated in Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come in the volume of the scroll it is written of ME, TO DO THY WILL, O ELOHIM (Father)…and also Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the ARM of יהוה BEEN REVEALED?
The Alpha and the Omega are the First and Last letters of the Greek alphabet. Consequently, in Aramaic, John would have been saying, Y’shua ha-Mashiach is the Aleph(א) and the Tav (ת). It begs the question, WHY would John make such prophetic and profound statements concerning the Aleph/Tav את Symbol if it was not of profound significance to believers in their day? Could John have been proclaiming that the Aleph and the Tav (first and the last) was actually the את Symbol used in Genesis 1:1 and consequently, throughout the Tanakh? I personally believe that if you look at the evidence and connect the dots of everything John states in his Gospel and in the book of Revelation, the answer to this question is YES! What John was trying to reveal, to those who had ears to hear, is from the beginning Y’shua was with Elohim and was Elohim and that יהוהFather by His Holy Spirit worked together both with and through Y’shua as ONE, and in Genesis 1:1 “created Elohim את the heavens ואת the earth.”
Genesis 1:1, is in fact, where the first Aleph/Tav את and first Vav/Aleph/Tav ואת Character Symbols appear, symbolizing both the Strength of the Covenant and Y’shua’s divine presence, His divinity with יהוהFather as the Son and creator. Confirmation of the Aleph/Tav את Symbols in Genesis 1:1 as being Y’shua is easily confirmed by the Apostle John in his opening comments of his gospel…In the beginning Was the Word, and the Word was With Elohim, and the Word Was Elohim. 2 The same was in the beginning WITH ELOHIM. 3 All things were made THROUGH HIM; and without Him was not any thing made that was made…14 And the word became flesh and tabernacled among us. Also John 5:39 Y’shua said, You search the scriptures (Tanakh) for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which TESTIFY OF ME!
There can be no doubt that the Aleph/Tav את Symbol in Hebrew text is the mark of the Yah-head and consequently, Y’shua’s mark, His finger-print which proclaims His presence and His divinity. The connection is actually made with the Aleph Tav incorporating Y’shua because it is a mark of the covenant and He is the mediator of all the covenants from Sabbath at creation (Matt 12:8), to Calvary (Heb 9:15). More substantiation of this is the powerful, prophetic verse in Zechariah 12:10 and they shall look to Meאת whom they have pierced. Also Micah 5:1 And they will strike upon the cheek theאתjudge of Israel with a rod. These are but a few verses which I believe confirm Y’shua as the Aleph/Tav את Symbol and also the Messiah.
Consequently, if the Aleph/Tav את Symbol incorporates and represents Y’shua, then it also represents the WORD of Elohim as John states in John 1:14, and can be linked also to judgments (divine decision) from the Yah-head as rendering either a BLESSING or a CURSE; according to Hebrews 4:12 For the WORD of Elohim is living and active and sharper than any TWO-EDGED SWORD and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do…implying as a two-edged sword that He can cut and render either a blessing or cut and render a curse. This is why we see the Aleph/Tav את Symbol, in association with יהוה Father, used in hundreds of places concerning judgments. One example is Gen 13:10 destroyed יהוה את Sodom ואת Gomorrah. Other examples which confirm this are Gen 19:14; Isa 13:19; Jer 50:40; and Amos 4:11. Just one example of the Aleph/Tav את Symbol rendering a blessing is Exodus 20: and blessed יהוה את Day, the Sabbath.