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           Building Blocks of the Word

“Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me”  (Ps 40:7); “It is written, Man shall not live

           by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4)

                                  Written by M. Larry Perrino

                                                     ã 2005 by Rivkah Ministries        

Have you ever given yourself to deep thought regarding exactly what is the Word of God?  What literally makes up the Word of God?  How is the Word of God formed?  Let’s begin by looking more deeply into the Word of God to see if we can find some Biblical answers to these and other related questions.

The first thing we discover in the table of contents is that there are 66 books in the Bible.  What is the connection with 66?  Isaiah has 66 chapters, and writes 66 verses that have the word “righteousness” and/or “salvation.”  The 66th chapter of the Bible is Exodus 16, which is the story of manna from heaven.  Not surprisingly, manna is a scriptural metaphor for the Word and for Christ.  There are 66 words in the Lord's prayer; and 1189 chapters in the Bible: 1189 = 66 x 18 + 1.  Eighteen is the same as 6 + 6 + 6.  Therefore the total number of chapters in the Bible has a relation to three 6’s plus one.  What does all of this mean? 

But, doesn’t sixty-six (which comes from the number six, the number of man which means incomplete) have a negative connotation attached to it?  Why then would God choose sixty-six books to compose the Bible?  The number 66 is certainly made up of two 6’s and it therefore somehow must be associated with the concepts of imperfection and incompleteness.  We are going to research all of these concepts and we will also learn that 66 actually represents the earthly House of God.   

Notice the “Greek Bible” which is characterized in the two right hand columns on page 3.  You will immediately observe 66 Books which are sectioned into three divisions: 22–Books of Genesis through Song of Solomon (the Inspired Law-History-and Songs); next are the 22–Books of Prophets, Gospels and Acts (the Inspired Writings); and the third section are the 22–Books of Epistles (the Inspired Letters). 

We almost naturally realize that 66 is a multiple of 22 and 3.  However, before we get to those multiples we need to ask the question, “How is it possible that the number 6 which means imperfection and incompleteness could be associated with God’s Word?”  Surely, God’s word is perfect; isn’t it?  To answer that question we can only investigate the most complete revelation available to humanity, which is the Scriptures!  However, before we are able to construct an answer from the Scriptures we need to be aware of three verses:

·        “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more” (Jer 31:33-34);

·        “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away” (1 Cor 13:9-10);

·        “Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart” (2 Cor 3:3).

The conclusion that Paul draws is that we now know only “in part!”  However, “when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.”  That does not mean that the Bible will be done away; instead, what will be done away is our “in part” or incomplete knowledge!  The Messiah will reveal all of those “hidden” things, which are in the Scripture!  It is possible that the Messiah will introduce four new books into the Bible or He may split the existing Books even further bringing the total count of books to 70, which means completion and Divine perfection! 

However, we will definitely need proof of this whole notion!  For this hypothesis to be true, we must have a Biblical witness.  Do we have a Biblical example of some occurrence that took place “in part;” further, this “in part” incident must somehow have involved 66 items and then suddenly something amazing must have taken place which miraculously increased the total number from the original 66 into 70?   

We absolutely can observe this exact event by examining the captivity of Israel, “All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six” or 66 (Gen. 46:26).  We will soon learn how the number 66 has even deeper meaning; it actually represents the earthly house of God!  Remember that Jacob said, “How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” (Gen 28:17).  That passage is the first Biblical occurrence of the phrase, “the house of God.  It is important for us to notice that when Jacob was rejoined with his assumed dead son Joseph, that Jacob’s house contained only 66 souls; however, Joseph family who was already in Egypt, miraculously increased Jacob’s house to 70, “And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten” or 70 (Gen 46:27)! 

Can you see this magnificent concept!  Joseph is a type of the Messiah who ultimately saved his whole family and indeed the whole Middle Eastern world!  The point is that God’s House in Jacob grew from 66 to 70, which means the family, which was “in part” (66) went into “the captivity and then became (70) the whole “House of Israel.”  Jacob’s house became the complete “House of God!”  Is it a “coincidence” that the Book of 1st Kings 8 has 66 verses?  This amazing chapter describes the “ark of the covenant” having been positioned into the Most Holy Place of the Temple (House of God) and the glory of God filling the House! Solomon wrote, “I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever” (1 Kings 8:13). 

Now, let’s get back to our study of the Bible and its specific 66 books.  Flavius Josephus wrote, “For we have not an innumerable multitude of books among us, disagreeing from and contradicting one another, [as the Greeks have,] but only twenty-two books, which contain the records of all the past times; which are justly believed to be divine”.

Count

 

Old Testament Hebrew

22 Books

 

Count

 

Section

Old Testament

  Greek (Gentile)

39 Books

 

Count

 

Section

New Testament

Greek (Gentile)

27 Books

  1.  

Genesis

  1.  

1

Genesis

  1.  

18

Matthew

  1.  

Exodus

  1.  

2

Exodus

  1.  

19

Mark

  1.  

Leviticus

  1.  

3

Leviticus

  1.  

20

Luke

  1.  

Numbers

  1.  

4

Numbers

  1.  

21

John

  1.  

Deuteronomy

  1.  

5

Deuteronomy

  1.  

22

Acts

  1.  

Joshua

  1.  

6

Joshua

  1.  

1

Romans

  1.  

Judges Ruth

  1.  

7

Judges

  1.  

2

1 Corinthians

  1.  

1 Samuel  2 Samuel

  1.  

8

Ruth

  1.  

3

2 Corinthians

  1.  

1 Kings 2 Kings

  1.  

9

1 Samuel

  1.  

4

Galatians

  1.  

1 Chron. 2 Chron.

  1.  

10

2 Samuel

  1.  

5

Ephesians

  1.  

Ezra Nehemiah

  1.  

11

1 Kings

  1.  

6

Philippians

  1.  

Esther

  1.  

12

2 Kings

  1.  

7

Colossians

  1.  

Job

  1.  

13

1 Chronicles

  1.  

8

1 Thessalonians

  1.  

Psalm

  1.  

14

2 Chronicles

  1.  

9

2 Thessalonians

  1.  

Proverbs

  1.  

15

Ezra

  1.  

10

1 Timothy

  1.  

Ecclesiastes

  1.  

16

Nehemiah

  1.  

11

2 Timothy

  1.  

Song of Solomon

  1.  

17

Esther

  1.  

12

Titus

  1.  

Isaiah

  1.  

18

Job

  1.  

13

Philemon

  1.  

Jeremiah Lamentations

  1.  

19

Psalm

  1.  

14

Hebrews

  1.  

Ezekiel

  1.  

20

Proverbs

  1.  

15

James

  1.  

Daniel

  1.  

21

Ecclesiastes

  1.  

16

1 Peter

  1.  

Hosea; Joel; Amos; Obadiah; Jonah; Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk; Zephaniah; Haggai;

Zechariah; Malachi

  1.  

22

Song of Solomon

  1.  

17

2 Peter

^

|

|

|

“These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, (also known as the writings) concerning me” (Luke 24:44)

 

 

 

 

 

  1.  

1

Isaiah

  1.  

18

1 John

  1.  

2

Jeremiah

  1.  

19

2 John

  1.  

3

Lamentations

  1.  

20

3 John

  1.  

4

Ezekiel

  1.  

21

Jude

  1.  

5

Daniel

  1.  

22

Revelation

  1.  

6

Hosea

^

|

|

|

The “Greek Bible” consisting of 66 books can also be segmented into three sections of 22 Books as follows: Genesis thru the Song of Solomon; the second group of 22 books is composed of the Prophets-Gospels-and Acts; and the last 22 books would be the Letters or epistles.

 

 

  1.  

7

Joel

  1.  

8

Amos

  1.  

9

Obadiah

  1.  

10

Jonah

  1.  

11

Micah

  1.  

12

Nahum

  1.  

13

Habakkuk

  1.  

14

Zephaniah

  1.  

15

Haggai

  1.  

16

Zechariah

  1.  

17

Malachi

You should have observed that the three sections of the Greek Bible are each composed of 22 Books per section.  This is especially significant when we consider the meaning of the number 22!  Twenty-two is extremely significant; it represents revelation and spiritual knowledge The lamp in the tabernacle (see page six) was symbolic of the Holy Spirit; obviously the Holy Spirit is the quintessential element necessary for revelation and understanding.  In the four Gospels the word spirit occurs 66 times or (22 X 3).  In those same Gospels the word spirit with a capital S occurs exactly 22 times!  Interestingly, the word light occurs exactly 22 times in the Gospels as well.  The words letter and letters occur exactly 22 times in the New Testament.  And, “the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? 16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me” (John 7:15-16).  The words, “the father” and “the son” are found together in the same verse exactly 22 times in the New Testament!

Twenty-two is the number that represents revelation and spiritual knowledge.  In Genesis 22 the story is told of a father (Abraham) who offers his son (Isaac).  This story known to the Jews as the Akidah becomes a prototype of how Our Father would one day offer up His only begotten Son as a sacrifice. If you would like to become more familiar with the jewels contained in the Akidah, please download a copy of the Rivkah Ministries Bible Study entitled, The Eliezer Factor;” you can obtain a copy of that Bible Study from http://www.Rivkah.org.  The awesome revelation that Abraham received as a result of his obedience became a great force in his life, “on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off” (Gen 22:4).  Abraham literally saw the day of Christ through the spirit realm, “Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it” (John 8:56).  Psalm 22 prophesies the great light that Abraham saw, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? . . . I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people . . . I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels . . . they pierced my hands and my feet” (Ps 22:1-16). 

Occurring more often than mere coincidence could explain, even chapters and verses that make a reference to seeing, understanding, spiritual light, are associated with the number 22.  Notice just a few of the many:

·        “For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness” (2 Sam 22:29);

·        “For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad” (Mark 4:22);

·        “He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him” (Dan 2:22);

·        “Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?” (John 14:22);

·        “the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done” (Rev 22:6);

·        “I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee” (Ps 22:22);

·        “tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see” (Luke 7:22).

Each of the following words occurs exactly 22 times in the Authorized Version of the Bible: Brightness, Discovered, Learned, Known, Taste, and Mystery.  How exactly does the word “taste” fit into this group.  How could “taste,” relate to seeing, spiritual light, or spiritual understanding?  Notice the passage, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Ps 34:8).  The word “mystery” is found in 22 passages and the mystery intensifies when we observe that the word mysteries occurs exactly five times in the Scripture; when we combine these two words we come up with a grand total of 27; this number happens to be exactly the count of books in the New Testament!  Is all of this merely a coincidence?

There are two powerful Old Testament examples of an “anointed one” ascending to a throne.  These two individuals are: (1) Joseph and (2) David.  Let’s notice the period of elapsed time after the promise was given (or the anointing) until they fully reigned over God’s people.  Let’s consider the intervening period of time between David’s anointing when he was a child (1 Sam. 16:13), until he literally became the King by sitting on the throne as Saul’s successor, “So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign” (2 Sam 5:3-4).   Careful calculation will yield that there were 22 years from the initial anointing while a shepherd boy until the last anointing upon the throne of the whole nation. 

Secondly, notice the period of intervening time beginning with Joseph’s dream of reigning over his brethren, “Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed . . . 8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us?” (Gen 37:6-8).  We can calculate when Joseph literally reigned over his family, “the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan. 6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth” (Gen 42:5-6).  That intervening period once again is a 22-year period!  There must be some significance regarding a 22-year period of development leading towards service to God’s people!  There are 22 letters in the Hebrew aleph bet beginning with an “aleph” and ending with “tav.”  Aleph and tav are equivalent to the Greek letters “alpha” and “omega.”  We all know that Jesus said, “It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end” (Rev 21:6). 

It is the spirit of Jesus that fills in the prophetic 22-year period of development in preparation of service.  From King Saul’s experience we learn that after receiving an anointing, four characteristics begin to manifest in us: (1) we begin to find favor in the eyes of others; (2) we are turned into another man; (3) we receive a new heart from God; and (4) we begin to see into the spirit realm.  David and Joseph both experienced these same manifestations over their 22-year periods of development.  Can we find a third 22-year witness?

This first occurrence of any Biblical anointing took place after Isaac had sent Jacob away to get a bride.  On his way Jacob received a special dream from God, “Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it” (Gen 28:18).  The next narrative involving Jacob and an anointing took place twenty-two years later when he returned to his homeland, “And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon” (Gen 35:14).  The awesome thing for us to realize is that the twenty-two year period ended with the first miraculous appearance of Joseph, “And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. 23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: 24 And she called his name Joseph” (Gen 30:22-24); “it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country” (Gen 30:25).  We already know that the second miraculous appearance of Joseph is related to the number twenty-two (which represents illumination revelation and spiritual knowledge)!  Let us continue to seek His light.

Notice the Hebrew word (yklM) written from bottom to top and means “My King” and is on the servant branch (shamash).  Notice further that there are 22 cups or bowls on the Menorah; each of the cups represented a different letter of the Hebrew aleph bet. Behold the Menorah, which was created to give light in the house of God (tabernacle and Temple).  Interestingly, the simple word “behold” also has great importance; the Lord used it many times when He wanted to draw special attention to something He wanted His disciples to know.  That word occurs 222 times in the New Testament. 

How Does the Hebrew Alphabet of 22/27 Characters Relate to the Christian Bible?

Alpha and Omega are the are the first and last Greek characters which are equivalents of Alef and Tav in the Hebrew.  Letters create words. The Apostle John reveals that the “WORD” created all things.  But, how are all words formed?  Who is the author?   Paul tells us to be, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb 12:2).  The Apostle John begins with, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:1-3).  Jesus is obviously the author (who knows the beginning from the end) He is also the alpha and the omega:  

·        “Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.” (Is 41:4);

·        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” (Rev 1:8)

·        “Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last” (Rev 1:11)

·        And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end” (Rev 21:6)

·        “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” (Rev 22:13)

Jesus Himself is in the very words of creation and the words of Scripture.  Let’s investigate HIM!  In dealing with the Hebrew Alphabet, 22 and 27 are very significant; there are 22 separate letters and 5 of them have two separate forms; therefore there are 27 separate characters in the Hebrew alphabet.

Some close Biblical associations with the Hebrew Aleph Bet are:

Let’s take a closer look at the individual elements of the Hebrew Aleph Bet:

Count

Heb

Char.

Hebrew

Name

Heb.

Value

Hebrew

Literal Meaning

Hebrew

Symbolic Meaning

Hebraic

Rabinical Meaning

Rough English Equiv.

1

a

Alef

1

Ox, Bull

Strength Leader First

God as Creator and King

first letter of Elohim, Adoni and Adam

A

2

b

Bet

2

Tent, House, Temple

Household,

 In, Into

House or Temple

Duality, Good-vs-Evil

B/V

3

g

Gimel

3

Camel

Pride,

to lift up

Loving Kindness, To nurture until fruit is brought forth.

Gamal in Hebrew is Seed.

Gamol nourish until ripe.

G

4

d

Dalet

4

Door

Path to enter

The Door

Delet in Hebrew is Door;

The way or pathway into new life

Dahl is Hebrew for pauper who knocks on doors.

D

5

h

Hey

5

Window, Fence

“the,”

to reveal

Spirit or Breath of God, Number of Grace,

Significant to new song.

Teshu(return) God(hay)

H

6

w

Vav

6

Nail

Hook

“and,” add, secure, hook or connection

to link

Number of Man, Completion and Redemption.  A conjunction between man and God.     Serpent created on day 6 also!

U/O

7

z

Zayin

7

Weapon

Cut,

to Cut-off

Focal Point of sustenance and struggle; Man in the middle of Up Down Left Right Front and Back

Z

8

j

Chet pronounced (het)

8

Fence, Hedge, Chamber

Private,

to separate

Transcendence, Life and Divine Grace;  On a plane above nature;

 New Beginnings

Ch

9

f

Tet

9

to Twist,

A snake

to Surround

Serpent and objective good

Diminishment followed by enlargement.

T

10

y

Yod

10

Closed hand,

Right Hand

Deed, Work,

to Make

Creation and Metaphysical

Yod is Hebrew for Hand

Ten Generations, Ten Utterances of Creation

I J

11

k

I

Kaf

20

 

500

Arm, Wing, Open Hand

to Cover, Allow, Strength

Crowning Accomplishment

K

12

l

Lamed

30

Cattle goad, Staff

Prod, Go toward, tongue

Teaching and Learning

L

13

M

<

Mem

40

 

600

Water

Massive, Overpower Chaos

Concealed and Revealed represent the two forms of the letter; like a child is concealed in the womb and then revealed at birth.

M

14

n

/

Nun

50

 

700

Fish (moving)

Activity, Live

The falling and rising again; Faithfulness,

Soul and Emergence

Nephilah - Hebrew is “to fall”; Ner means candle

N

15

S

Samech

60

a prop

Support, Turn

Divine Support, Divine Presence  Samech is the letter of the sign.  Temple in the center of the letter.

X

16

U

Ayin

70

Eye

See, know, experience

Sight and Insight or “the tempted eye”    “All seeing eye” of modern Babylon—Gen 11:5

O

17

P

[

Peh

80

 

800

Mouth

Speak, Open, Word

Mouth and Speech

Speaking and Silence

The voice of the prophet

Babbling

P/F

18

x J

Tsaddi

90

 

900

Fish-hook

Harvest, Desire

Righteousness and Humility

Heb - Tzaddik is a righteous man.

C

19

Q

Kopf

100

Back of the Head

Behind,

the last, least

Holiness and Growth cycles Heb - Kedusha is holiness

Q

20

r

Resh

200

head

person, head highest

The Wicked

R

21

c

Shin

300

teeth

tooth

consume, destroy

Divine Power & Provision

Mezuza on the Gates

Heb - Sheker God rejects (falsehood and corruption)

S/Sh

22

t

Tahv

400

sign, cross

covenant, to seal

Truth and Perfection

T

Let’s observe some close relationships between the Hebrew aleph bet and the actual events in the Biblical text.  We know that when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old they had a child named Isaac who was circumcised on the 8th day.  Notice the Scripture, “Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?” (Gen 17:17).  And then the fruition of the promise, “And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him” (Gen 21:5).  Now, lets take a look at the Hebrew aleph bet to learn things about Isaac (Yitzhak).  Notice values:

        Q j x y notice that y = 10; and x = 90; and j = 8; and Q = 100

Now, Isaac had a son named Israel, let’s notice the elements of his name: l a r v y;        

y stands for Isaac and Jacob; 

v  stands for Sarah; 

r stands for Rebecca and Rachel;

a stands for Abraham; and 

l stands for Leah. 

So we have the entire patriarchal list of names from Abraham in the acronym ISRAEL.  Also, notice in the name that Israel begins with the smallest character and ends with the largest character, l a r v y; this is much like the passage, “A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time” (Isa 60:22). 

Perhaps one of the most impressive examples is when Moses changed Joshua’s name, “And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua” (Num 13:16).  This would have been done by placing his hands on Oshea and pronouncing a blessing upon him.  Notice the two names below:

x v w h  =  Oshea, and    x v w h y  =  Jehoshua  (Joshua or Jesus). The only difference in the two names is the first letter the yod (y); however, notice in the list of the aleph   bet that that yod means “hand.”  Therefore, the placing of Moses’ hand over Oshea caused a name change form Oshea to Jehoshua.

Shin Notice the shape of the letter Shin.  Shin is the symbol on the mezuzah, which is placed on the door of all Jewish homes.  Shin is the first letter of Shaddai and therefore is a symbol of “the Name” or Ha Shem as they say in Hebrew.  Ha Shem is another name of God in the Hebrew tongue.  “Coincidentally,” the shape of the letter is the same as the shape of Jerusalem, “thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there” (1 Kings 8:29).  God’s name is literally written on the hills of Jerusalem.

Notice that the pronunciation is shin when the vowel point is set over the hill where the temple was located in Jerusalem; however when the point is on the left side (the valley of hinnom) the word is pronounced sin; just another coincidence.  The Jewish sages claim that there is even meaning in the form and the shape of the letters!

 

 

 

 


Shin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a The alef is said to have a yod above and a yod below.  These represent the realm of the earthly and the realm of the heavenly.  The hook between the two happens to be a Vav.    It is not “coincidence” that Jacob saw a latter (vav) that reached into the heavens. Notice the first time that the word “Generations” is found occurs just after the Perfect Creation:

Notice the spelling of the word the “generations of.”

 

Counting from right to left the fifth letter is a Vav.

 

Everybody say, “There was a vav in the word “generations” at the creation of man.”

 

 

Let’s notice that something happened between Genesis 2:4 and Genesis 5:1.  But, what was that thing that took place?  The first man Adam sinned and caused the fall of man!

 

x

x

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Vav the number 6 stands for man.  The fall of man caused God to withdraw the Vav (the hook) that allowed mankind to reach into the heavens.

w Vav Represents a hook and is usually translated into the word “and;” its numerical value is 6; it is the connection between man and God; connection between the Vav and the Hay.  Adam represents the hook between the upper and the lower.  However, there are two Adams.  The missing Vav stands for Jesus Christ!  He is the second Adam that restored the hook between the upper and the lower realms!

The Jews claim that there is a Yod y in every letter of the Hebrew alphabet.  Jesus said that not one yod or title would pass from the law; however, when man fell he lost the Vav!  Remember that vav is the 6th letter!  Six represents man!  Through Vav, man  relates to God!  Man lost his connection to God when he fell through Adam!

We discover an interesting detail concerning man’s fall from the Book of Ruth; the missing Vav returns!  A study of the Book of Ruth reveals that something has redeemed Mankind back to God! 

 

The hook (Vav) is back for the first time!

 

 


 

 

 

 

First time we find the name Jacob in the bible the name is spelled Yod Ayn Kof Bet.

 

Essentially, the Bible is a story about Abraham’s family through the name of his grandson (Jacob) Israel.  When Israel came out of the captivity of Egypt, there were 600,000 souls who returned; coincidently, there are 600,000 words in the five books of Moses.

Why is Jacob spelled differently here?

Yod Ayn Kof Vav Bet.

 

Here Jacob has an extra letter which is the Vav.

 

Next let’s observe the spelling of Jacob in another instance:


 

 

 

Notice in Jeremiah 46 the two different spellings of Jacob. One name has the Vav, and the other is without the Vav.

 

In the context of the passage the point is made that “behold, I will save thee from afar off” (Jer 46:27).  The Hebrew word  for “save thee” is “mowshiakaa;” meaning the Messiah.

 

The final resource that that is related to the Hebrew aleph bet which I want to share with you is a table that describes the meanings of various Biblical Numbers:

Number

Meaning

Supporting Information

1

Unity, Beginnings,

the Head - (Male)

On the first day God created light. This was first. There was only unity and first in order (or sequence). Light that was created on the first day represents unity.  It cannot be subdivided  The light represented the Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator, the light of the world (John 1:4). The light represented the omnipotent, indivisible, eternal, omnipresent, and omniscient God. Light is represented by the number, one. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one” (Deut 6:4)  "one Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Eph 4:5)

2

Division, Witnessing,

(Separation or Union), - (female)

On the second day God separated the firmament the waters from the waters.  Thus, the attribute of the number, two, is division, and separation. Two can also represent unity as in a Godly marriage.  However, two generally represents one entity divided from another entity.

3

Union, Perfection, Resurrection,

the Trinity,

Divine Completeness

On the third day the water was gathered together, land appeared, and plant life began. The big items that showed up on the third day were seed and life. So on the third day, there was a life-giving Spirit introduced.  The Spirit of God - i.e. the Holy Spirit, sustains plant life.  Later, other passages with the sequence of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit make this eminently clear.  The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. Thus the number three refers to the Trinity and also to the Holy Spirit.  Our existence is: Past, Present, and Future; Height, Width, and Depth; Solid, Liquid, and Gas.

4

Earth, World, Creation, Foursquare, Directions, Seasons, Reality

On the fourth day, God set the heavens in the proper relationship Earth. This included the Sun, Moon, Planets, and the stars. The number four represents the relationship of the Earth to the Heavens. This relationship is defined as a measurement for time, seasons, and history.

·          4 Directions on the earth (north, south, east, and west).

·          4 Seasons (summer, autumn, winter, and spring).

·          4 Things that make up the universe (time, energy, space, and matter).

·         4 Major provisions for man (earth, air, fire, and water).

5

God's Grace, Peace, Protection, Covering

On the fifth day, God created the animal kingdom. They came in abundance, and "God blessed them."  Blessing was an act God’s grace. He established a relationship with the animal kingdom and blessed them, - God's blessings are freely given to His creatures and they can do nothing to earn His blessings.

6

Number of Man, Incompleteness of Man,

Human Creations

On the sixth day, God made Adam from red clay. Adam was made in the image of God a fact that is not to be thought of lightly!  Adam breathed and became body, soul, and spirit. Adam was completely unlike the animal kingdom. The number six is the number of man.  However, since the fall man is rendered incomplete until he is united once again with God!

7

Fullness, Completeness, Divine perfection

 

God rested on the seventh day because He had completely finished His creation. By the seventh day, everything was complete. So the number, seven, represents the completion. We count seven days in a week; seven notes in an octave; seven colors in a rainbow.

8

Resurrection, New Beginnings, New Birth, Christ

The concept of the eighth representing a new beginning to God is very important.  Eight souls were saved out of the flood of Noah to make a new beginning for humanity upon the earth. The waters of God’s flood judgment came on the eighth day, “And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth” (Gen 7:10).  The flood Judgment of God on the earth in the days of Noah is definitely associated with eight.  The most important event of mankind, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, occurred at the beginning of the eighth day.  There are seven colors in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.  The repeat of the first color red indicates a new beginning.  Likewise in music, there are seven notes in an octave (the term for eight notes).  We commonly relate to the notes as “do,” “re,” “mi,” “fa,” “so,” “la,” and “ti.”  The repeat of the first note “do,” indicates a new beginning.

9

Fruit, Fruit Bearing

Judgment, Finality, End, End of an Age or Era, The Physical Manifestation of the Fruit of the Understanding (good or bad), Tribulation (birthing of the fruit)“Judgment, Finality, End, End of an Age or Era, The Physical Manifestation of the Fruit of the Understanding (good or bad), Tribulation (birthing of the fruit) In the last verse (finality) of the Bible we find that the Gamatria for the Greek words “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” (Rev 22:21) equals the sum 8991.  That is equal to 999 X 9.

10

Law and Testimony, Divine Order, Complete Cycle of Numbers

God made ten utterances, “and God said,” during the creation of Genesis Chapter 1.  Elilezer took ten camels and “for all the goods of his master were in his hand” (Gen 24:10).  The LORD gave ten commandments. Psalm 150 teaches of ten methods to praise the LORD. When the LORD made a covenant with Abraham he gave him the land of 10 nations (Gen 15: 19-21).  Notice 10 Generations form Adam to Noah; 10 Generations form Noah to Abraham; 10 Generations form Abraham to Boaz; 10 Generations form Boaz  to Uzziah; 10 Generations form Uzziah to Abiud; 10 Generations form Abiud to Jesus! 10 incidents tried God’s patience in the wilderness; 10 spies gave a false report about the land; 10 strings were made for David’s harp; 10 menorah’s lit Solomon’s Temple.

11

Judgment and Disorder, Imperfection and ruin

The number ELEVEN is associated with DISORDER AND JUDGMENT all through the Bible. The eleventh Chapter of Genesis begins with the tower of Babel.  11 plagues were given to the Egyptians.  The name Barabbas is found 11 times in the Bible.  Barabbas means “son of his father;” the eleventh time that the name appears it describes his father, “Now Barabbas was a robber.” Jesus told us, “He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1).

12

Governmental Perfection

12 tribes; 12 Apostles, 12 Gates in Heaven; 12 foundations in Heaven; 12 Pearls in Heaven; Tree of Life in Heaven bears 12 fruits; Ishmael had 12 princes; Revelation describes 12,000 from each tribe; Heavenly Jerusalem is 12,000 furlongs long wide and high.

13

Depravity and Rebellion

The first time that the word thirteen is used in the Bible it speaks of rebellion, “in the thirteenth year they rebelled” (Gen 14:4).  Nimrod who stirred up the first great rebellion was the 13th descendant from Adam. Judas’ betrayal of his master  takes place in 13th chapter of John and Jesus spoke 13 words to Judas. The false prophet of Revelation shows up in the 13th chapter.

22

Light Manifestation, Revelation, Spiritual Knowledge

Building Blocks of the word; See this Bible study!

23

Death

In Genesis 23 we find a description of the death and burial of Sarah.  The 23rd time that the name Noah is mentioned is in Gen 7:23 and it says, “And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground” (Gen 7:23).  We are all familiar with the 23rd Psalm which describes, “valley of the shadow of death;” what most don’t realize is that the 23 occurrence of the word “death” in the NT the passage says, “them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death” (Luke 1:79).  Notice Luke 23:23 “they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified!”  The word hell is listed exactly 23 times in the NT.

24

Priesthood

David setup 24 courses for the priests, there are 24 elders described in Heaven sitting around the throne of the LORD.

26

YHWH

The gematria of the name of YHWH is 26

40

Probation, Testing, Purification, Birthing Period

This number is the product of  (New Beginnings (8)) and (Grace (5)).  New Births took place after 40 days of rain during the days of Noah; and 40 years of wandering in the wilderness.  Moses and Jesus each fasted 40 days.  According to Levitical Law when a woman gave birth to a man child she needed to go through a 40-day purification period.  Jesus tarried on the earth for 40 days after the resurrection..  The term “forty days” is listed in the Bible 22 times! 

50

Liberty

The year after 7 times 7 years was known as the Jubilee.  Jesus came to proclaim the “acceptable year of the Lord” which really meant the jubilee.

70

The kingdom of God, Exile, Divine Perfection

Israel went into captivity for 70 years.  The prophet Daniel prophesied a 70 year period until the Kingdom of God would once again be restored.

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Written by M. Larry Perrino    ã 2005 by Rivkah Ministries