Theology by the numbers
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Before God spoke and created the heavens and the earth, he did at least four things that we know of: He created an alphabet, he formed the letters into words, and he gave himself a name, and promised us eternal life 
Though many will wish to argue these points, there is no basis for an argument. If the alphabet was not formed by God, then we will be observing phenomena which occurred by chance. And argument is just a distraction from making the observations. If these things happened by chance, one must ask: at what point does the probability of it occurring by chance make it impossible?
If God created the alphabet, then even those who do not wish to learn Hebrew may wish to know why he created it.
- 1 The numbers
- 2 The names of the letters
- 3 Metaphor
- 4 Determining the meaning of the letters
- 5 Fractal expansion of the letters
- 6 The letters
- 6.1 Key:
- 6.2 Aleph א
- 6.3 Bet ב
- 6.4 Gimel ג
- 6.5 Dalet ד
- 6.6 He ה
- 6.7 Vav ו
- 6.8 Zayin ז
- 6.9 Chet ח
- 6.10 Tet ט
- 6.11 Yod י
- 6.12 Kof כ
- 6.13 Lamed ל
- 6.14 Mem מ
- 6.15 Nun נ
- 6.16 Samech ס
- 6.17 Ayin ע
- 6.18 Pe פ
- 6.19 Tsadi צ
- 6.20 Qof ק
- 6.21 Rosh ר
- 6.22 Shin ש
- 6.23 Tov ת
- 6.24 Final Kof ך
- 6.25 Final Mem ם
- 6.26 Final Nun ן
- 6.27 Final Pe ף
- 6.28 Final Tsadi ץ
- 6.29 Final Shin
- 7 References
Hebrew does not have a number system apart from the alphabet. Each letter is also a number. The first 22 letters are the alphabet. The last six are final form letters used when the associated letter is found at the end of a word. Though a final form letter sounds like a customary letter, it's metaphor is different, since the strokes which form the meaning are different.
In the alphabet, the tov ת is the last letter. In the numbers, the final shin is the last number. It equals 1000, but there is no font character for the letter since it is never used in forming a word.
The names of the letters
Each letter not only has a symbol and a number, but it has a word which is it's name. The aleph has the symbol א and the name אלף. Since the name is a word, it also may have different meanings. Aleph אלף means 'one thousand.' Jesus and the apostles sometimes play with the name, such as "A day is like a thousand years."  Or perhaps there is another hint of word-play in "The first will be last and the last will be first" since aleph means one thousand and the final shin has a value of 1000.
There are also references to the number of a name  The number of the name of a letter is derived by reading the letters in the name as numbers. Aleph would be 1+30+800. Not many references to these have been found yet 
Each letter is a metaphor for a big idea. All that God created, all that we can think or say is contained in twenty-seven of the twenty-eight letters. It is a mistake to think that a letter represents a word rather than an idea. There is not a simple decoder ring. You must learn to think in metaphor.
If I say "he met his Waterloo", it is a reference to Napolean's defeat at Waterloo. In the most simplistic way, it simply refers to a defeat. But understanding it in the most simple way loses much of the rich idea that is being communicated. Napolean was overconfident, he was ill-prepared, and he met an opponent that was not easily scared away by Napolean's reputation. A more subtle reference might be that the supply lines were too long. This is thinking in metaphor. The reference has many ways that it could be expressed or many subtle ideas upon which to focus.
There are primary and secondary metaphors. Distinguishing between them is not a critical skill unless a detailed proof is required. Generally, these detailed proofs will be desired by those in academic pursuits which would be tedious for the rest. Occasionally, when a metaphor is stated in a way which is not immediately recognizable, a brief explanation may be required.
Determining the meaning of the letters
The Bible was written by men but inspired by God.  Men saw things that happened and recorded them. But invisibly, God worked in the events that they observed; he caught their attention to observe them; he guided their learning so they had words available to them; and he guided them in the use of the words to describe the events in such a way, that all of them are used to paint a picture of Christ, hidden in childish puns and riddles.
God used the lives of people to produce words in a book that had meaning of which the human authors were aware, but often contained additional meaning--that is to say, deeper meaning--of which the authors were unaware. Later in history, the readers of the books would not be aware until after the cross. Now Biblical Hebrew presents the most wonderful puzzles; divine puzzles, sufficiently complex to challenge the most clever and yet so simple that all may participate in solving these puzzles.
The puzzles can be approached through patterns as seen in Acts 12, or in detailed word studies as seem in Genesis 1:1. They can be approached directly as the most wonderful puzzles ever created. As puzzles, one part is to understand their intent by the meanings of individual letters. Here are the clues:
- 1. The strokes within letters must plausibly be related to the meaning of the letters.
- 2. The meaning of the letters must be expressions of the same metaphor in every word they are used.
- 3. The meaning of the word must plausibly be able to be constructed using the metaphor of the letters within.
- 4. The meaning of the letters and words must always contribute to an understanding of Christ, and him crucified  .
You may solve the puzzle using the strokes and building letters, or by reverse engineering over 8000 Hebrew words to the meaning of the letters within.
As you can imagine, the details of solving the puzzles would be tedious, but should be able to be reproduced. Most will be content to see that the puzzles are solved, and be happy to use the results for the next level of the puzzles which is identifying vignettes of Christ hidden in the scriptures (as in Acts 12).
Here not only will the solution to the meanings of the letters be examined, but the doctrines suggested by each metaphor will be expressed.
Fractal expansion of the letters
When teaching a child to speak, an idea is repeated in many ways, each being a trope for the idea, so that the idea being built contains many examples, which are overlaid like transparencies on each other until a recognizable pattern is built in the child's mind.
Imagine teaching a child with a blank slate. You point to a chair and say "chair". What is he to understand? is the act of pointing a chair? The object pointed to? Or perhaps chair means you want him to sit. As you point to different chairs, he associates the word with the visual tropes for the idea of a chair. If instead you were to sit in the chair while saying "chair", and push him into the chair while you said "chair", he would learn the word as trope for the idea of a command to sit.
God used this same method as he built the Hebrew language. It is an instinctive and intuitive language, which is not fully understood until the last transparencies; those pictures of Christ from the New Testament, are finally overlaid. 
An example of the fractal expansion of an letter or idea is the aleph which is a trope for 'God spoke and created the heavens and the earth."
This idea is repeated in the first word; bereshit 'In the beginning': 'a revelation to man ב. It is revealed ר that God spoke and created the heavens and the earth א. His word did not return void ש. What he wished to accomplish י was completed ת.' The first word is a trope for the same idea as the aleph.
The first sentence repeats the idea: Ge 1:1 ¶ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. The first sentence is a trope for the same idea.
The first chapter repeats it again telling how God created the heavens and the earth. The first chapter is a trope of the same idea.
And each day is like a table of contents entry pointing to a larger section of scripture (which is divided into six portions) such that the whole book tells how God created the heavens and the earth. The whole book is a trope of the same idea. It is pretty clear that God wants us to understand that he is the creator 
The full picture is not fully understood until all the pieces are overlaid, though a pretty good picture is formed with a few of the transparencies. Scripture is used this way to point back to the original seeds of an idea; the letters.
Each letter has a fractal expansion to teach us the meaning intended by God. They actually each have several expansions, because the ideas they express are very large.
The Hebrew square text letters are formed around a square template. Other forms of letters exist, but they are the profane script. The square text is the sacred script. It was kept from public view and doesn't show up until late in archeological finds until it was exposed and defiled during the captivity .
The upper horizontal line represents heavenly or spiritual things which can be known. The voice of the priest speaks of heavenly things. If a letter starts above the line, it represents things that can't be known. The lower horizontal represents earthly or fleshly things. The voice of the king speaks of earthly things. If a letter descends below the line, it represents death.
The strokes of the letters are interpreted clockwise starting in the upper left. As it descends on the right side, it represents love and reminds us that God first loved us  As the voice of the prophet it speaks of the Word coming to earth. As the strokes return on the right, it represents holiness. In the course of life (lower horizontal, right to left) God makes us holy and teaches us righteousness. . It is the voice of the judge training in righteousness.
This is the original 'circle of life' which has been remembered, though dimly, in ancient cultures which preserved it in oral tradition. God first created the heavens, and in love created the earth. He then taught us to be righteous and made us holy, so we could return to him.
Scripture speaks in four voices: Prophet, Judge, Priest and King. The prophet speaks of Christ in the flesh, known as 'doctrine'. The judge 'reproves'. The priest 'corrects', and the king 'trains in righteousness' .
The following notation is used below:
- Formation: How the letter is formed from the strokes.
- Name: The name of the letter spelled out as a word, and the meaning of that word.
Formation: The aleph is formed with a vav ו diagonally \ separating heaven from earth and love from holiness. Though there is only one creation, it is represented with two yods י suggesting two aspects of creation. The upper is the heavens, and the lower is the earth. God created the heavens and the earth .
Formation: A rosh ר intersects the 'earth' _. Revelation to man.
Formation: A nun with the lower leg elevated in love. Pursue.
Formation: like a rosh ר with a squared corner, indicating a revelation of lessor nature than the rosh. It is a command, or spoken word without the personality attached, so there is not an opportunity to dialog. Command
Formation: A dalet ד for 'command' is joined with a left short vav for 'heard but not understood.' This is like sheep hearing the voice of the shepherd . Hearing is a metaphor for recognizing God's voice. Heard but did not understand
Name: aha!, lo (discovery) opposite of אה: yearn
Formation: The vav ו is an elogated yod י representing the word spoken to accomplish the will associated with the yod. If the yod is the idea for creation, the vav is the Word which accomplishes it. It distinguishes by separating. Distinquished or clarified
Name: hook, peg, nail, pin  It is notable that some rabbis say it looks like a horn, and coincidentally one would make the 'v' sound to play a horn, forming your embouchure and blowing breath until the lips vibrate. Horns in the Bible are used to punctuate time. Time before the blowing of the horn is very different than that after it because of some event to which your attention has been called. The central event of all time is the cross where Christ was nailed.
Formation: For ease it is drawn as a yod י with a vav וdescending. It should be understood as a vav ו returning to heaven, represented by the yod י. It represents Christ in resurrection. However, he was not resurrected alone and so it also represents the bride of Christ. The bride that doesn't understand; זנה zanah, is a prostitute . Bride
Name: זן kind, sort (used of derisive music and spices associated with death).
Formation: Like the he ה the chet begins with a dalet ד which is joined by a vav ו, which now returns all the way to the top horizontal. The command is understood. Seeing is metaphor for understanding. Understood
Name: Chet means 'dismay'. The result tov ת of understanding chet ח is dismay. 
Formation: The tet is formed by joining a kof כ and a zayin ז at the bottom. This is the marriage on earth of the Son of God כ and his bride ז. The word for 'marriage' laqach לקח  also means 'doctrine' and 'learning' . The marriage of the Lamb happens on earth as his people learn from him . Marriage (on earth)
Name: Tet טת is unused and probably means 'feast'. When the word is split by a vav ו it becomes 'fasting' tᵉvath טות . Eating is a metaphor for learning. When the vav separates the marriage/doctrine ט from its end or purpose ת , is seems to reverse the sense.
Formation: The yod should be envisioned as a very tiny dot. But since we need to draw and see it, we use the form seen. Before creation, there was just God. When he thought about creating, he could not create outside of himself, since there is no place outside of God . So he formed a void within himself in which to create .
As a metaphor it can represent the one who created; God, or the creation. The vocalization of the letter as 'yah' is a name of God. When any letter of the alphabet is formed, first a yod is drawn, and then the rest of the letter is formed from it. The letters form words which were used to create all. The yod, as a metaphor contains all God wished to create, say and do. New creation
Name:Yod means 'hand' which is metaphor for works. All of creation is the works of God .
Formation: The Kof כ is formed when a rosh ר curves on to the lower horizontal. The revelation has become man. This is the Son of God.
Name: Kof כפ means 'spoon, palm'. Jesus said that no one will pluck his sheep out of his hand  It is likely he used the Hebrew word kof. There is a mystery in the word. The pe פ means 'mystery, parable, riddle'. The church, his sheep, are hidden in the works of God... his hand.. in the mystery hidden from the beginning .
Formation: The lamed is formed with a vav ו descending from above the upper horizontal. It begins above those things we can understand about God. It begins in the heart of God. Then it uses a smaller form of the altered kof from the qof ק where the lower horizontal is bent to descend. In the qof it descends below the line representing the death of the Son of God. In the lamed it is a smaller form and does not descent below the line. The horizontal vav in the lamed is between the upper and lower horizontals of the square template.
The lamed represents the shared heart of teaching. The subject of the teaching is the altered kof from the qof which is the death of the Son of God, or the cross. Teaching of the cross 
Name: Lamad למד means to teach 
Formation: Like the tet ט, the mem מ joins a kof כ and a zayin ז. It joins them at the top of the letter. Like the tet it also signifies the marriage, but it's focus is on the upper joining. The Father arranged the marriage  Promise of the Father
Name: 'water, blemish'. Water is a symbol for the word of God which can bring life or death. As a metaphor, it can express the outcome of the word, which is his people. If mem is decorated with a symbol to focus on the flesh aspect of the metaphor, the ayin ע, as מעם , it is 'people'. It contains the idea of a blemish in that the mem without a creation, or yod י in it, is the basis for desolation shamem שמם.
Formation: The nun נ is a kof כ with shortened horizontals , or a vav ו with a lower yod י added , or as an aleph א which has been scrunched to have the yod 's on the top and bottom of the vav. It represents the Son of Man.
Name: Nun means 'fish, posterity, propagator'. 'Posterity' and 'propagator are derived from the scrunched aleph. 'Fish' are a metaphor for 'every word which proceeds from the mouth of God' . Jesus is 'THE WORD' and is represented by a fish. We are the completed works of his word, and are another side of the metaphor.
Formation: The samech ס is formed like the tet ט and mem מ by joining a kof כ and zayin ז. This time they are joined at the top and bottom as is the final mem ם. The samech has rounded corners signifying 'more' than the square corners of the final mem. The samech suggests the promise of the Father was fulfilled fully. The final mem speaks about it being fulfilled in the flesh. Completed the promise of the Father in the spirit 
Name: The name samech סמך means 'support' in fulfillment of the prophecy taht he bride would be a help-meet to the man .
Formation:The ayin ע is a distorted nun נ with a zayin ז pulling the lower horizontal off the base. The bride (zayin) returns holy, while the Son of God ( lower horizontal ) gets pulled to the earth (made to be sin). Exchange of sin for righteousness 
Name: Ayin means 'humiliation, depravity'. The ayin represents the flesh.
Formation: the pe פ is formed as a kof כ with a dangling yod י off the left upper arm. There is an invisible yod hidden inside the letter. The Son of God speaks of hidden things (the hidden yod) using visible things (the visible yod). He speaks in riddle, parable and metaphor. Pe represents the Prophet. Spoke in parable, metaphor, prophecy, riddle 
Formation: The tsadi is like the ayin beginning with an elongated 'nun'. This time it has the 'burden of love'; a vav pushing it down from the right, signifying that His love for us led him to the cross . He died for us 
Name: Tsadi צדי means 'side, provision'. The prophetic prophecy speaks about Gethsemane as the limping side, Christ's willingness to put aside his own self-preservation instincts in order to die. He was the provision god made for us for sin. When a qof ק is added the the end, the word tsadik means righteous one. The qof adds the idea of his death and resurrection.
Formation: The qof ק is formed as a bent kof כ. The lower arm bends down, pointing to death, signifying the death of the Son of God. The Left side has a vav ו originating below the lower horizontal, or 'in the grave' and rising from the dead. He rose from the dead
Formation: The rosh is formed with a horizontal and a vertical vav joined with a curve. That which can be known about God (horizontal) is made known (vertical) in such a way you can ask questions (rounded corner). Revelation
Name: Rosh רש means 'destitute, evict'. The revelation of God ר evicted Adam and Eve ש from the garden.
Formation: The shin is formed by a vav ו or the word coming to earth, then returning to God (the left zayin ז) with an increase (the small zayin off of the left one). It can represent the Spirit which gives life to the bride, or the man and wife returning to the Lord. word returned with an increase
Name: Shin שן means 'tooth, ivory' and is a symbol for judgement. The spirit which gives life to the bride is also represented by fire which purifies and destroys.
Formation: The tov is formed as a rosh ר representing a revelation which is completed by the vav springing to life an returning to God on the left side. The purpose of revelation is to give life to man. completed his work
Name: Tov means 'mark,record'. As the last letter of the alphabet, it represents the end, or reputation; the final record.
Final Kof ך
Formation: The final kof ך retains it's meaning as a kof כ and derives newmeaning from the changes to the kof כ. The upper corner becomes a right angle, saying that what happened to the Son of God happened according to the law, or in the flesh. The lower arm is bent to penetrate below the lower horizontal, signifying that he died. The Son of God died in the flesh according to the law.
Final Mem ם
Formation: The final mem retains it's meaning of the mem; the promise of the Father, but it is now connected at the bottom as well, saying the final state of the promise is that the son fulfilled it. I believe that since the final kof and final mem both represent the Son of God, that the final forms should be read together. 'The Son of God died fulfilling the promise of the Father. The final state is not the death of the Son of God, but the promise fulfilled, once for all. 
Final Nun ן
Formation: the final nun retains it's meaning as the Son of Man and the lower arm pointed down signifies his death. The Son of Man title is understood to refer to Jesus in the flesh, having emptied himself of his divine prerogative; choosing not to use his divinity. In resurrection he took up his former glory. The title 'Son of Man' no longer applies. Christ raised in Glory 
Final Pe ף
Formation: The final pe retains it's meaning as the prophet. the lower arm pointed down signifies his death. The prophet died, meaning that all prophecy is fulfilled. 
Final Tsadi ץ
Formation: The final tsadi retains it's meaning as the righteous judge. The lower arm pointing down signifies his death. When the judge died, judgement was ended .
Formation: The final shin is formed as a shin ש with an extra zayin ז returning. It has a value of 1000 which is a metaphor for 'king'. We return as joint heirs of Christ .
- . Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world [aeons - time] began;
- 2Pe 3:8 ¶ But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
- Re 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
- This hermeneutic has only recently been discovered.
- 1Co 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
- 1Co 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
- Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
- Heb 1:1 ¶ God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
- Ro 1:18ff
- Da 5:3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which [was] at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.
- 1Jo 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
- 1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
- 2Ti 3:16 All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
- Ge 1:1 ¶ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
- I am א the mouth/edge לפ
- לף-פל edge/divider לף reverses פל distinguished
- Ga 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
- Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
- see. Gospel of Thomas: saying 2
- 1Ti 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
- 1Ki 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?
- Ge 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
- De 3:24 O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God [is there] in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?
- Joh 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.
- 1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
- 1Co 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
- Ge 38:6 And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name [was] Tamar.
- The Son of God who 'emptied' himself Php 2:7
- The Word ו which became flesh י
- Mt 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
- Ac 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
- Ge 2:18 ¶ And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
- 2Co 5:21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
- Ps 49:4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
- Mt 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
- Jer 42:4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard [you]; behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, [that] whatsoever thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare [it] unto you; I will keep nothing back from you.
- Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
- Ro 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
- Eph 3:9 And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
- Ro 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
- Ro 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
- Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
- Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
- Ro 8:1 ¶ [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
- Ro 8:17 ¶ And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.