Revelation “Aleph and The Beginning”

When studying Revelation, it is vital to note that each chapter corresponds with the appropriate Hebrew letter. Therefore, there are 22 chapters in John’s vision and 22 Hebrew letters. If we are to fully grasp what many believe to be the mystery of Revelation, we must look to ‘The Beginning.’ In particular, we must examine the first Hebrew letter, Aleph  (א). In doing so, We will uncover forgotten treasures that are new again.

Aleph (א)

Matthew 13:52 “Therefore,” he said to them, “every teacher of Torah who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom treasures new and old.”

Aleph – First letter of Hebrew Alphabet – אלך

LIT: Beginning

SPIR: Abundance, strength, and wealth

WP: Ox Head

The importance of understanding the Hebrew word and letter Aleph  (א) is to understand the beginning. Not of Revelation, but of creation itself. Later on, we will see that in Jesus’ statement, Aleph, and indeed Torah, shall not pass away.

For centuries Aleph  (א) has been denoted in various ways. First, it is known as the Father of the Aleph-bet, or alphabet. Rabbis and sages teach that Aleph  (א) is the foundation of creation and that G-d spoke it from the beginning. Without it, we could not have existed. Jesus agrees with this statement in Matthew 5:17-18.

17 “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complEthe. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened.

Aleph (א) is also known to denote Oneness with G-d. Deuteronomy 6:4 declares what many believe is Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

“Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”

The Hebrew word used for one is Echod. (אחד). In its totality, the word characterizes a door to G-d’s inner sanctum and abundant life. When we enter, we share a revival of life and light. Here, we share the Oneness Moses experienced in his private tent of meeting. 

Aleph (א) not only means beginning, but it means lord or master as well. Before Moses meh with Hashem in the wilderness, G-d was only known by three names. All of which begins with Aleph (א).

  1. Elohim (Father) – אלוהים
  2. Adon (Master) – אדן
  3. El-Shaddai (G-d The Nurturer) – אל שדי

From the beginning, G-d introduced Himself as the Father of Creation, L-rd of Heaven and Earth, and the Comforter who gives Torah.


As we look at the correlation between the Hebrew aleph-bet and each chapter in Revelations, we find a key verse. In that verse, we see the use of the letter, in this case, Revelation 1:8.

Revelation 1:8 “I am the ‘Alef’ and the ‘Tau,'” says Adonai, God of Heaven’s armies, the One who is, who was and who is coming.

1)            The Hebrew word for Aleph, “Ani Ha Aleph,” I am The Beginning!

2)            The Hebrew word for Elohim — “Father” — Whom we seek for Oneness

3)            The Hebrew word for Elohey — “Divine One” or “L-rd of Host.”

Ani Ha Aleph (אנִי הָאָלֶף) reminds the Assembly of Believers that Messiah Jesus is the author, the Creator of Heaven and earth. Yohanan, in his first letter, gives his commentary on Genesis 1:1.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2  He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things came to be through him, and without Him nothing made had being.

Elohim reminds the assembly that Oneness with The Father begins with recognizing Messiah Jesus as Creator of mankind. Yohana records Jesus’ conversation with Philip, who was uncertain about His deity. In JN:14-8, Philip asks Jesus to show the Father to them.

Yeshua replied to him, “Have I been with you so long without your knowing me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

Elohey is the Aramaic reminder of My G-d. It is the plural construction of the Hebrew Elohim, meaning that G-d the Father, and G-d the Son, are the focus of chapter one. It lays the foundation for what John is going to see. This is our reminder that G-d is about to Go To War! Since the Elohey’s use is found in L-rd of Hosts, Jesus is coming back to wage war. His adversary is Satan and those who chose the wickedness of HaShem.

Published by Pastor Billy Elias

Mine is a restorative ministry, bringing to life Torah and Tanakh to the lives of believers in Jesus the Messiah. I strive to break down the anti-semitic mindset, which is still very prevalent in Christendom today. My wife Josephina and I are the founders of Ilan Restoration Fellowship in Toms River, NJ. We are proud members of Restoration Fellowship International.

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