And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between
thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15 KJV
In the Beginning, after Adam and Eve had trespassed the Most
Highs instructions, we see God ensuring the advesary knew that he would be destroyed at a later date through the coded language of using agricultural language. HE was making a promise metaphorically along with HIS covenant to mankind’s salvation from the advesary’s entanglement of Adam and Eve. We can see throughout the Hebrew & Apostolic writings the vehicle of agricultural terms and laws are used to picture, define and outline the dynamics of YAHUAH’S plans. In His planning, everything has a time and a season under the heavens of His throne. Ecclesiastes 3:1.
When Cain killed Abel, Seth inherited the birth right, royal Kingship, and priestly bloodline. This bloodline was carried through Abraham Issac and Jacob(Israel)=Prince of EL(God), through Jesse down to King David to which Elohim promised that the Messiah would come from his seed. These prophetic scriptures (2 Samuel 7:12-17 & IsaiYah 9:6-7, 52:13,14 & 53 chapter ) give a remez(hint) to Mashiach’s servant hood, Kingship, and suffering.
The Netzer and Tzemach
“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of
knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick
understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight
of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears” (IsaiYah 11:1-3). KJV
In various translations of the prophet Isaiah’s text, they describe Mashiach as a “Netzer” or shoot that grows into a “Branch”. In Hebrew agricultural terms and history, the olive tree used to make oils is one that produces a netzer which produces shoots from the roots of tree that has been cut down. It can grow into a new branch that produces fruit later years during the harvest seasons.
The Aramaic Targum recognizes this scripture and others as referring to the Messiah. Alfred Edersheim, outlined Old Testament hundereds of passages applied to the Messiah or to Messianic times in the most ancient Jewish writings. They amount in all to 456, thus distributed: 75 from the Pentateuch, 243 from the Prophets, and 138 from the Hagiorgrapha, and supported by more than 558 separate quotations from Rabbinic writings. This means that even in the Oral tradition (Talmud/Mishna) and many original ancient non-canonized biblical books there are accounts that support the Messiah.
Richard T. Ritenbaugh Forerunner, “Prophecy Watch notes that “Branch” is capitalized six times in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word used in five of them, semah, is fairly insignificant. It simply means “sprout, growth or branch.” The remaining occurrence has the word hoter, meaning “branch” or “twig.” We can see, then, that the literal meaning leads to a more metaphorical one. The Hebrews and other Semitic peoples used the term in a genealogical sense, meaning that a certain person belongs to or descends from a particular family line. To give the same sense, we might use the term “heir,” “descendant,” “seed,” or “scion.” Like Hebrew, English links trees and genealogy in such phrases as “family tree” and “the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree.”
Therefore, in IsaiYah 11:10 the “Root of Jesse” is the Davidic line. Israel
is likened unto an olive tree that will be cut down( Jerimiah 11:16-17). It was
cut down to a stump IsaiYah 6:12-13/Ezekiel 17:22-24. This clearly depicts images of Mashiach (Messiah) being the Branch, Plant, Root, and Banner. IsaiYah 4, JerimiYah. 23:5, 33:15, ZechariYah.3:8, 6:12) uses the word “Tzemach” (Branch). These prophetic scriptures forecast HIM bringing light to people, from on High(Heavan), King, Servant of YHWH and man, builder of the house of YHWH, Priest between Elohim and man, and YAHUAH in the flesh.
Alev & Tav as Messiah’s sign
One might then ask a question, how we can be sure that these verses
are referring to the Messiah? The answer lies within the Hebrew language-the original language of the Hebrew Scriptures. Found in the Hebrew language is a 2-letter Hebrew word spelled with an alef, which is the first Hebrew letter of the alphabet (alefbet) and tav, which is the last letter of the alefbet. This word, pronounced “et”, is used over 11,000 times in the Hebrew scriptures to point to the direct object of the verb, however it is not translated into English because there is no English equivalent.1
This word is found throughout Scripture and “while it has no
grammatical function, the Sages have long understood that it has a much deeper meaning” as a direct reference to the Messiah. (Bennett, page 4).
For example, the passage, in Genesis 22 when Abraham ascended Mt
Moriah to offer Issac as a sacrifice, is understood, even by many Christians
(although they may not know why), to be foretelling of the Messiah. In this
passage, the “et” is found. In verses 2,9, 10, 12-13, “son” is translated as
Following this process, one will find an excellent example of
the “shoot, root, twig” being described as the “et” Messiah in IsaiYah 53.
For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root
out of a dry ground; had no form nor comeliness that we should look at him,
there was no countenance that we should desire him… All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on (et) him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:2,6 KJV
Y’shua(Jesus) is the promised Messiah of the Scripture. He is
the “et” that has been foretold since the beginning. Examine these scriptures.
In beginning, God created (et) the heavens and (et) the earth. Genesis 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word
was God. John1:1
The “Word” that John is referring to in his book is the Hebrew
word “et”. These prophetic scriptures below denote the fulfillment and revelation of Y’shua using the Hebrew translation of Et, alef and tav.
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for [his] only [son], and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for [his] firstborn. Et is translated before pierced. Zechariah 12:10 KJV
“I Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him:and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
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. Revelations 1:7-8 kjv
The Greek letters alpha and omega denote the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. If this verse has been quoted from the Hebrew, it would read “I am the ALEF and TAV…”
Many people mistake that the modern Hebrew for the Babylonian Hebrew used in the writing of the early TANKH. The early Hebrew writing was a lot different. It used word Pictures to express meanings.
For example the according to Dr Frank T. Seekins Hebrew Word Pictures, pg. 96-99, In his charts He describes the original Proto-Canaanite & Early Hebrew-Phonecian Tav was in the shape of the cross or “t” and later went through transformations written side ways and then after Babylonian captivity of the Jewish nation, they began to change to be in written it’s Aramaic style. This would make the Tav unrecognizable from it’s original style and Hebrew meanings, thus making it difficult to see it’s use as a foreshadowing
tool for Mashiach. This letter was also used in the phonecian, greek and roman
culture as the letter T and looked like a Roman crucifix.
According to the Jewish Encylcopedia, As to the mode of anointment, an old rabbinical tradition relates (Hor. 12a, Ker. 5b) that “the kings were anointed in the form of a crown; that is, all around the head; and the high priests in the form of a Greek Chi (χ). In other words, in anointing the priests the oil was poured first upon the head and then upon the eyebrows (see Rashi, and “‘Aruk,” s.v. ; and, as against Kohut’s dissertation, compare Plato, “Timæus,” chap. xxxvi., referred to by Justin Martyr, “First Apology,” lx.: “He impressed the soul as an unction in the form of the letter χ (chiasma) upon the universe.” It is not unlikely that, owing to their opposition to the Christian cross, the Jewish interpreters adopted the kaph form instead of the χ—the original tav of Ezek. ix. 4.
In esscense, this means the original sign of the Tav in the form of cross was used in early Israeli Temple worship and anointing Priests. This would give an interesting interpretation for all New Covenant believers as a nation of Melchizedek priests (Hebrews 5:6-11,6: 6:20-7:28, 1 Peter 2:9) sealed by the Lambs blood of Mashaich on the crucifix.
In Ezekial 9:4 YHWH marks His people’s foreheads that cry out against abominations. Dr Seekins further notes from his research that the tav or mark
symbolizes: four hundred, ownership, to seal, make covenant, join two things together, and make a sign. He notes that there are several places in scripture where the Tav is used such as Psalm 119 and the word ” law”. law is translated as a “tav and dalet“-cross & door. Thus Christ describes himself as fulfilling and the interpretor of the Law in Matthew 5-7 chapter. He is also the “Doorway” John 10:9 as seen in the Paelo-hebrew translation of tav and dalet. With this information, we realize that God was using basic Paleo Hebrew language to express His coded forecast of saving mankind through the execution stake(crucifix).
Todd Bennet, outlines in His Book Walk in the Light, The Law and Grace, 2006 outlines further points to validate New Covenant fulfillment using Ancient Hebrew pictograph. He outlines that the modern rendering of TORAH is spelled:
the cross(tav) which means to seal or covenant.
nail or peg which means to add or secure.
head which means a person, the head or the highest.
person with raised hands, which means to behold or reveal or what comes from.
These Hebrew pictographs clearly show the forshadowing of the New Covenant being fulfilled by the One from the Highest nailed to a cross. In essence, “behold the GOD man who secures the covenant”.
There is old saying if you want to hide something, put in a book. We can see the
Master of Universe is surely the Perfect Planner of our Salvation through His
instructions. It is surely all in the BOOK.
Therefore, the tav symbol that looks like a “cross” has always been used in Hebrew communications and culture until changes were made by man “etc”. When New Covenant beleivers use it in it’s proper context, it has no connections Sun worship! It has always been a tool and banner to the lost seed of Adam to come back to the Most High by the sacrifice of His Son(Y’SHUA).
There is also illusions of prophecy to HIS being lifted up as a banner for the nations after His suffering and a future time noted several times as “In that Day”: (Isaiah 11:10-12, 49:22, 62:10, 66:19, John 3:14, 12:32). Today the cross (execution stake) for New Covenant beleivers has been used as a banner to reflect christ’s and triumph over the devil and death.
The Sign & Seed grows
In correlation with Genesis 3:15 where the Father makes a promise that the seed of the woman, Isaiah 7:14 is a precursor to Mashiach’s coming. In Matthew 1:20-23, the same verse is spoken and fulfilled. Mary became that woman who possessed the seed of the Most High. It would also correlate with Isaiah 9:5-6. This same Seed is the Netzer that grew out of the Davidic lineage whose tent had fallen (Amos 9:11/Acts 15:16).
It is from “Natzer” that the word “Nazarene” is derived. Y’shua(Jesus) was from
Nazareth meaning “Branch Town;” therefore, He was called a “Nazarene” – a
“Branch.” Notice in Revelations 5:5, it denotes the Root or Netzer of Jesse has triumphed to open the scroll. Also in Revelations 22:16, he explains
that He is the Root and the Offspring of David. This is why the Gospel Midrash
writers noted this in Luke 3:23–38 and Matthew 1:1–17. A geneaology
chart usually represents a tree and roots. This is another Hebrew word picture
and sign to the Jews.
Furthermore, Messiah was born in Bethleham(House of Bread) according to Micah 5:2/Matthew 2:1/Luke 2:1-7 and later resided in Branch
town(Nazererth). This showing the growth process in action towards the
salvation goals of the Most High referring to (Isaiah 53:2/Zechariah 6:12, 3:8).
7 Spirits of YHWH(GOD)
In Biblical culture and history the menorah has been used with it’s 7 branches to
express the 7 Holy characteristics of the Most High. The menorah is also used
to burn oil from the olive tree which symbolizes the Set Apart Spirit. Is well
known that the number ” 7 “refers to perfection and completion. The expression in the menorah of seven refers to the perfect and complete nature in the actions
of the Presence of GOD. Every thing is done by the Spirit of God ( Zechariah 4:6).
The “seven spirits of YHWH” are mentioned in Isaiah 11:2, “The
Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him: (1) Spirit of the LORD (YHWH) (2) Spirit
of wisdom (Chokhmah) (3) Spirit of understanding (Binah) (4) Spirit of counsel (Etzah) (5) Spirit of power (Ruach Gvurah) (6) Spirit of knowledge (Daat) (7) Spirit of the fear of the Lord (Yirat Adonai).
We know that the Gospels express Y’shua as having all these traits and behaviors to manifest God’s Salvation work to mankind. In Isaiah 42:1 & Matt 12:18, Luke 4:18. In Revelations the use of 7 spirits denote other meanings such acutual spirits controlled by the Most High and the Lamb of YHWH
(Revelations 1:4, 3:1,4:5-9; 5:6-14; 19:4-5). However in Revelation 21:23 Y’shua the Lamb is the Lamp in the New Jerusalem.
In all the prophecies about Mashiach(Messiah)ie Christ. We see agricultural terms, ancient Paleo-Hebrew language, and the Menorah used to express Y’shua’s character and behavior in agreement with YHWH’s Presence and plans of prophetic restoration. He is also noted as a sign sent from the Most High Father as well as His servants( Isaiah 8:18/Hebrews 2:13).
God promised that His seed would crush satan’s head. At a future time this will
finally be accomplished Romans 16:20. In Rev. 5:5, it explains how Christ
triumphed to be able bring forth the end time judgements to come. He is the
true Netzer branch that grew up from the hewn down stump of Jesse and lived
righteously before His Father, accomplishing HIS work in the Spirit, and
building HIS Father’s Temple from the fallen tent of David. This temple and
tent is the living body of Christ which has it’s eternal(olam) life (l’aiym)
breath from the resurrection power of Christ by faith(emunah). Let us all live
and grow as the righteous netzer branch restoring the Kingdom of YHWH by the
Gospel of Christ. Acts 2:38
“Dear Y’hua (JESUS), I am sorry for my sins, I turn away from sin. I believe that you are the Messiah-Son of God(YHWH) who suffered, died for me on the cross and rose from the dead. Fill me with your Holy Spirit(SET APART SPIRIT). Thanks for writing my name in your Lambs book of Life. Heal my life. I commit myself to you eternally. Help me to find a true believing Netzer fellowship for baptism and discipleship in Your Name. Amen”
5. Bennett, Todd, The Messiah, Page 4,
6. Todd D. Bennet, Walk in the Light, The Law and Grace, 2006. pg.10
7. Dr Frank T. Seekins, Hebrew Word Pictures, How Does The Hebrew Alphabet Reveal Prophetic Truths? 2003.