TAV (ת) is the twenty-second letter of the Hebrew Alef-Bet. It has the numerical value of 400. TAV’s Ancient Hebrew Picture is a mark – the mark – that looks like a cross or an “X” that marks the spot. The pictograph of that mark symbolizes: ownership, to seal, to make a covenant, to join two things together, or to make a sign.
TAV (ת) is the last letter for the Hebrew word emet, which means truth. Significantly, emet is made up of the first, middle, and last letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. It is spelled ALEF, MEM, and TAV (אמת). When someone says, “From ALEF to TAV,” they are describing something from the beginning to the end. It is the Hebrew equivalent of the English saying, “From A to Z.”
“Who has performed and done it, Calling the generations from the beginning? ‘I, the Lord, am the first [ALEF]; And with the last [TAV] I am He.’ ” (Isaiah 41:4 NKJV). ALEF (א) refers to God was the First and gave to all. MEM (מ) refers to there being no other power, because He is the King. TAV (ת) refers to the Lord of All will be the Last and He will never ultimately hand over the world to another. ALEF, MEM, and TAV (אמת) is the acrostic for the phrase “God is the Eternal King” in the infinite past, present, and future. “ ‘I am the Alpha [ALEF] and the Omega [TAV], the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty’ ” (Revelation 1:8 NKJV).
Truth is not only engraved on the Lord of the Universe’s signet ring, it is also one His names. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’ ” (John 14:6 NKJV). God is absolute truth, which is eternal and cannot be nullified, voided, or distorted by falsehood. It always is and always will be. “When He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you” (John 16:13-15 NKJV).
King David declared in Psalms 119:160 – “the very beginning of Your word is truth.” God’s seal in creation is truth (emet). Emet truth is found in the final three Hebrew words in the creation account: God created “to do” or “to make” (בָּרָא אֱלהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת – bara elohim la’asot). After six days of creation, we read in Genesis 2:3: “God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all His work (that He created to make).”
The seal of God’s seal is the simple faith of TAV, which is connected to God creating us to do. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:22-25 NKJV).
“But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.; Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is-dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.… For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:18-26 NKJV).
All follows the seal of TAV – the majestic revelation of simple faith evidenced by one’s righteous works. Righteousness is about being, as in a righteous state of being, while truth is about doing what is right. Truth is a matter of being true in the sense that you are living it. You embody the truth of the Word of God (Messiah Yeshua). Always remember, the Ancient Hebrew Pictograph of TAV looks like a cross. “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the CROSS, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2 NKJV).
“For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His CROSS. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel” (Colossians 1:19-23 NKJV).
You and I can personally choose to engage the essence of Messiah Yeshua – the Word of God – contained within the Hebrew Living Letter™ TAV. With that in mind, you may be interested in Sapphire Throne Ministries anointed set of Hebrew Living Letter™ Flash Cards. It is a creatively educational way to further explore all the letters of the Hebrew Alef-bet. If you are interested, please check out https://www.sapphirethroneministries.com/product-page/flash-cards. Each custom HLL flashcard has some beautiful, original artwork on the front and an in-depth revelation on the back.
Give em heaven!!!
Written July 24, 2021 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source. Blessings!
Originally published 15 October 2015 with modifications.
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ART: “Signet Ring of Truth – TAV” by Robin Main
Created on 15 September 2015.