July 16, 2010

What is His Son's name?

Who has ascended into heaven, or descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has bound the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name, and what is His Son's name,
If you know?
Proverbs 30:4
John Boylan works like Old Testament like a crossword puzzle. He connects overlapping words in rows and columns of key Hebrew passages to see what God might be revealing about Himself. His most significant discovery is the name of Messiah embedded in Proverbs 30:4.

In Boylan's copyrighted diagram above, the words "HaShem" and "Yeshua" intersect to form the ancient Hebrew letter tav, which resembles two crossed sticks. The bottom of the tav touches the horizontal line "and what is His Son's Name?" HaShem is Hebrew for "The Name," a term used by Jews to refer to God. Yeshua means salvation in Hebrew and is the real name of Jesus Christ. Four times in the book of Revelation Yeshua identifies Himself as the Aleph and Tav, the beginning and end. God answers His own question in Proverbs 30:4 by embedding the names of His Son in the shape of an ancient tav symbol. The tav has significant meaning in the Old Testament. In Ezekiel 9:4, Jews who reject idolatry are sealed with a tav symbol on their forehead, protecting them from God's judgment. In the Great Isaiah Scroll, one of the original Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 1947, 11 tav symbols appear in margins next to Messianic passages.

The position of the tav in Boylan's diagram is also a picture of the crucifixion. The cross symbol touches the middle Hebrew letter of the highlighted text. The tav is flanked by six letters to the right and six to the left. Six is recognized biblically as the number of man. Yeshua was nailed to a crossbar with thieves on his right and left (Mark 15:27-28), fulfilling Isaiah 53:12, "He was numbered with the transgressors."

Jewish scholars have been mining embedded nuggets from Scripture by hand for centuries. Boylan, a Gentile, says his research is a "non-interactive method wherein God Himself is the revealer and the reader becomes nothing more than a passive observer. . . . Our study is about God and is not some fanciful attempt to predict the future. These are teachings about God alone, His Nature, His Being and His Will as regarding His creation and our human understanding about Who He is and What He wants us to know about Him and His Messiah."

Posted by Jeff King at July 16, 2010 11:20 AM
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