Concealed Confirmations

Without a doubt, the single greatest revelation that I have experienced in life is that Christ is truly who He claimed to be. Along with that came my understanding that His Word, the Holy Bible, was a work of transcendent knowledge providing comfort, strength, and hope in the hearts of billions over the ages. One of the most fascinating aspects about the Bible though is that, despite the fervent cries of the many who oppose it, there are aspects of its being which invariably bolster its claims of being the Word of God. In this post I want to look at just a few of these aspects that are found in a single verse: Genesis 1:1.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.


To start, I want to point out that if one can accept this sole verse, then they should have no trouble accepting any other part of the scriptures. When we trust God, that He created everything, when we understand that His power and ability and knowledge are without bounds, what could we ever imagine would be outside of His capabilities?

We also need to bear in mind, especially tonight, that this book is God-breathed, fully inspired by God Himself. He compelled the various writers of this text to record what they did. As 2 Timothy 3:16 says:

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

I want you to keep that in mind as I show you a few things that I find quite intriguing.

So, getting to it by borrowing one of the best analogies I’ve ever heard concerning this, I want to ask what may seem like a strange question? Who hides eggs for their kids or grandchildren at Easter? I do too. Why? Are we hiding the eggs to protect them, so the children can’t find them? Are we hiding them to save them for later? No, we hide them because we as parents and grandparents get enjoyment out of watching our children seek them out. Their little faces light up with excitement as they find one egg after another, and we have a good time watching it.

I believe God is the same way. Proverbs 2, 1-5, tells us as much:

My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

I believe that God has crafted the Bible in such a way that it not only makes sense through a straightforward reading, but it also works out to reveal other truths too at different applicable levels.

These little gems are oftentimes hidden just outside of sight, but what we find in the sum of their depth and complexity and astonishing presence is that our God, perfect as He is, was behind every single word in the text, inspiring the writers of our Good Book to record exactly as they needed too in order to not only make a valuable statement in language, but also to convey messages that likely were hidden even to them as they wrote.

Right off the bat, looking at what is technically said in that verse, we find that it is truly unique in its origins.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

You may be aware that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, otherwise known as the Torah or the Pentateuch, but what you may not know is that many scholars actually believe that he did not write Genesis, so to speak, but rather compiled and transcribed events that were likely written much earlier in the form of cuneiform tablets. These tablets were likely passed generationally from father to son, eventually ending up in Moses’ care during the Exodus.

Now, what’s interesting to consider is that there are a number of competent researchers who believe that veres 1:1-2:4a were written by God Himself, possibly in a manner similar to how He Himself transcribed the tablets He gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai. It is a fascinating consideration, and one that certainly has merit.

In any case, as Genesis carries on, we find a sort of transfer in the narrative from one person to the next, likely meaning that, through Moses ultimately compiled and edited the records later, the original accounts would have been penned by Adam, Seth, Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, and finally Jacob.

Going back to our verse, I want you to notice that God doesn’t try to defend His existence, or to prove Himself in any way. He declares what He does, and leaves it at that.

Essentially no other origin story or cosmogony, be it ancient pagan beliefs or modern materialistic naturalism, is capable of declaring an absolute origin to the universe. All other origins from all other cultures simply assume that space, time, and matter were present in some chaotic state, or otherwise existed in another form, when their god or gods began to move through it and reorganize the universe as they saw fit, “evolving it” as it might be said today.

Amazingly, and significantly, the notion of the complete and direct Ex-nihilo creation of the universe, space, and time itself is found nowhere in any religion or philosophy, ancient or modern, except here in Genesis 1:1.

Let’s look at the verse again:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

It is in its form a simple enough declaration of the creation of our universe, but there is also something that many miss right away. That single verse actually encapsulates the fundamental components of our cosmos, describing both the space-time-matter continuum along with the force of energy. Can anyone identify those four elements in the verse?

In the Beginning – Time
God Created – Energy
The Heaven – Space
And the Earth – Matter

The presence of those attributes here in the very opening line of the Bible is more, I believe, than mere coincidence or grammatical necessity. It actually builds upon the declaration that God supercedes this creation, transcendently existing in a realm outside of time and space as we know it.

Intriguingly, the verse also finds scientific support insofar as it resolves the apparent contradictions found in strict naturalism by working within various scientific laws.¹  Among them is the law of causality, which states that no effect can be greater than its cause. With this we must conclude that this universe, being made up of an untold array of complex systems, not the least of which being our biology and our conscious personalities, is itself an unmistakable proof of a transcendent intelligence that we call God.

Also supporting Genesis 1:1 are the first two laws of thermodynamics. The First Law states that no matter or energy is now being created or nor destroyed, and the Second Law states that all existing matter and energy are proceeding irreversibly toward an ultimate end. Given that this universal end has not yet occurred but will yet happen one day as these processes continue, then the Second Law proves that our universe as a whole had a definitive beginning. Likewise, the First Law excludes the possibility of a self-creating universe, thus the only resolution to the conflict of these natural laws comes in the form of a creator.

Ok, now I want to show you a few things that you may have never seen before. Look at this verse once again:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Can you identify Jesus Christ Himself in that verse?

Actually, that is a trick question. If you read any English translation you won’t find him. You see, there is in the original Hebrew a little phrase that does not get translated into your English Bibles. The original scholars that diligently worked to produce our English translations did not transcribe one provocative little set of letters that exist in the original Hebrew (which reads from right to left, by the way).

jesusingenesis

Those letters, an aleph and a tav, come as the fourth word of the first verse of Genesis. Technically this arrangement of letters is known in Greek as a Hypocatastasis, and it represents a hidden but declarative implied metaphor expressing a high degree of resemblance. These letter though have a deep meaning too. The “Aleph” is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, equivalent to the Greek Alpha. The “Tav” is the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, equivalent to the Greek Omega. Let’s look at Revelation 22:13:

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Who said that? Jesus Christ! He called Himself, in Greek here, the Alpha and the Omega, and in the Hebrew, hidden in all English translations, we find Him in the very first verse of Genesis as the Aleph and the Tav!²  If we directly translate the original Hebrew now with that hidden phrase included, Genesis 1:1 reads: In the beginning God, the Alpha & the Omega, created the heaven and the earth.

Jesus in Genesis! Wow. A single hidden word points the whole thing back to Jesus! It almost makes one think about another verse:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1

Now, I use the King James translation of the Bible. I use it as my base in all of my studies, and I personally believe it is the most accurate English translation of the original texts we have in our possession, but I want you to know its not perfect. No translation is a perfect, word-for-word representation of the original manuscripts.There are things we miss in our language that are oftentimes obvious in those of the original manuscripts; critical little details that broaden the implications of a particular verse.

That said, my precious KJV is off in its translation here in verse 1 of Genesis. There is, you see, a deviation presented that is not what is actually said in the original Hebrew. I’m a grammar person. I hate when words are not used properly or in the accurate context. That is just what we find here, but there is something really intriguing about it.

In our verse, the name of God is Elohim. That is the very first name that we are given for God, and if the scholars are correct that God may have originally penned the tablets upon which Genesis 1-2:4a were based, then this is the name that God referred to Himself as. He must have liked it too, because we find it being used more than 2500 times throughout the Old Testament.

Now, the really intriguing thing though is that this word is actually conjugated wrong with the rest of the sentence. You see, the word Elohim is grammatically plural rather than singular (we know this because of the -im suffix at the end of the word, as in Hebrew it indicates the plural form [The singular form of Elohim is probably El or Eloah]).³ What’s even more interesting in light of this is that, according to some Hebrew scholars, it takes a minimum of three to designate something as plural.

Consider that for a moment: The whole sentence describes the actions of a single God, but the word for God is conjugated to imply three persons! Don’t get me wrong here; we only have one God, just as Deuteronomy 6:4 assures us, saying:

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD

Even so, the reality of the situation cannot be overstated. This is the Trinity in the very first line of Genesis, the very first verse in our Bibles! The triune nature of God, one being with three distinct persons, appearing at the very beginning! What’s more is that the same congregation error is present in every single usage of the name Elohim throughout the Old Testament!

Now, if we hold to the belief that God ensured that scripture was written according to His specifications, being inspired as it were, then we must conclude that either God was no good at grammar, or that He had a purpose in this mistake. I don’t know about you, but I am convinced that this detail was slipped in intentionally by God. It is one of many, many, many such details that we often miss.

I can only speak for myself, but when I first learned of these things, these intricate details hidden right there in the text, I was absolutely blown away. And this is only the first verse in Genesis! Many of the other things that I have come across are just as intriguing. Each time I learn something new, it’s just like Proverbs 2, little treasures, and I am indebted to Dr. Chuck Missler and others for bringing these things to my attention.

References

  1. New Defender’s Study Bible Notes, Genesis 1:1,” Institute for Creation Research
  2. The Hidden Jesus in Genesis! Jesus Revealed in the Hidden Patterns of Genesis!” The Agapegeek Blog
  3. The Mystery of the Alpha and Omega in the Bible’s First Verse Solved!,” Creation Moments

 

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