The Hebrew alphabet is more than letters. Each letter has a number and belongs to a group of nine letters, and each letter holds a special esoteric meaning. When the letters are combined into words and sentences, the spoken and written words reveal knowledge, wisdom and understanding regardless of the conversation. Hence, “He that has ears to hear, let him hear,” takes on a new meaning!
The Kabbalah, a form of Jewish mysticism, is believed to be very old and may have been a practice of the Prophets and of the Fathers. However, the Zohar, perhaps the largest single body of written material on the Kabbalah, is rabbinical. There was a resurgence of the Kabbalah about 700 years ago.
The Hebrew alphabet contains 22 letters. Five letters are written differently at the end of words. The 22 letters plus the final form of the five letters combine to form a complete alphabet of 27 letters.
The 27 letters are divided into three groups of nine characters each in alphabetical order. The letters are given the numbers 1 – 9, 10 – 90, and 100 – 900. The letters and groups are also given special meanings. The first group represents the time before the beginning. The second group represents the time commencing with the manifestation of all things through the creation process and is our time. The third group represents the final manifestation of Life following the resurrections. This group contains the final form of the five special letters. In other words, each group of letters represents a different phase of a master plan for Life.
Each of the letters in each of the groups has a meaning that pertains specifically to the state of the process and to archetypes in that group. The first group of letters shows the different aspects of the meditative creation of the grand plan: the creation of Knowledge.
The second group of letters shows the archetypes of the creation wherein exists a plurality of both life and death, and good and evil. This represents the time that we live in now. It can be considered the time of the creation of potential and the prototype.
The third group of letters shows the reality of the final manifestation of Life, where there is only good and abundance of Life. It shows a future with no death and no evil that is the final Manifestation of that which was conceived before the beginning in the Grand Plan.
Aleph(1), Beth(2), Gimel(3), Daleth(4), He(5), Vau(6), Zayin(7), Cheth(8), and Teth(9) contain the original pattern or knowledge(archetype) of what is to be manifested. All ideas and knowledge behind the creation of all things was first formed and is represented by the first nine letters.
Yod(10), Caph(20), Lamed(30), Mem(40), Nun(50), Samekh(60), Ayin(70), Pe(80), Tzaddi(90) are higher states of the first nine. This is middle or temporary manifestation of what is contained in the plan. This state was never intended to last forever and so contains life and death, good and evil. In this time that which is good will pass through this “fire” and be proven to surpass both evil and death. This is the time of Man (male and female.)
Qoph(100), Resh(200), Shin(300), Tau(400), Final Caph(500), Final Mem(600), Final Nun(700), Final Pe(800), and Final Tzaddi(900) represent the most exalted state conceived of in the first nine. Those that pass through the middle state and come out purified will shine like the stars and lead the rest of human kind (Man:male and female) to deathless existence. This is the time that all of creation waits for. It is the time of the Kingdom of Elahim and the revelation of the Sons of Elahim (the exalted state of Man.)
In short, hidden within the Hebrew alphabet and in connection with Hebraic mysticism lies the entire plan of Life from the time “before the beginning” until the time of deathless existence.
As noted, whenever Hebrew is written or spoken the letters prophesy “higher” knowledge, regardless of the “lower” content.
For example, the Hebrew word in Genesis 1:1 for “In the beginning” is “berashith”. The names of the letters are Beth, Resh, Aleph, Shin, Yod and Teth. However, when we add the esoteric meanings of the Hebrew letters we get:
All containers, vessels, habitations (Beth:2) were contained in the universal cosmic container (Resh:200) in order to bring about the manifestation of the dual principle of life and death, positive and negative (Aleph:1). This produced the steady-state continuity (Yod:10), which was conceived by the union of the Spirit of the Creator (Shin:300) with the initial female power (Teth:9).
There is only one universal cosmic container (Resh) and it contains all other containers. Nothing is left out, including the manifestation of the Creator. The act of creation is revealed here as an act of conception followed by birth through the union of male and female powers in the Creator.
Reflecting back on the information in the Upanishads, and in the Egyptian sources, (See Before the Beginning) there is a very strong parallel between what was written in them and what is contained in the esoteric meaning of the Hebrew word we translate “In the beginning.” This meaning implies that there were events and powers before the beginning that worked together to produce universal and unending existence. That includes the universes including the one we experience now and the promised “New Heavens and New Earth.”
It also includes the manifestation of the Creator in the container of the Spiritual Domain or Heaven and through the link of Life that is shared by All, both Elohim and Man.
In Genesis 1:1 the Creator’s name is Elohim. The Hebrew letters in that name are Aleph, Lamed, He, Yod and Final Mem. Here is what they tell us:
The dual principle of all that exists and all that does not exist, of life and death, positive and negative (Aleph:1) is linked to our conscious awareness (Lamed:30) and to universal Life (He:5) and was manifested in the temporary state (Yod:10) through the the power of what will be the final creative state of Man in both mind and body: a Son in the Family of Elahim (Final Mem:600.)
In other words, the esoteric meaning of Elahim is: The initial principle (Aleph) led to our current existence, which is linked to our conscious awareness (Lamed) of the Creator, to our Self — to universal Life (He). All that exists now is a manifestation of the initial thoughts (Aleph) in a temporary state (Yod) and was produced by the power that will eventually be in Man forever (Final Mem.)
El is All and in All and is manifested to All through all that is created. Life brings us to conscious awareness and realization. Elohim is a manifestation of the thoughts and knowledge of El. And out of El also came One who was chosen before the beginning through whom will come the final Manifestation:
Through Him [the Chosen One] all things were made. Without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was Life and that Life was the Light of Man. John 1:3-4
Starting from a principle or completed thoughts and meditations (Aleph: 1) came the manifestation of life and death, good and evil, in (Yod:10), but from this, as was designed from the before the beginning, will come the exalted state of Qoph (100) wherein there is only Life and Good.
“When the most mysterious wished to reveal Himself, He first produced a single point which was transmuted into a thought, and in this He … graved with the sacred and mystic lamp a mystic and most holy design, which was a wondrous edifice issuing from the midst of thought. This … was the beginning of the edifice, existent and non-existent, deep-buried, unknowable by name….And upon this secret the world is built.” Zohar 1:6 (1:1b-2a).
As I said this is an esoteric and mystical revelation of the entire plan of all that exists and does not yet exist, both seen and unseen: it is the knowledge and understanding of our future.
Next, we will examine the role that Hebraic sacred geometry plays in helping us see the past, present, and future hinted at in the current Kabbalah tree.