The study of biblical Hebrew is not only revealing mysteries in the Old Testament but also the New Testament. How can that be, you may ask, when the New Testament was not written in Hebrew but rather in Greek (or Aramaic)? Some will debate this idea but all I can say is that Jesus of Nazareth and His disciples, being average Jewish men of that time, did speak, read, write, and think in Hebrew. Those who by divine inspiration wrote the New Testament were not of the learned elite who communicated in Greek but were of the rural folks who communicated in Hebrew.
How many of us would like to understand the final book of our New Testament, the book of Revelation? Show of hands? Mine's up too. I've found that we cannot fully appreciate or understand this book without applying the Hebrew alphabet to it. I'm not saying the full eschatological, prophetic understanding will come as a result, but great inspiration will come.
The book "The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet" by Rabbi Michael L. Munk was read by evangelical minister J.R. Church and his partner Gary Stearman. In their book "The Mystery of the Menorah and the Hebrew Alphabet" they say, "For countless centuries, Jewish expositors have taught that each of the letters in their alphabet is a reflection of God's creative power. They believe their alphabet is a manifestation of God's essence and that, taken as a whole, it speaks of His attributes."6
Church and Stearman began to apply this concept not only to the Old Testament but to the New. They found it significant in the entire New Testament but especially in the book of Revelation. They discovered that the 22 chapters in Revelation have a relationship to the 22 consonants of the Hebrew alphabet. Each of the 22 chapters of Revelation corresponds perfectly with the symbolic meaning of the Hebrew alphabet! Isn't that awesome?
For example, it's interesting how Revelation chapter 4 connects with the 4th letter d (dahlet). The Hebrew letter dahlet when written looks something like a doorway and dahlet is actually the word for door. This chapter in Revelation talks about the doorway to Heaven where the way has been made for us sinful human beings to be admitted to Shaymayim (Heaven). Our Lord is the doorway to eternity.
Another example is the 12th Hebrew letter, lahmed, that goes with chapter 12 of Revelation. It is the tallest letter of the alphabet and is flanked on each side by the letters kahf and mem.
"The kahf is said to represent God's throne of glory, the mem, God's Kingship. Together the mem, lahmed and kahf [right to left in Hebrew] form the Hebrew wordmelek meaning 'King.' Fascinating! Revelation 12 features the birth of the King" 7 (Rev. 12:1-5).
At the beginning of the book of Revelation, Jesus announced "I am Alpha and Omega . . ." (Rev. 1:8a). At the end of the book, He again announces it: "I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last" (Rev. 22:13). Church and Stearman saw the connection clearly - our LORD in essence is the alphabet. In Hebrew it would read "I am the Aleph and the Tav." These are the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Jesus the Messiah also fulfills the attributes of all the other letters of the alphabet in between.
The very name and meaning of this final book of the Bible is "The Revelation of Jesus Christ." Now even more of His wisdom and fellowship are revealed to us through the Hebrew Aleph-beit. (Aleph and bet are the first two letters of the aleph - beit and are where the name 'alphabet' originated.)
One of the clues guiding Stearman and Church was when they learned that in the time of Jesus and before, the Jews considered their Bible (O.T.) to consist of 22 books. Their commentators even stated that these 22 books corresponded to the 22 consonants of the Hebrew alphabet. (We know that at the beginning of God's revelation to man, the Bible was written without chapters or verses. Now we find that even as these were added later by the scribes, the Holy Spirit was guiding.)
This alphabetic pattern, when applied to the New Testament by J.R. and Gary was found to have the same effect. In their book they say,
". . . We found 27 books, seemingly too many for a match. Too many, that is, until we added the five Hebrew "final letters" to the alphabet. [These are 5 sofit or final form letters khahf - ch, mem - m, nun - n, fey - f, tsahdee - ts] Once again, we found a perfect match! And here too, in the five final letters, we found a special message of finality, or culmination." 8 This gives a mighty conclusion to the entire Bible.
To learn more, I recommend you get a copy of J.R. Church and Gary Stearman's book. You'll also enjoy their monthly magazine "Prophecy in the News."9 They consistently bring in Hebrew meanings to what they teach.