Behaalotcha – The Secret of the Inverted Nuns

The secret of the inverted Nuns are connected to the secret of the five (5) loaves feeding the 5000 (Mat 14:21) and the seven (7) loaves feeding the 4000 (Mat 15:38).

Seven (7) Books of Torah

וַיְהִי בִּנְסֹעַ הָאָרֹן, וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה: קוּמָה יְהוָה, וְיָפֻצוּ אֹיְבֶיךָ,וְיָנֻסוּ מְשַׂנְאֶיךָ, מִפָּנֶיךָ. And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said: ‘Rise up, O LORD, and let Thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate Thee flee before Thee.’ (Num 10:35)
וּבְנֻחֹה, יֹאמַר: שׁוּבָה יְהוָה,רִבְבוֹת אַלְפֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל And when it rested, he said: ‘Return, O LORD, unto the ten thousands of the families of Israel.’ (Num 10:36)

Num 10:35-36 as quoted above are bracketed in the Torah scroll by two inverted Nuns (׆), based on which the rabbis have established that there are indeed seven (7) books of Torah.

It is significant to note that up to this point the Children of Israel were prepared for immediate entry to the land (Rashi’s commentary), but a series of catastrophic failures ensued after the inverted Nun which had effectively delayed the entry by 38 years.

There are 12 words in Num 10:35 and 7 words in Num 10:36, for a total of 85 letters.

The 7 words parallel the 7 words in the beginning verse of Torah, and the 12 words parallel the 12 closing verse of Torah, which have been well established by the rabbis.

The original 5 books of Torah therefore represent the revealed Torah, and the new 7 books of Torah would represent the concealed Torah that is yet to be revealed.

Feeding the 5000 (Five Loaves)

The secret of the inverted Nuns are the secret of the five (5) loaves and two (2) fishes (Mat 14:17).

Nun נוּן in Aramaic is fish, the two (2) inverted Nuns are the secret of the two (2) fishes, and the five (5) loaves of bread symbolizes the revealed Torah in five (5) books.

Fish lives in water which conceals the fish, representing the secret of Torah.

The five (5) loaves and two (2) fishes are used to feed the 5000, with twelve (12) baskets of leftovers.

5 x 2 x 5000 x 12 = 600,000

There are 600,000 letters in Torah which represents the 600,000 root soul of Israel.

The word Israel יִשְׂרָאֵל can be read as the acronym for “there are 600,000 letters in Torah”, this is well established by the rabbis:

There are 600,000 letters in Torah יֵשׁ שִׁשִׁים רִיבּוֹא אוֹתִיוֹת לַתּוֹרָה 2643

The gematria of this phrase is 2643, which is exactly the gematria of Written Torah spelled out in full, as follows:

Written Torah (Torah Shebichtav) תּוֹרָה שֶׁבִּכְתָב  
Spelled out in full תו ויו ריש הי שין בית כף תו בית 2643

It is clear that the 5 loaves symbolize the 5 books of Written Torah and the 12 baskets of leftovers parallel the 12 words in Num 10:35 in the inverted Nun.

The Letter Nun

Nun is spelled out as נון.

It is apparent that the section with the 85 letters bracketed by two Nun’s follow the pattern of how letter Nun is spelled out with three letters, as follow:

Letter Nun (נון) נ ו נ
Atbash ט פ ט
Inverted Nun ׆ 85 letters (פֶּה) ׆

To explain, the middle letter Vav ו in Atbash is Peh פ, which means “mouth” פֶּה, the gematria is 85, exactly the number of letters bracketed by the two inverted Nuns.

Letter Nun (נ) in Atbash is Tet (ט) which has the form of a bowl, alluding to the seven (7) bowls of judgment during the time of the tribulation, also known as “times of trouble” עֵת צָרָה, the gematria is 765, which is exactly 9 (ט) x 85 (פֶּה).

It may be surmised that the seven (7) inverted Nuns in Psalm 107 would parallel the seven bowls of the final judgment in the Book of Revelation, which would in return parallel the 7 words in Num 5:36, the 2nd verse within the inverted Nuns.

The secret of the letter Tet is “good”, for the first time letter Tet appears in Torah is in the word Tov (טוֹב), meaning “good”, which is the 33rd word in the Torah:

וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאוֹר, כִּי טוֹב And God saw the light, that it was good…(Gen 1:4)

Letter Peh פ is the 17th letter of the Alphabet, and 17 is the gematria of Tov טוֹב.

Letter Ayin is the 16th letter of the Alphabet, and 16 (ע) + 17 (פ) = 33, the secret of the Good (טוֹב), being the 33rd word in the Torah.

33 squared is 1089, plus the gematria of Tet (ט): 1089 + 9 = 1098, which is exactly the gematria of Oral Torah, תּוֹרָה שֶׁבְּעַל פֶּה, (Torah Shebe’al Peh) literally, Torah of the mouth, or Torah of the 85, i.e. the secret of the 85 letters being bracketed by the two inverted Nun’s.

Written Torah is written down in order for the eyes to see, this is represented by letter Ayin, meaning “eye”.

Oral Torah is the teaching of Torah by mouth, this is represented by letter Peh, meaning “mouth”.

The fact that Ayin precedes Peh in the Alphabet comes to teach us that Written Torah is primary and Oral Torah is secondary.

The union of Written Torah and Oral Torah therefore is represented by the union of letter Ayin and letter Peh, which union is in 150.

Written Torah (eyes) ע 70
Oral Torah (mouth) פ 80
  150

Feeding the 4000 (Seven Loaves)

In the miracle of feeding the 4000, there are seven (7) loaves but the fish are not numbered (Mat 15:36).

The seven (7) loaves symbolize the seven (7) books of the Torah, i.e. by the addition of the Peh (פֶּה), the 85 letters, alluding to the secrets of the Torah as taught by the mouth, the fish are not numbered because the higher wisdom is infinite.

The union of the Written Torah and Oral Torah is symbolized by 150, as discussed above:

4000 x 150 = 600,000

Again the 600,000 letters of the Torah is revealed, same as the miracle of feeding the 5000, as discussed above, and the seven (7) baskets of leftovers would parallel the seven (7) words in Num 10:36, the 2nd verse within the inverted Nun’s.

Yesod and Malchut

Yesod יְסוֹד in gematria is 80, which is personified by Joseph who ruled Egypt for 80 years (30 years old until 110 years old), this alludes to letter Peh (פ), the gematria is 80.

Malchut is personified by David who lived 70 years, alluding to letter Ayin (ע), the gematria is 70.

Joseph is the prototype of Mashiach at his first coming, the so-called Mashiach ben Yosef; and David is the prototype of Mashiach at his second coming, the so-called Mashiach ben David.

It may be surmised that the primary teaching of Mashiach at his first coming was on Oral Torah, i.e. how to correctly fulfill the commandments of Torah by mouth, in juxtaposition to the commandments taught by Pharisees and Sadducees, also by mouth.

It can also be surmised that the primary teaching of Mashiach at his second coming would be to reveal the secret of the Written Torah, aka New Torah תּוֹרָה חֲדָשָׁה, as it is written:

כִּי מִצִּיּוֹן תֵּצֵא תוֹרָה,וּדְבַר-יְהוָה מִירוּשָׁלָםִ …For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:3)

The gematria of the first half of the verse, i.e. “for out of Zion shall go forth the law” has a gematria of 1328, which is the gematria of “Spirit of God in wisdom, and understanding and knowledge” (Ex 31:3) רוּחַ אֱלֹהִים,בְּחָכְמָה וּבִתְבוּנָה וּבְדַעַת. This is the verse use to describe the gift of Bezalel in building the tabernacle alluding to the triad known as wisdom, understanding and knowledge.

The gematria of the complete verse above is 2192, which is exactly the gematria of the higher level of the same triad, known as wisdom, understanding and crown, when the three words are spelled out in full, alluding to the full emanation and revelation of the secret of Torah in the Messianic age:

Wisdom חָכְמָה חית כף מם הי 613
Understanding בִּינָה בית יוד נון הי 553
Crown כֶּתֶר כף תיו ריש 1026
  2192

Pharisees and Sadducees

The secret of the five (5) breads and seven (7) breads are the same, they are revealed as the “leaven of Pharisees and Sadducees” (Mat 16:11).

Pharisees and Sadducees represent the two opposite extremes on the subject of Oral Torah.

Pharisees accept all Oral Traditions by faith, this is one extreme of Torah study.

Sadducees reject all Oral Traditions and only accept the plain and simple meaning of the Torah, this is the other extreme of Torah study.

The Torah study as taught by Yeshua the Mashiach is to reconcile the two dichotomies, by studying both Oral Traditions as well as the plain and simple meaning of the Torah, such that the truth can be clarified by the works of the Holy Spirit:

Right side Pharisees הַפְּרוּשִׁים 641
Left side Sadducees הַצַּדּוּקִים 255
Center Line Holy Spirit רוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ 623
  1519

The midpoint number of 1519 is 760, which is exactly the gematria of wisdom, understanding and knowledge:

Crown כֶּתֶר 620
Wisdom חָכְמָה 73
Understanding בִּינָה 67
  760

This comes to teach us that Torah study must be led by the Holy Spirit, such that the “leaven” of Pharisees and Sadducees can be separated and discarded in order to attain the level of Crown, Wisdom and Understanding.

The leftover of the bread therefore represents the “truth” that has been clarified. The twelve (12) baskets are the “truth” being clarified from the revealed Torah, i.e. five (5) books and five (5) loaves, the Hebrew rendering for the five baskets is שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר סַלִּים, the gematria is 1110, which is 111 x 10, where 111 is gematria of wonder פֶּלֶא, which alludes to the “secret” of Torah, for the deepest secret can be revealed from the simplest text in the revealed Torah.

In contrast, the seven (7) loaves represent the secret of Torah, i.e. the seven (7) books of concealed Torah, but paradoxically, the simplest truth can be revealed from the deepest secret of the Torah. The seven (7) baskets in Greek is σπυρίς, which are bigger in size than the twelve baskets which in Greek is κόφινος, and the Hebrew rendering for the “seven baskets” would be שִׁבְעָה דוּדִים, the gematria is 441, exactly the gematria of truth אֱמֶת.

In summary:

85 letters Num 10:35 12 words 12 leftovers Feeding 5000
Num 10:36 7 words 7 leftovers Feeding 4000

Secret of the Inverted Nun

Letter Nun represents Israel that has fallen, and must be supported by God, this is well established in the Ashrei prayer:

סוֹמֵךְ יְהוָה, לְכָל-הַנֹּפְלִים;וְזוֹקֵף, לְכָל-הַכְּפוּפִים The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and

raiseth up all those that are bowed down (Psalm 145:14)

The 14th letter in the Alphabet is Nun, it is substituted by the 15th letter Samech in above verse, for Nun is that which has fallen הַנֹּפְלִים and must be supported סוֹמֵךְ.

The secret of the inverted Nun therefore represents Israel that has fallen by not knowing the Mashiach that has come, died and resurrected from the death.

Mashiach in the inverted Nun episode is represented by the Ark, and when the Ark set forward, Moses would say “rise up LORD”, and when the Ark rested, Moses would say “return LORD” (Num 10:35-36).

Rise up, LORD קוּמָה יְהוָה 177
Ark הָאָרֹן 256
Return, LORD שׁוּבָה יְהוָה 339
  772

The “rise up” is the secret of the resurrection from the dead by the power of YHVH at Mashiach’s first coming, which was rejected by his people Israel, and the “return” corresponds to the return of the Mashiach as well as the return of his people (in accepting him) at his second coming at the end of the exile, again by the power of YHVH, hence:

772 / 2 = 386

386 is exactly the gematria of Yeshua יֵשׁוּעַ, which is the name of Mashiach.

The two inverted Nun (נ ׆) can be formed into the closed Mem (ם), which is the secret of Mashiach being concealed (closed) to Israel, as alluded to in Isaiah 9:6:

לְםרְבֵּה הַמִּשְׂרָה וּלְשָׁלוֹם אֵין-קֵץ His rule shall be increased, and of peace there be no end…(Isaiah 9:6)

The secret of the Oral Torah, or the 85 letters bracketed by the inverted Nuns is the secret of the Epistle of Mashiach, which is the Oral Torah as taught by Mashiach to write the Written Torah in the heart:

Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Mashiach ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. (2 Corinthians 3:3)

Epistle of Mashiach in Hebrew is אִגֶּרֶת הַמָּשִׁיחַ, the gematria is exactly 967, which is exactly the gematria of Psalm 145:14, the concealed Nun:

סוֹמֵךְ יְהוָה, לְכָל-הַנֹּפְלִים;וְזוֹקֵף, לְכָל-הַכְּפוּפִים The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and

raiseth up all those that are bowed down (Psalm 145:14)

The secret of the Epistle of Mashiach is that which connects Israel with the nations, for there is one God, one Mashiach, and one Torah.

It is well established that there are 600,000 letters in Torah by the mystics, paralleling to 600,000 root soul of Israel. The Hebrew for about 600,000 (Ex 12:37) is כְּשֵׁשׁ-מֵאוֹת אֶלֶף, the gematria is 1178, which is exactly the gematria of YHVH, Torah, and Israel:

YHVH יְהוָה 26
Torah תּוֹרָה 611
Israel יִשְׂרָאֵל 541
  1178

This comes to teach us that YHVH, Torah, and Israel are one, which is emanated through the 600,000 letters of Torah.

However, there are actually 304,805 letters in Torah when they’re counted, hence there are 600,000 – 304,805 = 295,195 missing letters, or rather, concealed letters yet to be revealed.

The gematria of Israel and Nations is 600, which when multiplied by 1000 as represented by letter Alef, is augmented to precisely 600,000:

Israel יִשְׂרָאֵל 541
Nations גּוֹיִם 59
  600

600 x 1,000 = 600,000

How could the dichotomies of Israel and the Nations be unified, except through the death of Mashiach, as revealed in the Epistle of Mashiach (2 Corinthian 3:3), the Oral Torah as taught by Mashiach?

Squaring symbolizes the concept of completion and culmination, when the gematria of Israel and Nations are each squared:

Israel יִשְׂרָאֵל 541 x 541 292,681
Nation גּוֹיִם 59 x 59 3,481
Epistle of Mashiach אִגֶּרֶת הַמָּשִׁיחַ (967)
Letters in Torah 304,805
  600,000

Astonishingly, when the gematria of 967 was subtracted from the equation, symbolizing the death of Mashiach, the culmination of Israel and nations when unified have exactly the gematria of 295,195, which is exactly the number of the missing letters of Torah, which is what must be revealed to complete Torah with her 600,000 letters.

The Secret of the 5000 and 4000

The 5000 men symbolize Israel, and the 4000 men symbolize Nations.

With the feeding of the 5000, the five (5) loaves allude to the five (5) books of Torah and the twelve (12) baskets allude to twelve (12) tribes of Israel, this is the simplest, plain level of interpretation.

With the feeding of the 4000, the seven (7) loaves and the seven (7) baskets allude to the seven (7) Noachide laws for the seventy (70) Nations at the simplest, plain level of interpretation, but at a deeper level, this is the secret of the 288 (מְרַחֶפֶת) holy sparks in Kabbalah.

The word (מְרַחֶפֶת) means “move” which appears in Gen 1:2 that the spirit of God “moved” upon the face of the waters. The first letter Mem (מ) is 40 = 4 x 10, the final letter Tav (ת) is 400 = 4 x 100, it stands to reason that the middle three letters (רחפ) which has the gematria of 288 is the secret of number 4 x 1, this is the secret of the lost sheep of the house of Israel that were scattered to the four (4) corners of the earth.

The secret of the 288 holy sparks with the four (4) corners of the earth can illustrated as follows:

  1 2 3 4
The 2nd power 1 4 9 16
The 3rd power 1 8 27 64
The 4th power 1 32 81 256

Note in above table, the right to left diagonal numbers when multiplied together yield 288:

1 x 8 x 9 x 4 = 14 x 23 x 32 x 41 = 288

Similarly, the left to right diagonal numbers when added together also yield 288:

1 + 4 + 27 + 256 = 11 + 22 + 33 + 44 = 288

Immediately after the verse of the lost sheep of the house of Israel in Mat 15:24 was the miracle of feeding the 4000 revealed in Mat 15:38.

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