Head and Tail
Revelation 9 Tet Isaiah 9
And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them,
having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were
as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the
brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth, and
in their tails: for their tails were like unto
serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush,
in one day. The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth
lies, he is the tail. For the leaders of this people cause
them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed
The literal meaning of the Ninth Letter is a bit of a mystery. It is not used in Scripture and, unlike
all the other letters, it does not appear to be a Hebrew word at all. Klein, in his Etymological Dictionary
of the Hebrew Language, gives no clue as to the origin of Tet as the name of this letter. Gesenius also
expresses uncertainty as to its true origin, but goes on to report the common uderstanding that
Tet denotes a serpent, which he supports with reference to the closedly related Arabic Tet of the same meaning.
This is the common meaning found in Rabbinic writings, and is used to explain the shape of the letter, which
is likened to a coiled snake. This then links to the explicit content of Revelation 9, where the
tails are likened to serpents. This is
the first occurrence of Ophis (Serpent, S# G3789) in Revelation.
As in the Garden, the serpent is associated with LIES. This is how he first harmed humanity, as it is
"for their tails were like unto
serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt." Isaiah 9
then fills in the details, telling us that the "tails" are the false prophets teaching lies.
This then links directly to the Ninth Commandment (Thou shalt not
bear false witness against thy neighbor.) and the strong delusion sent by God against
all who "loved a lie" rather than the truth (cf. Spoke 9:
Believing Lies). This finds its origin in the lies spoken by the Serpent in Genesis 3
(9 = 3 x 3 forms the basis of many links between 3 and 9). It also manifests in the opening verse
of Romans 9