End Time Series

Alpha and Omega Series

Part 3 – Alpha and Omega Series

 “But concerning that day and hour, no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” Matthew 24:36 (ESV)

We intentionally ignored, neglected, and even forgot the presence of the Holy Spirit and His involvement in our lives as the third persons in the Godhead. These simple greetings are significant to be addressed, and the importance of the third person attached to our lives should be given great affection. Love and care must be considered as we live in this troubled world. There are many observers as we walk with our faith and the truth as we talk.

The Trinity will not exist if we walk away with this truth. It does exist whether we like it, but it will not manifest in us if we deny accepting the truth. Revelation 1:4-5 Says the greeting is from each member of the Trinity: from Him who is and who was and who is to come (the Father), from the seven Spirits who are before His throne (the Holy Spirit), and from Jesus Christ (the Son) the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.

When we know who is speaking, we will know who is coming; this is the truth they knew back many centuries ago, and to this date, many are still waiting for Jesus to judge the living and the dead. Revelation 1.8 points to the Almighty Father. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Why is there a claim that Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega?

In Revelation 21:6, After judgment, the preparation of Jesus’ ruling the kingdom, no more sorrows and pain, everything will be new and the indwelling of the Spirit of God to His people, declaring them to be His children. Those who are victorious will inherit all that was promised, and God will be God, and they will be His children. This is a victorious celebration. To be inspired, read the whole context of Revelation 21:1-8. And meet the truth and be inspired.

Revelation 22:13— “I am the alpha and the omega,” “the beginning and the end.” Many Christians took this context from the complete message and interpreted it as This is Jesus. I suggested that believers read the whole context of Revelation 22 to be blessed with the truth. You might find it more enlightening. Added to it are Isaiah 44:6 and Isaiah 48:12, and they even went further when they added 1 and 2 Chronicle (ex. 1 Chronicles 29:29). Where it uses “from first to last,” which refers to “from beginning to end,” used seven times in 1 and 2 Chronicles.

The Alpha and the Omega: remember God begins life and gets involved in human activity, and in the end, God remains involved in Human activity. One thing you may notice is that the Almighty was not attached. Maybe finding the truth and measuring our faith in Him excites us. The Son is honored as the Son, and up to the end of God’s love letter to us, He used the Son to tell us His end-time plans and the Son delegated the message to his angel, and Son’s angel told John the message. If you continue seeking the truth about this chapter, you may find that the Book of Revelation is the third section of the Bible: The Old, the New, and the Revealed Word of God.

God was involved directly during the Old Testament and the New Testament. He used the Son in His place, and in the third Revelation, God the Father will be the Judge and witness, and the Son will be the one to open the book of life as no one in heaven and earth is perfect enough to qualify to open the book—revelation 5.

The book of Revelation opens up with God—the Revelation from Jesus Christ that God gave him to show his servants what must soon occur. Jesus made the message of the Father known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testified to everything he saw—the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it because the time is near.

Verse 4 John points to the Father: John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, five and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us has freed us from our sins by his blood.

When we combined verses 4 and 5, Revelation 1:4-5—John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.

When we follow through, the revealed word in verse 4 is the Father— “He who was, and who is, and who is to come” and verse 5, “Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.” This significant verse will teach us who is talking in 1:8. “God and on one else who is, and who was, and who is to come. The Almighty”

Therefore, we conclude that “He who was, and who is, and who is to come” is God the Father Almighty and not Jesus Christ. Some part is sourced from John Gill’s commentary.

Now, it doesn’t matter which translation you use. Rev. 1:4 already distinguished between “He who is, and who was, and who is to come” and “Jesus Christ.” Thus, the person speaking is God the Father, not Jesus Christ.

Elsewhere in Revelation (e.g., Rev. 22:13), Jesus Christ is identified as the Alpha and the Omega, but not here in Rev. 1:8.
This is another topic that could relate to his mission, as he started the redemptive work and ended it with success.

Revelation 1:8 (GNT) “I am the first and the last,” says the Lord God Almighty, who is, who was, and who is to come.

Revelation 1:8(NET) “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God—the one who is, who was, and who is still to come—the All-Powerful!

Revelation 1:8(NCV) The Lord God says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega. I am the One who is and was and is coming. I am the Almighty.”

Finally, in Rev. 1:8 (KJV): I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

But, Rev. 1:8 (NA27): “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” said the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Now, it doesn’t matter which translation or version of the Bible you use. Rev. 1:4 is the foundation between “He who is, and who was, and who is to come” and “Jesus Christ.” Thus, the person speaking is God the Father, not Jesus Christ. And He is coming! How soon does no one know, even the angels and the Son? Only God knows!!

Who is referred to as the Alpha and the Omega in Revelation 1:8?
I prayerfully hope that this revealed truth becomes a blessing to all. God is the one talking and coming to judge. If the people before us identified Jesus as the “Alpha and the Omega,” that is their interpretation. Still, they cannot claim that the above interpretation is not God’s revealed truth. Jesus begins the redemptive works and ends them with success, so he deserves to be honored as the Alpha and the Omega at the beginning and the end of his work. We cannot deny or ignore the truth that Jesus is the Son of God and His co-worker in delivering His message.

Who is speaking and who is coming: Revelation 1:4-8, 4:8-11; 11:17; 16:5 It is the Father Almighty who is speaking and coming.

We all work for the glory of God.

I love you all with the love of God, the Son, and the Spirit that will continue to work for our guidance and protection. 

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Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus
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