The Revelation of Jesus Christ: Rev 1:8

Jeff "Miztah" Rogers By Jeff "Miztah" Rogers, 24th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There are many names and titles for Jesus Christ throughout the scripture. All of these appellations serve to illustrate and teach us another of the varying mufti-faceted character traits of our savior.

Jesus Christ -- "The Almighty"

"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." Revelation 1:8

There are many names and titles for Jesus Christ throughout the scripture. All of these appellations serve to illustrate and teach us of the varying multi-faceted character traits of our savior. We come now to a verse that is full of different terms used to describe this "Coming one", the Lord Jesus Christ. Here John does not disappoint in his use of the language as he describes this great God and savior, whom we worship. And again he brings us to the place of awe, reverence and worship, as we realize that our worship of Jesus Christ is nothing less than the worship of the divine.

One of the frequently disputed teachings in the church today is the teaching of the divinity and deity of Jesus Christ. There is no end of people who are ready to declare that Jesus was not God, that he was merely a man. But here John leaves us no option; either he is extolling the virtues of God as revealed in the person of Jesus Christ or else he is merely perpetuating a myth. We do not have the option of any middle ground in this regard. Jesus is Jehovah, Jesus is God, this is so obvious and indisputable that to reject this truth is to discount all of the rest of John's writing in the book of Revelation. For if Jesus was merely a man, then the rest of the vision would not even be in the realm of reality and must be seen as a moral fable and an apocalyptic tale that has no ultimate fulfillment either in the lives of its original audience or in our own lives.

"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." Revelation 1:8

I will to start at the very end of this magnificent and descriptive verse.

"The Almighty" This is a word translated from the Greek word, παντοκράτωρ, pantokrátōr - meaning: "Almighty"; "unrestricted power exercising absolute dominion".

A short and practical definition of this word is "The Ruler of the universe".

This is a word that could only be describing the creator, the one and only, the great "I Am", the singular divine, the God of all. This word however is used in this verse to describe Jesus Christ.

End of debate!

We can make this direct connection as we examine passages in the scripture dealing with the original creation.

God is the creator: Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth."

Jesus is Gog and creator: Colossians 1:16, "For by Him (Jesus Christ) ALL things were created, in heaven and earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities, ALL THINGS were created through HIM and for HIM.

Jesus is the Creator: John 1:3 (Speaking of Jesus the "Word") "All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made."

This is a simple logical syllogism: If "A" = "B" and "B" = "C" then "A" must equal "C".

-- God is the creator, Gen 1:1
--God declares that Jesus is the creator, Colossians 1:16, and John 1:3,
--Therefore Jesus is God.

Any other conclusion would have to originate from confusion and a rejection of the word of God as truth.

Plainly stated, the summary of this verse, Revelation 1:8, is that Jesus is claiming for himself to be "THE ALMIGHTY, ruler of the universe", nothing less than this can be deduced from this passage.

But "The Almighty" is the summary of the passage, not the introduction, so let's also look at the pieces that John gives us that led to this summary.

"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." Revelation 1:8

Again, let us look from the latter parts of the description to the earlier. Here in the second to last clause we have the declaration of the eternality of Jesus Christ. This is a repetition of the language John used earlier in verse four when he first introduced God the Father, God the Spirit and God the Son. But this time it is applied directly to Jesus inasmuch as it is Jesus who is speaking these words about himself in verse eight.

"John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be 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;" Revelation 1:4

Here in the original introduction God gives us the tri-une greeting. John by inspiration includes greetings from the Eternal Father who is - was - and is to come (future). He also describes the Spirit of God in the seven fold manifestation of the characteristics of God as we have seen in our previous studies. But when Jesus speaks for himself in verse eight, he claims the same descriptive language for himself that was earlier used in the introduction to God the Father. This is in keeping with the true intent of Christ's words from John's gospel, chapter ten and verse thirty, that "I and my Father are one."

As we continue our reverse survey of this verse we come to the phrase; "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord". Again this phrase ends with a one word title for our savior which warrants a closer look. This is the English word "Lord", in the Greek we actually have two words, and while the King James version merely says, "Saith the Lord" , other version translate both words properly. The ESV renders this phrase as; "Says the Lord God". Clearly, we have a direct and declarative statement from the lips of Jesus Christ himself, claiming that he is in fact God.

The Greek words are: "κύριος ο θεός". "Kurios o Theos", meaning "Lord The God".

2962(Strongs) kýrios or Kurios- "a person exercising absolute ownership rights; lord".

2316(Strongs) theós - "God, the Creator and owner of all things".

So, what is it that "the Lord-The-God" says? He, that is Jesus, says that He is the very Alpha and the Omega, he is the beginning and the end. This title for Jesus is used three other times in the book of Revelation. In each instance, Jesus is speaking and he is about to declare a blessing or a new revealing of himself. Here in verse 8 he is declaring the revealing of his eternal character.

"Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea." Revelation 1:11

"And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." Revelation 21:6

"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Revelation 22:13

The Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, and when coupled with the phrase, "the beginning and the ending", we see a complete declaration of Christ's eternal nature. But more than just being eternal we see the all-encompassing nature of Christ.

The word Beginning is not just that he was there and participating in creation, in a chronological sense of being there when time began or even before that. The Greek word for "beginning" is the word "Arche" which can also mean 'Origin". This is a word used to describe that which is at the pinnacle of a thing.

"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;" Colossians 1:15-19

Paul is straining the thesaurus beyond its capacity. It is as if Paul is running out of words to describe the "preeminent" Christ. He is the "Firstborn", "all things created by and for him", he is "before all things, all things are held together (consist) by him", he is the "Head", the "Beginning", "Firstborn from the dead", He has all the "Fullness" of the God-head dwelling in Him. Clearly Paul is trying to give us a description of one who is worthy of our worship, fear, obedience, and loyalty.

The word "Ending" is also a word that deserves our attention.

It is the Greek word "τέλος" - or - Telos. 5056(Strongs) télos - "consummation (the end-goal, purpose), such as closure with all its results."

This is not so much a word of chronology or time, but it is a word of purpose. Jesus is the end Goal, the purpose of all things, he is the primary reason for everything. He is the purpose of the history of the world. All things past lead up to, and point to him until he came. After his coming, all things point back to and refer to Him.

Paul said in reference to this concept of the "Telos" or "end" or "purpose":

"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Romans 10:4

Here the idea is the same; the ultimate purpose of the law was to point to Christ. Christ is the entire purpose or goal of the law. In Him we no longer look to the law for righteousness, for we now find all of our righteousness in Him apart from the law. See the context of that passage in Romans 10.

This is the whole point of John's quoting of Jesus in Revelation 1:8. This Jesus, this God in flesh, who is now exalted to the right hand of the throne of God on high. He is so far above anything in creation, that all we can do is fall at his feet in devotion, reverence and worship. To do anything less is treason of the highest order. To walk away from this Jesus and have any less of an opinion than that which is stated in this verse, is a declaration of war upon the divine.

And this Jesus, our warrior, our Lord, the Almighty, is up to the task of conducting war upon his enemies. I leave you with this admonition;

Do not find yourself in the camp of the enemy.

If you have been halting between two opinions; "either the Lord he is God or he is not." Then flee, and flee NOW to the side of the Almighty, the Christ, the God and savior, and the judge of all the wicked. This is the only option that John leaves us with as he gives the self-description of Our great "I Am", the "Alpha and the Omega", the "Beginning and the Ending", the "Lord God", the "eternal one who is, was, and is to come", "The Almighty".

What a glorious Lord and God we worship. Take time to bow before him today. If this description has not brought you to a place of being a worshiper of Jesus Christ, than I have failed in my task.

Blessed be the Lord God almighty
Who was and is and is to come
Blessed be the Lord God almighty
Who reigns forevermore.


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author avatar Jeff "Miztah" Rogers
Lived in many places in the U.S.. Served in the Air Force for 21 years. retired from active duty in 2002. Traveled extensively, lived 8 years in Europe. I write about the bible, faith, and new ideas

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author avatar Jack Vorster
24th Nov 2011 (#)

A great Amen!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
2nd Dec 2011 (#)

Miztah: I am following your articles. I am so far behind but I keep them all and read as soon as I can. Thank you for keeping in touch. Your friend, Ivyevelyn.

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author avatar Jeff "Miztah" Rogers
2nd Dec 2011 (#)

Take your time....It takes me some time to digest themas well.

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