Revelation 1:8 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.
Since we established two studies ago in Revelation 1:4-6 (Jesus Christ Who Is, Was And Is To Come), That God Most High, The Father of Jesus Christ is Supreme Ruler of all Creation. And Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son is Creator with His Father. Both being God, by the true definition of the word “God.”
As the saying goes, “Like father, like son.” This saying can’t be any more real and true throughout the Holy Bible than in this verse here in Revelation 1:8.
Now we know for fact that Jesus Christ is speaking here, to John, proclaiming He is “Alpha And Omega” without any doubt. Not because His words are in red as is the case when Jesus Christ is speaking, as some publications of the Holy Bible would indicate.
It is truly because, the phrase, “saith the Lord,” is showing us who’s speaking to John at this moment of time. The word “Lord” is the indicator.
In the Holy Bible, in most cases, not all, when the word “LORD” is in all caps, it usually indicates to the reader that it is God, The Most High God, the Father of Jesus Christ speaking.
And when it’s not capitalized (as is the case here in this verse), it is indicating that the Lord Jesus Christ is speaking. So this is how we know. As is also the case in Revelation 1:11. So here’s where the argument lies: God Most High also proclaims that He is “the first and the last.”
Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and His Redeemer the LORD of Host; I Am the first, and I Am the last, and beside Me there is no God.
We see in the Holy Bible, That not only God Most High, The Father of Jesus Christ is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and Ending, the first and the Last. Even Jesus Christ, God Most Highs’ only begotten Son is also the beginning and ending.
Truly Like Father, Like Son.
Going back to the point of Revelation 1:11, How do we know this is Jesus Christ speaking in verse 11, and not the voice of God Most High? When you read very carefully, verses 9-14, it is Jesus Christ who’s walking in the midst of the seven candlesticks in His glorified body.
Now I mention this, as our first line of business in this study, is for a few reasons:
1). To disperse any confusion
2). To cast down any vain imaginations
3). To also see first hand, the synonymous, active relationship between God The Father and His Son has, revealed all throughout the Holy Bible. Especially in this study.
Who God Most High is and what He does, we will see clearly, Jesus Christ is and does also.
And so here in Revelation 1:8, Alpha and Omega are the names Jesus Christ is revealing to His children about Himself. A & O are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. This is why He continues to say, “The beginning and the ending.”
What He is proclaiming here is, ‘I Am the beginning and ending of all life.’ And this is a Biblical fact!
Colossians 1:16-23 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;
And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in Heaven.
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight:
If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under Heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
This is what the real Messiah; Jesus Christ, has done. After creating the heavens and the earth with the Most High God His Father; He denied Himself from His eternal throne (Ephesians 4:7-10), to come down to earth from Heaven, to become the likeness of men (John 1:14), through the virgin birth, conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18-23)
To die on the cross (Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 19) for the remission of sins (Matthew 26:26-28). To be our propitiation through His shed blood on Calvary (Romans 3;24-26), in order for us to be the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ’s shed blood by faith (Romans 4-5).
Raised from the dead to give us new life (Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21 and Romans 6:1-8).
And ascended back into Heaven (Acts 1:1-9) and sits on the right hand of God Most His Father (Hebrews 1:1-3) to reconcile us to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). To give us eternal life and the baptism of God His Father’s Holy Spirit (John 16:7; Matthew 3:11-17).
No other so-called “christ” will do that. Jesus Christ is the only One that has already fulfilled all of God His Fathers Word, spoken of by His Prophets in the days of the Old Testament.
There is no other Christ, Savior or Messiah to look for, because Jesus Christ/Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is the One and only, whether you believe that or not!
Jesus Christ was from the beginning! Before the creation of man, beasts of the field, insects, birds of the air, and creatures of the deep. Before the creation of the Universe. Before the creation of the earth and all that is in the earth. He was before the creation of Heaven.
As He also proclaimed to the Jews, while He was on this earth in the flesh in, John 8:58, Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I Am.
And this absolute statement ended all doubt, argument, and conversation. And it still does today! So He is Alpha! Lets briefly recap our study of Revelation 1:4-6 (Jesus Christ who Is, Was And Is To Come),
Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth.
The word “God” in this verse is actually not referring to God as singular, but as plural in the Hebrew. Elohim is the word used here for our translation of God, which is referring to the Holy Trinity: God the Father, and of His Son, and of His Holy Spirit. As we read on, we will see clearly this fact,
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
This light is not the sun that a lot of people mistakenly assume. Because the sun, the moon and all the stars were created on the 4th day, not here on the first day. So what is this “light?” It’s none other than Jesus Christ as the Apostle John has proclaimed.
John 1:1-8 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.
In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through Him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
This is why Jesus Christ proclaimed, John 8:12 I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.
So by this thread of truth from the beginning of the Book of Genesis (the beginning of the dawn of time), through the Book of Colossians, we see clearly that Jesus Christ created, with the Father, all things. So He truly is the beginning of all life.
In Revelation 14:14-20, we see Jesus Christ harvesting the earth both the righteous and the sinners to death.
And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud One sat like unto the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.
And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in Thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
We see here, that Jesus Christ, sitting on a cloud, having a sharp sickle in His hand. We also see an angel, who came out of the temple in Heaven, crying out, telling Jesus Christ to thrust in His sickle and reap the harvest of the righteous.
What’s interesting about this scene is that an angel was instructing Jesus Christ what to do. Why? Isn’t Jesus Christ greater than all the angels? Since He also created them? Yes He is!
But notice, an angel came out of the temple, giving Jesus Christ instructions. Holy angels do not do anything of their own will, they wait for God’s command. Who else is in the temple then? God Most, sitting upon His throne, in the Temple in Heaven.
So it’s God Most, The Father of Jesus Christ, giving a command to His messenger angel, to relay to Jesus Christ. So this angel went from God Most High’s presence in Heaven, and went to Jesus Christ who is sitting on the clouds of earth, waiting for His Father Command.
And He that sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle
Another angel came out of the temple in Heaven, having a sharp sickle also. This is not Jesus Christ, but an angel.
And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
A 3rd angle came out of the same temple, crying out/Instructing the angel with the sharp sickle to thrust in the sickle, to reap the harvest of sinners and the rebellious
And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
This concurs with what Jesus Christ also taught in, Matthew 13:37-43, He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of Man;
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of Man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
This thread of truth illustrates that Jesus Christ also is the ending of all Life as the Omega. For He will send His angels to reap the harvest of sinners to death.
Thus, John testifies that God Most High and Jesus Christ is the beginning of all creation and He is also the end of life; 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.
We also see this synonymous relationship between Jesus Christ and God His Father in Revelation 20. After satan has been thrown into the bottomless pit for a thousand years. Jesus Christ then establishes His millennial reign as King on the earth.
After the thousand years are complete, satan is then released out of the bottomless pit for a short time. satan will gather an army one last time, surrounding the restored city of Jerusalem.
And right before satan is able to attack Jerusalem, the beloved city, God Most High destroys Heaven, the universe and all the earth by fire. And all souls of all humankind throughout all ages will stand before God in that final eternal judgment.
Thus it is written, “I Am Alpha and Omega.”
Jesus Christ Is Lord of The Old Testament And The Messiah In The New Testament
Alpha and Omega is also proclaiming, Jesus Christ is Lord of the Old Testament and the Messiah in the New Testament.
Since Jesus Christ is from the beginning with God His Father, He has appeared on numerous occasions to visit His righteous throughout the ancient ages. Jesus Christ appears to Abram before He changed His name to Abraham.
Genesis 17:1-2 And when Abram ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before Me, and be thou perfect. And I will make My covenant between Me and thee
How do we know for sure this is Jesus Christ and not God His Father? Usually when the Old Testament capitalizes the word, “LORD,” it is referring to God Most High. But in this case it’s not referring to God Most High, the Father of Jesus Christ at all. This is how we know:
The passage of Scripture is telling us specifically “The LORD appeared to Abram.” This is a literal physical appearance.
When the Most High God, The Father of Jesus Christ comes on the scene, He usually doesn’t appear in a physical form; accept in the Garden of Eden, before Adam and Eve sinned, they saw God because they were pure in heart (Matthew 5:8/Genesis 3:8 implies this fact).
On Mount Sinai, God Most High appeared in a physical form, but he was covered with smoke and fire, so no one can see Him (Exodus 19).
And when Moses asked God, “shew me Thy glory.” God Most High only showed Moses His back parts (Exodus 33:21-23). That is only three times throughout the Holy Bible as far as I know.
Instead of God appearing physically, He speaks, by a physical manifestation. We see this clearly in Exodus chapter 33. The reason for this is found in Exodus 33:20, And He said, Thou canst not see My face: for there shall no man see Me (meaning, see My face) and live.
This reasoning goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:17). Before Adam and Eve sinned against God with that one commandment, “The tree of the knowledge of Good and evil. Thou shalt not eat of it:“ They had a physical face to face fellowship with God literally for a time. Because they were pure. They were without sin.
And because God is holy and Adam and Eve became impure and unholy through sin, they could no longer see God.
Not just because sin caused spiritual death and blindness, where they could no longer see God. But God also veiled Himself from their sight, lest they saw God’s face and die. This is implied in,
Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Now anyone can see Jesus Christ and live as we see throughout the New Testament after His resurrection and ascension. Mary Magdalene saw Jesus Christ and lived. The same is written of His disciples’ experience, having a face-to-face encounter with Jesus Christ and lived (Luke 24/Acts 1:1-3).
Even the Apostle Paul saw the face of the Lord Jesus Christ and lived (Acts 18:9-10). Though blinded by His brilliant light (Acts 9). But no one can see God’s face and live.
Secondly, Jesus Christ introduces Himself to Abram as the “Almighty.” Jesus Christ also does this to John as we go back to Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and ending, saith the Lord, which is and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
His next statement He makes to Abram, which is a dead give away to being Jesus Christ is, “Walk before Me, and be thou perfect.” He taught the same thing as His last statement, teaching His disciple how to walk before God His Father and be perfect in Matthew 5.
And lastly He makes a Covenant with Abram from a blood sacrifice in Genesis 15 and reiterates their Covenant here in Genesis 17. This points to the salvation work of Jesus Christ on the cross for the “remission” of sins as the New Covenant in His blood, that was prophesied thousands of years after Abrams encounter with Jesus Christ
Jeremiah 31:31-37 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which My covenant they brake, although I was a Husband unto them, saith the Lord:
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put My laws in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be My people.
And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
The word “forgive” is a very peculiar word for the Old Testament. There is a difference between atonement and remission. Atonement means to cover. To cover one’s sins. And was used all throughout the Old Testament. And only one time in the New Testament in Romans 5:11.
Remission on the other hand, means to forgive sins. And when God forgives your sins, He then remembers them no more, as if you never sinned. Remission was never used in the Old Testament, only in the New Testament.
Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinence of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar, the LORD of host’s is His name:
If those ordinence depart from before Me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me For ever.
Thus saith the LORD; If Heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.
This is the Lords way of saying, This new Covenant will come to pass. For this New Covenant will come into fruition by the blood of Jesus Christ and no other, As He also proclaimed in
Luke 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
Moving on to our next point, Jesus Christ was a Man who wrestled with Jacob in, Genesis 32:24-30 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a Man with him until the breaking of the day. And when He saw that He prevailed not against him, He touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with Him.
And He said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except Thou bless me. And He said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And He said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
And Jacob asked Him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, Thy name. And He said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after My name? And He blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
Notice again, this was Jesus Christ, because you can see Jesus Christ face and live, but no one can see the face of God and live, in any age, as God Most High revealed to Moses.
He also appeared to Daniel, but that’s reserved for another study. So Jesus Christ is Lord of the Old Testament, This is why it is prophesied of the Lord Jesus Christ in,
Micah 5:2 But thou Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be Ruler in Israel; Whose going’s forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
There are a few interesting points to point out here. First, it reveals this “Ruler” prophesied here, come forth by God. The word “unto” has three meanings in the Holy Bible
Jesus Christ was born by the virgin birth in the flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit in
Matthew 1:18-23 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with Child of the Holy Ghost.
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
But while he thought on these things, the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost
And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoke of the Lord by the prophet saying,
Behold a virgin shall be with Child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us (Isaiah 7:14).
DNA reveals to us that the mother provides the physical body while the Father provides the blood of the child. Thus Jesus Christ, born from the virgin Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit, God’s Holy Spirit, makes Jesus Christ the Son of God by blood relation through God His Fathers Holy Spirit.
Second, The “Ruler” by God, will come out of Bethlehem, which means in Hebrew, “House of Bread.” Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1) and He also is the “Bread of Life,”
John 6:33-51 For the bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto Him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.
But I said unto you, That ye also have seen Me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.
And this is the Father’s will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
The Jews then murmured at Him, because He said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that He saith, I came down from heaven?
Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save He which is of God, He hath seen the Father.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. I am that Bread of Life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
I Am the living bread which came down from Heaven; If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My flesh which I will give for the life of the world.
And lastly, according to Micah 5:2, it reveals to us, Jesus Christ is from the days of old. In fact, from everlasting. The Biblical use of this word is “eternal.”
Through this prophecy, it tells us that Jesus Christ is not only Lord of the Old Testament, He is also The Messiah in the New Testament. He fulfilled half of this prophetic utterance thus far. The other half has not taken place yet, but will.
The last part of this prophecy reveals to us, the second coming of Jesus Christ and His Millennial reign as King, Ruler of the earth, but that’s for another study.
Jesus Christ Is The Beginning of The New Covenant And The Ending of The Old Covenant
Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament Law. In fact the Old Testament Law points to Jesus Christ and His work as the Sacrificial Lamb of God His Father.
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, till Heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
When you read and study the Book of Hebrews, it clearly shows us all that the Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled.
He is the Messiah (Hebrews 1-2)
He filled the Priestly Law (Chapters 4;5;7;8)
He fulfilled the Purification Law (Chapter 9)
He fulfilled the Sacrificial Law (Chapters 9-10)
He also fulfilled the Ceremonial Law
Colossians 2:10-17 And ye are complete in Him which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.