Alpha and Omega – Revelation Chapter 1 verse 8

The Alpha and Omega of Revelation 1:8 explained.

 

Here is a verse from revelation Chapter 1 verse 8: This is Jesus speaking; and He say’s.

 

“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. ” Rev 1:8

 

And some people will say: See; here is the description of Christ as being just like the father, and so He and Father are really the same when it comes to worship, or even who is the source.

And they say, He is which is to come, that is Jesus is the Almighty, and the Father is the Almighty also.

 

But Is this what the verse is really saying? The simple answer is no; and you ask, why do you say that?

It is true that Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, He is the beginning and the ending, but what Jesus is really saying in this verse can be better explained by looking at our red letter Bibles.

If you have a red letter Bible please open it and look at the words in red which are spoken by Jesus as this is what confuses many people.

 

Alpha and OmegaRevelation 1:8; if you have a red Bible the words of Christ are in red, and in this particular instance you will find that the first half of the verse is usually in red, and the last half in black, this is just verse 8 that we are talking about. Meaning that when Christ is speaking, and He says “I am Alpha and Omega the beginning and the ending” and the red usually stops there, and then the rest is in black. What this means is that Jesus is not talking in the rest of the verse.

Here it is as it is found in the red letter bible.

“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.” Rev 1:8

 

Now with the red letter Bible the text in red is a later addition, and the people who decided which parts Jesus is saying or not saying weren’t given by inspiration of God, they were decided by men.

 

God didn’t give us a list of the verses that were to be in red, and which were to be in black, in other words it was left to the publishers or the editors to decide where Jesus is speaking. Most of the time they got it right, but  this is one of the places where they got it wrong, as the whole verse should be in red.

 

In other words Jesus is speaking the whole time, He doesn’t stop speaking, it is Jesus who actually says to John. “saith the LORD which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

 

What Jesus is actually saying: Now let me rephrase it and see if it makes sense; He’s telling John, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord [says my father] which is, and which was, and which is to come the Almighty.”

 

In other words he’s telling John at the outset of the book of Revelation, the authority for me being Who I Am, for Me being the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, this is what My Father says, this is what the LORD says, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

You don’t have to believe me, I just want to make sure that you can see it because sometimes we read verses only one way, and we can’t see that there are any other possibilities.

 

If you study the book of Revelation you will find that the term  “which is, which was, and which is to come”, is only applied to God the Father, and this is what Jesus is basically saying to John. He is quoting what the Father has told Him, and this is what He is telling John.