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Chapter 6

                                                            Alpha and Omega

 

                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.

 

Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, Omega the last.  John repeated this saying four times in Revelation, twice in this chapter and twice near the end of the book.  When God makes such an obvious point of repeating a saying in scripture, rest assured that he considered it important enough to deserve special attention.  By its appearance and context in this chapter, these words become a critical truth to remember throughout any serious study of the Book of Revelation.  When you struggle with those stormy frightening scenes recorded in this book, don't leave them until you punctuate them with this thought.  No better thought could stir the mind of tired discouraged churches and suffering saints.  By these words we could well conclude that God had the first word in this world's checkered history, and he will surely have the last word! 

 

This thought guides our time-worn finite minds to grasp the comfort of an eternal God.  We must note that these words were spoken from the mouth of Christ himself to John.  He did not tell John that he controlled the Alpha and the Omega, nor did he say that he knew the Alpha and the Omega.  He said, "I am Alpha and Omega."  Words could not more undeniably emphasize his attribute of eternity.  Many believe in a Jesus who knows the beginning and the end.  Still others cling to a despotic god who mechanically controls the beginning and the end.  Only the faith which sees Christ as that beginning and ending can respect his sovereignty, while still embracing his tenderness. 

 

Living in a world of nuclear threat makes one doubt the future.  How soon will some madman capture the power of nuclear weapons and hold the world hostage?  We cannot imagine the horrors of reckless atomic warfare.  We shrink at the condition of life after the bomb, wondering if any will survive at all.  I cannot give you absolute assurance that such a holocaust does not lie ahead for the human race.  However, I can give you absolute confirmation that such a dreaded scene will not end the world or terminate mankind's existence.  According to scripture, the world will end with a shout, not a thud!  It will cease with God's clarion trumpet, not with man's devastating madness!  I am Alpha and Omega.

 

Consider God's role in the beginning of the universe, and you will learn much of his presence in the end of it.  In Job 38 God answered Job's prayer for a personal interview.  Interestingly, Job was not nearly so bold in God's presence as he had been in making his request.  God has a beautiful way of lovingly putting us all in our place.  God began his series of questions to Job with "Where wast thou when I ...?"  He promptly took Job to the creation of the world.  Consider Verse 7, "When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"  The two figures of speech, morning stars and sons of God, could be interpreted in a number of ways.  Whatever they mean, whoever they represent, we cannot doubt that creation was a time of joy and celebration with God.  Anything which makes morning stars sing together and brings all the sons of God in unison to shout for joy deserves our notice! 

 

Without leaving this lesson in Job, by just building upon it with our verse from Revelation, think about the end time.  Throughout the whole of time the morning stars have argued over their differing opinions.  The sons of God have too often shouted at each other, not shouted together for joy.  When Jesus appears at the end with a shout, at the sound of heaven's trumpet, such silliness will end!  Children of God who believed in salvation by their own works will shout "Grace!  Grace!"  Legalists who viciously divided the flock of the faithful over hair-splitting private interpretations will reach out in love to the Lamb and to the redeemed.  Guilt-ridden souls who could not escape the guilty burden of their failures and sins upon earth will sing the joyful song of deliverance.  Heaven knows nothing of divided opinions or schismatic doctrines and personalities.  All the morning stars will sing God's praise together!  All the sons of God will shout for joy of redemption accomplished!  I am Omega!

 

In the Old Testament, Exodus Chapter 3, God appeared to Moses, the first inspired writer of scripture, and revealed his name, "I AM," or "I AM THAT I AM."  That name says much to the enlightened soul.  Here in the New Testament the same God appeared to John, the last inspired writer, with the same, "I AM."  As in all other matters of faith, God's New Testament revelation exceeds the light and glory of his Old Testament revelation.  Not simply "I AM," but here he provides additional revelation, "I am Alpha and Omega."  "I am the beginning and the ending." 

 

God's heavenly alphabet spells out words of comfort and hope to tired, struggling pilgrims on time's aging shores.  His heavenly breeze of eternal purity reminds us that he is the punctuation of the whole dimension of time, beginning and ending.  When the first second of time ticked off, the I AM Creator stood by and rejoiced that all which he made was good and very good.  When the last second ticks off, the same I AM will stand by to raise his family out of ancient graves, introducing them into the dimension of eternity.  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.

 
                Tis pleasant to sing,
                The sweet praise of our King,
                As here in the valley we move:
                'Twill be pleasanter still,
                When we stand on the hill,
                And give thanks to our Saviour above.
                                                                Augustus Toplady
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