July 4, 2015

The Revelation of Jesus Christ Part 4: The Alpha

In part three we focused on the phrase as uttered by God, (visit part three here)

 "I am alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending"

To our delight we see these words repeated many times in both the old  and new testaments. Every time it was recorded it is first person spoken. We notice it is God almighty speaking this of himself. None can argue with that.

We are  also given, in chapter 1, not just words spoken by the Almighty, but a vivid description of his image:

  1. one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
  2. his head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow
  3. his eyes were as flames of fire
  4. his feet like unto fine brass
  5. his voice like the sound of many waters
  6. out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword
  7. his countenance was as the sun shineth  
This "one like unto the son of man" feels it is important to again make it clear who He is:

17...Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; 
So who could this Son of man be , except our Lord Jesus Christ? For is it not He who died and yet now lives?
Here Jesus  desires to put to rest any doubts that He is the one and same Almighty God who spoke the same words in the old testament and at present. 

Let's,  for a moment, revisit the list above. The picture painted here of the son of man is a familiar one in the scriptures. 
In the old testament book of Daniel, Daniel describes a vision of heaven:
Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Let's, for the sake of continuity look at yet another passage.
Ezekiel 1 reads 26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
Again Ezekiel 43 confirms the  sound of the voice of God. "And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.

It is line upon line that the scriptures in congruence declare not just the deity of Jesus Christ, but the identity of Jesus Christ as the One and only Jehovah. 

It is this vision of the Son of man that Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah , and John saw as they viewed ONE sitting upon one throne.

We will study more on this throne and the ONE who sits upon it as we move forward.

God bless you.

-Chantel

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