July 3, 2015

The Revelation of Jesus Christ Part 3: The voice

For what is revealed is no longer hidden.

We have established John's credibility as the writer of this book as he transcribes the wonderful words of Almighty God to the church. You can  read this in  Part two here.
Continuing in chapter one, we come to this passage of scripture.

4 "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;
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

John here begins with a greeting of grace and peace extended from "him which is, and which was, and which is to come;"  This phrase is subsequently repeated in verse 8:

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."

And again just 2 verses later:

"10 I ... heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last"

 We can conclude that" He which is, which was , and is to come", is "the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last", "the beginning and the ending", for all of theses phrases are synonymous with one another. It is notable to recognize that it is God describing himself. He is the speaker, and this is not the first time he has spoken these words. 

 Isaiah 44:6 records God speaking: "Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel,
and his redeemer the Lord of hosts;
am the first, and I am the last;
and beside me there is no God.

The Lord God, Jehovah, makes it clear that he is the one and only God. He is the only one that can be described as the first and the last. 

God reiterates this again in Revelation 21:5-7:
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
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.

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God

Now let's take a look back at Revelation 1:10-11.

 This passage records John's experience of hearing a great voice behind him saying these words in verse 11:

"I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book..."
There is no need to wonder who the speaker of these words is, for the very Word of God itself declares the only one worthy to utter these words is the Lord- Jehovah God.

Why then would God have John record this following scene?
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

John proceeds to give  a vivid description of the speaker, who we know  already to be...God
Still, the description is familiar. 
Who is this Son of man?
What is God revealing? 
Stay tuned for Part four of  The Revelation of Jesus Christ  as we dive deeper in to this wondrous truth.

Your servant in Christ, 

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