In Revelation 1:7 we read of one “coming.” Obviously, this is Jesus as He is spoken of as having been “pierced.”
Look! He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, and those who pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief because of him. Yes, Amen. (Rev.1:7)In the very next verse we read of the Alpha and Omega, Jehovah God, who is also spoken of as “coming.”
"I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says Jehovah God, 'the One who is and who was and who is coming, the Almighty.'" (Rev. 1:8)In Revelation 1:17-18 and 2:8 we read of Jesus being “the first and the last.” We know this is Jesus as He says He was dead but is now living.
And when I saw him, I fell as dead at his feet. And he laid his right hand upon me and said: “Do not be fearful. I am the First and the Last, and the living one; and I became dead, but, look! I am living forever and ever, and I have the keys of death and of Ha´des. (Rev. 1:17-18)
“And to the angel of the congregation in Smyr´na write: These are the things that he says, ‘the First and the Last,’ who became dead and came to life [again], (Rev. 2:8)It is worth remembering that the title “the first and the last” was a title for Jehovah God in the Old Testament:
“This is what Jehovah has said, the King of Israel and the Repurchaser of him, Jehovah of armies, ‘I am the first and I am the last, and besides me there is no God. (Isa. 44:6)
“Listen to me, O Jacob, and you Israel my called one. I am the same One. I am the first. Moreover, I am the last. (Isa. 48:12)In Revelation 22:7 we, again, read of one who is “coming” (“I am coming quickly”).
And, look! I am coming quickly. Happy is anyone observing the words of the prophecy of this scroll.” (Rev. 22:7)And a few verses down in Revelation 22:12-13, again, we read of one who says “I am coming quickly.” But this time we see the same title applied to Jehovah God Almighty – “Alpha and Omega” (in Rev. 1:8) also having the same title as Jesus – “the first and the last” (in Rev. 1:17-18). This verse effectively links Jehovah God, Almighty, with Jesus, the first and the last. Furthermore, both have also been spoken of as “coming” and yet in Revelation 1:8 it is Jehovah God Almighty who is the “one” coming (thus excluding the possibility of there being two who are coming):
“‘Look! I am coming quickly, and the reward I give is with me, to render to each one as his work is. I am the Al´pha and the O·me´ga, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. (Rev. 22:12-13)Finally, we read the statement “I am coming quickly” being applied directly to the Lord Jesus:
“He that bears witness of these things says, ‘Yes; I am coming quickly.’” “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)
Jehovah’s Witnesses Objections Considered:
Even though a straightforward reading of the above biblical data would lead one to conclude that Jesus is clearly identified as Jehovah God Almighty, Jehovah’s Witness are not prepared to accept this. The Watchtower book, Reasoning from the Scriptures, attempts to create a distance between the title “Alpha and Omega” and Jesus knowing that to identify Him as such would mean that He is Almighty God, something they are not prepared to admit. Pages 412-413 of the Reasoning book quotes Revelation 21:6-7 which states:
And he said to me: “They have come to pass! I am the Al´pha and the O·me´ga, the beginning and the end. To anyone thirsting I will give from the fountain of the water of life free. Anyone conquering will inherit these things, and I shall be his God and he will be my son. (Rev. 21:6-7)The Reasoning book then argues that:
…Christians who are spiritual conquerors are to be ‘sons’ of the one known as the Alpha and the Omega. That is never said of the relationship of spirit anointed Christians to Jesus Christ. Jesus spoke of them as his ‘brothers.’ (Heb. 2:11; Matt. 12:50; 25:40) But those ‘brothers’ of Jesus are referred to as “sons of God.” (Gal. 3:26; 4:6) (Reasoning from the Scriptures, pp 412 – 413)Despite this, the Reasoning book does not take into account the well known prophecy of Jesus as the suffering servant in Isaiah 53. Verse 10 of this chapter speaks of Jesus as having ‘offspring.’ This must surely be in a non-literal symbolic sense to be sure, but they are offspring nevertheless, and therefore sons (in a spiritual sense):
But Jehovah himself took delight in crushing him; he made him sick. If you will set his soul as a guilt offering, he will see his offspring, he will prolong [his] days, and in his hand what is the delight of Jehovah will succeed. (Isa. 53:10)Furthermore, it is interesting to actually compare the following statement that the Alpha and Omega makes in Revelation 21:6-7:
“…anyone thirsting I will give from the fountain of the water of life free.With the words of Jesus in John’s Gospel:
In answer Jesus said to her: “Everyone drinking from this water will get thirsty again. Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty at all, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water bubbling up to impart everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14)There are clear parallels here for anyone to see. It is also worth remembering that both the gospel of John and Revelation were written by the apostle John.
The Reasoning book also attempts to weaken the fact that both the Alpha and the Omega and Jesus are called “the first and the last” by stating on page 413:
At Revelation 22:13, the Alpha and Omega is also said to be “the first and the last,” which expression is applied to Jesus at Revelation 1:17, 18. Similarly, the expression “apostle” is applied both to Jesus Christ and to certain ones of his followers. But that does not prove that they are of equal rank, does it? (Heb. 3:1) So the evidence points to the conclusion that the title “Alpha and Omega” applies to Almighty God, the Father, not the Son. (Reasoning from the Scriptures, p. 413)Firstly, it might be said that the title “apostle” and the exalted title of “first and last” are poles apart. What mere creature could possibly have such a title as first and last and share the title with Jehovah God almighty? Jesus shared human titles, such as apostle, with others simply because He was also a man, but no one but God could have such a title as "first and last." As God and man Jesus went by human and Divine titles. Also, the Reasoning book seems to imply that there are actually two firsts and lasts! How many first and lasts can there be? By its very definition, first and last can only mean first and last.
A final point to mention is that the Reasoning article points out that Revelation 1:11 has a disputed reference to Alpha and Omega in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible which does not appear in many other Bible versions. The Reasoning book protests that this is a spurious reference which would wrongly lead one to link God the Almighty to Jesus. Whatever one’s thoughts are on the manuscripts which the KJV are based on, even with this disputed reference aside, the undisputed biblical data which has been examined linking Jesus to the Almighty God Jehovah is more than enough.
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