Revelation 1:8 – The God of Jesus Speaks

This is the first of three-part series on Alpha and Omega in the book of Revelation.

It is our belief that Alpha and Omega all through the book Revelation is in reference to the God and Father of Jesus, not to Jesus, who is the son of His God. We find the phrase — Alpha and Omega — in Revelation 1:8; 21:6; 22:13 — all three of which, if we examine the scriptures closely, can be seen to refer to Yahweh, the God and Father of Jesus. In this post, we will examine the first of the scriptures, Revelation 1:8.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” — Revelation 1:8
New American Standard Version

The scripture itself, the context, as well as other scriptures, show that it is the God of Jesus who is being quoted as speaking in Revelation 1:8, not Jesus himself. The Revelation is from the God and Father of Jesus, who, in turn gives the message to his angel, who in turn gives the message to John. Revelaton 1:1 uses the word “God” — not to designate three persons, but rather it designates one person, the one that Jesus refers to as “my God.” (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34; John 20:17; 2 Corinthians 1:3; 11:31; Ephesians 1:3,17; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 3:12) All through the New Testament, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is presented as one person, and always as distinct from His son. — Acts 3:13-26; Hebrews 1:1,2.

Nevertheless, in Revelation 1:1, there are four persons involved in the transmission of the Revelation, and, throughout the Revelation, sometimes it is Jesus who is being quoted, and sometimes it is John who is speaking, and sometimes it is the angel who is quoted, and sometimes it is the God and Father of Jesus who is quoted.

In Revelation 1:8, the Alexandrian manuscripts, the Complutensian edition, and the Latin Vulgate, the Syriac, and Arabic versions, all read, “the Lord God”; and the Ethiopic version only has “God”. Most modern translations have “the Lord God”, which expression was used as a substitute for the expression “Yahweh [Jehovah] God”, that appears many times in the Old Testament. This can be seen by comparing Acts 3:22; 7:37 with the Hebrew of Deuteronomy 18:15. In all instances where the phrase occurs in the NT, it is in reference to Yahweh, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus. — Luke 1:32; 1 Peter 3:10-15; Revelation 11:17,19; 15:3; 16:7; 18:8; 21:11; 22:6.
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Likewise, with the phrases “the Lord our God” and “the Lord your God”: These phrases are always used in reference to Yahweh, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus. — Matthew 4:7 (Deuteronomy 6:16); Matthew 4:10 (Deuteronomy 6:13; 10:20); Matthew 22:37 (Deuteronomy 6:5); Mark 12:29 (Deuteronomy 6:4); etc.

Jesus is differentiated from “God, who is and who was and who is to come” in Revelaton 1:4,5, which is basically the same phrase used in Revelation 1:8. Verses 5 and 6 refer to Jesus and the church members who are made a kingdom and also priests to “his God and Father” (World English Bible translation), that is, the God and Father of Jesus, which gives further differentiation between Jesus and his God and Father. Verse 7 refers to Jesus as coming with clouds. Verse 8 turns to quoting Yahweh, the One referred to in verse 4. In verses 9-10 John begins to write of himself. In verse 11, John begins to quote Jesus. In verses 12 through 16, John himself is writing of what he saw. In verse 17, John reports that he falls before Jesus as dead, and tells of what Jesus does and says.

Thus, Jesus is not being called Alpha and Omega in Revelation 1:8, nor is he being called “Almighty”.

Only the God and Father of Jesus is called the “Most High” in the scriptures: Genesis 14:22; Psalm 7:17; 83:18; 92:1; Luke 1:32; John 13:16.

More detail on this can be found at:
http://godandson.reslight.net/rev-1-8.html
http://reslight.net/forum/index.php?topic=139.0

Updated: February 1, 2010.

Continued in Revelation 21:6 and Revelation 22:13.

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20 responses to “Revelation 1:8 – The God of Jesus Speaks

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  2. Hello there, good to see a somewhat like mind. I have been arguing that the early Christians did not believe Jesus to be God. I have to ask you opinion, why are both Jesus and God called First and last or Alpha and Omega. It does cause confusion.

    My thought on this is the reason for the early Christian confusion between Jesus and God, his father, is due to a failure to grasp the ideas of Jewish mystics like Philo and the early Kabbalist about God. for them God lies beyond all rational comprehension and hence any thing that you can see or understand isn’t God but something he emits from Himself. It is like the Angel of the LORD in the old testament, its called the Angel(messenger) because while it says Gods words and is worshiped, it is not really God because it is an image God made to be seen by men. Jesus thus could be an image of God, say his words, have Hos power, but still not be God the Highest. Only that being is God, nothing it creates could claim to be the supreme lord. let me know what you think.

  3. A close examination of the scriptures reveal that Jesus is never referred to as “Alpha and Omega.” That title is applied only to his God and Father.

    http://godandson.reslight.net/?p=325
    http://godandson.reslight.net/?p=66

    Jesus is, however, referred to as the first and the last regarding his death and resurrection, being first and the last of the firstborn of the dead. The God and Father of Jesus, however, never dies.

    http://godandson.reslight.net/?p=154
    http://godandson.reslight.net/?p=911

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  7. The concept that Jesus is not God stems from Arius of Alexandaria. What you going to do with scores of texts in the Bible that says Jesus is divine Son of God? You mean to say the Bible contradicts itself?

  8. Responding to “Sailer”, February 29, 2012 at 2:40 am:

    The concept that Jesus is not his God stems from the Bible itself. No where in the Bible is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ever once revealed to be more than one person. On the other hand, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is revealed to be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus. — Exodus 3:14,15; Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Acts 3:13-26; Ephesians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:3; Hebrews 1:1-3.

    That the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Exodus 3:14,15) is revealed as one individual or person may be seen from scriptures such as Isaiah 61:1; Acts 3:13-20; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Hebrews 1:1,2; 1 Timohy 2:5,6;

    Although there is no scripture that actually says “divine” son, Jesus is indeed the divine Son of his God. In the expression, “Son of God”, who is meant by the word “God”? Is Jesus the son of a triune God, which would, in effect, make himself the son of himself. Yes, one can call upon the spirit of human imagination so as to assume that “God” in the expression “Son of God” means only the alleged “first person” of the alleged triune God, but the Bible is fully in agreement with itself without the need to call upon human imagination so as add concept after concept to the Bible to make the Bible appear to agree with the added-on triune God dogma, which dogma, in effect would deny the basis for which Jesus came in the flesh.

    Regarding the straight-forward teaching of Scripture, without adding to the scripture the triune God concept:

    Jesus is Not Yahweh (Jehovah)
    http://godandson.reslight.net/?p=45

    Regarding the divinity of Jesus:

    http://godandson.reslight.net/?cat=4

    Regarding Jesus as the Son of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob:

    http://godandson.reslight.net/?cat=384

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