Revelation Explained

This site contains my personal views on Revelation. I will be teaching through the book verse by verse. My teachings will be from a conservative evangelical background.

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Friday, September 02, 2005

A Declaration of God's Greatness

" 'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,' says the Lord, 'who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.' " (Revelation 1:8 - New King James Version)

Verses four to eight of Revelation chapter one are the Apostle John's salutation to his readers. John's greeting to these seven churches contains four elements: a prayer for blessing from the Trinity, an expression of Christ's work, a promise of Jesus' return and a declaration of God's greatness. This post will look at the declaration of God's greatness.

Throughout Revelation, John often pauses in his prophetic announcements to offer praise to God. This verse offers such praise. Here it is in the form of God declaring Who He is.

He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The idea is that God was at the beginning. Only He existed at the beginning before He created anything. He will be at the end of eternity. He exists forever and ever. He is eternal.

He is which is, and which was, and which is to come. This again expresses His existence unlimited by time in any way.

He is the Almighty. He is all powerful. He can do anything that He wants to do.

This is the God Who has given us the prophecy of Revelation. We can believe that it is the truth.

John's salutation should encourage us to give our lives to God. There is no real meaning to life apart from a relationship with the Lord. He sits on the throne of the universe. It is only right that we bow before Him and give Him our lives, our will, our hopes, our dreams, our goals, our plans, our all.

Friend, examine your life. Be sure that you are a child of God. Be sure that you have trusted Jesus as your Saviour. Then look to see what needs to be changed. In what areas have you refused to submit to God. Remember Jesus is coming. Are you ready to face Him?


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