Rev 1:8, 11, 17-18 “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. (11) Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. (17) And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, 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; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
Jesus is everything. The book of Revelation is revealing Christ to us.
Rev 4:2-8 “And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”
That’s the same as Rev 1:8.
Rev 21:5 “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.”
2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Rev 21:6 “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.”
John 4:10 “Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.”
This is a revealing of Jesus Christ. Who is Jesus? The one and only God.
Rev 22:12-13 “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
Isn’t it wonderful that the one and only God didn’t just send some angel to die for us? He came Himself. Isn’t it great to know that God was manifest in the flesh as Jesus Christ?
I Tim 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
Our God didn’t just speak man into existence, like He did with all the rest of His creation. He shaped man with His own hands.
He humbled Himself to His own creation and submitted Himself to His parents, Mary and Joseph. He wept. Children surrounded Him. He wanted them to come to Him. He knew hunger and thirst. He knew everything that we know. ‘The Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.’ He knows what it is to endure financial difficulty. He knew our sorrow and our joy—in a deep and personal way.
There are people teaching today that Jesus was just a man, that He got married and had children. This is not what the Word of God—the Bible says.
Rev 5:3-7 “And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.”
This passage looks like God is sitting on the throne and Jesus comes from somewhere else and takes the book from Him. The world and Satan will use this Scripture to support what they want. You need to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Allow the Bible to interpret the Bible. The answers are all there.
Rev 5:5 “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.”
Gen 49:9 “Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?”
Heb 7:14 “For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.”
The Bible is speaking of something symbolic. The seven horns on the sheep: seven is the number of completion, horns represents kings. Therefore, the lamb with the seven horns represents the King of kings.
How can a lamb stand after it has been slain? With its ‘arms’ outspread. What did John actually see? Jesus on the cross. Where did Jesus come from to take the scrolls? ‘Don’t touch me, Mary, for I have not yet ascended.’ The only man worthy to take the scroll was God in the flesh.
Rev 5:5-7 “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seventh seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.”
Even though Jesus opens the Book of Revelation ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega.’ He referred to Himself as the Son of Man more than He revealed Himself as God. He identified Himself more with us than as God. He triumphed for us, He delivered us.
Why does it matter?
The Bible does not teach blind faith. We need to study to show ourselves approved. We need to understand Who He is. God was manifested in the flesh. ‘Unless you believe that I am…you will die in your sins.’
Mat 7:22-23 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
This is a scary passage. What did these people do that was so sinful? They didn’t know God. We must build our relationship with Jesus. We must KNOW Him.
Can you ‘know’ somebody if you don’t know who they are?
Someone who is loved by a secret admirer can’t love them back. We’ve received gifts from God. He doesn’t want to be a secret admirer. God wants us to know Him. Know Him more. Understand Him more. Don’t let anyone or anything get between you and Him. Jesus isn’t just a man, He is ‘I Am’.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Skip Christo.
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