Revelation 1:8 Index
EditRegion5 "'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.'"
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"I am Alpha and Omega . . . "

  • In (Revelation 1:8), the terms, "Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end" are used to describe both the Father and the Son, since they are one. Time begins and ends with them. Jesus promises that He is coming back, for He is the one "which is to come." Jesus assures us of His return six times in Revelation (Revelation 1:7; Revelation 3:11; Revelation 16:15; Revelation 22:7; Revelation 22:12; Revelation 22:20) just to make sure we don't forget it. (KC 24)
  • The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, loosely comparable with the expression "A to Z." The phrase indicates completeness, comprehensiveness, and is the same in meaning as "the beginning and the end, the first and the last" (Revelation 22:13). In this instance the speaker is "the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come," identified in (Revelation 1:4) as God the Father. However, in (Revelation 1:11-18) the expression "Alpha and Omega" is clearly identified with Christ, who also declares Himself to be "the first and the last." In (Revelation 22:13) the phrase "Alpha and Omega" refers to Christ, as is evident from (Revelation 22:16). The Father and the Son share these timeless attributes. (7BC 734)
  • Here another speaker than John is introduced. In declaring who He is, He uses two of the same characterizations, "Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending," as are found in (Revelation 22:13), where according to (Revelation 22:12)

"...saith the Lord..."

  • Or, "saith the Lord God." (7BC 734)

"...which is to come..." (Revelation 1:4)

"...the Almighty."

  • Or, "ruler of all." The title recurs frequently in (Revelation 4:8; Revelation 11:17; Revelation 15:3; Revelation 16:7; Revelation 16:14; Revelation 19:6; Revelation 19:15 [where it is translated "omnipotent"] and Revelation 21:22). This title stresses the omnipotence of God (I Samuel 1:11; Isaiah 1:9; Jeremiah 2:19; Amos 9:5). (7BC 734)