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So in Revelation , where the two expressions are united, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. It means that he is the beginning and the end of all things; that he was at the commencement, and will be at the close; and it is thus equivalent to saying that he has always existed, and that he will always exist. Compare Isaiah , "I the Lord, the first, and with the last"; Isaiah , "I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God"; Isaiah , "I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

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The obvious interpretation here would be to apply this to the Lord Jesus; for: a it is he who is spoken of in the verses preceding, and b there can be no doubt that the same language is applied to him in Revelation As there is, however, a difference of reading in this place in the Greek text, and as it can. Many mss. There is no real incongruity in supposing, also, that the writer here meant to refer to God as such, since the introduction of a reference to him would not be inappropriate to his manifest design.

Besides, a portion of the language used here, "which is, and was, and is to come," is what would more naturally suggest a reference to God as such, than to the Lord Jesus Christ. See Revelation The object for which this passage referring to the "first and the last - to him who was, and is, and is to come," is introduced here evidently is, to show that as he was clothed with omnipotence, and would continue to exist through all ages to come as he had existed in all ages past, there could be no doubt about his ability to execute all which it is said he would execute.

Saith the Lord - Or, saith God, according to what is now regarded as the correct reading. Which is, and which was, The Almighty - An appellation often applied to God, meaning that he has all power, and used here to denote that he is able to accomplish what is disclosed in this book. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary 8. Greek, "I am the Alpha and the Omega. God in Christ comprises all that goes between, as well as the first and last. Transcribers probably inserted the clause from Re In Christ, Genesis, the Alpha of the Old Testament, and Revelation, the Omega of the New Testament, meet together: the last book presenting to us man and God reconciled in Paradise, as the first book presented man at the beginning innocent and in God's favor in Paradise.

Accomplishing finally what I begin.

Always the same; before the dragon, the beast, false prophet, and all foes. An anticipatory consolation to the saints under the coming trials of the Church.


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It occurs often in Revelation, but nowhere else in the New Testament save 2Co , a quotation from Isaiah. Matthew Poole's Commentary Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters in the Greek alphabet, as Aleph and Tau are in the Hebrew alphabet: the meaning of these is expounded, the beginning and the ending; he who was before all, and shall continue to exist when all creatures shall cease to be; the first and the last, as the same terms are expounded, Revelation : so Isaiah Which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty: see Revelation : He addeth the Almighty, to show that he was able to make his words good.

Thus in this verse, omnipotency, eternity, and immutability, are all applied to God, and particularly predicated of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. These are the words of Christ himself, appearing at once, and confirming what John had said of him, concerning his person, offices, and future coming: Alpha is the first letter, and Omega the last in the Greek alphabet, and signifies that Christ is the first and the last, as it is interpreted in Revelation , and is a character often given to the divine Being in prophetic writings; see Isaiah ; and is no small proof of the proper deity of Christ.

Moreover, these letters, Alpha and Omega, being the first and the last in the alphabet, may stand for the whole; and it seems to be a proverbial expression taken from the Jews, who use the phrase, from Aleph to Tau, for the whole of any thing, which two letters in the Hebrew alphabet stand in the same place as these; accordingly the Syriac version renders it Olaph and Tau; and the Arabic version Aleph and Ye.

It is said in Ezekiel , "begin at my sanctuary", "R. Joseph taught, do not read "my sanctuary", but "sanctified ones", these are the children of men who confirm "the whole law", , "from Aleph to Tau"; the same as from Alpha to Omega, or from one end to the other: and a little after, "says R. Levi, Tau is the end of the seal of the holy blessed God, for says R.

Chanina, the seal of the holy blessed God is "truth": says R. Samuel bar Nachmani, these are the children of men who confirm the whole law "from Aleph to Tau" t.


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This same phrase is used of God the Father in Revelation ; and is a further proof of the deity of Christ; and which is still more confirmed by the following character, the Almighty; as he appears to be, by creating all things but of nothing; by upholding all creatures in their beings; by the miracles he wrought on earth; by the resurrection of himself from the dead; by obtaining eternal redemption for his people; and by his having the care and government of them upon him, whom he keeps, upholds, bears, and carries to the end, through all their infirmities, afflictions, temptations, and trials, s Misn.

Menachot, c. So Alpha penulatorum, "the chief of beggars", in Martial, l. Sabbat, fol. Echa Rabbati, fol. Baal Hatturim in Deuteronomy Only here and in Revelation f. With this and the following passage, cf. Thy body is of bright and shining metal, thy head is of azure blue, and the brilliance of the turquoise encircleth thee. Revelation to Revelation , an address to Asiatic Christendom as represented by seven churches which in high prophetic and oracular style rallies Christians to their genuine oracle of revelation in Jesus and his prophetic spirit.

At a time when local oracles for the famous one of Apollo near Miletus, see Friedlander, iii, f. Felix, Oct. Revelation , introductory vision. Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges 8. John wrote in Greek. But let us look to the parallel passages. They are four not reckoning the 11th verse, on which we shall speak below.

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Text adds them, with Vulg. What is the meaning of his interceding for us in heaven 2 We know that, whatever he does, it is the gracious reality of the Mosaic figure. The High Priest, entering with the atoning blood into the Holiest, was a representation of Christ's gracious deed in our behalf. But what is that deed?

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We know what the shadow is; what is the substance? The death of Christ answers to the Jewish rite of Atonement; how does He vouchsafe to fulfil the rite of Intercession? Instead of explaining, Scripture does but continue to answer us in the language of the type; even to the last, it veils His deeds under the ancient figure. Shall we, therefore, explain away its language as merely figurative, which as the word is now commonly understood is next to saying it has no meaning at all?

Far from it. Clouds and darkness are round about him. We are not given to see into the secret shrine in which God dwells. Before Him stands the Seraphim, veiling their faces. Christ is within the veil. We must not search curiously what is His present office; what is meant by His pleading His sacrifice, and by His perpetual Intercession for us.

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And since we do not know, we will studiously keep to the figure given us in Scripture; we will not attempt to interpret it, or change the wording of it, being wise above what is written. We will not neglect it, because we do not understand it. We will hold it as a Mystery, or, what was anciently called a truth sacramental; that is, a high invisible grace lodged in an outward form, a precious possession to be piously and thankfully guarded for the sake of the heavenly reality contained in it.

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