Alpha and Omega

Yeah, i just wanted a little help on scripture. I’m trying to help my older sister to realize that Jesus is God. I know that in Revalations Jesus said that he was the Alpha and the Omega and i just wanted to know that if In the Old Testament God said this too and where in the Old testament can i find it?

Someone (to whom I’m married) has stolen my best commentary on Revelation, so I can’t answer with any authority. However, I don’t remember seeing anything like that in the OT. If it were there, it would have been phrased differently, since alpha and omega are Greek letters, and the language of the pre-Septuagint scriptures was Hebrew.

DaveBj

I don’t think you’ll find a reference to “Alpha” and “Omega” in the Old Testament. The reason is that Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet and the Old Testament was written primarily in Hebrew.

Jesus did claim to be God. Perhaps you could direct your older sister to compare Exodus 3:14 in the Old Testament with John 8:58 in the New Testament. Jesus identifies Himself as God by referring to Himself as “I AM” the sacred name of God given to Moses at the burning bush. There was no misunderstanding this. After He said this, the Jews took up stones to kill Him for blasphemy.

[quote=atsheeran]I don’t think you’ll find a reference to “Alpha” and “Omega” in the Old Testament. The reason is that Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet and the Old Testament was written primarily in Hebrew.

Jesus did claim to be God. Perhaps you could direct your older sister to compare Exodus 3:14 in the Old Testament with John 8:58 in the New Testament. Jesus identifies Himself as God by referring to Himself as “I AM” the sacred name of God given to Moses at the burning bush. There was no misunderstanding this. After He said this, the Jews took up stones to kill Him for blasphemy.
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Thank you very much. I’ve been trying to find that too,“I AM”. now do you know if there is anywhere else where God the Father says that he is the beginning and the end or he is the life and death?Thank you so much:D .

Isaiah 44: 6
Thus says the Lord, Israel’s King and redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; there is no God but me.

Isaiah 48:12
Listen to me, Jacob
Israel, whom I named!
I, it is I who am the first,
and also the last am I.

[quote=philipbenedict]Isaiah 44: 6
Thus says the Lord, Israel’s King and redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; there is no God but me.

Isaiah 48:12
Listen to me, Jacob
Israel, whom I named!
I, it is I who am the first,
and also the last am I.
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Thanks, Philip. :thumbsup:

DaveBj

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[font=Verdana]There are many clues within the text of the New Testament that you can point to to show the divinity of Jesus. As for “the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last” try this.[/font]
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[font=Verdana]First, In Isaiah 44:6 and 48:12, God says to Isaiah, "I am the first and I am the last". In Is 41:4 God says “I, the Lord, the first, and with the last, I am He.”
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Tying that in with Revelation John hears a voice saying,

1: 8 " ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come."

John turns to “see the voice” who spoke to him and he says,

1: 17 *"When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. but he laid his right hand upon me, saying, ‘Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore…’ " *

In verse 8 we see God identifying himself as the "Alpha and the Omega", and in verse 17 as, "The First and the Last". But in verse 18, God says, "I died, and behold I am alive for evermore".

Then, in Rev 2:8 we read, "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.’ "

God is “the first and the last, the Alpha and the Omega”, but did God the Father die?

Also, in Rev 22: 12-13, “Behold, I am coming soon (Jesus), bringing my recompense, to repay every one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end (God).”

Something else to consider, in Rev 2:18, we read, “And to the Angel of the Church in Thyatira write: 'The words of the Son of God” (Jesus), who says in verse 23, "I am he who searches mind and heart". In Jeremiah 17:10, God says to Jeremiah *“I the Lord search the mind and try the heart”. *

Another thing that is interesting in Revelation is, when the Lord instructs John to write to the angels of the churches of Smyrna and Thyatira (Rev 2: 8-11, and 2: 18-29), you see the Trinity being identified: Rev 2:8 "The words of the first and the last (God the Father) who died and came to life (Jesus) ". Rev 2:11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

And, Rev 18:1 “The words of the Son of God” (Jesus),
Rev 18:23 *"I am he who searches mind and heart *(God the Father), and, Rev 18:29 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (the Holy Spirit).

God Bless :slight_smile:

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.

Note: a JW bible adds the word “a” to make it …and the word was a god.

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[quote=netmender]Cntrystr - look for a message from me. netmender
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What is this supposed to mean? I dont get this post.

[quote=MariaG]John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
Note: a JW bible adds the word “a” to make it …and the word was a god.

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Im glad someone remembered it, and the “Note” too.

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