Who or What Is “the Alpha and the Omega”?

Who or What Is “the Alpha and the Omega”?

Have you ever heard about “the Alpha and the Omega”? It might sound a bit puzzling, but it’s a way the Bible talks about God.

Think of it like this: “Alpha” is the first letter in the Greek alphabet, and “Omega” is the last. So when the Bible says “the Alpha and the Omega,” it’s saying that God is like the A to Z—He’s the beginning and the end of everything.

When you hear about “The Alpha and the Omega,” it’s talking about Jehovah God, the Almighty. This special way of saying it is mentioned three times in the Bible—Revelation 1:8, 21:6, and 22:13. It’s like a secret code to remind us that God is the most powerful and important from the beginning to the end.

Why does God call himself “the Alpha and the Omega”?

Do you know how ‘A’ is the first letter in the alphabet, and ‘Z’ is the last? Well, in the part of the Bible called the New Testament, written in Greek, they use “Alpha” for ‘A’ and “Omega” for ‘Z.’ It’s like a secret code!

So, when you hear about “Alpha and Omega,” it’s to show that Jehovah is the very start and the very end of everything. It’s mentioned in Revelation 21:6. It means Jehovah has always been super powerful, and He will always be powerful forever. He’s the only one who’s been here forever and ever—no one else can say that! (Psalm 90:2).

Who is “the first and the last”?

The Bible uses the term “the First and the Last” for both Jehovah God and His Son, Jesus, but it means different things. Let’s look at two examples to understand better.

In Isaiah 44:6, Jehovah says, “I am the first and I am the last. There is no God but me.” Here, Jehovah is telling us that He is the everlasting true God, and there is no one else like Him (Deuteronomy 4:35, 39). This is similar to saying “the Alpha and the Omega.”

Now, in Revelation 1:17, 18, and 2:8, it talk about “the First [pro’tos, not alpha] and the Last [e’skha·tos, not omega].” In these verses, it’s about someone who died and came back to life. This can’t be about God because God never died (Habakkuk 1:12). But Jesus did die and was brought back to life (Acts 3:13-15). He was the first person to be raised to life in heaven forever, and now He lives there (Revelation 1:18; Colossians 1:18). Jesus also brings others back to life (John 6:40, 44), so, in a special way, He can be called “the First and the Last” because He was the last one raised directly by Jehovah (Acts 10:40).

Does Revelation 22:13 prove that Jesus is “the Alpha and the Omega”?

No, Revelation 22:13 is not mentioned, and different people speak in this part of the Bible. Professor William Barclay, who studied this, said, “It’s a bit confusing; things are written down without a clear order, and it’s often tricky to know who is talking” (The Revelation of John, Volume 2, Revised Edition, page 223).

So, when it says “the Alpha and the Omega” in Revelation 22:13, it’s probably talking about the same Person mentioned with this title in other parts of Revelation—Jehovah God.


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