Revelation 1:8 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.
I. Why does Jesus use Alpha and Omega?
A. Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet implying that Jesus is the first and last, the cause of everything. (Colossians 1:16). Alpha and Omega shows Jesus as the cause of all history, the Creator God, and the culmination of all history as all history is moving toward His full and final glory.
II. What is the significance of the phrase, “which is, and which was, and which is to come?
A. When God told Moses, “I Am Who I Am” it was a statement that is a present continuous, which essentially means that what is said is always that way. God always is, that is to say that He transcends time.
1. God is not bound by the physical laws and limitations of our time and space (Isaiah 57:15)
a. God is a spirit (John 4:24) and so is unbound by these laws 2. God is timeless (Psalm 90:4) and His perspective on time is
different from ours (2 Peter 3:8, Psalm 102:12, Psalm 102:24-27)
B. In short, there has never been a time when God was not and will never be a time when He is not.
III. What is the significance of “the Almighty”
A. God Almighty was a name well known to the Jews
1. Six times in Genesis, God is called Almighty (Genesis 17:1 Genesis 28:3 Genesis 35:11 Genesis 43:14 Genesis 48:3 Genesis 49:25)
2. God tells Moses that He was known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty but not buy His Covenant Name, YHWH (Exodus 6:3)
B. The name, God Almighty is used more than 12 times in the Old Testament. By appropriating this Name unto Himself, Jesus is declaring, in absolutely direct terms that He is, in fact, the One, God Almighty.