STUDY SERIES: Erroneously understood verses to teach Yeshua is God
WHO IS THE ALPHA AND OMEGA
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches [h]which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.
(Revelation 22:12-13, 16 NKJV)
12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”…
16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star."
In the book of Revelation, it is very important to understand that everything shown unto the Apostle John was done through a vision. It is also important to understand who the key entities are who directly interacted with John in his vision - they are Yeshua and His angel (Rev. 1:1-2), and that if we are not extremely careful with our interpretation we can get mixed up between the two. For example, in Revelation 1:4-8 it was the angel sent by Yeshua who spoke with John in his vision but in Revelation 12-19 it was already Yeshua. This is also the case in Revelation chapter 22 wherein verses 1 through 10 were John's interaction with the angel while verses 12 through 20 were his interaction with The Lord Yeshua.
We should understand that in Revelation 1:8, it was not God Himself who directly uttered that He is the Alpha and the Omega but rather, this was a testimony of the angel sent by Yeshua "who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw."
Why is it wrong to conclude that because The Christ Yeshua uttered the words ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’ that He is already pointing to Himself as The Lord God Almighty? It is because with His utterance of those words He was simply fulfilling His duty unto God of being His:
1) Word, and
2) Physical representation
ON BEING GOD’S WORD
(John 1:1, 14)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
God’s Son was God’s Word even from the beginning, even before the foundation (Jn. 17:5, 24). Being God’s Word simply means that He is the spoken Word of God, and that all He says is of and from God. In what way that the words He says are of God and from God?
(John 14:10, 24)
10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works... 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
The words spoken by The Savior was from God and not His. He simply serves as God's mouthpiece. What is God's purpose on this? That He can be now personal with man in His communication with him. How could it be possible that The Christ Yeshua is God's mouthpiece? This leads us to His other divine responsibility of being…
ON BEING GOD’S PHYSICAL REPRESENTATIVE
8 For He said, “Surely they are My people,
Children who will not lie.”
So He became their Savior.
9 In all their affliction He was afflicted,
And the Angel of His Presence saved them;
In His love and in His pity He redeemed them;
And He bore them and carried them
All the days of old.
The Lord God is Himself The Savior of His people and He saves them through The Angel of His Presence. Why is there a need for Him to commission The Angel of His Presence? So that He can save His people on a personal level as this very special Angel, or Messenger or Servant, serves as God’s Physical Representation with man. How so?
8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
The Lord Yeshua is The Angel of God’s Presence in such that whoever has seen Him has seen God The Father. Not only is He God’s Word, He is also God’s Physical Representation so that man can experience Him on a personal level even although He is a spirit and is invisible. How personal? With The Christ Yeshua, man is now afforded the opportunity to personally hear the words of God spoken in person (Jn. 14:10) – that The Christ Yeshua is simply the ‘flow through’ medium of God in order for Him to be heard personally (Rev. 3:13).
This is the case of The Christ’s utterance of God’s attribute of being The Alpha and The Omega. IT WAS GOD WHO SPOKE THOSE WORDS ABOUT HIM THROUGH HIS WORD, HIS MOUTHPIECE, HIS PHYSICAL REPRESENTATIVE, His Son Yeshua. The Lord Yeshua was not referring to himself as The Almighty who is The Alpha and Omega, but that through Him God made THIS TRUTH PERSONAL UNTO MAN.
THE CHRIST RECOGNIZES ANOTHER AS GOD
What makes us so certain that The Christ Yeshua did not point to himself as The Almighty God? That although He is always ONE WITH GOD, He is not ONE AS GOD:
12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
Even in the New Jerusalem, The Savior Yeshua continues to recognize someone else as God! He did not refer to himself as God, but in multiple occasions in the above verse He referred to another Entity as ‘My God’. How else is it proven that even in the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, God remains to be distinct from The Savior?
22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
In the vision of John of the Holy City he continued to see the distinctiveness of The Lord God Almighty and The Lamb of God, The Christ Yeshua. He did not say that The Lamb or Christ is God. He could never say that because that was not what he saw, and that was not what he has heard and received from The Christ about who the only true God is. After all, The One true God whom The Savior has personally told them before He left them (Jn. 20:17) remains to be One and the same:
(John 17:1, 3)
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You… 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
And anyone who has this understanding has ETERNAL LIFE. Don't you want Eternal Life?