The Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Alpha and Omega is Jesus Christ.  He is the first and the last. This saying was well-known to the people in the biblelands. Its meaning is that when a foreign nation was about to attack a certain region they commissioned a messenger to run throughout the different villages and say I am the alpha and the omega, your first and your last warning that the enemy is coming, then he would run to the next village.

This is similar to Paul Revere’s ride; the messenger was the only one who would come; there would be no other messengers to follow. Then the people could either prepare for the imminent danger that was coming or reject their only chance for survival. This is the reference to Jesus Christ who brought the one and only salvation for all men and women, he is the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega, our messenger who in prophecy travels through the Scriptures from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.

We can track God’s messenger, Jesus Christ through the Word of God, for he is the golden thread that runs through the millennia of time in Scripture revealing himself as man’s complete Savior.

Acts 4:12 – Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name {Jesus Christ} under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

When Jesus had told John in the Book of Revelation that he was the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:11,17; 2:8; 21:6; 22:13), Jesus was saying that he was the only hope of the ages, the only entrance into the everlasting graces of the Creator. Jesus Christ is the one great subject in the Word of God, for he is the promised prophesied seed of the woman. He is the Master’s master key to unlock the divine revelation of the Word of God. The entire Bible is about him directly or indirectly.

Everything in the Scriptures is subject to him and centers in and around him, and without him we cannot fully understand or appreciate the Scriptures in their fullness.

With the Alpha and Omega revealed in the Word of God, we can see that through Christ the beginning of man with his Genesis (his beginning) is fully completed in man’s end, as is revealed in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation is the complement and completion to the Book of Genesis; without the Book of Genesis the Book of Revelation would be incomplete and vice versa.

In Genesis we have man’s banishment from Paradise and the tree of life; in Revelation we have man welcomed back into Paradise and the tree of life.

In Genesis we have the curse of the ground pronounced, while in Revelation we have no more curse at all.

In Genesis we have the entrance of man’s sorrows, suffering, and death, while in Revelation we have no more death, sorrow, nor crying.

In Genesis we have night; in Revelation we have no more night.

In Genesis we have the sea; in Revelation we have no more seas.

In Genesis we have the sun and moon, while in Revelation we do not need the sun and moon because we will be living in the light of God.

In Genesis we have Satan’s rebellion; in Revelation we have Satan’s final rebellion and destruction.

In Genesis we have a river for the earth’s blessings; in Revelation we have a river for the new earth’s blessings.

In Genesis we have the entrance of sin and man’s fall from grace; in Revelation we have the end of sin and man’s complete restoration into God’s grace.

In Genesis we have man driven from Eden; in Revelation we have man restored.

In Genesis we have man’s dominion completely diminished, and Satan’s dominion begins; in Revelation we have Satan’s dominion ended, and man’s dominion completely restored.

In Genesis we have the doom of the Serpent pronounced; in Revelation we have the doom of the Serpent executed.

Thus we have the beginning and the end, with all that was introduced in Genesis completely fulfilled in an endless life revealed to us by the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

So really, the Book of Revelation for the believer in grace is not a doomsday book but rather reveals an incredible amount of good news.  We have the book of the beginning, and we have the book of the end; both complement and augment each other to reveal Christ as our Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last.

What a terrific messenger of salvation we have, and what a honorable privilege we have to know him intimately as our personal Lord and Savior, and oh, how thankful we can be to have been given such wonderful understanding from the Word of God that reveals to our hearts truth, love, and light.

Revelation 22:20-21:
-20: He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
-21: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.