The Alpha and Omega – The Beginning and the End, the First and the Last (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Revelation 22:13:
I {Jesus Christ} am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

The phrases Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last were well known to the people in the biblelands. Besides the obvious usage of alpha and omega as the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, they also have a dynamic representation in the Scriptures.

The following Alpha and Omega story was told by Bishop K. C. Pillai, DD (c. 1900–1970), who converted to the Christian faith from Hinduism in India. He had a wealth of practical understanding in so many customs of the biblelands. Dr Pillai opened up a new and fascinating field of study from the customs, cultures, and manners of the people in the biblical lands, having lived and learned them from his childhood. Dr Pillai taught and inspired many in the United States until his passing. (Three of his published works are cited at the end of this study.)

Bishop Pillai told the story of what the Alpha and Omega meant to the people of the first century as follows. “When a foreign nation was about to attack a certain region, they who were about to be assaulted would commission a messenger who would then run throughout the different towns and villages and herald the warning of the danger. This messenger would yell out: I am the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, your first and your last warning that the enemy is coming, then he would run on to other villages and towns in the enemy’s path and repeat this warning.”

This was perhaps similar to Paul Revere’s ride when yelling out: The British are coming! The British are coming! The messenger was the only one who would come; there would be no other messengers to follow, and thus he was the first and the last. Then the people could either prepare for the imminent danger of attack on its way or reject their only chance to defend themselves.

In the Bible, the Alpha and Omega is in reference to Jesus Christ who brought the one and only salvation for all men and women. Jesus is the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega, our messenger traveling in prophecy throughout the Scriptures from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, and thus he is the Beginning and the End. We can track God’s messenger, the “forerunner,” Jesus Christ, through the entire Word of God, for he is the Golden Thread. Jesus is spun into every fiber of prophecy in the tapestry of life, as he runs through and spans the ages of time in Scripture revealing him as man’s complete Savior.

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

When Jesus had told the Apostle John that he was the Alpha and Omega in Revelation, Jesus was saying that he was the only hope of the ages, the only entrance into the everlasting graces of the Creator.

In the Gospels, Jesus preached about the end of the world, and the termination of life as it currently exists (Matthew 24:3ff). The Alpha and Omega heralds out that through him there is a harbor of refuge and a heavenly entrance, giving those who will believe on him a safe passage (Matthew 13:25-30, 36-43, and John 3:16-21), for he is humanity’s preservation and salvation.

Jesus Christ is the one great subject in the Word of God, for he is the prophesied Promised Seed of the woman. He is the Master’s master key who unlocks the divine revelation in the Word of God. The entire Bible is about him either directly or indirectly. Everything written in the Scriptures is subject to him and centers in and around him. Whether the references are explicit or implicit, the topic of all the content of the Bible is Jesus Christ, and without him, man cannot fully understand or appreciate the Scriptures in their fullness or detail, for Jesus is the mediator between God and man.

With the Alpha and Omega revealed in the Word of God, we can further learn that through Christ, man has his own Genesis, his beginning commencing in divine purpose and fully completed as is revealed in the Book of Revelation with culmination into an eternity of divine grace. The Book of Revelation is the complement and completion to the Book of Genesis; without the Book of Genesis the Book of Revelation would be incomplete and left wanting, and vice versa.

What completes all that was written in the beginning (in the Book of Genesis) is Jesus Christ (in prophecy). What fulfills all that is written for the end (in the Book of Revelation) is Christ Jesus (in fulfillment of prophecy).

To illustrate, in the Book of Genesis, we learn of man’s banishment from Paradise and expulsion from the tree of life (3:24) while in the Book of Revelation, we see man welcomed back again into Paradise with free access to the tree of life (22:14).

In Genesis, the curse of the ground and man’s curse is pronounced (3:14, 17) while in Revelation we find no more curse at all (22:3).

In Genesis, we encounter man sentenced to sorrows, sufferings, and death (3:17, 19) while in Revelation we witness man’s acquittal and freedom to live life without sorrows, sufferings, and death (21:4).

In Genesis, there is night (1:5) while in Revelation there is no more night (21:23).

In Genesis, we observe the sun and moon for physical light (1:16) while in Revelation we see that we do not need the sun and moon because we will be living in the light of God (21:23).

In Genesis, we come across the seas (1:10) while in Revelation there are no more seas (21:1).

In Genesis, we have a river for the Earth’s blessings (2:10-4) while in Revelation we have a river for the new Earth’s blessings (22:1-2).

In Genesis, we have the entrance of sin and man’s fall from grace (3:14, 17) while in Revelation we have the end of sin and man’s complete restoration into God’s grace (21:3, 22:3).

In Genesis, we have the rainbow as a visible token of God’s covenant with the Earth (9:13) while in Revelation we have the rainbow in recognition of God’s covenant (4:3, 10:1).

In Genesis, we have the marriage of the first man ― Adam (2:18-23) while in Revelation we have the marriage of the last Adam ― Jesus Christ (19:1-9, also see I Corinthians 15:45).

In Genesis, we have man driven from Eden (3:24) while in Revelation we have man restored to a new paradise (22:1ff).

In Genesis, we discover Satan’s rebellion (between verses 1:1 and 1:2, also see Revelation 12:7-9, Ezekiel 28:15-18, and Isaiah 14:12, while in Revelation we are shown Satan’s final rebellion and destruction and a new Earth (20:7-10, 21:1). Please note in Genesis 1:1 the Earth was complete and perfect, created “not in vain” (Isaiah 45:18), but then in Genesis 1:2 the Earth became “without form and void” (Jeremiah 4:23). Then beginning from Genesis 1:3 through Genesis 2:3, God began putting the Earth back together for man. (See also II Peter 3:5-7, and See also the study titled: Geneses, written by the same author.)

In Genesis, we have the Earth created (1:1) while in Revelation we read that the Earth passed away (22:1).

In Genesis, we have the sun, moon, stars associated with Earth’s government (1:14-16), while in Revelation we have the sun, moon, and the stars associated for earth’s judgment (6:12, 8:12, and 16:8).

In Genesis, we have man created in God’s image (1:26) in charge over the earth, while in Revelation we have another man in charge over the earth in Satan’s image (13:11-16).

In Genesis, we have the future prophecy of “the woman” (Mary) and of her Son (Jesus) foretold as a future tense promise and their conflict with (the Dragon) the Serpent (3:15), while in Revelation we again have “the woman” (Mary) and her Son (Jesus) as a past tense reality of the promise fulfilled and their conflict with (the Serpent) the Dragon (12:1-6).

In Genesis, we have man’s dominion completely diminished and the beginning of Satan’s dominion (3:24) while in Revelation, we have Satan’s dominion ended and man’s dominion completely restored (22:1ff).

In Genesis, we have the doom of the Serpent pronounced (3:15), while in Revelation, we have the destruction of the Serpent executed (20:10).

Thus, we have the beginning and the end with all that was introduced (formed, made, and created) in the Book of Genesis 1:1-2:2 completely fulfilled in an endless life because of Jesus Christ, culminating in the Book of Revelation 21:1ff complete with a new Heaven and Earth.

Without Jesus Christ, both Books are just books – (and every book between, flawed!) – and man hasn’t a prayer, a hope, or a Savior. With Jesus Christ, man has a harbinger of true opportunity, a lively hope, and a risen partnership with and in Christ Jesus for all eternity. Both Books were produced generations apart and no amount of human genius or intervention could have schemed out this awesome bond with intellect only, for both Books are perfectly entwined way beyond what you or I could ever dream up.

The Book of Revelation for the Christian believer is not a disparaging book of doomsday (as we will learn through our series on The Golden Thread), but rather it reveals an incredible amount of good news, relinquishing fears and bestowing on humanity a magnanimous amount of spiritual insight regarding the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

We have Genesis, the Book of the beginning, and we have Revelation, the Book of the end; both complement and augment each other to reveal Christ as our Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last. Jesus Christ fills to the full all the Scriptures and assures men and women of their salvation through his accomplished redeeming work.

The Bible, I believe, is His-story (God’s) in the making and that Jesus Christ is the true essence of His-story, man is the ultimate purpose and reach of His-story, and the Scriptures contain the true history of creation and man. It evidences the record from the dawn of time to eternal bliss, from the alpha of Lucifer to the omega of his total demise in the lake of fire, from the beginning of man and his struggle with sin and death to his ultimate victory in an endless life. The content within the Scriptures give an overview of all time showing the individual ages in the scope of the larger picture of eternity and man’s individual part he has in all God’s creation with the Savior.

Isaiah 43:10:
Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant {Jesus} whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Before me and after me are representations of God ― the Supreme Alpha and Omega.

Between the Alpha and the Omega is the servant of God ― Jesus Christ, chosen: that ye may know and believe in God. Jesus is the “Servant” chosen to reveal God. Jesus makes known the heavenly Father to those who want to know, and they who discover Christ become genuine witnesses of God’s brilliant creative power.

It is interesting to note that the Book of Isaiah is within the core (or center) of the Bible, and from this center God said in Isaiah 48:12, “I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.” God is the Creator, and thus He is the Alpha and Omega of creation, while the Son of God is the Alpha and Omega to knowing Him personally Who has the power of creativity.

To truly know God intimately is to first know the Son, for in him we are lovingly shown the Father, “And such trust we have through Christ to God-ward” (II Corinthians 3:4).

II Peter 1:2-3:
-2: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.
-3: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

What a honorable privilege we have to know Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, and oh, how thankful we can become to have been given such wonderful understanding from the Word of God that reveals to our hearts the truth, the love, and the light of God Himself through the great revealer ― Jesus Christ.

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Pillai, K.C. Orientalisms of the Bible, Volume 1. Fairborn: OH:
Mor-Mac Publishing Co., 1969.

Pillai, K.C. Light through an eastern window. 14th Printing.
New York: Robert Speller & Son, 1976.

Pillai, K.C. Orientalisms of the Bible, Volume 2. Fairborn: OH:
Mor-Mac Publishing Co., 1974.

No Place for Paradise

“The theory of the evolutionists has no place for a past Paradise, for the theory dictates that man has yet to arrive (or ascend up enough ― yet) to make his own perfect paradise, though he is almost there, as his hopes and dreams promise. Evolution itself has no place for God, no place for Christ, and no place for the true believer. In a man’s dreamworld utopia, armed with the theory of evolution, and without knowing God as his Heavenly Father and the atoning sacrifice and redeeming blood offered by the Savior, Christ Jesus – he is wanting, wanting because truth is missing from his heart’s foundation – this is his missing link into a true reality check of life.” ~LMJ~

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.

Geneses (Plural), Chapter Eight, subchapter One, Continuing From the Beginning

Written By Larry M. Jaynes:

The excerpt below is taken from Chapter Eight of our e-Booklet series on Geneses. We are still a few months out before the whole chapter will be available in an easy-to-download FREE e-Booklet. Here we have several pages from the first subchapter. This excerpt is about Jesus Christ, the second Adam; the more we can learn about the miraculous life of Jesus, the more we will understand details about the life Adam enjoyed on Paradise, and how perfect he really was before falling from grace. Understanding more details about the life of Jesus shows the believer glimpses of what man originally had before the fall, reveals his or her current possibilities when they believe on him, as he said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father {and he has and so we can ― do}” (John 14:12). As well, we will further appreciate in expectation and hope just how rewarding and powerful our eternal futures are to be with him when he shall change our bodies to be “fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21).

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“. . . Jesus with his first visitation on earth displayed Adam’s qualities and powers for humanity because Jesus was the second Adam. Following are some of the things that Jesus was able to do, and through his abilities we can further learn about the abilities Adam enjoyed. Recall in Chapter Six, subchapter ix. In His Image that Jesus was WITH the wild beasts in companionship and comfort, just as Adam enjoyed them in the garden.

Jesus was able to talk to the wind; in fact, he commanded the prince of the power of the air, and the wind immediately obeyed him. Jesus spoke to the sea, and the powers of the sea obeyed him. Jesus stopped a devilish earthquake from killing his disciples and stopped its destructive rumbling aftershocks by commanding the land and all the powers and foundations it enforces/contains.

Jesus spoke to trees and bushes and they followed his advice, just as Adam enjoyed in the garden. Jesus knew without going into the water where the fish were without having any sonar that we can recognize by our five senses understanding, just as Adam enjoyed with understanding about the ways of whales while he was living in the garden. Jesus showed his fishermen disciples precisely where to toss their nets to catch an abundance of fish. Jesus knew precisely when and where to fish for one particular fish that swallowed a piece of lost coinage that his disciples retrieved to pay their taxes.

Jesus knew precisely what people he never met were thinking, he even knew what people did and thought about in the past, both positive and negative, in charity or in immorality. He knew what people were about to say to him. He knew everything that was in man and what was on their minds as well as what they were hiding (from him) in their hearts, and why they said what they would say to him. Jesus asked and answered questions when he was only twelve years old to the highest authorities of his religion with astounding insight and knowledge, and he still had eighteen years of super grad school of learning to complete (“as my Father hath taught me, I speak”― John 8:28) before he was ready to commence his ministry and finish his Father’s business.

John 12:49:
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

What Jesus knew in the unspoken language of knowing and sensing people’s inner feelings and frustrations was often much more telling than what is actually recorded in our red letter editions of the Bible (read the Gospels with this in mind, and he can begin to teach you untold truths from his heart directly to yours. Jesus is the key to outreach beyond the senses of the natural mind because once born again, “we have the mind of Christ”― I Corinthians 2:16). One good example is found when reading the unspoken communications between Jesus, Simon, the dinner guests, and the woman and notice whose eyes Jesus gazed upon when talking to Simon, and what was said based on hidden information that Simon, the other guests, and the woman held in their hearts in Luke 7:37-50 (this passage brings tears to my eyes because I see how Jesus touches my heart while touching those in the narrative with doctrine or reproof or correction for instruction in righteousness).

Jesus knew precisely what people needed to know, even people he never met before, from questions of healing to sustenance to reproof or to further one’s instruction in righteousness, and when we know what he knew by reading the Gospels, we can realize why he gave some people less understanding of matters in question and why he gave others much more guidance and insight into spiritual truths (i.e., he wasn’t going to tell a fool what only a wise believer needed to know, and he never cast his pearls of wisdom for naught; ”Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise {to value as insignificant} the wisdom of thy words”― Proverbs 23:9; and See Matthew 7:6).

When Jesus Christ walked, over half of his teachings were less than a single verse of Scripture because he understood the learning process of the human mind in great detail as he gave so much vision with the fewest possible words, and he delivered these words with pure insight. Yet within those short utterances (text messages), a world of truth and understanding is found because he is the Text Messenger for Heaven’s Holiest.

Jesus even spoke to devil spirits and cast them out of people’s lives. Jesus told devil spirits where to go and/or when to shut up, and the Devil/Satan he confronted and rebuked several times. Jesus could see all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, as Adam once could. Jesus could do anything that he set his mind to do; he met people he knew but changed himself into different likenesses (or forms) at his will, he passed through walls, and entered into rooms that were locked from the inside to bring peace, blessing, and comfort to people.

Jesus miraculously escaped several stoning incidents, passing right through the crowds of rock-slinging citizens, escaping once when his hometown friends and neighbors tried to throw him off a cliff, but he passed straight through the middle of them ― unmolested and unseen. Jesus was completely untouchable, that is until he gave himself for the world, but only when it was his time, the correct time to give his life, in love for “the sin of the world” (John 1:29, 10:17-18, and Galatians 1:3-4), for you and for me (Romans 5:6-11).

Jesus, when he wanted to be recognized, he was and at other times he was not recognized even by people he personally knew. Jesus escaped out of the grasp of soldiers, and out of many dangers and threats against him, and he enjoyed a certain amount of anonymity when it was more expedient for him to minister to individuals in the crowd, and he enjoyed notoriety by the masses at times and places of his choosing. Jesus pushed an entire army backwards without doing anything other than speaking truth to power.

Jesus walked on water several times, before as well as after his resurrection. Jesus instantaneously transported himself through the heavens and back. Jesus was in touch with the entire cosmos as he is the bright and morning star, and he had twelve legions of angels at his beck and call just as Adam had and understood the names and meanings of stars and constellations and enjoyed watching the night stories revealed in the heavenly amphitheater.

Jesus had the use of his five senses to the nth degree, using 100% of his mind all of the time. Jesus could smell, hear, taste, see, and touch to a greater extent than all of his contemporaries combined. Jesus could eat or not at his own choice, and he could enjoy nourishment that his disciples “knew not of” (John 4:32) and neither do we, but we do know for certain that Jesus knew of the “hidden manna” (Revelation 2:17).

Jesus was able to see into people’s hearts who he never met but still understood what they thought about in their minds or had done in the past and sometimes let them know his counsel with spot-on judgment calls (John 1:45-51, 4:17-19). Jesus was also able to see what people would be doing in the future and where they were going (Mark 14:12-16). Jesus had insights with super panoramic vision in high definition 3D; he could see whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, whosoever he wanted, and wherever he wanted to see. For Jesus, physically being there was often optional! Jesus once told a women, that he never knew, her entire life story, and in her own words, she said of him that he was “a man, which told me all things that ever I did” (John 4:29). This is only a portion of the abilities that Adam had but lost on Paradise for all humanity and that the second Adam demonstrated in his life as an example to the Redeemed who desire to presently walk “in his stead” (II Corinthians 5:20). In Chapter Six, subchapter ix In His Image we read: “. . . When we can believe in our hearts that we shall make a better world (that will never add up to a day in Paradise), then we can comprehend the reality of our inner desires for deception that soothes the senses. The deception comes from within, from that fallen nature, from that “sin which doth so easily beset us” (Hebrews 12:1). . .”

Jesus could tell when people in crowds touched his clothing from behind, and he could learn things that other people thought were impossible, including instantly knowing the precise grammar of the ancient languages (he was not a whisperer; he was a Man among men (II Timothy 2:5) in touch with his entire environment as Adam was), and he, as early as age twelve could comprehend the minute written works of Scribes who took a lifetime to begin mastering their trade.

Jesus also transported his apostles and a ship into a desert place, and another time he immediately crossed the Sea of Tiberias with a sailing vessel underfoot (See Appendix Four, Living Miraculously). Jesus turned water into wine, and fed thousands (several times) in miraculous ways.

Jesus spoke and answered questions in various languages because he had the “pure language” as Adam had, and so shall we, when he returns. Today, some academic circles are in panic mode trying to preserve all the languages of earth before some go extinct, which babble of voices commenced at Babel, when in truth they all will be replaced by one language that will be universally understood, the original one that Adam enjoyed, and mankind will have no communication gap between nature or man or spiritual beings.

Jesus healed people and even raised them from the dead, sometimes being great distances away from them, and that without the laying of hands on them; in fact, no one died in his presence, and if he saw a dead person he raised them to complete health. So please do not think that healing cannot come from heaven when we pray. Jesus healed the sick of every disease they had; he gave sight to the blind, he cured people of madness, he restored speech to the dumb, he mended the maimed, and he forgave sins. Jesus lovingly hugged lepers to health, and you and me he came to redeem, love, make whole, restore, reconcile, mend, and give spiritual and eternal life.

These are some of the powers and abilities Adam lost on Paradise and Jesus gave his life as his brother’s keeper to save Adam’s lost children and redeem them back to God, and to regain these powers for anyone who will accept him as their Savior. Jesus gave us even more than we could possibly need, and often we fail to believe for and accept and enjoy these privileges, but we can believe to receive and enjoy these blessings when do not allow the sin nature get in our way (John 14:12, Romans 6:10-18, Ephesians 1:17-23, Philippians 4:13, and Hebrews 12.1). Jesus is the possibilities of us, he is the fleeting shadow of the original creation of us, and he is the hope of all that we will be ― in eternity!

Today we still only know in part about all that Jesus did (John 21:25, I Corinthians 13:10), but soon, when we are changed (if alive when he returns) or raised (if sleeping in hope when he returns) ― then we will all be gathered up on high, perfectly knowing every part, and eternally enjoy it all as our birthright in God’s household (Ephesians 2:19, I Thessalonians 4:13-18), being born again (through Christ,― Galatians 3:16-29, I Peter 1:23, and I John 3:9) into heaven’s royal family (Ephesians 2:22)!

In Acts 17:29 we read that “we are the offspring of God,” and the word offspring means race or posterity because God started the whole human race, but this does not negate the truth that we are born in the lineage of Adam; he was the original prototype. We are, for a lack of a better phrase “knockoffs,” not quite as perfect as the original. Now we are so cocooned within the fall of Adam that it is actually a miracle that mankind is cognizant of anything happening around him in comparison to the physical and spiritual joys which our first parents relished as a norm of the picture-perfect environment of their lives in the original creation.

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These paragraphs will be further detailed in Part Two when we go into the depths of Adam being formed, made, and created and given all the powers of the kingdoms of this world along with all the glory and wealth of them all. But then, in the fall of man all was forfeited for the knowledge of good and of evil; all of Adam’s spiritual powers exchanged hands and a new Possessor took complete control as mankind was defeated and depleted of inner peace and exuberant powers and communication skills with all of nature that allowed him to be in perfect harmony with the entire creation and with perfect fellowship with God his Father. . .”

Behold, I Show You a Mystery

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 15:51 – Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

I can understand why Paul said that this is a mystery, as even today, nearly two thousand years later, this subject is still misunderstood, although it has been recorded here in Corinthians for centuries. “We shall not all sleep” means that not every “Christian” will die before Christ returns, some of us will be living at the return of Christ, and this is indeed our lively hope. Yet when Christ does return, we all (believers in Christ) shall be changed, and receive new spiritual bodies.

I Corinthians 15:52-53:
-52: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead {sleeping} shall be raised incorruptible, and we {who are alive} shall be changed.
-53: For this corruptible {those who are asleep} must put on incorruption, and this mortal {the living} must put on immortality.

I know that the common belief today is that all those who have died are actually up there having the time of their lives living in Paradise, Heaven, and some who are less fortunate are in purgatory or hell. However, the Scriptures do not entertain these ideas! If the dead are living and these unbiblical notions were really true, then we should get out a pair of scissors and start cutting out verses from our Bibles starting with those above. If everyone who has died is really living, then what is the purpose of the resurrections, and our gathering together (I Thessalonians 4:13ff)?

Romans 5:5 – And hope {the hope of Christ’s return to gather the dead and the living} maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost {holy spirit} which is given to us.

Having the hope of Christ’s return and our gathering together unto him “maketh not ashamed” meaning just the opposite of shame, giving us something indeed to be proud of. On the other hand, without hope of our gathering together the Christian does indeed have shame. Paul said in I Corinthians 15:19 “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” The context here is that if we hope in Christ and our gathering together and he does not return, then we should be the most wretched people on the planet. However, Christ indeed is returning, so we will be gathered up and blessed for all eternity. For the present time God has given to us His own love to sustain our lives as we continue in His Word, believing in our hope.