Allow Me to Introduce You to the Rest of the Story…

“God becomes personally introduced to the searching heart as one comes directly face to face with His Word and finds His Son Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth, and the lifeline to Him (John 14:6). Jesus is the subject of the Bible and thus he is the Golden Thread within all Holy Writ, and it is through him that one begins to clearly see the light.

We did not climb up into God’s grace by our own labors, but we received grace to be with Him because of the generous work of Christ. God called, God gave, God blessed, and we believed and gratefully received (end of story).” ~LMJ~

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.

Who Said So?

“I have observed over the years that way too often what people say is in the Bible is not recorded in any of the Bibles I have read. Then, when they promulgate that something is not biblical, I have found that it was written in the Bible, usually in more than one place. Similarly, when the Bible says it is perfectly fine to do something, they chime in and piously trumpet, Do not do that, unless you want to go to hell. Then even further, when they proclaim that the Bible says, Do not do something, the Bible actually gives one leave to go right ahead if it blesses you or your family.

Thankfully, when I finally came to the Word of God itself, I began realizing that walking with God was actually quite enjoyable. I further discovered that God’s will for His children was a thou shalt have rather than a thou shalt not have life; as Jesus said, I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly– John 10:10, and that Jesus Christ suffered so that I did not need to suffer, and to this biblical concept I could resolve to have a heartfelt commitment. I was completely released from so many unfounded half-truths that were shrouded in so-called religious doctrines.

Now I am so thankful just to know that God has blessed me (and you, too) with all spiritual blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). I have seen that God works the same miracles of deliverance inside the hearts and lives of others that have also discovered Jesus Christ, The Golden Thread, within the Scriptures.” ~LMJ~

God Is Not Forgetful (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Having just returned from the grocery store and realizing that I forgot an item that my wife needed, I am sure that another trip to the store is forthcoming. However, and thankfully our God is not forgetful, He will always remember His promises to us.

Hebrews 6:10:   For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

The word saint in the Bible means a fellow believer and one who is saved, made holy, and sanctified by God. Our God will always remember the work His saints do in His name, which is to believe and then act on His Word. In Hebrews 6:10, God’s Word mentions our labor of love and please notice that this love has a direction toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints. When we serve another from the mindset that we are actually working for God, then the rewards will be pleasing to both God and the believer as Ephesians 6:8 promises, “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.”

To minister is to help one another, and whenever we believers help another and we do so out of love, then this brings glory to the name of our God. God Himself will never forget your labor of love or the glory your giving has given to His name. God most definitely will reward us throughout all eternity for anything and everything that we believers do for one another out of love.

Mark 9:41:  For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Can you imagine giving only a cup of water to another human being will bring you a reward? God will not forget when you give in love, and He will reward you now and throughout eternity. These are promises from both God and from Jesus Christ! And do you know what else? The water we give in the name of Christ will taste better (for it will be “blessed”) when given in love, because God will indeed bless it.

Ye belong to Christ, is a wonderful concept as I Corinthians 6:20 witnesses, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” The price paid for our eternal redemption was given for us through the offering of the life of Jesus Christ, and therefore we are God’s, as we now belong to Christ, and we are to him, his reward! Jesus “received us to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7); we are his firstfruits to God, and therefore, because of our Savior’s offering of himself, and his receiving us up to the glory of God — our God will never forget us — ever.

You see, Jesus is the golden thread who delivers us up to our heavenly Father. Jesus reveals to us the abundant life and blessings we can receive from our faithful Creator Who will never forget what Jesus did to redeem us back to God. Ephesians 5:20 teaches us to reciprocate these blessings we have received and that is by, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Simply learning to be thankful in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ is a wonderful key that helps open up the true treasures of life that God in Christ provides, such as giving to us the ability to experience heavenly joy, peace, love, and light.

Colossians 3:17: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

When we look for occasions to simply bless others for the sake of love, our Savior’s love for us, and we learn to be truly thankful for opportunities to be kind, good, and loving, and not just simply looking for and expecting the reward, the blissful rewards will be even more abundant. God is not forgetful; He remembers your labor of love. The Apostle Paul gave thanks to God in his prayers in the name of the Lord Jesus at every opportunity as he remembered the labor of love that the believers served to one another.

Paul wrote that the loving labors of believers were always “in the sight of God,” because He watches over and remembers our endeavors to be a blessing to our fellow man, and returns blessings to the giver more abundantly.

We cannot out-give God, He encourages His children to bless and love others (this is how we give to Him), and He will not just remember, but He will send delightful rewards.

I Thessalonians 1:2-3:
-2: We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
-3: Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

Our God is so awesomely wonderful in what He chooses to remember or not remember. He will remember our helping fellow saints, our labor of love, and how we bless and reach out in love to others in our communities where we live (Galatians 6:10), but He promises, “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17). So if God will not remember our faults and shortcomings, why in the world do we so often dwell on them? Why do we allow sin consciousness to beat us down so often?

The true antidote to sin consciousness is to be a blessing to those whom we can inspire in Christ’s name, for this God remembers and He will not forget. So Praise the Lord!

So when the opportunity arises to help someone out in one way or another, please do so out of your personal love and devotion to God and to your Savior who paid the price of your redemption. Please remember that your labor of love will not be wasted (even if someone else does not thank you), for our God will reward you richly because God Is Not Forgetful.

Psalms 37:3-6:
-3: Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
-4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
-5: Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desire of your heart} to pass.
-6: And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment {justification} as the noonday.

“Sometimes we hold on to our possessions because we fear we might run out — life seems scarce. But when we believe that giving is the way to live, we will produce more in the future — life seems abundant.” ~John C. Maxwell~

“The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.” ~Walt Whitman~

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” ~Maya Angelou~

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~Lao-Tzu~

God’s Messenger

“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. 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– Acts 4:12.” ~LMJ~