The Almighty-Revelation 1:4-8

Revelation 1:4-8 “Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father — to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Apocalisse 1:4-8 Giovanni, alle sette chiese che sono in Asia: grazia a voi e pace da colui che è, che era e che viene, dai sette spiriti che sono davanti al suo trono e da Gesù Cristo, il testimone fedele, il primogenito dei morti e il principe dei re della terra. A lui che ci ama e ci ha liberati dai nostri peccati con il suo sangue, che ha fatto di noi un regno e dei sacerdoti al suo Dio e Padre, a lui sia la gloria e la potenza nei secoli dei secoli. Amen. 7 Ecco, egli viene con le nuvole e ogni occhio lo vedrà; lo vedranno anche quelli che lo trafissero, e tutte le tribù della terra faranno lamenti per lui. Sì, amen. «Io sono l’alfa e l’omega», dice il Signore Dio, «colui che è, che era e che viene, l’Onnipotente». 
     As we observe an overview of the New Testament, it opens with the four Gospels telling us of the first coming of Jesus Christ. It is fitting that the New Testament should also conclude telling us of the second coming of Jesus Christ. Before one gets all caught up in the symbolic and imaginative imagery of the book, it is important to set the stage that this is a revelation of Jesus Christ. The first chapter reminds us again of the Trinity’s work throughout the Scriptures. This opening salutation precisely describes the Father as “who is, who was, and is to come”, “the seven Spirits” refer to the Holy Spirit (using Old Testament imagery) and Jesus Christ who is mentioned as the “faithful witness”.
     The message throughout the book can be capsulized by verse 7: “Look, he is coming with the clouds and every eye will see him…”  Therefore, we can say with confidence that the whole world will know. If you noticed the end of the quote, John punctuates it with “So shall it be! Amen.”  It is in Christ that the Genesis of Scripture (the Alpha) and the Revelation (the Omega) of Scripture meet. All questions to the scattered believers are answered in this conclusion. How could such a truth be accomplished? The last word in verse 8 tells us: “the Almighty.”  Of the ten times the word “Almighty” is used in the New Testament, nine of them occur in the book of Revelation. The Lord God Almighty will accomplish His plan!
Pray with me: Lord, I may not fully understand all the messages in the book of Revelation, but I do understand the main theme: You are “coming with the clouds.” Help me to live in the grace and peace of “the Almighty” knowing that He will bring it to pass. 


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