Rev.1:7,8 – BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to 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.”
You ever try to put yourself in John’s position when he wrote the book of Revelation? Of course he was in exile on an uninhabited island, Patmos, in the Mediterranean Sea. John says that he was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day when Jesus appeared to him. I have thought about that moment many times in the past, I have been thinking about that event recently for the last couple of weeks since Jesus visited me in the hospital. John actually saw the Lord and was rocked to his core. John had spent three years with Jesus as a disciple and had seen Him several times in His glorified body after the resurrection; but this was different. Jesus came to John in His glory – face brighter than the sun. That’s when Jesus told John who He was (as if the Lord needed an introduction). “I am the Alpha and the Omega, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Jesus was unveiling His clear deity to John. Here is how the Fire Bible describes this.
“These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. This is another way of saying that God is the beginning and the ending of all things–including human history–the Source of all life and the fulfillment of all perfection. God is eternal. From creation to the completion of his perfect plan for his people, he is Lord over all. To him belong the final victory over evil and the authority over all things. This same title, or designation, for God the Father is used also for Jesus as God the Son.”
So Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega. Everything starts with Him and everything finishes with Him. My Christianity began when He stepped into my world and He will finish the work He began in me. If you are facing unusually difficult times (John surely was) follow John’s example. Get in the Spirit, pray and worship in the Spirit. It’s in those times that Jesus comes – you never know, you may have a special appointment today.