ALPHA AND OMEGA
The Question is: Who is talking at Revelation 1:8 ?.
"Alpha and Omega": To whom does this title belong?.
In the Greek speaking world of the time, people new that "Alpha" (A) and "Omega" (Ω) are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. In Revelation God the Father speaks three times: 1:8; 21:5-8 and 22:12-15.
Revelation 1:8 (Darby):
"I am the Alpha and the Omega, saith the Lord God, he who is, and who
was, and who is to come, the Almighty."
Notice, that the one known as the "Alpha and the Omega" applies the title"Almighty" to Himself . A word search of the Darby translation on "BibleGateway " revealed 58 occurrences of the title "Almighty", all are applied to God the Father , none is applied to Jesus, and Jesus never applies this title to himself.
SO IT IS GOD THE FATHER TALKING IN REVELATION 1:8.
Some verses on the use of the title "Almighty":
God applies the title "Almighty" to himself when making his promise to Abraham about his seed, Isaac.
Genesis 17:1 (Darby):
"And Abram was ninety-nine years old, when Jehovah appeared to Abram,
and said to him, I [am] the Almighty God: walk before my face, and be
perfect." God blesses Jacob,
Genesis 48:3 (Darby):
"And Jacob said to Joseph, The Almighty God appeared to me at Luz in
the land of Canaan, and blessed me."
Exodus 6:3 ,"(DARBY):
" And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, as the
Almighty God; but by my name Jehovah I was not made known to them."
SECOND OCCURRENCE :
Revelation 21:5-8 (DARBY):
"5 And he that sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.
And he says [to me], Write, for these words are true and faithful."
6 And he said to me, It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the
beginning and the end. I will give to him that thirsts of the fountain
of the water of life freely.
"7 He that overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be to him
God, and he shall be to me SON."
"8 But to the fearful and unbelieving, [and sinners], and those who
make themselves abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and
sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part [is] in the lake
which burns with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.
In the above verses God promises those that overcome (victorious) ,and remain faithful to the end, that He will give them the water of life, (John 4:14) and shall inherit these things,(Rev.2:11; 26-28; 3:12,21) and are to be "SONS" of the one known as "Alpha and Omega."
Jesus spoke of his disciples, as his " BROTHERS".
Matthew 12:50 (NASB) :
" For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My
brother and sister and mother.”
Luke 8:21 (DARBY):
" But he answering said to them, My mother and my brethren are those
who hear the word of God and do [it]."
IN VERSE SEVEN WE READ THAT GOD CALLS THE "BROTHERS" OF CHRIST HIS "SONS",SO IT IS GOD TALKING IN REVELATION 21:5-8.
Some applications of "Sons" and " brothers and sisters and mothers;"
2 Corinthians.6:18 (NASB):
“ And I will be a father to you,And you shall be sons and daughters
Me,”Says the Lord Almighty."
Galatians 3:26.(NASB) .
Paul wrote :
"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus." Galatians
" Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into
our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!"
Revelation 22:12-15 (Darby):
"12 Behold, I come quickly, and my reward with me, to render to every
one as his work shall be."
"13 I [am] the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the
beginning and the end."
"14 Blessed are they that wash their robes, that they may have right
to the tree of life, and that they should go in by the gates into the
"15 Without [are] the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the fornicators,
and the murderers, and the idolaters, and every one that loves and
makes a lie."
In the above verses God is "coming" to pass judgement and to reward everyone according to his deeds , and those that follow in the footsteps of Christ and stay faithful to the end, will have the right to the tree of life, that is live for ever.(John 11:25-26)
Isaiah also prophesied that God is coming to execute judgment:
Isaiah 26:21 (DARBY):
" For behold, Jehovah" cometh" out of his place to visit the iniquity
of the inhabitants of the earth upon them; and the earth shall
disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain."
Although this may not be conclusive, the previous two occurrences are , and it follows reason, that it is God the Father who is also speaking in Revelation 22:12-15.
God is talking in Revelation: 1:8; 21:5-8 and 22:12-15. and
The Title "Alpha and Omega" belongs to God the Father.
Since the one known as "Alpha and Omega" calls himself "Almighty" a title used exclusively in the Bible for God the Father, and the fact that God calls the "Brothers " of Christ His "Sons", it is God talking in Revelation : 1:8; 21:5-8 and 22:12-15.
The terms "Alpha and Omega",the "first and the last" and "the beginning and the end", used in reference to God, all mean the same thing - "That there is no God before him and that there will be no God after him."
Isaiah 44:6 (DARBY):
" Thus saith Jehovah, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, Jehovah of
hosts: I [am] the first, and I [am] the last, and beside me there is
no God." (See also 48:12)