Verse of the Day Devotion: Revelation 22:13
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” – Revelation 22:13
Revelation is the last book in the Bible, God’s Word. Chapter 21 through 22:5 describe the future abode of the redeemed, starting from the revealing of the new heavens and earth through the declaration that this life will endure forever with no end. Then we read the following. “And he said to me, these words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place. And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” Revelation 22:6-7. Jesus speaking through the angel, declares that He is coming soon. And blessed are those who believe the words of this book and keep them, living the life that shows they truly believe.
Then He declares the words of our focus verse. Before we start, something needs to be clarified. Any time a word is repeated three times, this denotes something very important, absolute and complete, something that needs to be emphasized. For example, “And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” Revelation 4:8. Holy declared three times denotes His holiness is absolute and complete. It will remain for He cannot be less then holy.
Ok, now back to the focus verse. Note the three parts. He says He is the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. For those not familiar with the Greek alphabet, Alpha is the first letter and Omega is the last letter. This is the same as the Holy, Holy, Holy in that it is the same idea expressed three times: “First letter” to “Last Letter”, “First” to “Last”, and “Beginning” to “End”. These denote His eternality is absolute and complete, and it will remain that way because He cannot be less then eternal.
Only an eternal being can declare what is our everlasting future with complete accuracy. Therefore, let us rejoice. No matter how difficult things get here, or the trials we go through, or the persecution we endure, there is a beautiful life in store for us. One that is wonderful beyond words, and endless beyond our comprehension. So, stand strong and uncompromising.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.