Revelation is more than just the end of the Bible. It is more than the end of time, or the end of the world. A revelation is a new realization of something you previously had not known or understood. It could be revealing of a secret. A revelation is definitely a gaining of knowledge you can use to apply to your life.
Here we are at the end. The last week of our study. The omega…the last. There are seven more “I AM’s” for us to look at this week. As we conclude our study together, we find that four of them use the term “Alpha and Omega”. The word nerd in me had to look these up for us. Let me show you a couple of things I have learned. (Warning: This will be cheesy!)
- The New Testament was written in Greek, the Old Testament in Hebrew (mainly). Alpha and Omega are the first and the last letters in the Greek alphabet and signify the “beginning and the end” or eternity. The Greek “alpha” was derived from the Hebrew “aleph.” (Doing a Happy Dance!) The Hebrew name for aleph sounds like “eleph” or ox. An ox is a leader and leads the other letters in the alphabet. (Get it? The alpha – bet?)
- Ox comes into play in our culture, too. How many times have we signed a greeting card with oxoxox? Did you know you were actually sending God’s love to that person? These are Christian symbols introduced through the ages, based on the Bible and the Great I AM. Don’t get me started on crossing your fingers….
- The Hebrew word for truth – “emet” is made up of the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. This kind of consistency makes me dance with joy. Our God is a God of order. No matter what language or dialect you speak, His TRUTH will always be the same. He is “I AM”.
From the Prophet Isaiah, “I AM the first and the last” (Isaiah 44:6) to the Psalmist, “From everlasting to everlasting thou art God” (Psalms 90:2), to John, “I AM the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8), the message of the Bible DOES NOT CHANGE.
This “I AM” is important because Jesus is telling us He was before creation and will be after the end of time. He is eternal. When we see or hear Alpha and Omega (AΩ or ox) we are seeing the “I AM”. Because of our relationship with Jesus (The Great I AM) we can claim the “Truth.”
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions, made alive together with Christ
(by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him,
and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”
As a member of God’s family, seated in the heavenly places because of Jesus, we are in His KINGDOM. A kingdom is where the king is. The Kingdom is where the KING lives. If you have received the gift of salvation offered by Jesus, you are in the Kingdom and the King lives in you. Did you hear that? The KING lives in YOU!!! The Kingdom is not a far away land, it is here now. If the King lives in you, the kingdom is here…on earth. The kingdom is not broken down into small factions of fighters in their own corners doing their own thing. We are ONE Church, ONE body of believers, living in the Kingdom of God RIGHT NOW!!!! Let revival begin with us!
We have received a revelation over the last seven weeks. Now, we have a responsibility to share the good news with others. Listen to the prayer of our hearts as we declare our allegiance to the King of Kings.
Heavenly Father, King of Kings,
We praise You for the HOPE You have placed in our hearts as we have drawn closer to You. We thank You for the great LOVE You have shown us that while we were yet sinners, You wanted us. Lord, we want to let this fire burning within us to be seen by the world. Heal our hearts and heal our lands so that we may serve You. We ARE the Church…Send us out to do Your work while we are here on earth. We are YOUR church…One Body, unified for Your purpose. Live in us. Bring Your Kingdom now. We are ready. We love You, Lord.