Which Is, And Which Was, And Which Is To Come. [two]
The Island of Patmos experience of Revelation 1:8-20
(…continued from part one…)
2) Two is the number of witness and of testimony. The twice couched kai (i.e. and) of this phraseology (which was, and is, and is to come) underscores the transcendentalism of His Being. The One whose existence is visible to the present now is the very One whose being is from incalculable eternity of pre-creationism, and is the One who will continue to be in the eternity to come. No creature can assume this phenomenon. Impossible! This is the reason why nothing can, in its absoluteness, be in homogeneity with the Divinity. This will make it quite easy to come to the facticity of His Omnipotence, Omnipresence and Omniscience. The facticity is in the phrasal ‘which is, was, and is to come.’
Jesus receives worship, even in the celestial assizes!
‘Is to come’ does not only agree with the grammatical imperfectness of the ‘which was,’ it couches the pellucidity of an unbroken agelessness of this Enigmatic Entity from eternity past, to the present earthly age and unto the eternity to come. How can this Jehovah, who existed in the eternity past, find His way here, and be containerize in the present time of mortality, to partake of calculable time (by the One who is forever timeless), and continue to live unto eternity to come? Quite abstruse! His eternal being has never been truncated. The heavenly abode knows not of the chronological dimension of Adam’s world: for there is neither day nor night in the empyrean abode of the Most High. This is how the eternal LORD God stepped into our world.
Revelation 1:8, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” The epithetical “which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty,” in this verse here, is strictly of the Second Member of the Godhead, Jesus Christ, the express image, and the Word of God. A reenactment of the ‘burning bush’ of Mosaic experience is unfolding on the Island of Patmos, where Jesus made this introduction. Ask yourself why Jesus will call Himself ‘the Almighty.’
“I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.” “Thou canst not see my face:” [Gen. 33:18 & 20]
Moses met God on the Horeb Mountain. That the physical personality of God the Father has never set His divine feet on planet earth is a limpidity. Who, ergo, is this Visitant that made a physical appearance to the Horeb Mountain? There His name, Jehovah, was revealed for the first time. Horeb in Hebrew is chôrêb (kho-rabe’) meaning: ‘desert, desolate; it is another name for Mount Sinai from which God gave the law to Moses and the Israelites; Chȏrȇb is a (generic) name for the Sinaitic mountains.’ Many things sprout from Horeb. It is a wilderness, serving appropriately for the unfruitful stance of Adamic progeny, stemming from the original sin of the Eden fall. It gives a picture of a crazy world that has jettisoned the worship of the true Elohiym. The Devil’s incursive onslaught of ‘steal, kill and destroy’ has left the world superably helpless, full of grief and devoid good life.
Moses at Mount Horeb divine rendezvous
The topographical height of Horeb pictures two entities: one of proclivious haughtiness –a wicked imposter–, and One before Whom Moses stood, the High and Lofty Jehovah. The imposter (contextually) is Pharaoh, who will soon feel the awesome power of the Most High. At Mount Horeb He is the invisible God, ergo, Moses can only hear Him behind the conflagration which pictures Him seated behind the katapetasma, known as the second veil of the Jerusalem Temple. But at Patmos which means ‘a trodden or beaten way, path,’ the same Lord has come to man, in the corporeality of Adamic nature, in humility, made a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:5; Hebrews 2:9), despised at Golgotha (Isaiah 53:3), so that wherever the Christians tread may become their Divine donated inheritance (Joshua 14:9). Amen!
The commencement of Jesus’ introduction of Himself is ‘I am,’ ego eime in Greek. Ego eime is the Hebrew translation of hayah (haw-yaw), meaning: ‘to be, exist.’ It is the shortened, covenant name of God, I AM THAT I AM אהיה אשר אהיה EHEYEH asher EHEYEH. The Septuagint has it thus: Εγω ειμι ὁ Ων, I am he who exists. The ‘I am’ use of Jesus was not fortuitous. He had used the “I am” sobriquet, an absolutely deific reference to Jehovah, of Himself. “I am with you always,” of Matthew 28:20 is strictly omnipresent. “I am the light of the world” [John 8:12], is reminiscent of Revelation 21:23. John 8:18, “I am one that bear witness of myself,” makes Jesus equal to the Father in the Pauline “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself” [Hebrews 6:13]. “I am the good shepherd” [John 10:11] takes us to who He is: found in Psalms 23:1 & 80:1. When He made the asseveration, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” [John 11:25], Jesus unveiled His Lordship of creationism. Hallelujah!
Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
(…to be continued…)
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