Which Is, And Which Was, And Which Is To Come. [seven]
Most enigmatic Personage to tread the surface of the earth
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7) Most people do not read the Bible to descry the truth of the Divinity. I found this verse in the Bible. It reads in Revelation 15:3, “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.” The title ‘Lord’ is kurios (kï ’-riy-os) ‘1. lord, supreme in authority, the one in control. 2. (also, by implication) sir or master (as a title showing respect for others). 3. (in Hebrew) Adonai, The Lord God of Israel (which is actually Yahweh God of Israel – see Exodus 5:1 and 120 other occurrences). 4. (in Hebrew) Yahweh. Outside the Hebraic Scriptures, rabbis rendered the name “Yahweh” as “LORD” or as “GOD” with the intent to keep this name utterly holy and away from any hint or speck of desecration. This practice continues fervently to this day. 5. (of ownership) an owner (especially of an animal or object) [from κῦρος kŷrȏs “supremacy”].’
John, the writer of this Book (Revelation), saw Jesus from the Hebraic perspective. Jesus, ergo, from this verse is the Supreme Being and the Owner of creation. Does it not say, “all things were created by him, and for him” [Colossians 1:16]?
“One” is heis (heis’) in Greek, a neuter gender, meaning: “essence.”
The Greek for ‘God’ is theos (the-os’) ‘1. (properly, in Greek) a god or deity. a supernatural, powerful entity (real or imagined). 2. (by Hebraism, especially with ὁ ho (ho)(in this context) the one.) God, the Supreme Being, the Creator, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Yahweh by name. 3. (figuratively) a supreme magistrate (in the land).’ The next word,‘Almighty’ is pantokrator (pan-to-kra’-tōr) ‘the all-ruling, i.e. God (as absolute and universal sovereign).’ Jesus Christ is the Lord God Almighty according to the discovery from Revelation 15:3. There is, no doubt, another Almighty in Revelation 16:7, “And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.” This, contextually, is the Eternal, God the Father. How can there be two, epithetical ‘Almighty’ Beings? John 10:30, “I and my Father are one,” is the scriptural answer.
When the LORD God introduced Himself to Moses at the ‘burning bush’ experience, He said, “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them” [Exod. 6:3]. This is what Jehovah was saying to Moses, ”And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect” [Gen 17:1]. Exodus 3:14, “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”
How could Jesus make this revelation “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” [Revelation 1:8]? Because we understand that Revelation 4:8 “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come” is in connection with the Eternal Father. While Revelation 15:3 reveals Jesus, Revelation 11:17 “Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned” points to the Father.
At the mention of Jesus every knee must bow
The only reason why a Jehovah’s Witness Organization supposedly created Christ made the asseverative, “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father” of John 14:9, is simply because the Father and the Son constitute one worshipped God. The word ‘which’ is an interesting ὁ ho (ho) ἡ he (hee) [feminine] τό to (to’) [neuter (each with various inflections)] is a definite article ‘1. the.’ The next word, ‘art’ is on (ōn’) ousa (ou’-sa) [feminine] on (on’) [neuter] meaning: ‘being.’ Now let us see ‘wast’ which is en (ayn): ‘I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were).’ Put them together, this epithet is καί ὅ ἦν kai ho en (kai’ ho’ een) καί ὅ ερχόμενος kai ho erchomenos (kai’ ho er-cho’-me-nos) and it translates: ‘the one being and the one that was and the one coming, i.e. the Eternal, as a divine epithet of Christ.’
Whether you like it or not, Jesus is Jehovah: very God of very God!
These are the attributes of Jesus Christ:
* Saviour of the world -Acts. 13:47; Romans 10:9-12; 1Corinthians 1:30
* Son of God -Psalm 2:4, 89:26-27; Matthew 16:15-17; John 5:17-18
* Lord of lords -Revelation 17:14, 19:16
* King of kings -Ps 2:6; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 2:2; Rev. 17:14, 19:16
* Word of God -John 1:1, 14; 1John 5:7; Rev. 19:13
* Has Divine Equality with the Father -John 8:58; John 10:10; John 14:9; Rev. 5:12-14; Rev. 21:23
* Almighty -Rev. 1:8, 15:3, 16:7
* The Shepherd -Ps 23:1, 80:1; John 10:11
* The Creator -Genesis 1:3; John 1:3-4; Colossians 1:15-18; Hebrews 1:2, 1-0; Rev. 3:14
* The is, and the was, and the is to come -John 1:1, 8:58; Hebrews 13:8 & Rev. 1:8 [are those of the Divinity]. Jesus, ergo, is very God of very God. Amen!
Christ, in Revelation 15:3, goes by the sobriquet Lord God Almighty, and Revelation 11:17 gives the same Lord God Almighty to the Father. Each of the two Divine Beings is: “Which is, and which was, and which is to come.” Revelation 16:5 says of Jesus, “And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.” The name or title “Lord” in Hebrew is most definitely LORD (in capitals) and which is none other than I AM THAT I AM –JEHOVAH. What does this say of those who are in Christ Jesus? They are in the safest hand of the Entity (whose immanent transcendentalism spans the eternity present, past and future), spiritually. Their (the Christians) eternal lives are inviolably secure. Their lives reside in the Saviour, Jesus, very God of very God. Selah!
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!”
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