Is Jesus God because he said I am Alpha and the Omega. Yes

A refutation of “Answering Christianity’s Ahmed Eldin”

 

Quennel Gale

 

 

 

 

Here we begin our second response to Answering Christianity’s Ahmed Eldin on issues relating to the divinity of Jesus Christ. As usual Mr. Eldin’s article fails to present any evidence disproving the divinity of Christ. Instead he once again exposes his ignorance of the Bible, which seems to be very common among the writers of this website. It has become apparent to us that these folks have never taken the time to seriously study and understand the Bible or, if they have, they have no qualms with distorting its message.

 

He begins by saying:

 

When Muslims corner Christians on the subject “Is Jesus God”? Christians often try to prove the divinity of Jesus by quoting the passage from the Revelation that Jesus said, “I am Alpha and the Omega”. However, this argument is soundly refuted:

 

http://www.answering-christianity.com/sami_zaatri/rebuttaltosamshamoun24.htm

 

Response:

 

I’ve never seen anywhere in which Muslims cornered Christians on the topic relating to Jesus being God. This is the figment of Mr. Eldin’s vivid imagination. Also his appeal to Sami Zaatari doesn’t help him either for he only gives general statements claiming that “Jesus didn’t say those words but only the Father” in relevance to his claims of Deity. This is hardly a sound refutation and we are going to show you how Zaatari’s article is going to backfire against Mr. Eldin. We will begin to address the part of Zaatari’s paper that deals specifically with the “Alpha and Omega” passages since this is what Mr. Eldin is basing his statement on:

 

Zaatari:

 

Jesus said I AM THE ALPHA AND OMEGA THE FIRST AND LAST

 

Did he really say that? Let us quote each alpha omega verse and you will see for yourself and not a single one of them is Jesus speaking:

 

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. 4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; 5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 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.

9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

 

Both times were the I am alpha and omega is used, is not said by Jesus but by THE God as the text clearly shows. Christians would like to say read on which shows that it is indeed Jesus, so let us read on and see:

 

Response:

 

Zaatari is clearly wrong for saying that God is the only One speaking in the text as “the Alpha and Omega”. If he actually would have read Revelation as carefully as he claimed then Zaatari would have seen this:

 

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I WAS DEAD, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.’" Revelation 1:17-18

To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, WHO DIED AND CAME TO LIFE AGAIN." Revelation 2:8

The problem for both Zaatari and Mr. Eldin is that God the Father couldn’t be the ONE WHO DIED:

 

Now secondly there is a huge problem if Jesus died! If as Christians say Jesus is God, then how can God possibly die? God is above death. God does not die, so the fact that Jesus did die shows he is not God. Believers in trinity will say there are three persons in the God-head, so hence God did not really died since God is triune, however so how does part of God die? That is insane to say the least. I would love to know how part of God dies, and how does God die. These questions have never been given a good answer by any living Christian. So the fact is Jesus did not come to die for your sins, that is a lie and an invention, Jesus came to bring you to God, to make you believe in the one who sent him. That was his overall mission.

 

Zaatari is clear on the fact that God does not die, which means that he is basically arguing that the Father can’t die. But this puts before him a dilemma since he believes that it was the Father, not Jesus, who claimed to be the Alpha and Omega and the First and the Last in Revelation 1:8 and 11, and yet both 1:18 and 2:8 say that the First and the Last did die. This essentially means that Zaatari is arguing for the death of God the Father! But if the Father died then this means that God can die. And if God can die then why can’t Jesus be God despite having experienced death? After all, if God the Father can die without this being an argument against his divinity then Jesus can also die and still be God. 

 

Does Mr. Eldin call this a sound refutation? This is an embarrassment and it serves to prove that Mr. Eldin has exposed not only his ignorance of Revelation but is more foolish to rely on Sami Zaatari, a pseudo Muslim propagandist who has shown that he has not read the entire book of Revelation (at least not carefully).

 

And lest Zaatari try to argue that the phrase “First and Last” is not a Divine title used exclusively for God we only need to remind him of the following texts:

 

Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD -with the first of them and with the last—I am he.” Isaiah 41:4

 

This is what the LORD says— Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.” Isaiah 44:6

 

Listen to me, O Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am he; I am the first and I am the last.” Isaiah 48:12

 

He is the First and the Last, and the Outward and the Inward; and He is Knower of all things. S. 57:3

 

For a thorough explanation of how God can experience death without ceasing to be immortal or ever-living please go here:  http://answering-islam.org/Shamoun/q_god_dying.htm

 

Even more damaging for the case of both Zaatari and Eldin is what the Greek text of Revelation 1:7-8 says:

 

Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord God, ‘The Being/ Existing One (Greek- HO ON) who is and who was and who is to come, THE ALMIGHTY (pantokrator)."

 

The One who is coming is the One that was pierced, i.e. the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ not only identifies himself as the Almighty, a rather explicit claim to Deity, but also as the Being/Existing One who is, who was and who is to come, a phrase which refers to God’s eternal nature.

 

Furthermore, according to the Bible God the Father HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN, nor did he become a man:

 

No one has ever seen God. It is GOD THE ONLY SON, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known." John 1:18 NRSV

 

Hence, the expression “those who pierced him” can’t refer to the Father, but must refer to the Son who was pierced when he became man for our salvation.

 

And here is the late world-renowned Greek NT scholar A.T. Robertson had to say about Revelation 1:7-8:

 

Behold, he cometh with the clouds (idou ercetai meta twn nepelwn). Futuristic present middle indicative of ercomai, a reminiscence of Daniel 7:13 (Theodotion). "It becomes a common eschatological refrain" (Beckwith) as in Mark 13:26; Mark 14:62; Matthew 24:30; Matthew 26:64; Luke 21:27. Compare the manifestation of God in the clouds at Sinai, in the cloudy pillar, the Shekinah, at the transfiguration" (Vincent). Shall see (opsetai). Future middle of oraw, a reminiscence of Zechariah 12:10 according to the text of Theodotion (Aquila and Symmachus) rather than the LXX and like that of Matthew 24:30 (similar combination of Daniel and Zechariah) and 26:64. This picture of the victorious Christ in his return occurs also in Matthew 14:14, 18-20; Matthew 19:11-21; Matthew 20:7-10. And they which (kai oitine߼/B>). "And the very ones who," Romans and Jews, all who shared in this act. Pierced (exekenthsan). First aorist active indicative of ekkentew, late compound (Aristotle, Polybius, LXX), from ek and kentew (to stab, to pierce), in N.T., only here and John 19:37, in both cases from Zechariah 12:10, but not the LXX text (apparently proof that John used the original Hebrew or the translation of Theodotion and Aquila). Shall mourn (kopsontai). Future middle (direct) of koptw, old verb, to cut, "they shall cut themselves," as was common for mourners (Matthew 11:17; Luke 8:52; Luke 23:27). From Zechariah 12:12. See also Revelation 18:9. Tribes (pulai). Not just the Jewish tribes, but the spiritual Israel of Jews and Gentiles as in Revelation 7:4-8. No nation had then accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour, nor has any yet done so. (Source)

 

On the basis of what the Greek of this passage says, Robertson proved that this doesn’t refer to the Father but only to Jesus since the Greek for pierce refers to a stab, indicating that the One coming had been stabbed. This is precisely what happened to Jesus while he hung on the cross! In fact the only other occurrence of this in the NT comes from John 19:37:

 

The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had BEEN CRUCIFIED WITH JESUS, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found THAT HE WAS ALREADY DEAD, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: "Not one of his bones will be broken," and, as another scripture says, "They will look ON THE ONE THEY HAVE PIERCED." John 19:32-37

 

It is clear that Jesus claimed to be the Alpha and Omega in Revelation, and the Greek of Revelation proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt. One will search the Holy Bible in vain to find a statement saying that the Father died and was pierced or stabbed. Zaatari said it himself, “God the Father, does not die”.

 

Hence, Zaatari and Mr. Eldin have both been refuted since they must agree that the God who was pierced, the God who claimed to be the First and the Last who had died and came to life is none other than the risen and immortal Lord Jesus! Otherwise, they will be forced to admit that God the Father died and came to life, which would still prove that Jesus is God!

 

After all, the only Person who died and came to life is Jesus, which means that if Zaatari’s logic is correct that God the Father is speaking in Revelation 1:8, 11 then Jesus must be God the Father! This would be the heresy known as Modalism, that Jesus is the Father, a teaching which is contrary to Scripture (http://christiandefense.com/oneness.htm).

 

Zaatari:

 

Revelations 21: 1-8

 

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

This is not Jesus speaking but rather the Father. As it says I will be his God and he will be my son. Or does Jesus have a son now?

 

Response:

 

Zaatari provides further proof that doesn’t understand the book of Revelation. Note, carefully, what Revelation 21:8 says:

 

"And I heard a loud voice saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God (tou theou - the God) is with men, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people and God (ho theos - the God) himself will dwell with them and be their God.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be HIS GOD and he will be my son.’" Revelation 21:3-7

Pay attention to the fact that the speaker clearly says that:

 

To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.

 

This same speaker also said:

 

He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be HIS GOD and he will be my son.

 

Now the only Person in the New Testament who claimed to give “the spring of water of life” to anyone who overcomes is the Lord Jesus:

 

For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; HE WILL LEAD THEM TO SPRINGS OF LIVING WATER. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." Revelation 7:17

Jesus the Lamb does what God in 21:7 says he will do, namely, give believers to drink from the spring of living water. This isn’t the only place where Jesus is said to do this:

Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living waters’ … Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks THE WATER I GIVE HIM will never thirst. Indeed, THE WATER I GIVE HIM will become in him A SPRING OF WATER WELLING UP TO ETERNAL LIFE.’" John 4:10, 13-14

On the last day, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to ME and drink. Whoever believes in ME, as the Scripture has said, STREAMS OF LIVING WATER will flow from within him.’" John 7:37-38

Thus, the foregoing clearly shows that Jesus is the One who identified himself as the God of all believers in Revelation 21:6-7. At the very least, the above texts show that Jesus claims and ascribes to himself the very functions and titles of God Almighty.

 

It doesn’t stop there, since Revelation further says that both God and the Lamb sit on the same throne:

 

To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father ON HIS THRONE. Revelation 3:21

 

Therefore, 'they are before THE THRONE OF GOD and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb AT THE CENTER OF THE THRONE will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'" Revelation 7:15-17

 

The references do not speak of the thrones of God and of the Lamb, but rather of their throne (singular). What makes this even more interesting is that John was given a vision where he saw all creation, not just the angels, worshiping the Lord Jesus:

 

"And I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals; and I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I wept much that no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Weep not; lo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’ And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders, I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth; and he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down BEFORE THE LAMB, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints; and they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain and by your blood did ransom men for God from every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on earth.’ Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!’ And I heard EVERY CREATURE in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all therein, saying, ‘To him who sits upon the throne AND TO THE LAMB be blessing and honor and glory and might for ever and ever!’ And the four living creatures said, ‘Amen!’ and the elders fell down and worshiped." Revelation 5:1-14

 

Notice here that although God is explicitly shown sitting on the throne, the Lamb IS ALSO WITH GOD AT THE CENTER OF THE THRONE AND RECEIVES THE WORSHIP AND ADORATION OF ALL CREATION!

 

Not only does he receive the praise of all creation but Jesus even receives the very same exact honor that God his Father receives. Revelation 5 is simply a fulfillment of what Jesus said in John 5:22-23:

 

“Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son JUST AS THEY honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.”

 

Everyone must honor God’s Son in the same way that they honor the Father, which is precisely what we see happening in Revelation 5!

 

In light of the above let us look at Revelation 21 once again:

 

THEN HE WHO SAT ON THE THRONE said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, AND I WILL BE HIS GOD and he shall be My son. Rev. 21:5-8

 

According to Revelation the One “WHO SAT ON THE THRONE” is

  1. THE FATHER (Rev. 3:21)
  2. THE LAMB Jesus (Rev. 3:21, 5:1-14, 7:15-17)

 

That Jesus also sits on the throne shows just how little merit Zaatari’s argument holds since he must be able to prove, not simply assume, that it is the Father, not the Son, who is speaking at this point. In fact, since both the Father and the Son are sitting on the same throne it may even be that both Persons are identifying themselves as the one God of all believers!

 

Revelations 22 : 6-18

 

6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. 7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. 8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. 9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. 10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Christians once again will say that is Jesus. In fact it is clear that that is not Jesus. Read the text very carefully, you will notice that it is suddenly THE God speaking when he says I am alpha and omega. Let us Quote to make it simple so every one can see who is talking rather than making everyone confused:


This is John

 

6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. 7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. 8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things

 

This is angel

9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. 10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be

 

Now this is THE God

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie

 

Now it is Jesus

16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.



So it is not good English, no one knows who is talking unless you really try to find out. When you do, you see that Jesus is not claiming to be alpha and omega first and last.

 

Response:

 

Zaatari is so hung up on good English to such an extent that he forgets that the NT was written in Greek. As any student of the Bible knows, the English text does not take precedence over the Greek.

 

Moreover, Zaatari doesn’t carefully read the passage all the way through but tries to break up the text so as to separate 22:12-15 with what follows. Let us see what happens when we read it entirely without any breaks:

 

"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. "I, JESUS, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star." Rev. 22:12-16

In his haste, Zaatari forgot to note the God who says he is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last also said that he is coming quickly. Now let us see who the One who is coming quickly actually is:

 

“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. COME, LORD JESUS.” Revelation 22:20

 

It is more than obvious that Jesus is the One who is coming quickly which means that he is the One claiming to be the First and the Last, much like God did in the Old Testament! As if this weren’t enough to prove that Jesus is speaking, note once more what Revelation 22:12 says:

 

“… My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.”

 

The One who is coming will repay and judge everyone according to what they have done, a function which Jesus performs at his return from heaven:

 

“To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words OF THE SON OF GOD, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.” Revelation 2:18-23

 

“For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.” Matthew 16:27

 

In light of the foregoing, does it come as a surprise to read what both the NIV Bible Dictionary and the New Bible Dictionary have to say about John’s use of Alpha and Omega in Revelation?

Combined with alpha (omega) it signifies completeness, as from "A to Z" in modern usage. SO GOD IS THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Rev. 1:8), AS IS ALSO CHRIST (21:6, 22:13). COMPARE ISAIAH 41:4, 44:6. (New International Bible Dictionary, J. D. Douglas & Merril C. Tenney, Alpha, 1987, pg. 36)

 

And,

This juxtaposition of the first and last letters of the Gk. alphabet, corresponding to the Heb. aleph and taw, is used in Rev. alone AS A SELF-DESIGNATION OF BOTH GOD (REV. 1:8, 21:6, WHERE 'THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA' IS EXPLAINED BY THE PARALLEL' THE BEGINNING AND THE END') AND CHRIST. THE SON'S DIVINITY IS CONFIRMED BY APPLYING TO HIM WHAT IS SAID OF THE FATHER. In each of these dynamic and comprehensive activity OF GOD OR CHRIST IN CREATION OR SALVATION. (New Bible Dictionary, J. D. Douglas & F. F. Bruce, Alpha & Omega, p 26)

 

Here, once more, are the comments of A.T. Robertson, this time in reference to the Greek of Revelation 22:12-13:

 

My reward is with me (o misqoߠmou met emou). IT IS CHRIST SPEAKING AGAIN and he repeats his promise of coming quickly as in verse James 7. He speaks now as the Rewarder (o misqapodoth߼/B>) of Hebrews 11:6. Cf. Revelation 11:18; Isaiah 40:10; Isaiah 62:11. To render (apodounai). Second aorist active infinitive of purpose of apodidwmi, to give back. Each will receive the reward according to his own work (Revelation 2:23; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 2:26).  (Source)

 

I am the Alpha and the Omega (Egw to Alpa kai to O). Applied to God in Revelation 1:8; Revelation 21:6, AND HERE ALONE TO CHRIST, crowning proof in this book of Christ's deity. So in Revelation 21:6 God is termed, as Christ is here, h arch kai to telo߼/B> (the beginning and the end), while o prwtoߠkai o escato߼/B> (the first and the last) is applied only to Christ (Revelation 1:17; Revelation 2:8). Solemn assurance is thus given that Christ is qualified to be the Judge of verse Revelation 22:12 (cf. Matthew 25:31-46). In Hebrews 12:2 Jesus is the archgoߠkai teleiwthߠthߠpistew߼/B> (the author and finisher of faith). Christ was the Creator of the universe for the Father. So now he is the Consummation of redemption. (Source)

 

Hence, by using both the Greek and English texts we have conclusively shown that it is the Lord Jesus, not God the Father, who is speaking in Revelation 22:13. In light of this, how can Zaatari dare say that “nobody knows who is talking” when a careful examination of the original languages and context of Holy Scripture have proven that it is the risen Christ who is speaking to John?

 

We have therefore demonstrated that Jesus not only claimed to be the Alpha and Omega, something that only God is, but we’ve shown explicitly from the Greek and Biblical data that he literally claimed to be the very God of all believers. He is the God who, in Revelation 21:6-7, gives “living water” to all that overcome. Thus, this is just one of the many explicit claims to Deity made by the Christ himself 

 

So now that we’ve refuted Mr. Eldin’s source we now turn to what he believes to be his one slam dunk argument, specifically, the example of Melchiz’edek:

 

Now personally I want to draw the attention of the Christians in another passage of the Bible, in the book of Hebrews we read:

 

1. For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

2. To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

3. Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. ( Hebrews 7:13)

 

Notice this Priest Melchisedec “has neither beginning of days, nor end of life”, in other words very logically we can say that this statement is much more superior than the statement supposed uttered by Jesus (that he is Alpha and the Omega). Because alpha and Omega has a beginning and end but this Priest Melchisedec has no beginning and no end, therefore why Christians don’t consider this Priest as God Almighty? Because his superiority from Jesus is not only for his eternal existence but also because he does not have a mother, Jesus had a mother, and he does not have a descent, Jesus had descents (two genealogies according to the gospels). So when Christians try to prove the divinity of Jesus by the statement “Iam Alpha and Omega” I advise them to better look the statement of Melchisedec which is much more superior than Jesus. However, Christians do not support that Melchisedec is God. So there is no big deal when Jesus said I am Alpha and the Omega.

 

Response:

 

Only someone who hasn’t done enough research will assume that this is superior to what Jesus or God claimed in Revelation. If he actually bothered reading this passage closely Mr. Eldin would have found out that Mel’s “neither beginning of days, nor end of life” was, MADE LIKE UNTO THE SON OF GOD!

 

 

Clearly the author of Hebrews is telling us that at best Mel was made LIKE UNTO JESUS. Hence, if the title of “neither beginning of days, nor end of life” proves that this is superior then HOW MUCH MORE SUPERIOR IS CHRIST WHOM MEL IS NOTHING MORE THAN A MERE COPY OF? Notice that the Son of God wasn’t made like unto Mel but it was the other way around! Apparently Mr. Eldin didn’t see this or he is blatantly ignoring it.

 

However, this isn’t even the fun part, as A.T. Robertson explains:

 

Without father, without mother, without genealogy (apatwr, amhtwr, agenealoghto߼/B>). Alliteration like Romans 1:30, the first two old words, the third coined by the author (found nowhere else) and MEAING SIMPLY "DEVOID OF ANY GENEOLOGY." The argument is that from silence, made much of by Philo, but not to be pressed. The record in Genesis tells nothing of any genealogy. Melchizedek stands alone. He is not to be understood as a miraculous being without birth or death. Melchizedek has been made more mysterious than he is BY READING INTO THIS INTERPRETATION WHAT IS NOT THERE. Made like (apwmoiwmeno߼/B>). Perfect passive participle of apomoiow, old verb, to produce A FACSIMILE OR COPY, only here in N.T. The likeness is in the picture drawn in Genesis, not in the man himself. Such artificial interpretation does not amount to proof, but only serves as a parallel or illustration. Unto the Son of God (twi uiwi tou qeou). Associative instrumental case of uio߼/B>. Abideth a priest (menei iereu߼/B>). According to the record in Genesis, the only one in his line just as Jesus stands alone, but with the difference that Jesus continues priest in fact in heaven. Continually (eiߠto dihneke߼/B>). Old phrase (for the continuity) like eiߠton aiwna, in N.T. only in Hebrews (Romans 7:3; Romans 10:1,14,21).  (Source)

 

Based on the Greek, Melchizedek’s “superiority in existence” IS INTENDED TO BE A FACSMILE OR COPY OF JESUS’ ETERNAL BEING AND PRIESTHOOD! This means that Jesus is the reality of which Mel is merely a copy of, and yet Mr. Eldin claims that a copy is supposed to be better than the original!

 

This guy needs to stop writing articles since he is killing the credibility of Osama Abdallah and his minions! (On second thought, we want him to continue writing since he helps us expose why Osama’s website is a colossal joke and why Islam is a false religion!) 

 

This verse best describes Mr. Eldin, Sami Zaatari and the rest of the goons at the Answering Nothing website:

 

His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, WHICH IGNORANT AND UNSTABLE PEOPLE DISTORT, as they do the other Scriptures, TO THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION.” 2 Peter 3:16

 

The one consistent thing about this group of pseudo apologists is that they all share in common their blatant distortion and misunderstanding of Holy Scripture. May the risen Lord Jesus deliver them all from their lies and deception!

 

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