“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev 1:8)
Many study revelation and prophecy to gain special insight into the future. Naturally, people often want to know about their future. Some tap into the occult and divination to know the future (Acts 16:16-23). Others try to study the future scientifically in the field called “futurology.” Today, so many resources are being devoted to developing Artificial Intelligence to predict and know the future. Yet, despite all the advances in technology, our understanding of the future is pretty limited.
In truth, the past, present, and future are all important. Our past tells us where we came from, our present who we are, and our future the path forward. But in Revelation, Christ reveals Himself as the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is the eternal one—the Almighty—who rules over all history—past, present, and future. Continue reading
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John. (Rev 1:1)
The Greek word for “revelation,” in Revelation, literally means to uncover or unveil something previously hidden; it can be translated “appearing.” Revelation is an important way we receive knowledge of the divine. For Christians, our faith is founded upon Christ’s revelation in the Scriptures (Lk 24:27; Jn 5:39, 46). So our very gospel of salvation hangs upon divine revelation (Gal 1:11f). Even our hope, in Christ’s future return, is called “revelation,” expressing the idea of Christ’s “appearing” (1 Cor 1:7; 2 Thess 1:7; 1 Pet 1:13).
Despite its importance as a concept, the word “revelation” itself only occurs once in the entire book of Revelation. Revelation 1:1 says “The Revelation of Jesus Christ…”
At the core, biblical revelation has to do with knowing the truth and the source of it. Sadly, many people today prefer the lie over the truth. Continue reading