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First and Last

God made Himself known by a number of Names, most or all of which are directly or indirectly descriptive of Who and/or What He is. Among them is "I am the first, and I am the last," "first" and "last" being translations of the Hebrew words (pronounced) ree-shown which means first or beginning, and ack-ar-own meaning last, or what is to come. The term is of course stated to accommodate the limits of human understanding - God has no beginning or end. In the New Testament the term is repeated as "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last," "Alpha and Omega" being the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.

"I am the first, and I am the last"

Heaven The Lord repeatedly used "I The Lord, the first, and with the last" in describing Himself:

"Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I The Lord, the first, and with the last; I am He." (Isaiah 41:4 KJV)

"Thus saith The Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer The Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside Me there is no God." (Isaiah 44:6 KJV)

"Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am He; I am the first, I also am the last. Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand hath spanned the heavens" (Isaiah 48:12-13 KJV)

In the New Testament, the term is recorded being used by Jesus Christ, the Son of God, after His resurrection and ascension, "I am the first and the last: I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore." Also included in these verses is a description of how The Messiah appears now:

"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."

"And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; And His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters. And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength."

"And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore" (Revelation 1:11-18 KJV)

The Messiah again uses the term "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last," also referring to His return:

"And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with me, to give every man according as his work [see Works Means Obedience] shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."

"Blessed are they that do His Commandments [see The First Commandment, The Second Commandment, The Third Commandment, The Fourth Commandment, The Fifth Commandment, The Sixth Commandment, The Seventh Commandment, The Eighth Commandment, The Ninth Commandment and The Tenth Commandment], that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the City [see The City To Come]. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie."

"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."

"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." [see Living Waters]

"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: 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.

"He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen" (Revelation 22:12-21 KJV)

Fact Finder: What are the other Names by which God made Himself known during Bible History?
See Names Of God

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