Who is the First and the Last? If you ask a Jehovah Witness they will quickly say Jehovah, and based on the scriptures below I would agree with them. However when we analyze what Jesus also said, it makes it clear that Jesus is God also
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)
Both translations are clear that Jehovah is the First and the Last and He is the only God. However lets compare these words with the words of Jesus Christ
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)
First thing focus on verse 7 , Jesus clearly identifies himself as the one who was pierced. Then the following verse 8, Jesus identifies himself as the Alpha (First) and Omega (Last), who is, who was, who is to come (Eternal)
Doesn’t this sound the same as what Jehovah declared himself as. The First and the Last!
Notice in verse 8 they injected Jehovah into this verse, when the original Greek word is Kyrios. Everyone knows the Greek word Kyrios doesn’t translate to Jehovah, it translates directly to Lord. This is either a very poor translation or deliberate insertion.
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. 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 1:7-8 (KJV)
Look! He is coming with the clouds,o and every eye will see him, and those who pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief because of him.p Yes, Amen.8 “I am the Alʹpha and the O·meʹga,”*q says
Here Jesus references himself as the First and the Last, again an exact statement said by Jehovah in the Old Testament. Who else could declare themselves the First and the Last? Could any angel or prophet ever declare themselves the First and the Last? This is a direct revelation of Christs Deity
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. Revelation 21:6 (KJV)
6 And he said to me: “They have come to pass! I am the Alʹpha and the O·meʹga,* the beginning and the end.l To anyone thirsting I will give from the spring* of the water of life free.*m Revelation 21:6 (NWT)
Now maybe your saying “Those scriptures were all a fluke” , ok lets take a look at another statement Jesus made that makes it clear. In verse 12 we see Jesus clearly identifies himself as the speaker. Then in verse 13 he makes the exact same statement as Jehovah. How can Jesus make these statements unless he is God?
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Revelation 22:12-13 (KJV)
12 “‘Look! I am coming quickly, and the reward I give is with me, to repay each one according to his work.o 13 I am the Alʹpha and the O·meʹga,*p the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Revelation 22:12-13 (NWT)