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Who Is The First and The Last?

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)

 Who has acted and done this,Summoning the generations from the beginning?I, Jehovah, am the First One;dAnd with the last ones I am the same.”e  Isaiah 41:4 (NWT)

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)

This is what Jehovah says,The King of Israeli and his Repurchaser,j Jehovah of armies:‘I am the first and I am the last.kThere is no God but me.l Isaiah 44:6 (NWT)

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. “I am the Alʹpha and the O·meʹga,”*q says

Jehovah* God, “the One who is and who was and who is coming, the Almighty.”r Revelation 1:7-8 (NWT)

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)

The New Covenant

But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. Hebrews 8:6

There are many people who want to argue that this is no New Covenant, that we are still in the same Covenant as Moses. However The Bible tells us differently, just as Jesus declared as the Lords Supper “This cup is the New Covenant in My Blood” (Luke 22:20) the author of Hebrews declares that Jesus has provided a better Covenant!

Notice Jesus is the Mediator, as we talked about previously, Jesus is our High Priest, the mediator between us and God. By the shedding of his blood for our sins, He has provided a New and Better Covenant , that we may inherit eternal life and be reconciled back to the Father

For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Hebrews 8:7-8

A new Covenant is not a new concept, as God foretold about his in the Old Testament. The prophet Jeremiah foretold about this including other prophets, notice if the first covenant had been faultless, then a New Covenant would not have been needed, so what happened? 

Mankind is what happened, God made a Covenant with Israel, and we have all fallen short. However Christ being God in the flesh, can never fail. The sinless Lamb of God, is what the world needed to be atoned for their sin. 

Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people Hebrews 8:9-10

This New Covenant will not be the same as the Old Covenant, why? Because God is going to write his Law on our hearts, how? The Holy Spirit baptizes and seals us when we become Born Again in Christ (John 3:3) The Old Covenant didnt have the Spirit of God living inside of us. The Old Covenant didnt have the blood of Jesus Christ to purify us from all our sins Amen!

Jesus The High Priest Part 3

Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. Hebrews 8:1-2

Again we continue to see the theme in the book of Hebrews of Jesus role as the High Priest and his supremacy over the old priesthood , the old covenant. Not only do we have a High Priest, but our High Priest sits at the right hand of God in Heaven. Our High Priest is not only the minister of the tabernacle, He is the tabernacle and made his dwelling among us

When we understand how Christ has fulfilled all things, we understand He is all we need. Its a blessing to know that God is our High Priest and our Sanctuary in which we dwell

For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Hebrews 8:3-4

Its amazing when you understand, that Christ not only made offering on our behalf, but he offered himself to take our place! The Son of God loved you enough to die for your sins, the personal relationship with God cant be found any other place than in Christ for this reason

Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. Hebrews 8:5

Everything about the Old Covenant was a foreshadow of the New Covenant, Moses was directed to make thing exactly as God commanded, why? Because all these things were shadows of Christ. When you studying these things in depth, your understand who Jesus truly is, the eternal High Priest who paid the atonement for your sins Amen!

Line of Melchizedek Part 2

If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. Hebrews 7:11-12

The book of Hebrews give a great explanation of the fulfillment of the Old Covenant and the birth of the New Covenant. As the author explains here, since Jesus is now our eternal High Priest, the law must change. The Levitic priesthood was part of the Old Covenant and necessary for people to have a mediator between them and God

However now that Christ, being our Lamb of God, has reconciled us back to the Father. Jesus is our mediator with God, Jesus is our eternal High Priest, Jesus fulfilled The Law. 

For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.  Hebrews 7:13-14

The Messiah or Christ was to rule from Judah, which Jesus fulfilled. Christ is the Lion of Judah, however no priest were ever prophesied from the line of David. The Levitical line of priests was another foreshadow of Christ to come. This has now been fulfilled and Jesus is our eternal High Priest

And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Hebrews 7:15-17

Jesus the eternal High Priest, was not from The Law, but from the power of the Resurrection. For the Law brings death, but Grace brings eternal life. Just as Melchizedek was an eternal figure, he was a foreshadow of the eternal High Priest who is Jesus

For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest: Hebrews 7:18-20

For The Law made nothing perfect, The Law actually brings death. However Christ made us righteous before the Father. Therefor because Jesus fulfilled The Law, he is now our High Priest. Now because of Christ, we can now draw near to God, because our sins have been atoned for

(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant. Hebrews 7:21-22

Jesus has made a better covenant, a better testament, because He has fulfilled The Old Covenant. Jesus is our Lamb of God, Jesus is our High Priest, Jesus is our Lord and Savior Amen!

Line of Melchizedek

For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blesse 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;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 7:1-3

 

As you continually read through the book of Hebrews, you notice that its really emphasizing the role of Jesus as our High Priest. Here we see a figure Melchizedek, that is referenced with Christ. Some scholars believe this figure actually was Christ when he met Abraham. 

 

Melchizedek was an intriguing character in the Bible, as he almost appears God-like, which is why many believe its Christ himself. It says basically he is eternal and a King of Righteousness. The really interesting thing is he introduced bread and wine to Abraham (Genesis 14:18) obviously a foreshadow of Communion that Christ introduced to us

 

Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. Hebrews 7:4-6

 

Notice how exalted this Melchizedek is that he received a tithe from Abraham, the father of Israel. This I believe is more evidence that this was actually Christ , showing his priesthood authority over everyone including Abraham

 

And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. Hebrews 7:7-8

 

Melchizedek blessed Abraham when he met him, it states in the scripture that “the less is blessed by the better” Meclchizedek was considered  greater than Abraham, which is a profound statement since we all know Abraham is the patriarch of Israel

 

Also notice it ends with “He Liveth” meaning hes immortal, we know Christ lives yesterday, today, and forever! As Jesus said “Before Abraham was I AM” (John 8:58)