Chapter Five, The End (Omega)
God the Father and Jesus the Son are referred to individually throughout New Testament scripture. This writing has also shown that they must also be one. 1 John 5:20, “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” Who is the true God? The Father is God and Jesus is God for they are one, yet distinct.
God is a Spirit (Jn 4:24)! Although God the Father and Jesus the Son are rarely (if at all) referred to as Father and Son in the books of Daniel and Revelation, we shall use the terms for clarity and understanding. In the book of Revelation, Jesus speaks to the seven churches: “These things saith the Son of God (used once in Rev 2:18, and then various other identifiers). The Lord also repeatedly says: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches (Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22).” Jesus is the Son of God, is God and God is a Spirit.
Consider this prophecy that was given prior to the coming of Christ: Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Jesus is referred to as mighty God and as the Father – How can this be? Here is another prophecy concerning Jesus: Isaiah 53:11, “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.” In this case Jesus is a servant to God (Is 53:1-12). Remember: Jesus is the Word, which is God (who made all things), which was made flesh (Jn 1:1-3, 14). The Word was sent by the Father (Jn 3:16, 13:3, 1 Jn 4:9). The Word of life which was with the Father was manifested to man (1 Jn 1-2). Philippians 2:7, “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”
In the book of Revelation, Jesus, who is in heaven, proclaims: Revelation 1:8, “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 (also Rev 11:17).” Now the term Almighty is reserved for God. The reader is then taken before the throne of God where there are four beasts that say: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come – the beasts give glory, honor and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever (Ex 15:18, Rev 4:2-3, 8-9, Rev 16:5).”
It is then proclaimed: Revelation 4:11, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” We are told elsewhere in scripture, concerning Jesus: Colossians 1:16, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him (relates to Is 42:5-7).” Now at this point one would have to assume that Jesus is sitting on the throne and is the Lord God Almighty (Rev 15:3). This may be true, but cannot solely be the case.
The reader is then told: Revelation 5:1-2, “And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?” No one worthy could initially be found (Rev 5:3-4). Revelation 5:6-7, “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.”
Jesus is the Lamb and has also proclaimed Himself to be the Almighty. Jesus is now revealed to man as “The Lamb” because this relates Him to be the unblemished Passover Lamb (1 Pt 1:19) whose blood redeems man (Ex 12:13, Mt 26:28, Mk 14:24, Rm 3:25, 5:9, Heb 9:14, 13:12, Rev 5:9). Colossians 1:14, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins (also Eph 1:7, 1 Jn 1:7, Rev 1:5, 7:14).” AND Ephesians 2:13, “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Faithful men have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Rev 7:14) and thus have peace/reconciliation with God.
This ties together God’s redemption of the children of Israel and God’s redemption of the faithful Gentiles of the earth as God’s chosen people of faith (Old Testament and New Testament). The Lamb took the book from the one that sat upon the throne. It only stands to reason that there is another on the throne. We know from scripture that God the Father sits on the throne in heaven (Heb 12:2, Rev 3:21 – I am set down with my Father in his throne). Revelation 5:13, “And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” The one that sitteth upon the throne and the Lamb are distinct, yet must also be one.
Since the blood of the Lamb saves man, there is a record or book in heaven that contains the names of men that have been saved. – The book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8, 17:8, 20:12, 15, 21:27).
It is later proclaimed: Revelation 7:10, “And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb (also Rev 6:16).” God the Father sits on the throne and Jesus the Lamb has also proclaimed Himself to be the Almighty. Revelation 7:11-12, “And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.” The Father and Son are acknowledged, but a “singular” God is worshipped. The Father and the Son must be one God – for there is no other God, none else (Is 45:6).
A similar glimpse into this heavenly temple is given in the book of Isaiah (Is 6:1-13). Isaiah saw one Lord sitting on the throne who he referred to as the King, the LORD of hosts (Is 6:5). The Father sits upon the throne, yet Jesus is always referred to in scripture as the King (Rev 17:14, 19:16, 1 Tim 6:13-16). Isaiah relates: Isaiah 6:8, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” God refers to the singular and the plural. God the Father is the authority (whom shall I send) and the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are the Godhead (us). Isaiah 43:15, “I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.”
In the book of Revelation it is revealed about the throne room in the heavenly temple: Revelation 5:11, “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.” This can be directly related to a similar scene in the book of Daniel: Daniel 7:9-10, “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.”
The Ancient of days must be the Father (see below), yet is also descriptive of Jesus and must be Christ (Dan 7:22 = Rev 1:7). Jesus said of Himself: I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the ending, which is, and which was, and which is to come (Rev 1:8, 11, also 1 Jn 2:13). It is also said of Jesus: “Colossians 1:17, “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” So, Jesus is the Ancient of days. Now consider: Isaiah 44:6, “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 (also Is 44:8, 48:12).” It is also noted of God in the Old Testament: Isaiah 48:12, “Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.” The Holy One of Israel, the Saviour, the Ancient, also made the earth, and created man upon it and stretched out the heavens, and all their host (Is 45:11-12, 15, 18, 21-22, 46:10, 48:12-13). The Father, Son and Holy Ghost must be of the same substance/essence (for lack of better words) to be the only one God
Furthermore, Ancient of days’ head was like the pure wool (Dan 7:9). Scriptures reveal that Jesus’ head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow (Rev 1:14). A fiery stream issued and came forth from before the Ancient of days (Dan 7:10). Jesus’ eyes are as a flame of fire (Rev 1:14, 2:18, 19:12).
Why must the Ancient of days also be the Father? Because of the following event (continued from Daniel above): Daniel 7:13-14, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” The Son of man (Jesus) comes to the Ancient of days (God the Father), yet one is the other..
Consider what God the Father says to Jesus the Son: Hebrews 1:8, “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” The Son is called, “O God.” This verse ties to the one above because the throne or kingdom is for ever and ever and shall not pass away. This is the kingdom of Christ on a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness (2 Pt 3:12-13, Is 65:17).
The Son of man is clearly Jesus. Jesus was brought before the Ancient of days (God the Father) to receive a kingdom, yet Jesus is the Ancient of days. Elsewhere in scripture, God the Father is the one who gives Jesus the Son a kingdom, which is the everlasting throne promised to king David (Php 2:9-11, Col 1:18, Eph 1:17-23). Colossians 1:19, “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.” AND Colossians 2:9, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” The only conclusion that can be drawn is that the Father and Son are separate, yet one. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any (Is 44:8, 45:5-6). God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit!
Lastly consider how the Apostle Paul begins his first letter to Timothy: 1 Timothy 1:1, “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.” Was Paul confused here or did he understand that God the Father and Jesus Christ were one and the same, yet distinct in person? Paul next says: 1 Timothy 1:17, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Jesus is King and Jesus is God, yet the Father is also God – For there is one God (1 Tim 2:5).
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
The marriage Supper of the Lamb is one of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven (Mt 13:11, Mk 4:11, Rm 16:25, 1 Cor 2:7, 15:51, Eph 3:9, Col 2:2, Rev 10:7). Ephesians 5:32, “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” AND Colossians 1:26-28, “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints. To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.”
Hold onto your seat because this is the great mystery….
The relationship between a husband and a wife was discussed at the beginning of this article. The husband is the authority that is loving and benevolent toward his wife. The wife is submissive and loves, honors and obeys her husband in all things. The two are joined together as one. Mark 10:8, “And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh (also Mt 19:6).”
Paul related marriage between a man and a woman to Christ and His church (body). Ephesians 5:23-27, “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” We are told in scripture that we must individually be found of Jesus in peace (reconciled by Christ to God), without spot, and blameless (2 Pt 3:14). Philippians 2:15, “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”
The bride is perfect and upright (Mt 5:48)! The bride feareth God, and escheweth evil (Job 1:1, 8, 2:3). The bride is holy as her Lord is holy (1 Pt 1:15-16). Ephesians 1:4-6, “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Man was created according to God’s “good pleasure” and we are made “children” or “sons” according to God’s good pleasure (Rev 4:11). This is a great mystery of God’s will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself (Eph 1:9).
Who is the church or bride? The Ekklesia or “called out ones.” These are those whom God has called out of the world to be His people – to populate His kingdom. These are the children of Abraham by faith. The general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect (Heb 12:23). These just men were made perfect in following the Holy Spirit to be sons of God (Jn 1:12, Rm 8:14). Ephesians 5:30, “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” Recall, the woman was taken out of man; This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh (Gen 2:23). Recall that the man and the woman (wife) are to be joined as one. The church is taken out of Christ’s flesh and bones. The church (bride) is now to be joined to Christ and they two shall be one. Jesus brings many sons unto glory (Heb 2:10) – the children the Father has given Him (Heb 2:13).
A great mystery is about to be revealed: Ephesians 5:32, “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” Jesus is going to be joined as one with his faithful disciples – with faithful man! Ephesians 2:15-16, “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.”
Well…Here comes the bride (without spot or wrinkle; holy and without blemish): Revelation 19:7-9, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” Man’s faith is accounted for righteousness (Rm 4:5, ). For we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness (Rm 4:9, 11, 13, 9:30, 10:6, Gal 5:5, Php 3:9, Heb 11:7) – this applies to all the children of Abraham.
Jesus, the Lamb (Savior of man) is going to marry His church and become one with it. John 14:20, “At that day (the marriage) ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us (Jn 17:21). The church is faithful and submissive. The church loves, honors and obeys Jesus in all things. The church reverences her husband (Eph 5:33). Christ loves His bride (the church) and gave Himself for her. Jesus marries the faithful and they become as one.
Jesus becomes the inheritor of all things. Through marriage, Jesus’ church becomes the inheritor of all things. The Lamb glorifies His wife (Rev 21:9-21, Jn 17:21). This is really quite amazing! Revelation 21:7, “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” Notice the Father and son comparison as was previously discussed.
The Lord Jesus told of the kingdom of heaven and the great wedding in a parable. In this parable there was a warning: Matthew 22:11-14, “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.”
What is the wedding garment one might ask? The garment is fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints (Rev 19:8). White represents purity (that he might redeem us from all iniquity, Ti 2:14): 1 John 3:3, “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” These are those to whom Jesus said: Matthew 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” The righteousness is the faith that we must live by (Rm 1:17, 4:9, 13, Gal 5:5). This is love, trust, obedience, devotion, and surrender to God. This is to abstain from that which opposes God (Pv 16:6, 1 Thess 5:22). This is to become without spot, and blameless as by the Spirit through faith.
The man above may have been called, but he was not worthy and thus not chosen. He had no righteousness, no purity, no demonstrated life of faith toward God. He was cast into everlasting torment. We must not just draw nigh unto God with our mouths and honor God with our lips (i.e. repeated prayer), but with complete demonstrated devotion from the heart (Is 29:13, Mt 15:8, Mk 7:6). God does not pretend that you are something that you are not. How is God profited if you do not conform to His Words (truth)? God does not intend to harvest corrupt and rotten fruit from the earth. You only bring forth acceptable fruit by abiding in the vine (in Christ’s Words, Jn 15:1-10).
God is revealing to faithful man that he shall be one in God and this relationship will be as between a husband and his wife. The wife must be faithful, loving, obedient, devoted, trusting, and submissive with regards to her husband – in all things. This is what “faith” is teaching man on earth – to prepare for eternal things. God responds by loving his wife and giving her all things. God will always be the authority. Man must always be submitted to and obedient to God’s authority – even so, all things work by love.
God is also revealing to man that he shall be one in God and this relationship will be as between a father and his faithful son. The son must be faithful, loving, obedient, devoted, trusting, and submissive to his father in all things. The father responds with love and gives his son all things. This is the specific example that Jesus walked on this earth. This is how the Son of God related to God the Father. Man is to exactly follow this example of relationship with respect to God. God revealed Himself as Israel’s Father in redeeming them from Egypt (Hos 11:1). Jesus said: “I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God (Jn 20:17).”
The Lord wants us to understand these concepts: Ephesians 6:1-3, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” Authorities are set up by God and must be submitted to and obeyed. We are the children of God (sons of God). We must obey God for this is right. Our eternal life is to be found in such obedience to our heavenly Father.
We cannot misinterpret the relationship between man and God. Man becomes the image of God again as he was created to be. Man eternally worships, loves, submits to, is devoted to, trusts in, and obeys God. Man is eternally faithful and loyal to God. “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve (Mt 4:10).”
God relates Himself to man as God and as the Lamb. The Lamb is God become flesh in order to redeem man. Consider the city of the bride: Revelation 21:22, “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.” It is very important, eternally important, that man understand that God became flesh and redeemed man back to Himself. God redeemed man at great cost to Himself (Jn 3:16). God is the Creator, the Lord and the Savior of man! God created man good. Man corrupted his way by seeking self rather than obeying his Creator. God restores man to good.
Further consider the city of the bride (Rev chap 21): Revelation 22:1-5, “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” God provides for His people and His people serve Him. God still leads His people – He is their light. Things are restored to right order.
We must delight ourselves in the Lord (Is 58:14). We must seek to “know” our God. Sincere study of God’s Word will inevitably reveal that there is one God existent as the Father, Word (Son) and Holy Ghost. This is how God chooses to reveal Himself to man. The Lord manifests Himself in three unique ways, but is clearly one God. How did God come to be existent as three, yet one? We cannot say. Perhaps God has always existed in this way? Perhaps God split, yet retained Himself? Perhaps this is representative, but not exact? The Lord’s Word reveals that Father, Word (Son) and Holy Ghost existed as such at least prior to the creation of the heavens and the earth.
The manner in which the Father, Word and Holy Ghost are one God has not fully revealed to man in the Lord’s Word. We must not go beyond the Word of God in attempting to gain understanding. The term of “trinity” should not be embraced since it is never used in scripture as such. Man shall not be able to “box in” God – for the Lord is greater than our understanding.
God’s Word has definitely given us enough information to understand that God is the Father; God is the Word (Son); and God is the Holy Ghost and that these three are one (1 Jn 5:7). We must not lessen either Father, Word (Son) or Holy Ghost and suggest in any way that either is not fully God. Each is fully God and eternal and they are one. The author does not believe the Lord would hold us to any greater understanding of this unity/relationship than this. How can man understand what God has not revealed?
Perhaps our greatest understanding of the Lord comes from what God told Moses: Exodus 3:14, “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” Consider the depth of who God reveals Himself to be. Its really quite unfathomable to the human mind. God IS and shall always BE! All that is results from God’s will and is sustained in the Lord’s pleasure. Romans 11:36, “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
This is a matter of faith, and as such goes beyond the capability of the flesh. Just as with creation, God has provided certain details, but human reasoning and understanding alone will never conclusively prove or disprove the validity of God’s Word. Man must accept God’s Word in faith or reject it in unbelief.
The Godhead seems to be revealed to man as thus: God the Father is the authority. God the Son is the Word. God the Holy Spirit is the power. Hebrews 1:3, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” God the Father is the Majesty on high. Jesus as the Word of God is the Lord’s eternal, established, proven, unchanging truth – which is God. The Holy Spirit is the power behind the authority and Word (or truth). God’s Word goeth forth and accomplishes through God’s power that which the Lord God Almighty purposes to do. God is omnipotent and His Word never returns void but accomplishes the Lord’s pleasure and prospers in the Lord’s will (Is 55:11).