31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
In my first post on the Alpha and the Omega as one of the’ I AM’s’ (April 6, 2018), I wrote about how Yeshua described Himself as the Alpha and the Omega in the Revelation verses (see Revelation Chapter 1:8 & 17-18; Chapter 21:6-7; Chapter 22:13). Also, I wrote about how Yeshua was there at the beginning of creation with the Father YHWH and about how He will be there at the end of days – so He is truly the Alpha (as the first letter of the Greek alphabet, the language of the New Testament) and the Omega (the last letter of the Greek alphabet).
From the Compelling Truth page, the author writes about how Yeshua is the Alpha and the Omega: “Theologically, as the Alpha and the Omega, Jesus refers to Himself as eternal. From beginning to end, Jesus has always existed and always will exist. This is an attribute unique to God, meaning Jesus equates Himself with the eternal God the Father. Jesus did this in His earthly ministry as well, telling the religious leaders, “before Abraham was born, I am”(John 8:58). They understood His statement as a claim to be the Lord, the “I AM” of 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.”
Further, as Alpha and Omega, Jesus connects Himself with statements of God from the Old Testament. Isaiah 44:6 says, “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no God.” Isaiah 48:12 includes, “I am he; I am the first, and I am the last.”— Revelation 1:8 reads, “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.'” Jesus is the eternal One and the Almighty who will one day return to fulfil the remaining prophecies of Scripture… Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega in His eternal nature, His role in creation, His sustaining of the universe, and in His fulfilment as the Messiah. Those who read the words of Jesus referring to Himself as the Alpha and the Omega in Revelation find One who refers to Himself as Lord who will One day make all things new (Revelation 2).”₁
To further explore the significance of what Yeshua was saying when He said “I AM”, we might come to the additional realisation of who YHWH is through His name alone:
Psalm 68: 4
Sing to God! Sing praises to his name! Extol him who rides on the clouds: to Yah, his name! Rejoice before him! (World English Bible)
Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: Cast up a highway for him that rideth through the deserts; His name is Jehovah; and exult ye before him. (American Standard Version)
Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. (King James Bible)
John Gill writes: “by his name JAH; or Jehovah; which being a name incommunicable to creatures, and given to Christ, shows him to be the most High; a self-existent Being, the immutable and everlasting “I AM”; which is, and was, and is to come; from whom all creatures receive their being, and are continued in it; and who is also Jehovah our righteousness; and by, in, and because of this name, is he to be extolled and magnified.”₂
When we revisit the now most familiar verse from Genesis Chapter One verse one: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, we are reminded of the name “God” being translated from the Hebrew Elohim. Charles Ellicott explains this name as follows: “God.–Heb., Elohim. A word plural in form, but joined with a verb singular, except when it refers to the false gods of the heathen, in which case it takes a verb plural. Its root-meaning is strength, power; and the form Elohim is not to be regarded as a pluralis majestatis, but as embodying the effort of early human thought in feeling after the Deity, and in arriving at the conclusion that the Deity was One. Thus, in the name Elohim it included in one Person all the powers, mights, and influences by which the world was first created and is now governed and maintained. In the Vedas, in the hymns recovered for us by the decipherment of the cuneiform inscriptions, whether Accadian or Semitic, and in all other ancient religious poetry, we find these powers ascribed to different beings; in the Bible alone Elohim is one. Christians may also well see in this a foreshadowing of the plurality of persons in the Divine Trinity; but its primary lesson is that, however diverse may seem the working of the powers of nature, the Worker is one and His work one.”₃
So in conclusion, when Yeshua says “I AM the Alpha and the Omega,” we can rest assured that our hope and faith is safely in His hands as He is the IAM of the Old Testament and the New. All the aspects of the great I AM are to be found in our Lord Yeshua – AMEN!