May 15, 2016

Revelation 1 Alpha and Omega

Spoke 1
Revelation 1 Alpha and Omega
[source: Bible Wheel]
"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 1.8]
It is here in Revelation 1 - the first chapter of the last book - that we meet the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The beginning and the end are united in the Alpha Omega as a symbol of the Everlasting God. The integration goes deeper with the verse index corresponding to the Katan (small) values (called the Reduction Class in the Gematria Reference) of the Letters Alpha and Omega. They are calculated by summing the digits of the Base Ten representation of the Number. These are also known as the digital roots. Thus, the Numbers 1 and 8 - the digital roots of Alpha and Omega - give the index of their debut in Scripture in Revelation 1.8, which means that the revelation of the divine title Alpha Omega is integrated with the numerical values of the letters (where RC indicates the Reduction Class value):

Revelation(1, 8) = Revelation(AlphaRC, OmegaRC)

The Alpha and Omega are intimately associated with the Creator. As discussed at length in the article called Gematria, these letters are numerically equivalent to the Greek phrase "The Creator." We have the identity:

Alpha + Omega = 801 = The Creator ()

Could there be any question that this is the work of God? "I am the Alpha and Omega" are the first words recorded from the mouth of the Creator here in the opening chapter of the Revelation of Jesus Christ! There are ten thousand converging lines of evidence - we have the Word of Almighty God revealed in Scripture!

The relations between the Letter Aleph/Alpha, the Number 1, the Almighty God and Creation are discussed in various articles linked from Spoke 1, in particular, the articles called Creation and The Everlasting God.

The Divine title Alpha and Omega is found three of four times in Revelation, depending on which textual tradition you follow (some traditions omit Alpha and Omega from Revelation 1.11). In any case, this title appears in three chapters - 1, 21, and 22 - so the first and last appearances of Alpha and Omega are found in the first and the last chapters of Revelation, and we see yet again the semantic content of Scripture is integrated with the geometric structure of the text. A similiar phenomenon is seen in the seven statements declaring God to be first and last, which are distributed on the first and the last Spokes in Isaiah and Revelation.

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