The names of Jesus in the Book of Revelation – Part 18
“The Beginning of creation of God” contd.’
As Jesus Himself has declared: “Before Abraham was born, I am!” (Jn 8:58). He passed from the infinite into the finite, out of the eternal into the temporal.
Jesus Himself said: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev 1:8).
Nobody knows the beginning or end of God. Therefore, note very carefully, the terms anno Domini (AD) and before Christ (BC) are used to label or number years in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The term anno Domini is Medieval Latin, which means in the year of the Lord, but is often translated as in the year of our Lord.
The term anno Domini is occasionally set out more fully as anno Domini nostril Iesu (or Jesu) Christi (“in the year of Our Lord Jesus Christ”).
This calendar era is based on the traditionally reckoned year of the conception or birth of Jesus of Nazareth, with AD counting years from the start of this epoch, and BC denoting years before the start of the era. There is no year zero in this scheme, so the year AD1 immediately follows the year 1BC.
Note carefully, there is truly nothing like “Before Christ” because Jesus Christ is the eternal God, Who existed before He chose to reveal Himself to us in the pages of the Bible. Hence, within the limited knowledge of man who coined the word BC, the real understanding of BC is before the eternal God emerged on earth as the God-man, Who came to dwell among us “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14). No mortal can truly calculate the dates from the time God started to exist in heaven to the time He arrived on earth.
Since Jesus Christ existed before He appeared on earth and before Genesis 1:1, nobody can truly define Jesus’ history. John the apostle said:
“And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (Jn 21:25) but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31)
To understand the life and mission of Jesus more fully, all we need to do is study the Gospels. John tells us that his Gospel records only a few of the many events in Jesus’ life on earth. But the gospel includes everything we need to know to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, through whom we receive eternal life.
(14) “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty” (Rev 4:8)
See notes above on “Lord,” “God,” “Almighty”
“The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (Rev 4:8)
“Holy” The Greek word hagios means primarily “separate, holy.” God is completely separated from all creation and all evil and is absolute in purity and holiness. The four living creatures, representing all other facets of creation, ceaselessly proclaim that God is holy (and thus righteous in all His ways). The repetition of hagios is impressive (cf. Is 6:3). The repetition adds emphasis; the rare double repetition shouts the superlative nature of God’s infinite holiness.
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