Jesus is God, the Alpha and the Omega

Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe that Jesus is God. However, a careful step by step study of the Bible clearly shows that the Alpha and Omega, whom JW's call Jehovah God, is none other than Jesus (the 2nd Person of the Blessed Trinity). Hence, Jesus is God. See below.

Rev 1:13 - John, the visionary of Revelation, says that he is addressed by "one like a son of man". This term originates in Daniel 7:14 where, as here, it refers to someone depicted as Judge at the end of time. Angels don't judge; only God judges. Jesus used the title "son of man" to refer to himself (see Matt 9:6; Mk10:45; Lk 6:22). The title is always used in St John's Gospel to indicate Christ's divinity (Jn 1:51; Jn 3:14; Jn 9:35; Jn 12:23). Therefore, Jesus, who is God, is addressing John.

So, the divine Jesus of Rev 1:13 says the following in Rev 1:17 -

Rev 1:17 - "Fear not, I am the first and the last … I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, I have the keys of death and Hades." This Scripture quote accurately describes Jesus who died, who rose and who has the authority of the keys, an authority that he bestows upon the first pope: Peter.

The term "first and the last" is attributed to God. It is a divine title as proven by Is 44:6 -

Is 44:6 - The Lord almighty says: "I am the first, the last, the only God."

The term "beginning and the end" is interchangeable with the term "Alpha and Omega" because both terms mean the same thing whether in Latin or Greek. Both terms are actually used together in Rev 21:6 "

Rev 21:6 - "And he who sat upon the throne said "… I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end."

Rev 22:13 - "I am the first and the last, the beginning and the end." This line is said by the angel who insists that John should not worship him, but rather God. Therefore, the angel is not speaking of himself when he says "I am the first and the last" etc. Rather, the angel, being a messenger of God, is telling John what God is saying about Himself, namely, that He is "the first and the last" etc.

THEN HE WHO IS GOD, NAMELY JESUS, IDENTIFIES HIMSELF AS SUCH BY CONFIRMING THAT HE (JESUS) SENT THE ANGEL WHO IS SPEAKING TO JOHN.

Rev 22:16 - "I Jesus have sent my angel to you with this testimony …"

AND SINCE THE ANGEL IS CLEARLY SPEAKING GOD'S WORD, IT IS OBVIOUS THAT JESUS IS GOD. See Rev 21:7 and Rev 22:6 -

Rev 21:7 - "I will be their God." Rev 22:6. "And the Lord God … has sent his angel".



* Please note that this text should be read in the context of the whole work and in recognition of the appropriate paragraphs of the Catechism of the Catholic Church highlighted in the index.