Revelation 1:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 1:8, NIV: I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says the Lord God, 'who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.'

Revelation 1:8, ESV: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 1:8, KJV: 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, NASB: 'I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says the Lord God, 'who is and who was and whois to come, the Almighty.'

Revelation 1:8, NLT: 'I am the Alpha and the Omega--the beginning and the end,' says the Lord God. 'I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come--the Almighty One.'

Revelation 1:8, CSB: "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "the one who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."

What does Revelation 1:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In this verse John identifies Jesus as the Alpha and Omega. These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The designation emphasizes Jesus as eternal—the beginning and the end. As someone correctly observed, "Jesus is the Alpha and Omega and everything in between." In His address to the church at Smyrna, Jesus affirmed that His words were those of the first and the last (Revelation 2:8).

John further describes Jesus in Revelation 1:8 as the Lord God, "who is and was and who is to come, the Almighty." The title, "Lord God," reminds us that He is our ruler, who deserves our obedience. As God, He deserves our worship. Jesus has always existed and always will exist as the Almighty. Before the world was formed Jesus existed, and as John 1:2 and 3 point out, He was in the beginning with God, and He created everything. Because He is Almighty, nothing is too hard for Him. The latter part of Revelation depicts enemies marshaled against Jesus, but they cannot defeat Him. He destroys His enemies with the breath of His mouth (Isaiah 11:4). Because He is all-powerful, we can trust Him to accomplish for us what we could never do for ourselves.