February 27

Revelation 1:7-8 (NLT)
Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him—even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the world will mourn for him. Yes! Amen! 8 “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.”

V7, Coming with clouds recalls Daniel’s vision of the Son of Man (see Dan. 7:13; Matt. 24:30). Jesus applies Daniel’s vision to His glorious second coming (see Matt. 24:30; Acts 1:11). Every eye indicates that Christ will be universally visible at His second coming, in contrast with His first coming in Bethlehem. The phrase pierced Him speaks of Christ’s crucifixion (see John 19:34) and Zechariah’s prophecy that Israel will come to a point of mourning their rejected Messiah (see Zech. 12:10; John 19:34, 37). In fact, all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Christ and regret their unbelief.

V8, The Lord God’s self-description as the Alpha and the Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, means He is Almighty from the Beginning to the End of all creation. This knowledge can be a great comfort to a person who is suffering (v. 9). The Lord is sovereignly guiding history toward its consummation, the victory of Christ over all (see 1 Cor. 15:24–28).

V8, the Alpha and the Omega. The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. God is Alpha (Creator) and Omega (the One who ushers in the new heaven and new earth). He is Lord of all—past, present, and future—as suggested by “who is . . . is to come” (cf. 4:1-5:14 note). His sovereignty in creation guarantees the fulfillment of His purposes in re-creation (Ro 8:18-25).

Revelation 1:9-20 (NLT)
Vision of the Son of Man
I, John, am your brother and your partner in suffering and in God’s Kingdom and in the patient endurance to which Jesus calls us. I was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and for my testimony about Jesus. 10 It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast. 11 It said, “Write in a book everything you see, and send it to the seven churches in the cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.” 12 When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. 13 And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man.* He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. 14 His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. 15 His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. 16 He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave. 19 “Write down what you have seen—both the things that are now happening and the things that will happen. 20 This is the meaning of the mystery of the seven stars you saw in my right hand and the seven gold lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Note: Revelations 1:9-20 stand perfectly well on their own, an explanation would in my opinion, actually take away from the magnitude of these awesome verses. (Allow them to sink in…)

Messenic Phophecies Jesus Fulfilled

Messiah would be forsaken by God

Psa 22:1 (ESV)
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?

Mat 27:46 (ESV)
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”