These days we have been discussing the eternal aspects of God. Even where we try to make a guess of divine Power and Wisdom we speak of God as omnipotent, omniscient do they really add up? Divine nature of God is such the Psalmist says,”such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high I cannot attain unto it (Ps.139:6)”. We can hold this knowledge and profit from it only through the Word of God. “It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? (Deut.30:12; Ro.10:6)” So whatever knowledge of God we can work with must be properly based on the eternal word. Gospel of John gives us a scale. ‘The Word was God’ is one. Another is ‘And the Word was with God’ and thirdly ‘In the beginning was the Word’ which can be mashed up together and what does it come up with? It is Alpha and Omega and it holds both Power and Wisdom. It is applied only to Jesus Christ (Rev1:8). For this very reason there is no difference between the Gentiles or the Jews because under Christ the Head former state of a Jew or a Gentile is done away with. Christ is all in all.
For this reason King Cyrus foreshadows the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. This explains Alpha and Omega in the end times.
Prophet Isaiah continues on the topic of Cyrus who is the Anointed one as we have already discussed is a stand-in for Messiah, the Priest King and the holy city of God. Such ‘kangaroo words’ we see elsewhere so the Spirit by such usage informs both from God, the Father and also from God the Son. Consequently Jerusalem is a stand-in for New Jerusalem. There is another place name which is used in spiritual sense,- ‘Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified (Re.11:8)’. Law of Gradation in such cases places emphasis on man who as was (because of Adam) and also when Jesus Christ has fulfilled what was in the mind of his Father. It is thus we have New Jerusalem of which Jesus Christ informs John, ‘Behold I make all things new.’
To sum: Alpha Omega aspect in the Son connects Adam as the son of God. See the Lucan genealogy (3:38). In the city of New Jerusalem he is the last Adam, a sign he has reserved for himself, first quoted in the Book of Isaiah and referred in the Book of Hebrews. So Alpha and Omega is a sign and wonder, a city that is set on a hill in eternity.
When God sent the Son to the world the Spirit makes His divinity clear: He gave his only begotten Son (not created) which underlines Alpha Omega relationship. God the Son fulfills what was conceived in its entirety in divine Mind. Mystery of this is explained in concrete symbols of heaven and the earth. He formed it to be inhabited and example of it is as memorial is established before the throne. The four beasts also includes the face of man. “For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.(v.18)” All creation is thus represented before the throne as affirmation of Power and Wisdom of the Lord God.
Predestination is part of Alpha Omega established as part of the divine Order (Ep.1:4-6). Principle of Power began with the creation of Adam is such we find Jesus Christ as stand- in for him. No more his disobedience is remembered but because of the Son we read Jesus Christ is tagged as last Adam (1 Co.15:45). Fallen Adam had no right to eat from the tree of life whereas as last Adam he invites all nations that are saved to partake of the water of life and of the tree as well. It is what fulfilling divine mandate would mean. No longer heaven and the earth but new heaven and new earth. We have been adopted as children by Jesus Christ unto him ‘according to the good pleasure of his will.’
9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?
11 Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the Lord of hosts.
14 Thus saith the Lord, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God.
15 Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.
16 They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.
17 But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
18 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.
19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.