I am Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:11) is FAKE!
Thats right people! In their earnest desire to make Jesus equal to God Almighty (YHWH) or become the God Almighty himself, the Christian’s pervert theologians who translated the King James Version has deceitfully added a phrase “ I am Alpha and Omega, The First and The Last ” In Book Of Revelation 1:11 of the King James Version!
Here is the King James Version of Rev 1:11
Saying, I am Alpha and Omega,the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Now please compare it with other version of the Bible which does not contain the SPURIOUS lines – ” I am Alpha and Omega, The First and The Last;
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New International Version
which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches:to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
New Living Translation
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.”
English Standard Version
saying,“Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus andto Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”
New American Standard Bible
saying,”Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: toEphesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”
Holman Christian Standard Bible
saying,”Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches:Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, andLaodicea.”
International Standard Version
saying,”Write on a scroll what you see, and send it to the seven churches:Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
saying:”Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches–to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, andLaodicea.”
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Which said, “Those things which you have seen, write in a book and send to the seven assemblies: to Ephesaus, to Zmurna, to Pergamaus, to Thawatyra, to Sardis, to Philadelphia and to Laidiqia.
GOD’S WORD® Translation
saying,”Write on a scroll what you see, and send it to the seven churches:Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
American Standard Version
saying,What thou seest, write in a book and send it to the seven churches: unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamum, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Saying:What thou seest, write in a book, and send to the seven churches which are in Asia, to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamus, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.
Darby Bible Translation
saying,What thou seest write in a book, and send to the seven assemblies: to Ephesus,and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.
English Revised Version
saying,What thou seest, write in a book, and send it to the seven churches; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamum, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
It said, “Write forthwith in a roll an account of what you see, and send it to the seven Churches–to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyateira, Sardis,Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
World English Bible
saying,”What you see, write in a book and send to the seven assemblies: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
There are only three places in the entire Bible where the title “Alpha and Omega” is used: Rev. 1:8; Rev. 21:6;Rev. 22:13. “Alpha and Omega” as found at Rev. 1:11 in the KJV and NKJV is recognized as spurious by most modern Bible scholars:
“Virtually all modern translations do not include in Rev 1:11 the following words that are in the KJV version of that verse:
“Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:and,
“This wording at the beginning of the KJV’s version of Rev. 1:11 is not found in virtually any ancient texts, nor is it mentioned, even as a footnote, in any modern translation or in Bruce Metzger’s definitive A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, Second Edition, New York: United Bible Societies, 1994″
“There are only three pre-ninth century Greek MSS which attest to this passage [Rev.1:11], and all three of them omit the phrase “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.” In addition, many later MSS and versions also omit.Hodges and Farstad’s “Majority” text omits, and Robinson and Pierpont’s “Byzantine/Majority” text omits. Thus whether one bases one’s text largely on pre-ninth century MSS, or whether one bases one’s text on the Majority of Greek MSS, either way, this phrase should be omitted.”
-Steven Craig Miller
Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown
Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible
Revelation 1:11. I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last; and–The oldest manuscripts, omit all this clause. –
Some(e.g. Martin, p. 92, Kingdom of the Cults,1985) attempt to prove their “Jehovah is Jesus” idea by pointing to Rev. 1:8 where God is clearly called “Alpha and Omega” and then saying that Jesus claims the same title at Rev. 22:13.They point to Rev. 22:16 as proof that it isJesus who is claiming to be the Alpha and Omega of verse 13. Since Jehovah is clearly Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8), they say, and Jesus is Alpha and Omega (Rev. 22:13), then Jesus IS Jehovah.
Although one might make a case for the “title confusion trick” (e.g., Jehovah is the onlysavior (yasha, – Hebrew)- Is. 43:11, ASV – and Ehud is a savior (yasha, – Hebrew)- Judges 3:15, ASV – therefore Ehud must be Jehovah),it is most likely that this is simply an example of the”speaker confusion trick.”
Usually the “speaker confusion trick” works best when a Bible which does not use quotation marks (such as the KJV)is examined.
As you probably know, the original Bible writers didn’t use any punctuation or capitalization and frequently ran the words of one speaker right into those of another speaker without any warning or indication.Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible, for example, warns Bible readers:
“The language of the MESSENGER frequently glides into that of the SENDER …”and, “what a SERVANT says or does is ascribed to the MASTER.” -“Hints and Helps to Bible Interpretation” – Preface.
Example of Speaker Confusion Trick: “John is Alpha and Omega”
To see how easy it is to use the “speaker confusion trick” let’s “prove” that John is the Alpha and Omega of Rev. 1:8.
We are instructed by John in the introduction of his Revelation (Rev. 1:1) that we will be hearing this revelation from God which he gave to Jesus Christ and which was sent through his angel to his servant John. So, it is God’s revelation, Jesus’ revelation, the angel’s revelation,and John’s revelation, and we will be hearing the words of all of them from time to time.
At Rev.1:6-7, John is obviously speaking:
…hath made us kings and priests unto God …. [The KJV continues in Rev. 1:8] 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. (1:9) I JOHN, who also am your brother….
Notice,since the KJV doesn’t use quotation marks at all (they hadn’t yet been invented in 1611), you are free to mentally insert them whenever and wherever you wish (as was the case in the original manuscripts and their copies for centuries thereafter). Therefore, you may interpret the whole statement of Rev. 1:8 as being the words of the Lord,or you may decide that the Lord’s actual words end at “the beginning and the ending,” and that the rest of the words in Rev. 1:8 are descriptive words added by John.
If you look at Rev. 1:8 in The Jerusalem Bible, RSV, NRSV, NEB, and REB, you will find that their trinitarian translators have decided that only the first part of Rev. 1:8 is spoken by God, and they use quotation marks to show that.
If you look at Rev. 1:8 in the NASB, NAB (1970), NAB(1991), NJB, and the NIV, however, you will see that their trinitarian translators have decided that all of Rev. 1:8 was spoken by the Lord God, and they use quotation marks to show that meaning.
But to use the “speaker confusion trick” to “prove” that John is the Lord Almighty we would point to the fact that John was definitely speaking at Rev. 1:7, and then (by using our own punctuation or the KJV’s lack of quotation marks) we merely say that John continued speaking in Rev. 1:8 and identified himself as “the Lord,” “Alpha and Omega,” and “the Almighty”!! Finally we would point to Rev. 1:9 and say that John continues speaking and positively identifies himself as “John, also” or, in other words, “John, in addition to [his titles of Rev. 1:8]”!!
So if modern Bible translators belonged to (or at least worked for) churches that taught that John was equally God (“Johnitarians”?), they would simply have punctuated this scripture in a way that showed that. For example they might put quotation marks starting at verse 8 and ending after verse 9.
There is another thing that helps show the intended meaning here. Although it is very common that the words of one speaker slide right into those of another speaker(e.g., Is. 10:4, 7), it also happens that sometimes the writer identifies the new speaker. As we see in Daniel, for example, Daniel nearly always identifies himself as the new speaker when he uses the words “I, Daniel” whenever it might be confusing to the reader (especially after a different person has been speaking) – Dan. 7:15, 28; 8:15, 27; 12:5. If we then examine Revelation (which is recognized as being similar to, patterned after, and frequently referring to, the Book of Daniel), we find that John also uses this technique. “I, John” identifies anew speaker in every instance John uses it: Rev. 1:9; 22:8. So Rev. 1:9 is merely the statement of a new speaker.
Is Jesus the ‘Alpha and Omega’ in Rev. 22?
Now look again at Rev. 22:8-16. (The SC trick doesn’t work nearly as well here, but some trinitarians insist on using it anyway.) John is identified as the speaker in 22:8. The angel speaks in (:9). The angel apparently continues speaking in(:10). The angel may be still speaking in (:11) — or it could be John or even someone else (as implied inverse 10 in the NAB,1970 ed.).
Now is the angel still speaking in(:12) or is it God, or is it Jesus, or even John? There is simply no way of telling who the speaker is from any of the early Bible manuscripts. It’s entirely a matter of translator’s choice. Some translators have decided it is the angel who continues to speak,and they punctuate it accordingly. So the NASB, JB, and NJB use quotation marks to show that these are all words spoken by the angel.
However,the RSV, NRSV, NASB, NEB, REB, NKJV, NAB(1991 ed.), ISV, 21st Century King James Version, and TEV show by their use of quotation marks that someone else is now speakingin verse 12. Most Bibles indicate that the person who spoke verse 12 (whether God, angel, Jesus, or John) also spoke verse 13 (“I am Alpha and Omega”).
Now the big question is: Is it clear that the speaker of verses 12 and 13 continues tos peak? Some Bibles indicate this. But other highly respected trinitarian translations do not!
The RSV, NRSV, NASB, NEB, REB, NKJV, NAB (1991 ed.),ISV, 21st Century King James Version, and TEV show (by quotation marks and indenting) that Rev. 22:14 and 15 are not the words of the speaker of verses 12 and 13 but are John’s words. (The Jerusalem Bible and the NJB show us that the angel spoke all the words from verse 10 through verse 15.) Then they show Jesus as a new speaker beginning to speak in verse 16.
So, if you must insist that the person speaking just before verse 16 is the same person who is speaking in verse 16, then, according to the trinitarian RSV,NRSV, NASB, NEB, REB, NKJV, NAB (1991 ed.), ISV, 21st Century King James Version, and TEV, you are saying John is Jesus!!! (According to the JB and NJB you would be insisting that theangel is Jesus!)
And,just as the use of “I, John” indicated a new speaker in Revelation, so does the only other such usage in that same book. Yes, Rev.22:16 – “I, Jesus” also introduces a new speaker. This means, of course, that the previous statement (“I am the Alpha and Omega”) was made by someone else!
Even the KJV translators have shown by their use of the word “his” in verse 14 that they didn’t mean that Jesus was the same speaker as the Alpha and Omega. The speaker of verse 13 is Almighty God. The comment in verse 14 of these Bibles (as literally translated from the Received Text) explains the importance of doing “His Commandments”(not “My Commandments”)! Therefore the speaker of verse 14 is obviously not God as clearly stated by those Bibles which were translated from the Received Text (TR), e.g., KJV; NKJV; KJ21; KJIIV, MKJV; GNV; World English Bible;Young’s Literal Translation; Webster Bible (by Noah Webster);and Revised Webster Bible. Lamsa’s translation (Holy Bible From the Ancient Eastern Text) also uses “him.”
So we can easily see that there is no reason to say Jesus spoke the words recorded at Rev. 22:13 (or the above-named trinitarian Bibles would surely have so translated it!) and, in fact, the context really identifies the speaker as being the same person who spoke at Rev. 1:8, God Almighty, Jehovah, the Father.
The only other use of the title “Alpha and Omega” confirms this understanding.
“And He who sits on the throne said, `Behold, I am making all things new.’ …. And He said to me, `It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end….. He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.’” – Rev.21:5-7, NASB.
“Revelation 21:6, 7 indicates that Christians who are spiritual conquerors are to be `sons’of the one known as the Alpha and the Omega. That is never said of the relationship of spirit-anointed Christians to Jesus Christ. Jesus spoke of them as his `brothers.’ (Heb. 2:11; Matt. 12:50; 25:40) But those `brothers’ of Jesus are referred to as `sons of God [the Father].’ (Gal. 3:26;4:6).” – pp. 412-413, Reasoning from the Scriptures, WBTS, 1985.
So Rev.21:6, 7 confirms the understanding that the Alpha and Omega is the Father, not Jesus.
In short, there is no reason, other than a desire to support the trinity tradition, to believe that Jesus is being called “Alpha and Omega” in Rev. 22. And there is good evidence to believe that it is his Father only who uses this title for himself.