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Alpha and Omega (18 of 18)
The Greatest Texts of the Bible
Clarence Edward Macartney
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
The Bible begins at the beginning and ends at the end.
It is the only book which tells us about the beginning
and also about the end. It alone has the conception of
a great movement towards righteousness, ever growing,
ever increasing, until it reaches its magnificent
climax in the Kingdom of God. The book of Revelation
declares and exhibits the glory of that climax.
No book has been so abused, and also so neglected, as
the book of Revelation. It has been a favorite camping
ground for those who write history before it has been
enacted. At the other extreme, it has suffered from
total neglect. Yet the book is the necessary
supplement to all else in the Bible. It is here that
we behold the triumph of those truths and principles
which are taught in the rest of the New Testament.
We ourselves see too much, and at the same time too
little; and what we do see appears to be opposed to,
and stronger than, what we believe. But here in the
book of Revelation, where the whole panorama of God's
battle with evil unfolds itself, we behold the vision
of the conquering Redeemer. Christ, the Man of
Sorrows, is transformed into the King of Kings and the
Lord of Lords, and beyond and above and around the
death-stricken order of this world stretches His
In this text-"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and
the end"-we have one of the tremendous utterances of
the book of Revelation. It is spoken at the beginning
of the revelations contained in the book, and again at
the end, when the drama of human history and of the
conflict of the church with the world has been
finished. For his testimony to Christ, John had been
banished to the Isle of Patmos, some sixty or seventy
miles off the coast of Asia Minor. He had not gone
there as ...
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