“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” — Jesus
Christianity is unique to all the other religions of the world on many different levels. One doctrine that sets Christianity apart from other religions is the doctrine of the triune Godhead. The Christian Bible teaches a three in one God (trinity). God consists of, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All one God.
Islam teaches that God has no son and they certainly don’t believe Jesus is God. Hinduism believes in one force/God that has thousands of different modes (modalism). The Mormons don’t believe Jesus is God, the Jews don’t believe Jesus is God, and the Buddhists don’t believe Jesus is God.
Jesus claimed to be the beginning and the end; the first and the last. In order for this to be true, Jesus has to be God because no human being can make such a claim without lying.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. — Genesis 1:1
And God said, Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. — Genesis 1:26
Us, our, our — plural
3 plural words to describe the one God who created the heaven and the earth. 3 in 1.
1 John 5:7
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
— The Word = Jesus
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
1 Timothy 3:16
16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
— God was manifest in flesh
— God the Father calls Jesus God ↓↓↓
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
— Jesus is good, therefore Jesus is God
I’m emphasizing this core Christian doctrine to make the point that Jesus has always existed. He didn’t come into existence when he was conceived in the belly of Mary by the Holy Ghost. Jesus has always been the image of the invisible God and he’s always existed as God. This means Jesus existed in the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament is the same God of the Old Testament.
Many people have this twisted idea that the God of the Old Testament is a “strict, mean, wrathful God” and the God of the New Testament is a God of “all love, grace and forgiveness”. These attributes are most defiantly attributes of God, but when this type of distinction is made between the Old and New Testament, it becomes a false doctrine because Jesus is the same as he was in the beginning. He’s always been perfect, he’s never needed to change, nor will he ever change. God has always been full of love, grace and forgiveness but he’s also always been a God of wrath, vengeance and rules. People will also say, “well Jesus never taught ‘such and such’ Old Testament teaching, therefore it no longer applies to us”. They say such things because they have no understanding that Jesus IS the God of the Old Testament, he’s always existed and he IS the Word.
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of ALL his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
43 To him give ALL the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Old Testament Appearances of Jesus Christ
In Genesis 18 we read the story where the LORD appeared unto Abraham in the plains of Mamre. When Abraham sees the LORD and the two angels with him, he ran to meet them and makes ready a meal. In verse 8 the Bible says Abraham ate and drank with the LORD.
Angels must have the appearance of men because Abraham saw three men in Genesis 18:2; one of them was the LORD and the other two were angels as Genesis 19:1 shows us.
19 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
— The men of Sodom perceived the angels as to be men just as Abraham did.
— Genesis 18:22 says these men went into Sodom and in Genesis 19:1 tells us that these men are angels.
Back to how Genesis 18 is a bodily appearance of Jesus in the Old Testament…
1 And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.
7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.
8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
How is this an Old Testament appearance of Jesus Christ? Well, because the Bible teaches no man can see God the Fathers face and live. No man can see God the fathers face and a spirit doesn’t eat and drink as the LORD did with Abraham. So if it wasn’t God the Father and it wasn’t the Holy Spirit that appeared unto Abraham, then it had to be Jesus. It’s important to realize that the Bible uses ‘LORD’ interchangeably between the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. To understand which part of the Godhead the Bible is describing we must look at the context. In Exodus 33:20, God the Father tells Moses that no man can see his face and live. We know that ‘the LORD’ in Exodus 33 is God the Father because many people saw the face of Jesus while he lived on this earth. When Jesus comes back every eye shall see him in the clouds, therefore Exodus 33 is talking about God the Father.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. — John 1:14
17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
Only Jesus has beheld the face of the Father…
18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Notice how Jesus says before Abraham was I am and notice how God the Father in Exodus 3:14 tells Moses to tell the children of Israel that (I AM) hath sent him. Interesting parallel between God the Father and Jesus.
14 And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.
I’ve heard people say “Jesus didn’t preach against sodomy during his 3 1/2 years of earthly ministry, so therefore that Old Testament teaching doesn’t apply today or it must not be that important”. I laugh every time I hear this kind of garbage because ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine. Secondly, there’s many other New Testament teachings against sodomy which plainly confirms the Old Testament. And thirdly, Jesus himself destroyed Sodom and Gormorrah and Jesus himself sent the angels into Sodom to get Lot and his wife. Continue reading in Genesis 18 where we see a bodily Old Testament appearance of Jesus Christ. This is still the same LORD who was eating and drinking with Abraham. No man can see God the Fathers face at anytime and live….
16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
The LORD / JESUS destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah ↓↓↓
24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:
28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.
Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Jesus
In Daniel 3:23 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are thrown in a fiery furnace by King Nebuchadnezzar. After the three men are thrown in, Nebuchnezzar recognizes a fourth in the fire and says “the form of the fourth is like the Son of God”. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had no hurt because the fourth was the Son of God. Someone always raises the objection that Nebuchadnezzer was just a heathen man spewing out whatever he felt like. I personally believe Nebuchadnezzer plainly made reference to the Son of God and believe he was correct when he saw four in the fire.
23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
Melchizedek was the King of Salem which later became known as Jerusalem
The priest of the most high God. ↓↓↓
18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
7 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
Compare Hebrews 1:8 (talking about Melchisedec), with 1 Corinthians 1:8 which is talking about Jesus…
1 Corinthians 15
15 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
— 500 brethren witnessed Jesus alive at once after his resurrection
If Melchizedek was just another normal human, then how can the Bible say he was without father, without mother and without descent? How can he have no beginning of days nor end of life if he was just an ordinary man? How can the Bible say Melchizedek abides a priest continually?
4 The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
Melchizedek isn’t described as just a normal man. I believe he was an Old Testament appearance of Jesus Christ in the flesh.
Old Testament foreshadowing of Jesus Christ in Micah 5:2 describes his going forth have been from of old, from everlasting. ↓↓↓
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Jesus Christ is our High Priest just as Melchizedek was high priest over Salem/ Jerusalem. ↓↓↓
3 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Jacob wrestling with Jesus
24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
The captain of the host of the Lord
Right before Joshua goes to conquer the promise land he lifts up his eyes and beholds a man with his sword drawn in hand. Joshua asks the man if he was for or against him and the man’s reply reveals who he is…
13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant?
15 And the captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
The angels don’t ever receive worship from anyone. When men of God had people fall at their feet and begin to worship, they told them to stand up because they were just men. The Captain of the LORDS Hosts received worship because it was an Old Testament appearance of Jesus. In Joshua 5:15 the same language is used by Jesus as God the Father used with Moses and the burning bush…Holy Ground.
2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
— Jesus is called the captain of our salvation in Hebrews 2:10…
10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Old Testament Prophesies and foreshadowing of Jesus Christ
4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth BY MYSELF;
1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.
10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.
11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
19 But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
28 For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.
29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.
1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
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.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
In the wilderness tabernacle you have a representation of the Godhead
God the Father symbolizing the Ark — Gods mercy seat and throne
Jesus symbolizing the table of bread: “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.“-John 6:35
The Spirit symbolizes the candlesticks. 7 candles, 7-number of the spirit. 7 spirits of God-“And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”- Revelation 5:6
Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty:
3 times in a year
feast of unleavened bread — Passover: lamb/ Jesus Christ
feast of weeks — Pentacost: outpour of the Holy Spirit
feast of tabernacles — God himself dwelling with us on the new heaven and earth