Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

Revelation 21:6–7

Given that my image of the Book of Revelation is a documentation of Armageddon, I wondered how I could possibly write anything uplifting that references this Biblical text. Nevertheless, I persistently struggled to find encouragement in today’s verses, and continued this effort by delving into Chapter 21 in its entirety. With each of these iterations, I began to consider the possibility that rather than the end of time, the continuity of life is presented here.

With each additional perusal of God’s declaration in Verse 6 that He is “the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End”, I became more and more convinced that He always has been, is and will continue to be with us for all time. Beginning with the World being ‘without form and void’, followed by ancient and modern history, then on to the present time and ultimately into the future and eternity. He is with us!!!!

I found additional confirmation of my newly discovered image of the Book of Revelation in a synopsis which presents the intent of Revelation as an encouragement to Christians in every age to maintain their faith, and to share in Jesus’ victory over all forces that oppose him and his people. After His declaration of being the Alpha and the Omega in Verse 6, God concludes with the promise of spiritual strength from the Spring of the Water of Life. Continuing in Verse 7, He notes that with this gift we are enabled to conqueror any adversity, and we will be His children.

It seems to me that all that’s expected of us is to simply accept this gift; i.e. to have faith in Him. What a blessing to be His Children!!! The imperfect Alpha morphs into the perfect Omega, so there’s no Armageddon. We have eternal life. May each of your days become, in their own way, this blessing of the Omega. 

Thank you God for granting the privilege of being Your children and encouraging our obedience to You each day. Send us chances to contribute to making this World a pleasing sight to You, and guide us in all our endeavors. Amen.

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