I am the Alpha and Omega
Trinitarians claim that Jesus is implying he is Yahweh because Yahweh identifies himself as the First and the Last and Jesus is here identifying himself as the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
The speaker in this verse who says, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end," was the angel of Jesus.
I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. But he said to me, "Do not do that. I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book. Worship God." And he said to me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy. Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Who said, "Do not worship me."?
It is necessarily assumed by Trinitarians that the angel in the book of Revelation is a subordinate divine being. Honestly regard the following passages.
Angels of The Little Ones
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" And He called a child to Himself and set him before them.... See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:1-10).
This verse has been sometimes used to try and claim that children, and perhaps everyone else, has a guardian angel. However, we must realize that this notion is imagined up and imagined into the text. Notice how it very much sounds like the angels of these children are not some other identity but in some way are the children themselves. Because if it is not the children themselves, what point is Jesus making exactly to say that some other identity is continually looking upon the face of God the Father in heaven? It should be quite plain that this looking upon the face of God the Father somehow pertains to these little children themselves. It appears to be their spirits.
Yet another passage which presents the idea is the following:
And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. When he knocked at the door of the gate, a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer. When she recognized Peter's voice, because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate. They said to her, "You are out of your mind!" But she kept insisting that it was so. They kept saying, "It is his angel." But Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened the door, they saw him and were amazed. (Acts 12:12-16).
In the preceding context, we read that Herod had put James, the brother of John, in prison and killed him. And when Herod saw how it pleased the Jews he then put Peter in prison. It is rather obvious that the disciples were expecting Herod to kill Peter just as he killed James. So when Peter knocked on the door of Mark's mother's house, they were sure it was quite impossible for Peter to be at their door. And so they concluded it must be Peter's angel. Now if we read this in context, it is very clear that they said it was Peter's angel because it sounded just like Peter at the door. In other words, Peter's angel was thought to be a manifestation of Peter himself. It appears to be his spirit.
The Angel of Church X
And again we read in the book of Revelation, "To the angel of the church in Ephesus write..." And when we read the context, it is abundantly clear that the message is written, not to some heavenly being above, but to the church itself in Ephesus. The message is to human beings in these seven churches. The same is true for all seven churches.
The point here is that these particular passages about the little children, Peter, and the angels of the churches, do show us that we must be very careful and not jump to mistaken conclusions when we see the word "angel."
Jesus' Angel in the Book of Revelation
We are first told by John that the things John would be shown were shown by Jesus' angel.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His servants, the things which must soon take place and He sent and signified it through His angel to His servant John.
I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star." (22:16).
Now carefully regard who is really appearing to John:
I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, saying, "Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea." Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades."
Also carefully note the similarity of language:
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last. (Revelation 1).
Last Revised: February 23, 2011