The terminator is coming

The terminator is coming

“I am the Alpha and the Omega – the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come – the Almighty One.” – Revelation 1:8

Revelation 22:12-13

 12 “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.

 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Boundary stones are the oldest federal monuments. In 1791 President George Washington, selected a 100-square-mile area for the national capital on the Potomac River. Rough surveys were made of the ten-mile square and boundary stones were placed to mark its coordinates.

In ancient Rome, a boundary stone was called a terminus. These stones were used to mark the borders of land boundaries and protect private property.

The Romans believed that the stones were quasi sacred and presided over by a god. Traditionally the sculpted head or bust of the god Terminus, topped the stone. This bust had no hands or feet. Thus it was not going anywhere. Hence, it was a visible representation of the permanence of the boundary. Ovid wrote a hymn: “O Terminus, whether you are a stone, or a stump buried in the field, … You set bounds to people and cities and vast kingdoms.”

For eons people fought over land. Now Terminus settled all boundary disputes. There would be no longer any arguments about where one’s property ended, and another’s began. Terminus was the new sheriff in town and thus the keeper of the peace. Moving the stones was now a capital offense.

What about disputes between nations, tribes, and peoples, who settles those? Who controls the outcome of history and the human timeline? Who began time itself and will one day end it?

Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega – the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come – the Almighty One.”

The coming one is the Lord Jesus Christ. He the Alpha and Omega. He is eternal and is not limited by the space time continuum. He is at the beginning of all things and He is at the end of all things.

But there is more. Time is a created thing. The Lord Jesus Christ is the creator of time itself. He created time for people in order to experience sequence. Adam and Eve were created and placed into time. The human timeline began with them.

REFLECT & PRAY

The Father has chosen you; He wants you. You only have to come alongside.

Father thank you that the end of all things is in the capable, powerful, and authoritative hands of Your appointed Terminator, the Lord Jesus Christ.

INSIGHT

The Romans were mistaken. They believed in an imaginary god who they called Terminus. The Lord Jesus Christ is the real authentic Terminator. The buck indeed stops with Him. He is the one whom the Father appointed as Sheriff to settle all disputes and bring peace on earth.

Life in the 21st century is discomforting if not frightening. In so many ways, our world is topsy-turvy, in a state of utter disorder or confusion. How will it all end? The task of ending of all things has been entrusted to the Lord Jesus Christ by the Father Himself.

Isa 46:9-10

 9 Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.

 10 Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.

Revelation 1:8a “I am the Alpha and the Omega – the beginning and the end.”

Alpha and the Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, the beginning and the end. The anchor points of time. He was there at the beginning and He will be there at the end. When polar opposites are used, they highlight everything between. The Lord Jesus Christ spans the entire human timeline from beginning to end. This speaks of more than presence; it speaks of control. The Lord Jesus Christ is in control of all history.

Revelation 1:8b “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come.”

The Lord Jesus Christ has always existed. He will always exist. Nothing can possibly outlast Him, and nothing was there before Him. He is without beginning or end. He is eternal, transcendent. The Lord Jesus Christ unites past, present, and future under His sovereign power and authority. Nothing is left unknown nor undiscovered. He is supreme and has all-encompassing control over all things, even time itself.

Revelation 1:8c  the Almighty One.

The Greek word translated Almighty One is pantokrator. The term pantokrator  literally means, “the one who has his hand on everything, ” hence, omnipotent, ruler over everything. It comes from the Greek pas all and krateoto hold, or to have strength. The Septuagint uses pantokrator to translate the Hebrew phrase Yahweh Sabaoth, The LORD of Hosts, The LORD of Heaven’s Armies (Psalm 24:10). The Lord Jesus Christ has authority and sovereignty over all things.

Two different word plays are at work here. One involves the supreme ruler of Rome. The other involves the enemy of our souls.

The Emperor of Rome was called autocrator, self-ruler. He rules what he conquers. As the pantokrator, the Lord Jesus Christ is the ruler of all things, including the Roman Empire.

The enemy is of our souls is called kosmokrator, the ruler of this world or world ruler. The enemy may provincial rule and sovereignty over the world, but the Lord Jesus Christ rules everything including the enemy himself and his provincial domain, the world.

The Lord Jesus Christ is sovereignly directing all history to its final predicted outcome.

Matthew 24:30 And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

The Lord Jesus Christ is not merely the Terminator all things old, things which are worn and corrupted, He is also the Originator of all things new. At His return, His real and true identity is revealed for all to see. He will be acknowledged and worshiped as the eternal King and ruler of the Father’s kingdom.  He will take charge over the earth and all of its people.

Revelation 21:4-23

 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

 5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!”  

 6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega – the Beginning and the End.  

 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light.

Revelation 22:12-16

 12 “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.

 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

 16 “I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.”

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