Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentRevelation 1:8
- The Alpha and the Omega (to Alpa kai to O).
- The first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet, each with its own neuter (grammatical gender) article. This description of the eternity of God recurs in 21:6 with the added explanation h arxh kai to telov (the Beginning and the End) and of Christ in 22:13 with the still further explanation o prwtov kai o esxatov (the First and the Last). This last phrase appears also in 1:17; 2:8 without to Alpa kai to O. The change of speaker here is unannounced, as in 16:15; 18:20. Only here and 21:5. is God introduced as the speaker. The eternity of God guarantees the prophecy just made.
- The Lord God (Kuriov o teov).
- "The Lord the God." Common phrase in Ezekiel (Ezekiel 6:3,11; 7:2, etc.) and in this book ( 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7; 19:6; 21:22). See 1:4; 4:8 for the triple use of o, etc. to express the eternity of God.
- The Almighty (o pantokratwr).
- Late compound (pav and kratew), in Cretan inscription and a legal papyrus, common in LXX and Christian papyri, in N.T. only in 2 Corinthians 6:18 (from Jer 38:35) and Revelation 1:8; 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7,14; 19:6,15; 21:22.