Revelation 1:1 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must shortly take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John...
The Father is called God (Greek THEOS) in this passage. He gives the Revelation to Jesus Christ, Who in turn sends His angel to communicate it to His (Christ's) bond-servant John.
Let's look at the Revelation again, near its end -
Revelation 22:6 - ...And he said to me, "These words are faithful and true"; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must shortly take place.
Here, the same One (Christ) Who "sent His angel to show to His bond-servants", is not only called Lord (Greek KURIOS) and God (THEOS), but the God of the spirits of the prophets!
God's prophets loved and served only One God! To deny this is to show no comprehension of the Old Testament at all! Most of the prophets' prophesying was about calling Israel back to their only God, their One, True Shepherd. Jesus is the Good Shepherd! Jesus IS the God of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Daniel and all the rest!
How else can we rightly understand what we read in Revelation 22:6, that He is the God of the spirits of the prophets? In Revelation 19:10, the Bible says that "the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." How much simpler and clearer could it be? The man Christ Jesus is God Almighty incarnate!
Who is the TESTATOR of the the Old Testament, or Old Covenant? Obviously, God (see Genesis 15:18, 17:9, Exodus 6:4, Deuteronomy 4:13, et. al.) What does the inspired writer of Hebrews say about this Testator? THAT HE DIED!
Hebrews 9:15-17 - And for this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, in order that since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives.
How did God die, isn't that impossible for the changeless, immortal One? Not if, in love, He took on human nature, identifying with humanity so much as to become One of us, dwelling with us (John 1:14, Hebrews 2:14, 10:5). Not if the blood spilt at Golgotha was peculiarly God's own (Acts 20:28), giving it infinite value to accomplish eternal redemption!
Who then is Jesus Christ, the bringer of a New Covenant or Testament (Luke 22:20), which is better than the Old Covenant that God Himself originally made with Abraham and his descendants? Could a created being, even one of archangelic dignity, make a better covenant than one God Himself made? Who is the One Who "died, and is alive forevemore"? (Revelation 1:18)
Reader of this folder, if you are truly one who loves Jehovah God, please answer this question honestly, whatever the consequences! This is a matter of infinite importance to you! Loss of social status, employment, even family is secondary to saving knowledge of the living Christ, Who is Immanuel - God with us.
In John 8:24 B, Jesus said, "Unless you believe that I AM, you shall die in your sins."
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