Alpha and Omega?

Q. If The LORD is `The Alpha AND The Omega`…He is the beginning AND the end…Does that mean since there WAS a beginning, there WILL be an end?

A. There are a couple of factors to look at in Jesus’ designation of Himself as the Alpha and the Omega.   While it could certainly be taken at face value that Christ was identifying Himself as the first and last/beginning and end, He may also have been using the alphabet reference for a different purpose.  Consider that all knowledge is, in some way, formulated by the alphabet.  Therefore, by identifying Himself as Alpha and Omega, He may very well be using that imagery to establish Himself not just as beginning and end, but the bearer of all true knowledge.  By claiming this position, He is not just making a statement of omnipotence (beginning and end), but also omniscience (the bearer of all knowledge).

With that being said, to answer your question, there most definitely will be an end.  There is an end not in the sense of a cessation of existence, but an end to the things of the present.  Time will be ended in the eternal state.  Jesus will physically return to the earth to set up His earthly kingdom, which will lead into the eternal state which will culminate in a New Heaven and a New Earth.  In Revelation 21, John says “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more,” (Revelation 21:1).  Also, with the eternal state will come an existence devoid of the Adamic curse on mankind.  Revelation 21:3 says that “I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.  He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God Himself will be with them as their God.  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away,” (Revelation 21:3, 4).

With these things in mind, the answer to your question would be that there will be an end to the current world system and current ecosystem.  Every human condition tied to the curse brought upon us by Adam will cease to affect us (death, disease, the cursed conditions of the ground, etc.).  Instead, we will then live eternally with God in our very presence.  So while there will be an end, it is certainly an end to be anticipating and not dreading.

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