quotation of the Old Testament is actually composed from Daniel 7:13 and
Zechariah 12:10. There are two points
about this text specifically:
|• Please throw out
the idea of the “secret” return of Jesus (as the Jehovah’s Witnesses would
have it). The plain sense of the Scripture, here and elsewhere, is the highly
visible return of the Lord.
|• Even at the start
of the book, we see the central theme:
The Return of the Lord.
|The passage here,
poetically, is a counterweight. It is
the Old Testament counterweight to the next quotation from God. It is an interesting pattern. Frequently, in the Old Testament, God will
give a command, and end the statement with “I am the Lord.” It is as if to enforce the gravity of the
command. Here, it is to enforce the
gravity of the statement that He will return.
It is an elaborate form of “I am the Lord.”:
|• It is bracketed --
alpha and omega
|• It contains a
trinity of being (another three!)
|• It uses an almost
unique (except for 2 Corinthians 6:8, it is unique to Revelation) name for
God: Almighty. This is the same word which in the
Septuagint is translated “Lord of Hosts.”
The implication to a Jew is clear:
His return is guaranteed by the power of the Lord of Hosts!