A Jehovah’s Witnesses will typically say that Revelation 1:8 is about Jehovah, not about Jesus. How can we overcome this obstacle? It’s simply a matter of examining the entire context of chapter 1 of Revelation, as this is revealed.
First we examine Rev. 1:7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.
Then we present simple questions. Who is coming? Who was pierced? Is it Jehovah or is it Jesus? A Jehovah’s Witness will readily admit this is speaking about Jesus. However when we get to verse 8, a Jehovah’s Witness will immediately say, this particular verse is now speaking about Jehovah! Why? Because the Watchtower has inserted the name Jehovah into this one verse, thus your average Jehovah’s Witness does not know this, as they are only taught to take out a single verse to prove what they believe, never reading the context! In this verse the One speaking identifies Himself as the Alpha, the Omega, the Almighty, since the Watchtower Organization does not recognize the deity of Jesus, they have changed this verse!
The New World Translation reads “I am the Alʹpha and the O·meʹga, says Jehovah God, “the One who is and who was and who is coming, the Almighty.” Rev. 1:8
All other bible translations read similarly to this from the NIV- I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Rev. 1: 8
Verse 8 refers to “the One who … is coming.” Is Jehovah coming? Of course not! Even a Jehovah’s Witness will agree.
How do we further prove these verses are referring to Jesus? We continue reading, as the author of Revelation, John, reveals who the speaker is!
I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars,and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
Then we ask the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who is the son of man? John here identifies who was speaking previously!
Then we continue reading, in verses 17 and 18.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Then we ask the Jehovah’s Witness when was it that Jehovah died?
Again this is said in Revelation 2:8
To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.
You may find a Jehovah’s Witness who wants to continue to support the Watchtower’s point of view, so then let’s look at some more verses in Revelation that identify who is the alpha and omega.
We again find the Alpha and Omega mentioned in Revelation 22:13
I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
A Jehovah’s Witness will again insist this is Jehovah, but notice how the speaker is identified in verse 16
I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” Rev. 22:16
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Rev. 22:20
It quickly becomes obvious the One speaking to John is Jesus, since a Jehovah’s Witness will admit Jehovah cannot die, therefore it must be Jesus.
The Jehovah’s Witness will only agree that God did not and cannot die.
Unless it is that Jehovah is coming again, Jehovah who was pierced, Jehovah who was dead and is now alive, it is clear the verses are speaking about Jesus.