"There Is One God And One Mediator Between God And Men, The Man Christ Jesus" 
1 Timothy (2:5)

11. Who Is “Him Which Is, And Which Was, And Which Is To Come?”


Which Is, And Which Was, And Which Is To Come


God the Father, who is also known as Yahweh or Jehovah (LORD in the OT – Ref. The Name of God), is the One, “who is,” because in Exodus 3:14 God says to Moses, “I AM THAT I AM.”  which some say is an incomplete translation of the Hebrew wording, “Ehyeh Asshur Ehyeh.”  This Hebrew term is more accurately translated as, “I exist {present tense} as what I AM, and what I have always existed as {in the past tense}, and what I will continue to exist as {in the future}.”


This Hebrew phrase matches the Greek equivalent description in Revelation 1:4 perfectly as, “Him who is {in the present} and who was {in the past} and who is to come {in the future}.” (God is a Spirit- John 4:24; I change not– Malachi 3:6)



In Revelation 1:4, 1:8 & 4:8 John makes perfectly clear that the phrase “which is and which was and which is to come” is attributed solely to God the Almighty, not Jesus Christ, who although is indeed mighty, is certainly not the “Almighty” (John 5:19, 30, 8:28, 14:28, 1Cor 11:3, 1Cor 15:27-28).




These passages do not say him “Which is [alive], and which was [dead], and which is to come.”  that would be referring to Jesus (Acts 17:31)



Revelation 1:4

John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are “before his throne.”




“And From Jesus…

The First Born From The Dead”


Revelation 1:5

John goes on in Revelation 1:5 to add another person saying, “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.” In doing this, John distinguishes Jesus from God spoken of in Revelation 1:4.

Revelation 4:8

And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.



Now notice in Revelation 5:6,7:

Revelation 5:6 (ESV) And between the throne (of God) and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing (Jesus Christ), as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

Revelation 5:7 And he (Jesus Christ) came and took the book out of the right hand of him (God) that sat upon the throne.


Therefore the one sitting on the throne is not Jesus, because in Revelation 5:6,7, we find Jesus depicted as the Lamb slain, who is found worthy to take the book from the right hand of the one sitting on the throne.



Supporting Scriptures

The Judge:

Acts 10:42 And he (Jesus) commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he (Jesus) which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

Acts 17:31 Because he (God) hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man (Jesus) whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he (God) hath raised him (Jesus) from the dead.

Rom 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Rom 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.




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