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Alpha and Omega

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” (Rev. 22:13) To understand these words, we go to John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”

In these verses “the Word” is a translation of the Greek word Logos [Strong’s #G3004], and signifies mouthpiece or special messenger. This was Jesus’ name while he was a spirit being in heaven prior to being made flesh. Additionally, the phrase “was with God” in John 1:1 should read “was with the God,” and the phrase “was God” should read “a god was the Logos.”—vs. 1 Emphatic Diaglott

While Jesus was a human being on earth, he was holy and perfect, sinless, separate and peculiar from all others. (Heb. 7:26) As a result, “he taught as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” (Matt. 7:29) “The officers to the chief priests … said … never man spake like this man.”—Matt. 7:45-46

Whatever others thought or said of him, he claimed to be sent of God. “I came down from heaven.” (John 6:38) “I am the living bread which came down from heaven.” (John 6:51) Before the Pharisees, he declared, “I know whence I came and whither I go. … I am from above … I am not of this world … for I proceeded forth and came from God … he sent me.” (John 8:14,23,42) In John 8:58 he adds, “Before Abraham was, I am!”

These scriptures confirm for us the pre-human existence and glory of our Lord, as he expressed it in John 17:5, “O Father glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” Additionally, the Apostle John writes regarding Jesus, “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”—John 1:10

The only way we can understand Jesus to be the Alpha and Omega, the beginning, and the end, is to recognize that he was the first, only and last direct creation of God. (Rev. 1:8; 3:14; 21:6; 22:13) “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: [created before the rest of creation]; For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible … And he is before all things and by him all things consist.”—Col. 1:15-17

Jesus had left his spiritual wealth behind by humbling himself to be made flesh and taking the form of a servant. As a man Jesus had none of the world’s possessions. “The Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” (Matt. 8:20) Jesus further humbled himself becoming obedient unto the death of the cross. Because of his faithfulness unto death, “God also hath highly exalted him and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow … and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”—Phil. 2:7-11

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Why God Permits Evil

Why doesn’t God do something about all the suffering in the world?

Since the beginning of recorded history, man has suffered from war, disease, famine and calamities. Why would a loving Heavenly Father create mankind to suffer so much, for so long? Has God no pity?

The FREE 32-page booklet “Why God Permits Evil” presents the Bible’s answer to these questions.

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Why God Permits Evil

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God’s Divine Plan of the Ages

As the graphic above shows, God has a plan of salvation that encompasses all mankind. This plan was formed before the creation of the first man, Adam. In this plan, God anticipated Lucifer’s fall and his subsequent beguilement of Eve and Adam’s resulting disobedience because “I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done.” (Isa. 46:9-10) He allowed these events to take place to teach all his intelligent creation (angels and mankind) the results of sin.God also provided a way of recovery of both the angels and mankind. Paul writes “so that might be made known now to the governments and to the authorities in the heavenlies, through the congregation, the manifold wisdom of the God; according to a plan of the ages, which he formed in Anointed Jesus the Lord of us.” (Eph. 3:10-11 Emphatic Diaglott) This salvation was provided through the sacrifice, resurrection and kingdom of His dear son, our Lord Christ Jesus.

We encourage you to consider the various components of this plan of salvation through the subsequent pages of this portion of our website.

Booklets on Scriptural Subjects

Booklets on a variety of Scriptural subjects. You can request a free copy by sending your request to info@orlandobible.org or writing to the Orlando Bible Students, PO Box 180216, Casselberry, FL 32718.
Booklets on the Bible
Christ's 1000 Year Kingdom
Booklets on Christ’s Kingdom
Booklets on The Church
Science and Creation
Booklets on Creation
When a Man Dies
Booklets on Death and Resurrection
Booklets on God and Jesus
 Booklets on God’s Plan
Hope for a Fear-Filled World
Booklets on Hope
Booklets on Israel
When a Man Dies
Booklets on Prayer and Healing
Why God Permits Evil
 Booklets on the Time of Trouble

Books on Scriptural Subjects

The following books and magazines are offered by the Orlando Bible Students. Please contact us at info@orlandobible.org for details on how to purchase them.

Studies in the Scriptures

The Divine Plan of the Ages - Volume 1 small

Hard cover 6 volume set of Bible study helps containing 3300 pages.

$35 USD

The Book of Books

Explains general themes and format of the Bible from the Old Testament to the New Testament. 320 pages

$3 USD

People of the Bible

People of the Bible
People of the Bible

Discusses the important people of the Bible and how God used them to accomplish his work. 467 pages.

$4 USD

The Creator’s Grand Design

Presentation of the Bible’s teachings regarding God’s design for man, including the hope of future life. 240 pages.

$3 USD

Behold Your King

Behold Your King
Behold Your King

Examines the prophecies pertaining to the manner, time and purpose of our Lord’s return and second presence. 105 pages.

$3 USD

Daily Heavenly Manna and Songs in the Night

Daily Manna - Songs in the NIght
Daily Manna – Songs in the NIght

Daily morning and evening devotional.

$6 USD

God’s Promises Come True

God's Promises Come True small

160 pages of Bible stories designed for children. Now includes coloring pages.

$6 USD

Our Lord’s Teachings by Parable

Our Lord's Teachings by Parable
Our Lord’s Teachings by Parable

160 page letter size, reference manual on all of the parables.

$6 USD

The Dawn Magazine

64 page monthly magazine covering the Biblical implications of current events, weekly Sunday school lessons, and lessons on Christian life and doctrine.

$12 USD per year for print version

$6 USD per year for digital version

The Herald of Christ’s Presence Magazine

Herald Magazine small

28-page full color magazine published every 2 months covering doctrine and prophetical teachings on a variety of Biblical subjects.

$10 USD per year