And All the People Said, Amen
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the Lord.” 1 Chronicles 16:36
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.” Psalm 41:13
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord.” Psalm 106:48
In one form or another nearly all Christian and Jewish prayers end with “Amen.” Contrary to popular thought for those who don’t know the Scriptures or understand their meaning, “Amen” doesn’t mean “The End” as we are accustomed to seeing at the end of a movie. It’s not a punctuation mark to say the prayer is over, even though it is read or spoke as the final word in our prayers.
Now, for many people, saying “Amen” signals that now we can get back to normal activity. However, the true meaning of Amen is it is first a name of God and it is an expression of worship. It is an affirmation and a statement of acceptance. It can be a pledge and a seal of agreement, a statement of faith and a declaration of commissioning.
In Revelation Jesus Christ is referred to as The AMEN who is forevermore Amen. In other words He has always been AMEN and will be for all eternity Amen. The Amen, Jesus, is “The End,” but He is also the beginning and the end from the beginning.
In worship it “Amen” declared before the throne of God. In Revelation 1:18 Jesus says of Himself,
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Revelation 1:18
This is all one statement describing the person Himself. Amen was not thrown in as a question as it is often used today to get an audience’s response to something said, as in a question like, “This is a great thing, Amen?” No. Here Jesus is describing Himself as The Amen that is alive for evermore.
He that liveth
He that was dead
He that is alive
He that is Amen
He that has the keys of hell and death
The first four statements describe who He is and the fifth says what He has. As further proof that Jesus is Amen, Revelation 3:14 clearly states it.
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; Revelation 3:14
The One declaring these things to the churches is “The Amen.”
Here again Jesus describes Himself in several ways.
The Faithful and True Witness
The Beginning of the Creation of God
So then, encompassed in AMEN are all of these attributes of Jesus.
He is alive. Our Lord and our God is alive, a living force of ultimate all encompassing power, authority and dominion. He was deadbecause He paid the ultimate price for our sin. But He is now alivefrom the dead because He was innocent of all sin, but paid the price for us with His life. He is the faithful and true witnessin that He has come from God to declare to us the things in Heaven, to reveal to us the image of God, the will of God, the glory of God, the wisdom of God, the true nature of God and what He alone can see of things to come. He is the beginning of creation.
John earlier wrote concerning Jesus that He is the Word that was in the beginning.
“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 any thing made that was made.” John 1:1-3
This is what AMEN means.
We’ll continue this tomorrow and look at Amen as an expression of worship.