To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:
The Watchtower states: “Some take the view that what is meant is that the Son was ‘the beginner of God’s creation,’ that he was its ‘ultimate source.’ But Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon lists ‘beginning’ as its first meaning of ar×khe’. (Oxford, 1968, p.252) The logical conclusion is that the one being quoted at Revelation 3:14 is a creation, the first of God’s creations, that he had a beginning.” (Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1989, p.409, emphasis mine)
The Watchtower states: “‘Beginning’ [Greek, ar×khe’] cannot rightly be interpreted to mean that Jesus was the ‘beginner’ of God’s creation. In his Bible writings, John uses various forms of the Greek word ar×khe’ more than 20 times, and these always have the common meaning of ‘beginning.’ Yes, Jesus was created by God as the beginning of God’s invisible creations.” (Should You Believe in the Trinity?, 1989, p.14, emphasis mine)
The book of Revelation is somewhat of a mystery book presenting many puzzles with embedded secrets. The book of Revelation tells you exactly what Revelation 3:14 means. For instance, what do you notice about Jesus’ messages to the churches in chapter’s 2 and 3? Isn’t there a certain form to it? In each message Jesus says: “And to the angel of the church in [such and such], write: ‘[the One who is such and such],’ says [this].” Each time when Jesus describes Himself as ‘[the One who is such and such],’ He consistently quotes from one of His own descriptions found somewhere in the first chapter, as far back as the introduction. Although the quoted descriptions may be worded slightly different, each still carries the same meaning. Consider each example:
It’s the same with each address, and Revelation 3:14 is no exception. However, let’s go through each address:
What does all this mean? It means that “the Amen” of Revelation 3:14 is linked to “Jesus Christ” of Revelation 1:5, that “the faithful and true witness” of Revelation 3:14 is linked to “the faithful witness” of Revelation 1:5, and that “the beginning of God’s creation” of Revelation 3:14 is linked to “the first-born of the dead” and “the ruler of the kings of the earth” of Revelation 1:5.
Therefore, “the beginning of the creation of God” (Revelation 3:14) is linked either to Jesus being the “ruler of the kings of the earth” (Revelation 1:5), as the “first-born of all creation” (Colossians 1:15) as the “heir of all creation” (Hebrews 1:3), or as being the “beginning” of the “first-born of the dead.” (Colossians 1:18)