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Bright Morning Star
(Revelation 2.28-29)
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"I will also give that one (who is victorious) the morning star. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches." (Revelation 2.28-29)✞

Glory Will Come

Jesus Bright Morning StarAt the end of the book of Revelation in Revelation 22.16 Jesus called himself the "bright morning star." We read, "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." The "you" is plural in the Greek of this passage. When life comes to an end, those who possess Christ will never lose him again. The promise in Daniel 12.3 was, "those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever." "Wise" refers to one "who imparts wisdom." If that be so, the bright morning star and his glory will come to all those who are righteous and have helped others to walk in the paths of righteousness. "The Morning Star" brightness was reflected in "Phosphorus" a chemical element with the symbol "P". The Greek god "Phosphorus" which shines brightly is named after this. The first form of phosphorous was produced in 1669 AD and emitted a faint glow when exposed to oxygen - hence the name "light bearer" referring to the "Morning Star." Interestingly, "Lucifer" which was another name for Satan was called the "Morning Star" before his fall from grace. The Latin "Lucifer" meant "bearer of light" or "morning star." Phosphorous was highly reactive and glowed after illumination or "phosphorescence." Other references to the "Morning Star" appear elsewhere in Scripture. In 2 Peter 1.19, it appears to describe the sudden revelation of Christ in a person's life It reads, "We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."

East Before Sunrise

Venus the brightest planet in the heavensThe "morning star" is also one of the names given to the planet Venus combined with Mercury when they appears in the east before sunrise. Venus is also called the "Evening Star". It is as though Mercury is heralding the glory of Venus when it comes in the morning. "Venus" is described as the "bright morning star" like the bright star system "Sirius" which is one of Earth's nearest neighbors and appears as the brightest in the night sky. The name "Sirius" comes from the Greek meaning "glowing" and it is named "the dog star" from its place in the constellation "Canis Major" or "Greater Dog." The Latin name of the "Morning Star" is "Lucifer" or Satan. Many Christians believe that Lucifer was Satan's name as a senior angel before his disobedience and fall from grace in Heaven. Jesus takes over the title of the once preeminent angel Lucifer. Finally, the "Morning Star Ceremony," was sadly the name of the ritual ceremony including the human sacrifice of a young girl performed by the Skidi band of the Pawnee tribe in North Americs into the 19th century. The last known sacrifice was of Haxti, a 14-year-old Oglala Lakota girl on April 22, 1838! This was a pagan blood ceremony and the shame of the First Nations peoples. The Morning Star Ceremony has since been eradicated as far as we know.✞

"Bright Morning Star"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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