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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" here 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." Therefore 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 concept of brightness in the "The Morning Star" was reflected in the word "Phosphorus" a chemical element with the symbol "P". The Greek god "Phosphorus" was also said to shine brightly and was 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." Phosphorous was highly reactive and glowed after illumination or "phosphorescence." Interestingly, "Lucifer" which was another name for Satan was also called the "Morning Star" before his fall from grace. The Latin "Lucifer" meant "bearer of light." Other references to the "Morning Star" appeared elsewhere in Scripture. In 2 Peter 1.19, it appeared to describe the sudden revelation of Christ in a person's life. It read, "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." Each Christian needs to allow the morning star to rise in their hearts!✞

East Before Sunrise

Venus the brightest planet in the heavensThe "morning star" was also one of the names given to a combination of the planet Venus with Mercury when they appeared in the east before sunrise. "Venus" was also called the "Evening Star". It was as though Mercury was heralding the glory of Venus when it came in the morning. "Venus" was 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." 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, in history 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 America in 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 a shame to the First Nations peoples. The Morning Star Ceremony has since been eradicated from tribal ceremonies as far as we know.✞

"Bright Morning Star"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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