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Bright Morning Star (Revelation 22.16)

"I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you [here the plural is used] this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." (Revelation 22.16)✞

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Tomb of Mordecai and EstherJesus' use of a title like "Bright Morning Star" placed him among the very top of all Bible heroes. Mordecai was one of the main personalities and heroes in the Book of Esther and was therefore called by the name "the Morning Star" by the rabbis who also listed Mordecai and Esther as prophets in the Talmud. "Morning Star" also recalled the great Messianic prophecy in Numbers 24.17, "I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.". This awakened other thoughts for the Jew for the morning star in their minds was the herald of the day which chased away the darkness of the night. In the same way, Jesus dispelled the night of sin and death fled away. Jesus had said in John 8.12b, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." When the risen Christ said that he was the "morning star", he claimed to be the light of the World and the vanquisher of all the World's darkness. "Morning Star" was the name also given to the planet "Venus" when it appeared in the East before sunrise and also called the "Light Bringer."

"Bright Morning Star"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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