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17. Bright Morning Star
Revelation 2.23b-29

"Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan's so-called deep secrets, 'I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.' To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations - that one 'will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery' - just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches." (Revelation 2.23b-29)✞

Searches Minds

Father's HeartJesus in the Book of Revelation knows Satan's deep secret as well as the intentions of the Thyatira people, for he searches their hearts and minds. The phrase "Satan's deep secrets" in this reference to Thyatira has two possible meanings. It is either that heretics are advocating false teachings or that secret personal insight by so-called believers is guaranteed to promote deeper spiritual life. Elsewhere, Revelation warns that we need to hold tightly to our Christian faith's basics and view with caution any new teaching that turns us away from the Bible, belief in our Lord and Savior, and the confession of our faith.✞

Deep Secrets

Thyatira StonesThe Greek term used for the "Satan's deep secrets" means literally "the deep things of Satan," which may have been a scathing reference to the perverse teaching of the Nicolaitans Sect, also called "Nicolaism." We cannot hide from Christ, for he searches both our hearts and minds and still loves us. We need to confess the sins we try to hide from God. The phrase "her children" used about "Jezebel" describes those she leads astray into pagan immorality and worship. Their punishment is absolute.

Searches Hearts

ShameAnother interesting translation of this Revelation phrase, "searches hearts and minds" in the Authorized Version, is "searches reigns and hearts." "Reigns" are literally "kidneys," which the ancients regarded as the emotions' seat. The point is that God knows every feeling and thought, and all are open to his gaze. No one can deceive the risen Christ. "Satan's deep secrets" are known to God, "who searches our whole beings." God knows us, our feelings, and our intentions. Our God searches the innermost thoughts of our minds and the most tender feelings of our hearts.✞

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" in the phrase, "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you" is plural in the Greek of this passage. Jesus is speaking not to one but a multitude of people. When life comes to an end, those who possess Christ will never lose him again. Daniel 12.3 promises, "those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." "Wise" refers to one "who imparts wisdom." The bright star and glory come to all who are righteous and help others walk in righteousness.

Authority Over Nations

MultitudeJesus Christ promises Christians authority over nations whom he will make their heritage. The bright morning star comes to those who endure. To those who are faithful, he makes a twofold promise. To the one who "is victorious" or "overcomes" and remains faithful until the end, they will rule over Christ's enemies and reign with Jesus as he judges evil. The person who "does my will," says Jesus, is the one "who keeps my works." Christ is given authority over the nations according to Psalm 2.7b-9, where we read, "He (Almighty God) said to me, 'You are my son; today I have become your Father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron. You will dash them to pieces like pottery." Where the Psalmist says, "You will break them with a rod of iron," this might equally mean "will rule them with an iron scepter."

Morning Star

Morning StarIn Jewish belief, the end times envisage a conquering Messiah who would destroy the heathen and extend Israel's rule to the earth's ends. But Revelation 2 has also been one of the great missionary inspirations for the Christian Church. Many a missionary claims the promise, "Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage." The second part of this verse promises the "bright morning star." which may promise the first resurrection. The Christian will rise in resurrection after the night of death as "the bright morning star" rises after the night. The concept of brightness in "the Bright Morning Star" reflects the word "phosphorus," a chemical element with the symbol "P." The Greek god "Phosphorus" also shines brightly and may be 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 "Bright Star." Phosphorous is highly reactive and glows after illumination, which we call "phosphorescence."✞


Interestingly, "Lucifer," which is another name for Satan, was also called the "Morning Star" before falling from grace. The Latin "Lucifer" means "bearer of light." Other references to the "Morning Star" appear elsewhere in Scripture. In 2 Peter 1.19, it seems 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." Each Christian needs to allow the morning star to rise and shine in their hearts!

East Before Sunrise

The "morning star" is one of the names given to a combination of the planet Venus with Mercury when they appear in the east before sunrise. "Venus" is also named 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 the Earth's nearest neighbors and appears at its most brilliant 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 heavenly grace. Jesus takes over the title of the once preeminent angel Lucifer. Finally, in history, the "Morning Star Ceremony" is sadly a ritual ceremonial name. It included the human sacrifice of a 14-year-old Oglala Lakota girl named Haxti performed by the Skidi band of the Pawnee tribe in North America on April 22, 1838! The sacrifice was a pagan blood ceremony and a shame to this day on the First Nations' peoples. The Morning Star Ceremony has since been eradicated from tribal traditions.

Victory Over Death

Morning StarThe Holy Spirit says that Christ, the bright morning star, will come to those who overcome and will give them victory over death. Christ himself is called "the bright morning star." A morning star appears just before dawn when the night is coldest and darkest. When the world is at its bleakest point, the bright morning star bursts on to the scene, exposing evil with his light of truth and bringing his promised reward. We find a similar reference to the Morning Star in Revelation 22.16, "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."There is also an interesting reference in Daniel 12.3 "Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." "Those who are wise" may also be translated as "those who impart wisdom."

Lily of the Valley

The Christian who perseveres in The Faith will also share in Christ's messianic authority and resurrection victory over death, symbolized by the "Christ morning star." The words of a beautiful chorus, "The Lily of the Valley" ("I've found a friend in Jesus"), were written by William Charles Fry (1837–1882) in London for the Salvation Army. Mr. Fry acted as one of four bodyguards to William Booth and the Salvation Army workers. Mr. Fry became the founder of the first Salvation Army brass band, as inscribed on his gravestone. The music came from William Shakespeare Hays (1837-1907) for a secular minstrel show in 1871. The chorus goes

"He's the lily of the valley,
He's the bright and morning star,
He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul."

We pray that Jesus, the morning star, will come to us as the old Christian chorus says!

"Bright Morning Star"
by Ron Meacock © 2021

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