Who Is The Morning Star In The Bible

The morning star is one of the most enigmatic characters in the bible. Coined as a title (Bright and Morning Star) belonging to Jesus Christ, there is a lot of speculation surrounding the identity of this celestial entity. A recent article I discovered traces back to the Greeks, and interprets the title morning star to be none other than Lucifer. However, I will add a Christian perspective to this article on who exactly the morning star is.

The morning star is a name given to certain astronomical objects. In astronomical context, “morning star” generally refers to the planet Venus, and “evening star” to the planet Jupiter. The morning star does not, by itself, refer to a specific person. However, when it refers to the personage of Jesus (which it does in Revelation 22:16), it is applicable only to Jesus.

In the New Testament, Jesus says that He is the: Truth, Way, Life and the Light. (John 14:6) In other words, He is everything we need to have and be fully alive.

The word “Morning Star” appears only one time in the bible, where it is applied to Jesus Christ (Revelations 22:16). While this seems straightforward, there is actually much debate about what exactly this means. Some believe that the title was used to describe someone who was bright and beautiful like a star, while others believe it was descriptive of Christ’s arrival as a precursor to the day. But, who is the Morning Star?

Who Is The Morning Star In The Bible

Many of the descriptors, which give us a picture of Christ reflect our limited imaginations and are given to us because we understand them. They relate to the world as we know it because we cannot comprehend God fully.

“Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?” asks Job (Job 11:7). Imagery helps us to visualize the invisible spiritual battle.

A single image can possess multiple meanings. Water is both an image of destruction and of salvation in the Bible. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you” (Isaiah 43:2).

This verse alludes to the parting of the Red Sea, which when its walls were released by God, obliterated Pharaoh’s army. Yet, Isaiah 12:3 says, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation,” which looks forward to the Living Water Jesus would offer to a Samaritan woman.

According to Randy Alcorn, in his article, “Why is Jesus Called the Morning Star?” some readers take offense at both Jesus and Satan being referred to using the same imagery. To suggest they are in any way similar is unnatural, but Alcorn is quoting Scripture, God’s inspired word on the matter.

Nothing in the Lord’s word is extra; it is always alive with meaning and purpose. Satan and Jesus are each referred to as a Star of Morning or Day Star, but the contrast between them could not be more profound.

Who Is The Morning Star In The Bible

Scripture frequently reinforces a point using contrast. Satan tried to tempt Jesus to eat, to test the Lord, and to rebel against the Lord as Satan had done. Satan implied a lie — that he could grant power to Jesus — but Jesus used God’s truth as his defense against temptation. “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

From the mountain peak where Satan offered Jesus power over everything they saw, the evil one was prepared to dispose of the world and its inhabitants as the wager in a bet. Christ, from this lofty vantage point, looked still higher — to the Father. “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only” (Matthew 4:10).

Celestial imagery is another facet of juxtaposition within the Bible. Satan had the potential to be a servant angel, to remain in the presence of God, not in power, but in relationship. He could have reflected God’s light to Adam and Eve and their offspring. Instead, he used his power to lead them into sin.

Christ is not only the true and lasting light of morning, but he was the first light, with God at the beginning. Satan now represents “the long dark night of suffering on earth,” while Christ represents “great promise and hope.”

What Is the Irony of the Name Morning Star?

Irony is when we say the opposite of what we mean or when what we see belies reality. As we await Christ’s return, it sometimes seems as though Satan has won, that his power exceeds Christ’s. Yet, Satan’s seemingly bright star will be extinguished forever in the pit of Hell. Jesus is the eternal Morning Star who will return to send him there.

Satan’s power over the body of the Christian church is finite, although one would be a fool to understate his power over those who have not yet believed in Christ for salvation or even to underestimate his ability to disturb a Christian’s peace.

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