"I am . . . the Bright and Morning Star" (Rev. 22:16).
What is the morning star? It is the herald of the dawn.
This tells us of the Lord Jesus as the Coming One. Peter says we are to cherish the Word of prophecy for it shines as a light in a dark place. We are to keep it in our hearts until the Day Star arises. Jesus is the Day Star — the Bright and Morning Star.
In a little while He is going to shine forth in glory — quietly, serenely, beautifully, to herald the coming day.
Paul tells us, "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality" (1 Cor. 15:51-53). That is what is going to take place when the Lord Jesus shines forth as the Bright and Morning Star.
Some of us do not often see the morning star. It shines out just before the dawn when everything is darkest down below. Through the gloom there is that beautiful star shining. No matter how dark it gets, do not be discouraged.
Though apostasy is increasing, iniquity is abounding, the love of many is becoming cold, distress on earth with grave perplexity, men's hearts failing them for fear — no matter how dark conditions may be, Jesus is coming. He may come at any moment and when the Morning Star shines forth we know that the day — the day of righteousness — will soon appear.
The Book of Revelation is part of the vision the Bridegroom is giving to the Bride, with the intent of drawing her closer, and of giving her hope in the midst of great despair that will occur just prior to the time of the King's return for His Bride.
Jesus speaks of Himself as the "Bright and Morning Star." Before the rising of the sun, before the millennium dawns, He will be to the Church the "Bright and Morning Star."
He will dispel the darkness for us before the prophesied judgments come upon a weary, sin sick world; and before the glories depicted in this chapter are revealed, He will appear as the Bright and Morning Star.
We must never cease to cherish this great truth, keeping our eyes fixed and our hope centered upon Jesus.
The Lord says, "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2).
So harden not your heart.
Jesus is coming!
Are you ready?