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The Morning Star: Jesus, Not Lucifer

Revelation 22:16

I Jesus have sent my angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.


Today I will discuss a topic that stirs my spirit, the distortion of doctrine which inverts and conflates Lucifer (which I believe to be Satan's name prior to the fall), with our Lord Jesus Christ as the "morning star". This is a terrible heresy and substitution that Christians need to be aware of and vigilant about when handling scripture to avoid falling into error and confusion, as Eve was when the serpent deceived her.


Isaiah 14:12 (KJV)

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!


Until modern Bible versions, Isaiah always was understood as referring to the devil, but today confusion has been infused into the Word of God with almost every modern translation changing this (please contrast the versions on the included links) and basing the translation upon the meaning of the name Lucifer that modern dictionaries have ascribed. This subtle change of one word has profound implications and aligns with what new age Gnostics and Luciferians have espoused since the 19th Century.


Isaiah 14:12 (NIV)

How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!


This is incredibly important when we consider the dire warnings given just two verses after Revelation 22:16 where Jesus himself declares he is the morning star - that if anyone adds or removes from these things, they shall respectively have plagues added to them and be removed from the book of life, and they have both added "morning star" to Isaiah and removed "Lucifer" - subsequently adding and subtracting from the book of prophecy.


Revelation 22:18-19

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.


These versions which have added and removed from the word of God are accursed as the Apostle Paul warned in Galatians 1:8-9. I will not go too far into the deception, because others have covered this and more (such as G.A. Riplinger in the highly recommended book New Age Bible Versions), however the Hebrew word for star is kokab and nowhere in Isaiah 14:12 is kokab mentioned, this is not the correct translation for Lucifer despite what many modern versions and dictionaries have designated the meaning as. Lucifer wants to be like the most high (Isaiah 14:13).


1 John 1:5

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.


The term 'morning star' is a term that usually refers to the planet Venus, which is most easily seen in the sky just before dawn. This celestial body's light outshines all other stars, and it seems to herald the coming of a new day. Similarly, Jesus Christ is our Morning Star, shining brightly in the darkness of our lives, promising the dawn of a new day, a day of grace, love, and peace.


John 3:21

But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.


Christ as 'The Morning Star' is a comforting image, one that reassures us of His constant presence in our lives. Just as the morning star is always there, reliable, and steadfast, so too, is Jesus. His love for us is constant, His mercy never-ending, and His sacrifice is our redemption.


Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Morning Star, shines His light on us, illuminating our path, guiding us through the darkness of our lives. He lights our way, showing us the path to righteousness, helping us discern what is good and just in the sight of the Lord.


This is more than just a beautiful metaphor. It is a promise of His presence, His guidance, His light in our lives. Jesus being the Morning Star means that He is always there, even when we cannot see Him, even when the darkness seems overwhelming. He is there, waiting for the dawn, waiting to dispel the darkness with His glorious light.


But remember, the morning star appears at the darkest hour, just before dawn. In the same way, Jesus often shines brightest in our lives during our darkest times. When we are struggling, when we are in pain, when we are lost, confused, or afraid, that is when His light can guide us, comfort us, and give us hope.


So, my dear brothers and sisters, let us embrace our Morning Star, let us welcome His light into our lives. Let us trust in His guidance and rely on His love. For He is the root and descendant of David, the bright Morning Star. His light will never fade, His guidance will never falter, and His love will never end.


In our daily walk with the Lord, let us remember this powerful image and the promise it holds. Jesus, our Morning Star, is always with us, guiding us, comforting us, and loving us. And with such a promise, what have we to fear?