(The Antichrist, Arthur W. Pink)
What is the Morning Star?
"'Morning Star' is a name often used to describe the planet Venus. For part of each year Venus rises in the eastern sky, just before the sun. Since it is a very bringht planet and at that time remains visible into the morning hours, it might be called a morning star even though it isn't really a star at all. During other parts of the year, Venus becomes an eveningstar. Then it sets in the west, after the sun. Whether visible in the morning or evening, Venus never moves very far from the sun because it is an inner planet. Mercury also qualifies as a morning and evening light, but it is more difficult to see.
"In Scripture the title morning star is used in three different ways. First, Job 38:7 describes angels as morning stars (or day stars) that sang together at the creation of the universe. Angels were part of the initial creation (Col 1:16) and thus became witnesses of the great event. Second, the king of Babylon is described as a morning star and also a fallen star (Isa 14:4,12). The evil leader fell from the highest position to the lowest, just as Satan did. Third, the Lord Jesus is described as 'the bright Morning Star' (Rev 22:16), which rises in our hearts (2 Peter 1:19). Early-morning stargazers often watch the eastern sky to see the brilliant planet Venus rise to signal a new day. As Christians--children of God--we are told to shine 'like stars in the universe' (Phil 2:15)."
(Astronomy and the Bible, Donald B. DeYoung)
See Red Beast/Islam/Ottoman Empire under "Red Crescent."
1997-2007 Notes on Revelation
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