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I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star [Revelation 22:16]

1)            Just like other subjects of scriptural didacticism, a tactful tread in the maze of systematic theology is what one needs for the navigational treatment on the topic: “Morning Star.” The first time of its appearance in the Bible is when the LORD God challenged the dumbfounded Job to cognizance contest in Job 38:7, “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” How could Job know the time when the ‘morning stars’ of the empyrean order sang in praises to the Most High, especially, when it was very clear that the angelic historicity was an event dated millennia before Adamic creation? The thing is, whether it is Morning star or Daystar it means the same.

The Morning Star

The morning star depicts the splendour of its Creator

                Now, what we have in the above Scripture is in the plural. The title ‘sons of God’ is grammatically explicatory of ‘morning stars’ and we understand that the scriptural descriptive term for an angel is ‘son of God’. Accreditation of Divine Paternity to angelic sonship does not whip up the mentality of biological progeniture. They are called sons of God because they were created directly, one after another, by God; and Lucifer, no doubt, was the first angel of creationism. The word ‘morning’ is the Hebrew bôqer (bo’-ker) [From bâqar (baw-kar) (generally) break forth]; properly, it means: ‘dawn (as the break of day).’ The next word ‘star’ is kôkâb (ko-kawb’): ‘(in the sense of blazing); a star (as round or as shining); figuratively a prince:’ so, the name ‘morning star’ speaks of illumination, which is a metaphor for knowledge. I believe that should inform one of the reason why it was apropos that the first introductory Entity of creationism should be the Light.

Jesus is Lord

I am the Alpha and Omega; which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty

                This Light is not a created Being; this is the One John calls the True Light. This Light is the One to whom the accreditation of the fullness of Godhead bodily dwells; of who also is the eternal repository of all the treasures of the knowledge and wisdom of God. Without Him was not anything made that was an entity of creationism. There must be the divine presence of the Light before anything could come into existence. This Light created the angelic beings of celestial abode of the Majesty, no wonder it is said in Scripture, “And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him” (Hebrews 1:6). Who is worshipped, if not the Creator? Morning stars, being many, are the works of the creative hands of God, hence, sons of God. Like their Maker, they exude light to prove the handiwork of who brought them to physical actuality.

How art thou cut down to the ground (Isaiah 14:12)

O Lucifer, son of the morning!

                Isaiah 14:12 quotes, “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!” The name ‘Lucifer’ is from hêylêl (hay-lale’) (in the sense of brightness) the morning star.’ Being an individual person, Lucifer, though a fallen angel, the fact of being an object of the creative hands of the Creator, his sonship cannot be rendered a falsity. Lucifer is just another angel, he is obviously the first among the myriad of the angelic stars of God’s heaven.

                What is the definition of Lucifer? It is of Latin etymology which comes from lūx (“light”) and ferō (“bear, carry”). By his angelic designation, he was the one who had the responsibility of bearing light, heralding the coming of the Christ. Light bearer is what Lucifer means, and what he was, before he fell, losing his holy estate. The Devil is never the true light, he merely carried it. A mere carrier of an object does not, in any way, make the holder of it the owner. As the bearer of the light, this illumination does not belong to him, and that makes Lucifer a servant. The True Light is the One of the next Scripture.

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“I am the light of the world” [John 8:1I]

“I am the light of the world” [John 8:1I].

                The Book of Revelation 22:16 says “I Jesus have sent mine 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.” No other person laid Scriptural claim to being the “Bright and Morning Star”. Everything from this Scripture asseverates the Divinity of Johannine Messianism. Only God truly owns the angelic beings, pastors, prophets and evangelists, all of whom work for the Kingdom of God. Jesus could never have said He had sent what pertains to divine operative, to witness His instructions to the Church. “I am” is the Greek, egō (eg-o’) eime (I-mee’), which is exactly the same as the Hebraic I AM THAT I AM, the covenant name of Jehovah God. The sperm of David did not beget Jesus Christ; neither did the semen of Joseph – the husband of Mary – father the Lord Jesus. The term ‘Root’ or ‘Branch’ of Davidic majesty is a Hebraic understanding of the Messiah. Messiah means (the expected) Saviour, which happens to be solely of God’s métier.

                Lucifer only served as the Light bearer; the veridical essentiality, bearing the eternality of illumination is the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Get born again

                Get born again. Say this sinner’s prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!” 

(…to be continued…)

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My name is H.O. Ojewale. I was born in 17th March, 1955, in the then Gold Coast, now Ghana, Greater Accra. My parents are Nigerians. I am married with three wonderful children.


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