Christ Himself is said to be the morning star (Rev. Rev. 22:16+).1 What is the purpose of the morning star, but to serve as an indicator of the approaching dawn? Those who see the morning star are encouraged by the fact that the long night is almost over and soon the sun will shine in its brilliance dispelling all traces of darkness.
The current period, between the ascension of Christ and His Second Coming, is the night.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning-Yes, more than those who watch for the morning. (Ps. Ps. 130:5-6)
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts (2Pe. 2Pe. 1:19)Isaiah Isa. 24:1 sets forth the Day of the Lord and the awful destruction and judgment which attend it. (See Trouble Ahead.) In the middle of the passage, Isaiah mentions the dawn. Therefore glorify the LORD in the dawning light, the name of the LORD God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea (Isa. Isa. 24:15).
Yet, the destruction which attends the Day of the Lord is itself an indicator that the long night is nearly over and that the sun will soon rise:
For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, That will leave them neither root nor branch. But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. (Mal. Mal. 4:1-2)Psalm Ps. 46:1 indicates a time of great upheaval upon the earth, at which God intervenes to rescue Jerusalem at the break of dawn (see Zec. Zec. 12:1). His intervention is followed by a time of universal peace (Isa. Isa. 2:4; Isa. 9:5, Isa. 9:7; Isa. 14:7; Hos. Hos. 2:18; Zec. Zec. 9:10):
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah (Ps. Ps. 46:1-11) [emphasis added]When the Millennial Kingdom arrives, it will be a glorious day upon the earth during which the sun shall shine:
Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isa. Isa. 60:1-3)You in this passage is the earthly Jerusalem which will be the center of Christs reign during the thousand years (Rev. Rev. 20:4-6+).2
The morning star rises prior to the dawn:
The morning star comes before the day dawns; the sun shines during the day; Jesus is both. As the morning star, He is seen by few: as the sun, He is seen by all. Those who watch not merely for the sun, but for the morning star, properly heed the cautions and injunctions relating to the posture of watching.3
We have in the Morning Star an implied reference to the first stage of the Advent, the thief-like coming for the saints, and to obtain it indicates that we are worthy of the better resurrection, or (if living) of the translation. The mention of this in such a connection is also exceedingly significant of the exaltation of the saints to coheirship with the Christ when the morning breaks.4Christ has just mentioned a scepter and now mentions a star , both elements of the prophecy of Balaam (Num. Num. 24:17). In Balaams prophecy, the star is seen first followed by the scepter. This accords with the view that the morning star will rise prior to the reign of Messiah on the earth.
Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke Luke 21:32-36)The morning star given to the overcomer in Thyatira may be the promise of a visitation prior to the dawnparticipation in the Rapture of the church by all true believers and thus avoiding the last part of the night, the Great Tribulation, immediately before the dawn of the Millennial Kingdom. 1Th. 4:16-17).5 See Rapture.
At the very least it denotes the blessing of the continual expectancy of His coming:
Into the heart of the faithful believer comes that wondrous expectancy of His coming , which John elsewhere describes as having our hope set on him (1 John 1Jn. 3:3). This is the experience of the believer who awakes out of sleep (Romans Rom. 13:11), who by the grace of God hears His voice when He says, Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from among the dead (ones), and Christ shall shine upon thee (Ephesians Eph. 5:13). . . . so these spiritually awakened or aroused find Christs coming arising as the day-star in their hearts (2 Peter 2Pe. 1:19).6
2 Those who take this passage as describing the New Jerusalem have difficulty explaining this verse: Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, so that no one went through you, I will make you an eternal excellence, a joy of many generations (Isa. Isa. 60:15). When was the New Jerusalem forsaken and hated? See also Isa. Isa. 62:1.
4 Ibid., 2:418.