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Poole on Revelation 2:28, 29: The Morning Star

Verse 28:[1] And I will give him (2 Pet. 1:19; Rev. 22:16) the morning star.



[And I will give to him the star of the early morning] This is an expression of the Rabbis: for they call Him כוכב הבוקר, the star of the morning (Grotius). He understands, either, 1. the light of glory and a clear vision of God (Lapide, Menochius); splendor, not of just any star whatsoever, but of the morning star, which far exceeds the rest of the stars. See Homer and Virgil (Grotius) [and their words in Grotius]; or, the heavenly brightness of bodies in the resurrection (Piscator). Or, 2. the certain and indubitable hope of the eternal light soon to follow (Zegers). Or, 3. a guardian Angel or Archangel (certain interpreters in Lapide). Or, 4. the Holy Spirit, who is called φωσφόρος, the day star, in 2 Peter 1:19, who attends the sun of righteousness, and goes before, as the dawn precedes the Sun (Cotterius). Or, 5. ἀνατολὴν, the East, that is, the Nations in the East, where the star of the early morning rises and goes before the sun, which Nations He will convert to the faith, etc. (Hammond). Or, 6. Christ Himself (Zegers, Pererius, Ribera, Lapide, Gomar, Durham, Pareus), who is called the day star, 2 Peter 1:19, and the Sun of Righteousness, Malachi 4:2 (Gomar), and the star of the early morning, Revelation 22:16[2] (Gomar, Pareus, Ribera), which shines in the darkness, and is the end of night and the beginning of the day; and it promises greater brightness, which the Sun is soon going to convey. Thus, therefore, Christ is called (Ribera), either, 1. on account of His greatest eminence, as this star excels the rest (Durham). Or, 2. because Christ, born and risen again, dispersed and dispelled the darkness of ignorance, of sin (Lapide), of infidelity and of all errors (Ribera, similarly Lapide, Pererius), and of mortality (Ribera, Lapide); and He filled the whole world with the light of faith, and He supplied in Himself an example of our glorious future resurrection (Pererius out of Haymo), and He is present with the saints in the gloom of death and supplies to them light and joy, and is the messenger of the already coming blessedness, of greater brightness, as it were (Ribera); He is no less dear to the faithful than the star of the early morning is to one making a journey in the darkness of night, etc. (Durham).


The morning star: Either the light of glory, the blessed vision of God, or a certain hope of eternal life; or the Holy Spirit, called so, 2 Peter 1:19; or rather, of myself. Christ himself is not only called the Sun of righteousness, Malachi 4:2, but the Morning star, Revelation 22:16, because he excelleth all other stars in glory, and scattereth the darkness of ignorance and error by the light of his gospel: I will make him partaker of myself.

Verse 29:[3] (Rev. 2:7) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

[To the Churches] Namely, of Thyatira, and its neighbors (Grotius).



He that hath an ear, etc.: Here the same conclusion of this epistle as of all the rest, Revelation 2:7, 11, 17: see the notes on Revelation 2:7.


Those who make this epistle typical and prophetical, make it a type of all the churches of Christ, from about the year AD 1260, or the end of the persecution of the Waldenses, until the protestant religion so far obtained, that whole nations owned it, which was about AD 1560, by which time England and Scotland had made it the religion of those nations: it had before this prevailed in Germany, Helvetia, France, and many other places, where it was the religion of whole cities and particular jurisdictions, etc.

[1] Greek: καὶ δώσω αὐτῷ τὸν ἀστέρα τὸν πρωϊνόν. [2] Revelation 22:16b: “…I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star (ὁ ἀστὴρ ὁ λαμπρὸς ὁ πρωϊνός).” [3] Greek: ὁ ἔχων οὖς ἀκουσάτω τί τὸ Πνεῦμα λέγει ταῖς ἐκκλησίαις.

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
May 12, 2020

William Jay's Morning Exercises: '"And I will give him the morning star."—Revelation 2:28


If we found any difficulty in determining the subject of this promise, we could refer to the Speaker's own declaration in another part of this book, "I am the root and offspring of David, the bright and the morning star." Here we see the advantage of comparing one passage of Scripture with another. What is general in one is particularized in another, and what is darker in one is clearer in another.


Does he then promise himself—I will give him the morning star? Yes; he is the guide and the way, the teacher and the lesson, the priest and the sacrifice, the giver and the gift. He…


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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
May 12, 2020

Dr. Dilday's Sermon: "The Morning Star"

https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=88101459418

1) Analysis

a) Context

b) Verse 28

c) Verse 29

2) Doctrine: Christ is the chief desire of the believing heart.

3) Use: Seek Christ in the here and now.

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
May 12, 2020

William Tong (for Matthew Henry): 'We now come to the conclusion of this message, Revelation 2:26-29. Here we have,

1. The promise of an ample reward to the persevering victorious believer, in two parts:—(1.) Very great power and dominion over the rest of the world: Power over the nations, which may refer either to the time when the empire should turn Christian, and the world be under the government of the Christian emperor, as in Constantine's time; or to the other world, when believers shall sit down with Christ on his throne of judgment, and join with him in trying, and condemning, and consigning over to punishment the enemies of Christ and the church. The upright shall have dominion i…

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