Spiritual Meaning of REVELATION 2:28
AR 151. Verse 28. And I will give him the morning star, signifies intelligence and wisdom then. That by "stars" are signified the knowledges of good and truth, may be seen in (n. 51); and because by them is intelligence and wisdom, therefore these are signified by "the morning star." It is called "the morning star," because intelligence and wisdom will be given them by the Lord, when He shall come to establish the New Church, which is the New Jerusalem; for He says:--
That which ye have, hold fast till I come (Apoc. 2:25).
By which is signified, that they must retain the few truths which they know concerning charity and its faith from the Word, and live according to them, even until the New Heaven and the New Church are formed, which is the coming of the Lord (n. 145). It is called "the morning star," because by "morning" is signified the coming of the Lord, when there is a New Church. That this is meant by "morning," in the Word, appears from the following passages:--
Until the evening and morning two thousand three hundred; then shall the sanctuary be justified; the vision of the evening and morning, is truth (Dan. 8:14, 26).
He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night (Isa. 21:11, 12).
By "the evening" and "the night" is signified the last time of the old church, and by "the morning" the first time of the New Church.
The end is come, the morning is come upon thee, O thou inhabitant of the earth; behold the day it is come, the morning hath gone forth (Ezek. 7:6, 7, 10).
Jehovah in the morning, in the morning He will give His judgment in light, He faileth not (Zeph. 3:5).
God is in the midst of her, God shall help her when the morning appeareth (Ps. 46:5).
I have waited for Jehovah; my soul doth wait for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning, that watch for the morning; for with Him is plenteous redemption, and He shall redeem Israel (Ps. 130:5-8).
By "morning," in these passages is meant the Lordís coming, when He came into the world and established a New Church; in like manner now. And because the Lord alone gives those who will be of His New Church intelligence and wisdom; and all things which the Lord gives are Himself because they are of Himself, therefore the Lord says that He Himself is "the morning star":--
I am the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star (Apoc. 22:16).
He is called also "the morning" in 2 Samuel:--
The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He is as the light of the morning, a morning without clouds (2 Samuel 23:3, 4).
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