“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” (Revelation 22:16, KJV).
It is clear from the above passage that Jesus is the Bright and Morning Star. But what does He mean by revealing Himself as such?
The Meaning of the Bright and Morning Star
We can discern some facts by first looking to the actual “morning star” as found in the physical universe. According to Collins English Dictionary, the morning star is seen just before sunrise. It is often the planet Venus, at the time that the planet is west of the sun. It is also often referred to as the daystar.
So in essence, with this in mind, the bright and morning star is the first light which is visible in the sky that announces the coming of the day. It is also the greatest and brightest of stars. And it is also often referred to as the evening star–Jesus being the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega.
These facts, in themselves, speaks a lot considering the meaning of the Bright and Morning Star. Jesus is the Light of the World who will announce the glorious coming of the Day when He Himself returns to bring His great light to the Earth (His glory will also one day replace the need for the sun, Revelation 22:5).
It is fitting that Jesus refers to Himself as the Bright and Morning Star in the Book of Revelation, which is a revelation of the End Times.
Ornament of the Heavens
Poetically speaking, the bright and morning star is the ornament of the heavens. It is an object of great beauty. So when Jesus likens Himself to the bright and morning star, He is proclaiming that He is an object of great beauty (the greatest beauty), and worthy of worship in the heavens and the earth. The morning star is also a useful guide to mariners (source: http://www.wogim.org/sh24.htm).
The Bright and Morning Star heralds the dawn. Rejoice for He is coming quickly!