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The Dawn Of A New Day
by Wayne Blank
"Until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts"
As plainly stated in the Scriptures quoted above, Jesus Christ referred to Himself as "the bright and morning star." Peter used the same term in describing the truth about the Christ:
"For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts" (2 Peter 1:16-19 KJV)
The coming of the Christ as a "great light" was prophesied:
"And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up." (Matthew 4:13-16 KJV)
Christianity is the Light of the world:
"For God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:6 KJV)
Fact Finder: The "lightning" in the prophecy "For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:27 KJV) is actually an analogy about the rising sun (the sun rises from the east, whereas mere flashes of lightning can come from any direction) that brings light after the deep darkness of night. What was the significance of the east to the God-commanded design of His holy places?