"Morning Star" - A clarification on a title referred to both Jesus and others.
Updated: Jun 17
In Rev. 22:16, Jesus was described as being the "Morning Star."
16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
It may be shocking to some when they find out that the "morning star" has previous references to one who has fallen in Isaiah 14:12.
12 How you have fallen from heaven,
morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
In some versions, the word refers to "Lucifer" which some use as if it were interchangeable with "Satan" but it is important to note that the Vulgate text (which is the first appearance of the term "lucifer") has the term written in lower case letters.
Due to this fact, it may be erroneous to use the term as if it were a proper name when it is merely being used to refer to the term "morning-star" or "day-star."
In Rev. 22:16, the term "Morning Star" is a title that Jesus calls Himself.
Its safe to come to the conclusion that the term "morning-star' in Isaiah 14:12 is not a title but rather a metaphor describing the fall of a Babylonian King. Most prominent scholars believe that it alludes to Belshazzar.
However, we should understand that Lucifer may very well be an entity as Babylon is a Spirit that works with the enemy. Lucifer may be a title for the messenger of Satan.