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Jesus the bright and morning Star

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Rev. 22: 12-16,
12.Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit.
13.I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last. (The Before all and at the End of all)
14.Blessed (happy and to be envied) are those who cleanse their garments that they may have the authority and right to (approach) the tree of life and to enter in through the gates to the city.
15.(But) without are the dogs and those who practice sorceries and impurity (the lewd, adulterers) and the murderers and idolaters and every one who loves and deals in falsehood.
16.I, Jesus, have sent My messenger (angel) to you to witness and to give you assurance of these things for the church (assemblies). I am (both) the Root (the source) and the Offspring of David, the radiant and bright Morning Star.

      N.A.S.A. says the morning star (Rev. 22: 16), and the evening star, are the planet Venus. To the untrained eye, planets do look like stars. Venus is the first star (really a planet) seen most evenings, and as the Morning Star seen latest in the morning. It is much brighter then any of the other stars, because it is not a star, it's a planet. Venus is much closer to the Earth and the Sun then stars are and because of it's thick cloud cover it reflects a lot of Sun light making it shine very bright like a star. That is why you can still see the Morning Star for about 15 minutes after the other stars have faded away each morning. In the olden days people worked from Sun up to Sun down. The morning star was often the first thing a person saw each day. Like the Morning star Jesus should be the first thing in our lives each day, standing out above everything else. Starting the day with the Root and Source of your power and strength will change you into a power filled child of God. It will fill you with the presence of Jesus and strengthen you for the day that lays ahead.
- - Do not look directly at the Sun, you will damage your eyes- -
      (Note: To see the Morning Star, get up just before dawn and look in the general area of where the Sun will be coming up. Before the Sun comes up the stars will start to fade away. It is possible that you may see as many as four or more planets (they will look like stars). They will remain for up to about fifteen minutes more then the rest of the real stars. It is very common to see Venus and Mars at the same time. Venus is often the closest and brightest of all the planets to the Sun. Mercury is closer to the Sun than Venus, but it is harder to see. (DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN!)
    To see the Evening Star, Venus, look to the general area of where the Sun is going down in the evening. You may see the same planets in the evening that you saw in the morning. The first star you see is the Evening Star, Venus. You may also happen to see other planets just before the stars start to shine. The closest and brightest to where the Sun went down is most likely Venus. The Evening Star can be seen for about fifteen minutes before all of the real stars start to shine.)

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