525Re: Morning star
- May 5, 2003Dear Alan,
In your response to Pere Porta Roca you mention 2 Pet 1:19 and
<<<I'm sure you're already familiar with this, but I'll mention it
since you didn't. Second Peter 1:19 describes Christ as the
morning star which outshines the light of the earlier prophetic
I think Second Peter 1:19 is intresting when looking at the timing
of prophetic fulfillment. How long is "soon" in prophecy? How
immediate is "quickly?" How long is the time span until the day
dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts?
If we look at these things in an idealistic fashion, I don't think we
need to limit them to a first century experience. Maybe that's why
John the Revelator used this particular symbol.>>>
I think, though not for the same reason, that you are right to see
this verse as important in understanding the 'soons' and
'quicklies' of the Apocalypse. However, I would like to suggest
that 'John the Revelator' did not use this symbol because Peter
had included it. On the contrary, Peter used it because he was
familiar with its use in the Revelation.
I received no responses to my post of April 1 (an unfortunate
date for it!) and so I did not do the second part. If I had, this
reference to the Morning Star would have been one of the
indicators that 2 Peter (with 1 Peter) was written in anticipation of
the immediate fulfilment of the things foretold in the Revelation.
The urgency has clearly heightened with the second epistle.
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