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Lesson 15

The Greek word for star is “aster”. It is used as an alias for Jesus in Revelation 2:28 as “the Morning Star” proinos+aster, and again in Revelation 22:16 Jesus is called “the Bright and Morning Star” orthrinos+aster. Both verses use the Greek word aster=star as the subject. The English translation for these verses accurately reflect the Greek text. In 2 Peter 1:19 however the Greek word aster is not found in the original text anywhere. The Bible tells us that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light to deceive the world. How does Satan deceive the followers of Jesus? Does calling him star of the morning help disguise him from those he wants to deceive? Why do you think virtually all English translators choose to render the Greek word phosphoros as the morning star? Do you find this misleading in any way? Is that the way you would translate the word, or would your translation reflect what the Greek word meant? Jesus was the light of God that came to the world to save the world. He brought the light because he was the light. Jesus referred to himself as the light of the world. He knew who he was, what name would you give Jesus? No matter what people may tell you, they can not make you believe anything you don’t choose to believe. You have the tools to weigh the merits of a topic and decide what you believe to be true. The study of Satan’s name may be of minor concern, but it could lay the groundwork for how you approach Bible study on more serious topics. Will you find what words the original Bible text languages used, or accept a belief with biblical proof that might be questionable. Your Christian beliefs are up to you to work out and find Bible support for. How will you do it?

Revelation 12:9 Complete Jewish Bible
The great dragon was thrown out, that ancient serpent, also known as the Devil and Satan [the Adversary], the deceiver of the whole world. He was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.

John 3:19 King James Version
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

John 8:12 Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”

John 12:35-36 Easy-to-Read Version
35 Then Jesus said, “The light will be with you for only a short time more. So walk while you have the light. Then the darkness will not catch you. People who walk in the darkness don’t know where they are going. 36 So put your trust in the light while you still have it. Then you will be children of light.” When Jesus finished saying these things, he went away to a place where the people could not find him.

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