The Morning Star
“And I will give him the morning star.” (Rev 2:28 KJV)
Jesus promises the morning star to those that overcome.
There are many thoughts as to what the morning star refers to. The Scriptures may not be clear enough on this point to be dogmatic, but there are several possibilities from other Scripture.
One idea is that the overcomers will have a sense that the end is near, much like Simeon (Luke 2:25-34) and Anna (Luke 2:36-38) had a spiritual insight they would see the Christ and saw Jesus as a child.
Another idea is that it refers to Jesus Himself. Jesus is the bright and morning star.
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” (Rev 22:16 KJV)
Another way to see this is that overcomers will receive the promise- that is the promise of His return. In other words, overcomers will be raptured.
“16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
(1Th 4:16-17 KJV)
Hath an Ear
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Rev 2:29 KJV)
Again Jesus gives the same exhortation that He gave to Israel and in the parables (Exe 3:27, Mat 13:9). Jesus exhorts us to listen and heed the warnings to the Churches. We are to hear and obey. This exhortation shows that the warnings to the seven Churches apply to all the Churches and these seven Churches are used as a model to show the states of the Churches.