Jesus calls himself “the bright Morning Star” in Revelation 22:16 and “the root and offspring of David.” This signifies that he is the fulfillment of all the prophecies regarding David and the Messiah who would come from him. David’s eternal kingdom has been inaugurated and is coming to completion with the coming of Jesus once again to earth.
In Balaam’s prophecy in Numbers 24:17 he says, “A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.” And in Isaiah 60:1-3 we read, “”Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”
The morning star signals the dawn and the beginning of a new day. Jesus identifies himself as the bright Morning Star in fulfillment of the prophecies of the coming Davidic kingdom that are all about to be fulfilled with his coming again to earth. The process has started its completion and his coming will finish it.
Jesus is encouraging his church to hold on in the knowledge that he is coming and all that we have longed for will be realized with his coming. Our hope is not in this world, or in what we get out of this world, but in the One who is coming to get us and make of us a new kingdom that will last forever and reflect His glory forever and ever.