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The Bright and Morning Star
Finding and Following Jesus in the Book of Revelation

The Bright and Morning Star

Finding and Following Jesus in the Book of Revelation

By Breck England

Published by The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books


Why is the book of Revelation so baffling? Why have students of the New Testament struggled to understand it for centuries?

Because the key to interpreting Revelation was lost long ago. Now it has been restored. For Latter-day Saints, the solution to the problem of this last book of the New Testament is the temple.

In Revelation, we follow the Savior through the temple, receiving tokens of eternal promises, experiencing the great tribulation of mortality, and arriving at the veil where we may enter His presence. The Bright and Morning Star explains each step along that path by citing ancient and modern prophets as well as the best in scholarship. The mysteries and symbols of Revelation become clear as we relate them to the ordinances of the holy temple.

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“Years ago, Breck England introduced me to the concept of “unpacking” the scriptures to discern what the Apostle John calls in the Book of Revelation that “which is, and which was and which is to come.” The Bright and Morning Star: Finding and Following Jesus Christ is true to its subtitle and is “unpacking” at its best. This book sets aside the fixation on when “I come quickly” and redirects our focus to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and our Father’s eternal plan. England does this by focusing on John’s messages in Revelation that address our place in God’s family, teaching of the Savior’s Atonement, eternal life and kingdoms of glory, the power in Christlike living, and the essence of love expressed in charity. I loved this book; I found it both engaging and revelatory and a new look at scripture of great importance today.”

— Heidi Swinton, author, screenwriter and historian

“The inspiring message of this book is a priceless guide for our day. The Bright and Morning Star teaches us that the apostle John’s great vision in Revelation is our own story. It tells us of our place in the family of our Heavenly Parents, of the tribulations we must go through in this life, and the great reward we can claim if we endure faithfully. In the heavenly temple, John saw the grand, sweeping plan of salvation, just as we experience it in the earthly temple. The Bright and Morning Star opens our eyes to the blessing of peace we can enjoy because of the temple despite the prophesied troubles of the world around us.”

— Ardeth Kapp, former Young Women General President

“This book is not only about Revelation, it is a revelation. The Bright and Morning Star brings together the temple, the teachings of latter-day prophets, and the most current scholarship about the book of Revelation. It sets straight a lot of the popular myths about Revelation. In my work on Scripture Central and the Come Follow Me video series, I rely on the temple for insights into the true meaning of the scriptures. In The Bright and Morning Star, my good friend and fellow scripture student Breck England has done that for Revelation. This book clears the path through John’s intricate visions, helping us to find and follow Christ.”

— Taylor Halverson, entrepreneurship professor
BYU Marriott School of Business

Whether or not one agrees with every detail of Breck England’s interpretation, he has pointed us in the right direction by encouraging us to take the temple ordinances as a lamp to guide us as we explore Revelation’s rich treasures of truth. God invites us to come to the temple repeatedly not only because it is a place of peace and supernal service, but also because He wants us to make it a house of learning. The more we understand about the temple, the more we will understand Revelation, and vice versa. When opened to our minds and hearts with this key to understanding—to which England correctly points us—the book of Revelation, like Elijah’s miraculous cruse of oil, will prove an inexhaustible source of nourishment, providing hope and light during the dark days of mortality as we prepare for the advent of perfect light ahead.

— Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, independent scholar

About the Author

Breck England

Breck England is a former instructor in religion and the MBA program at Brigham Young University and content director for FranklinCoveyCo. A research assistant to Leonard Arrington in the 1970s, he has written numerous books, including The Dews of Heaven: Answers to Life’s Questions from the Doctrine and Covenants and The Life and Thought of Orson Pratt.

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