Keep up the good work.
overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him
a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who
receives it.' Revelation 2:16-17 (NAS)
The meaning of the hidden manna and the white stone are not given
the text. There are no direct references to a little white stone anywhere else
in the Bible. It was common in those times to use
small stones or pebbles as a ticket to an event such
as a feast, but it is unclear as to whether this
might be a key to the use here. There are many
references to manna in scripture, as follows:
References to manna in the Bible:
When the children of Israel were led by God, through His servant Moses, from
their captivity in Egypt, God fed them with manna, a type of food. This
was not hidden manna, but very visible manna.
"And the house of Israel named it manna, and it was like coriander seed,
white; and its taste was like wafers with honey." Exodus 16:31 (NAS)
"And the sons of Israel ate the manna forty years, until they came to an
inhabited land; they ate the manna until they came to the border of the land of
Canaan." Exodus 16:35 (NAS)
There are some references to manna that give some spiritual significance to
the physical manna:
"And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in
the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know
what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. And
He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not
know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that
man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out
of the mouth of the LORD." Deuteronomy 8:2-3 (NAS)
"Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'He
gave them bread out of heaven to eat.'" Jesus therefore said to them,
"Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of
heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life
to the world." They said therefore to Him, "Lord, evermore give us
this bread." Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes
to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst."
John 6:31-35 (NAS)
Is Jesus, the bread of life, this hidden manna? Is the bread that comes
down from heaven not only Jesus, but every word that proceeds out of the mouth
of the Lord?
The text of Revelation does not say, but perhaps these references to
spiritual life being sustained by the word of the Lord, and by Jesus, the bread
of life...perhaps these thoughts were in the minds of the Christians as they
first read the Revelation?
We add below the continuing message to those in the church:
To the Christians
(to those in Jesus'
church...the bride of Christ):
Who do what:
|Who read, hear and heed the words of this prophecy.
||He will be blessed.
|Change your hearts and do the things you did at first.
||If you don't change, I will come to you. I will take away
your lampstand from its place.
To him who
||Will grant to eat of the tree of life.
|To the one who is faithful until death
||I will give you the crown of life.
To him who
||Shall not be hurt by the second death.
To him who
||Will give the hidden manna and white stone.
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