“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” ‘ Revelation 2:17 NKJV
Hidden manna: Manna takes us back to the Israelites when they left Egypt and wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. Manna came from heaven. It was on the ground every morning six days a week and none on the Sabbath. They collected twice as much on the sixth day so they had food on the Sabbath. Any other day if the manna was kept for the next day it would be spoiled. Some manna was placed in a clay jar and put in the ark.
Jesus says He is the bread of life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:48-51 NIV)
Jesus promises the overcomers that they will be able to eat the heavenly manna with Him.
White Stone: In ancient Greek culture when someone was tried for a crime the jury would place a white stone in a bag if they thought the person was innocent or a black stone if they thought the person was guilty. White stones were also given to the winner of games with their name engraved on it.
Jesus promises a white stone with a new name on it. A name in ancient times often reflected a person’s character. Jacob means supplanter, a deceitful person. After Jacob wrestled with the “angel” he received a new name: Israel which means prevailer, overcomer, conqueror. As we grow closer to Jesus through time with Him in His word and in prayer, we will be overcomers and conquerors. We will receive a new name that reflects our relationship with Him.
Church throughout History
The church of Pergamum covers the period of 313 AD to 538 AD. Satan couldn’t destroy the church with persecution so he went to popularity. Persecution stopped when Constantine accepted Christianity. Christianity became the popular religion. It replaced the pagan religion in the Roman Empire. Unfortunately, many pagan traditions and customs became “baptized” and adapted into Christian beliefs.
–Diane (blog.peacebewithu.com https://bibleschools.com/)