In our personal study Revelation chapters 2 and 3, we are seeing many exciting things as the Lord opens our understanding of the hidden manna found in the Word of scripture. The Lord has hidden many secrets within His Word and He reveals them.
The passage in Revelation 2 that follows baffled me for many years. Then one day the Lord opened our understanding and we now share this with you from a portion of our study
To him that overcomes, to him will I give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written, which no one knows except he that receives it.
What the Spirit says:
is what God has hidden in His Word and revealed by Holy Spirit-taught revelation.
John 14:26 "But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things"
1Jn2:27 And as for you, the anointing which ye received of him abides in you,
and you do not need that any one teach you; but as his anointing teaches you
concerning all, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, so you abide in him.
There are truths hidden from carnal eyes and understanding.
Those who see only the "letter" of the Word and do not see what the Spirit says, and will be blind to deeper revealed truth in the Word itself. Most people only learn and repeat what others teach them.
The religious leadership of Jesus' day were declared spiritualy blind by the Lord, and so were those who put their trust in them.
He spoke to them in parables but to His disciples He said this in Matthew 16:17
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon (Peter): for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
-Now any true revelation will always agree and be witnessed by the Word in multiple places.
"To him that overcomes..." What must they "overcome" to eat of the "hidden manna", i.e. the hidden Word of Truth?
Within the passage itself is the answer and according to other passages such as Rev. 18:4, God's people must separate from the harlot system that calls itself Christian and is headed by "false apostles" (i.e. "messengers"), which in the previous verses are referred to as "the Nicolaitane error" (which is the false church government, i.e. the clergy over laity ruler-ship), and also the the married-to-the-world Balaam ministry that sold itself for hire, as in previous verses in Revelation 2: 2,6,14 , and other places such as 2Peter 3:2-3 and in Jude.
In our day we include the 501c3 incorporated groups that married them-self to the State.
We overcome the ministry of the Nicolaitanes, and Jezebel, i.e., the manipulating-controlling-dominating leadership that asserts carnal authority over God's people as did the pharisees and clergy of Jesus' day through Titles, and mans devices as Jesus said.
As we overcome the typical list of church doctrines, creeds, statements of faith, and belief systems of our fathers traditions, God will open our eyes to behold "what the Spirit saith to the churches".
As long as we look at scripture through "lenses" of tradition learned in church,our spiritual vision will be obscurred.
We exhort you to take those religious glasses off and pray a Luke 14:33 prayer..
When you overcome the Nicolaite error/ doctrine that Jesus "hates", you are on your way to understanding God's Word as the Holy Spirit teaches.
Galatians 1:12 For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came to me through revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul did not go to church. He went to God in prayer and study
A personal example of this was a question about "the deeds of the Nicolaitanes which I hate" in Rev. 2:6. For 24 years I always wondered what that was.
After all, if Jesus "hated" it, I certainly did not want to be doing that!
But what was it?
One day the Lord directed me to read Revelation 2 and as I read Christ's words about the "Nicolaitane error", I wondered yet again what it meant.
Suddenly the Lord imparted great understanding and I saw it revealed and the Nicolaitanes were all through the scriptures!
They were the ones who persecuted Jesus. King Saul was an early prototype. Diotrephes in 3John was one. Paul warned of them in Acts 20:33-35.
It all fell into place and also the fact that the most common form of church government is the Nicolaitane error. This was all revealed from the Lord in a few moments.
A white stone:
What do they that eat of that "hidden manna" receive?
He said they would receive a "white stone".
This is the pure, unleavened Jesus of the scripture.
"The Stone that the builders rejected who is become the Head of the corner". Acts 4:11
This is the stone which was set at nought of you (the apostate) builders, which is become the head of the corner."
-set at nought by the builders then, and now, who substitute their version of Jesus as they built their churches, organizations, and personal ministries within Nicolaitane-run churches.
The pure Jesus is not the denominational, sectarian church version which includes unscriptural terms presented by titled church officials like "Reverend", "Pastor", "Apostle", "Rabbi", and a dozen other titles worn by men and women in the church system, collectively known as the "harlot", "mystery Babylon", "the woman", and "Jezebel".
The "white stone" is not simply repeating the name of Jesus in pronouncing the syllables.
How can we say that?
As you look at the "Not In Scripture List" on our web page, you will see some of what has been substituted for the pure Word
(i.e. by adding to or diminishing from what scripture says apart from a systematic belief formula, our own explanation, or others definitions ")
a NEW name written:
The "new name written" was there all the time; it was veiled by religion.
It is the Pure Jesus (the white stone) of the "hidden manna" of the Word of God "that which is written". -in the scriptures. "in the beginning was the Word and the WORD was with God and the WORD was God".
The Word came to us through the written scriptures.
Can "another Jesus slip in through the church door?
2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached.
Not every "Jesus" preached is The "White Stone" Jesus that Paul preached and the writer John knew!
Every sect an denomination presents Jesus as they see Him.
Some view him as led by a pope, some by a denominational statement,
some by their Ministers Manual,
some present Jesus as their pastors ministry,
some present him as without power to heal or do miracles, some present him as Jesus will make you rich, some put him in their particular "uniform" of dress, style, and speech.
Some want to keep him Jewish and under the Old Testament law,
some put him in a clergy collar,
some present him as so bland and generic that anyone can assimilate into the group,
and some will homogenize Jesus into an accepting community of all faiths/ tenets/ and religions just in time for a New World Order Religion for everyone to bow down and worship, upon threat of death.
"which no one *knoweth but he that receiveth it"
How do you get that?
When we "renounce all that you have" in order to become a disciple, as Jesus taught in Luke 14:33, it even includes our church doctrine.
This is how we empty of ourselves in surrendering "all that we have" and believe in order for the Lord to renew our minds in His Word.
Every formula, every manmade list, creed, and statement no matter how seemingly important. Just believe the Word even when you do not understand it, and what you do understand from the Lord, walk in it and do what He told us. People will make excuses for their religious tradition as Jesus said in Mark 7:8 Ye leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men.
"which no one *knoweth but he that receiveth it"
Revelation is to recognize the Pure Jesus of the Hidden Manna one may receive after overcoming the Nicolaitane error and the preach-for-reward ministry!
The new name that only the overcomers have and know is the nature, character, and authority of an unleavened Jesus, purged from the sectarian traditions and doctrines of religion.
"Knowing" the "new name", in truth, cannot be learned from books or a man, it can only be imparted by the Spirit of God, as it is not found in repeating the syllables "Jesus" or a variant.
Men may teach and repeat their ideas, but the Lord God is the One who gives revelation.
A prolonged primary verb; to "know" (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications, with others not thus clearly expressed): perceive, be resolved, be sure, understand.)
Now that you know, here is the passage in Revelation:
11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.
He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
12 and to the angel of the church in Pergamum write
These things saith he that hath the sharp two-edged sword:
13 I know where thou dwellest, even where Satan`s throne is (satan rules from his throne in the heart of the natural, carnal-minded man) and thou holdest fast my name,
and didst not deny my faith, even in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one,
who was killed among you, where Satan dwelleth.
14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there some that hold
the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock
before the children of Israel,
to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication.
15 So hast thou also some that hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans in like manner.
16 Repent therefore; or else I come to thee quickly, and I will make war against them
with the sword of my mouth.
17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.
To him that overcometh, to him will I give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knoweth but he that receiveth it.