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The white stone is indeed interesting. I have two good sources for Rev 2:17, each with a slightly different interpretation. Commentary by John MacArthur said:

“Hidden manna: Just as Israel received manna, God promises to give the true believer the spiritual bread the unbelieving world cannot see: Jesus Christ.

White stone: When an athlete won in the games he was often given, as part of his prize, a white stone which was an admission pass to the winner’s celebration afterwards. This may picture the moment when the overcomer will receive his ticket to the eternal victory celebration in heaven.

New name: A personal message from Christ to the ones He loves, which serves as their admission pass into eternal glory. It is so personal that only the person who receives it will know what it is.”

I like that!

Another is by Dr. McGee, one of the great commentators (he is in heaven now, so he knows the answer!) but here is his commentary:

“Hidden manna speaks of the person and the death of Christ as He is revealed in the Word of God. [….Jesus is the bread of life…] The believer needs to feed on Christ- this is a MUST for spiritual growth.

A “white stone” suggests that believers are not blackballed in heaven. It is helpful to to learn that the people of Asia Minor to whom John was writing had a custom of giving to intimate friends a ‘tessera’, a cube or rectangular block of stone or ivory, with words or symbols engraved in it. It was a secret, private possession of the one who received it. Well, Christ says that He is going to give to each of His own a stone with a new engraved name upon it.

I do not believe it will be a new name for you and me but that it will be a new name for Him. I believe that each name will be different because He means something different to each one of us. It will be His personal and intimate name to each of us.”

I like that too!

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