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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!

Scholars differ as to the meaning of the “white stone.” Alford is probably right in saying that the important point is the stone’s inscription which gives the believer “a new name,” indicating acceptance by God and his title to glory (The Greek Testament, 4:572). This may be an allusion to the Old Testament practice of the high priest wearing 12 stones on his breastplate with the names of the 12 tribes of Israel inscribed on it. Though believers at Pergamum may not have had precious stones or gems of this world, they had what is far more important, acceptance by Christ Himself and assurance of infinite blessings to come. Taken as a whole, the message to the church in Pergamum is a warning against compromise in morals or teaching and against deviating from the purity of doctrine required of Christians.

Walvoord, J. F. (1985). Revelation. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 936). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

The white stone is intriguing—never studied that before, and am enjoying reading the comments concerning it. Matthew Henry’s Commentary (complete) adds this interpretation as well:

“This white stone is absolution from the guilt of sin, alluding to the ancient custom of giving a white stone to those acquitted on trial and a black stone to those condemned. The new name is the name of adoption. None can read the evidence of a man’s adoption but himself.”

While this is obviously not the only acceptable interpretation, adoption is prevalent in my family, so the parallels to our spiritual adoption by God never fail to speak to me.

Everyone should be given to opportunity to hear God's word so they can decide if they want to believe. Those who believe will not be separated from God.

It is so interesting as the Lord begins to write a "report" card for the churches, He clearly told them He knew what they were up to, whether it'd be faithful or unfaithful. He pointed out their sins and pleaded for them to repent or face the consequences. I wonder how He would judge our churches today. There is nothing that can be hidden from Him.

You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. 6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

These letters all begin with Jesus’ understanding of their circumstances and end with messages of praise and warning and promises to those who overcome.
The letter to Ephesus: Without love everything is nothing.
The letter to Smyrna: Jesus gives the crown of life who suffer for his name.
The letter to Pergamum: Mix teachings are not the truth.

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