Filed Under (Author, Dee Dee Warren, book excerpts) by dee dee on 24-04-2005
Continuing with Bahsen:
To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. Revelation 2:17
What is the hidden manna? What connections are we supposed to make? Pergamos was one of the first cities to institute enforced emporor worship, which of course the Christians would not do, and thus they were cut off from the marketplace, without money, without food. God promises that He will be their food: Jesus the bread of life, the manna that came down from Heaven.
Also, this manna is “hidden.” Where else was manna hidden? After God’s provision to Israel in the wilderness, He instructed them to hide manna in the Ark of the Covenant. Also there is possibly an allusion to an apocryphal story in which after the Temple was destroyed, the Prophet Jeremiah (or an angel in some versions) saved the Ark, and specifically the hidden manna within, to be saved for the messianic age. Was John alluding to this? Possibly.
Christ is comforting His Church that He is their provision.
Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Revelation 2:15
Oh boy, call the Political Correctness Police, Jesus hates certain doctrine from “professing” Christians. You mean sometimes it is right to cast out false doctrine? Even if the perpretators are allegedly “in” the Church? EGAD!!!! GASP! Was Jesus a….a…… a….. [choke] heresy hunter?????????
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 2:15
In that day, a white stone was one’s passport into pagan festivals and banquets. Jesus promises that He gives entrance to His banquet. And in the Semitic culture one’s name was more than just a word, it was a revelation of one’s character. Christ gives us a new nature, a new character…a new name. And only we really know the changes He has wrought.