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Revelation Stone Name
(Revelation 2.17)
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"Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it." (Revelation 2.17)✞

Glistens Like Snow

White Stone"The white stone" or "tessera" was significant because each Christian received a new Revelation stone with a special name marked on it. Every person who truly believed in Christ had a new name given them by Jesus. The words "white" and "new" are characteristic of Revelation. R. H. Charles (1855-1931), the British Biblical scholar, said "white is the color and livery of heaven." The word used does not describe a dull, flat whiteness like ceiling white paint but a white which glistens like snow in the winter sun. The "white stone" had other meanings in that age. It may have refered to the pebble indicating acquittal in Greek courts or to the lot cast in elections in Greece. The white stone conveyed acquittal and the election stone may have been a reference to the precious stones embedded in the high-priest's breastplate. The white stone was both an emblem of forgiveness of sin and that Christians were individually chosen by God.✞

Meaning Name

name badgeThe Revelation stone was the evidence that a person has been acquitted by God and declared worthy to be elected to eternal life. A person's Christian name, given in baptism, was intended to represent his or her character. "John" for example meant a "gift of God." God will however give us "new names" and new hearts when we follow him. "A new stone name" may have been a reference to the Christian's spiritual rebirth separate from but normally marked by baptism. It has been suggested that "the white stone name" was an actual person! Maybe the Risen Christ himself was given to his faithful ones with a new self, cleansed of all earthly stains and glistening with the purity of heaven!✞

"Revelation Stone Name"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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