The White Stone
Good Morning everyone! I pray that all is well with you, that you have thanked God for this new day, that you have covered your household and family with the Blood of Jesus to be protected from this evil world. That includes your yard, belongings, vehicles, job, bank account, house, neighborhood and anything else that you rely on in this existence. Remember, we are in the World – but not of it. The things that we do should be for the Kingdom of God and not to please man. I always say, “don’t sell your soul for ‘stuff’.” What you do on your job, do it as good as possible and God will reward you even if your employer doesn’t. And for those of you, like me, who work from home, be kind and gracious to others while you work. The World needs love “sweet love” as the song says. Let’s always be a part. If it weren’t for some of you listening and sending in your donations, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do so I thank you all personally. Those that have, bless those that don’t have. There is someone sitting in the privacy of their home or job somewhere who just cannot give and they are thankful from the bottom of their hearts for those who can help me to continue to get these sermons throughout the airwaves. I don’t stand on a mountaintop shouting down at those who sit at my feet for hours, times have changed. I deliver the Word from my desk at home, with the microphone and bibles that you all bought, the electricity, internet and computer that you all are helping me to pay for so that I can get souls saved. So when I say that I thank you for helping me, I mean it. I couldn’t do this without you.
Before we get started, I’d like to announce that “Bible Prophecy” General, Dr. Jack Van Impe was welcomed into Heaven by His blessed Savior and Lord who he had so faithfully served in ministry for over 70 years. Another General gone folks. RIP Dr. Jack Van Impe. I loved their program and watched him and his wife online for years. I adored how he would recite scripture on and on and wished that I could do the same. God bless his family and friends. Amen.
Let’s take a look at Hebrews 13:5 shall we?
Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
I think this verse says it all. God is telling us not to always want want want and be content with what we have. He knows our needs, when we need something He will send it to us by using others to bless us. Not very often do you hear about people having something physical just pop into their existence from nowhere right? God is not a genie and this is not about magic. I’ve experienced some out of the blue blessings before but I’ve never seen a Lincoln drop out of the sky into my presence. It takes faith to believe in the Lord. Either you have faith in Him or you don’t, there is no “I’ll think about it” mode. John 4:24 tells us that God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. Hebrews chapter 11 is loaded with faith scriptures. You cannot serve God without faith in Him. Take a special look at Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Turn your Swords if you have your bibles with you, to Revelation 2:17 please. It states, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Sprit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a “White Stone” with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.” So, exactly what are we talking about here? We are learning about the hidden manna, the revelation of God. The Holy Spirit of God, He is our Teacher. Some people don’t know what to do in life because they don’t have a close relationship with the Holy Spirit, Who Jesus left for us, when He went back to Heaven. He kept His promise and didn’t leave us without guidance from the Throne. The wonderful, triune, 3-in-1 God. Once Jesus is your friend, He’s your friend forever.
It specifically tells us that you will not please God without believing that He is. That means that you believe in and of Him, you tell others about Him, you are not embarrassed of Him and you spend time with and talk to Him.
There was just a report on CNN that Iranian Christians are telling us not to believe what we see on the news. There is a 90% Iran and a 10% Iran and evil people who are the 10% is what you see on the news. The announcer said that Iran is growing the church faster than any other church in the World. And China is growing as well. I love it when I see that people from these areas are listening or watching us online. I absolutely love planting seeds. You never know who is getting blessed by what you do. The same countries that they mentioned are countries that show up in our stats and get this….I’m not the only one! Plant your seeds folks. Get closer to God and learn to listen for His still, soft voice. Give Him time to speak to you. You may be planting seeds and don’t even know it. You never know who has been watching you online or listening to you. This is real. People who are desperate for Jesus are watching you because they see online that you’ve either mentioned His name or posted something about Him in some way.
Receiving the White Stone means that we have to hold still and listen to the whispers of the Holy Spirit Who speaks to our spirit. We have to get into the Word and learn it daily. If you need help, ask someone for it or go to a bible study either online or in the church of your choice. Revelation 2:17 says also that God will not only give us a White Stone of favor but a new name that no one else will know but us. How can you understand your new name if you don’t study His Word or iisten to His voice? Let me give you a description of the White Stone.
A white stone was used to gain admission to certain events in Roman times. That would imply that those who overcome will be granted admission to the Kingdom. Do you see the comparison here? I am talking spiritually and not just in the natural. Also people who did others a favor in some kind of way was given a white stone which was akin to an endless Mastercard in our day. Wherever they went or wherever they needed to stay, they did not have to pay a fee or charge to get services such as hotels (Inn’s), food, transportation, food, etc.
According to David Stern’s Complete Jewish Bible, which is a Hebrew printing of God’s Word, it tells us that the meaning is that God will give us the ‘right’ to eat from the Tree of Life which is in Eden. Wouldn’t you love that?
About the manna. As we know, that was given in the Exodus while they wandered. Some of the manna was placed in a pot and stored in the ark of the covenant. The ark disappeared from earth, but is mentioned in Rev 11:19 as being seen within God’s temple. John could have had that “manna from the hidden ark” in mind.
Rev 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
It’s name means “to show that which is hidden.” Christ promises to give it to him that is conqueror.
Jesus told the disciples Luk 10:24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
There are people in much higher ranks of life than us who wish that they knew what we knew, heard what God has spoken to us or see what our eyes see. We must always remember to be thankful. Always always always and daily.
2Sa 22:50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. 1Ch 16:8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
1Ch 16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
Does that scream “give thanks” or what? There were more scriptures but it would take up time here to read them all. Just simply give thanks. Amen.
Jesus is the ark, the oil, the rod, the testimony, and the manna. He who is partaker of his grace has all those things in their spiritual meaning and perfection. It is supposed that by the white stone is meant pardon or acquittance, and the evidence of it; and that there is an allusion here to the custom observed by judges in ancient times, who were accustomed to give their suffrages by white and black pebbles; those who gave the former were for absolving the culprit, those who gave the latter were for his condemnation. This is mentioned by Ovid, Metam. lib. xv., ver. 41:
This White Stone is also a Secret Place within you. You’ve heard me before preaching about Your Secret Place. Feel free to come back later and listen to that episode when you have time.
The person who held the white stone had a right to entertainment in the house of him who originally gave it; for it was in reference to this that the friendly contract was made.
This, when produced, gave the bearer a right to the offices of hospitality; he was accommodated with food, lodging, etc., as far as these were necessary; and to this, the eating of the hidden manna may refer.
But what does this mean in the language of Christ?
- That the person is taken into an intimate state of friendship with him.
With all of the messes that happen in our lives folks, we have to find our secret place. It behooves us to find that place where we can be alone with Jesus. The Jewish people and those grafted in have a prayer scarf called a Tallit prounced “taleet” that they wear while praying. I have a blue and white one and it is beautiful. It is actually your personal prayer closet. They cover their heads with it and go into prayer with the Lord. The strings on the bottom all have a purpose. There are so many of them for a reason and they are called, “Wings.” Therefore when the woman with the issue of blood crawled through the crowd, (which was illegal for a woman with that type of sickness to do,) she knew the scripture and believed in it that there is healing in His Wings. She knew exactly what would happen if she made the first step to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. When you pray in your tallit, you are touching the wings of the Tallit. In prayer there is healing, in prayer there are all of the answers that you could possibly ask. It gives us vitality and life just like the white stone does. It signifies inocense.
When we get to that last judgment of God, God is going to ask Jesus about you and Jesus is going to say, “Paid in full.” When we were young we couldn’t wait to buy tickets to see our favorite groups in concert. Wait until you see what this “ticket” gets you in Heaven and not only in Heaven but here in our existence on Earth as well. The new Heaven and the New Earth. You are free from all sins, acquitted of all guilt, and free from condemnation. There are so many people who accept Jesus as their Savior and still feel that they should add some human concept to make their salvation work. Then we get into legality, legalism. Accepting Jesus as your Savior gets you saved, not Jesus and tithing or Jesus and fasting. Just Jesus.
That was what Jesus didn’t like about the Sadducees and Pharisees, instead of them trusting in Him and teaching people about the freedom that Jesus presented, they constantly trusted the law of Moses more and refused to see Jesus high and lifted up in their minds and spirits. He called them whitewashed sepulchers. Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Although this scripture speaks of the church in Thyratira, the Nicolaitanes apparently began to promote similar beliefs, and in their proud and wealthy city were prepared to admit orthodoxy of doctrine so long as it was combined with laxity of morals. But Christ cannot for a moment tolerate such a conjunction, a pairing of sort. His judgment sword must vindicate the purity of His Church.
The White Stone is a symbol of your faithfulness, not orthodoxy, or a sticking to the Law instead of Jesus.
Your new name reflects the battles you’ve been in (Sufferings that you have endured.) The ultimate symbol of transformation and victory. It is not named after your human nature but your new creation. You will and even NOW have Eternal Purity. Don’t let the devil talk you out of it. he’s been a liar from the beginning and it’s his job to rob you of your Heavenly Heritage because he lost his.
The good thing about it all is that you don’t have to do anything else but believe and trust in Jesus Christ. Yes, you don’t have to lift a finger my friend. When someone adds ANYTHING to your salvation, it is dangerous because you are getting back into legalism. Whether it’s about Sunday service or, your not serious about Christ, tithing, candle-lighting, tedious praying, no tattoos, the way that you dress, your hair style, your vehicle, which Sunday you worship on, Jesus covered it all. Whatever day you choose, just make sure that you have a Holy Day for the Lord. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. Rest one day for Jesus, God rested and He Created all things. It’s not because He was tired and needed a break, He did it as an example for us. Slaves don’t rest and you are not a slave to God but a friend. Jesus tells us this in Joh 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Accept your new life in Christ and live it in the joy of the Holy Spirit. I’ll leave you with the following scriptures if you’d like to write them down.
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2Co 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
2Co 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
2Co 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
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