have meaning. Our names are given to us at birth, and often reflect our
personality or tell a story. My name Kevin means "handsome,
beloved" and Swift means
"one who is fast, a messenger". You might enjoy checking
out your own name. Jesus--known in Hebrew as "Yeshua"
means "salvation". Names are important to God. In
fact, He promises to give you,
persevere faithfully through trials,
name that only you and Messiah will know: "To him who overcomes...
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 2:17.
white stone harks back to the ancient Roman custom of awarding white
stones to the victors of athletic games. The winner of a contest was
awarded a white stone with his name inscribed on it. This served as his
“ticket” to a special awards banquet. Jesus promises the overcomers
entrance to the eternal victory celebration in heaven. The “new name”
refers to the Holy Spirit’s work of conforming and transforming the
end-time faithful, even in martyrdom, to the holiness of Christ (see Romans
the Word of God, our Creator also reveals Himself with over 200 names
and titles. This brings home the fact that there is no one "who is
like God"; He is indescribable. However, God attempts to help us
know Him more fully with names such as "Advocate, Almighty, Alpha
& Omega, Ancient of Days and Prince of Peace". He also refers
to Himself as earth, food and liquid--"the Rock, Bread of Life and
Living Water" and even animals--the "Lion and the Lamb".
All these have spiritual meaning and offer insight into the One who
loves us. However, creature names do not diminish or lower God, but
raises Him to the Highest and Holiest above all. He is all things to all
of His creation in Heaven and on earth.
first lesson focuses
on Daniel 12, and we
see Michael-- the
stand up" from a seated position--a position of authority and
what follows is both earth-shaking and life-giving. In this
regard, Messiah is the ultimate "malak"
in Hebrew--meaning "messenger"--the Messenger of our
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