Saturday, November 8, 2014

A "New Name"..."Michael". Why?

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I have another question... 
The new name received which no one knows but the one receiving it. As Rev. 2:17, Isaiah62:2, and Rev.3:12.... 
Is this new name to be given at the same time as when all the holy ones conquered? 
Another anointed one, says they have been given a new name and they have disclosed it to me. What do you think about that? 

REPLY:
                                                   Introduction                    
Your question requires a thorough reply, in order to answer it fully.
For this reason, I will divide it into three parts, to make both writing it, and reading it, more manageable.

Likely you learned at that site (http://topicalbible.org/n/name.htm), that a Bible name often reflects the traits of who a person is....the record that they have made with God, and their divine assignment. 
From your three cited scriptures, we learn many symbolic things about the "new name". This new name is associated with the New Covenant, the new creation, and those who sing the new song (2Cor.5:17; Rev.21:5; Eph.4:23,24; 1Cor.5:7; Col.3:10; Rev.14:3; Ps.40:3; 1Cor.14:15 -new understandings- Isa.43:19,18; 65:17; Rev.20:12; 10:8,7). These things are also associated with the new wine Christ promised the faithful (Mark2:22; Matt.26:29; Rev.3:20).
It may help to make a list of the things we learn from your three cited scriptures.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white pebble, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” (Rev.2:17)

"The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory.
You shall be called by a new name,
Which the mouth of the Lord will name." (Isa.62:2)

"He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name." (Rev.3:12)

What we learn:
1. "Overcoming" is required. The name is "written" on a "white" "pebble", 
      and only the receiver "knows" the "name". Receiving the new name 
      is accompanied by receiving "hidden manna".
2. God Himself will bestow this new name, through Christ.
3. "Overcoming" is again required. The new name reflects God, New Jerusalem, 
     and Jesus Christ's own new name (John15:21; Mark13:13)
(On the basis of Christ's new name, his followers who also bear it, will be persecuted.)

A closer scriptural look at each of these points, opens up the meaning further.

                                   _______PART ONE________
REV.2:17
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white pebble, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” 

1."Overcoming"/"conquering"
   Revelation's depictions are rife with spiritual warfare (Rev.6:4,8; 16:14,16; 6:17; 8:6 (1Cor.14:8); Rev.9:4,7,9,15,16; 11:7; 12:7,17; 13:7,10,15; 17:14; 18:24; 19:11,14,19,21; 20:8,9). 
For a time, it is the unsealed Holy Ones who are conquered, trampled by Gentile Beast, and imprisoned (Rev.13:7; 11:2; Luke21:24; Rev.13:10). They must reverse their circumstances, in order to "overcome" their enemies and become sealed.
For those who do this, the new name and all the blessings that come with it, await.
How do they overcome?
We are pointedly told, at Rev.12:11.

This testimony is based upon God's commands, which His genuine witnesses have branded on their hearts (Heb.10:16) which would be symbolized by a mark on their hand and forehead (Deut.6:6,8; 11:18; Rev.14:1; 7:3; 22:4)
Why is this "overcoming" by testimony, so great a feat?
Because any testimony that is disloyal toward the supremacy of the Beast, is punished by "death" (Rev.13:16,17,15; John16:2; Mark8:35).

  "Hidden Manna"
The hidden manna (truth -Matt.4:4; John17:17) is the same reward as the tree of life (life -John6:63; 10:10 B) and the morning star (the way 2Pet.1:19) (Rev.2:7,28,17).
All three refer to Christ (John14:6). 
[Rev.22:16; John6:51,58; John6:63 (Matt.12:33,35; Luke6:45; John6:63; Matt.12:33)]
and receiving from Christ, all that the Father has given him. ("hidden"manna -- Matt.11:25; Mark8:29,30; John14:21,22; 6:51,58,35,65; Matt.13:11; Col.2:2,3; Heb.10:20; Isa.29:11; Dan.12:10; John15:15; 16:15; Rev.1:1)
(http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2013/10/unless-you-eat-my-flesh.html)

  "Written"/"inscribed"
This Bible word carries with it the idea of being engraved. It shows devotion and servitude by the wearer, and of never forgetting what the mark stands for. This can be for good... (Isa.49:16,15; Song of Solomon8:6), or for bad (Jer.17:1).

  "white"
This color (when genuine and not just on the surface), stands for purity/righteousness, before God (Isa.1:18; Mark9:3; Heb.7:26; 1Cor.1:30; Rev.19:8)

 "pebble"
To derive the divine and accurate interpretation of the meaning of this symbolic pebble, I turn to the only other place it is mentioned within the Greek scriptures.
It is found at Acts26:10. This link, "pebble", agrees with the light this verse sheds on the meaning.
In that verse, Paul uses the same Greek word (ψῆφον), to describe his "vote"/judgment...his previous decision to condemn Christ's disciples. A black pebble historically signified a negative judgment of condemnation. A white pebble, one of innocence and righteousness.

To be given a white pebble by Christ, is to be given his approval. That approval would also assure the receiver, that Jesus decided to apply his sacrifice to them, to wash their sins away (Jer.33:16; Rom.6:7,5; Rev.6:9,11; Mark8:35), based upon their own sacrifice for truth. How precious a treasure, is the new name, written on that little white pebble!

But there is more to this white pebble and it's inscription.
God's Laws had previously been written on stone tablets (Ex.31:18). In this present age, He writes His Laws on hearts (2Cor.3:3,9). If we have refined our heart by means of the cleansing fire of God's Word (Num.31:23; Zech.13:9; Job23:10,11; 1Cor.3:13,14,15,10,11; Matt.7:24,25; Eph.2:20; Prov.9:1), and have had our heart circumcised by God's spirit (Rom.2:28,29; Deut.30:6; Jer.24:7); Christ will read our heart, and give us his approval. For those Chosen, God's approval includes a designation among His everlasting Temple and Heavenly City.
    But receiving this pebble is not without it's obligation. 
It comes with a new name inscribed upon it, designating what the Master expects of the receiver...a calling to servitude, which the recipient must eternally fulfill. This is not a burden, but a reward....the joy of the Master (Matt.25:23)!

"New Name"

    God changed Abram's name, to Abraham. Why did God give Abram a new name? 
Gen.17:5 reads;
"No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations."
(Neh.9:7; Rom.4:17)
Abram means [Exalted Father].
Abraham means, [Father of Many].
Abraham was the exalted father to the Jews (John8:33; Matt.15:24; Luke19:9,10).
However, this was not to remain the basis of salvation...
Nor the role of Abraham as father to the physical Jews only!
(Luke3:8; Matt.21:43; John3:3,6,5; Mark10:14; Heb.1:7; 2:5,16; Gal.3:26,27,28,29) (Gen.28:12,13,14,17; John1:51; Rev.22:4,3).

God made a covenant with "Abraham", that he would become a father of "many Nations", not just the Israelites (Gen.17:5).
This multinational group (Rev.5:9,10; 1Pet.2:9,10), would become spiritual Jews (Rom.2:28,29), and therefore, have "Abraham" as their spiritual father (Gal.3:28,29), through their imitation of Abraham's faith (Rom.4:16,17; 3:22,24,30; 9:8; 4:11; Gal.3:7,14; 1Cor.12:13; Eph.2:15; John10:16; Col.3:11.

The point of all this is,
that when God's purpose for one of his servants changes....
so does that servant's name. The name is a reflection of divine designation.
To be given a new name, is to be given a new designation...a new purpose...a new responsibility.

"which no one knows except him who receives it"

This is also true of Christ (Rev.19:12).
If we learn why Jesus is the only one who knows his own "new name" [before he gives it to others -(end of Rev.3:12)], then we can understand why others have exclusive knowledge of their new name.

Lets go back to remembering that having a name inscribed on one's self, also reflects that you are devoted in your heart and owned by what or who, that engraving represents. They are who you serve (Rev.22:4,3; 7:3).
To have exclusive knowledge of that inscription, would mean that you have exclusive knowledge of what the name of your object of devotion, means.
    We are openly told, that the new name includes,
"the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name." (Rev.3:12)
To know your new designation and name,
including the other names listed in Rev.3:12,
is to know God, New Jerusalem, and Christ's new name.
If others do not fully understand and know God, His Holy City, or Christ's new name/designation;
then they cannot know the new designation/name, that the faithful receive.
Let's look at this scripturally.

Why it is, that only the giver (Christ) and the receiver of the pebble, know the "new name" written upon it?

"No one knows the Father but the Son, and anyone the Son reveals Him to." (Matt.11:27)

In the time of the end, those worshiping the Beast do not know the Father (2Thess.1:8; Rev.16:2; 13:8), nor remember His command for exclusive devotion (Matt.4:10), nor His forbidding the sharing of his glory with any other entity (Isa.42:8; 48:11).
In the time of the end, these divine laws are even violated among God's own priesthood and Nation (Rom.1:25; Rev.11:2; Isa.51:23; Matt.5:13; 2Cor.11:3,4,20,13; 1Tim.4:1; Rev.16:13,14,15; 13:7,4; Jer.5:31) (Isa.5:13,14).
Yes...people from all Nations marvel at the unconquerable Beast Idol with admiration, and ask in praise,
"Who is like the Beast?"!!!
(Rev.13:4)
How will Jesus Christ cope with his priesthood of kings (Rev.1:5; 5:10), when they have been mislead into worshiping an Idol in such a manner?
His own priests are endorsing the kingdom of the Beasts (Rev.13:4), instead of the kingdom by their God and Lord 
(Isa.43:13; Ps.50:22; Dan.4:35; Amos4:12)(Ps.2:11,12; Rev.6:17) (Rev.11:15).
What will God's solution to this insulting abomination be? (Eze.8:3,6; Mark13:14; 2Thess.2:4)
What will He direct Christ (the high priest) to do, 
to reprove, cleanse, and discipline his Temple priests (Mal.3:3), in a capacity Jesus has never served in before?

"Michael" must stand up (Dan.12:1), whose "new name" means, "Who is like God ???"
Michael's name reflects his role and purpose during Armageddon  
     (Jer.50:44 --“Behold, like a lion coming up from the
       thicket of the Jordan against a perennial pasture (Hosea13:7,8,9),
       I will suddenly make them run away from Babylon, and I
       will appoint over her whomever I choose (Rev.17:16,17).
       For who is like me? Who will summon me?
       What shepherd can stand before me? -Rev.6:17
       Jer.50:45; Zech.13:7,8,9; Rev.9:18,20; Jer.50:46; Rev.18:9,10,11,15,19).
"Michael" is Christ's "new name". He is the only one to know the answer to the question his "new name" asks, because of Matt.11:27 above.
He is the only one who knows, why God alone deserves unique praise, glory, and honor;
until he also gives this same name (and knowledge) to those whom he chooses (Rev.15:2,3,4,8).
Can you see why this is true, according to Matt.11:27?

At first, Jesus must take a stand for the sovereignty of God, all alone by himself 
[Eze.22:30 (Ps.106:23); Isa.63:5; Eze.13:5; Jer.5:1; Zech.3:9] (Luke18:7,8)
(Matt.25:5,6,7; Mark13:36; Isa.52:1,2,3,4,5,6; 60:1,2; Eph.5:14; 1Thess.5:6).
Those who by God's grace, "catch sight" of the abominations being done in the midst of God's people (Matt.24:15; Eze.8:3,5,6; 9:4) will be roused from their drunken slumber, shocked to realize the conditions which surround them, as well as their own sins. 
(Isa.48:1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11; Mal.3:1,2,3; Joel1:13; Rev.11:3)
As a part of their new name,
they must ride forth with "Michael". 
Also having this "new name" written on them,
they too are designated to declare the Supreme Glory and Sovereignty of Almighty God (Isa.43:10,11,12,13,15,21), in the face of the blasphemous Beast! 
(Dan.7:25; 11:36; Rev.13:6; 2Thess.2:4)
These sober virgins must be designated to join Christ in his battle against the demonic idolatry afoot among their fellow slaves. They must fight this battle by means of their testimony to truth 
(Dan.8:13,14; 2Cor.10:4,5; Luke10:19; Rev.2:26,27; 17:14; 19:11,14,8).
(http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2014/11/timetable-of-kingdoms.html).
How?
They too must receive knowledge of God's omnificence (Rev.4:11; Isa.43:6,7,10,11,12,15,19,21; 1Pet.2:9; Rev.14:7), so that they too can champion God's name as most glorious in all the earth and deserving of all praise.
Jesus Christ, in his new capacity, will give that knowledge to those whom he finds awoken (Matt.11:27; Jer.24:7; Isa.43:10,11; Luke12:36,37,38,39,40; John15:15; Rev.11:3,4; 12:7), rescuing them from the spell and dominion of the Beast (Rev.9:4,5,6,10; Ps.6:4,5; Jer.15:21; 31:11; Isa.43:1; 48:20; Rev.18:4; 14:11,12,13).

So what does it mean that "Michael" will also write his "new name" on the sealed and faithful conquerors?
Just as the end of Matt.11:27 says. (Heb.2:12,13; Isa.50:4; 54:13; Matt.10:27)
He will also reveal the Father's nature as being above all other entities, including the Beast, it's image, and the false prophet (Rev.19:20).
They will know the Father through Christ, in a way that those who are extolling the Beasts, cannot possibly perceive.
This is why they themselves are the only ones who also know the meaning of the name that asks, "Who is like God?" (Rev.2:17; 3:12).

Now, if we return to Isa.43:10,11...
can you see the connection?
Can you see who alone has the right to be called "Yhwh's Witnesses"?
Regarding the name "Yhwh's Witnesses", it is a title given by God himself, to his "chosen" ones (Isa.43:10,11). Others who assume they own that name, commit blasphemy 
(Rev.13:4,5,6,7,8; 11:2; Dan.7:25; 11:36; 2Thess.2:4; Ps.73:9; Isa.37:23; 2:11; Matt.23:12).
In Isa.43:10,11,21 it tells us that these are given knowledge of God, and then declare His praises, sourced in that knowledge. 
These sing a new song...a new understanding of who God is (Rev.14:3; 1Cor.14:15; Ps.147:1,2).

This becomes especially critical, in the time of the end, when all are mislead into extolling the false prophet, the Beast, and it's image.
The faithful can become God's "chosen" witnesses,
due to the new designation and understanding of their new name,
"Who is like God???", which new name, knowledge of God, and capacity to serve, 
is shared with Jesus Christ (Rev.12:7,11; 14:6,7; 22:8,9).

[Another preacher who claims to be Chosen by God, wrote a public commentary about this post. He claimed that the things written here, are not true, based upon the previous existence of "Michael" within the Hebrew scriptures... notably, at Dan.10:13.
Here is my response, for those interested...

"I thought I would respond to your comment on “Michael” and your citing of Dan.10:13.
You may wish to consider the context of Dan.10:13, and a parallel scripture… Dan.12:1.

“13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me (2Thess.2:4,6,7) for twenty-one days
(3.5 X 6). Then Michael, one of the chief [of the celestial] princes (Ps.45:7,16; Heb.2:11,12,13; Rev.1:5; 5:9,10), CAME TO HELP ME, for I remained there with the kings of Persia.
14 Now I have come to make you understand what is to befall your people IN THE LATTER DAYS, for the vision is for [many] days yet to come.” (Dan.10:13,14)

“And at that time [of the end] Michael shall arise, the great prince WHO DEFENDS AND HAS CHARGE OF YOUR PEOPLE (Eph.5:23; Col.1:18; John14:18; Heb.2:13) (Rev.12:7; 17:14; 19:11,19). And there shall be a time of trouble, straitness, and distress such as never was since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the Book (Rev.3:5).” (Dan.12:1)

The angelic messenger speaking to Daniel about his difficulty in coming in response to Daniel’s prayer, discloses that he was finally enabled, due to Michael’s assistance.
He also discloses that his hindrance was due to the "prince of the kingdom of Persia" and the "kings of Persia".
All of these things are prophetic, and pertain to the time of the end.
I hope you may reconsider this perspective, when contemplating when it is, that the appearance of “Michael” (to defend God's people and messenger), actually occurs.
The fact that Daniel experiences this vision before the birth of Jesus Christ, does not negate the power of this prophetic vision. Daniel was a prophet, and the divine visions he experienced pertaining to the time of the end, were prophetic. They are not historical in what they depict, but pertain to the time of the end, as do all depictions of “Michael”.
Daniel’s participation within the visions were inspired by Holy Spirit. It was God’s purpose that he record it, and God sealed it up until the time in which it would be fulfilled…. in the time of the end… not in the time of Daniel.
When one is truly an inspired prophet (Num.12:6);
one understands the basic truth, that what one experiences in vision is not the present reality,
but rather, is a depiction of the future.
The “angel” sent to Daniel, is the same angel/messenger sent to Zechariah (Zech.4:4,9) and to the “Seven Congregations” (Rev.1:1; 22:6,16).

I see you have formed a spiritual alliance with one who promulgates “Watchtower” wormwood, regarding the identity of “Babylon the Great”, rather than the scriptural definition of the entity. Christ has come to offer us “gold refined in the fire” (Rev.3:18; Mal.3:1,2,3). That “gold” is not "24 carat", but is so pure, that it is transparent (Rev.21:21; 22:1).

May God’s favor be with you,
Pearl Doxsey

P.S. If in the future you find that our lamps differ, I would greatly appreciate an opportunity to create harmony between us, just as the scriptures direct (Matt.18:15; 5:22,24)." ]



                  ______PART TWO             

ISA.62:2
"The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory.
You shall be called by a new name,
Which the mouth of the Lord will name.
(Isa.43:10,11)

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2 comments:

  1. When an anointed has conquered,they are given a new name “that no-one else knows”. Does this literally mean no else knows that name? No. Yhwh means “He causes to become”. Jah is the only one who “knows” that name because He chose that name for Himself and LIVES by that name. Thus,only He knows it because He alone lives by it and fulfills that name making it true..

    Other Invited Christ's also “know” Jesus Christ's Armageddon name of “who is like God”. How? Just as Jah Lives by the name of “He causes to become” and only He makes that name mean anything,so Christ lives by the name Michael. Just as we know Jah's name Yhwh and its meaning because He lives by it,so also during Armageddon,all will know that Christ is Michael and that He lives by that name and makes its purpose real and fulfills it,just as Jah makes “Yhwh” real by making that name fulfilled.

    So the New Name given Anointed that is only “known” by them,doesnt mean only they “know” it and no-one else does,like some secret gift. They are the only ones to know it because,like Jah and Christ,the “names” they choose to live by are made known to others by those names being fulfilled by the ones having the Name. They fulfill it in every sense and thus only they “know” it by making sure the New Name is carried out. Just as Jah made Yhwh come true and Jesus is making “Michael” coming true right now during Armageddon.

    But the New Name is also given to those who have proved faithful within Anointed as a group where many Anointed are being unfaithful and not proving to be Faithful Christs in the foot-steps of Jesus Christ.

    How is “Who is like God” being fulfilled? Jesus Christ Michael, is giving the fulfillment of “Michael” through those faithful Christs who have already shown they will be faithful to “death” with the “little” given them. Proving to be faithful Christs,means much more is now given. Now as faithful Christ's, Jesus Christ can now speak through them and thus as faithful Christ's,have Jesus Christs Armageddon name bestowed upon them:“Who is like God”. This is part of their New Name that only “Chosen” anointed “know”,because they will fulfill and make that name have meaning by them fulfilling it in speaking for and representing the Original name holder of “Michael”.

    What an amazing gift to represent Christ in making the name He has adopted and will fulfill,through those faithful Invited Christs who conquer the Harlot (unfaithful Christs) and Beast who do NOT know “Who is like God”.

    Only these faithful Anointed Christs “know” the New Name because with Jesus Christ Michael's backing who will be speaking through them, will they make that “New Name” known during Armageddon. Thus through faithful Christs and Michaels on earth,will all know “Who is like God” during Armageddon.

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  2. Thank you for your additional and beautiful thoughts.

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