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    What is the "Hidden Manna" spoken of in Rev. 2:17?


    What is the Hidden Manna Spoken of in Rev. 2:17?

    Revelation 2:17 (NKJV) 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 stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’
    Before we can answer this question, we must first define what an "overcomer" is for it is only to those who overcome will this hidden manna be given.
    Gathering manna Exodus 16:14-16
    Gathering the manna — Exodus 16:14-16

    From the English Thesaurus:

    OVERCOMEverb1 we overcame the home team: defeat, beat, conquer, trounce, thrash, rout, vanquish, overwhelm, overpower, get the better of, triumph over, prevail over, win over/against, outdo, outclass, worst, crush; informal drub, slaughter, clobber, hammer, lick, best, crucify, demolish, wipe the floor with, make mincemeat of, blow out of the water, take to the cleaners, shellac, skunk.
    2 they overcame their fear of flying: get the better of, prevail over, control, get/bring under control, master, conquer, defeat, beat; get over, get a grip on, curb, subdue; informal lick, best.

    From the Dictionary:

    overcome |ˌōvərˈkəm|verb (past overcame; past participle overcome) [ with obj. ]

    succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty): she worked hard to overcome her paralyzing shyness.• defeat (an opponent); prevail: without firing a shot they overcame the guards | [ no obj. ] : we shall overcome.

    Through these examples, an "overcomer" is one who has defeated their enemy where that enemy cannot rise again as in these verses:
    Psalms 18:32-43 (NKJV) 32 It is God who arms me with strength,
    And makes my way perfect.
    33 He makes my feet like the feet of deer,
    And sets me on my high places.
    34 He teaches my hands to make war,
    So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
    35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
    Your right hand has held me up,
    Your gentleness has made me great.
    36 You enlarged my path under me,
    So my feet did not slip.
    37 I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them;
    Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.
    38 I have wounded them,
    So that they could not rise;
    They have fallen under my feet.
    39 For You have armed me with strength for the battle;
    You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.
    40 You have also given me the necks of my enemies,
    So that I destroyed those who hated me.
    41 They cried out, but there was none to save;
    Even to the LORD, but He did not answer them.
    42 Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind;
    I cast them out like dirt in the streets.
    43 You have delivered me from the strivings of the people;
    You have made me the head of the nations;
    A people I have not known shall serve me.
    David was overwhelmed by his enemies and when he made his cry to God, God responded by delivering him but God did not stop there. He began to build David up, first in his heart and then in teaching him HOW to make war and to what extent he is to defeat his enemies. In all of this, verse 43 says it all, "You have delivered me from the strivings of the people...". This last one is a very important part in becoming an overcomer. Those things that men who are not born again and have a relationship with God through His Holy Spirit, strive for all kinds of "things", none of which will bring them a peace that passes understanding, a true security knowing the love of the Father and a promise of everlasting life with Him, a contentment with godliness which the bible calls great gain. An overcomer does not seek after those things the unbeliever seeks after and so that level of constant stress the godless face is noticeably missing in the true follower of Christ, or at least it "should be".

    In fact, there is only one thing the bible teaches that we are to strive for, strive to enter that "rest". This can only come through a daily relationship with the Father through the Holy Spirit as we learn more and more of Jesus and His relationship with the Father and with mankind. Throughout the history of mankind, only Jesus found that place of complete and total acceptance of the Father, a life that was as complete as possible for a man, born in this world, to please the Father. In accomplishing His initial task of walking humbly and not according to His own will but submitting all to the will of the Father, Jesus lived in that "rest" He promises to us and even shows us how to get there.

    Consider this when Jesus told His disciples this:
    John 16:33 (NKJV) 33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
    Jesus overcame every attempt of His adversary to distract Him, to tempt Him and turn Him away from His obedience to the Father. If we do as He says:
    Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV) 28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
    That "rest" Jesus speaks of IS that place where we live as "overcomers". To BE an overcomer, we must call upon the Lord and allow Him to begin to put into us all those things He sees we need to be strengthened in the inner man and then He begins to teach us how to war according to the spirit. First for ourselves and THEN for our brethren.

    ON TO THE NEXT STEP

    Now that we understand what an overcomer is, we will learn what that "hidden manna" is spoken of in Revelations 2:17. For this, we will take a closer look at a couple of examples found in the New Testament.

    1st EXAMPLE
    Matthew 7:1-5 (NKJV) 1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 “And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
    Jesus is using metaphors in this message. It is a common figure of speech used when teaching against hypocrisy. The "speck" and the "plank" are the same. They both are pieces of that which is perishable...wood...which burns up in the fire. This represents the works of the flesh in our lives. Having this in our proverbial eyes, hinders our ability to see clearly or correctly. It must be removed but since the eyes look only to what the desire of the heart is, the removal of that "plank" starts in the heart. The Spirit of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet said:
    Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NKJV)
    9 “The heart is deceitful above all things,
    And desperately wicked;
    Who can know it?
    10 I, the LORD, search the heart,
    I test the mind,
    Even to give every man according to his ways,
    According to the fruit of his doings.
    Even we cannot know our own hearts for when we look, we are being deceived by our own wickedness and wrong motivations. Only God can truly see the motives of our heart.
    Hebrews 4:12-13 (NKJV) 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
    It is important to understand this because the scriptures teach us that we cannot change our own heart. What we look for and what we say both come from what is in our heart. James shows that we do not have the power to control our tongue because it speaks from the heart which is deceitful above all things.
    James 3:8-10 (NKJV) 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
    If we try to control ourselves, we will quickly find that we cannot change our own heart because we "will it to be so". We need help and only God, through His Son Jesus Christ, can change our heart. It becomes necessary to call out to God in repentance because only in repentance will Jesus be able to both "forgive" and to "cleanse" our heart from all unrighteousness. THIS is when that "plank" is removed. Now that we have "gone through the process" of removing that "plank" that was in our eyes, we can see far more clearly that the job of removing the sliver in our brother's eye is not ours but God's. We can only tell them of how we were delivered and through our testimony of the mercy and kindness of God through His Son Jesus Christ, if that one with the "sliver" believes our testimony, then they too can call upon the Lord and cry out in repentance of heart and see that they too cannot change what is in their heart and only God can.

    In summary, unless you actually "obey" the Spirit of the Lord towards repentance, you will not "see" His salvation in your lives and "miss" that "hidden manna" of truth.

    2nd EXAMPLE

    Luke 17:6 (NKJV) 6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
    mustard-seed
    Mustard Seed
    In a parable about the kingdom of God, Jesus uses that same example of the "mustard seed":
    Luke 13:18-19 (NKJV) 18 Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 “It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”


    mustard tree
    Mustard Tree
    Being the smallest of all seeds yet when it is fully grown, it becomes a large tree. So it is with our faith. We start off with just a little faith, like a mustard seed, but as we walk in our faith, it grows and no longer remains as that tiny seed it once was. Jesus illustrates that it only takes that little bit of faith to move trees and mountains when that faith is exercised but we also must consider what He is NOT telling us. Once your faith brings you into the kingdom of God, it is your OBEDIENCE that is required. Jesus never did or spoke according to His will but submitted all to the will of the Father. Everything Jesus said and did was as the Father was showing Him. Jesus' faith is the "foundation" upon which He walked and it was His "obedience" to His Father's direction that the kingdom of God was being built.

    FAITH lays the foundation but OBEDIENCE builds the house!

    Remember this statement. Only when we DO according to God's word will be able to SEE the kingdom of God and understand that dynamic of what Revelations 2:17 calls "hidden manna". When we walk in obedience to the Spirit of God who leads us, teaches us, counsels us, gives us His wisdom, corrects and chastises us and gives to us the assurance of the Father's love, THEN we become "overcomers" and will understand those "hidden truths (manna)" that has long been hidden from the eyes of those who have not the Spirit of God dwelling within them. It is THEN that the mysteries of God will be opened up to only those who walk in faith and obedience to the Holy Spirit who was sent for that very purpose so that we can "become" sons of God.
    Romans 8:13-14 (NKJV) 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
    The "hidden manna" belongs only to those who hear and do all the commandments of the Spirit of the Lord. It IS those mysteries of God, hidden from the eyes of those whose hearts are unconverted or even those who do not walk in obedience to the Spirit of the Lord. Only those who DO as they are SHOWN by the Holy Spirit will be able to SEE and UNDERSTAND those wondrous mysteries kept hidden for millennia.


    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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    1. Good word on the Hidden Manna. First time I have seen a mustard tree. Impressive.

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