Hi, this is the sixth in a short series on Revelation 2&3. To see my previous posts, please at the end of this post.
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Revelation 2:17 ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
This is another beautiful reminder of the need for deep communion between the churches and the divine. This has always been of paramount importance but will be especially important in the end-times, during the tribulation.
Revelation 2:17a ‘To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna.’
This verse can be understood from the point of view that God will provide for our essential needs during the tribulation, in the same way that God provided manna to the Israelites during the Exodus.
Deuteronomy 8:16 ‘He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well for you.’
This becomes especially relevant when we consider that ‘the black horse’ of Revelation 6:5 will bring hunger and food deprivation during the tribulation.
Revelation 6:5a ‘I looked and there before me was a black horse. Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.’
However, John also tells us in his gospel that Jesus is the true bread of life.
John 6:47 ‘I tell you the truth, he who believes me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.’
Therefore, our original verse regarding hidden manna can have two beautiful meanings at the same time.
Firstly, we will receive miraculous provision during the tribulation that we may overcome until the end.
Secondly, we will have such a sweet communion with our Lord Jesus during the tribulation. We may not be able to worship openly because of persecution but yet our inner hidden worship will be of the most divine nature.
As I write these notes, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Christians of Iran and Afghanistan, who suffer such persecution. May the Lord keep them and miraculously provide for their needs. And may the presence of the Lord be so very close, as they quietly worship behind locked doors.
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