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From Revelation 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. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.

Does anyone know what hidden manna and white stone mean in this verse?

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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.

Source: Found a reference here.

That lists its sources as David Stern's Jewish New Testament Commentary and Dr. William Smith's Dictionary of the Bible from 1872.

I was also thinking 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 11:9 as being seen within God's temple. As your question refers to an earlier part of Revelation, John could have had that manna from the hidden ark in mind.

Hope that helps, but Revelation's symbols make it hard to interpret. Ironic that it's name means "to show that which is hidden."

{ answered by Frank Luke }