This marks the beginning of the age of the Holy Spirit when God’s people must receive salvation through the Savior’s new name. The new name must be a name that the Savior has never used before. Jesus and Jehovah have already been used so they cannot qualify as the new name. The Holy Spirit spoke about how to receive His new name.
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.
The Holy Spirit said only those who receive the white stone can know the new name. Biblically, the color white represents purity. It’s crucial, then, to understand what the stone represents. The Bible references the stone through multiple accounts.
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him.
1 Peter 2:4
Jesus is “the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.”
According to the Bible, the stone represents Christ. With this understanding, Revelation 2:17 means that Christ will come with a new name. The book of Revelation was written around AD 97, so the Christ referenced there is Second Coming Christ. To receive the new name, we must receive Second Coming Christ who brings hidden manna.