Names Have Meaning

In Heaven you get a new name and it is written on you.  Apparently some in heaven get a name tag to wear on their person.  Yeshua/Holy Spirit tells the Angel of the church in Philadelphia to write, “The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God.  Never again will they leave it.  I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name.” (Revelation 3: 12).  To the angel of the church in Pergamum write, “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.” (Revelation 2: 17).

Yeshua gets a new name, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice he judges and wages war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.” (Revelation 19: 11-13).

What’s in a name?  Isaiah prophesied about Yeshua saying, “In his name the nations will put their hope.” (Matthew 12: 21; Isa. 42: 4).  The Bible is clear that by believing that Yeshua is Messiah, the Son of God, we have life in His name. (John 20: 31). So, very much is in a name when it is given by God.  In His name we give blessings to one another.  In His name we make our prayers and supplication.  We are warned not to take the Lord’s name in vain, which is cursing or using the name of the Lord in any way disrespectfully.

It makes a lot of sense that in heaven with our new heavenly bodies that we would also get new names. (1 Cor. 15: 40). The old things of this temporal world will be done away with and a new heaven and earth will be created, not temporal like the first, but eternal in God’s presence and unspeakable glory.  It is described in part in the Revelation.  These things are foretold in the Bible for our encouragement and hope.  It is impossible for God to lie and from the beginning He has been open about everything that would happen, particularly, the coming of Messiah, Yeshua, but also the end times and Heaven.

Paul summed it up quite well, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied…. in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” (1 Cor. 15: 19, 52).  The promise of glory in the presence of God Almighty is the treasure of every believer. How fleeting is this earthy life, but eternal love and glory unspoiled and undiminished is our destiny even to the assignment of a new name.



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