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Just as no one knew the name on the white stone, saving he that
received it, so no man could learn the new song sung by this company, but
such as had been 'redeemed from the earth'. And lastly Revelation 2:17 links
these overcomers with the Lord, in His Coming, for He too 'had a name
written, that no man knew, but He Himself' (Rev. 19:12). To the overcomer in
Sardis, the Lord promised that 'they shall walk with Me in white: for they
are worthy'. 'The same shall be clothed in white raiment' (Rev. 3:4,5).
How it can possibly be congruous to add to such, 'And I will not blot
out his name out of the book of life' is dealt with in the article entitled,
The Book of Life p. 96, which should be consulted. We find that this links
up Revelation 20:6, where 'priests of God and of Christ' are assured that 'on
such' the second death hath no power, again a subject that has been discussed
in the article referred to above. That this 'white raiment' (Rev. 3:5) is
not a symbol of salvation by grace through faith, is manifest by the terms of
the next reference:
'I counsel thee To Buy of me ... white raiment' (Rev. 3:18).
The gold that is offered also is that which has been 'tried in the
fire' which Peter associates with 'manifold temptations' but which will be
found unto praise and honour 'at the Apocalypse of Jesus Christ' (1 Pet.
1:7). Moreover the purpose of Revelation 3:18 is expanded and explained in
verse 19, 'As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten'. In Revelation 6:11,
'white robes' were given to the martyrs who had been slain for the word of
God, and for their testimony. This is a plain indication as to what 'white
robes' and 'white raiment' symbolize in this Book. The fellowservants who
were yet to suffer must include those described in Revelation 20:4. The
wearers of the white robes in Revelation 7:13,14 are those that come out of
great tribulation 'and have washed their robes, and made them white in the
blood of the Lamb'. No one can wash robes in blood to make them white.
These symbols of overcoming martyrdom, are linked with the Great
Overcomer, 'The Lamb as it had been slain' (Rev. 5:5,6), and the words of
Revelation 7:14 should never be used in an evangelical sense, or in a Gospel
hymn; such usage is a negation of the terms of the Gospel, and a beclouding
of the meaning of Revelation 7. In like manner, these overcomers are linked
with 'the' armies of heaven which follow the Lamb upon 'white horses', who
are also clothed in fine linen 'white and clean'.
Judgment and War
The vision of the Son of Man upon a white cloud, having in His hand a
sharp sickle (Rev. 14:14) is no reference to a peaceful and happy harvesting
of the redeemed. The grapes thus gathered were 'cast into
the great winepress of the wrath of God' (Rev. 14:19). Finally, the Throne
of Judgment after the close of the Millennium, which is for 'the rest' of the
dead who were not counted worthy to be numbered with the 'first
resurrection', that throne is defined as being 'white', Revelation 20:11.
There are many references to a throne in the Revelation (thronos occurs
46 times), but no colour or description is given to forty -five of these
references. The fact that the throne of Revelation 20:11 is defined as
'white' definitely links it with the 'rest of the dead' who failed to