FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ The Apostle John was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the Word of God and giving his testimony about Jesus. At that time, he wrote letters to the seven (7) churches recorded in the book of Revelation. At the end of each letter, there was extended a promise to those who were considered overcomers. It was a white stone that was part of the promise to the Church in Pergamum, known as the compromising church (Revelation 2:17). A white stone had significant meaning during that time. When a Roman trial concluded, and it was time for a panel of judges to vote for the defendant’s innocence or guilt. A black stone symbolized a vote for guilt, and a white stone denoted a vote for innocence. If there were more black stones, it was a verdict of guilty and if there were more white stones, it was a verdict of not guilty.
Another way the ancient Greeks used white and black stones was for vote-casting. It was a great privilege to vote about civic issues in public elections. Votes were registered by casting a black or white stone in a large vase and counted. Black stones stood for a vote against an issue and white stone was for the issue. The Romans also used a white stone as a reward for the winners in athletic competitions. There were great feast and celebrations that were given after the games. Each winner was given a white stone that was considered entrance into the celebration. No athlete without a white stone was admitted.
The white stone was significant to those who were overcomers at the church of Pergamum as well as it is for Christ-followers today. It represents for those of us who are considered overcomers that we have been found not guilty because of the price that Jesus paid for us all. It also lets us know that God is for us and not against us. And finally, because of what Christ did for us on the cross and His resurrection from the dead to provide our salvation, we as overcomers and victors will have entrance into an eternal celebration in Heaven with our Heavenly Father and all the saints. Let us all strive to be overcomers for great is our reward. ~ Blessings, protection, and favor to all.