Revelation 2:8-11

Church in Smyrna

Revelation 2:8-11- Church of Smyrna

  • 8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
  • 9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
  • 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
  • 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
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Revelation 2:8-11- Church of Smyrna
Revelation 2:8-11

Revelation 2:8-11- Church of Smyrna

8 The city of Smyrna was a trade city which was full of wealth and commercial greediness.

It is a city of idolatry and although the unrighteous people were worshipping the idols, the Christians refused.

John is explaining to the church of Smyrna that it is the Lord that is dictating the note to them.

  • God is known by the names: the first and the last.
  • Jesus was killed and he rose to life again.
  • And because Jesus rose again, he received the name: the one who died and yet, is now alive again.
  • That is to say, it is the Lord Jesus Christ who is dictating the note from the Father to John.
  • As a result, John is only penning the note as directed.

9 Jesus praises the Church of Smyrna for being poor but in truth rich.

  • Jesus tells the Church of Smyrna that although impoverished and in tribulation, they are rich in spirit.
  • However, many non-Christian Jewish people lived in Smyrna and were treating the Church poorly.
  • Jesus see’s what the Church has to endure by the hand of these so called “Jews”.
  • The people that Jesus calls the so called Jews, are the ones bringing trouble.
  • That is to say, they declared themselves to be true believers in God.
  • They are not! They belong to Satan!
  • Christ tells the Church of Smyrna that in the days coming, the Church will suffer persecution.
  • The devil is going to cast some of them into prison.

10 Jesus tells the Church of Smyrna not to fear.

  • Do not fear, even when thrown into jail for 10 days.
  • Jesus told the Church that the devil will cast some of you into prison.
  • The reason for the imprisonment is to test their commitment to Jesus.
  • This statement would have given the Church some comfort.
  • Knowing that Jesus knew what was about to happen and exactly how long they would have to stay there.
  • There are many different opinions as to what the 10 days mean.
  • Some believe the 10 days may have referred to 10 years.
  • Whatever it meant, it was a time they were not to fear because God was (and is) in control.

Jesus says, those who are faithful until death will be given the crown of life (an eternity in heaven with God).

  • Christians will receive trials and tribulations.
  • Even today, Christians are not exempt from bad things happening.
  • However, those who remain believing in Jesus will not be hurt by the second death.
  • The 2nd death means separation from God – an eternity in Hell.

Jesus did not chastised the Smyrna Church.

  • Jesus encourages them to remain faithful to death and has promised if they do that, they will receive a crown of life (eternal life with Him).
  • The Church may have been tested in life but, they obviously passed. God was pleased with the Church of Smyrna.

11 An ear to hear – this message is to all Christians’ through-out history.

  • Overcome.
  • Stand strong.
  • Keep the faith.
  • If they do this, they will not have to endure the 2nd death.

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