Book of Revelation 2:8-11


Revelation 2:8-11

8 And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last , which was dead, and lived , says this: 9 I know thy works , and tribulation , and poverty, ( but thou art rich ) and the slander of those which say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer . Behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried , and ye shall have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give thee a crown of life . 11 He that hath an ear , let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches . He who overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death .

Notes: Smyrna was the persecuted Church , so that the Lord reminds them of their own suffering , death and resurrection . The saints were faithful in spite of suffering . They thought they were poor but they were rich , but they were poor. Satan is behind all this persecution even that is done behind the religion . False Christians blasphemed the saints.
Smyrna means “bitter ” and is associated with the word ” myrrh ” .

Port Esmirna

The Lord does not criticize this Church but nevertheless there is a present danger . It was a poor church and suffered. How easy it had been to make commitments with ( Satan ) getting rich and escape persecution . Exactly what today is happening in many churches , make pacts with Satan with false gospels and false beliefs to escape poverty and make false teachings led by false teachers , teaching a gospel based on money ” prosperity” and no faith in the Lord. How they must have been discouraged this church because they were not “rich” as the church of Laodicea.

rev 1,3 Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

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