Revelation 2:8-11 – October 16

God, please give us a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ as we study the book of Revelation!

We’ll be studying Revelation through the end of November. Please feel free to read and journal with us as often as you can, with the goal of getting to daily time at the feet of Jesus. For this study, we are using Beth Moore’s “Here and Now…There and Then” lecture series and study guide on Revelation as a resource, so you may see it referenced occasionally, or if you want to know what Ms. Moore has to say about a specific verse, just ask in the comments section on our website.

You can read the NIV version of today’s reading below or your favorite Bible version then spend some time meditating and journaling on the reading, letting God speak to you through it. We encourage use of the SOAP method of Bible study as you grow in your relationship with God. Check out the What’s SOAP tab above for more info. Also, below today’s reading is a SOAP journal entry from our team to help dive into God’s Word. And we encourage you to share your SOAP journal entry, prayer requests, or questions in the Comments section on our website.

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Revelation 2:8-11 – To the Church in Smyrna

“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write:

These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.

 

The Slanderous | Dyea Rowland

Scripture

Revelation 2:9

Observation

This Church, even though physically poor, they were spiritually rich. There were many Jews living in Smyrna, and they hated everything that the Christians stood for. These were not real Jews, because “real” Jews trust in God. God calls these types of “Jews” out in Romans 2:28-29 and Philippians 3:3. There are still false Jews today – the Synagogue is their Satanic Religion, hence the “synagogue of Satan”. They don’t believe the Bible and do not consider Jesus the Messiah. God warns us of all the slanderous religions today, in the form or Judaism, Buddhism, Baha’i, Islam (ISIS), New Age Movement, and the list goes on. When The 10 Commandments are taken down and Satan statues are being put up. When Christian pastors are thrown in to prison (Saeed Abedini ). When an Oklahoma woman (Colleen Hufford) is beheaded and also three others (David C. Haines, James Foley and Steven Sotloff) are captured and executed, the list goes on, it can all be so overwhelming. But remember, it’s just for a little while longer. Like the Jews in Smyrna and Anti-Christ in today’s time, lies will continue to be spoken about Christians; evil things will continue to be done. The world will continue to turn on Christians, not only Christians, but God himself. But remember, it’s just for a little while longer. In His final words in this chapter, we can rest assured that “he who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.” The second death is the lake of fire, which is talked about in Revelation 21. Like Robin said in the comments on Thurday’s post, “He’s got this.”

I would love to hear what anyone has to say about the “10 days” of suffering persecution.

Application

I am holding onto all of Your God-breathed scripture and all of the revealing You have given thus far. I want to continue to know You and always stand for Your truth.

Prayer

Father, in Luke 21:36, You know I always pray to you that You always help me be watchful and be able to escape anything that is to come my way and help me to be able to escape all that is about to happen, and I pray that when I see Your beautiful face that I am worthy and able to stand before You. Make and keep me spiritually rich. In Your great name…Amen.

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  1. “Victorious” sounds so much better than “overcome”. I don’t want to be in the under- part of what was over-come. How many of us pray like that? Please don’t let anything bad happen, let my life sail along on a peaceful sea, don’t rock my boat. I do, I do! But in these letters, Jesus heaps blessings on those who overcome, who conquer, who are victorious in the name of Jesus. So, if I’m praying for these things not to happen that will lead to overcoming, conquering, being victorious, am I a coward in my faith? Instead, should I be yelling, “Bring it on! I’ll show you Who’s on the throne of my heart!” I am victorious because He is victorious! Thank you, Lisa, for sharing about this in the comments on yesterday’s post!

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  2. In learning about the Church in Smyrna, this morning, I found the original Greek words for ‘affliction’ and ‘poverty’ used in verse 9. The Greek word, used here, for affliction is thlipsis and it meant literal pressure, a literal crushing beneath a weight. Ptocheia is the word for poverty used in this verse and it meant that the people had nothing at all. So, the Christians at Smyrna were under intense persecution as those around them tried to crush Christianity and they lived in extreme poverty, many as slaves and living in a place where it was illegal to be a Christian.

    Jesus identified, personally, with them in their struggles and gave them hope that if they persevered they would receive the reward promised them. He had defeated death and so would they. He had been beaten and crushed as they were and yet was alive. He could say to these people, “Do not be afraid,” and they would find strength and courage in his words because he had been through what they were experiencing and he was proof that there was life on the other side.

    I think about all of the people around the world today who are being crushed because they follow Christ, all those who live in abject poverty yet love God, and those who in the face of death do not deny Jesus. What must that be like? What must it be like to stand up in a classroom and proclaim your faith after others have been killed for doing the same? How do people live in fear and discouragement and exhaustion and hunger and pain and keep running the race set before them? What drives followers of Christ forward? It is the knowledge that we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses and struggles, but one who in every respect has experienced what we have and who now sits at the right hand of the Father. What an encouragement Jesus gives the church at Smyrna and us, what hope. He is always with us and though this world is filled with tribulation, our future is sure and glorious! I can live with that!

    Dyea, I did some checking on the 10 days and there seem to be differing thoughts on whether this is a figurative number or literal. One common theme I do see in the commentaries is that there is a limit to Satan’s power over us and God sets the limit. Our suffering won’t last forever but our joy will! That’s good news! 🙂

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    • I love your perspective, Robin! Thanks for doing this thing with us!

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      • I am loving what I am learning through the Word, you guys, and other resources. It’s becoming more and more clear to me that Revelation is for all who have lived and will live in the future as well as for those of us living now in these last days leading up to Christ’s return. God never changes and there is nothing new under the sun. 🙂

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