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
8 “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. 9 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
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.
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.
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.