by Paul Gardner. 36 / 37 8 “Write to the angel of the church in Smyrna: “The First and the Last, the One who was dead and came to life, says: 9 I know your affliction and poverty, yet you are rich. Jesus has no censure for the church in Smyrna but reveals His deep compassion for a people who are faithful to the Lord and suffering persecution as a result. I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 9 I know your afflictions and your poverty-- yet you are rich! The congregation in Smyrna was not unfamiliar with persecution; the city was a prominent port city in Roman Asia. the letter to the church in smyrna (rev. Today we will look at the 2nd church of revelation, the church in Smyrna. 10 Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Despite this heavy influence and persecution, Jesus only had commendation as well as words of comfort for this church. Draw more lessons applicable to modern-day Christians from the commendations, rebuke, exhortation, and promise Jesus made to the church in Smyrna. The Letter to the Church in Smyrna. There would have been heavy Roman influence and thus heavy influence for paganism.

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life." I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 2:8-11) REV 2:8 "To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: (NIV) These are the words of Him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. Here, Jesus chooses to describe Himself as “The First and the Last,” a reference to chapter one where He called Himself the Alpha and the Omega. 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. Let’s read: Rev 2:8-11.

OF THE CHURCH AT SMYRNA. Consider the church in Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11). After Ephesus, Jesus addresses the church in Smyrna in Revelation 2:9-10: 9’I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. These words were not good just … Unlocking Revelation’s Mysteries: Lessons from the church in Smyrna by Chris Holland held on June 2, 2019. Continue the review of the relevance of the church in Smyrna to modern-day Christians. How wonderful it would be if our church received an encouraging letter from Jesus, especially if it contained no criticism.