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Church of Smyrna

 

The Crowned and Persecuted Church, Smyrna;  Now lets look at the third church

of the seven churches, the Church of Smyrna. This church our Lord Jesus Christ is very

well pleased with  because they stood firm in their true love for Jesus Christ even though

they went under great persecutions and hardships. In this teaching we will cover each

area of the scriptures on this church.

Let us Pray - Dear Heavenly Father in the name of your son & our Lord Jesus Chris & of The Holy

Spirit we ask that you open our hearts and minds up to your warnings, that we take them to heart and not be

blinded to them, so that we may be repentant if there be any sin, or anything false in us, if there be any

disobedience towards you, we pray for your mercy and your guidance so that we may live for you in all

that we say and do. Please open our ears so we can hear what you say, open our eyes so we can see

what you are saying and open our hearts so that we may understand and obey what you have said!  In the

name of the Father, The Son and of the Holy Spirit we Pray AMEN!

1) Reading of Scripture - Our Lord Jesus Christ Tells John; Revelation 2:8 "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: 9 "I know your

works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are

Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to

suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will

have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 "He who has an

ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second

death."'

2) The Persecuted Church of Smyrna

a) Approval -

1) Their Works - Jesus Christ has seen their labor in service to him in spreading the Gospel of Jesus

Christ.

2) Their Tribulation - They have not compromised their faith by saying Caesar is lord, but instead they

only claim Jesus Christ as their Lord and no other, and since there are a large amount of Jews and

Pagans in their region, the church of Smyrna has received a large amount of persecutions because they

have not given into their evil ways, the wicked ways of this world, but rather they chose to suffer

persecution for the name sake of our Lord Jesus Christ instead. They have great Faith in Jesus Christ.

3) Their Poverty - And because of the persecutions that they received for standing firm in their faith, they

have suffered poverty. Examples of this is losing their possessions, people would not hire them because

they stand out in Christ against evil, and they would not be allowed to even own property and so on

because of their Christian Faith and rejection of Caesar in not calling him Lord. And if anyone did not

say that Caesar was Lord they would be excluded from the guilds to which would be object poverty.

That means no employment and no material possessions.

4) They are Rich - And yet because of their Faith in Jesus Christ regardless of the tribulations that they

have suffered, Jesus tells them that they are rich, rich in the Faith and in their hope for the future with

Jesus Christ in heaven,  the greatest reward of all, the Crown of Life!

b) Jesus Christ Regarding the Non-Christian Jews  -

1) Their Blasphemy - According to Adams Clarkes Commentary that the non-Christian Jews would

apply a sacred name to a unholy thing was their habit of doing to which is a form of blasphemy against

our Lord.

2) Synagogue of Satan - The Jews professed to be Jews and yet they were not Jews at all. To be a true

Jew they would have to be spiritually circumcised.  Not outward circumcision but inward, that is a

circumcised heart. being born in Israel does not make anyone a true Jew, to be one they must be Born

Again and in that they receive spiritual circumcised. So my friends you and I are spiritual circumcised

Jews!

a) Circumcision of the Heart in the Spirit - Romans 2:28-29

28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 
29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the

letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

b) Being Born in Israel Does not Make them a Child of God - Romans 9:6-8

6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, 
7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, "In Isaac your seed shall be

called." 8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the

children of the promise are counted as the seed.  (Of the Seed, Is of Jesus Christ)

c) Do not Fear What's about to come -

1) We will be hated & Persecuted -

a) Matthew 5:10

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of

heaven.

b) Matthew 10:22

22 And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

c) 2 Timothy 3:12

12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

2) They Will be thrown into prison - Some of the of people of the Smyrna Church will be thrown into

prison because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Most likely the local people will bring false charges against

the people in the Smyrna Church. In this their Faith will be tested to see if they do stand firm in their

Faith without denying Jesus Christ as the Lord.

3) They Will Have Tribulation for 10 Days - The days in revelations are usually referred as prophetic

days each day equals one year so they will suffer persecution for 10 years to which during those years

many of the Asiatic Christian churches came under heavy amounts of afflictions. Later in life, all of the

7 churches in Turkey was conquered by the Muslims, and their Islam ideas. Now Turkey is about 99%

Muslim.

4) Be Faithful Unto Death - According to Adam Clarkes commentary the Bishop "Polycarp" of the 

Smyrna church was burned alive with the help of the Jews, to who are the servants of satan. But usually

where there is one Christian who has been persecuted and martyred there usually where many others

that suffered persecution as well, including death. The Bishop and others have been Faithful to our

Lord Jesus Christ even unto their own deaths.

d) Their Reward -

1) Crown of Life - If they remain faithful regardless of what sufferings that they suffer for the name sake

of Jesus Christ they will receive eternal life forever. Even if they lose everything, even if they are tortured,

imprisoned, raped and put to death and they do not deny Jesus Christ and do not lose heart in him they

will be with him in eternal life forever more and it is there that they shall receive their reward.

f) Listen & Take Heed to What Jesus Christ Says -

1) If You Love Jesus Christ - Those who Love Jesus Christ and fear God with a reverent fear will take to

heart HIS WARNINGS to the Churches and they will examine them selves daily to see if they are one

of the churches that is in deep series trouble with Jesus Christ because of disobedience.

2) Take Heed or Receive Condemnation - If They Do not take to Heart Jesus Christ Warnings to the

churches then they will only receive his judgments and his condemnations rather than his blessings.

3) Why are so many Christians Sick - Have you ever wondered why in some churches that so many

people are sick, having family problems, high divorce rates and even passing away before their time? 

Could it be Gods judgments on them or is it test and trials to see how faithful they really are to Jesus

Christ? You decide my friends, but God knows the truth on that regardless of what you or I think.

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November 15, 2018

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