Today, I’ll conclude with the letter to the church in Smyrna. My text is Revelation 2:10-11 where we read, “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” (KJV) I want to notice four things in conclusion. First, in vs. 10, the Lord informs them of continuing trouble. Being a Christian is not easy, in fact, it’s a battle and that’s probably why many children of God are so worldy today. They don’t want any of II Timothy 3:12 “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (KJV)
Next, in vs. 10, the Lord comforts them with an expected end to their troubles, as seen in the words “ye shall have trouble ten days.” It is a blessing to know that there is coming a day and we are going to a place where Satan won’t be there and he will never be able to tempt us and try to get us to fail our Lord ever again! Third, in verse 10, the Lord confirms His requirement for receiving a “crown.” That requirement is “to be FAITHFUL unto death.” These saints were being set on fire and burned alive, fed to wild animals, tortured and murdered in awful ways, yet it was required of them to be faithful. The church in America is not facing persecution like this and yet faithfulness is at an all-time low. Finally, the Lord warns them concerning the “second death” and this warning was not for any personal danger for themselves, because once a person is saved, they are saved eternally. The danger was, “If you quit being faithful to God because of your suffering, then the unsaved who are watching your life may end up being hurt by Hell and the second death, which is the Lake of Fire!” This is just one of many great reasons to remain faithful until our Lord comes for us or calls for us!
Pastor Joey Durham