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Letter to Smyrna

The Second Letter: Smyrna

Messenger - "Iraneaus"

Unto the angel of the church in Smyrna

The Messenger the Smyrna church age is believed to be Iraneaus. He was a disciple of Polycarp. He was strongly against any form of human organization. He had much manifestation of the Holy Ghost

The Word was taught with the original precepts. The Gifts of the Spirit manifested in his churches. The Saints spoke in tongues, prophesied, healed the sick, and raised the dead.

City - "Smyrna"

Smyrna was a commercial center and was distinguished for its schools of rhetoric, philosophy, medicine, sciences, and fine buildings

Many Jews lived in Smyrna and bitterly opposed Christianity. The meaning of the name "Smyrna" Myrrh-Bitter. Myrrh was used in embalming the dead.

It was a poor church in the midst of poverty - vs. 9,10

The Age lasted 170 to 312 AD

Commendation vs. 9

Their works - tribulation - poverty

They were rich spiritually "But thou art rich"

No complaint against this church

The key to this age was tribulation. You have to suffer to reign

"Ten days" - "Ten years" v. 10

Under Diocletian cruelest of all emperors 302-312

Caution v.10

Fear not"Fear none of these things"

Be faithful"Be thou faithful"

You will be tried


A gift "I will give"

A crown of life

Not hurt of the second death v. 11

Counsel vs. 11

Listen to the Spirit

Be an overcomer