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FROM RAPTURE TO REVELATION. Rev. 2:8-11. Smyrna: The suffering church. Greek colony in 1000 BC/ destroyed in 600 Resurrected with new plans in 290 BC Rich/second only to Ephesus in Asia Minor Temples: goddess Roma/Tiberius Caesar & 5 temples for Greek deities

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smyrna the suffering church

Rev. 2:8-11

Smyrna: The suffering church

the ancient city of smyrna

Greek colony in 1000 BC/ destroyed in 600

  • Resurrected with new plans in 290 BC
  • Rich/second only to Ephesus in Asia Minor
  • Temples: goddess Roma/Tiberius Caesar & 5 temples for Greek deities
  • Very loyal to Rome so a free city
  • Present day Izmir/ 1/3 of its 200,000 population is Christian/church survived much suffering even Islamic conquests in 1000 AD

The Ancient City of Smyrna

the ancient city of smyrna1

Smyrna means Myrrh/sweet perfume used in embalming dead bodies

  • Myrrh: Exodus 30:23; Song of Solomon 3:6; Psalm 45:8; Matt. 2:11
  • Jesus only commends the church/no rebuke
  • Pastor Polycarp is martyred here in 155 AD
  • Refused to sacrifice to Caesar and showed deep Christ-like love towards his persecutors
  • Described as poor (ptocheia) yet rich

The Ancient City Of Smyrna

why do the godly sometimes suffer

Scripture reveals various characteristics about suffering:

  • Corrective Discipline (1Cor. 11: 30-32; Hebrews 12: 3-13)
  • Preventative (2Cor. 12:7) Thorn in flesh
  • Knowledge (Heb. 5:8) Christ learned
  • Maturing (Rom. 5:3-5) Patience and hope
  • Witness (Acts 9: 16) Potent testimony
  • Perspective (Rev.2:8) Eternal view of life

Why do the godly sometimes suffer?