Unveiled! Revelation 2:8-11
The Church Purified by Persecution
The Letter to Smyrna and Us
Look where Smyrna is located on your map. About 35 miles north of Ephesus and also at a major p_______. Why is this significant?
Vs. 8-Jesus wrote to the m____________ of the church in Smyrna and gave two descriptions of Himself-they seem like a c__________________, rather a p____________________ -to describe a great truth. F_____________ and L______________. D_____________ and came to L____________. Why is this description appropriate for this church?
Vs. 9a Jesus says again; “I Know…” What does “know” mean and what is it He knows in this verse?
A___________________ , p________________, s____________. How does He counteract each of these persecutions?
Vs. 9b Historically, what does the description of those who say they are Jews but are not intend? What is the synagogue of Satan?
Vs. 10 Many times in Scripture He tells His people; “don’t be afraid!” When and why?
Jesus tells them they will s____________.
Being thrown in prison for their faith is attributed to S___________. The purpose of the incarceration was a t__________.
What is the significance of suffering affliction for t______ days?
How faithful is the church in Smyrna, the church in China, the church in Iran, and the Church in Wesley Chapel called to be? To the point of d__________.
Christ is completely faithful. If we are faithful, what is the reward? The c___________ of l_________.
Vs. 11 The call for all who can hear (not just physically but s_____________) should listen to what the Holy Spirit says to the church_____. While each church is written to individually, all the churches are to read, receive, and r_________ to the letters for all of the churches (plural).
What is the protection for the one who conquers? Never harmed by the s___________ death. How does this complete the understanding of the reward in verse 10.
Born t____________, die o____________.
Only born o___________, die t____________.
While this letter follows the same format as all other churches, this is one of only two churches that Jesus doesn’t r________________ and call to r________________. Why is this?
Definition of death:
Messenger contradiction paradox First Last dead life
Affliction poverty slander
Suffer Satan test
Spiritually church”ES” respond
Second twice once once twice