Context of the Church of Smyrna
- The only Greek city on the west coast of the Egan which still retains its name and which may still be classed among the great cities of the Orient. Smyrna is the next most important city to Ephesus—and far more beautiful (2:8–11).
- It is a wealthy city, thanks to its trade, safe harbour, fertile valley and major road to the Far East. Today Smyrna is Izmir, the thriving city of Turkey.
- Extreme pressure to pledge allegiance to cultural relevance. No gray area. Either pledge their allegiance to Caesar or face imminent death.