NOTE: The Church in Smyrna. The word «Smyrna» means myrrh. Myrrh is indicative of bitterness and death. This church is a persecuted church.
Revelation 2:8-11 And unto the angel of the CHURCH IN SMYRNA write: These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive: I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. 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.
The Nicolaitaines, the conquerors of the common people, are now claiming something even more blasphemous.
Revelation 1:9 I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
These Nicolaitaines contend that since the Christian is a spiritual Jew (Romans 2) that also makes him a physical Jew as well. Accordingly they claim all the promises given to the real physical Jew. They also claim that God is finished with the descendants of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob.
This organization is the MOST BLASPHEMOUS CHRISTIAN CULT on the face of the earth and has its headquarters in ROME.
God is not finished with the Jew.
I Thessalonians 2
Romans 9 & 11
Revelation 2:10 …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.
The promise is NOT that God will give eternal life to someone who is «faithful unto death» but he will recieve a «CROWN OF LIFE.»
NOTE: This «crown of life» is a reward to be given at the Judgment for Christians. Check the information in the section under, «THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST» and click on ‘The Five Crowns.»
Revelation 2:11 …He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
The statement «He that overcometh» does not apply to the «Church Age» for we are already overcomers.
I John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
I John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Historically this is a church age that runs from about 200 A.D. to about 325 A.D.
The persecutions this church endured are detailed in the book, «FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS.» The following «LINK» will take you to an accounting of the book itself. A HISTORY OF THE LIVES, SUFFERINGS AND TRIUMPHANT DEATHS OF THE EARLY CHRISTIAN AND THE PROTESTANT MARTYRS.