Jesus' message to the believers at Smyrna
8 ‘Write this to the angel of the church at Smyrna:
“This is the important message to you from the one who is the first and the last. He was dead, and he became alive again.
9 I know that bad people are hurting you very much. I know that you are poor. But really, you are rich. Some people there say that they are Jews. But I know that they say bad things about you. And I know that these things are not true. So they are not really my people, who obey me. They are really a group of Satan's people. 10 I know that trouble will soon come to you. But do not be afraid. Listen! The Devil will cause some of you to go to prison. He wants to see whether you will continue to believe in me. As a result, you will have trouble and pain for ten days. But continue to believe, even if you must die. Then you will win against the Devil. I will give you a gift, as they give a crown to the winner of a race. I will cause you to live with me always.
2:10ten days may mean a short time of trouble, rather than a long time.
2:10A winner is someone who wins. In those days, somebody received a crown when they won a race. This means that they had done something better than other people. For example, they might have run faster than other people. They wore the crown on their head. The crown was the shape of a circle. Someone tied leaves together to make the crown.
11 God's Spirit is speaking to you in the churches. You should understand what the Spirit is saying to you. You have ears, so listen carefully! The second death will not hurt anyone who wins against Satan.” ’
2:11The second death is the opposite of when someone lives always with Jesus. It means that a person must go to a place without Jesus. Nobody is happy in that place. The name of that place is hell, or the lake of fire. See Revelation 20:14.