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Revelation 2 : Jesus’ message to the believers at Smyrna

v8 ‘Write this to the *angel of the *church at Smyrna:

This is the message from the one who is first and last. He was dead, and he became alive again.

v9 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. v10 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 me. And you will have trouble and pain for 10 days. But go on believing, even if you must die. You may have to die because you believe. But if you continue to believe, you can win against the *Devil. And then I will give you a gift because you have won. I will cause you to live with me always. I will give you this gift, as they give a *crown to a winner.

Verse 10 The ‘10 days’ may mean a short, certain time of trouble rather than a long time.

Verse 11 A winner is someone who wins. In those days, somebody received a *crown (a special hat) when they won. 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.)

v11 God’s Spirit is speaking to you in the *churches. You should recognise that the Spirit is speaking. Everybody who recognises that should listen. They should listen to what he says. The second death will not hurt anyone who wins against *Satan.’

Verse 11 The 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 20:14).

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