The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 2:8–11)

This entry is part 5 of 54 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary 

Jesus speaks to the church in Smyrna as the First and Last, the One who died and came to life (2:8). He acknowledged the suffering of the believers at the hands of Satanically-driven Jews (2:9). He then prophesied that some of them would be imprisoned for ten days and admonished them to be faithful unto death, implying that some or all of the imprisoned would be executed for their faith (2:10). Such death would yield a crown of life, an accessory perhaps literal and certainly symbolic of eternal life (2:10). Jesus commanded the hearers to hear and promised no harm from the second death (the lake of fire; cf. 20:14), a special comfort for those whose physical death was near (2:11).

Old Testament in the New 

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
2:10 Dan 1:12–15 Testing would be for ten days, perhaps for refusing to worship the king or emperor.

 A Parting Thought

 Satan will do all he can to crush our faith. Whether imprisonment or pressure from the government or someone else in some other way, let us be faithful to endure and know that we shall not experience the second death but receive a crown of life!

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