• Revelation’s second letter was addressed to Smyrna, a large and wealthy city 35 miles north of Ephesus. Like Ephesus, it was a seaport. In contrast to Ephesus, which today is a deserted ruin, Smyrna is still a large seaport with a present population of about 200,000.
• The Christians in Smyrna were facing persecution from many directions yet they remain faithful despite suffering.
• The name of the city, Smyrna, means “myrrh,” an ordinary perfume. It was also used in the anointing oil of the tabernacle, and in embalming dead bodies. While the Christians of the church at Smyrna were experiencing the bitterness of suffering, their faithful testimony was like myrrh or sweet perfume to God.

Jesus gives us his SPIRIT of encouragement.

• They were poor. “9…I know your afflictions and your poverty-yet you are rich!”
• They were persecuted.

• Do Not be Afraid. “10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you,…”
• You can endure. “…you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
• John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
• There is an Eternal Promise. “11 He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.”
• There is a Temporal Promise.
• Luke 12:22-24 “Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!”