Revelation 2:10 – Christians in Smyrna were going to prison for “ten days”
Revelation 2:10 – Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer.
As discussed in Revelation 1:17, we should not fear what might happen to us because Jesus paid the penalty for our sin through His death, claimed victory over death and Satan, and rose from the dead to live eternally as the firstfruits of our resurrection.
Jesus prophesied persecution of the Church at the hands of Christ rejecting Jews (Matthew 23:34, Mark 13:9, Luke 21:12, John 16:2). Paul experienced this persecution (Acts 9:20-23, 13:45-50, 14:1-2, 17:5-10, 18:4-6, 19:8-9, 22). Christianity was initially considered a sect of Judaism by the Romans, which many believe is the reason the Jews persecuted the Christians. It is possible that the Jews depicted Christians as troublemakers, to distance themselves as a separate religion in the eyes of the Romans. The following words from the Lord show that the church of Smyrna was about to suffer at the hands of Christ rejecting Jews.
Revelation 2:10 – Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested…
The Christ rejecting Jews, who were of their “father the devil” (John 8:44), were going to throw some of the Christians in Smyrna into prison. The devil is our adversary, who seeks every opportunity he can to devour us:
1 Peter 5:8-10 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
In some cases, like Job, God uses Satan to test us:
Job 23:10 – But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
Testing is a refining process, as in precious metals:
Psalms 66:10 – For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined.
Proverbs 17:3 – The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the hearts.
The testing of our faith, through trial and tribulation, builds character and produces patience:
1 Peter 1:6-7 – In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 2:2-4 – But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict. For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit. But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.
James 1:2-3 – My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
He said they would suffer. He is letting them know that He and the Father know all about their suffering. They must stay faithful unto the end, and great rewards will be theirs in heaven. Jesus warns them they will be thrown into prison. We know from history that these believers, in the literal church of Smyrna, were thrown into prison. Many in our day are being thrown into prison for their faith. It is becoming harder and harder to be a Christian, and even more difficult to be a minister. The church is under attack of the devil.
The meaning of Christ’s words to this church, that they would have tribulation for “ten days”, may refer to the fact that the Early Church suffered ten major persecutions under Nero, Domitian, Trajan, Marcus Aurelius, Severus, Maximum, Decius, Valerian, Aurelian, and Diocletian. There were also some notable persecutions in the local Smyrna Church which lasted “ten days”. The meaning of this is that their imprisonment will be brief.
It is very easy to follow Jesus when everything is going good. The true test is, will you stay when all odds are against you? When your friends and relatives have given up, will you stand? If we are faithful and stand, there is a crown of life awaiting us. The crown of life is the one the Lord Himself prepares for us. Crown of life means; “ruling over death”. There will be no more death, neither shall there be sorrow.
Revelation 21:4-5 “neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” “Behold, I make all things new”.
Many shall be martyred before the return of Christ.
Christ’s message to you today, in the midst of your pain, suffering, persecution, and testing is “Fear Not!” No matter what you are facing, sickness, disease, family problems, or even the possibility of death, do not fear because:
2 Tim. 1:7 “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Over and over throughout the Bible, we are instructed of Jesus not to fear. Fear is not of God. Fear is the opposite of faith. We should have faith in all things.
John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”
We are the one who allows fear to come in.
God wants us to have faith enough to move a mountain (Matthew 17:20).
The church is under attack of the devil. If your church is not under attack, check why not. We must be a threat to the enemy before we are attacked. So many churches are so infiltrated by the world that Satan is not even bothering with them.
A church that is grounded on the true Word of God is a threat to Satan and is under terrible attack. What one thing that gives us courage to go on in the face of all of this is the fact that Jesus won this battle for us on the cross. We just need to hang on and receive the victory.
The devil has power on this earth. He is our enemy. It is a constant battle to overcome him. Just remember that the power to rebuke him is in the name of Jesus. Jesus is the rebuker; we are His representatives.
It is very easy to follow Jesus when everything is going good. The true test is, will you stay when all odds are against you? When your friends and relatives have given up, will you stand? If we are faithful and stand, there is a crown of life awaiting us. The crown of life is the one the Lord Himself prepares for us. Crown of life means “ruling over death”. There will be no more death, neither shall there be sorrow.
Taking the literal meaning of the text, some of the Christians in Smyrna were going to prison for “ten days.” There is possible significant to this length of time. In Scripture “ten days” relates to testing, tribulation, or waiting:
Numbers 14:20-23 – Then the LORD said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD – because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it.
Daniel 1:11-14 – So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days.
1 Samuel 25:32-34, 37-38 – Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand. For indeed, as the LORD God of Israel lives, who has kept me back from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, surely by morning light no males would have been left to Nabal!” So it was, in the morning, when the wine had gone from Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became like a stone. Then it happened, after about ten days, that the LORD struck Nabal, and he died.
Jeremiah 42:4-7 – Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, “I have heard. Indeed, I will pray to the LORD your God according to your words, and it shall be, that whatever the LORD answers you, I will declare it to you. I will keep nothing back from you.” So they said to Jeremiah, “Let the LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not do according to everything which the LORD your God sends us by you. Whether it is pleasing or displeasing, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God to whom we send you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.” And it happened after ten daysthat the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah.
There were ten days that the disciples waited between Christ’s ascension and Pentecost (Acts 1:4). The Feast of Atonement is the time of “affliction of the soul” before the Lord (Leviticus 23:24-29). The ten days between the Feast of Trumpets and Atonement became known as the “days of awe,” or the “days of repentance.”
The Lord calls us to be faithful to Him through persecution, even to the death:
2 Corinthians 4:7-12 – But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed- always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you.
Luke 21:12-17 – But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.
Persecution and threat of death are temptations to forsake Christ, out of fear and love for one’s life (Revelation 12:11). As discussed in the “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” study, the “crown of life” is a reward for faithfulness through trial:
James 1:12-15 – Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
While God uses the devil to test believers, it is the devil that does the tempting, not God. For more on this topic, check out my pastor’s article: “Trial, Testing and Temptation.”
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