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Why Christians Suffer (6 Of 52)
Book of Revelation Series
Dr. Stan Coffey
We're looking at the seven churches of Asia. Revelation is very important to the church because it's God's last word to the church. If you're a Christian, it's God's last word to you as a Christian: how to live in the last days. We find that in Revelation 2 and 3. Now today I'm going to talk about "Why Christians Suffer." You'll notice in Revelation 2:8 that the Lord Jesus is speaking: "These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
And let's pause just for a moment. He says in Revelation 2:8: "Unto the...church in Smyrna write." Smyrna was located about forty miles north of the city of Ephesus in what is known today as the country of Turkey. It was a town that took its name from the chief industry in that town, and that is the production of myrrh. You'll remember that myrrh was a spice given to Jesus by the wise men at the time of Jesus's birth, or a couple of years after Jesus's birth actually when the wise men came. They found him as a young child, and they presented him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Myrrh was also used to embalm bodies in that day. It gave off a very distinct fragrance. And when they brought spices to anoint the body of Jesus for burial, myrrh was used. So this is a city that produced and exported myrrh. And it was the crown city of Asia Minor, a center of emperor worship, a city that was known for the worship of Caesar, who was the emperor at that time.
Now from the prophetic view the church at Smyrna was known as the church of persecution, and it would cover approximately the years from 100 to 300 A.D. There were ten great persecutions of the church by the Roman Empire. And to this group of persecuted and suffering ...
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