Letter to Church in Symrna (Revelation 2:8-11, Revelation 1:17-18, Revelation 22:12-13, Isaiah 41:4)Pastor Mark Delladio, October 2, 2019
Part of the Revelation-Letters to the Seven Churches series, preached at a Wednesday Evening service
In tribulation and suffering, remember, Jesus gives us a crown of life
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Revelation 2:8–11 (Listen)
8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.
9 “‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’
Revelation 1:17–18 (Listen)
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
Revelation 22:12–13 (Listen)
12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Isaiah 41:4 (Listen)
4 Who has performed and done this,
calling the generations from the beginning?
I, the LORD, the first,
and with the last; I am he.