by Rev Joel Yong
Revelation of John 2:10-11
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. 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.
Smyrna is one of the two churches who do not get faulted for having done anything wrong.
Instead they are told that they are about to undergo a period of tribulation.
They are encouraged to press on and remain faithful. God knows that under pressure and torture, its possible for us to cave in, and be forced to deny the faith.
But He encourages those in Smyrna- that there is no destruction of the soul, if they do not depart from the faith.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
This is what it will be like in the last days as prophesied. Under threat of death we will be pressured to deny the faith.
Nevertheless God has said He will not abandon us and will be with us and may we be found faithful till the end.