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Looking Deeper At The Rapture
And Second Coming Doctrines;
Introducing The Night-trib Position
Of Bible Prophecy!
Smyrna, a Sweet Fragrance
the angel of the church in Smyrna
These things saith the first and the last,
dead, and is alive; I know thy works,
tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich)
and I know
the blasphemy of them which say they
and are not, but are the synagogue of
Fear none of those things which thou
suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of
prison, that you may be tried; and you
tribulation ten days: be thou faithful
death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit
the churches; He that overcometh
be hurt of the second death. (Rev. 2:8-11)
Smyrna and Philadelphia are the only two churches
out of seven that never encounter censure of any kind. Overall, Smyrna is a
worthy Church: "but thou art rich."
The bulk of future Smyrna will comprise new
converts deep in the Tribulation. As a result, Smyrna wonít be around long
enough to be known for any in-depth accomplishments of faith. This is why
praise, even though Smyrna owns no condemnation, largely lacks in her
Christ is "the first and the last" in Smyrnaís
Salutation. "The last" affirms that Smyrna represents a segment of the
Church in the end-time, who will share the early persecution experience (the
first). The word "Smyrna" means myrrh, which is a very bitter herb, and the
bitterest persecution is yet to come. Jesus said, "Then shall they deliver
you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you. And you shall be hated of all
nations for my nameís sake" (Matt. 24:9).
Masses of Christians were persecuted from AD 90 to
312. Sadly, history will repeat itself in the coming devastation of the
worldwide Great Tribulation. Smyrna, unlike the present Church that holds
the Blessed Hope of Christ coming, collectively has a very solemn
admonishment: "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of
Broadly speaking, the lesser light also
encompasses the future (deep) Great Tribulation converts of spiritual
Smyrna. Historical Smyrna, an early Church, was mostly decimated by her
persecutors as will this future segment of the Church: "be thou faithful
unto death." Corresponding with that fact, Christ in Smyrnaís Salutation is
the one who "was dead, and is alive," THE
FIRST AND THE LAST.
Fittingly, Smyrna of tomorrow is a branch of the future Church presently
dead to the Gospel, who will come alive in their Great Tribulation
Paralleling what the Persecution Church experienced
at first, so shall Smyrna in the last. Devastatingly, unlike the present
Church who now owns the Blessed Hope of Christ coming (and, unlike Israelís
faithful remnant who will have a place prepared for them in the wilderness),
spiritual Smyrna of tomorrow will largely suffer martyrdom: "be thou
faithful unto death." She is not appointed to the Marriage Supper of the
know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know
the blasphemy of them that say they are Jews, and are not, but are the
synagogue of Satan. (Rev. 2:9)
Historical Smyrna gave up financial prosperity to
join the ranks of the persecuted faithful. In the Great Tribulation,
spiritual Smyrna wonít chance receiving the mark of the Beast by working for
a living. More than just perceivably, Smyrna of tomorrow will not be
grinding at the mill when one shall be taken and the other left, but will
bear her poverty and affliction. Note: Satanís Synagogue is made up of the
future legalistic persons who will reject Christians lacking law works.
These in their rejection of others will claim to have the sole true way,
which is really to reject the Son of God ("the blasphemy of them").
In her trials, historical Smyrna had to confront
certain legalistic persons who portrayed themselves to be Godís true people.
In like manner, Smyrna in the Great Tribulation will also confront the many
schismatic types who proclaim that their avenue of religion is the sole way.
But this wonít stifle the steadfast of future Smyrna. Because newborn Smyrna
will possess the wisdom to recognize these legalists for who they are.
Smyrna will know the comfort of the Lord Jesus by using genuine faith. Then,
the Lord of All will give more of Himself than ever before to new converts.
All in Smyrna Wonít Die
of those things which thou shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some
of you into prison, that you may be tried; and you shall have tribulation
ten days: be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life.
In the Great Tribulation, violent enemies of the
Gospel will take the lives of faithful saints: "And you shall be betrayed
both by parents, and brethren,
and kinfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to
death" (Luke 21:16). Of those perpetrators, some will repent and accept
Christ by the witness of devout martyrs. Nevertheless, how utterly tempting
it will be to hate the enemies of God in That Night. But the faithful new
converts of Smyrna will not allow their flesh to prevail: "In your patience,
possess you your souls" (Luke 21:19).
As previously mentioned, multitudes in this message
never live long enough to enjoy any merit or praise. Still, anyone who lays
their life down for the Lord Jesus will experience much commendation, not to
mention the Crown of Life. Moreover, when Christ states "fear none of those
things which thou shalt suffer," He means it. Because what the Lord is
really saying is that He will be ever present in Smyrnaís suffering.
Besides being a reward for faithfully dying, James
tells us that the Crown of Life is a reward for patiently enduring
temptation. He penned, "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for
when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which he hath promised
to them that love him" (James 1:12).
Christ proclaimed that He is the resurrection, and
this is the weighty point that He wants Smyrna to behold. Fully in line with
Christís promise to Smyrna is the fact that all who overcome will not be
hurt of the second death. Meaning that all who overcome will not be harmed
in the final judgment (Rev. 20:6). But, being victorious, they will have
their part in the First Resurrection of the righteous upon the Second
Coming, which again, is when God brings with Him all those who sleep in
Jesus and all the saints (1 Thess. 3:13, 4:14).
The Lord remarked to Smyrna, "Behold the devil
shall cast some of you into prison. . . ." Some isnít all, so the Lord will
spare many remnant saints from that persecution. Historically, the ten days
in Smyrnaís letter possibly have a dual application. One semi-popular view
is that historical Smyrna underwent a ten-year period of persecution, or a
day for a year (Num. 14:34). The other interpretation is one that other
scholars hold, which alleges the ten days as ten periods of persecution,
beginning with Nero and ending with Diocletian.
If the coming Tribulation were to last ten years,
it would take its toll on countless lives while possibly destroying the
whole world. By that account, not to mention others, this author
particularly believes that Christ expressed ten days spiritually for
end-time Smyrna, being a "complete" Tribulation experience. Deep into the
Great Tribulation, some must be faithful unto death, while others are to be
those who are "alive and remain" until the Second Coming of Christ. The
Tribulation will spark much disorder, yet all trouble eventually becomes as
the many yesterdays that are so hard to remember. So, "be of good cheer"
Smyrna, not only will Christ be faithful until the end of this age, He will
be with you (Matt. 28:20). And "fear none of those things," because Christ
will more than supply the strength and comfort to overcome the trials of
persecution (including death). So much so that our Lord will freely give His
saturating inner peace, being a physical mind-felt anesthetic peace from the
Holy Spirit, which surpasses all understanding of man (Phil. 4:7).
He that hath an ear, let him
hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Rev. 2:11)
Myrrh, the meaning of Smyrnaís name, speaks to the
bitterness of unbelief and to the sweet fragrance of conversion; to the
bitterness of death and to the sweetness of the Resurrection. Also, myrrh
speaks to persecution, and to the sweet bouquet of deliverance. Although
myrrh is bitter, it has a much sweeter fragrance, for which reason it is
used in some of todayís top perfumes.
Speaking of fragrance, in ancient times, a king
would leave myrrh on the doorstep of His unresponsive but prospective bride,
reminding her that He had called during the night. And so it is with the
Church that is literally called "myrrh," which, by not knowing the Lord as
we do now, will fail to answer His call when He redeems the present Church
earlier in That Night.
Although Smyrna presently doesnít exist, Smyrna
will come alive deep in the Great Tribulation: "And unto the angel of the
church in Smyrna write; these things saith the first and the last, which was
dead and is alive" (Rev. 2:8). Smyrna, including her dead, shall all be
changedóin a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the Last Trump: "Behold
I show you a mystery, we shall not all sleep. . . ." No, all in Smyrna wonít
die! And, for those who do die in this message, but overcome, the second
death wonít hurt them.
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The Midnight Cry found
in the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. 25:6) symbolizes the beginning of a
the Day of the Lord. Or the Day of Jesus Christ (Philip. 1:6, 10; 2
Thess. 2:3), being again, the Day of our Redemption (Eph. 4:30). Thus, the
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of Jesus to pray always to escape all these things that are coming upon the
world (Luke 21:34-36)?
Moreover, if the chapter
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4 & 5, we donít see an at-once pre-trib Rapture, but a return of Jesus Christ within the
Day of the Lord, which in that passage, Paul describes as the birth pangs of
That Day, or the Tribulation period mentioned by our Lord (Matt. 24:8). Additionally, we immediately
behold the "times and seasons," and Christians are then told to watch (1
Thess. 5:6). Yet the world will face "sudden destruction," which in the
Greek means "inescapable destruction," and this, as the Day progresses until
the Second Coming dawn (2nd Pet. 1:19). Then, at that time God, who is
Christ, returns with all of those who sleep in Jesus, and "all His saints"
(1 Thess. 3:13, 4:14; Jude vs. 14).
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