The persecuted church

Revelation 2:8-11

Smyrna was a beautiful and wealthy city but also a centre of mandated emperor worship. Refusing to comply with this mandate could lead to the loss of legal status, persecution and even martyrdom.

– The message to the Church in Smyrna applies prophetically to the church in the post-apostolic era, when Christians were viciously persecuted by the Roman Empire.

– The ten days refers to the ten years of the Diocletian persecution from AD303 to AD313, when Constantine the Great issued the Edict of Milan granting Christians religious freedom.

– Smyrna was called synagogue of satan because it was the centre of various pagan cults and promoted the cult of emperor worship as compulsory.

Source reference: SDA 1Q19 Quarterly

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