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Smyrna City Church (Revelation 2.8-9)

"To the angel of the church in Smyrna write, 'These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty, yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.'" (Revelation 2.8-9)✞

Female Deity Roma

Smyrna Church Ancient CityThe name of the city of Smyrna, means "bitterness" and may have been derived from the same word as "myrrh" which was the chief export of the city in ancient times. The Smyrna City Church was materially poor, but spiritually rich. "Smyrna," is now known as Izmir in modern Turkey and is located about 25 miles north of Ephesus on the Mediterranean Coast. It is nicknamed "Port of Asia" because it had a deep harbor on the Aegean Sea.✞

Church Struggled

Godess Roma BustIn Smyrna, the church struggled against two hostile forces, a Jewish population strongly opposed to Christianity, and a group of people who supported emperor worship and worshipped the female deity "Roma." Roma was a godess who personified the City of Rome. Persecution and suffering were inevitable in this environment. The Smyrna city church had stood up well but Jesus reminds them that he is the "First and the Last," or the "Alpha and Omega." He is the only one to be worshipped, rather than the imperial emperor cult or the female deity Roma.✞

"Smyrna City Church"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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