Some Background Information About Smyrna
The name Smyrna means embalming. The name stems from myrrh – a spice that releases the scent when crushed. Myrrh was used by priesthood for making anointing oil, and for embalming the dead. This letter is about death.
Remeber the gifts to Jesus by the magi? Frankincense represents the priesthood, gold represents kingship/diety, and myrrh represents death. It is interesting to note that in Isaiah 60:6, only gold and frankincense are brought to the Messiah in the future kingdom, but no myrrh. He has overcome death!
Revelation 2:8-11 says,
There was no bad - Yeshua had no words of admonition for them. The church at Smyrna is a picture of the church today in places such as China., Sudan, and India; where persecution abounds, yet the church thrives in those places.
Satan figured out that he was losing the battle by persecuting the believers - it just made the church stronger! So he began plotting to work in a much more sinister way. Watch for my next post on the letter to Pergamum, coming soon.