Warning: include(/var/chroot/home/content/r/e/v/revelationsite/html/components/com_rokquickcart/css/general.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/03/5086903/html/index.php on line 8

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening '/var/chroot/home/content/r/e/v/revelationsite/html/components/com_rokquickcart/css/general.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php5/lib/php') in /home/content/03/5086903/html/index.php on line 8

Warning: include(/var/chroot/home/content/r/e/v/revelationsite/html/libraries/openid/Auth/cache.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/03/5086903/html/index.php on line 11

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening '/var/chroot/home/content/r/e/v/revelationsite/html/libraries/openid/Auth/cache.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php5/lib/php') in /home/content/03/5086903/html/index.php on line 11

Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cookie - headers already sent by (output started at /home/content/03/5086903/html/index.php:8) in /home/content/03/5086903/html/libraries/joomla/session/session.php on line 423

Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cache limiter - headers already sent (output started at /home/content/03/5086903/html/index.php:8) in /home/content/03/5086903/html/libraries/joomla/session/session.php on line 423

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/content/03/5086903/html/index.php:8) in /home/content/03/5086903/html/libraries/joomla/session/session.php on line 426
Milepost 2: Smyrna

Don't forget ...

"Unveiling the Mysteries of the Last Days" contains much more . . . Order your copy today!

Milepost 2: Smyrna

Primary References: Revelation 2:8-11

The church of Smyrna was one of two churches without condemnation. As the myrrh produced in the region, they produced a sweet fragrance from their sufferings. For ten days, they endured tremendous persecution.  They worked hard but faced great opposition from both pagan and Jew.  They are a very poor church but they have stockpiled tremendous wealth where it matters most, in heaven.   The Smyrna church period is the early church persecuted by the Roman Empire.  The city of Smyrna is representative of the Roman Empire.  Their devotion to Rome, their religious systems, and their persecution of those who do not worship the state deity are consistent with the city of Rome. 

Most agree the Smyrna church period started around 100 A.D. and continued through the death of Diocletian in 312 A.D.  The general agreement for the church period is that the ten days of church persecution represents the persecution of the church by ten different Roman Emperors.  The ten emperors most often listed as Christianity’s persecutors are:

1.      Nero (64–68 A.D.): crucified and threw Christians into pits with wild animals; executed Paul and possibly Peter

2.      Domitian (90–96 A.D.): killed thousands in Rome; banished John to the Isle of Patmos

3.      Trajan (104–117 A.D.): outlawed Christianity; burned Ignatius at the stake

4.      Marcus Aurelius (161–180 A.D.): tortured and beheaded Christians

5.      Severus (200–211 A.D.): burned, crucified, and beheaded Christians

6.      Maximinius (235–237 A.D.): executed Christians

7.      Decius (250–253 A.D.): tried to wipe out Christianity and executed those he could find

8.      Valerian (257–260 A.D.): tried to wipe out Christianity; executed the Bishop of Carthage

9.      Aurelian (270–275 A.D.): persecuted Christians any way he could

10.   Diocletian (303–312 A.D.): burned the Scriptures

Between the reigns of many of these emperors, there were short gaps that allowed a little reprieve for the early Christians.  These reprieves, though, did not alleviate or reduce their poverty since legal restrictions still limited their ability to earn wages and own property.  Estimates suggest that this period may have witnessed as many as 5 million Christian martyrs.  The following table summarizes the church of Smyrna.