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Revelation 2:10-12 The Passion Translation (TPT)

10 Do not yield to fear in the face of the suffering to come, but be aware of this: the devil[a] is about to have some of you thrown into prison[b] to test your faith. For ten days[c] you will have distress, but remain faithful to the day you die and I will give you the victor’s crown of life.[d] 11 The one whose heart is open let him listen carefully to what the Spirit is presently saying to all the churches. The one who conquers will not be harmed by the second death.[e]

Christ’s Letter to Pergamum

12 Write the following to the messenger of the congregation in Pergamum.[f] For these are the words of the one whose words pierce the hearts of men:[g]

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:10 Devil means “slanderer-accuser.”
  2. Revelation 2:10 The Aramaic can be translated “torture house.”
  3. Revelation 2:10 It is recorded that a tremendous persecution took place in Smyrna that eventually resulted in the death of Polycarp, one of the leading church fathers, whom Tertullian described as a disciple of John. Some view the ten days as ten time periods representing ten waves of identifiable persecutions under ten Roman emperors. See John F. Walvoord, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, 1966.
  4. Revelation 2:10 Or “the victor’s crown, which is life.” This is a symbol of ruling and reigning in the power and nature of divine life. See James 1:12.
  5. Revelation 2:11 See Rev. 21:8.
  6. Revelation 2:12 The word Pergamum means “married” or “elevation.” Pergamum was the center of Roman emperor worship, which demanded absolute allegiance to the god-like emperor. Additionally, it had, on a cliff overlooking the city, a throne-like altar to the Greek god Zeus. For these reasons it was described as the place of Satan’s throne. See Robert L. Thomas, Revelation 1–7 Exegetical Commentary (Chicago: Moody Press, 1992); Robert H. Mounce, The Book of Revelation, revised ed.; The New International Commentary on the New Testament, edited by F. F. Bruce and Gordon D. Fee (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977); F. F. Bruce, The Revelation to John: A New Testament Commentary, edited by G. C. D. Howley (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1969).
  7. Revelation 2:12 Or “the one who has the sharp, double-edged sword,” which is an emblem of the Word of God. This sword is not meant to destroy his beloved church, it is meant to pierce and circumcise our hearts. It has two edges, for it both blesses and corrects us.
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