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Revelation 2:9-11 The Passion Translation (TPT)

I am aware of all the painful difficulties you have passed through and your financial hardships, even though, in fact, you possess rich treasure.[a] And I am fully aware of the slander[b] that has come against you from those who claim to be Jews but are really not, for they are a satanic congregation.[c] 10 Do not yield to fear in the face of the suffering to come, but be aware of this: the devil[d] is about to have some of you thrown into prison[e] to test your faith. For ten days[f] you will have distress, but remain faithful to the day you die and I will give you the victor’s crown of life.[g] 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.[h]

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:9 See 2 Cor. 8:9.
  2. Revelation 2:9 Or “blasphemy.”
  3. Revelation 2:9 That is, they were serving Satan’s purposes. Satan means “adversary.” These people, known as Judaizers, attempted to impose Jewish rules upon new converts. See Acts 15; Rom. 2:28-29; Phil. 3:2-3.
  4. Revelation 2:10 Devil means “slanderer-accuser.”
  5. Revelation 2:10 The Aramaic can be translated “torture house.”
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Revelation 2:11 See Rev. 21:8.
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