Revelation 2:8-11 (NKJV)
“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write,
‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”
The church located in what is modern day Turkey, called Smyrna was about to be tested.
It appears that a tremendous testing of their faith is about to encompass them. We’ve all been tested with Covid 19, but what’s coming is just a matter of time. The mandate that governments attempted to impose really is shaking people.
Religious exemption has been claimed by SOME people that never was religious to begin with. Then again, we see those that are devout true disciples of Christ are claiming what’s written in the Constitution. That government can’t enforce something that’s against a persons sincerely held religious belief.
This argument was challenged when LGBT activists dismissed any religious exemption to provide services that was against a person’s sincerely held religious belief. When the courts ruled against them, they were subject to fines and closure of their businesses.
There’s no doubt in my mind that homosexuals that refuse to take the vaccine, filled out religious exemption forms. It’s not funny.
The mandate had teeth from the private sector that the federal government wished they had, but if you’re a federal employee or contractor, you’re subjected to the mandate. For now, a judge has placed an injunction on it but you never know these days.
If you refuse to get vaccinated, you will lose pay and even be fired.
This “teeth” forced many people to cave in to the requirements.
But what’s been happening all across the land is that people are now standing up to tyranny and voicing their rights like never before. They’re standing against tyranny and the federal, state, and city governments are in fear that should this pick up steam, they’ll have to surrender their mandate.
This test pales in comparison to the testing or trying of a person’s faith in Christ.
For instance. In Nigeria and Uganda. In Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries where those that were Muslim, renounced Islam to become true believers in Christ.
A few years ago, in the Middle East, ISIS beheaded Christians on a sunny day, on a sandy beach.
For 10 days, the true believers in Smyrna will endure testing like they’ve never seen before. All because they believed in the Lord Jesus. And satan didn’t like it. He would throw some of them into prison.
The Lord instructed them to be faithful to the end and that they would receive the crown of life. And if you overcome, you will not be hurt by the second death. Revelation 20:14 tells us that the second death is the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.
I believe that this is very prophetic that the church at Smyrna mirrors certain places where believers are assembled in the world today.
The Lord Jesus was warning them to not defect when tested.
Hebrews 10:23-25 (NKJV)
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.“
We haven’t seen a testing in the United States where it becomes a reality that professed believers will walk away from the faith to avoid being put to the test.
What would cause a person to defect?
When you’re threatened with death.
Denounce Christ or I’ll behead you.
Denounce Christ or I’ll shoot you in the back of the head.
Denounce Christ or I’ll kill your children.
Denounce Christ or I’ll cut your hands off, put electricity to your body, cut you with a thousand cuts until you bleed to death, or cut your toes and fingers off.
We haven’t been tested like this but it’s sure to come.
The hand writing is on the wall that one day, they’ll ignore the religious exemption in the Constitution and do as they wish to every true believer.
Today, believers are praying that people would rise up, but look at what Jesus warned the church at Smyrna. The Lord Jesus didn’t instruct them to pray that they avoid the test, but that they would be faithful during the test.
1 Corinthians 16:13 (KJV)
“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”
Quit you like men is just another way of saying “Man up.”
Just imagine John the Baptist telling Herod about his sin and the jail door opens.
It’s the executioner that enters to take your head off.
Just imagine James, the brother of John, that asked Jesus if he could be seated next to the Savior. Not realizing that in a few weeks, he would see the Savior, drinking the cup that Jesus drank from.
It’s when your faith in Christ comes to be tested that we realize who we really are. That’s why when the false gospel replaces the true gospel, the testing of your faith will be on another level.
The real test isn’t about possessions. The real test is about when the time comes where your life is on the line. The real test is when you’re about to see Jesus for the testimony of Jesus. The real test is when satan is so mad that he expresses his anger and rage in murdering anyone that refuses to denounce Christ.
We’re comfortable right now but this mandate is just a test that soon will be taken to another test level.
This level will separate the men from the boys.