2nd Message from Jesus – How to Get the Crown of Life Forever!

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2nd Message:How to Get the Crown of Life Forever!

A Message from Jesus to the Christians that Are Going Through Suffering

Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11)

Jesus describes Himself:

1. The first and the last – Jesus lets them know He has original power and final power. The authorities that persecute them do NOT have final say.

2. Which was dead, and is alive – Jesus calms their fear of death by reminding them that “I was dead, and I’m alive.” If they follow him death won’t hurt them either.

 

Why does Jesus describe Himself in this particular way to this group of Christians? We will see later in the message why- they are being persecuted.

 

Jesus knows, sees, and is intimately acquainted with:

1. Their works. They did good works.

2. Tribulation. They are suffering troubling circumstances.

3. Poverty. They are poor in natural things (but Jesus points out that they are rich spiritually). If Jesus says you are rich, YOU ARE RICH!

4. He knows they are bothered by other people say that they are followers of God, but are actually a group of satan-followers that speak evil of God.

 

PROBLEM:

NO PROBLEM. Jesus has NO PROBLEM with the Christians that are suffering. In fact, they are poor, but Jesus calls them rich. He has NOTHING AGAINST the Suffering Christian.

 

Instruction:

  1. Don’t be afraid of those things that you suffer.
  2. The devil will throw some of you into prison, you will be tried 10 and have tribulation days.
  3. Be faithful unto death.

 

PROMISE

  1. If you are faithful unto death, then I will give you the crown of life.
  2. If you overcome (stay faithful through your suffering). You will not be hurt at all by the 2nd death.

 

HEAR! Pay attention to the deeper meanings of what the Spirit of GOD is saying to many groups of Christians.

 

If you suffer and stay faithful until your first death, you will not only be a member of the Kingdom of heaven, but you will ALSO not be hurt AT ALL by the second death (Judgement Day).

 

I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Revelation 20:4-6

 

You will receive a Crown of Life, and reign with Christ 1000 years. You will not be hurt at all by the final judgment. Suffering for God gives you extra mercy on Judgment Day! Not only are you in the Book of Life, but the 2nd death will not affect you, at all. This is awesome! Your life will be judged as perfect. (Otherwise, God’s judgment would affect you.) This is powerful.

 

This message from Jesus is unique because it is available to everybody:

 

If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us. 2 Timothy 2:12

 

When we see through Jesus’ eyes, we see:

riches in spite of poverty,

power after suffering,

life after death,

and faith in God in the middle of those that blaspheme.

 

You may not be in a time and place where you get punished by the government for worshipping Jesus in Spirit and Truth (while false blasphemous religion gets excused)…

BUT we all will get a chance go through suffering for the name of Jesus.

 

It could be people looking down on you, or talking about you for living holy. It could be making a lot less money than you could if you sold an evil product, or cheated at work. You know it’s a lot easier to make money if you work with evil products – they have the largest profit margins (drugs, debt, prostitution, drunkenness, porn, sinful entertainment).

 

Even though God gives deliverance and prosperity, all true Christians that follow Jesus will suffer in some way (2 Timothy 3:12). This is a blessing in disguise, to test your spiritual eyesight. If you embrace this suffering, it will be your CROWN of LIFE! Embrace suffering for Jesus. Don’t suffer for doing wrong, then blame the devil. Suffer for doing right.

 

Next:

 

3rd Message: How to Have a Secret Identity and Intimacy with God!

A Message from Jesus to Faithful Christians in a Satanic city.

Pergamos (Revelation 2:12-18)

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