ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 469



2:7-20
R e v elati o n
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“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand
what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will
give fruit from the tree of life in the paradise of God.
“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Smyrna. This is the message
from the one who is the First and the Last, who was dead but is now alive:
“I know about your suffering and your poverty—but you are rich! I
know the blasphemy of those opposing you. They say they are Jews,
but they are not, because their synagogue belongs to Satan. Don’t be
afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you
into prison to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But if you remain
faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life.
“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand
what he is saying to the churches. Whoever is victorious will not be
harmed by the second death.
“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Pergamum. This is the message from the one with the sharp two-edged sword:
“I know that you live in the city where Satan has his throne, yet you
have remained loyal to me. You refused to deny me even when Antipas,
my faithful witness, was martyred among you there in Satan’s city.
“But I have a few complaints against you. You tolerate some among
you whose teaching is like that of Balaam, who showed Balak how
to trip up the people of Israel. He taught them to sin by eating food
offered to idols and by committing sexual sin. In a similar way, you
have some Nicolaitans among you who follow the same teaching.
Repent of your sin, or I will come to you suddenly and fight against
them with the sword of my mouth.
“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand
what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will
give some of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. And I
will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved
a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it.
“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Thyatira. This is the message
from the Son of God, whose eyes are like flames of fire, whose feet are like
polished bronze:
“I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your
service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant
improvement in all these things.
“But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that





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