“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
—Revelation 2:10 KJV
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For the churches of Smyrna and Thyatira, Jesus gave encouraging comfort as they walked through fiery trials. John recorded Jesus’ prayer as he opened his heart to his Father God before his sacrifice on the cross. He doesn’t pray for any believer’s death (gone from the earthly world) but prays for their protection from the evil one—the strength and faithfulness to follow Christ, even if it means death.
Christ knows each human heart. He assures believers there will be just judgments according to our actions. He asks nothing more of us than to hold on—remain faithful, searching for Him with all of our heart.
“And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.”
—Revelation 2:23-25 KJV
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