The Angel In Smyrna

Again, starting with the letter!

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Rev ch2v8-11
Rev 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
Rev 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
Rev 2:10 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.
Rev 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. (KJV)

The letter identifies Jesus as the first and the last, for whom creation was made - the only begotten and the last so, the firstborn of the resurrection. (The angel is apparently impressed with himself. Is he necessarily existent or else raised, but not (yet as) a "Son" of God? C.f. verse 2:11.)

Jesus knows what the angel has begun doing as works, his adversity and lack of doctrine (c.f. "from whence he has fallen", as knowing God's new name), yet his doctrine is already sound and this is indeed rare! (verse 2:9.) He is reminded of the blasphemy of those that are truly of the devil: the least (or angel), is not so found to be evil, he is not to be classed as "one of them".

That stated, the decision to attend church comes with a warning of the presence of the synagogue of Satan. In order to become "rich" (in doctrine and also in fellowship), the least seeks out a church. This is always a risk for anyone, as a "new" convert, trusting to God that the right choice is made.

Do those "ten times" of the devil refer to ten false doctrines? (Only to the angel in his wider circuit.) See the previous page for my theory on this one!

On returning again, the angel it appears is accused of being neither one or the other (Godly spirit or not, as merely human), and is "imprisoned". In reality I would state that the angel is shown that he is to overcome all the "three woes". He is to suffer (experience) that same spiritual captivity as if he had no heavenly brethren at all. He is only directed into the mainstream Church. (To become captive) and he is to lose some of the sound doctrine that so characterises his ministry (circuit) as becoming each of the seven stars (each individual star an 'angel' with a necessary and correct doctrine.) The angel will not accumulate all the good doctrine of his circuit cumulatively (diatonically) but will become as "forgetful" as anyone else would, as if starting afresh for each test (and "church") so being made to repeat the experience of that same captivity or "prison" tenfold. Is he killed and then raised each time? (A straw to grasp at maybe, but possibly the "last" one - see the page of the letter to Ephesus for that.)

The "tribulation" ten times refers to the ten horns of the dragon that are the false doctrines of all OT Israel and the 'Nicolaitanism' of the four NT era kingdoms of England, the USSR, Nazi Germany and the USA. In effect, that one Church is to be overcome and the angel is to be cooked in the pot as slowly as possible in that leaven or false doctrine, turned on the spit of Satan's crucible.

The angel is to be rewarded with a crown that will never fail him for eternal life. (I conjecture that His crown is not merely "necessary existence" but actually the "marriage of the lamb", it is the crown as of the baseline of all prayer to God. It will never trespass on anyone else's prayer as equally as they will not (cannot) trespass on it. His "prayer" is a union, that of His eternal life and the one kingdom of God. It is a "marriage" or union with all the prayers of the elect.)

Why? Well, If you have read the book you will know the angel (the least in the kingdom) is posited as the one whom God has the least influence over. The angel is rewarded, or rather recognised, revealed as the "zero" in the octal group of the Father. God then, has His Holy Spirit absorbed into the zero element as with all multiplication. Then God, Himself, must become omnipotent in order to direct His right hand's steps. The Lord's new name with 1=0 is "written upon His right hand" so that the group C8 acts as multiplication over the octal in the one case of the angel, and that same zero or "eternal life" is gifted as to all by a well ordered principle.

So, The prayers of the right hand will never fail Him. (Or those of the elect!) His prayers are in union with those of the elect, and He has a "living crown". This union of all prayer is the very mortar that binds together the lively stones of God's temple, along with the charity of works that characterises and frames it so completely.

"Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us" has its unique meaning when applied in the case of the prayer of this one particular angel of Christ. (His crown is a living one, he alone lives with it.)

The letter closes with the promise that the angel has attained to salvation. He, we may expect, will finally be found to crawl over the finish line as the least in the kingdom of heaven. (He may be considered to be "banned from Hell" by authority above.)

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