The message to the church at Smyrna. This church had a constant threat of death, but they remained faithful.
A. The city of Smyrna was about 35 miles north of Ephesus
1. It was and still is an important sea port
a. The city's name is now Ismir
2. It was the site of the temple to Emperor Tiberious
B. As a representative church, Smyrna pictures the time from about 100 AD