BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 4, Day 5: Revelation 2:8-11

Summary of passage: John’s letter to the church in Smyrna says Jesus knows their afflictions and poverty and knows of the false prophets. He says they will suffer but encourages them to be faithful and they will earn the crown of life (eternal life).


13a)  Death, torture, death

b)  Death, torture, death

14a)  Because it is just the body that suffers, not the soul.  The soul is what lives on in heaven–which is what matters.  All believers in Christ go to heaven.  There is nothing to fear in Christ.

b)  Knowing there is something beyond this realm gives hope and faith in suffering.  Our suffering turns others towards Him as we are living examples of faith.  Jesus himself suffered as we are called to do as well.

15)  Personal Question.  My answer:  We had this question last year as well.  I have not suffered anywhere remotely close to the first century Christians and living in the US has sheltered me from suffering physically.  I personally have not suffered in any life-impacting way.

Conclusions:  Not sure how any of these questions relate to the passage directly; they are extrapolations to Jesus.

End Notes:  See previous POST for commentary.

Conclusions to Lesson 4: We focused in on the first two letters John wrote to the churches of Ephesus and Smyrna.  We saw the major difference between the two is Ephesus was rebuked for turning from Christ; whereas, Smyrna was only encouraged and praised for its suffering for Christ.

A lot of repetition in questions from last year.  I suppose BSF asks these every year but it stands out to me this year.

I have also come to realize as I grow in Christ and as my knowledge grows these questions seem repetitive to me because I have answered them before and I know them.  I know more of the Bible and God’s Word and to me it’s easy because I do know it.  I’m trying to keep that in mind that BSF is appealing to all wherever their walk is with Christ so some questions will be repetitive and redundant to some of us but not others.


6 thoughts on “BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 4, Day 5: Revelation 2:8-11

  1. I’m sorry to bother you. I’ve just joined the blog. Where can I find older posts? Our class is just starting Lesson 3 questions. Thank you so very much!

    Phyllis Hogan


    1. Hey Phyllis and welcome!

      You just scroll down on my home page or on the side bar you can click under “BSF Revelation” and all my posts for Revelation are there.

      Thanks and God Bless!


  2. As AtoZ answered Question 13 (a) and (b) exactly the same, Christians today face the same persecution problems as the early followers of Jesus. Trials and tribulations were promised to us by our Lord Jesus. The world hated Jesus, and they will hate us. BSF asked us to read and comment on Matt 10:28-33 in question 14, but if you read the next verse 34, Jesus Himself said: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” And the next verses 35-39 don’t get any easier and make very tough but truthful reading! Read them for yourselves. The great hope is in Rev 2:11 that a believer will not be hurt by the second death. The first death is our physical death and the second death is our spiritual death. As a believer, there is no second death as we are in the arms of Jesus. I read this in a commentary which is quite true: If you are born once (physical birth), you die twice (physical and spiritually). BUT if you are born TWICE (physical birth plus our new spiritual birth by trusting in Jesus), you only die ONCE (you close your eyes for a second, and open them again looking at Jesus)!


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