"To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: 1 "This is the message from the one who is the first and the last, who died and lived again.
I know your troubles; I know that you are poor - but really you are rich! I know the evil things said against you by those who claim to be Jews but are not; they are a group that belongs to Satan!
Don't be afraid of anything you are about to suffer. Listen! The Devil will put you to the test by having some of you thrown into prison, and your troubles will last ten days. Be faithful to me, even if it means death, and I will give you life as your prize of victory.
"If you have ears, then, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches! 2 "Those who win the victory will not be hurt by the second death.
"To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: "This is the message from the one who has the sharp two-edged sword.
I know where you live, there where Satan has his throne. You are true to me, and you did not abandon your faith in me even during the time when Antipas, my faithful witness, was killed there where Satan lives.
But there are a few things I have against you: there are some among you who follow the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak how to lead the people of Israel into sin by persuading them to eat food that had been offered to idols and to practice sexual immorality. 315
In the same way you have people among you who follow the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
Now turn from your sins! If you don't, I will come to you soon and fight against those people with the sword that comes out of my mouth.
"If you have ears, then, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches! 4 "To those who win the victory I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give each of them a white stone on which is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.
"To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: "This is the message from the Son of God, whose eyes blaze like fire, whose feet shine like polished brass.