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The Church at Smyrna: No Rebuke, but Trouble Will Come, Part 6 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #308)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”

In our series of homilies from the book of Ephesians, we focused on reviving Christian families. Now, I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages from the book of Revelation, specifically targeted at reviving the church. If our country is to be awakened, the family and the church must be revived first.

TEXT: Revelation 2:8-11:

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;

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.

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.

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.

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Samuel Rutherford said, “Keep God’s covenant in your trials; hold you by His blessed word, and sin not; flee anger, wrath, grudging, envying, fretting; forgive a hundred pence to your fellow-servant, because your Lord hath forgiven you ten thousand talents: for, I assure you by the Lord, your adversaries shall get no advantage against you, except you sin, and offend your Lord, in your sufferings.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “It seems to me we are advertising and advocating a Christianity that has the colour but not the character of the real thing. Anything in the spiritual life that savours of discipline or of really ‘taking up the cross’ is termed legalism and is despised.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The university faculty was disturbed by evangelist Robert Haldane’s interference in the education of ministerial candidates, but there was little they could do to stop it. Haldane wasn’t part of the faculty, so he couldn’t be dismissed. When the faculty of the university named him in their lectures and criticized his views, it often served only to alert to his presence more students who hadn’t yet heard of him, thus adding new members to his Bible study. When the faculty sought to discourage students on an individual basis from going to his home, many claimed they had learned so much from Haldane that, if forced, they would sooner withdraw from the divinity school than break with Haldane.”

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In light of the suffering experienced by the Church at Smyrna, we turn our attention to the third reason for which God allows suffering into our lives. The first reason is for the purpose of chastisement; the second reason is for the purpose of testing our obedience. The third reason is for the prevention of sin in our lives.

Paul describes such an affliction in 2 Corinthians 12:7 where he writes: “Lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.” Paul had received wisdom, insight, and revelation directly from God that no one else had received. It would have been easy for him to become puffed up with pride because of the knowledge that he had gained and the level of spiritual maturity he had reached. In order to prevent this, God allowed him to have “a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet” him. Some believe that this was a literal demon that tormented Paul spiritually, but most scholars agree that it was a physical malady that affected him for the rest of his life — a chronic illness, if you will — one that likely affected his eyesight. In Galatians, Paul talks about “preaching through the infirmity of the flesh.” The Greek word for “thorn” means “something which frustrates and causes trouble.” The word translated as “buffet” means “to strike or to give one a blow with the fist; to treat someone with violence.” Whatever form this affliction took, it was very painful.

Back in 2 Corinthians, Paul says, “For this thing, I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me,” but God would not take it away. Why? Because God did not want Paul to become proud because of the knowledge that he had received. If Paul became proud, he would experience another form of suffering in the form of chastisement. You may wonder why you do not have a lot of money. It may be because God knows you won’t depend on Him as you should if you did and money would become your god instead. You may wonder why you have the affliction of constant health problems. God could be allowing that in your life because He knows that, if you had perfect health, you would not be as faithful in serving Him. You may be stuck with a run-down house and a beat-up car because God knows, if you had a nice house and a new car, you would take pride in your possessions rather than in Him.

Yes, God sometimes allows us to suffer in order to prevent us from sinning. He sees it as beneficial for us to go through pre-emptive pain in order that we might not have to go through the certain pain of chastisement. In light of this reality, we ought to adopt the attitude of Paul. When he realized that God would not remove his thorn in the flesh, he said, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weakness that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Paul was able to put his suffering in perspective. He chose to make it about God’s will not his personal comfort. He decided that, if this thorn in the flesh kept him from sinning and caused him to bring more glory to God through his life, he would gladly accept it and live with it. And that is what we should do as well.

Adoniram Judson said:

In spite of sorrow, loss, and pain,
our course be onward still;
we sow on this world’s barren plain,
we reap on Zion’s hill.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” First, understand, that you are a sinner and that the wages of sin is death and Hell. But God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins. He was buried, and He rose from the dead by the power of God so that you can be saved from death and Hell. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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Out of Obscurity, Jesus Comes to Save the World (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 49 / Day 416 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 2:19-23:

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

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After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 49, day 416 since Jan. 1, 2016.

J.I. Packer said, “The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation.”

After receiving a message from an angel of the Lord letting them know that the tyrant Herod was dead, Joseph and Mary return to their home country with the Child Jesus. However, while they were on their way, possibly back to Bethlehem, Joseph heard that Herod’s son, Ar-che-la-us, had taken his father’s place. Ar-che-la-us was just as cruel as his father had been, and apparently had inherited his father’s paranoia about this new “King of the Jews.” Despite his father’s massacre, he probably was still on the lookout just to make sure that this particular Child had not somehow escaped. Because of this, Joseph was “warned of God in a dream,” and he took Mary and Jesus into Galilee instead of Judea.

In Galilee, they settled in the city of Nazareth. Mary had been living in Nazareth when the angel Gabriel first visited her and told her that she would bear God’s Son. It was a small, agriculture-based town, home to about 500 people. In God’s providence, Jesus’ residence there fulfilled the prophecy that the Messiah would be called a Nazarene. However, being called a Nazarene was not a positive thing in Jesus’ day. Nazareth was in Galilee and the Jews of Judea considered the Jews of Galilee to be second-class citizens. People in Galilee were not as well-to-do and they did not keep the law as strictly either. For reasons not revealed in Scripture, being a Nazarene also carried an additional stigma. In John, one of Jesus’ future disciples, when he heard about Jesus of Nazareth, remarked, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?”

In the divine orchestration of Jesus’ childhood residence, we see a principle that God demonstrates throughout history. He takes the people and places that the world despises, that the world sees as useless, that the world sees as nothing, and He uses them in a mighty way. He could have had His Son born to a Roman princess, but He chose a common young woman from Galilee. He could have had His Son raised in the religious and political center of Jerusalem, but He chose the obscure and stigmatized town of Nazareth. Jesus could have chosen the learned men, the rich men, the important men of His day as His disciples, but He chose ordinary fishermen and a despised and hated tax collector. As we read in First Corinthians 1:26-29: “Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.”

It is highly likely that you have felt despised, rejected, and insignificant at some time in your life. But that is not how God feels about you. You are very important to Him; so important that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins so that you can be with Him forever. One hymn writer expressed it as follows:

Jesus, my Savior, to Bethlehem came,
Laid in a manger to sorrow and shame;
O it was wonderful, blest be His name,
Seeking for me, for me.

Jesus, my Savior, on Calvary’s tree
Paid the great debt, and my soul He set free;
O it was wonderful—how could it be?
Dying for me, for me!

Jesus, my Savior, the same as of old,
While I was wandering in darkness and cold,
Gently and long did He plead with my soul,
Calling for me, for me!

Jesus is calling for you today. He came to Earth to save you because He loves you and because you are important to Him. Here is how you can place your faith and truth in Him for your salvation.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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