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The Church at Smyrna: No Rebuke, but Trouble Will Come, Part 10 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #312)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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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G.V. Wigram said, “What wealth have you, if you have not got Christ? If Christ is the object before you, all the things that afflict you will not take Christ from you.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Pale, pathetic, palliating preaching must go. The pulpit never needed voices more that it does at this hour.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “There is debate among historians over when the Second Great Awakening began. Some indicate it began with Charles Finney in 1830. However, there was a tremendous movement of the Spirit beginning in 1800 that can’t be overlooked. The Second Great Awakening provided the catalyst for a number of developments in the church apart from political government, and this revival influenced the wider society. One significant outcome was the birth of many great evangelistic organizations. These included in England the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Religious Tract Society, the Baptist Missionary Society, the London Missionary Society, and the Church Missionary Society. In America, Bible, Sunday school, tract, and missionary societies were formed to spread the gospel.”

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As we wrap up Jesus’ letter to the suffering church at Smyrna, we are going to focus on the parenthetical statement in verse 9: “but thou art rich.” The position of this positive statement within parentheses in the middle of a passage about the suffering that this church is going through and is about to go through reminds us of how we often fail to focus on the positive in the midst of negative situations. Psychologists call it “negativity bias,” and it is something that afflicts all human beings. We have a tendency to highlight, to remember, to focus on, and to act out of that which is negative in our lives. But, in the midst of their negative situation, which is only about to get worse, Jesus points out something positive for the church at Smyrna to focus on: “but thou art rich.”

Now, Jesus has just said that He knew the poverty of the church at Smyrna, so what does He mean when He says that they are rich? Well, Jesus was not talking about physical, temporary riches. The church at Smyrna was in abject poverty. Rather, Jesus is talking about the spiritual, eternal riches that this church gained as a result of their faithfulness. Tony Garland said, “The church at Smyrna could not be accurately judged by external measures. As Trench observes, ‘there are both poor rich-men and rich poor-men in Jesus’ sight.’ The riches of the church at Smyrna were laid up in heaven. Material goods have no ultimate value, but will all be destroyed. Knowledge of this reality should bring a shift in priorities towards spiritual things which are truly lasting. In contrast, the church at Laodicea had great material prosperity, but Christ said they were ‘wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.'”

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “What a comfort it was to the Christians in Smyrna to know that Christ knew all about their sufferings: I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! Besides suffering persecution, they were also enduring extreme poverty. Though extremely poor, they were rich in the wonderful promises Christ had given them.” Those promises are found in 2 Corinthians 6:10 and James 2:5.

2 Corinthians 6:10 says, “As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”

James 2:5 says, “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”

Some of the riches of the church at Smyrna were already being felt. Even in the midst of their suffering, they had peace and joy. Why? Because they were in the will of God. The world measures a person’s potential for peace and joy based on their physical possessions or their success in life. But, God’s peace and joy is measured by obedience, even if that obedience means suffering for Christ. Like Paul and Silas in prison, the church at Smyrna could rejoice because they knew that they were doing what God wanted them to do. On top of that, they knew that their obedience in the present moment was the source of even greater blessings being stored up for them on the other side. It may not have looked like it at the time, but the church at Smyrna was very rich.

Witness Lee wrote:

O the riches of my Savior,
So unsearchable, immense;
All the fulness of the Godhead
I may now experience.

O the riches of my Savior,
All-embracing: life and light,
Wisdom, power, healing, comfort,
Treasures rich of God’s delight;

God’s redemption, full salvation,
And His resurrection power,
Sanctifying, glorifying,
All transcending every hour!

O the riches of my Savior–
Nothing less than God as all!
All His person and possessions,
Now my spirit doth enthrall.

O the riches of my Savior!
Who can know their breadth and length,
Or their depth and height unmeasured,
Yet they are my joy and strength.

May I know these boundless riches,
Christ experience in full;
And with others may I share them
In their content bountiful.

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.

The Church at Smyrna: No Rebuke, but Trouble Will Come, Part 9 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #311)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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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William Gurnall said, “Faith looks through the key-hole of the promise and tells thee what it sees there laid up for him who overcomes. Faith listens and tells thee that it can hear the shout of those crowned saints, as of those that are dividing the spoil and receiving the reward of all their services and sufferings here on earth.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “God pity us that after years of writing, using mountains of paper and rivers of ink exhausting flashy terminology about the biggest revival meetings in history, we are still faced with gross corruption in every nation, as well as with the most prayerless church-age since Pentecost.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “In many revivals in Quebec and North America, large crowds gathered to hear the gospel preached, just as the Haldane brothers had attracted in Scotland. Revivals, however, can’t be poured into a mold; God’s work in human life has varying expressions. In Geneva, Robert Haldane carried revival to a small group of students, and through a quiet ministry so different from what he’d experienced back in his native land, his students became carriers of revival to the world.”

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Jesus’ final word to the suffering church at Smyrna is: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” All human beings have ears, but not all humans have “ears to hear.” Jesus used this expression when telling His parables. What does it mean? We hear many things every day that we do not listen to. Some people work with the television on in the background; they hear the television but they are not listening to it. To have “ears to hear” is to listen with intention, to listen with purpose, to choose to hear. This letter to the church at Smyrna, which is applicable to churches today, is for those who choose to hear with the Spirit has to say.

The letter ends with a word of promise for the believers: “He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” All of Jesus’ words to this church have been about helping them to face their suffering and not despair in their suffering. Jesus wants them to overcome their suffering. The Greek word translated as “overcome” means to conquer, to prevail, or to get the victory. Even though we may be beaten down and buffeted by persecution and tribulation in this life, God’s plan is for us to overcome in the end.

However, our ultimate victory is not of this world. Our victory comes in escaping “the second death.” The second death is judgment at the Great White Throne where all those who have rejected Jesus Christ will be tried and sentenced to an eternity without God, without light, without end. Often, the world mocks those who give their all to Christ and put their lives on the line for him. Some say we are fools. But, like Paul, we ought say if we are fools, we are “fools for Christ’s sake” because escaping the second death is worth it.

As we go through this life, we will do well to have the words of C.A. Tindley’s hymn frequently on our lips:

This world is one great battlefield
With forces all arrayed,
If in my heart I do not yield
I’ll overcome someday.

Both seen and unseen powers join
To drive my soul astray,
But with His Word a sword of mine,
I’ll overcome someday.

A thousand snares are set for me,
And mountains in my way,
If Jesus will my leader be,
I’ll overcome someday.

I fail so often when I try
My Savior to obey;
It pains my heart and then I cry,
I’ll overcome someday.

My mind is not to do the wrong,
But walk the narrow way;
I’m praying as I journey on,
To overcome some day.

Though many a time no signs appear,
Of answer when I pray;
My Jesus says I need not fear,
I’ll overcome someday.

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.

The Church at Smyrna: No Rebuke, but Trouble Will Come, Part 8 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #310)


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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Charles Spurgeon said, “I know of nothing which I would choose to have as the subject of my ambition for life than to be kept faithful to my God till death, still to be a soul winner, still to be a true herald of the cross, and testify the name of Jesus to the last hour. It is only such who in the ministry shall be saved.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “God pity us that we have swung from the Upper Room with its fire to the church with the supper room and its smoke.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The pastors who were trained by Robert Haldane stood in stark contrast to those who had preceded them, and their coming often sparked revival in the churches they served. Several students became involved in a Swiss mission to the French-speaking residents of Lower Canada (now Quebec) and carried the torch of revival to North America. In fact, some of the earliest reported revivals in the later Laymen’s Prayer Revival took place in the churches of Quebec established by Haldane’s students.”

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In Jesus’ letter to the church at Smyrna, He details the suffering that they will shortly face. He says, “The devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days.” Going to prison and going on trial before the Roman authorities were frequent experiences for the members of the early church. As we read in the book of Acts, the early missionaries were arrested and taken before religious authorities, city leaders, regional rulers, and the emperor of Rome himself not infrequently. Sometimes, they were kept in prison for days, sometimes they were beaten before being released, sometimes they were miraculously delivered.

In the West, we might think that persecution in this form is foreign. But, a review of recent news events will tell us that such events are not far-fetched. For example, in England, street preachers have been jailed and taken to court for preaching the Bible in public. In other countries, the situation is far more dire, with Christians in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, facing kidnapping, torture, imprisonment, and death. So, Jesus’ words to the church at Smyrna are just as relevant today as they were back then.

He tells the church, “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” He is saying that some of them will die for His name. If they remain faithful — that is, if they do not abandon Christ — they will receive the crown of life. The issue here is that we must decide what we value more. If we value our life in this world more, we will not be faithful unto death. But if we value eternal life with Christ more, we will not fear death, imprisonment, trials, or anything that the world may bring against us. In the face of persecution, the only thing we can do is remain faithful to Christ and to what we believe. We must present a consistent witness to the world even if it costs us our lives.

This poem expresses the mandate the Christ gave the Church at Smyrna and gives to us today:

Christian worker, be thou faithful
Till life’s toil and care be o’er;
See, a crown is waiting for thee,
Over on the other shore;
When at last thy journey ended,
Thou shalt with the angels join,
And a crown of fadeless glory,
Then, oh Christian, shall be thine!

It is Christ himself has promised,
And his word is ever sure.
To reward the faithful servant,
Who shall to the end endure,
That a crown of life awaits them,
Who are faithful to the end,
In a home at last in heaven,
With the dying Christian’s friend.

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.

The Church at Smyrna: No Rebuke, but Trouble Will Come, Part 7 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #309)


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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Adrian Rogers said, “I have not suffered a lot for Christ, but I want to tell you that those times that I have suffered and I knew it was for Jesus, have been some of the happiest times of my entire life. I cannot tell you the indescribable joy that has come into my heart and my life.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Without question, the greatest need of this hour is that the church shall meet her ascended Lord again, and get an enduement that would usher in the revival of revivals just before the night of nights settles over this age of incomparable corruption.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Over the winter of 1816-17, Robert Haldane continued training a new generation of leadership for the Reformed Churches of Switzerland. Although his following was small compared to those who had gathered to hear him preach in his native Scotland, his influence throughout the French-speaking world was extensive. As those who had met completed their formal training, they went out to churches throughout the nations to preach and teach, not what they’d learned in school, but what they’d discovered in Haldane’s Bible study group.”

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From Scripture, we have examined three reasons why Christians are faced with suffering, oftentimes suffering that seems to be more than our fair share. But God’s children suffer as a form of chastisement for sin; God’s children suffer for the purpose of testing our obedience; God’s children also experience suffering as a means of preventing sin in our lives. The fourth reason why God allows His children to suffer is so that their lives might bring glory to Him and produce fruit for His kingdom.

In Acts 9:15-16, right after Paul’s conversion experience, Jesus says that Paul “is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.” Paul had just had his dramatic encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. He is confused, blind, and in a stranger’s house. Yet, we see that God already had plans for him to go through great suffering for the name of Christ. Before one can enjoy a great bottle of wine, one must crush the grapes.

From this point forward, Paul would go through extreme persecution, hatred, and conflict in his time serving as a minister of the Gospel. He documents his suffering in Second Corinthians, saying, “Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.” Despite all this, today, we recognize him as the foremost apostle and contributor to the formation of Christian doctrine. While we recognize his suffering and eventual martyrdom, we focus far more on the fruit that his ministry brought forth and the many souls that have been brought into the kingdom of God through his preaching and writing. All of Paul’s suffering brought glory to the name of Christ and blessings to the lives of others.

When we are going through suffering, we must consider that God may indeed intend to bring glory out of it in the future. While we may barely be able to see our hand in front of our face, God sees decades and generations into the future. While He allows suffering in our lives today, He alway plans to use it for our betterment, for the benefit of others, and for the bringing of glory to His name. As Paul himself wrote, “The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Singer and songwriter Shane Barnard wrote this song titled “Though You Slay Me” after the untimely death of a family member:

I come, God, I come
I return to the Lord
The one who’s broken
The one who’s torn me apart
You strike down to bind me up
You say you do it all in love
That I might know you in your suffering

Though you slay me
Yet I will praise you
Though you take from me
I will bless your name
Though you ruin me
Still I will worship
I’ll sing a song to the one who’s all I need

My heart and flesh may fail
The earth below give way
But with my eyes I’ll see the Lord
Lifted high on that day
Behold, the Lamb that was slain
And I’ll know every tear was worth it all

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.

The Church at Smyrna: No Rebuke, but Trouble Will Come, Part 5 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #306)


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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Tim Keller said, “Christianity teaches that, contrary to fatalism, suffering is overwhelming; contrary to Buddhism, suffering is real; contrary to karma, suffering is often unfair; but contrary to secularism, suffering is meaningful. There is a purpose to it, and if faced rightly, it can drive us like a nail deep into the love of God and into more stability and spiritual power than you can imagine.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “We raise our hats to the martyrs, and we thank God for the last drop of their blood, but we won’t give Him the first drop of ours.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “When Robert Haldane decided to winter at Geneva, he moved to a suite of apartments located at 19 Promenade St. Antoine. In the generation following Haldane’s death, that address was still being called ‘le berceau’ (the birthplace) of ‘Geneva’s Second Reformation.’ The reform began quietly there and never grew into a large meeting.”

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An age-old question, asked by countless numbers throughout history, is: Why is there suffering? Many have asked, “Why is there suffering in the world?” Most of us have asked, “Why am I suffering? Why me?” The Church at Smyrna was going through suffering, and in His letter, Jesus has just informed them that more suffering is on the way. We can imagine them asking, “Why must we endure this? Why must we suffer?” The Bible reveals at least four reasons why God allows, and sometimes even brings, suffering into our lives.

One reason suffering comes into our lives is for disciplinary purposes. Suffering can be God’s way of disciplining or chastising us for our sins. Hebrews 12:5 says, “My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” No one likes pain. No one likes suffering. But suffering for the purpose of chastisement is a part of the life of the Christian. God would be less than a father if He let us get away with our sins. He wants us to recognize the painful consequences of our wrongdoing so that we won’t do wrong again. Charles Spurgeon said, “If affliction seemed to be joyous, would it be chastisement at all? If suffering has no pain, then it surely has no benefit.”

All of life is based on the principle of reaping what we sow, both good and bad. While no justice dispensed by humans is perfect, governments, parents, employers, and other authority figures mete out appropriate punishment when those under their authority do wrong. This “suffering” can be physical, material, or financial. The point is for us to experience the pain of disobedience so that we will no longer disobey.

When we are undergoing this type of suffering, we ought to recognize that it is for our own good. Hebrews 12:11 says, “No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” Instead of focusing on the suffering that you are going through, focus on what comes “afterward.” The “peaceable fruit of righteousness”, and the blessings that come from God as a result of that, are worth temporary suffering through chastisement.

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.

The Church at Smyrna: No Rebuke, but Trouble Will Come, Part 4 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #305)

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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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A.W. Pink said, “Troubled soul, the ‘much tribulation’ will soon be over, and as you enter the ‘kingdom of God’ you shall then see, no longer ‘through a glass darkly’ but in the unshadowed sunlight of the Divine presence, that ‘all things’ did ‘work together’ for your personal and eternal good.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If a Christian is not having tribulation in the world, there’s something wrong!”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The commitment to the Scriptures of Swiss reformers such as Zwingli and Calvin was almost nonexistent in Robert Haldane’s day. It was not uncommon for ministerial students to complete their course of training and never actually read the Bible through even once. One student testified, ‘During the four years I attended the theological teachers of Geneva, I did not, as part of my studies, read one single chapter of the Word of God, except a few Psalms and chapters I needed to read to learn Hebrew, and I did not receive one single lesson of exegesis of the Old or New Testament.’”

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After Jesus comforts the Church at Smyrna, letting them know that He has experienced all that they are going through, He gives them two commands.

The first command is “fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer.” Jesus has told His church that suffering is coming. It will come in the form of some being cast into prison and some being put on trial because of their faith. These can be scary propositions under a brutal, anti-Christian government. But Jesus says the Church should not be afraid. Fearlessness in the life of a Christian is an indicator that his focus is in the right place; his focus is on God, not on the persecution, the opposition, or the circumstances. If we look around us, we will find plenty of reasons to be afraid. But if we keep our focus on God, we will be reminded that He is greater than any suffering, persecution, or tribulation that we face.

Vance Havner said, “The ‘tribulation’ here spoken of by Christ does not mean the common trials to which all flesh is heir. Some dear souls think they are bearing their cross every time they have a headache. The tribulation mentioned here is trouble they would not have had if they had not been Christians.”

Not only ought we to fear not in the midst of tribulation, but we ought to “be faithful even unto death.” This command comes immediately after Jesus’ statement that the church at Smyrna would “have tribulation ten days.” Whether this is a literal ten days of twenty-four hours or a symbol of some other length of time we do not know. The point for us today is that “trouble don’t last always.” God has an appointed time to bring us out of our persecution and tribulation. A common expression is, “All good things must come to an end.” Well, all bad things must come to an end as well. We can be faithful in tribulation because we know that God will certainly see us through the tribulation and bring us out of the tribulation. We may not see the end, but God always sees the end from the beginning.

When we are tempted to give in to discouragement during persecution and tribulation, we must remember to keep our focus on God because then we will not be afraid. We must also strive to be faithful to the end of our trouble — even if that end is death. Remembering that God will bring us through no matter the outcome will help us stay focused, fearless, and faithful during tribulation and persecution.

The Church at Smyrna: No Rebuke, but Trouble Will Come, Part 2 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #304)


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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Jack Hyles said, “A tribulation gives you the opportunity to test a truth you have always believed.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “It’s not the imitation of Christ that you and I need, it’s an impartation of Christ that we need. We need Christ living in us the hope of glory.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “During Robert Haldane’s time, the Reformed churches of Switzerland were in decline. In 1810, several young men had united under the banner “La Societe desAmis” (“The Society of Friends”) as an evangelical response to the apparent spiritual apostasy in their church. Opposition by the clergy, most of whom adhered to Arian heresy, had been so strong that the group had disbanded in 1814. Some of the more committed members had left the Reformed Church and joined the Moravians.”

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While the church at Smyrna was being buffeted on all sides — by Satan, by the pagan Romans, and by the religious Jews — it would have been easy for them to feel as though they were all alone in their tribulation. That is why Jesus says, “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” Jesus is not just talking about knowing something in an informational way. He knows what they are going through by experience. One of the best things that can happen to you when you are going through a hard time is to be comforted by someone who has experienced the same thing. They truly know how you feel and they are able to encourage you in a way that others cannot.

First, we see that Jesus knows the works of the church at Smyrna. He knows the good that they have done in the face of evil and persecution. Jesus healed people, fed people, and taught people the ways of God, all the while He was being slandered, criticized, and targeted for arrest and assassination. If you are doing good in the face of evil, Jesus knows what you are going through.

Second, Jesus knows the tribulation of the church at Smyrna. He knows the mocking, the beatings, and the killings that have been perpetrated against them because those very same things were perpetrated against Him. He knows what it feels like to face disdain and difficulty from people you are trying to show the way of salvation. If you have faced tribulation, Jesus knows what you are going through.

Third, Jesus knows the poverty of the church at Smyrna. The Bible tells us that Jesus had no place to lay his head on this earth. Throughout His ministry, He depended on the kindness of friends for his daily sustenance. This is significant because Jesus could have provided money, food, and a place to stay for Himself and His disciples through miraculous means. But He did not. He CHOSE to identify with the millions of impoverished Christians who would follow Him, many of whom become impoverished only because of their Christian witness.

After a year in which the most persecuted group of people in the world were once again Christians, these words of Jesus are especially relevant today. One organization has predicted that the persecution of Christians will get worse in 2017. Believers around the world need to be reminded that Jesus knows everything that they are going through because He has experienced it. He has not abandoned us. He has not forgotten us. He has suffered for us and with us. And that alone is a great encouragement.

Johnson Oatman wrote:

There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!
None else could heal all our soul’s diseases,
No, not one! No, not one!

Jesus knows all about our struggles,
He will guide till the day is done;
There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!

No friend like Him is so high and holy,
No, not one! No, not one!
And yet no friend is so meek and lowly,
No, not one! No, not one!

There’s not an hour that He is not near us,
No, not one! No, not one!
No night so dark but His love can cheer us,
No, not one! No, not one!

Did ever saint find this Friend forsake him?
No, not one! No, not one!
Or sinner find that He would not take him?
No, not one! No, not one!

Was e’er a gift like the Savior given?
No, not one! No, not one!
Will He refuse us a home in heaven?
No, not one! No, not one!

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.

PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES

Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

— Macarena in Argentina
Please heal her child who has down syndrome and pneumonia

— Daniel Zhen Khaw Tuan in Poland
For religious freedom in his country and for America

— Vicki
Please end the drought in Israel
For the peace of Jerusalem

— Nomthandazo
Deliver him from all devilish spirits

— Bisesango Kisose Sesa
Please take away all evil spirits and poverty and heal him of hypertension

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PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS

Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Church

Jennifer Richburg
Clay Allison
Theresa Barnett
Cathy Lollar
Kelly Perry
Kathy Sealy
Freda Souter
Bruce Watford
Gayle West
Sharon Jones

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PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS

1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

IDAHO STATE LEGISLATURE

Kelly Arthur Anthon
Steve Bair
Clifford R. Bayer
Bert Brackett
Cherie Buckner-Webb
Grant Burgoyne
Carl Crabtree
Bart M. Davis
Lori Den Hartog
Dan Foreman


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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