From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Six
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
" Revelation Two - Second Age "

The Second Church and the Second Age 100-312 A.D.
– Third Persecution 98-117 A.D. to the Tenth Persecution – 284-305 A.D.

The Second Church - Smyrna - Caesars - Second Age 100-312 A.D.

Persecution - Third 98-117 A.D.,
Persecution - Fourth 109-163 A.D.,
Persecution - Fifth 163-200 A.D.,
Persecution - Sixth 201-235 A.D.,
Persecution - Seventh 235-249 A.D.,
Persecution - Eighth 249-257 A.D.,
Persecution - Ninth 257-284 A.D.,
Persecution - Tenth 284-305 A.D.

Second Age: A.D. 100-312 -- Caesars -- Smyrna

   (To the Second Church)

   Izmar or (formerly) Smyrna (Gr. Smyrna) was a city of western Turkey on the Gulf of Izmir, an inlet of the Aegean Sea, near the mouth of the Cayster river. Settled during the Bronze Age, modern Izmir is now a major port and an industrial center, Population, 757,854. Destroyed by the Lydians in 627 B.C. and refounded in the middle of the fourth century B.C. It was famous for science, medicine and the majesty of its buildings.

Second Church Age - Smyrna
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   Rev. 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
   [Comment: Here the angel means messenger, possibly pastor, but mainly the one who seeks and shares God's’ Word to His people. The works of the church are the evidences of their faith. The church at Smyrna was an effective church.]

   Rev. 2:9 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.
   [Comment: Smyrna was a church that faced tribulation, a pressure or persecution of the church by Rome would continue until the fourth century when Constantine made Christianity legal. Although they were suffering poverty, they were rich in the things that are eternal (i.e. the "caught men" as "fishers of men") the people they brought to Christ through their ministry. This church also suffered the blasphemy or slander (falsely accused) by the Jewish inhabitants of the city. These were the Jews that rejected Jesus as the Messiah. Thus the non-Christian Jewish people were aligned with the forces of evil and thus said to belong to the synagogue of Satan.]

Six World Views zof Revelation Two verse 8-9

   Rev. 2:10 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.
   [Comment: The ten days are not taken literally, for the persecution of these Christians lasted for decades and perhaps longer. The number ten indicated a definite and limited time, that could be endured. Those who lost their life for their faith during this ten days would receive a crown of life.]

   (Message of the Second Spirit)

   Rev. 2:11 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.
   [Comment: The second death is God’s ultimate rejection of those against Christ at the final judgment (Rev. 20:14; 21:8).]

Six World Views of Revelation Two 10-11

   Could the Ten Days be the first day of Hosea 6:1-2.

   Thus AD 85 to AD 1086 = 1000 or Ten days at 100 years each.

    Hosea 6:1-2 (1st Day AD 70 plus 1016 years = 1086 AD in the 2nd Day Hosea 6:2 "he will revive us" Diaspora ended in 1948.

   Therefore 1086 plus 1016 years = 2070 AD or 2102 AD as the beginning of the 3rd Day Hosea 6:2 "on the third day he will raise us up we shall live in his sight."

Second Age 100-312 A.D. -- Third Persecution -- 98-117 A.D.

   In 97 A.D., Emperor Nerva ( who died in 98) adopted Trajan as his heir and successor.

   Trajan A.D. 53-117, (Marcus Ulpius Trajanus in Italica, Spain, of Roman parents) was Roman emperor (98-117) whose reign was marked by an extensive building program and compassionate treatment of the poor. He conquered Dacia (now parts of Romania and Hungary) and Arabia, and he won victories in Parthia (now part of Iran).

A map showing growth of the Roman Empire

Second Age 100-312 A.D. -- Fourth Persecution -- 109-163 A.D.

Second Age 100-312 A.D. -- Fifth Persecution -- 163-200 A.D.

Second Age 100-312 A.D. -- Sixth Persecution -- 201-235 A.D.

Second Age 100-312 A.D. -- Seventh Persecution -- 235-249 A.D.

Second Age 100-312 A.D. -- Eighth Persecution -- 249-257 A.D.

Second Age 100-312 A.D. -- Ninth Persecution -- 257-284 A.D.

   Between the years of 250 and 300 no less than thirty tyrants usurped the throne, and were proclaimed in different parts of the empire. Pestilence begins, and rages until 270.

Second Age 100-312 A.D. -- Tenth Persecution -- 284-305 A.D.

   The tenth persecution appears to have been the most severe during the period of history controlled by the Roman Empire.

A map of the Roman Empire

   Around A.D. 300, Christians were given freedom of religion. The Roman Empire split into two groups: the first was the West Roman Empire and secondly was the East Roman Empire (or Byzantine).

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