We are the church! The church is not mere mortar and wood. It is compromised of the individuals who profess to be His, and gather collectively as one to worship and praise Him... This is the second of those letters, sent to the individuals who made up the church in Smyrna. Revelation 2:8-11 - The Message (MSG) Write this to Smyrna, to the Angel of the church. The Beginning and Ending, the First and Final One, the Once Dead and Then Come Alive, speaks: "I can see your pain and poverty?constant pain, dire poverty?but I also see your wealth. And I hear the lie in the claims of those who pretend to be good Jews, who in fact belong to Satan's crowd. "Fear nothing in the things you're about to suffer?but stay on guard! Fear nothing! The Devil is about to throw you in jail for a time of testing?ten days. It won't last forever. "Don't quit, even if it costs you your life. Stay there believing. I have a Life-Crown sized and ready for you. "Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. Christ-conquerors are safe from Devil-death." These letters exist for today's churches as much as they pertain to end time's things. These individuals were warned of serious trials coming down the path. It is our responsibility to "Keep the Faith" and stay on the course of the PATH you are on. As the word says, "Don't quit, even if it costs you your life. Stay there believing. I have a Life-Crown sized and ready for you." Suffering, in the form physical, emotional, mental and above all SPIRITUAL thorns, will not last forever [in fact, death is one form of healing and release from physical suffering]. Never forget that, "No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it." from 1 Corinthians 10:13 - The Message (MSG) Will you have what it takes in faith, to stick to the course and stay on the path when times become hard and difficult? Matthew writes in Chapter 7, verses 13-14 that Jesus told them to, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."