The Book of Revelation Part 4: Smyrna and the Cult of Cybele

Smyrna today
“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.
“‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander[a] of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’-Revelation 2:8-11

Zeus
Commentary
Verse 8: Smyrna was, and is, an important strategic port city, located in modern Turkey, about thirty-five miles north of Ephesus. The city as John knew it is said to have been inspired by Alexander the Great, though it was actually built under Antigonus (316-301 B.C.) and Lysimachus (301-281 B.C.). The city had a temple to Zeus Akraios on the western slope of a rounded hill known as Pagos. Here again we have a potential connection to the Book of Enoch. If indeed, as Derek Gilbert suggests in his book Last Clash of the Titans, Zeus is actually Satan (Lucifer), then we have an actual temple to the ultimate adversary of Christians in close proximity to the church of Smyrna. Just outside the city, to the east, stood the temple of Cybele, a Mother Goddess whose rites including orgies. She was one of the Titans, known also as Rhea, which would also connect her to the Enochian history.
Today the city is known as Izmir.

The "angel" of Smyrna was most probably John's own disciple, Polycarp. 

Prophetic oracle at Smyrna.
Verse 9: Polycarp is praised for his patience in suffering and for his poverty. He's poor as far as worldly goods are concerned, but he's rich in the grace of God and in true Christian charity. He's suffered much on account of calumnies spread by the Jews of Smyrna, who were reputed to have been very aggressive toward the disciples of Jesus, to the point of outright persecution. Such persecution in light of the fact that there were multiple temples to pagan gods, including to Lucifer himself is perhaps not unexpected.

The martyrdom of Polycarp
Verse 10: The enemies of the Gospel will succeed in bringing on a persecution, but it will be of short duration. The Christians must suffer for their Faith, yet there is nothing to fear; He who perseveres will obtain the crown of eternal life. This prophecy found a fulfillment in the persecution which raged for a short time at Smyrna about the year 155 A.D. Polycarp was its most well known victim. An account of his martyrdom was written by his brethren to notify the neighboring churches of his death. It can be read HERE.

Verse 11: Those who suffer for the Faith seem to be overcome by their enemies, but if they persevere to the end they are the real victors. They suffer death of the body, but ultimately win eternal life. "He that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it." He need not fear the second death which is eternal damnation of body and soul.

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