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Len Hutsell's End-Times Trumpet Article
"Blow ye the Trumpet in Zion, sound an alarm in My holy mountain...
for the Day of the Lord comes, it is nigh at hand!"
Joel 2:1


Disclaimer - Please Note: Author/Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell is an individual contributor not affiliated with Miracle Revival Center, who provides this webspace as a courtesy to him and his evangelistic team. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and are not to be attributed to, Miracle Revival Center.

The Prophetic Church Of Smyrna
by Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell
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In my last edition of "End-Times Trumpet" I wrote about the fact that the "Seven Letters To The Seven Churches" of Rev. 2-3, because they are contained in a "Book of Prophecy" (Rev. 1:3 / Rev. 22:19), are therefore "prophetic" in content. And in last month's "End-Times Trumpet" I showed you how that the 1st of those "Seven Letters To The Seven Churches" — the "Letter To Ephesus" — was prophetic of the "Apostolic Era" (the "Era of the Apostles") of the Church, in that Rev. 2:2 — in the "Letter To The Church Of Ephesus" — stated "you have tried those who say they are Apostles and are not and hast found them to be liars". Since that is the only one of the "Seven Letters" that mentions the "Apostles", this shows us that the "Letter To The Church Of Ephesus" was prophetic of the "Apostolic Era" of the Church.

Map of the Seven Churches of Asia
Fig. 1. "Map of western Anatolia showing the island Patmos and the locations of the cities housing the seven Churches." (Illustration and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
Now in this edition of "End-Times Trumpet" I want to write to you about the prophetic significance of the "Letter To The Church Of Smyrna": the 2nd of the "Seven Letters To The Seven Churches" of Rev. 2-3.

Rev. 2:8 — "and unto the Angel" (Pastor) "of the Church of Smyrna write..."

The Agora of Smyrna
Fig. 2. "Smyrna Σμύρνη or Σμύρνα (Ancient Greek); The Agora of Smyrna (columns of the western stoa)" (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
The Agora of Smyrna
Fig. 3. Location of Smyrna in Turkey (Photo Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
The Biblical city of Smyrna is now known as "Ismir, Turkey", the third most populous city of Turkey, which, in 2012, had a population of 3,401,994, and as a metropolitan municipality had a population of 4,005,459. The city was originally built in the 11th Century BC as an Aeolian settlement and was then later taken over and developed during the Archaic period by the loanians and then rebuilt by Lysimachus, who was one of the Generals of Alexander the Great in the 4th Century BC. Many Jews lived in ancient Smyrna yet it was overwhelmingly pagan with a Temple to Tiberius Caesar.

Panorama of İzmir
Fig. 4. "Panorama of İzmir" (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
The Greek word from which the name "Smyrna" is taken is a word that speaks of "suffering", for which the Church Of Smyrna was known. The same Greek word is translated "myrrh" in Matt. 2:11 and Mark 15:23, and "Myrrh" is a bitter gum that was used for embalming (which, therefore speaks of "death", which is significant of the fact that many of the Christians of ancient Smyrna would be persecuted unto death).

Rev. 2:8 (cont.) — "...these things says the First and Last, who was dead and is alive."

In these words we see that this "Letter To The Church Of Smyrna" was written by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (through the avenue of John the Apostle) as Jesus Christ as "God" is "The First" (the One who existed before anyone or anything else existed) and is also "The Last" (the One who will exist when and if everything else ceases to exist). Jesus Christ is also identified by the words "who was dead and is alive", as occurred in His Crucifixion death and His following resurrection from the dead, and who is identified in Rev. 1:18 as "I Am He that lives and was dead, and behold I Am alive forevermore".

Rev. 2:9 — I know your works and tribulation and poverty (but you are rich)..."

Although the city of Smyrna (modern "Ismir") was known as a rich city "crowned with porticos and pictures and even with gold in excess of what they needed" (Ramsey — 1904 — page 255) yet the Christians who lived there, as a "Christian body of believers" were in poverty because of the "tribulations" that they experienced. God, however, looked at their "spiritual wealth" and said to them: "you are rich".

Rev. 2:9 (cont.) — "...and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews" (Christians/spiritual "Jews") "and are not, but are the Synagogue of Satan."

Rom. 2:28-29 teaches that when a person becomes a "born-again Christian" that they become a "spiritual Jew" "grafted in" to the Nation of Israel. So the reference to "those who say they are Jews and are not" is a reference to those who claimed to be "Christian" but in actuality were not. The Church of Smyrna, like all churches, had people in it that claimed to be "Christian" but actually were not, and the Lord called them the "Synagogue of Satan". They claimed to be "Christian" but did not live a "Christian" life, but rather they lived like "their father the Devil".

Rev. 2:10 — "Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold the Devil shall cast some of you into prison and you will have tribulation ten days."

This Verse identifies what period of time — in "church history" — that is signified by the "Letter To The Church Of Smyrna". The "ten days" that the Christians of this period of church history were to experience was prophetic of "10 periods of persecution" under the reign of 10 Roman Emperors, during which time the Christians had their goods confiscated, many of them were thrown into prison for being "Christian", and many of them were even put to death for their Christian testimony. All this took place in the "late Apostolic Era" and the "Post Apostolic Era" of church history:

Bust of Nero
Fig. 5. "Bust of Nero at the Musei Capitolini, Rome; 5th Emperor of the Roman Empire" (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
(1) "Day No. 1" — The reign of the Emperor Nero: (persecuted the "Apostolic Church" during his reign from 54 AD to 68) During the reign of Roman Emperor Nero (Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus) the city of Rome caught on fire and burned and large portions of the city were destroyed. Reportedly Emperor Nero composed a song and sang it playing his Lyre as he watched the city burn, which caused many to speculate that Nero himself had set the fire so that he could rebuild Rome on a larger and grander scale. To take the blame off of himself, Nero accused the "Sect of Christians", who he accused of "cannibalism" as he claimed the Christians "ate flesh and drank blood" (a distortion of the practice of "Communion") of setting the fires so he then started having Christians, in large numbers, arrested and then condemned them to death, which he accomplished by having them attacked and killed and eaten by wild lions and wild dogs in Arenas, and also had many of them put to death by crucifixion, and had many of them tied to posts and set on fire as "torch lights" to light the city streets of Rome.

Among those that Emperor Nero had put to death included the Apostle Peter who he had arrested and crucified on a cross upside down at his "Circus", and the Apostle Paul who he had arrested, jailed, and then had his head cut off beside a road outside of Rome.

Bust of Domitian, in the Musée du Louvre, Paris.
Fig. 6. "Domitian, 11th Emperor of the Roman Empire; Bust of Domitian, in the Musée du Louvre, Paris." (Photo and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
(2) "Day No. 2" — The reign of the Emperor Domitian: (persecuted the "Apostolic Church" during his reign from 81-96 AD).

Domitian (Titus Flavins Caesar Domitianus Augustus) firmly believed in the traditional Roman religion and emphasized worship of the deity Jupiter and restored the Temple of Jupiter. The goddess he worshipped most zealously, however was the "goddess Minerva" who he kept a personal Shrine of in his bedroom and whose likeness he put on coins. Domitian also revived the "Imperial Cult" in which he declared himself to be a "god" and demanded that he be worshipped as "Lord & God" and when the Christians refused to do so he instituted the "Second Persecution" against the Christians so that the Christians who refused to worship him as "Lord & God" had their goods confiscated and/or were arrested and put to death. It was during his reign that the Apostle John was arrested and taken before a statue of Emperor Domitian and ordered to bow before the statue and call Domitian "Lord & God", and when the Apostle John refused to bow before the image/statue of Emperor Domitian and acknowledge him as "Lord & God" he was put into a pot of hot boiling oil to be "boiled alive", which however, failed to "cook" or "burn" him, so he was then taken out of the pot of hot boiling oil and exiled to the prison Isle of Patmos, where the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him and gave him the end-times visions that he wrote in the Book of Revelation.

Bust of Trajan
Fig. 7. "Trajan, 13th Emperor of the Roman Empire; Marble bust of Trajan." [currently in Glyptothek, Munich] (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
(3) "Day No. 3" — The reign of Emperor Trajan (who persecuted the post-Apostolic Church during his reign from 98-117 AD).

Emperor Trajan (Imperator Caesar Nerva Traianus Diva Nervaefilius Augustus), who initiated the "Third Persecution" of the Christians of the Roman Empire, was a neurotic and fearful person who feared "secret societies", which he believed the Christians to be, and he also resented the fact that the Christians had "a different King". Like Nero, he also believed that in the sacrament of Communion that the Christians were guilty of cannibalism, so he officially authorized the persecution of the Christians and had many of them apprehended, arrested, and put to death by wild animals in the Coliseum of Rome, including Ignatius, the 2nd Pastor of the Church of Antioch, who also happened to be a Disciple of the Apostle John, who had also written post-Apostolic Epistles to the Ephesians, the Magnesians, the Trallians, the Romans, the Philadelphians, the Smyrnaeans, and to Polycarp (which Epistles are still in existence today). Simeon, the brother of Jesus Christ and the Pastor of the Church of Jerusalem was also put to death by crucifixion in the year 107 AD during the reign of Emperor Trajan.

Bust of Marcus Aurelius
Fig. 8. "Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, Joint 16th Emperor of the Roman Empire (with Lucius Verus); Bust of Marcus Aurelius in the Musée Saint-Raymond, Toulouse." (Photo and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
(4) "Day No. 4" — The reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (who persecuted the post-Apostolic Church during his reign from 161-180 AD). Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antonius Augustus) was the Roman Emperor from 161-180 and ruled with Emperor Lucius Verus as his co-Emperor from 161 until the death of Emperor Lucius Verus in 169 AD.

During the reign of Emperor Aurelius the Christians were publicly mocked, imprisoned, exiled, scourged, stoned, strangled, hanged, beheaded, and burned. Under his reign the Romans tortured Christians with red-hot plates placed upon their bodies until they died, they tore the flesh from the bodies of Christians with red-hot tongues, they put the Christians on iron stools over red-hot fires to roast to death, they hung them in nets to be gored to death by bulls and then after they died they would throw their bodies to wild dogs to eat them.

S. Polycarpus, engraving
Fig. 9. "Saint Polycarp; S. Polycarpus, engraving by Michael Burghers, ca 1685; Martyr, Church Father and Bishop of Smyrna" (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Polycarp, the Bishop/Pastor of the Church of Smyrna, who had himself written an Epistle to the Church of Phil-adelphia (which Epistle is still in existence) was one of those Christians martyred during the reign of Emperor Aurelius, according to the historian Eusebius, in the year 166 AD although an ancient book called The Martyrdom Of Polycarp dates his death to Saturday, February 23 during the Proconsulship of Statius Quadratus, which would have been in the year 155 or 156. In The Martyrdom Of Polycarp, Polycarp is recorded as saying at the event of his death: "Eighty and six years I have served Christ and he has done me no Wrong. How can I, then, blaspheme my King and Savior?" as he was burned at the stake for refusing to burn incense to the Roman Emperor.

Saint Justin Martyr
Fig. 10 "Saint Justin Martyr" (Photo and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
Justin Martyr, one of the most noted Christian Ministers and Christian Writers of his day, also died a martyr's death by being beheaded in Rome in 167 AD during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

(5) "Day No. 5" — The reign of Emperor Septimius Severus (who persecuted the post-Apostolic Church from 193-211 AD).

Alabaster bust of Septimius Severus
Fig. 11. "Septimius Severus, 21st Emperor of the Roman Empire; Alabaster bust of Septimius Severus at Musei Capitolini, Rome" (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
During the reign of Emperor Septimius Severus (Lucius Septimius Severus Augustus) the "Fifth Persecution" of the Christians broke out as a result of a Decree issued by Emperor Septimius Severus forbidding conversions to Christianity and to Judaism. Numerous persecutions of the Christians took place as a result of that Decree including the fact that Christians were daily burned, crucified, or beheaded, among whom was Leonidas the father of Origin who was another early church leader.

Bust of Maximinus Thrax
Fig. 12. "Maximinus Thrax, 27th Emperor of the Roman Empire; Bust of Maximinus Thrax." (Photo and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
(6) "Day No. 6" — The reign of Emperor Maximinus Thrax (who persecuted the post-Apostolic Church during his reign from 235-238 AD) During the reign of Emperor Maximinus (Gains Julius Verus Maximinus Augustus) the Roman Empire's persecution of the Christians reached new heights as Emperor Maximinus took special action against the leaders of the Christian movement. However the wife of Emperor Maximinus was converted to Christianity by a Christian servant girl who Emperor Maximinus then had put to death for converting his wife.

Bust of Trajan Decius
Fig. 13. "Decius, 34th Emperor of the Roman Empire; Bust of Trajan Decius" (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
(7) 'Day No. 7" — The reign of Emperor Decius (who persecuted the post-Apostolic Church during his reign from 249-252 AD).

In January 250 Emperor Decius (Gains Messius Quintus Decius Augustus) issued an Edict which stated: "All of the inhabitants of the Empire are required to sacrifice before the Magistrates of their community for the safety of the Empire on a certain day" (the date would vary from place to place and the Order may have been that the Sacrifice had to be completed within a specified period after the community received the Edict) "When such Sacrifice is made a certificate will be issued recording the fact that this Order has been complied with." The Certificate would testify to the sacrificiant's loyalty to the ancestral gods and to the consumption of the sacrificial food and drink as well as the names of the Officials who were overseeing the Sacrifice. While all of the citizens of the Roman Empire were expected to comply with this Order, one group — the Jews — were exempted from compliance as a former Emperor — Julius Caesar — had formulated a policy allowing Jews to follow their traditional religious practices.

While Emperor Decius may have intended this Edict as a way to reaffirm his conservative vision of the "Pax Romana" and to reassure Rome's citizens that the Empire was still secure, this Edict, nevertheless sparked a terrible crises of authority as various Christian Bishops and the Christians under their authority viewed this as an affront to and defiance of their Christian worship of the One True God and anyone who refused to offer a Sacrifice for the Emperor (who was considered "divine") and the Empire's "well-being" risked torture and execution. While there were some Christians who aposticized and did comply with the Order, while many others went into hiding to avoid complying including Cyprian the Bishop of Carthage, yet a large number of Christians openly refused to comply with this Order to offer a Sacrifice for the Emperor and the Empire as they felt this was offensive to their God. This resulted in the fact that so many Christians were slaughtered that their number could not be counted, including the fact that Pope Fabian himself was executed in 250 AD. While this "Edict", according to existent texts, had not supposedly targeted any specific group (as the "Christians") but rather was designed as an Empire-wide loyalty Oath, the Christians however viewed it as been opposed to them and they labeled Emperor Decius as a "fierce tyrant".

Aureus of emperor Valerian
Fig. 14. "Valerian, 40th Emperor of the Roman Empire; Aureus of emperor Valerian" (Photo and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
(8) "Day No. 8" — The reign of Emperor Valerian (who persecuted the post-Apostolic Church from 253-259 AD).

Painting of Saint Cyprian
Fig. 15. Painting of Saint Cyprian currently in Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. (Photo Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Emperor Valerian (Publius Licinius Valerianus Augustus) tried to utterly destroy Christianity by putting thousands of Christians to death includ-ing Cyprian the Bishop of Carthage who had managed to escape death while in hiding during the reign of Emperor Decius. Emperor Valerian issued an Edict against Christianity and in it commanded all of the Christian clergy to offer sacrifices to the Roman gods and forbade Christians from assembling themselves together. When the Christians refused to comply with that Order, Emperor Valerian launched the "Eighth Persecution" of Christianity, with the goal of totally eliminating Christianity.

Emperor Valerian came under the influence of a Sorcerer which caused him to order that all Christians be put to death including children who he sacrificed in honor of the Devil. During his persecution of Christianity Christ-ians were cast before wild beasts, they were beaten, wounded, executed with the sword, burned, torn limb from limb, red-hot nails were driven into their fingers, they were hung up by the arms with heavy weights tied to their feet, others were smeared with honey and then tied down to the ground out in the hot Sun with flies and bees loosed upon them to sting and torment them, others were beaten with clubs, and some were cast into prison.

Aurelian silvered antoninianus
Fig. 16. "Aurelian, 44th Emperor of the Roman Empire; Aurelian silvered antoninianus." (Photo and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
(9) "Day No. 9" — The reign of Emperor Aureiian (who persecuted the post-Apostolic Church during his reign from 270-275). Emperor Aureiian (Lucius Domitius Aurelianus Augustus) promoted the worship of the "Sun God" as a means of unifying the Roman Empire around the worship of only "one god". He also proclaimed himself "a god and born ruler" taking to himself the titles of "Restorer Of The World" and "Dominus et Deus" ("Master and God") and he put to death all those who refused to honor and worship him, including as many as 7000 Christians.

Laureate bust of Diocletian
Fig. 17. "Diocletian, 51st Emperor of the Roman Empire; Laureate bust of Diocletian" (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
(10) "Day No. 10" — The reign of Emperor Diocletian (who persecuted the post-Apostolic Church during his reign from 284-305 AD).

Emperor Diocletian (Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus Augustus) was proclaimed "Emperor" in 284 AD, which title was also claimed by the former Emperor Carus son Carinus. Diocletian defeated "Emperor Carinus" in the Battle of the Margus to become the sole Emperor of the Roman Empire. Later, however, in 285 AD Emperor Diocletian appointed a friend and fellow military Officer — Maximian — as his co-Emperor.

Small bronze coin of Maximianus Herculius
Fig. 18. "Small bronze coin (denarius?) of Maximianus Herculius, 52nd Emperor of the Roman Empire; Maximian's consistent loyalty to Diocletian proved an important component of the tetrarchy's early successes." (Photo and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
During his reign as Emperor of the Roman Empire, Emperor Diocletian launched what became as the "Great Persecution" against the Christians in which as many as 22,000 Christians were put to death. The "Great Persecution" began with Emperor Diocletian ordering that the Deacon Romanus of Ceasarea have his tongue removed for defying orders of the Roman Courts and for interrupting official Roman Sacrifices. Deacon Romanus was then sent to prison where he was executed on the date of Nov. 17, 303. In the year 302 Emperor Diocletian and a General Galerius entered into an argument regarding Christians with Galerius pushing for extermination of the Christians. The two men then sought the advice of the Oracle of Apollo at Didyma. The Oracle responded that the impious on Earth hindered Apollo's ability to provide advice. Emperor Diocletian was informed by members of the Roman Court that the "impious" could only refer to the Christians of the Roman Empire so Emperor Diocletian then ordered the universal persecution of the Christians of the Roman Empire. On Feb. 23, 303 Emperor Diocletian ordered that the newly built Church of Nicomedia be destroyed and it's copies of the Scriptures be burned, and it's financial resources be confiscated for the treasury of the Roman Empire. The next day — Feb. 24, 303 — Emperor Diocletian issued his first "Edict Against The Christians". This Edict ordered the destruction of all Christian Scriptures and Christian places of worship across the Roman Empire and prohibited Christians from assembling for worship. When a fire destroyed the Imperial Palace Galerius convinced Emperor Diocletian that the Christians were responsible which resulted in thousands of Christians being put to death. One Christian individual — Peter Cubicularius — was stripped naked, raised high and scourged, then salt and vinegar was poured in his wounds and he was slowly boiled over an open flame. As a result of his "Great Persecution" against the Christians of the Roman Empire, Emperor Diocletian is remembered in Christian history as "the adversary of God".

In the year 304 Emperor Diocletian became ill while on a military campaign and lost so much weight that when he reappeared in public, after keeping within his Palace in the Winter of 304-305, he was so emaciated that he was barely recognizable. On May 1, 305 Diocletian called an assembly of his Generals and companion troops and Representatives from distant Roman Legions and in front of his patron "deity" — the Roman "god" Jupiter — Emperor Diocletian addressed the crowd and with tears in his eyes he told them of his weaknesses, and his need for rest, and declared that he was voluntarily abdicating his office of Emperor, thus becoming the first Roman Emperor to voluntarily abdicate his title. With the end of the reign of Emperor Diocletian and the "Great Persecution" that he had instituted against the Christians of the Roman Empire the "10 Days of Tribulation" foretold for the early Christians in the "Letter To The Church Of Smyrna" came to an end as was signified by the rise to power of Emperor Constantine the Great in 306 AD.

Colossal marble head of Emperor Constantine the Great
Fig. 19. "Constantine the Great Constantine I, 57th Emperor of the Roman Empire; Colossal marble head of Emperor Constantine the Great, Roman, 4th century" (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Emperor Constantine was raised by a Christian mother and when he became the Roman Emperor, one of his Generals — Maxentius — revolted against him and tried to wrest the Empire away from him. General Maxentius persuaded most of the Roman Army — 180,000 — soldiers to join with him in his effort to overthrow Emperor Constantine, leaving Emperor Constantine with an Army of only 40,000 soldiers. As Constantine was preparing to go out to battle against General Maxentius and his superior Army, he had a dream/vision of a Cross-in-the-sky with the words "In Hoc Vinces" ("By this sign you shall conquer") on a banner across it. The next day Emperor Constantine called in a number of Christian Ministers & Priests to instruct him about Christ and the Cross, which resulted in him becoming a Christian. Constantine then had all the soldiers of his Army paint the symbol of a "Cross" on their shields, and then he had them marched into a river and proclaimed them "baptized" and he also had a large banner with a symbol of a Cross on it made, which was then carried out in front of his Army as he and his Army went out to meet General Maxentius and his larger Army in battle. The result of that was the fact that God fought for Constantine and his Army so that Constantine and his Army won a resounding
Gold Aureus of Emperor Licinius
Fig. 20. "Gold Aureus of Emperor Licinius; 59th Emperor of the Roman Empire." (Photo and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
victory over the larger Army of General Maxentius and Maxentius was slain. Emperor Constantine, then, together with a co-regent — Emperor Licinius (Gaius Valerius Licinianus Licinius Augustus) — (who was also a brother-in-law to Emperor Constantine) — issued the "Edict Of Milan" which proclaimed religious Toleration throughout the Roman Empire, which read: "I, Constantine the August and I, Licinius the August,
Colossal marble head of Emperor Constantine the Great
Fig. 21. "Sculptural portraits of Licinius (left) and his rival Constantine I (right)." (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
desirous of promoting in every way the public peace and prosperity, have deemed it one of our first duties to relegate the worship of Deity. We do, therefore, grant to Christians and all others, the liberty to embrace the Christian faith, or any other religion, which to him may seem best." Later, Emperor Constantine & Emperor Licinius came into conflict with one another and Emperor Constantine had Emperor Licinius taken prisoner and then executed by hanging as Constantine charged him with conspiring to raise troops among the barbarians against Constantine, despite the fact that due to the pleas of his sister, Constantine had earlier only had Licinius imprisoned.

With the issuing of this Proclamation of "The Edict Of Milan", the official persecution of the Christians by the Roman Emperors came to an end.

Rev. 2:10 — (cont.) — "...be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a Crown of Life." Since the Lord knew that many thousands of Christians would be put to death by the Roman Emperors during the "10 Days of Persecution" (10 periods of persecution) he promised them that if they would be "faithful unto death" that in Heaven they would receive a "Crown Of Life".

Rev. 2:11 — "He that has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the Churches: he that overcomes will not be hurt of the Second Death."

The "First Death" is the death of the body, but, according to Rev. 20:14 the "Second Death" will be eternity in the eternal "Lake Of Fire" where man will be separated from God to be tormented in fire forever. To those Christians who endured the persecutions of the "10 Days" this torment in the eternal Lake Of Fire would not be for them as instead they would receive a "Crown Of Life" in Heaven. However for the Roman Emperors who persecuted and martyred the Christians eternity in the eternal "Lake Of Fire" was exactly what they had to look forward to in the "afterlife".



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Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell has written a book documenting the fulfillment of each of the Papal Prophecies (written by St. Malachy) entitled Asleep At Midnight, which sells for $25.00. It may be ordered at the address given below. He has also written a 441-page book giving a verse-by-verse analysis/explanation of the Book of Revelation called The Apocalypse Unveiled that sells for $45.00 and may also be ordered at the following address. There is no cost for shipping. Cash and checks are accepted.

Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell is available for "End-Times Bible Prophecy Seminars."
Contact him at: cclande@yahoo.com or telephone: 361-815-5299
Mailing address: 5817 Kerry Drive; Corpus Christi, TX 78413
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