He who Overcomes, Part 6: Smyrna and the Second Death

“He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”  Rev. 2:11 I don’t think there can be any controversy about what the second death is according to Scripture: “This is the second death, the lake of fire.  And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”  Rev. 20:14a, 15. This is the place Jesus said that it would be better to lose an eye or a hand than to go there (Matt. 18:8-9).  It is hard to be a bible believing Christian and not believe in hell as some seem not to do. However the great thing about being an overcomer –  someone coming over and over again to the Father through the action of the Holy Spirit on the ground of the redemption that is in Christ Jesus – is that you won’t be hurt by it, the second death that is, at all. There is a similar promise in Rev. 20:6: “Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, …” The book of life is mentioned again in Rev. 3:5 so we will deal with it there. However the topic of first and second resurrections is worth pursuing further I think and I will deal with it in the next blog – which will be password protected because I don’t want to be randomly confusing people with this stuff.  I’ll make the password available to those who ask.