Smyrna | The 7 Churches of Revelation
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It’s been almost 2,000 years since the apostle John was instructed by Jesus to write letters to the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation. These timeless letters reveal a message of God’s love through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus, identify and provide correction for problems in the church, and offer hope and encouragement for the future.
In this seven-part series, you’ll travel to what remains of the ancient sites of the churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Join host and president of Cornerstone University Dr. Joseph Stowell as he takes a closer look into the struggles of the New Testament churches that are just as apparent in churches today.

"The Seven Churches of Revelation" is a perfect resource to help individuals or small groups gain a new perspective on the book of Revelation. Discover how you can find courage to face challenges with the confidence of knowing that in the end, Jesus wins!

Part 1: Introduction: The Conquering King
Part 2: Ephesus - The Church That Left Its First Love
Part 3: Smyrna - The Church About To Be Tested
Part 4: Pergamum - The Church That Compromised
Part 5: Sardis - The Dead Church
Part 6: Thyatira & Philadelphia - The Promiscuous Church And The Church Before An Open Door
Part 7: Laodicea - The Lukewarm Church
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  • Desire Uys
    Desire Uys

    Thank you so much for this presentation. I have learned a lot. May God bless you in all the work you do for Him.

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      We're so glad this series has been a blessing to you, Desire Uys. Have you seen “The Holy Land”? Check it out here: algone.info/plane/PLPOUA7GLxXIGkhikntfiT4ida1lKbSNNB.html

  • Love Truth
    Love Truth

    Please Christian family, we are ONE body, let us pick up the baton and Stand up for JESUS! These letters were written for us, for this Generation. All our cities are exactly as described in the book of Revelation. Leave a gentle, peaceful positive impact whereever you go, in the name of Christ Jesus...

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      Thank you for your kind words, we have another series you may like - check it out here: algone.info/plane/PLPOUA7GLxXIGkhikntfiT4ida1lKbSNNB.html

  • Preach the Word!
    Preach the Word!

    I like this brothers passion and emotion through the series so far. Praise the Lord!

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      That is encouraging to know, we hope you can check out more of our videos here at this link: algone.info/plane/PLPOUA7GLxXIGkhikntfiT4ida1lKbSNNB.html

  • Honey Bear
    Honey Bear

    There is nothing so PROFOUND that JESUS doesn't know of it. JESUS Knows ALL, as Jesus did say He and the Father are ONE. Praise the LORD Jesus Christ always

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      We are so glad you have enjoyed it! We have many others like it, click on this link! algone.info/plane/PLPOUA7GLxXIGkhikntfiT4ida1lKbSNNB.html

    • Honey Bear
      Honey Bear

      VERY GOOD FILM!

    • Honey Bear
      Honey Bear

      It IS GOOD KNEWS TO BE PROSECUTED IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

  • Manuel Fernandes
    Manuel Fernandes

    The Christians were a hated lot

  • Manuel Fernandes
    Manuel Fernandes

    The LORD Jesus Christ says to the true believers You will be hated by all men because of ME

  • Manuel Fernandes
    Manuel Fernandes

    👍👏🙌

  • Jj Jimenez
    Jj Jimenez

    First of all, they were not churches. The word "church" was superimposed on the original language forms which were: ekklessia, sunagoga, qahal. When a Jew is referring to an assembly or congregation it is mainly Jewish in population. Although the author wrote in Greek to an assembly that were Jews in the Diaspora, the context was from the viewpoint of a Torah observant-son of the Covenant Israelite. In this case, the 7 assemblies were messianic Jewish synagogues that were used to represent the varying fates and successes/failures.

  • Elinor Rector
    Elinor Rector

    Yes, the Church of Smyrna is suffering all over the world today and is one of only two churches that were not condemned or rebuked in some way. Praise the LORD for a wonderful documentary with applications for today!

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      So glad you enjoyed it.

  • Joy Xie
    Joy Xie

    I cried because I knew the guy in the video almost cried too. There are so many persecuted Christians in Muslim world today. Let's pray for them!

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      🙏🛐

  • al norman
    al norman

    Thank you Dr Stowell for the teaching, learned more from you than all my days in church

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      Yes, al. We are grateful for Dr. Stowell too. 🙌

  • Tony Smith
    Tony Smith

    I have seen sooooo much teaching on the web and most times I end up writing a response to all the rubbish that is out there. This , however was utterly beautiful , encouraging and wonderfully presented. Thank you.

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      We are so thankful for your encouraging words, Tony! We hope you can check out more videos by Jack Beck, like “The Holy Land”? Check it out here: algone.info/plane/PLPOUA7GLxXIGkhikntfiT4ida1lKbSNNB.html

  • Aurea Ojerio
    Aurea Ojerio

    Thank you indeed for this series - watching all of them from the Philippines

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      Wow! We are so happy to know!

  • Rheinz
    Rheinz

    but the hard efforts of the Apostles of Jesus invested in Turkey became nothing because Islam destroyed it.

  • Anupama Perli
    Anupama Perli

    Wonderful Explanation sir. Blessed to see and hear about 7 churches .Thank you so much 🙏

  • Freda Tantiado
    Freda Tantiado

    I'm watching from philipines

  • Freda Tantiado
    Freda Tantiado

    I had a dream I hope someday I'm going there

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      We hope you are able to go someday as well and we are so glad you enjoyed this series. Have you seen “The Holy Land”? Check it out here: algone.info/plane/PLPOUA7GLxXIGkhikntfiT4ida1lKbSNNB.html

  • Joy
    Joy

    My grandmother was born in Smyrni and a child during the Armenian haulocast - they were indeed rich toward God and why they had 2 b persecuted....I am not blaming any one race of people for we wrestle not against flesh and blood...yesterday there was a great earthquake there - are the people living there today rich towards Jesus? Are we?

  • Clementine Monroe
    Clementine Monroe

    EXCELLENT 👏

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      We’re so glad you enjoyed this series, Clementine. Have you seen “The Holy Land”? Check it out here: algone.info/plane/PLPOUA7GLxXIGkhikntfiT4ida1lKbSNNB.html

  • Josh Yam
    Josh Yam

    現代のトルコのイズミルは、いちじくの輸出で有名なようです。聖書のスミルナを26分に渡って生き生きと説明してくださり、このシリーズで黙示録の7つの教会の背景をしっかり学びたいと思わされました。 Modern-day Izmir is famous for its export of fig products, available on the market of most countries and territories (including Hong Kong where I live now). I was encouraged by this 26 minutes video about the cultural background of Biblical Smyrna to further study "the 7 churches in Revelation", with a word study focusing on the word "poor / poverty" (πτωχος).

  • Jesus saves Denominations don’t save.
    Jesus saves Denominations don’t save.

    First you need to establish how to read revelation.... The word “Church” was added over “The called out” or “the congregation “ so this isn’t talking about seven buildings but rather seven groups of people in the location of the said town, ........Revelation 2:2 Unto the angel a of the church of Ephesus write; A lot of people think of this as a little building up on a hill.

    • Sn B21
      Sn B21

      Exacly!

  • Elias Smyrneos
    Elias Smyrneos

    Great and fantastic video clips ,about the true church and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ‼️👍 And it was great watching the place where I am descended from .......my ancestral homeland

  • Kristiana Ivanova
    Kristiana Ivanova

    This series has such high productuion value, and is engaging and deeply informative. Thank you.

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      Your supportive feedback is a blessing Kristiana.

  • Richard Henry
    Richard Henry

    ✋💕My, my, my...this video dc is touching. I cannot watch all of it. It reminds me when (The Shop Caribbean Sparta) was broken into and our Euphrates Cologne was stolen.🔥😞🐦🐦🐏

  • Lovers of God
    Lovers of God

    This is so profound and well explained. Thanks Dr Stowell. - Thomas, Malaysia

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      We're glad it was helpful!

  • Marilyn Winters
    Marilyn Winters

    Love this!!! The history channel no longer produces historical documentaries because history doesn’t support their godless agendas. So we gotta watch 100 episodes of American Pickers! Ugh! Glad I found this!

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      We're glad you've found us too, Marilyn!

  • Jemi
    Jemi

    Dr. Stowell does such a great job connecting the Body of Christ past and present. Even with our modern conveniences, mass production, and faster travel, life on earth hasn't really changed at all. People and the dynamics of relating are absolutely the same, and without Christ everything declines toward death. Praise God for the Gospel and for forefathers in the faith like Polycarp.

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      Amen! Thanks for sharing your reflection, Jemi!

  • G
    G

    This is too touching. Can not hold back my tears.

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      🙂💗

  • Barbara McAfee
    Barbara McAfee

    Thank you, my faith is revived. I am not well traveled and I am grateful to view the buildings and hear the history of these churches.

  • Eston Zera
    Eston Zera

    It reminds me of the movie "Silence" about how gospel was brought to Japan. How horrible it was for gospel to be spread there. Im sad cause nowadays we somehow take it for granted.

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      💙📖

  • bible truth
    bible truth

    The voice of Max McLean it's touching, it's at the beginning of the video. Joseph stowell I find you teaching amazing -) God Blesse you, i will watch all of the videos you've done -)

  • Eston Zera
    Eston Zera

    Thank you for making this available for free.

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      You're welcome, Eston!

  • Aaron Lopez
    Aaron Lopez

    Excellent work, details of an wonderful delivery. Keep up the good work.

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      Thank you very much!

  • Tim Tim
    Tim Tim

    We are moving away from Christ people have forgotten Jesus, let’s pray for those persecuted to God is all the glory forever & ever Amen 🙏

  • Stephanie Lai
    Stephanie Lai

    Are we willing to stand? For great is our reward in heaven. Our journey on this earth is only temporary.

  • Fervant Servant
    Fervant Servant

    Lol a group of Jesus followers...Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. Acts 11:25‭-‬27 KJV

  • Sheila Barron
    Sheila Barron

    The story of your Friends Mother in Russia it made me cry because She Believes in the riches of God Beautiful God Bless ✌❤to All

  • Jessica Plywood
    Jessica Plywood

    This was well done, seeing the ruins, being educated about what was happening to these early Christians and what they went through helps give more clarity to the scripture. What a blessing to our family. Thank you for your hard work and your ministry.

  • Tractorman 1956
    Tractorman 1956

    Please help support our suffering brethren - Voice of the Martyrs is one way of doing so - there may be others as well - the words of Bob Bennett's song "Voices" should inspire us all: "God help the faithless if He pays us back, with judgment equal to the love we lack." (Heb 13:3)

  • MMM
    MMM

    Thank you for identifying with the poor, the marginalized, and the weak. This is the heart of Jesus. A SOCIAL GOSPEL.

  • Venice Mitchell
    Venice Mitchell

    Lord have mercy. The last 3 minutes of this convicted my heart so deeply. Forgive me😔 Lord for "just doing church" !!!

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      💜🛐

  • Jud Young
    Jud Young

    It makes Sense indeed ! At the end of the Journey, those with earthly riches will not be there. The innocent, those who suffered, those who starved, will all be there for their Rewards. It makes Sense indeed ! Injustice now, Justice later followed by Rewards. It makes Sense indeed ! Blessings !

  • ONLY 1 WAY!
    ONLY 1 WAY!

    Thank-you Pastor Joseph!

  • Colleen In Prayer
    Colleen In Prayer

    🙏🙏🙏

  • John Grytbakk
    John Grytbakk

    "you must be born again/anew(from Above) to enter the Kingdom of God." - Jesus the Messiah (John 3:1-7)

  • John Grytbakk
    John Grytbakk

    "This is what YHVH says-- Israel's King and Redeemer, The Almighty One: I am the first and the last; apart from Me there is no God." (Isaiah 44:6)

  • Joy Ajah
    Joy Ajah

    Thank you Jesus

  • N Kunnath
    N Kunnath

    Beautifully narrated and what an insightful information of early Christians and their being marginalized for their faith..

  • Lynda
    Lynda

    These messages are such a blessing! Thank you so much

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      You are welcome, Lynda! We are so glad they have been a blessing to you!

  • Pink Elephant
    Pink Elephant

    Great teaching!! Really opens/explains the beginning chps of the book of Revelation 🙂🙂

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      We're glad you enjoyed it!

  • Jerry G
    Jerry G

    a beautiful and original series, Dr. Joseph Stowell is just the right guide

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      We are so thankful for your kind words!

  • mary flordeliz victorioso
    mary flordeliz victorioso

    I was literally Crying at so many parts of this Documentary😢. My heart was so touched & my Faith so boosted. Thank you Jesus for speaking so clearly & profoundly to my spirit & soul.😇😌

    • Tim Hackett
      Tim Hackett

      Amen thank you Mary I am moved to tears also, what a great way into understanding this very relevant message to His Church. Thank You Jesus Christ.

    • Dave Karker
      Dave Karker

      Amen

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      💕💕

  • Natalie Zanders
    Natalie Zanders

    I love learning about the 7 churches, but in this episode I didn’t hear mention what Jesus had against this church.

    • Natalie Zanders
      Natalie Zanders

      Our Daily Bread thank you for responding and Jesus didn’t have anything against this church but warned them of coming tribulations and persecution. I love learning about Revelation bc it’s been a very difficult book to understand.

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      You're right, Natalie. Jesus didn't say anything "against" the church of Smyrna but did warn them about coming persecution.

  • Gabrielle Elliott
    Gabrielle Elliott

    I love this channel

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      Thanks, Gabrielle! Your comment blesses our hearts!

  • Sherry Lee
    Sherry Lee

    Such a great message. I'm studying Revelations now and it helps me understand the 7 churches so much better. This is very interesting on works. So many churches today do good works but they broadcast it and are proud of themselves for doing good deeds. But aren't we supposed to do those secretly, not advertise it and put it on ALgone for everyone to see what they are doing. Or set it up for public display which can cause those getting help to feel belittled. And I'm talking about Mega churches mainly. I know I've been the recipient but it was done discreetly. I've also been the giver but I didn't go broadcast that I helped someone when they were having a hard time ... I'm just wondering how this message relates to people doing good works for show and not for the love of God. Thank you.

  • J. R. HOLLIFIELD
    J. R. HOLLIFIELD

    your voice is relaxing

  • Estela De la cruz
    Estela De la cruz

    Thank you for a good teaching ! Make my faith more stronger!

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      Wonderful, may He be praised!

  • Ginboi Khongsai
    Ginboi Khongsai

    Thank you Sir!

  • PETER KUDAKWASHE
    PETER KUDAKWASHE

    Watching from South AFRICA.. Thank you SO MUCH for the Videos SIR!

    • Love Truth
      Love Truth

      Same here, from Cape Town!

  • I worship JESUS CHRIST ❤
    I worship JESUS CHRIST ❤

    May God bless you for your work ❤

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      Thank you so much 😀

  • Lorraine Okie
    Lorraine Okie

    Living Witness of Scripture People Places Ruins Idols location gods of ancients . Thank you vivid sites Teachings .

  • R Moreno
    R Moreno

    Thank you Holy Spirit for giving us hope through this wise servant.

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      Amen, thanks for watching.

  • EBBY CONDRA
    EBBY CONDRA

    wonderful looking city

  • Michael An'gileo
    Michael An'gileo

    An absolutely beautiful and inspiring presentation. May I ask, humbly, does Smyrna have a etymological tie to the Sicilian surname "Smiroldo"... common to Antillo (Messina). Anyone? Thank you, and God bless everyone.

    • Michael An'gileo
      Michael An'gileo

      @Our Daily Bread Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question. I love your channel. Keep up the great work. God bless you!

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      We are thankful for your question! It's not uncontested where the name Smyrna might come from. It appears to be an adaptation from an ancient word, but it's not known which word and what it might have meant. But the adaptation upon which finally was settled is identical to the noun (smurna), which comes from the Hebrew and Aramaic word מר or מור (mor), meaning myrrh.

  • Linda Daniel
    Linda Daniel

    Thank you Dr. Stowell. It's so wonderful to hear the explanation of the seven churches and to see the actual site of those churches. You explain everything so well and with a sweet spirit. Thank you again

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      Our pleasure!

  • Borboleta Morpho
    Borboleta Morpho

    awesome class!! thanks for all these great teachings and explanations which truly enhance our FAITH in HIM

  • The Adhd Gardener
    The Adhd Gardener

    This is exactly how I like to learn. visuals and a deep dive of the history behind the Bible

    • Love Truth
      Love Truth

      Faith is the substance of things unseen though... but ALRIGHT...Learning is great, visuals or no visuals

    • Richard Henry
      Richard Henry

      Ahhh..

    • Nilta Mims
      Nilta Mims

      I feel the same way

  • Sarah Mwangi
    Sarah Mwangi

    Thanks for sharing. Its very helpful. God bless

  • Manuel Banaag
    Manuel Banaag

    Very Intresting, Great informations about Revelations, and well Appreciated,,,Thanks a Alot and May God Bless you and Your Team,,

  • Daniel Tipton
    Daniel Tipton

    WHAT IS THE POINT OF YOUR PERVERTED TEACHINGS OF THE SEVEN CONGREGATION IN TURKEY !!!! THERE WAS NEVER A MAN OF THE HEBREWS/ ISRAELITE'S THAT HAD THE NAME JESUS IN THAT TIME !!!! THE LETTER (( J )) WAS NOT IN ANY LANGUAGE OF THAT TIME !!!! SO I ASK WHAT WAS THE REAL TRUE NAME THAT WAS SPOKEN IN THAT TIME BY THE APOSTLES AND OTHER DISCIPLES OF THE MAN CALLED THE MESSIAH ?? !!!! IT HAD TO BE A HEBREW NAME AND A NAME THAT THE APOSTLES WOULD NOT ( AS YOU PEOPLE TEACH ; ( TRANSLATE ) INTO WHATEVER LANGUAGE OF WHATEVER NATION THEY WERE SPEAKING TO AT THE TIME !!!! WHICH WOULD BE BLASPHEMING THEIR GOD'S NAME ; BY TAKING THEIR GOD'S NAME IN VAIN !!!! AS YOU PEOPLE DO IN TEACHING THE PAGAN APOSTATE HEATHEN NAME JESUS !!!!

  • Aja Davis
    Aja Davis

    Thank you for making these videos! 🙏Visually seeing these places, and hearing about them historically, makes for a much deeper understanding of what the early church was like. It’s also a good comparison for how things are today.

  • Balpu Sangma
    Balpu Sangma

    Too low volume, can't hear

  • Gerald Johnson
    Gerald Johnson

    **EXTREMELY RELEVANT IS THIS MESSAGE FOR TODAY**

    • G
      G

      Agree. Amen.

    • Gerald Johnson
      Gerald Johnson

      @bible truthb.t *Amen* *l just watched this A Second time* *l Noticed something that really relates to today* *About the weights put on believers body until they Could Not Breathe* **Almost seems like the Corona Virus that takes mans life because he can Not Breathe**?

    • bible truth
      bible truth

      I agree)

  • Kenan Mehmet
    Kenan Mehmet

    Such a lovely video, thank you.

  • Melody Lee
    Melody Lee

    Great Video, and Teaching of Christ.

  • Richard Thornhill
    Richard Thornhill

    Good solid Biblical teacher. Great scenes and background history narrative.

  • Orient JewelHeart
    Orient JewelHeart

    Sir Bro. Stowell thank you very much for hosting this video about The 7 Churches of Revelation, I am thirsty to know whats the symbolism all about the book of revelationt specially these part. I learn alot and will continue to wait for other posting of videos of Our Daily Bread. God bless your heart and your family .. God Bless Our Daily Bread.

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      You are very welcome, Orient! Blessings to you as well!!

  • John Herlihy
    John Herlihy

    Outstanding video on the Church of Smyrna!

  • Phil Bentley
    Phil Bentley

    Excellent

  • paupau sher
    paupau sher

    Thank you sir...now I know more..God bless you.😘

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williams

    I think if all of us who call ourselves Christians in the West did as they do in the East (love Jesus) things would be very different over here too. Unfortunately, many I know do not stand because they feel it is not necessary or they are scared. I feel I have become like them. Which I am ashamed of.

  • Bruce Sanborn
    Bruce Sanborn

    Nice teaching ,Maranatha, Greetings from Tampa Florida 😎

  • paul kimani
    paul kimani

    Thankyou, I have been studying the seven churches of revelation and this is such a wonderful teaching

  • William Mosa
    William Mosa

    Thanks god

  • Rosette Lilly
    Rosette Lilly

    Good church

  • Nivo Jones
    Nivo Jones

    Thank you so much for such incredible sound teachings, so great which remind us our nowadays poverty compared to Polycarp, Smyrna, Paul..riches to stand and suffer for Jésus Christ. Will we ? Mat God continue to encouragé you and support you with His wonderful Joy and Peace! A crown is awating for your engagement

  • Eyong Grace
    Eyong Grace

    Hallelujah to our God wonderful video

  • David Neal
    David Neal

    These ruins are reminders to the nation's. If any country Denys me. They are bound to fall. Like God said to Abraham. If I find ten righteous I will not destroy that city for the sake of the ten.

  • David Neal
    David Neal

    Would not John have recognised the voice of the lord? I know that voice.

    • Fox Moulder
      Fox Moulder

      John was talking to an angel, not Jesus.

  • Kayson Rhodes
    Kayson Rhodes

    Gods Word endures forever

    • Nina Maria
      Nina Maria

      It truly does. Many empires have fallen but God’s Word stands the test of time. It endures forever.

    • Dave Karker
      Dave Karker

      Anen

    • Our Daily Bread
      Our Daily Bread

      Yes it does, how incredible!

  • E Abbcc
    E Abbcc

    Faith is as a mustardseed.

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