Five-fold Doubling of Christian Persecution by Satan:
- … “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days; be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Rev. 2:10). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: This verse is a direct saying by Christ to one of the seven churches (Smyrna) in Asia-Minor. He is indicating that some of the Christian members of this church would be afflicted (suffer) or be persecuted by being thrown into prison for ten (10) days. Christ indicates that this suffering or affliction comes at the hands of the devil or Satan who is trying or testing them for their faithfulness to Christ. Jesus finishes his statement to the Christians in Smyrna saying that if they remain faithful to him, during these 10 (ten) days of tribulation, even if they are killed, he will give them a crown of life. Ten (10) is a doubling of Satan’s evil number of 5 (five), (5×2=10). In the context of God’s mathematics, their suffering represents their ability and faithfulness (even unto death) to withstand a double portion of Satanic evil or persecution. Even when Satan gives these Christians a double-dose of his evil, they overcome his evil and remain faithful to Jesus Christ.