Second period (Epistle to the Church of Smyrna)
This period extends from the end of the first century to the official recognition of Christianity at the beginning of the fourth century. Christ in his vision said to the Apostle John: “And to the angel of the Church of Smyrna write: thus says the First and the Last, who was dead, and behold, alive: I know your works, and sorrow, and poverty, – however, you are rich, and slander from those who say about themselves that they are Jews, and they are not so… Don’t be afraid of anything you have to endure. Behold, the devil will cast you out of the midst into prison to tempt you, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you the crown of life… He that overcometh shall suffer no harm from the second death.” 2,8-11)
Christ says in this Epistle, ” you Shall have tribulation for ten days.” Here we see a prophetic allusion to ten particularly severe persecutions by the pagan emperors, which lasted until 315. During this period, false teachers began to appear, who advocated infant baptism, giving it a saving value, while from the very beginning, according to the teachings of Christ and His apostles, baptism was taught only to adults who consciously believed in Christ. Further, Christ calls on all believers to be faithful to death: “he who Overcomes will not suffer harm from the second death,” that is, he will not experience the separation of his soul from God.