Sunday, November 21, 2010
Ephesus is one of the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelations and all seven are in Turkey. They are Ephesus, Smyrna (Izmir), Philadelphia (Alasehir) Thyatira (Akhisar) Bergama, Sardis and Laodicea. The three with Turkish names are still living cities, the rest are ruins. The Bible is not just a historical book, it also reflects ourselves in it. Sometimes we are David, great in some ways but totally flawed, sometimes we feel we are Job. The address to the seven churches are not just for the seven churches only, encouraging them to continue in the faith even while under extreme persecution. John wrote in Revelations to the church at Ephesus, 'you've forsaken your first love'. Our first love is the love of Jesus Christ, have we forsaken our first love? Revelations goes on.... 'repent and do the things you did at first'.
Most people identify Jordan as 'the other Holy land'. Others feel that Turkey is 'the other Holy land'.