Seven Church of Revelation Turkey

Seven Church of Revelation Turkey

In the Lord’s day I was caught in spirit and heard a voice behind me as loud as a trumpet: ‘Write what you see on a scroll and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Izmir, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia… and Laodicea. (Rv 1:10-11)

Church tradition indicates that St. John moved to Ephesus with many Palestinian Christians around 65 AD before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD. During the Nero’s persecution of Christians in Rome at that time, both St. Peter and St. Paul was martyred in Rome. The leader of the Asian church, St. John was targeted by Roman authorities and exiled to Patmos. (Rev. 1:9).

While on the island St. John received his apocalyptic vision about the spiritual situation of seven churches in Asian as well as about the future of the church and the world (1:1011, 19). The order of the seven churches, namely Ephesus, Smyrna, Bergama, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodikeia, follows a route that a messenger would naturally follow when visiting cities… During St. Pauls ministry in Ephesus many churches were established in Asia.

Therefore, these seven churches seem to represent many other churches in Asia at that time (eg Miletos, Troas, Assos, Kyzikos, Magnesia, Tralles, Metropolis, etc.). The seven messages are similar in style, each with a heart focused on praise and correction and ending with a promise of victory. The historical and spiritual situation of each church helps to interpret the details of its message.