Seven Churches

One of the Seven Churches Thyatira is a city in the northern part of ancient Lydia.  It is 27 miles northwest of Sardis and 56 miles northeast of Smyrna. (Others put the city in the southern most part of Mysia). There may be a Jewish colony here because of the …

One of the Seven Churches Smyrna was the second city to receive a letter from the Apostle John in the book of Revelation.  Acts 19:10 suggests that the church there was founded during Paul’s third missionary journey. Due to the fact that the port city of Izmir houses the second …

One of the Seven Churches Sardis was the capital of the Lydian empire and one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. Located on the banks of the Pactolus River, Sardis was 60 miles inland from Ephesus and Smyrna.  The city was home to the famous bishop Melito in …

One of the Seven Churches Alaşehir (in Antiquity and the Middle Ages known as Philadelphia i.e. “(city of) brotherly love” is a town and district of Manisa Province in the Aegean region of Turkey. Alaşehir began as perhaps one of the first ancient cities with the name Philadelphia. It was established in 189 B.C.E. by King Eumenes II of Pergamon (197-160 B.C.E.). Eumenes IInamed the …

One of the Seven Churches Pergamon [Pergamos] or Pergamum was briefly the capital of the Roman province of Asia, before the capital was transferred to Ephesus. After a slow decline, the city was favored by several imperial initiatives under Hadrian (117-138 C.E.). It was granted the title of metropolis and as a result of …

One of the Seven Churches With its large Jewish community, Laodicea became at a very early period a seat of Christianityand a bishopric. The Epistle to the Colossians mentions Laodicea as one of the communities of concern for the writer. It sends greetings from a certain Epaphras from Colossae, who worked hard for the Christians of …