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Saturday, September 17 2016

2 Timothy 1: The Churches Of Turkey In History And Prophecy

"I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea"

"Timothy" is the English-language rendering of the Greek name "Timotheos" (pronounced tee-moth-eh-us - keeping in mind that the Greek alphabet is very different from the Roman, or Latin, alphabet that is used by the English-speaking world; see also The Apostle Paul's Gramma). It literally means honoring God, or dear to God - a very appropriate name for the young man who became closely associated with the apostle Paul before continuing on in his own right as an apostle of the LORD (see also Disciples, Ministers, Apostles, Prophets).

Timothy's mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois were Jews (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) who were known for their sincere faithfulness to the LORD (2 Timothy 1:5). Little is written of Timothy's father, except that he was a Greek (Acts 16:1).

Timothy was from Lystra (Acts 16:1) in "Asia Minor," which known today as Turkey (Paul was born in Tarsus - Paul and Timothy were both Turkish; see also The Return Of The Home Town Apostles). In the time of Paul and Timothy, Turkey was a Roman dominion.

Turkey Under Roman Occupation

Timothy is first mentioned during Paul's second visit to Lystra (Acts 16:1-2), where he was apparently converted during Paul's earlier visit there (1 Timothy 1:2, 2 Timothy 3:11). Paul certainly thought highly of him, calling him "my true son in the faith" (1 Timothy 1:2).

Some of the most famous church congregations of Bible history were located in Turkey e.g. Myra, Colossae (see Colossians 1: Who Is The Head Of Your Church?), Antioch in Pisidia, Miletus, Assos and Derbe - among many others.

As well, the Book of Revelation was written by the apostle John as he was being held by the Roman military on Patmos - an island just off the coast of Turkey. The Book of Revelation, as dictated by Jesus Christ to the apostle John, was itself written to seven more church congregations in Turkey - Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea (see the Fact Finder question below).

Seven 7 Churches of Asia Revelation Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea Paul's second epistle to Timothy documents how some stood with Paul during his trials (e.g. "The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me"), while others ran away (e.g. "This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes").

"1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son:

Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; 1:4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

1:16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: 1:17 But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. 1:18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well." (2 Timothy 1:1-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: What was the LORD's prophetic purpose of writing the Book of Revelation to those particular seven church congregations in Turkey?
See Where Are The Seven Churches Of Revelation Today?

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This Day In History, September 17

480 BC: The Battle of Thermopylae between the Spartans and the Achaemenid Empire (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).

Greek ship

1176: The Battle of Myriokephalon between the Byzantine Empire (the East Roman Empire) and the Seljuk Turks in Phrygia (see also Phrygia and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

The Byzantine Empire

1394: All Jews in France were ordered out of the country by French King Charles VI (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).

1577: The Peace of Bergerac was signed between Henry III of France and the Huguenots (members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France during the 16th and 17th centuries).

1656: Massachusetts enacted laws against Quakers. While many of the settlers and "pilgrims" had left Europe to escape religious persecution, it didn't take long in their "New World" before they began doing exactly what their oppressors had been doing to them back in the "old country" (see also The Pilgrims to understand the actual Biblical meaning of "pilgrim").

1849: U.S. abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery.

1894: The Battle of Yalu River, the largest naval battle of the First Sino-Japanese (China-Japan) War.

1908: The "Wright Flyer," piloted by Orville Wright, with U.S. Army Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as a passenger, crashed, killing Selfridge, who thereby became the first U.S. airplane fatality.

1916: During the First World War (1914-1918), Manfred von Richthofen ("The Red Baron") made his first air combat kill near Cambrai, France. He went on to shoot down 80 (79 British, 1 Belgian) enemy aircraft before he was shot down and killed by a Canadian fighter pilot, Captain Roy Brown (of Carleton Place, Ontario), over northern France in 1918.

Brown and the Red Baron

1939: Soviet forces invaded Poland from the east while German forces were invading from the west; the Polish government and military command fled to exile in Romania.

1940: Adolf Hitler decided to "postpone" his invasion of Britain after his Luftwaffe met unexpectedly potent resistance from British fighter pilots in the "Battle of Britain" air war.
Hitler was one of this world's most successful "politicians" (see Why Does Satan Love Liars?) of all time - the Satanic heathen knew how to mislead and manipulate a nation into committing horrendous evil by abusing the principles of its "patriotism" that made it all seem so "right" (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).

Hawker Hurricane

1948: United Nations representative Count Folke Bernadotte was assassinated in Jerusalem. The Swedish soldier and diplomat headed the Swedish Red Cross during World War Two and is credited with saving 20,000 Jewish inmates of concentration camps. As a UN mediator in Palestine, at the time of the creation of the present-day state of Israel that year, Bernadotte was murdered by Jewish terrorists who ignored all that Bernadotte had done for the people of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).

1956: Television was first broadcast in Australia.

1978: The Camp David Peace Accord was signed between Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt.

1980: The independent trade union Solidarity was established after strikes at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland.

1980: Former Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle was assassinated in Asuncion, Paraguay.

1993: The last "Cold War" Russian troops left Poland.

2001: The New York Stock Exchange reopened after the September 11 attacks, the longest trading disruption since the Great Depression.


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