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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.
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).
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,
Fact Finder: What was the LORD's prophetic purpose of writing the Book of Revelation to those particular seven church congregations in Turkey?
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).
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.
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.
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.