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Saturday, March 25 2017
The Archipelago Sea
"Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis"
As shown in the photograph below, the Aegean Sea is located between Greece, to the west, and Turkey, to the east. It's actually a northern projection of The Mediterranean Sea, with Crete generally regarded as the division between the two areas. To the north, through the Dardanelles, is the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara and the Bosporus. The Aegean Sea is about 600 kilometers / 375 miles long and 325 kilometers / 200 miles wide, with a total area of approximately 214,000 square kilometers / 82,600 square miles. The Aegean's ancient name, Archipelago, now used to refer to its many islands, has also become a geographic term for any grouping of islands.
The Aegean Sea region was the home of a number of the world's most-ancient civilizations - the Minoan Civilization of Crete, and the great intellectual and military empire of Greece (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids), and Asia Minor, known today as Turkey, all of which were the scene of much of the earliest growth of Christianity. For the apostle Paul, the Aegean Sea was the sea route between Asia and Europe.
Paul had apparently intended to maintain his ministry in his native Turkey (Paul was born in Tarsus, a city of Turkey near the Mediterranean Sea), however when the time came, the LORD (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God) directed Paul to sail for Europe, across the Aegean Sea (see also The Meeting Of Paul And Barnabas and The Ministry Of Paul And Barnabas).
"16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 16:7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. 16:8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. 16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. 16:10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
At the end of Paul's third missionary journey (see Paul's First Missionary Journey, Paul's Second Missionary Journey and Paul's Third Missionary Journey), he sailed directly from Greece through the Aegean to Jerusalem, with only a brief stop on the coast of Turkey where he was met by the Christians of Ephesus (see the map below).
"20:13 And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot. 20:14 And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene. 20:15 And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus. 20:16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost. 20:17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church." (Acts 20:13-17 KJV)
"I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ"
The Book of Revelation (which was actually a letter; see The Epistles: Revelation and the Fact Finder question below) was given to be written by the apostle John while he was being held as a prisoner of the Romans on the island of Patmos, located in the Aegean Sea just off the coast of Turkey.
"1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ [see also What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven? and What Happens After The Messiah Returns?], which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God [see also What Does Word of God Mean To You?], and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand." (Revelation 1:1-3 KJV)
Fact Finder: What was the prophetic significance of "the seven churches" for today?
This Day In History, March 25
421: The traditional date of the founding of the city of Venice, Italy.
752: Pope Stephen II died only 2 days after his election (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).
1199: England's King Richard I ("Richard the Lionheart") was wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France. He died from complications of the wound (infection) on April 6. Richard had been active in the "Crusades" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1306: Robert de Bruce was crowned Robert I the Bruce of Scotland at Scone. He led the forces that freed Scotland from English rule in 1328.
1409: The Council of Pisa, formed to try to end the schism in the Catholic church between popes Gregory and Benedict, began meetings at Pisa (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1584: Sir Walter Raleigh was granted a patent to establish an English colony in "Virginia."
1634: The Roman Catholic church gained a foothold in the continent of North America when the ships Dove and Ark arrived with 128 Catholic colonists in what would later become "Mary Land." They had been selected by Cecilus Calvert, second Lord Baltimore.
1655: Dutch scientist Christian Huygens discovered the planet Saturn's largest moon.
1669: 20,000 were killed by the eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily.
1799: During the French Revolutionary Wars, 40,000 French troops under Jourdan battled 60,000 Austrians under Archduke Charles at the Battle of Stokach.
1807: The British Parliament abolished the slave trade in the British Empire.
1895: Italian troops invaded Abyssinia (Ethiopia).
1911: 146 immigrant women, mostly Jewish and Italian, died when New York's worst industrial fire swept through a factory owned by the Triangle Shirtwaist Company.
1924: King George of Greece was deposed and a republic proclaimed.
1941: Yugoslavia joined the Tripartite Pact, a military alliance directed against the U.S. and Britain.
1955: East Germany was granted full sovereignty by its occupying power, the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had occupied that section of Germany as a counterattack of Germany's massive invasion of the Soviet Union at the beginning of the Second World War (1939-1945). Millions of people in the Soviet Union died from the German invasion (see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1957: The Treaty of Rome was signed, providing for the establishment of the European Common Market (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1958: The first flight of the Canadian CF-105, the Avro Arrow, at Malton, Ontario.
1961: The Soviet Sputnik 10 carried a dog into Earth orbit, later recovered.
1970: The Concorde made its first supersonic flight.
1994: Neo-Nazis fire bombed a synagogue in Luebeck, believed to be the first such incident in Germany since the end of the Second World War.