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Friday, December 15 2017

Hometowns: Ephesus

"And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the Name of the Lord Jesus was magnified"

Ephesus was a major city in western Asia Minor (i.e. Turkey), near the coast of the Aegean Sea (see The Aegean Connection and the map below) during the time of the ministries of the apostles Paul (see also Paul, The Apostle To The World) and John (see also John's Eyewitness Of The Messiah And The LORD God).

Asia Minor

Paul visited and resided in Ephesus during his second and third missionary journeys (see Paul's Second Missionary Journey and Paul's Third Missionary Journey).


"19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos [see Hometowns: Alexandria] was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?

And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized?

And they said, Unto John's baptism.

19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 19:7 And all the men were about twelve." (Acts 19:1-7 KJV)

Despite the inevitable and predictable opposition (see also The Shake The Dust From Your Feet Lessons), Paul then continued his teaching at the local synagogue. Paul never stopped being, or calling himself, a Pharisee e.g. "I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee" (Acts 23:6 KJV). The only difference is that his great Scriptural knowledge had been pointed in the right direction by the Holy Spirit at his conversion (see also Hometowns: Tarsus).

"19:8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God [see The True Gospel Of Christ].

19:9 But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.

19:10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks." (Acts 19:8-10 KJV)

One of Paul's major epistles was written to the Christians at Ephesus. The letter is sometimes referred to today as the "Book" of Ephesians.

The Ancient Theater at Ephesus

About 3 decades after Paul's martyrdom (see also The Roman Emperors: Nero and The Roman Emperors: Domitian), Ephesus became one of the prophetic "seven churches of Asia" (see the Fact Finder question below). The Book of Revelation is also actually an epistle (i.e a letter), spoken by Jesus Christ to the apostle John, while John was on the island of Patmos. Patmos is located in the Aegean Sea just off the west coast of Asia Minor, or Turkey, where the "seven churches" were located.

"2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write;

These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 2:3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." (Revelation 2:1-7 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why were Ephesus and the other "churches" of Asia listed in the order in which they were addressed?
See Why Were The Seven Churches Listed In That Order?

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This Day In History, December 15

37: Nero (Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus) was born. He was the Emperor of Rome from October 13, 54 to June 9, 68 (see The Roman Emperors: Nero).


533: Byzantine (East Roman Empire) General Belisarius defeated the Vandals at the Battle of Ticameron (see also Who Vandalized The Menorah?).

The Sack Of Rome By The Vandals

1612: Simon Marius became the first to observe the Andromeda galaxy through a telescope (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens? and Parabolic Prophecies).

Andromeda galaxy

1794: The Revolutionary Tribunal was abolished in France (see also Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right?).

1794: During the War of the Austrian Succession, the Prussians under Leopold I of Anhalt-Dessau heavily defeated the Saxons under Rutowski at the Battle of Kesseldorf near Dresden.

1806: During the Napoleonic Wars, French forces under Napoleon entered Warsaw, Poland (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).


1840: Napoleon's remains were interred in Les Invalides in Paris, after having been brought from St. Helena where he died in exile.

1890: Sioux chief Tatanka Iyotake was shot and killed at age 59 by native-American police who were trying to arrest him. He is better known to history as "Sitting Bull" (see also The First Chinese American War).

1891: James Naismith (1861-1939), a Canadian from Almonte, Ontario, invented basketball (with a soccer ball and 2 peach baskets) while working as a physical education teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts.


1899: During the second Boer War, the British made a frontal attack in the battle of Colenso aimed at relieving the besieged town of Ladysmith. The action failed and the British lost over 1,100 men.

1914: The Battle of Lodz ended. Russian forces retreated toward Moscow.

1961: Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was convicted of crimes against humanity by a court in Israel and sentenced to hang (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and Why Does Satan Love Liars?).

1964: Canada adopted the Maple Leaf flag.


1970: The unmanned Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 landed on Venus becoming the first Earth spacecraft to land on another planet.


1973: The American (i.e. U.S.) Psychiatric Association voted 13-0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders.

1995: West European leaders announced that the new European monetary unit would be known as the "Euro" (see also Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).

2001: The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after a 11 year, $27 million attempt to reinforce the structure.

2005: Walter Haut died at age 83. Haut, a former spokesman for the Roswell Army Air Field, took dictation on July 8, 1947, as base commander Col. William Blanchard dictated a news release about a recovered "flying saucer" and ordered Haut to issue it.


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