Turkey


ANATOLIA DURING THE TIME OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

Some of the names of the places mentioned in the Bible are in Turkey. According to the Old Testament, Noah’s children, the Animals he saved in the ark began the repopulation of the Earth from Mt. Ararat in the east of Turkey. Abraham’s call to greatness came in Haran in southeast of Turkey. This city was called Ur of the Chaldeans. Archaeologists have found that the Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians, Assyrians, Cimmerians, Lydians and other civilizations who were important to the Old Testament once lived in Turkey. The people of the Bible left records of their activities in Anatolia that span the ages from Noah to St. Paul. Here in Anatolia rise the two rivers that bounded Eden. Lake Hazar south of Elazig in the Taurus mountain range is the source of the Tigris. The Euphrates fed by the snow and rain of the mountains in eastern Turkey.


ANATOLIA DURING THE TIME OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

Up until the unification of the major part of Asia Minor under the Roman Empire, its history had been one of a succession of small states. Roman control began in 190 B.C. When the Seleucid ruler Antiochus the Great was defeated at Magnesia, and spread in 133 B.C when the first Roman province of Asia was organized in the region near Ephesus. Bithynia, Pontus and Cilicia came under Roman rule. Shortly before the Christian era, Galatia and Cappadocia fell under Roman influence. It was in Antioch; today’s Antakya in southern Turkey that the disciples were first called “Christians” (Acts 11:26). The period of the early development of Christianity was one of peace and stability but after the re–organization of the Roman Empire by the king Diocletian in 297 A.D, the area was again split into small political units. Christianity provided a common language and religion.


THE SEVEN CHURCHES IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION

1. Ephesus: Revelation 1:11, 2:1-7; Acts 18, 19-28; 19:1-41
2. Smyrna (Izmir): Revelation 2:8-11
3. Pergamon: Revelation 2:12-17
4. Thyatira: Revelation 2:18-29; Acts16:14
5. Sardis: Revelation 3:1-6
6. Philadelphia: Revelation 3:7-13
7. Laodicea: Revelation 3:14-22; Colossians 2:1, 4:13 -16

THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA MINOR

I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the island that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet. Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, what you see, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamum, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks.” The Revelation 1:9-12Anatolia (Asia Minor) has been the center of Christianity ever since St. Paul, St. Peter, St. John, St. Barnabas and their companions John Mark, Silas, Luke came here to preach the Gospel of the teachings of Jesus Christ. This trip will allow you full insight into the achievements of these early Christian missionaries and the Seven Churches of The Revelation.

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TURKEY - Suggested Itinerary

DAY 01: CHECK IN – DEPARTURE – (ACCRA – ISTANBUL)

Check in at 17:00pm and Departure at 20:00pm.Dinner and overnight on flight. (D)

DAY 02: ISTANBUL – CITY TOUR

Upon arrival at Istanbul International Airport, our representative will meet and transfer us to hotel. In the afternoon will follow a City Tour. At 18:30pm there will be Dinner and Overnight at hotel. (D)

DAY 03: CITY TOUR

After Breakfast we will visit the Hagia Sophia church built by Justinian the Great, then Roman hippodrome, Blue Mosque and old church St. Serge and St Bacchus ( Kucuk Ayasofya camii ). After lunch, visit Topkapi palace and the famous Catholic Church. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

DAY 04: ISTANBUL – KUSADASI

After early breakfast, we will be driving to Kusadasi. Dinner and Overnight at hotel. (B,D)

Day 05: KUSADASI – PERGAMON – THYATIRA

After breakfast we drive to Pergamum, actually called Bergama. It is one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:12]. Here we explore the impressive Acropolis, the steepest theatre in the world, the Asklepieion, famous medical centre of classical times, see the Altar of Zeus which is mentioned as the Throne of Satan in the book of Revelation, the marble columns of the Temple of Trajan and the Library which was foremost in the world and was long a rival of the equally famous Library of Alexandria in Egypt. Its wealth of volumes was estimated at over 200,000. It inspired the invention of parchment. We also visit the Red Basilica (St. John´s Church). Then we continue to visit Thyatira, now called Akhisar, another one of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:18-24; Acts 16:14]. It was a city famous for purple dyes. We visit the remains of a basilica and some architectural fragments from the Roman period. Lydia, the seller of purple in Philippi, was from Thyatira. Enjoy a panoramic ride of Smyrna, the third largest city in Turkey and one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 2:12-17]. Smyrna is a city scared with a bloody history of trade and warfare. Check in at the hotel for dinner and overnight. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

Day 06: EPHESUS

After breakfast we drive to Ephesus and visit the ancient city of Ephesus including the Basilica of St. John and the Ephesus archaeological museum. The Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians and lived here for three years. This church also received an epistle from him. Continue to the Temple of Diana of the Ephesians, another of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was built in this city. Visit The House of Virgin Mary. Overnight Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

Day 07: IZMIR – SARDIS – PHILADELPHIA – LAODICEA – HIERAPOLIS

After early breakfast we drive to one of the most famous areas of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4], Sardis, presently Sart. This was the capital of the ancient Lydian kingdom of the 6th century BC, portrayed as a dying church. You will visit the great Temple of Artemis and the Temple of Cybele, which became a Byzantine Church. We will also visit some ancient Lydian houses, and the restored gymnasium and reconstructed Synagogue. We will also see the last several meters of the royal Persian Road from Susa to Sardis built by Cyrus the Great and the «golden» river Pactolos. Lunch en route.
Then we continue the journey to Philadelphia, nowadays called Alasehir, another church of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:7], and the only church not censured. We visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip where he was martyred during the persecutions ordered by Domitian. Proceed to Laodicea (present name Denizli) yet another of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor [Rev. 1:11; 3:14; Col. 2:1; 4:13-16]. (B,D)

Day 08: IZMIR – ISTANBUL

After early breakfast, we will be depart from hotel and drive to ISTANBUL. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

DAY 09: ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

After breakfast, we depart for the last minute shopping, if any, and enter Istanbul Airport by 11:40am for your departure home. (B)

Note*

NB: * This suggested Itinerary is subject to change at any point in time.

       *B = Breakfast             D = Dinner

       *Airlines: TURKISH, ETHIOPIAN.

 

 

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