Smyrna ( Izmir) 2 - Division or Seperation
Izmir is a large city, very much like Istanbul in the sense that there is an old and new city, you can see old city walls among the newer buildings which makes it a very photographic experience. We got the train from Ephesus to Izmir, its about 100 km away and very well air conditioned and those who want to save on expenses will save a lot of money on this trip. We arrived at our accommodation after a taxi trip to the other part of town where we had to stay the night. It was very much like a backpackers place but comfortable. As soon as we dropped our luggage off, we moved back into the city again, found a taxi to take us to the ruins. Fortunately for Google Maps I saw we were not going in the right direction, so when the driver stopped I pointed to him on my phone where we had to go. He explained in Turkish that this was the place where we told him to go and that it would cost us another 15 Lira to get to the Old City walls. The total was 30 Lira which is around R150 or $15.
We got to the Walls of the old city and took photos all over. The place is run down and not kept like the other sites because there is no entry fee. We had a marvellous view of the city and then viewed the Smyrna ruins below and started our descent of this very old city. We were amazed to see how many Syrian refugees have already moved into these parts.
We arrived at around 5 pm at the Smyrna ruins. We were glad to see that they were going to be open for another hour. The Turkish people start the day later but they are still on the streets with open shops until past midnight in most places. Smyrna ruins are large but there were enough ruins to see and symbols on the site to understand the culture it had been living in. We would like to add more information on our findings as well as put a detailed dvd together for people to see the extent of each of these 7 locations.
Revelation 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
Rev 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Rev 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
Smyrna is today called Izmir. It was established by Alexander the Great. He had a dream and once the dream was interpreted to him, he was told by the gods that if he built the city over here, that these people would be much happier than the other people living elsewhere.
Izmir is the second largest city in Turkey today and there are connecting flights and busses to most other destinations. Trains are also regular from Ephesus to Izmir and from Denizli (Laodicea).
When we take a look at the bible verses, we start drawing parallels to the past. Smyrna was the opposite to Laodicea and Sardis which semed to thrive on business and trade. Smyrna people were happy (Except for the earthquakes) but still today they are poor, even building their homes on old ruins. It seemed that they were rich inside but not on the outside.
Smyrna was the only Church that did not have a negative report. They just had to keep true to their calling and know that there was one that knew everything about them and was going to help them out
Some pictures of the Castle