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Philadelphia (Alasehir)


  1. Alaşehir
    Town in Turkey

  2. Alaşehir, in Antiquity and the Middle Ages known as Philadelphia, i.e. " brotherly love" is a town and district of Manisa Province in the Aegean region of Turkey. It is situated in the valley of the Kuzuçay, at the foot of the Bozdağ Mountain. Wikipedia

  3. Area: 997 km²

  4. Weather: 16°C, Wind NW at 5 km/h, 60% Humidity

Biblical Message

Revelation 3:7  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
Rev 3:8  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Rev 3:9  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Rev 3:10  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Rev 3:11  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Rev 3:12  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Rev 3:13  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.


The Key of David

Is the key of David the same as the Key of Solomon or the David Star? Is it the same symbol we see on the Israeli flag today?

Exodus 28:12  And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial. 

Revelation 3:7  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth

Isaiah 22:22  And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open

Revelation 3:12  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Luke 3:22  And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

Isaiah 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 

Act 7:43  Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

Revelation 2:17  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 hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Amos 5:26  But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. 

1. Chiun, Certainly the Planet Saturn One planet is certainly mentioned in Old Testament, and we may safely infer that the other four were known, since this particular planet is the least conspicuous both in brightness and in motion, and was therefore probably the last to be discovered. The reference to Saturn occurs in Amos_5:25, Amos_5:26 : “Did ye bring unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? Yea, ye have borne the tabernacle of your king (the King James Version Moloch) and the shrine of (the King James Version Chiun) your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.” - Strongs Concordance


We spent some good time in this city today. It was amazing to see the remains of St Jeans church and we received some interesting and amazing answers, but some of the answers lead to new questions, almost like a treasure hunt in the forensic archaeological search for answers we have always been looking for.

Let us take a look at words we use every day.

Icon - In Turkey the city named Iconium is nearby here, around 449 km. Icon is the name we use and presently have an understanding of what it means, but let us look at words which originated from ancient Turkey. Where does the word Coin come from? Its a word similar to Icon... and yet, there is always an Icon on the coin... Iconium, or Icoinia. It all started in Sardis, Philadelphia and Thyatira. On the back of the coins were the worshiped ones, male god, female god or the emperor. Today we still have our emperors or presidents on our coins. They are the Icons of their times, the ones spoken of or the worshiped ones. Anytime you spend time talking about some previous great people, we have to realize that there is an Icon, an important character in history. 

Welcome to the City of Brotherly Love! Your travels have brought you far. Break your trip here to see the sights of our beautiful city.


Attalus II Philadelphos

Philadelphia isn’t very old compared to many of our neighbors, but our city has come far in a short time. King Eumenes II of Pergamum founded our city, back in the days of the old Lydian kingdom. He named the new settlement in honor of his brother Attalus, who was so loyal in support that he was known far and wide as Philadelphos, or “he who loves his brother.” Our namesake eventually succeeded to the throne after his brother’s death. 


With great foresight, Eumenes placed Philadelphia on a plateau in the valley of the Cogamus along a route linking central Lydia with Caria and southern Phrygia. These lands were all united into one great kingdom, which the last king of Pergamum left to Rome in 620 A.U.C., only fifty-six years after our city was founded. Under the rule of Rome, Philadelphia has prospered. We have become one of the richest cities in the province of Asia, benefiting from the trade route through our valley and the patronage of emperors. 


Administratively, Philadelphia lies within the conventus juridicus of Sardis, so citizens have to travel there for court proceedings. As a free city, however, Philadelphia has the right to issue its own coinage. Our local coins depict many of the gods worshipped by our residents, especially Artemis Anaitis and Helios, our patron gods. Philadelphia is a member of the koinon of Asia. In 967 A.U.C. the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus designated our city as a location for the imperial cult and honored Philadelphia with the title of Neokoros Administratively, Philadelphia lies within the conventus juridicus of Sardis, so citizens have to travel there for court proceedings. As a free city, however, Philadelphia has the right to issue its own coinage. Our local coins depict many of the gods worshipped by our residents, especially Artemis Anaitis and Helios, our patron gods. Philadelphia is a member of the koinon of Asia. In 967 A.U.C. the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus designated our city as a location for the imperial cult and honored Philadelphia with the title of Neokoros


Philadelphia - Phila or Philos, or brotherly love is a town where people really care for their fellow citizens. After we walked the day through the graveyard and had some way to walk to the bus stop, a man spotted us with our bags and all walking down the street and immediately offered us a lift to wherever we went or wanted to go. The people at the bus stop all make friends with us and saw to it that we were treated to Turkish tea. The previous day when we went through the Philadelphia ruins we also experienced that hospitality amongst the Philadelphians. 

Hope he does not mind us placing his picture on our website. We have become friends.













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