The Seven Churches of Revelation
St. John recorded letters to the Seven churches in Asia, as part of Revelation, the
last book of the Bible. Exiled on the island of Patmos as he saw visions and recorded
them, he must have longed to be able to visit the churches in person to deliver his
message. The letters he wrote would have been carried on the circular route shown on the
map, the order in which they appear in Revelation, and which was the main trade route of
the time. The region is now the westernmost part of Turkey.
The World of Revelation
The world of Revelation is one full of strange visions and symbols, many of which we
find it hard to understand. However, by visiting the cities to which these letters were
sent, we can discover some of the meaning.
Why are we doing this? Mostly because the messages to the seven churches of revelation
have much to say to the church of today. Though they are deep in history, they represent
the local churches of all ages and of all lands.
The cities of the 7 churches: