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THE SEVEN GOLDEN CANDLESTICS

THE SEVEN GOLDEN CANDLESTICS

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" The seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks.
The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches : and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are
the seven qhurc'.ies." REVELATION i. 20.

" The seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks.
The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches : and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are
the seven qhurc'.ies." REVELATION i. 20.

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THE SEVEN GOLDEN CANDLESTICSREV. H. B. TRISTRAM, LL.D., F.R.S." The seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks.The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches : and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest arethe seven qhurc'.ies." REVELATION i. 20.Ruins of Christian Church, Ephesus.THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY:56, PATERNOSTER Row; 65, ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD;AND 164, PICCADILLY.All Rights Reserved.LONDON: E. K. BURT AND co., PRINTERS.PREFACE.IN the hope that an attempt to illus-trate one of the most deeply inte-resting portions of the ApocalypticEpistle of St. John, by references tothe present state and past historyof the Seven Churches, might beprofitable to the Christian student, the writer some time agoinserted in TJie Sunday at Home a series of papers conveyingthe recollections of a visit to those sacred sites.These papers have since been carefully revised andexpanded, with the addition of much new matter and of an introductory chapter. Especial care has been taken topoint out the appropriateness of the rewards promised tothe faithful in each Church, and their connection with somespecial local circumstances of each city, a point whichPREFACE.
 
seems scarcely to have been touched upon in the com-mentaries on the Epistles. The principal engravings are fromthe photographs taken by Signer Svoboda ; the small illus-trations and vignettes are for the most part from roughsketches made by the Author on the spot.With the earnest prayer that these pages may, inhowever humble a degree, subserve to the elucidation of God's Holy Word, they are now sent forth.H. B. TRISTRAM.MODERN EPHESUS.VICONTENTS.INTRODUCTION iEPHESUS 25SMYRNA . .45PERGAMOS 61THYATIRA 79SARDIS 93PHILADELPHIA . 109LAODICEA . 127THE TEMPLE SPOILS, SHOWING THE GOLDEN CANDLESTICK.From the Arch qf Titus.THE
 
SEVEN GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS.NTRODUCTION.EXT to the land conse-crated by the footsteps of our blessed Lord himself,there is no country in theworld so full of associa-tions precious to everyChristian as Asia Minor.Those rugged and in-dented shores are studdedwith bays and harbours,with a long bold range of irregular peaks behindthem, through the passesof which many a littlestream famed in story andin poesy meanders to thesea. There is not a har-bour, not a valley, not a plain or mountain, not a brook ordell of that classic soil but is associated with memorable namesTOMB OF ST. LUKE AT EPHESUS.THE SEVEN GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS.or exploits. The native land of Homer the oldest of poets,of Herodotus the father of history, Ionia has afforded manya scene for both. In fact, in its mythology and its historyit is even more characteristically Greek than was Greece itself.Not only were much of the Hellenic mythology and traditionsconnected with its romantic glens, it was the field of manyof the noblest struggles and the most brilliant victories of Greece. The first resistance to the power of the Persianempire was made by its people ; the doom of that empire,when it crumbled before Alexander, was sealed on its soil.We need not recapitulate the many bloody fields of AsiaMinor, in which is traced the final establishment of thedominion of Rome over the East, and the internecine strug-gles which were the prelude of Rome's decay."In this, now almost unknown part of Ancient Greece,three of the seven wise men, in the early history of the world,had their birth. Poetry, history, fable, and philosophy hadeach their fathers in this country. Among the wonders of the world, it boasted its Temple at Ephesus, its Mausoleumin Caria, and its Colossus at Rhodes. The finest work of art,the celebrated Venus, is attributed to this people. The mostwealthy of kings and the greatest of heroes rose in this

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