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Degenerate Sardis City (Revelation 3.1)

"To the angel [or "messenger"] of the church in Sardis write:" (Revelation 3.1)✞

Lydia Ruled Over

Sardis TempleSir W. M. Ramsay (1851-1939) the Scottish archaeologist and New Testament scholar wrote that "there was no greater example of the contrast between past splendor and present decay as in degenerate Sardis city." Seven hundred years before Revelation was written, Sardis, had been one of the greatest cities in the world. There, the King of Lydia ruled over his empire in oriental splendor.✞

Splendor to Decay

Sardis from belowSardis stood as an impregnable fortress in the middle of the plain of the valley of the River Hermus. To the north rose the long ridge of Mount Tmolus. From that ridge a series of hills went out like spurs, each forming a narrow plateau. On one of these spurs, fifteen hundred feet up, stood the original Sardis city. Clearly such a position made it almost unassailable.

"Degenerate Sardis City"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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