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King Croesus Wealth
(Revelation 3.1-3)
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"To the angel of the church in Sardis write: 'These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.'" (Revelation 3.1-3)✞

Portrait

Coin showing King CroesusKing Croesus (BC 595-546) (pronounced KREE-SES) to whom this letter in Revelation was addressed and the wealth of Sardis were legendary. King Croesus reigned over Lydia for fourteen years from BC 560 until his defeat by King Cyrus of Persia in BC 546. The River Pactolus, flowed through the lower town of Lydia and was reputed to have had gold-bearing waters though it is now thought that these were in fact "electrum" which was a naturally occurring amalgam of silver and gold found in the river bed. Much of the King's wealth came from the deposits of this river. This was also probably the source of the Greek legend about the "Midas touch" or "the golden touch" by which anything that Midas touched turned to gold. The real identity of Midas and the legend surrounding the "Midas touch" were however unclear. A fascinating side story of this myth was that when Midas touched his daughter she supposedly turned to a statue of gold!✞

Greatest Sardian King

King Croesus PortraitKing Croesus was considered the greatest of the Sardian kings, and his name was commemorated in the saying, "as rich as Croesus." Croesus was believed to have been the first to issue gold coins with standardized purity and weight for general circulation. It was with the King's great wealth that Sardis reached its zenith and it was with Croesus that it plunged to disaster as was suggested in this Revelation passage. The angel said, "I will come like a thief and you will not know at what time I will come to you."

Solon's Warning

Solon, the Greek Law GiverKing Croesus was warned where Sardis was heading. Solon (BC 638-558) the so-called "wisest of the Greeks," came on a visit to Midas and with great arrogance Croesus showed him the whole magnificence and wealth of the city of Sardis. Solon saw the blind confidence in King Croesus that nothing could end his splendor, but he also saw that the seeds of softness and of degeneration had already been sown. Sardis was therefore doomed!✞

"King Croesus Wealth"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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