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King Cyrus Victory (Revelation 3.1-3)

"To the angel [or "messenger"] of the church in Sardis write: 'These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits [that is, "the sevenfold Spirit"] 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)✞

River Halys

Persian SoldierSardis was a very wealthy city. In the Greek and Persian cultures, the name of King Croesus (BC 595-546) of Sardis became synonymous with the wealth of his capital city. "Rich as Croesus" signifies a very wealthy person to this day. Croesus embarked upon a war with King Cyrus 11 of Persia (BC 576-530) otherwise known as Cyrus the Great. This turned out to be the end of Croesus and the greatness of his capital, Sardis. Croesus had been warned, but he failed to heed the warning. To attack the armies of King Cyrus, Croesus had to cross the River Halys. Before he advanced, he sought the counsel of the famous oracle at Delphi and was told, "If you cross the River Halys, you will destroy a great empire."The River Halys is known today as the Kızılırmak River which is the longest river in Turkey.✞

Croesus Ultimate Defeat

King CroesusCroesus wrongly assumed that he would defeat the army of King Cyrus, but it never crossed his mind that it was a prophecy that the campaign on which he had embarked would be the end of his own power and the destruction of his own empire. Croesus crossed the River Halys, engaged in battle and was routed. He was however not in the least worried, for he thought that all he had to do was to retire to the impregnable citadel of Sardis, recuperate and fight again. Cyrus' victory initiated the siege of Sardis. He waited for fourteen days, then offered a special reward to anyone who would find an entry into the city. His "Achilles Heel" was the Crumbling Rock at Sardis

"King Cyrus Victory"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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