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Sardis Crumbling Rock (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)✞

Soldier Accidentally Dropped

Persian SoldierSardis was the capital city of the ancient Lydian Empire and prominent in the Roman world. The Crumbling rock on which Sardis was built though imposing as a fortress was friable, more like close-packed dried mud. The nature of the Sardis rock meant that it naturally developed cracks. The story is told that in BC 546 a certain Mardian soldier called Hyeroeades who had come from what is now Iran (also from where Cyrus the Great emerged) had seen a Sardian soldier accidentally drop his helmet over the battlements, and then make his way down the precipice to retrieve it. Hyeroeades figured that there must therefore be cracks in the rock and a pathway by which a troop of agile men could climb up and attack the city.✞

Ancient Lydia

Sardis Ancient LydiaThat night, Hyeroeades led a party of Persian Mardian troops up along the fault in the rock. When they reached the top, they found the battlements of Sardis completely unguarded. The Sardians had thought themselves too impregnable to need a guard, and so Sardis fell. A city with a history like that knew what the Risen Christ was talking about when he said, "Wake up."

"Sardis Crumbling Rock"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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