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Patmos Island John
(Revelation 1.9-11)
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"I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea." (Revelation 1.9-11)✞

Disciple on Patmos Isle

The Cave of the Apacalypse, the Isle of PatmosTowards the end of his life, John was imprisoned on Patmos Island by the Roman authorities as a punishment for being a Christian and an Apostle. Patmos was a small Greek island situated in the Aegean Sea, about 50 miles offshore from the city of Ephesus. It is reputed to be the place where John under the direction of the Holy Spirit dictated to his scribe Prochoros the Book of Revelation.✞

Cave of the Apocalypse

John lived in a cave on Patmos Island situated about halfway up the mountain along the road between the villages of Chora and Skala. As time went on many important leaders, even kings and princes, visited him to ask for his advice. John's "Cave of the Apocalypse" where he lived is still visited by Christian pilgrims today.

Recognized Jesus

Alpha and Omega LettersIn his vision in Revelation 1, John recognizes Jesus immediately because he was close to him and was a disciple of his for three years. John, walked and talked with him as a friend in Galilee. He had seen the radiant Son of God at the Transfiguration. He had even stood at the foot of Jesus' Cross and watched him die.✞

Whom Jesus Loved

John, considered himself a special friend of Jesus and described himself touchingly as, "the disciple whom Jesus loved." However, here Jesus is not just a humble earthly teacher, but the glorious King "par excellence." Jesus is now worthy of all honor and power.✞

"Patmos Island John"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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