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THE ISLE OF PATMOS

  Carlos Padilla, August 2016

 

The place of the revelation of Yahshua - Jesus Christ to John. The place of captivity of the apostle who was with Jesus since the beginning of His ministry, and by His side in the Holy Supper. The beloved disciple. But the reason for us to focus our attention in Patmos if far deeper that the story of the life of John. Our attention is going to focus in the meaning of being in Patmos and the experience for a Christian, but not before a short look at the place and its history. Patmos will become to us a reference of the spiritual stage that we must have in our deep relationship with Jesus Christ. If you want to come to Patmos, in spirit, keep reading.

 

SHORT HISTORY OF PATMOS AND STRATEGIC LOCATION

Patmos is one of the twelve islands of the Aegean sea known as the Dodecanese. Patmos was a place of pagan worship to Greeks and Romans, converted by the Romans into a prison and exile island, a place of forgetting, where those who entered would loose all hope to leave from there. However, according to historians and tradition, John was set free at the end of his life, John returned to Ephesus, current Turkey, where he pastored the church until his death, when very old.

The location of Patmos is located in the centre of the bay that Greece forms with Minor Asia, today Turkey, in the Aegean sea. The seven churches to which John refers to in Revelation or Apocalypse 2 and 3 are right in front: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. All of them located in Minor Asia -as we can see in any of the many maps, in your Bible, in dictionaries or in the Internet- to the east of Patmos, making an inverted U, being the last church located towards Jerusalem. All these churches are close by and in the centre of the churches founded by Paul and other apostles. This geographical location had at its time the suitability to take the book of Revelation to those congregations, but latter, the Church saw and sees today that the message is not limited to some contemporary congregations with John, but they represented the character of the Church, and of the Christian along history, until the return of Jesus Christ-Yahshua.

Let this point warn every Christian and every church and congregation no matter which denomination to look themselves in the mirror of the seven churches and confront with their spiritual reality, the warnings and the blessings of there messages for spiritual growth, fruit of the Revelation of our Lord in the captivity of John for us.

 

JOHN IN PATMOS

John was in the Isle of Patmos when he received the Revelation of Apocalypse. According to the Text in the Bible transcribed by John, in Revelation 1:9: "...I John, who also am your brother, and companion in the tribulation, and in the Kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ."

John, not only received a strong message for the seven Isles that he pastored and even would pastor, but he saw the prophecy of the future, the world of the end of time to which our world looks more alike every time the coming of Christ, the final judgment, and how today's world was taken away to establish the Kingdom of God, saw the life in that Kingdom, the new world full of justice, peace and love of God. John heard the voice of Jesus Christ talking to him, revealing the marvels of God for us. But the secret of John, and and possibly one of the reasons why God chose John to give him Revelation was his great love for God, for Jesus when He was here, and even though called "son of thunder" for his great love for people. Love is the key and the central subject in the first of the three letters of John the apostle: "...Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God... ...Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 1John 4:7-10.

 

TO PATMOS IN SPIRIT

The experience of Patmos, or other similar ones in spiritual intensity have been, and are experimented by Christians in situations of great persecution, or of exile, of or isolation, as we read about John, in Revelation 1:9. John was there exiled by order of the emperor Domitian, a very relevant fact of the level of testimony to which John had given, to the point of reaching the emperor, not a mayor, nor a king of any Roman province, but to the most powerful man on earth or his time. "...for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ." Revelation 1:9. We, in the same way will find a similar intimacy with Christ when we are compromised with Him and under persecution, for the same cause, something shared by every true Christian along history.

However, if the world is drowning us, and our own life keeps us captives, we cannot bare witness because priorities change. The solution is prayer, fasting, relationship with brothers, good works, a combination of things which form the Christian life. Let us not find ourselves making bricks for Pharaoh, building the great work of the world, but working for Christ, the Church and for those who do not know God.

In Christian life we can go to other spiritual places before going to Patmos, like Peniel, (Genesis 32:22-32) where Jacob fought the angle until he obtained the blessing of God, or to Gethsemane, (Matthew 26:36) where Jesus prayed so intensely till his sweat like drops of blood in His intimacy with the Father, the place of the culmination of the ministry of Christ-Yahshua, previous to the Cross and the resurrection, where He talks to the Father until he drank the glass of the new covenant. And other places that only each Christian in Christ will know.

These experiences follow the fruits of the spirit of the Words of Jesus in John 15:5 in such a way that we may live in a way that we may come to Patmos: "...I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."

The Christian may be in the intimacy of Christ, as were the apostles in the transfiguration. Sinai of Moses to receive the Code of the Law is far behind. Another deeper is to go to offer Isaac from the eyes of Abraham in obedience and love for God. But Patmos does not come if there are no fruits, for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 1:9.

If you have already been to Patmos, you will know that God has revealed the direction of your life, have received the Light of God to light your way to Christ, for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. Now don't faint and wait for the fulfilment of His word for your life. If the message, even though you may think it takes long to come, has come out of your private Patmos and believe that it was truly the Word of the Holy Spirit talking to you, it will be fulfilled with out a doubt. If you have not been to Patmos yet, but desire it, stop by the Gospel of John, chapter 15.

Read Revelation, because as it stands on the first chapter, verse three: "...Blessed is he who readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand." Amen.

 

 

  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Prophecy of Isaiah 9:6.


  • I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6. Words of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.
  • You want to know God, but you know the way is not through organized religion, nor by sects, nor by society. The world has failed. ...I pray for them;  I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours... John 17:9. Prayer of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.


  • If you really seek God, begin today the new life though the true hand of God. The Gospel is the message for all nations, no matter their race, their origins or culture. God is the saviour of those from humanity who open their hearts to Him.


  • ...Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  1Corinthians 15:58.

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