- Turkey was a Christian Nation before it became a Muslim Nation. ____ ____
- The most New Testament Letters were written to those in Turkey. ____ ____
- It is against Turkish law to have more than one wife………………… ____ ____
- Timothy of the Bible was a Bishop who lived in Turkey……………. ____ ____
- Seven of the Apostle John’s letters from Patmos were sent to Turkey. ____ ____
- The Apostle Paul was born in Turkey……………………………….. ____ ____
- All four of Paul’s Missionary journeys at some point touched Turkey ____ ____
- Turkey was once a part of the Persian, Greek, and Roman empires. ____ ____
- Turkey is also referred to as Asia Minor in the Bible………………. ____ ____
- The oldest pure gold coins in the world were minted in Lydia, Turkey. ____ ____
All of the above are true and there was a time when the wealthiest man in the world was a man who lived in Turkey by the name of Croesus (pronounced CREE-sus; (595BC to 546 BC) He was the king of Lydia from 560 to 546 BC until his defeat by the Persians in about 547 BC. It was Croesus who was credited with gold refining and the minting of the first pure gold and pure silver coins.
Turkey itself was once the home of the Ottoman Empire which ruled vast territories upon three different continents. It was a world power that lasted from 1299 to 1923. At the height of its power, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the empire controlled much of Southeastern Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. The Ottoman Empire contained 29 provinces and numerous vassal states. Because the Ottoman Empire with its capital in Istanbul, the former Constantinople, had aliened itself with Germany and the axis powers during World War I, the Ottoman Empire was dismantled primarily by the British and the French. The Republic of Turkey was officially proclaimed on 29 October 1923.
For Christians Turkey will always be a Holy Land. It was the place of many of the wonderful events of the New Testament. This is where the great missionary Paul was born. Some of the earliest Christians converts came from Turkey: Lydia, the seller of purple was from Thyatira (Acts 16:14) and the infamous Jezebel who was later condemned by John also came from Thyatira. The seven letters sent by the Apostle John from the Isle of Patmos recorded in the Book of Revelation chapters two and three were delivered to seven cities in Asia Minor in modern day Turkey. Timothy was the Bishop of Ephesus, one of the seven cities. The Book of Ephesus, I Timothy and II Timothy were written to him. The Book of Galatians was written to the member of the Church living in central and northeastern Turkey. In Troas Paul raised Eutychus from the dead (Acts:20:6-12). So many great New Testament events occurred in Turkey one has to go there and partake of the Spirit of Place.