Revelation’s 7 Churches & US Cities

7ChurchesThe Book of Revelation starts with the writer stating the he heard Jesus giving a message to 7 churches in present-day Turkey. These churches are suppose to have been founded by the Apostle John.  I was suprised to find out that many American cities (and even cities in other predominantly Christian countries) bear their names. But of the seven churches, two of them have no cities named after them:
1. Pergamum, which Revelation calls “Satan’s Throne”. OK, I can understand that one.
2. Loadicea of which the writer says, “You are lukewarm,… I am about to spit you out.” Again, sort of obvious why you wouldn’t call your town “Loadicea”.

As for those the churches whose names towns bear, we have these 5:

Ephesus:

Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee

Smyrna:

Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington.
Also found in Mexico.

Thyatira:

Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee

Sardis:

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
Virginia, West Virginia

Philadelphia:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington.

Also found in: Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, Jamaica, Liberia, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Since this is part of my ERB series, let me do some comparative stuff.

My home state, Ohio, has a Jerusalem, Mecca and Medina.  California and Indiana also have a Mecca.  Other interesting towns: Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Damascus, Oregon; Alexandria, Virginia; Palestine, Texas; and Morocco, Indiana.

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