Turkey - Ephesus

by Kimp 6. October 2012 03:32

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When Jesus knew his days were numbered, he had three last requests:

  One was directed at all of his disciples; paraphrased as - Disperse from here and spread the word.
  Another was directed at the disciple whom he loved; paraphrased as - Take care of my mother like she was your own mother.
  The last was directed towards his mother; paraphrased as - Take care of the disciple whom I love, like he is your son.


There is controversy, but some scholars believe that the disciple whom Jesus loved, was "John the Apostle".



It is known that "John the Evangelist" left Jerusalem after Jesus was crucified and he moved to Ephesus Turkey to spread the word. At that time, Ephesus was the largest city in Turkey.



There is more controversy, but some scholars believe that "John the Apostle" and "John the Evangelist" were one in the same.



If all three of the above were true, then the Virgin Mary would have moved with "John the Evangelist", to Ephesus Turkey.


In the 1800's, the Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, a visionary nun from Germany who had never visited Ephesus, had a vision that involved the Virgin Mary. That vision started at the crucifixion of Jesus, after which Mary and John traveled to Ephesus. John feared that Mary's life might be in danger, if Mary lived in the City, so he built her a stone house up the top of a hill, outside of Ephesus. Her vision described not only where the house was in relation to Ephesus, but he also described what the house looked like, inside and outside. Where the doors and windows were, and the vision of the surrounding hillside.

In about 1890, after Anne had died. Two priests, whom had the transcripts from that vision, traveled to Ephesus to look for Virgin Mary's house. They found the ruins of an ancient house that very closely fit the description of that vision. While they were there, several Turkish people, who were decedents of the Christians from Ephesus, showed up. They said that they came there on August 15th of each year. They were making a pilgrimage to what they called the doorway of the Virgin, in celebration of Mary's assumption into heaven. There was also a church in Ephesus dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It was the first church dedicated to her, and in those days, they only dedicated church's to people whom had lived in the area.

Mary's house is also a Muslim shrine. While the Muslims do not believe that Jesus was the son of God, they do regard him as a great prophet. And therefor honor Mary as the mother of a great prophet. Muslims call her Mother Mary, instead of the Virgin Mary.

Entering the house was a very nice, but overwhelming religious experience for me. I was reduced to tears. I said a few prayers for some deserving people whom are in need, and moved on, so that others could experience it as well.

I also visited the Ephesus ruins. I have been to so many ruins now, that I am starting to see the patterns, and nothing seems new to me anymore. These were nice, but the Roman forum in Rome, is probably the best preserved ruins that I've seen to date.

Lastly I visited a small town on the coast named Kusadasi, where I got a college education in Turkish rugs.




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