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The Lord is the Alpha and Omega. The reason for him being the Alpha and Omega is because God is the beginning and the end of all time and all things. God gave up heaven to become the kinsman redeemer for Israel. The four chaptered book of Ruth is a good read for those who wish to understand the law of the kinsman redeemer. Although we may have heard this many times, some do not fully realize it's required of Israel to repent (change the way you think), to be redeemed from our sins; V.8.
John received his vision that came from Christ when he was exiled to the island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea for “the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Admittedly, John was in tribulation for his beliefs while exiled to this island by Domitian the brother of Titus, the Roman Emperor that destroyed Jerusalem about 25 years earlier in 70 A.D. This Titus is not the same Titus that the book of Titus in the New Testament is named after; V.9.
In Verse 10 John states: “I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day...” The meaning of the words “Lords Day” shouldn't be overlooked. The meaning of the Lords Day is found in 2 Peter 3:8-10. Verse 10 also tells us that John was in spirit separate from his 90 plus year old earthly body. He was literally at the beginning of the millennium.
V.11 John was commanded by the Messiah to write the book of Revelation to the dispersed Israelites in the seven churches of Asia Minor: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philladelphia, and Laodicea. To some, the very basic idea of millions of Israelites being relocated to the Northern country in and around modern day Turkey is a new concept, but really should not be surprising. The North area is where the Caucasian (Caucasus) Mountains are physically located between the Black and Caspian Seas. The Bible and history tells us that millions of fair skinned Israelites were dispersed by the Assyrian invasions (745-721 B.C.) to this area. It's also because of the Caucasus Mountains why Israelites are now called “Caucasians”; Isaiah62:2 and Isaiah 65:15.
I will mention some of the more basic evidence of Israel possessing the Northern lands for those who are naysayers:
The dispursion of Israel to this area is prophesied by Ahija:
“For Yahweh will strike Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water; and He will uproot Israel from this good land which He gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they have made their Asherim, provoking Yahweh to anger.” 1 Kings 14:15 NASV
Peter wrote to these same Israelites and addressed them as strangers to a foreign land; “Peter, an apostle of Yashua Christ, to the strangers scattered [dispersed abroad NASV] throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through santification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Yashua Christ... 1 Peter 1:1-2
Flavius Josephus, a first Century Scribe and General from the tribe of Dan that was Peter's contemporary (lived the same time as Peter) stated that: “The ten tribes are beyond the Euphrates till now, and are an immense multitude, and not to be estimated by numbers.” Antiquities of the Jews book 11, Chapter 5, Verse 2.
Father Yahweh told the Prophet Jeremiah: "Go and proclaim these words to the North and say, Return thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord, and I will not cause my anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger for ever." Jeremiah 3:12
For the sake of brevity, I have only mentioned four examples above. If these examples do not peak your curiosity to read something about the migrations of Israel, then it wouldn't make a difference if I listed 4 Million examples. Despite whatever someones's view on this topic or other topics I post on this blog, I encourage all to both read and study the Bible to come up with their own opinion and not just take any mans word for it including myself.
I praise the Lord for those who will take the time and study his word!