The following is excerpted from an article I wrote in November 1997 to illustrate how a prophetic word often means far more to the person or people who recieve it than to those who overhear, because like an iceberg that is only 1/9th visible above the water, there’s always more to the story. In this article, I outlined the available background information on a relatively familiar city in the New Testament, then consider a prophetic word given the church in that city. In the present context, the same factors are of interest in a consideration of story, where depth of meaning is compounded when one appreciates the rest of the story. Read on…

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