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Summary: The Pharos of Alexandria was one of the Seven Wonders of The Ancient World. Christians, like that great light, are to be conspicuous signs for others to find their way "home" to God,

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• “THE EXTREMITY OF THE ISLE, PHAROS, IS A ROCK WHICH HAS UPON IT A TOWER CONSTRUCTED OF WHITE MARBLE WITH MANY STORIES AND BEARS THE SAME NAME AS THE ISLAND.

• THIS WAS AN OFFERING BY SOSTRATUS OF KNIDOS, A FRIEND OF THE KING’S, FOR THE SAFETY OF MARINERS, AS THE INSCRIPTION SAYS; FOR SINCE THE COAST WAS HARBORLESS AND LOW ON EITHER SIDE AND ALSO HAD REEFS AND SHALLOWS,

• THOSE WHO WERE SAILING FROM THE OPEN SEA NEEDED SOME LOFTY AND CONSPICUOUS SIGN TO ENABLE THEM TO DIRECT THEIR COURSE ARIGHT TO THE MOUTH OF THE HARBOR.

• STRABO – GEOGRAPHICA 7 BC

• THIS IS THE PHAROS, BETTER KNOWN AS THE LIGHTHOUSE OF ALEXANDRIA.

• COMPLETED BY PTOLEMY THE SECOND IN THE SECOND CENTURY BC IT WAS ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD.

• CONSTRUCTED ON A LIMESTONE ISTHMUS, THE LIGHTHOUSE SOARED TO A MAJESTIC HEIGHT OF 449 FEET.

• IT WAS THE TALLEST STRUCTURE IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME.

• AT THE TOP, STOOD A 22-FOOT-HIGH STATUE OF THE SEA GOD POSIDON LEANING ON HIS TRIDENT.

• THE PHAROS WAS EQUIPPED WITH A MIRROR DESIGNED BY ARCHIMEDES THAT COULD HARNESS THE POWER OF THE SUN TO REFLECT A BEAM OF LIGHT NEARLY 30 MILES.

• AT NIGHT, A MASSIVE FIRE BURNED VISIBLE FROM 17 MILES AWAY TO GUIDE SHIPS INTO THE HARBOR.

• “BUILT IN A COLONNADED COURT, THE LIGHTHOUSE WAS BUILT IN FOUR GIGANTIC SECTIONS.

• IN THE MAIN CENTRAL SECTION WERE THE WINDOWS OF 300 ROOMS.

• THERE, THE MOST REVERED ASTRONOMERS AND MATHEMATICIANS OF THE DAY GATHERED - HUNGRY FOR KNOWLEDGE, CONSTANTLY DEBATING AND EXCHANGING IDEAS THAT SHAPED THE WORLD.”

• A TECHNOLOGICAL WONDER, THE LIGHTHOUSE HAD A DOUBLE SPIRAL STAIRCASE AND A HYDRAULIC MACHINE FOR RAISING FUEL TO THE ROOF.

• IT WAS TOPPED BY A CORNICE OR MOLDING - ON THE FOUR CORNERS OF WHICH STOOD GIGANTIC STATUES.

• JUST BELOW THE CORNICE WAS A MESSAGE FROM THE ARCHITECT SOSTRATUS THE CNIDIAN INSCRIBED TO THE 'SAVIOR GODS OF MARINERS', WHO WERE - IN HIS ESTIMATION – “CASTOR, POLLUX AND PTOLEMY HIMSELF.”

• DAMAGED BY AN EARTHQUAKE IN THE 9TH CENTURY AD, THE PHAROS FELL IN 1323.

• ITS RUBBLE LIES BENEATH THE WATERS OF THE GREAT HARBOR OR ALEXANDRIA.

• THE LIGHTHOUSE OF ALEXANDRIA GUIDED MANY SAILORS HOME.

• I CAN REMEMBER COMING INTO THAT VAST PORT ON A US NAVY DESTROYER,

• EVEN TODAY, ALEXANDRIA IS A BUSY HARBOR WITH TREACHEROUS, CHOPPY WATER.

• IT WAS A WONDER THAT THE MARINERS OF LONG AGO COULD GET HOME.

• BUT LED BY THE LIGHT OF THE SUN IN DAYLIGHT AND THE GREAT FIRE AT NIGHT,

• THE PHAROS GUIDED MANY SAILORS TO SAFETY.

• ITS RADIANT LIGHT COULD BE SEEN FOR MILES AND MILES.

MATTHEW 5:14-15- “YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. A CITY SET

ON A HILL, CANNOT BE HIDDEN; NOR DOES ANYONE LIGHT A LAMP AND

PUT IT UNDER A BASKET, BUT ON THE LAMPSTAND, AND IT GIVES

LIGHT TO ALL WHO ARE IN THE HOUSE. LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE

BEFORE MEN IN SUCH A WAY THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD

WORKS, AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN.

• WHILE MEN BUILD, TOWERS EQUIPPED WITH LIGHTS TO GUIDE ONE ANOTHER HOME,

• JESUS BUILT HIS CHURCH TO STAND AS A BEACON TO LIGHT THE WORLD WITH HIS PRESENCE AND TO GUIDE THE CHILDREN OF GOD HOME TO HIM.


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