PAUL'S THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY -From Troas to Miletus
In spite of his natural desire to see Ephesus again, Paul decided that this was not possible if he was to be sure of reaching Jerusalem in time for Pentecost. Therefore, he bypassed Ephesus and entered the port at Miletus, a small city some thirty miles south of the capital. At Miletus, while the ship was still in harbor, Paul sent a message to Ephesus requesting the elders of the church in that city to come and see him. It is estimated that the brethren arrived at Miletus on the third day of Paul's stay there. Paul's desire was to give them much encouragement and exhortation because they would not see him anymore— and a major test was coming. His farewell address is recorded in 20:18-35.
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