Murals (2008) by PHANTAST - Graffiti - Cultural Music & Art Association inc. - 98 Milne St. Benleigh

youthIt was the great persecution of Christians under the Emperor Decius.

7 sons of the  most eminent administrator in Ephesus, Maximilian, Iamblichus, John, Dionysius, Exacustodianus and Antoninus hid themselves in a cave; the Emperor commanded that the cave be walled-in. God let a miraculous and long-lasting sleep fall on the young men.

More than 200 years passed. In the time of the Emperor Theodosius the Younger (408 -450), there arose a great dispute about the resurrection of the dead. At that time some shepherds began building pens for their sheep and took stone after stone from this cave - then the youths awoke from their sleep, young and in full health as they had fallen asleep. After a week, they again entered into sleep, the sleep of death. The Emperor wanted to place their bodies in golden coffins, but they asked to let them in the earth, as they had been.

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