Here we find letters written by John to the seven churches which were scattered around the region. Find below where the churches were located.
They were in a small geographic area, but all were well within the reaches of the Roman Empire. So, these letters were all written with the intent of encouraging the community, but also pointing out factual defects which each community suffered due either to its geography or its actions. John wants the churches to remain faithful, but it is so difficult for them to do so in a context where people are suspicious if they do not worship the emperor. It sure reminds me a lot of what Soviet Russia used to be like.