In the preceding seven posts we examined each of the seven churches separately and saw how they represented a particular phase in church history in the last two millennia, with one millennia yet to come. These phases included the following blocks of time; EPHESUS
“The Laboring Church” (30-100 A.D.)
The early church labored intensely to bring the Gospel to a pagan worldSMYRNA
“The Persecuted Church” (100- 314 A.D.)
The early church was severely persecuted by the Roman Empire as the church grew PERGAMUM
“The Corrupted Church” (314-590 A.D.)
The church became corrupted when Constantine married the church to pagan Rome THYATIRA
“The Tolerant Church” (590-1517 A.D.)
When the church of England split from Catholicism, it also became tolerant of paganism SARDIS
“The Dead Church” (1517-1750 A.D.)
The church was dead, however reformation began with Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses PHILADELPHIA
“The Reformed Church” (1750 A.D. to Present)
This phase saw the greatest evangelical movement in history, which continues even today LAODICEA
“The Privileged Church” (Millennial Age)
During the Millennial Age, the ‘mortal’ church will take their privileged position for granted
As described in Lesson 5 of this series, these seven churches are represented by the seven candles of the Passover
mini-menorah on the Revelation master menorah, otherwise known as the Tree of Life
in this study. Since the theme of Passover is redemption
, it’s no coincidence that the seven letters focus on the redemptive nature of God's divine ketubah, along with the requirements to be the overcomer
that will qualify to be the bride of Christ.
But as we also learned in Lesson 5, God’s redemptive plan will take us on a journey through all seven Festivals and all 49 events of the Revelation before man will experience the "freedom throughout the land"
promised by God's ultimate Jubilee. And if the end times are as near as most commentators believe, this freedom will likely be declared during the 70th Jubilee since Israel crossed over the Jordan River, which will also be the 40th Jubilee since the ministry of Jesus in the 1st century A.D.