2. THE SEVEN CHURCH AGES.
In this book we will take a look at the seven letters from Jesus Christ to the seven churches in Asia (modern day Turkey). In Christ Revelation to the Churches, John is instructed to write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this (Rev 1:19). Things which you have seen, is referring to things past. Things which are, is things present. Things which will take place after this, are things that will happen in the future.
So in these letters, we are looking at things past, things present and things future. These seven churches are real churches that existed around 1,900 years ago, and they are also a representation of seven types of churches. Every local church that as ever been, is, or ever will be, is more or less represented by one of these seven churches, or they are in transition from one to another. These seven churches are also a representation of seven church ages, in that each church in succession (starting with the church of Ephesus through to the church of Laodicea) is a type picture of the majority of the local churches of each church age.
At the same time we will be comparing these seven churches ages with the seven kingdom parables (Recorded in Matthew chapter 13). These parables also give us an overall view of the Church age (from the resurrection of Jesus Christ to His second coming). By doing this we not only increase our knowledge and understanding of the letters to the seven churches, we also bring in a second major witness.
The purpose of this book is not to bring judgement and condemnation upon churches past or present, but rather we accept and understand, that in the past we the Church of Jesus have not always done things right. There is much we can learn from our past mistakes that will help the Church of the present, become the overcomers Christ desires His bride to be. It is important that we do not point the finger at the church down the road, but rather we examine ourselves and get our own lives in order.
Jesus Christ warns us not to judge and condemn others, for the measure we use judge others, will be used to judge us also.
Matthew7:1 "Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged: And with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."
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