The amount is the number of completion and satisfaction and inside the book of Revelations, we obviously read about seven churches, that can be: The church of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. These seven churches are jointly known as the Asia Minor churches of John’s day.
The writer of the Book Of Revelations doesn’t mention different churches in precisely the exact same area, like the church of Collosse, why, what’s it about those seven churches which span nearly 2000 years in the death/resurrection of Christ until now Pentecostal churches in Richardson Texas. The writer John clearly says the next inside Revelation chapter 1 vs 10-11:
The above mentioned are a concise and clear directive from Jesus also John, as He describes Himself as the”Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last”. The Lord directs John to those particular churches, all which span a church era of approx 90 decades, in the time of John’s writing.
If we want to think these churches are gentile and recognized following the death and resurrection of Christ afterward he’s writing these churches across 94 (AD) and based on powerful and consistent historic church customs, the Apostle John ministered in a minimum of one of those churches, Ephesus.
I feel these seven churches are extremely pertinent to us as people because every one portrays us as sinners, looking for a righteous walk with Christ. We ought to discern the religious truth about every church (that I discussed in a historical posting) by the time of John’s writing to now.
The churches from Ephesus into Laodicea;
The sins of the church these days are represented by every Asia Minor church of John’s day, this perhaps why Jesus focused His focus on those 7 churches, realizing that the”sinner” of their church from beginning, growth, and death would be symbolized by those seven churches of Asia Minor.
I feel the culmination of this Church age can be represented by the very same churches, as Jesus’s possesses words might sign towards my judgment. The eleventh verse of chapter 1 starts with Jesus’s words, “I’m the Alpha and the Omega. The First and the Last”, these phrases might not just represent Christ as the savior of the Earth, from birth to death to resurrection, it could encircle the Pentecostal Church of Acts chapter two from birth to death to rapture, let us examine the Acts chapter two Church era over the previous 1900 decades and exactly what the Asia Minor churches could also signify.
Ephesus signifies the”Apostolic Church Age” that covers the time period before 110 A.D Smyrna signifies the”Age or Church Persecution” which covers the time period from 110 A.D into 320 A.D. Pergamos signifies the”Church’s Imperialistic Age” which covers the time period from 320 A.D into 600 A.D.
Thyatira signifies the”Church Papacy Age” which covers the time period from 600 A.D. also 1520 A.D. Sardis signifies the”Age of Church Reformation” which covers the time period from 1520 A.D into 1720 A.D. Philadelphia signifies the”Age of Church Missionaries” which covers the time period from 1720 A.D into 1910 A.D. Laodicea now signifies”Age of Greed, also Apostasy” which covers the time period from 1910 to now. (disclaimer: Time intervals Aren’t authoritative because overlapping is anticipated )
The church age now is one of jealousy, apostasy, and being it’s difficult to distinguish between the sins of the earth (non-believer) as well as the sins of this church (believer). The worldly message in this Church Age (Laodicea) is clarified within Revelations 3:16 which reads; “As you say, I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ and don’t understand that you’re wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked” That Church Age is filled with material riches, and spiritual emptiness, recognized from the Church’s silence from the sins of the Age, the identical silence located inside the Laodicea church of John’s time.
Christ Might Have laid the history of this Church inside the speeches to the seven churches of Asia Minor in His opening announcement of Revelations 2:11″ I’m the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last”. He’s the First Love of Ephesus and the Last haul in Laodicea”.
Jesus Christ will proceed in This Age (Lukewarm Age) to separate the”Wheat in the Tare” as we see in Matthew 13:30;
The best way to burn off a”Tare” (lukewarm believer) in this Church Age, would be to ruin their prosperity, their way of life, create them naked before the Lord, showing them that their gloomy, miserable, blind, and poor without Christ. Jesus is moving inside this Church Age, the age of materialism, separating the”Wheat in the Tare”. The First and Last, Alpha and Omega will ruin many tropical ideologies and lifestyles at the very close to the future, preparing His”Wheat” for entry into the kingdom of heaven, the rapture.