The Seven Eras of the Church in the Wilderness


There are amazing similarities between the historical periods of the nation of Israel and of the Seven Churches of the book of Revelation (chapters 2 and 3.) The following tables demonstrate how the divisions are similar.





FIRST ERA

40 YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS THE CHURCH AT EPHESUS
Korah, Balaam; false prophets tested false prophets
said "yes" and then rebelled left their first love
golden calf; idolators died hated deeds of Nicolaitans

SECOND ERA

PERIOD OF THE JUDGES THE CHURCH AT SMYRNA
attacked by neighboring nations tribulation 10 days
economically stifled their poverty

THIRD ERA

REIGN OF THE KINGS THE CHURCH AT PERGAMOS
period of religious compromise the compromising church
national idolatry and Balaam worship false doctrine

FOURTH ERA

70 YEARS IN BABYLON THE CHURCH AT THYATIRA
captivity because of national idolatry the corrupt church
the works of Mordecai & Esther latter works greater than the first
the few did not worship the image "the rest" who did not have this doctrine

FIFTH ERA

SECOND TEMPLE PERIOD THE CHURCH AT SARDIS
ark of covenant not present? the dead church
some did not have foreign wives some not defiled
did not keep Jubilee Year strengthen remaining truths

SIXTH ERA

MACCABEAN PERIOD THE CHURCH AT PHILADELPHIA
zealous for God the faithful church
Samaritans claimed to replace Israel who say they are Jews
prevailed over enemies a little strength

SEVENTH ERA

HERODIAN TEMPLE PERIOD THE CHURCH AT LAODICEA
Pharisees did not need God; they had Abraham the lukewarm church: spiritually blind and naked
Jews martyred (70 A.D.) "refined in fire"
John the Baptist: the work of Elijah two witnesses: work of Elijah
Christ appears on the scene: goes up into the heavens Return of Christ: from the heavens
sky darkened; earthquake darkened sky; great earthquake
veil rent: Holy of Holies visible in Jerusalem's temple Holy of Holies visible in Heaven (Rev. 11:19)






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