The Laodicean Church Age
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
The book of Revelation describes 7 churches in chapters 2&3. These churches represent 7 specific time periods that occurred during the church age (the time from Christ's death until now). The dates of each of these ages is debatable, but the picture above gives a rough idea of when they took place. Each of theses time periods is mark by significant events that line up with scripture. I do not have time in this article to go into detail about this, but I will give a brief outline.
The Church of Ephesus was the age of the apostles. The young church was backslidden and lost it's first love, Jesus Christ. The church of Smyrna was marked by persecution from Rome and Judaizers. The church of Pergamos was marked by the merger of church and state under Constantine, which would by known as the Catholic Church. This era saw the rise of the Papacy which would control this new Roman empire. The church of Thyatira was known as the dark ages. This is when the Catholic church took control of the world and forbid people from reading the word of God. The word of God is light and this is why it was called the dark ages. The Bible was replaced with unbiblical religious traditions that the Catholic Church still practices today. This was the age of the Catholics persecuting Christians. Once again Rome was persecuting the church. The church of Sardis was marked by the reformation. This fractured and damaged the Catholic church and took away their control. From this age we get the King James Bible. For the first time ever, the bible was freely spread to all people. Out of Sardis came the greatest age in church history, the church of Philadelphia. The church of Philadelphia, was called the church of the open door. The door to peoples hearts was opened by the word of God and people cheerfully served the Lord. This is the favored church of God. They were faithful. This era represented the greatest Christian revival in world history. Missionaries took the word of God around the world and untold millions got saved. Christianity had taken a very strong foot hold in the west. This is where we start to get into the Church of Laodicea.
While the word of God is reaching around the world, Satan is watching everything unravel, and he launches a counter attack. Satan uses his favorite group to do his dirty work, Rome! The Catholic church was still reeling from loosing it's power during the reformation. Satan's plan was to put Rome back in power, and he needed to infiltrate the church. The Catholic church sent the Jesuits out to do the job. The Jesuits were the intellectual arm of the Catholic church and that was what they would use to destroy the word of God, intellectualism. The Jesuits infiltrated all Christian institutions in Europe in the early 1800's. They would introject their own scholarly wisdom into the the king James Bible. They had intelligence and insights that others did not, and what they said held weight. Overtime the Jesuits had corrupted Christian institutions all across Europe, with apostacy. They then set their sights on America. By the 1840's intellectualism had taken over America and the Bible was loosing it's foothold. In 1859 Charles Darwin published his book Origin of Species. This began the theory of evolution. I wonder who financed this venture? This book was a very academic, very scientific look at the creation of life. Because of the elitisms and intellectualism of the day, bible teachers simply went along with the new teachings for fear of ridicule. This marked a paradigm shift in Christianity. No longer was the Bible looked at as the inerrant word of God, but it was becoming a book of fables. Because of this backlash a new Bible was made to replace the King James Bible. In 1881 two Catholics, Westcott and Hort, released the English Revised Version bible. This bible was made from Vatican texts, know as the Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, not the received texts (textus receptus) that the King James Bible was made with. This "bible" was straight from the pit of hell. These men were most likely commissioned by the Catholic Church. This would set a trend for creating new bibles (over 200) and destroying the word of god. By 1888 the Southern Baptist Convention replaced the King James Bible with the new English Revised Version. This marked a serious turning point in the church. God was being replaced.
The defining moment of the creation of the Laodicean church maybe 1906. In 1906 the Azusa street revival took place. This launched the Pentecostal movement which dovetails with the Charismatic movement. A man named William Seymore created the movement, when after a 10 day fast he preached Acts 2:4 to a group in his home and claimed to have received the same spiritual gifts as the Apostles. These gifts included speaking in tongues and healing. A church on Azusa Street in Los Angeles was chosen as ground zero. Word spread fast about this new religion. What resulted was the largest "revival" in North American history. Millions of people accepted this new form of Christianity. It was pure garbage, and again straight from the pit of hell. Healing miracles and speaking in tongues were given to the Apostles by God to show Gods power during the early church, and that was it. This is nothing but conmen suckering people. Speaking in tongues is tapping into the demonic spirit world, voodoo does the same thing.
A little background on the city of Laodicea. Laodicea was a hub of wealth and commerce. It produced fine black wool that was a symbol of wealth. As a result the residents there dressed in black. God wants his people dressed in white. They were a self sufficient people, rich, and proud. They were known for their medical schools and medical advancements. They were obsessed with leisure and entertainment. This draws many comparisons with the modern church obsessed with wealth, proud, pleasure seeking, self obsessed, boastful, obsessed with entertainment. Funny how a book written 2000 years ago could get this so perfect. We are in the Laodicean church age. God is dead, there is no bible to bring truth. Pastors today have embrace evolution as fact, and will explain away any biblical truths. Going to church today is about entertainment, music, lights, anything goes. The world has been brought into church. God commands his people to be separate from the world. Today a pastor is not judged by the work he does for the Lord, but the degree he hold's and from which school. The word of truth has been lost and morality with it. Morality was taken from the bible. With no bible their are no moral absolutes and no values. Today anything goes, abortion, homosexuality, drugs, alcohol, you name it. Homosexuals can get married in a church, no questions asked. This is the last church age, the church of the closed door. The age where people closed their hearts to God. I am not talking about lost people either, I am talking about "Christians". The water that flowed into Laodicea was lukewarm, coming from hot springs. The church today is also lukewarm. People are pretending to be Christians, but have no knowledge of God. God says I want to vomit them out of my mouth. This disobedient group will eventually be destroyed by God, along with the rest of the world.
Now is the time to get saved. This age is winding down. The only true way to heaven is through Jesus Christ. Jesus died, was buried, and rose from the dead, as payment for all sins. By putting your faith in Jesus Christ and his finished work on the cross, you are eternally saved from hell. Once you are saved it is eternal and you can not lose it. No good works can ever get anyone to heaven.
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.