I’ve seen and heard several studies that talk about where we are in the history of the ages. Most agree that the seven churches in Revelations were literal churches, that they are descriptive of groups of people whom the Lord had different admonishments for, and that they represent periods in church history.
For example, the church at Ephesus, the backslidden church, was in the time from Christ’s death to about 100 AD. (This is not to say true earnest followers of Jesus were not in this or any of these groups. The Bible always talks about a remnant that is truly faithful.) Smyrna, the persecuted church, was about 100 AD to 300 AD; Pergamum, the compromised church, was about 300 AD to 600 AD; Thyatira, the lax church, was about 600 AD to 1500 AD; Sardis, the dead church, was about 1500 AD to 1750 AD; Philadelphia, the faithful church, was about 1750 AD to 1900 AD; and Laodicea, the lukewarm church, is from about 1900 to now.
The year-dates are approximate because these eras overlap each other. Here we have yet another example of literality (as opposed to figurative): churches that were on the route of the first apostles Great Commission in what is modern day Turkey.
The Bible talks about the great harvest that will come in at the end of the church ages and I wondered how a lukewarm church would be able to bring that in? Are we truly living in the age of the Lukewarm Church? I’ll let you decide.
Another passing of the proverbial baton, from one age or era to the next, happened in the time of King David. David wanted to build the Lord a house but the Lord said no, for David had shed much blood (1 Chronicles 22:8). He told David that his son Solomon would build Him a house. Solomon built the Temple.
David was a man of war. He had to be. He was the chosen and anointed king of Israel and Judah but then had to run and hide for years from the then king Saul. He was constantly being chased down. It wasn’t that he wanted to shed much blood, it was that he had to. But God wanted a place for His Presence to rest ushered in in a time of peace. Solomon’s name means “peace”.
We, in the world today, are in a time of war. We have been since the early 1900s. (The world has actually been at war since the beginning of time but I speak of America.) In the 1800s we had mostly war within our borders with Native Americans and the Civil War. We then started to really engage globally. Most notably:
- Spanish-American War (1898)
- Philippine-American War (1899-1902)
- Border War (1910-1919)
- World War I (1914-1918)
- World War II (1939-1945)
- Korean War (1950-1953)
- Vietnam War (1955-1975)
- Grenada Invasion (1983)
- Gulf War (1990-1991)
- Afghanistan (2001-)
It seems there has never been a time of peace. Does there seem to be a correlation between this fact and that we are possibly in the Lukewarm church age? Possibly…Probably.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
So when will there be peace? Will we ever see peace? Jesus, the Prince of Peace, said He did not come to bring peace but a sword (Matthew 10:34) but of this he spoke within a believer’s household, that one should not deny Him just to keep the peace and avoid persecution.
The Prince of Peace and Lord of lords brings peace when the Father says it’s time. When it’s time for the fighting to end and a time of peace to be ushered in. When the Davids have all done their job fighting for the heavenly Kingdom and it’s time for an era of peace with Jesus as our Ruler, when He puts all things under His feet.
The Bride, the faithful, will behold this and rule and reign with Him for 1,000 years and THEN the world will be at peace.
For now, we are nearing the end of the Laodicean Era, when lukewarm will turn into the great harvest and the Lord’s coming will be upon us. I wonder what it will take to shake us out of our present era?