Loud is the cry for unity. Unity among Christians, unity among all religions, unity among nations, unity within nations. The cry is loud because unity brings peace.
However, missing in all the cries for unity and peace is the cry for truth. Unity and peace without truth are false. Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34). When praying to the Father for His followers, Jesus prayed, “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:16-17).
Given to the Apostle John in approximately 95 AD, the Book of Revelation must be understood to understand the days in which we live. Jesus gives us the outline for the book in Revelation 1:19.
- has seen Ch 1 the Revelation of Jesus Christ
- which are Ch 2 & 3 present
- which shall be Ch 4-22 future
The seven letters to the seven churches dictated to the Apostle John by the Lord Jesus Christ, the period of time in Revelation 1:19 known as “the things which are” before the period of time known as “the things which shall be hereafter,” foretells Church history. The sequence of the letters is of utmost importance in that in only that sequence do they map to Church history.
Ephesus: Apostolic Church 30 – 100 (1st century)
Smyrna: Persecuted Church 100 – 312 (2nd, 3rd)
Pergamum Imperial Chuch 312 – 606 (4th – 6th)
Thyatira Papal Church 606 – Tribulation (7th – )
Sardis Reformed Church 1520 – Tribulation (16th – )
Philadelphia Missionary Church 1750 – Rapture (18th – )
Laodicea Apostate Church 1900 – Tribulation (20th – )
The over-riding characteristics of the churches are:
Ephesus: Pre-occupied: neglected priorities, left 1st love
Smyrna: Persecuted: satanic oppression, persecuted
Pergamum: Politically Correct: religious and compromising, a perverted marriage
Thyatira: Prosperous…but adulterous: worldly, love affair with Jezebel
Sardis: Powerless: spiritual apathy, dead
Philadelphia: Persevering: small, faithful, raptured
Laodicea: Putrid: lukewarm
Still on earth in these end times are Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Clearly, according to Jesus Christ Who is dictating these letters, these churches are NOT on the same page. They may seek unity under one leader but it will be a false unity because Truth (a Person, John 14:6) is excluded.
Beware the man-centered ecumenical movement sweeping the earth these days. Be very discerning, not dull (“lazy”) of hearing (Hebrews 5:11-14), when you hear the words of the Pope or Rick Warren. They are saying things contrary to the words of Jesus Christ in Revelation 2-3 and in so doing are luring “Christianity” into the One World Religion led by the False Prophet (foretold in Revelation 13) and destroyed by The Truth (Revelation 17).
Will we listen to the ear-tickling words of man (2 Timothy 4:1-4) to our own harm or the ear-tingling Word of God (1 Samuel 3:11, 2 Kings 21:12, Jeremiah 19:3) to our eternal good?
There can be no unity apart from truth. Therefore, genuine unity and genuine peace will be possible only when Truth establishes His kingdom on earth and reigns on His Throne in Jerusalem (Revelation 19-20).