Q. I have read about the seven Churches and that we are at this point in history considered the Church of Laodicea. Beginning with the first Church, Ephesus, what was it’s length of time and also the the length of time of the rest of the Churches leading up to present. I am curious to know the average length of time for each of these seven Churches.
A. Ephesus represents the 1st century Church. Smyrna represents the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Pergamus is the 4th century, and then things changed.
Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea are all still around. Thyatira is the Catholic Church, Sardis the main line protestants, Philadelphia the Evangelical Church, and Laodicea the Apostate Church. Parts of Thyatira and Sardis will disappear with Philadelphia in the Rapture, leaving the rest with Laodicea to suffer the end times judgments.
Here’s a link to my three part study on the Seven Churches.