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THE MARRIAGE
by
Brian Taylor

The Age of Laodicea

The letters to the churches have led to some debate. Are they just letters with no other meaning other than their face value or are they the different states that any church can fall into if the relationship with Jesus falls away. Could it be the ages of the churches through time or some combination of all three. Revelation 3;14 is where you will find the letter . The city of Laodicea at that time was a wealthy trading and medical city. Ideal for the vision of riches and the problems of riches. The name Laodicea means “people’s rights” and has there ever been a time were people’s rights have been an issue. Sometimes it is translated as “the people judged”. The industrial revolution is well under away when the Age starts. Worldwide trade is making many rich and that is reflected in the church and the congregations also becoming wealthy. This Age of wide spread wealth starts in the 1800's. We see that 1844 is a very important date but it is more accurate to say the Age of Laodicea starts in the 1840's.

 It was also famous for a Council of Laodicea that changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday to avoid prosecution.

Why is it ages of the church and not something else. In revelation 4 John sees a door to heaven open and what is said is, “After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this. What will take place after this giving it a time component. After what, it must be the letters for that is what proceeds before it. If it is after, then the proceeding must be a time line which makes the letters a prediction of the future of the church. Not that these are mutually exclusive. But we will look at the time line. Lodacea is the last letter and will run through to the second advent of Christ. When did it start?  There is a famous picture of Jesus standing at a door and knocking. The door has a handle only on the inside. This was painted in 1851. It is called The light of the world. By Holman Hunt. Behold I stand at the door and knock is written under it.. Rev 3.20 Another clue to this age starting in the mid 1800's is Daniel 8-14. Daniels talks about 2300 days which when converted to a day being a year. 2300 years from when the temple started to be rebuilt. That takes us up to 1844. There were movements the claimed that Jesus would return. It was felt that if the arrival of the messiah had a seventy week prediction and that proved to be accurate then the 2300 days will be accurate as well. The movement was called Millerism but also called advent-ism. It caused a great deal of embarrassment when it proved to be wrong. Why was their interpretation wrong. Let us look a little closer at Millerism and what was believed at the time.

Millerism

William Miller was a lay preacher and student of the word. He saw the the seventy week prophecy was exactly right and there was another period in Daniel 8. He worked out a time line from some date. So the only start date he could come up with was the one that started the seventy week. When he calculated it out the date was 1844. He started to preach this and started a magazine called Signs of the Times. This spread around the world. However, it proved to be wrong. There were many reasons given for why it did not occur. The scripture read “and the giving over of the sanctuary and host to be trampled underfoot?” 14And he said to me,c “For 2,300 evenings and mornings. Then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightful state.” They took restored to be an instant event but it was the start of a process. The end of the age in Revelations and Matthew is a series of events. So not the Second coming but the beginning of the events that would result in the second coming.

There were a number of other events that took place in 1844. The Bahai faith The history of the Bahai faith goes back to 1844, when a young Iranian man who called himself the Báb said that God will soon send a messenger who is to be the latest prophet. Joseph Smith the founder of the Mormon faith was murdered. But more impotently Bingham Young, the real driving force behind the religion, took over. The rise of false religions is covered more in the White Rider which be in the next instalment. Also the YMCA started.

Charles Darwin

Even though The Origin of the species was published in 1857 in was written will before that date. On 11 January 1844, Darwin mentioned his theorising to the botanist Joseph Hooker writing with melodramatic humour "it is like confessing a murder". Hooker replied "There may in my opinion have been a series of productions on different spots, & also a gradual change of species. I shall be delighted to hear how you think that this change may have taken place, as no presently conceived opinions satisfy me on the subject."

By July, Darwin had expanded his "sketch" into a 230-page "Essay", to be expanded with his research results if he died prematurely.  In November 1844, the anonymously published sensational best-seller Natural History of Creation

Karl Marx

Karl Marx was a writer for various radical magazines and an activist. In 1844 he met with another activist called Fredrich Engels. Engels had just spent two years in England and had written The Condition of the working class in England. This greatly influenced Marx. They worked together and then Marx worked alone. By the end of the year he had written in great detail all the major components of what we call today The Communist Manifesto.  Peoples rights, the name of Laodicea.

Samuel Morse

The first electronic transmission was sent in Morse code. The beginning of the electronic communication and the age of computing. What is needed for the mark of the beast. The first message was “What has God wrought”. Truly profound statement.

Pope Pius 1X

Pope Pius1X became the new Pope taking over from Gregory XV1. This did not happen in 1844 but in 1846. Understanding what happened here is important in understanding the age of Laodicea and the next chapter the White Rider. I will remind you that Laodicea means “people’s rights”. Pope Pius was the first of the so called liberal popes. Pope Gregory being an orthodox pope believed in the divine hand on the pope and he had ultimate authority. Under Pope Pius there were new found rights given to various groups and committees. Gregory's authoritarian power was based on the model given by God and his authority. Now groups of men were given rights to make judgement on what God really meant. This is where the roll of the White Rider takes over till finally today we have a non Christian Pope{Jesuit}.

The three of the most profound events that effect our modern time all came about in the same year,1844. The year that the age of Laodicea began. Within two years the last of the four had occurred.

It was the end of the ages that Daniel covered and the start of Revelations. Except for Daniel 7 now Revelations takes up the end of the age. The first thing that happens in Revelations is the arrival of the White Rider in Rev 6.

Let’s look at the white horseman. This is what I write about next chapter and it is going to be controversial.

Blessing to you all

Warwick