BIBLE CORRESPONDENCE COURSE
“…in the Isle that is called Patmos”
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The isle of Patmos in the Aegean Sea. Here the apostle John was imprisoned (Rev. 1:9) in the mid-90’s A.D. and saw the visions he was commanded to “write” (Rev. 1:19). From Patmos emanated the prophecies and promises of Revelation concerning God’s Church through seven definite eras until Christ will return.
After the first two 19-year cycles, the Church went to sleep. Another whole cycle had passed, and now in a fourth 19-year cycle, Jesus Christ was using John, last of the original apostles, to finish the New Testament and to give the “Ephesian” Era a last chance to awaken and do the “first works.” It did not. Instead, the last survivor of the zealous first generation of the Church, Simeon son of Cleophas, died in 107.
WHAT BECAME OF THE CHURCH JESUS BUILT?
THE Christian Church in Judaea fled to Pella in 69 A.D. From that date the organized proclaiming of Christ’s true gospel ceased!
For the next hundred years, church history is virtually a blank. “Scanty and suspicious” are the records, says the historian Gibbon, which remain from this period (“Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”). But why?
The “Lost Century”
It was the incredible “Lost Century” of church history!