The Final Phase of Church History

In Revelation 3, we read of the two final phases of the history of the Church of God. The Church of Philadelphia is characterized by a zeal to do the Work. God promised to set before them an open door to preach the Gospel (v. 8) as well as to protect them from the future Great Tribulation (v. 10). However, there is a final, seventh stage of the Church described, the Church at Laodicea. This Church is characterized by spiritual lukewarmness and lethargy (vv. 15-17). Though Mr. Armstrong put the...

Simon and Another Gospel

In Acts 8, we are introduced to a man who was used by Satan to infiltrate and subvert God's Church. This man was Simon, the sorcerer from Samaria, better known in secular history as Simon Magus. Simon was considered by the Samaritans to be God's divinely chosen representative (Acts 8 9-10). Eduard Lohse, writing in The New Testament Environment, states that the expression, the great power of God, represents Simon's claim to be the bearer of divine revelation (p. 269). Simon was baptized and...

The Church in Early America

Upon arriving in Rhode Island, the only American colony founded upon the principle of religious liberty, the Mumfords began to fellowship with Baptists in Newport. They were not quiet, however, about their belief in the Sabbath. In 1665, within the first year of the Mumfords' arrival, Tacy Hubbard started keeping the Sabbath with them, becoming the first convert in America. Shortly afterward, her husband Samuel joined her. In 1671 the first Sabbath-keeping church in America officially began...

The Cathars and Waldenses

In the beginning of the twelfth century, there was a revitaliza-tion of the Truth with the raising up of the next phase of the Church under the leadership of Peter de Bruys in southeastern France. This stage in church history is characterized by the Church at Thyatira in Revelation 2. The Piedmont valleys of southeastern France were described by Pope Urban II, in 1096, as being infested with heresy. It was from one of these valleys, the Valley Louise, that Peter de Bruys arose in 1104 and began...

The Paulicians Appear in Armenia

In the fifth century, the Church appeared in remote areas of eastern Asia Minor near the Euphrates River and in the mountains of Armenia. These people were labeled by their contemporaries as Paulicians. Who were they According to Armenian scholar Nina Garsoian in The Paulician Heresy It would, then, appear that the Paulicians are to be taken as the survival of the earlier form of Christianity in Armenia p. 227 . The author also states that the Paulicians were accused of being worse than other...

Where Was the Church That Jesus Built

What had happened to the Church that was established through an outpouring of God's Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost in 31ad Where was Christ and what was He doing during this time In the second and third chapters of the book of Revelation, we find messages that Jesus Christ recorded for the seven churches of Asia Minor. In chapter one, the Apostle John saw a vision of the glorified Christ standing in the midst of seven golden lampstands. These seven lampstands represent the Church of God in...