Revelation: The Churches
Starting in Revelation chapter 2, we read about the seven churches. The seven churches are all located in present day Turkey. John was given this message for them. But beyond the local message, is a broader message for the church of God in prophetic description. This is understood in chapter 1:1, 19. The churches represent the spiritual side of the prophecy and what would happen spiritually in the church.
Each church covers a specific time period of the Christian church in prophecy. God wanted His people to know what would happen in the future. He wanted them to read and to take courage in the fact that they were not forgotten.
EPHESUS: AD 31 to AD 100
SMYRNA: AD 100 to AD 313
PERGAMUM: AD 313 to AD 538
THYATIRA: AD 538 to AD 1517
SARDIS: AD 1517 to AD 1755
PHILADELPHIA: AD 1755 to AD 1844
LAODICEA: AD 1950's to the end of time