One of the online dictionaries gives an example of “the era of the Romans”. Of course, Rome fell. It came to an end.
COG people often talk about “church eras”. Many believe the “Philadelphia era” has come to an end. Yet, some still claim that the Philadelphians are around. How can this be? It’s sort of like saying that the Mesozoic era has ended but we still have dinosaurs around.
COGWriter Robert Thiel wrote on 24 August:
The scriptures are clear that the Philadelphians are protected, and others not, during the Great Tribulation. And obviously that has not happened yet.
And you know what? I almost agree with that statement. The Philadelphians, if any are left during the Great Tribulation, will be protected (some think they may all die out beforehand and thus be spared). I don’t think, however, that it is necessarily to exclude everyone else.
The main problem is how can an “era” come to an end and still have an entire group representing another era left behind? When an empire falls, the empire is smashed. It is gone. Similarly, if the “Philadelphian era” of the church is over, then that church no longer exists.
You know what? According to the usual identification given, Sardis still exists as well. How can that be? In fact, I believe Thyatira is still around. There certainly is a group that seems to fit the description. Again, if eras are true, how could that be?
Every one of the seven churches in Jesus’ message receive the warning about His coming, although admittedly one is very vague.
Maybe each of those seven churches are supposed to be looking at themselves. Maybe they should quit worrying about the Great Tribulation and worry about be about cleaning their own house, preaching the Gospel and preparing for Christ’s return.