Seven Church Age Messengers

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Seven Church Ages according to Wm. Branham

Messenger
Paul
Irenaeus
Martin
Columba
Martin Luther
John Wesley
???

Church Age
53-170
170-312
312-606
606-1520
1520-1750
1750-1906
1906-

City
Ephesus
Smyrna
Pergamos
Thyatira
Sardis
Philadelphia
Laodicea


The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
Revelation 1:11-20
And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
Revelation 22:8-9


The Angels

In the first chapter of the book of Revelation, Jesus tells John that the seven stars are the seven angels of the seven churches, and the seven candlesticks are the seven churches. The book of Revelation is a prophecy (Revelation 1:3), and both the candlestick and the stars are part of that prophecy.

William Branham taught that according to Revelation 22:8-9, these 'angels' are men. Being in the right hand of Jesus Christ, they have His power, authority, and influence on Church history. Walking in the midst of the golden candlesticks, Jesus is demonstrating that he will be God to each of the pure Christian churches, and will not change (Hebrews 13:8).

William Branham taught that each church mentioned by name represented an Age in the future, and the angels of the Churches were men of influence, being true to the Word of God, leading Godly lives, against organization, and vindicated by the Holy Spirit by supernatural signs following their ministries. William Branham specifically named the angels of the first six church ages as Paul, Irenaeus, Martin, Columba, Martin Luther, and John Wesley, and gave each church age a specific time period.

Other Commentaries on the Book of Revelation

William Branham's commentary on the Church Ages includes a lot of material published by Clarence Larkin, a dispensational Baptist author and Pastor. Clarence Larkin specified dates of each church Age, which are identical to the dates that William Branham uses. However, Clarence Larkin did not name specific messengers to each age. Charles Taze Russell, one of the founders of the Jehovah Witness, was another person who specified both names and dates to each of the Church Ages. In fact, Charles Russell's grave stone identifies his personal belief that he was the Laodicean Church Age messenger.


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