Ministers, Bible instructors, teachers, and writers need to exercise extreme care in selecting sources for needed information. Too often one is tempted to use a statement from an unreliable source because it would require considerable study to verify it or prove it untrue; that is, to ascertain the facts. And it may be something sensational that we believe will have the desired effect, or a statement that will "prove" an assertion we have made.
ALTHOUGH the message of each of the seven letters to the churches has a special application to the period signified by the name, and the symbols used reveal the condition of the church at different periods, each message applies in some degree to every period. In attempting to decide what period is symbolized by each of the churches of this prophecy, I have in mind the time when the element referred to predominated. The period A.D. 100-323 would, therefore, symbolize Smyrna, and A.D. 323-538, Pergamos. . .