Exact dates uncertain: from end of persecution of Nero to death of St. John.
“Not Lasting”; historically, the shortest time. Spiritually, it had lost its “first love”.
Death of St. John, to Edict of Milan, 313 AD.
“Bitter Sweetness”; The Church persecuted under the Roman Emperors. One of the best.
Edict of Milan, until the reign of Charlemagne, 800 AD (or Battle of Tours, 732 AD)
“Divorce”; The Church as the state religion of, and spiritually married to, Rome.
Reign of Charlemagne, (or Battle of Tours) until end of the Crusades, 1290 AD.
“Constant Labor” and/or “Guarding the Door”; The early Holy Roman Empire.
End of the Crusades, until Martin Luther, 1517 AD.
“Of the Flesh”; The Roman Catholic Church of the Renaissance. One of the worst.
Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, until the American Revolution, 1776 AD.
“Brotherly Love”; The Protestant Church of the Reformation. One of the best.
American Revolution, until the beginning of the Great Tribulation.
“People’s Opinions” and “People Judged”; The present lukewarm Church. One of the worst.