Is doctrine important? Is it important to teach about prophecy? Is the current focus on self-esteem Biblical or something borrowed from secular psychology?
Jesus taught 7 consecutive parables in Matthew 13 about the kingdom. The parables, if understood, reveal the secrets of “the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 13:10-11). The 7 parables refer to 7 church ages. The seventh parable of 'The Dragnet' covers the period from approximately 1900 AD - present or the 'Apostate Church'. The 7 parables of Matthew 13 have a parallel with the 7 churches of Revelation 2 & 3. The Church of the Laodiceans presents to us the 7th and last Church. It is the state of lukewarmness, indifference, materialism and apostasy which characterizes much of the Western Church today.