Revelation 1:20

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Rev 1:16And he had in his right hand seven stars:

Rev. 1:20  The mystery of the seven stars, (the meaning of the seven psychic archetypes) which thou sawest in my right hand, ("cued" on the seven bones of the palm, in the manner of the priests before Aaron: [Rev 1:16]), and the seven golden, (spiritually enlightening) candlesticks, (all burning continuously throughout the seven developmental stages of Christian growth).
The seven (psychic) "stars" are the angels, (symbolizing the seven Jean Piaget/Ericson psychological mental sets underlying the cultural paradigms of the Christian maturation) of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are (the seven different historical and developmental periods of Christianity), the seven churches: 

 

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[(1) Ephesus, from the Age of the Apostles through the earliest church, and unto
(2) Smyrna, when the martyrs did suffer the Tribulation instigated by Diocletian 303-13, and unto
(3) the predicted coming of the Lord upon the clouds during Pergamos, after the 313 AD Edict of Toleration and the recognition of Christianity by Emperor Constantine, in 325 AD, and unto
(4) Thyatira, the formation of Universal Roman Catholicism, in 380 AD, and institution of the Papacy in 467AD, and unto
(5) Sardis, the Reformed Catholic Church beginning in pre-Neoplitian times, and unto
(6) Philadelphia, the Protestantism begun with the Edict of Martin Luther, in 1517 AD and the Augsburg Confession of 1530, and unto
(7) Loacidea, the Humanistic Christianity of the New World.]

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For three hundred years Christianity grew in the Roman Empire. During that time they were sometimes persecuted. But God was behind this minority religion and it kept growing. Then God gained a major victory in 312 A.D. when God the emperor Constantine had a vision. While leading his army he saw a cross of light in the sky and an inscription:"By this sign, conquer. He won the battle at Milvian Bridge and was converted to Christianity. In 313 he issued the Edict of Milan, a decree of toleration toward the Christian sect.

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