If you start at Ephesus and then draw a line to Smyrna, then Pergamum, and so on, following the order Apostle Yochanan mentions them in Revelation, you will create a Parabola.
If you want to know what a mathematical Parabola is, click here.
Now, in our research, we actually found that the word Parabolic, which comes from the mathematical concept of the Parabola, means PARABLE.
Messiah YahShua, through the Apostle Yochanan was telling us a parable even in the very geographic order that the cities are mentioned in Revelation.
Now, even most Baptists understand that the words spoken to the congregation at Ephesus is an accurate description of the 1st century believers. Smyrna is an accurate description of the 2nd and 3rd century believers. Pergamum is a good description of the 4th century apostasy. Thyatira is a good description of the darkness of the Roman Catholic Church which had absolute rule from the 5th century through the 15th century. Sardis is a good picture of the reformation in the 15th and 16th and 17th centuries. Philadelphia is a good picture of the believers in the 18th and 19th centuries. And Laodicea is a perfect description of many lukewarm believers in the 20th and now 21st centuries.
Well, if you go back and look at the map and follow the Parabola, you will see that at first the line, which begins in modern day Turkey, looks as if it is going in the opposite direction of Israel which lies to the southeast. But then, the line curves back starting at Pergamum and is now heading straight south east -- aiming directly for Yisrael and Yerushalyim.
Even though it seems as if the “church age” has been moving farther and farther from the truth of Torah and Israel -- look, it is steadily marching BACK TOWARD YISRAEL! HallaluYAH!
Also, if you look at the water as a sort of picture of the Living Water -- even the Torah which YahShua provides for those who love Him, you will see that the first three congregations are at the coast, or near the water (Torah). And in the first 3-4 centuries, the Torah was being practiced by at least some believers.
And then, of course, once you get to Thyatira, you are very far away from the water -- Torah -- and it looks like the line is getting farther from the water. But by Laodicea, the parabolic line is once more nearing THE WATER -- the Torah! HallaluYAH!
Although the Parabolic church age has been going in a wrong direction, it is now being forced back, curved back to where it should be -- not at it’s beginning point even (later half of the 1st century when the early believers kept Torah and were filled with the spirit but the Bride was still in its infancy) -- but straight back to Yerushalyim and the Torah where YahShua revived the Torah and the Prophets 2000 years ago.