DEFINITIONS It is important to define two specific phrases used to present this work, the Saints and the Church Age.
“The Saints” – In many denominations such as the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church “saints” are defined and named by the denomination to designate a person whom they believe has served their group in an outstanding manner.
However the Biblical definition of a “saint” or one who is sanctified is a person who has trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour and have therefore been sanctified or set apart by God as a member of the Body of Christ. The Bible also tells us that we will be known by the spiritual fruit we produce. We therefore in our daily walk need to be “fruit inspectors” and to a certain extent are able to do this for historical figures portrayed in these biographies. Therefore the appendage “saint” associated with various denominations has not been used specifically in these volumes
“The Church Age” – It should be noted that this is not a “Church Chronology” as that would be a history of the “Saints” alone, but it is a Church Age Chronology showing how believers and unbelievers have interacted over the last 2000 years in Christianity and Christendom.
In the gospels the Lord Jesus Christ said “On this rock I will build my church” showing that the Church at the time of His Ministry was still in the future. The Church Age in fact started on the Day of Pentecost and will terminate when our Lord returns for His Church in the future. This is known as the Rapture of the Church.