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Has America become the Nicolaitans ~ Point to Ponder! (Part 3)

continued from part 2

Let’s look at an example in a modern-day situation:

The king gave his maids, butlers, chief of staff, secretaries and his advisors orders for the equipping of the people so that they can serve in the king’s palace. Here the king gives direct orders to his servants (maids, butlers, chief of staff, secretaries and advisors) saying, do whatever is required to serve and teach my people so that they can serve in my palace. The people over here are supposed to serve the king and not his servants.

Now going back to Ephesians 4:11-12, how many apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers do you know that are willing to do the following for you?

  • Clean your home.
  • Clean your toilets.
  • Give money to help you.
  • Provide you with shelter and food.
  • Pick you up from your home and take you to the supermarket.
  • Help you in times of need.
  • Cook food for you.
  • Find a job for you.
  • Encourage you to do great things in life.
  • Come to your home and teach you the word of God and wash your feet.
    Clean your toilets

    Clean your toilets, Would their tie get in the way?

    I am sure we all know the answer to the above question, which is, there is hardly anyone. Why is it that they do not want to do the above-mentioned things? Because then they will be seen as a servant. Since they have already appointed themselves with these huge titles like the “Presiding Evangelist of the Church of God”, how can they then do things that a servant would do? It would be an embarrassment for them.

    We can say from Ephesians 4:11-12 that the whole point of having apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers is to support you and teach you, that is, be a servant to you (not vice versa), so that you can come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of the Most High.

    Lessons from the book of 1 Corinthians — Did God appoint a hierarchy in the religious system/church?

    1 Corinthians chapter 12 is always used by churches in conjunction with Ephesians chapter 4 to promote and make the church members believe that God ordained a hierarchy of rulership in the church.

    Let us read 1 Corinthians chapter 12 verses 1 to 31 (New King James Version) and see what is actually being said here:

    Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:

    You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led.

    Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

    There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

    There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.

    And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.

    But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

    for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,

    to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,

    to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

    But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

    For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.

    For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.

    For in fact the body is not one member but many.

    If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body?

    And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body?

    If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?

    But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.

    And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

    But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.

    And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

    No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

    And those members of the body which we think to be less honourable, on these we bestow greater honour; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty,

    but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honour to that part which lacks it,

    that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.

    And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

    Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

    And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.

    Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?

    Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?

    But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

    Translating the Greek words of 1 Corinthians 12:28

    English Word Used in Bible Greek Word Concordance Number Actual Meaning of the Greek Word
    God theos 2316 Elohim (God)
    Appointed tithemi 5087 Placed
    Church ekklesia 1577 Called out
    Apostles apostolos 652 Messenger or a sent one
    Prophets prophetes 4396 Foreteller or an inspired speaker. This means someone who is sent by God with a divine message.
    Teachers didaskalos 1320 An instructor who teaches the things of God and the duties of man.
    Miracles dunamis 1411 Workers of miracles
    Gifts charisma 5486 Spiritual gift
    Healing iama 2386 Healing
    Helps antilempsis 484 Helps/helpers
    Administrations kubernesis 2941 To guide
    Varieties genos 1085 Diverse (race)
    Tongue glossa 1100 Languages

    Corrected Translation of 1 Corinthians 12:28

    “For Elohim has placed among the called out people, first messengers, after them, inspired speakers, after them instructors, after them workers of miracles, after them spiritual gifts of healing and helpers, and guides, and diverse languages.”

    When we read 1 Corinthians chapter 12 in its context, we understand that all of the messengers work as one to bring people into the body of the Messiah. Everyone is to look after each other and help each other. 1 Corinthians 12:28 is not talking about a hierarchy; it is talking about the gifts that Elohim gives to “His servants” so that they can support other members of the body and thus we all become one in the body of the Messiah.

    What did Elohim teach about serving His people?

    We can understand from the study of scriptures that Elohim did not create a hierarchy where men will be ruled by men. All of these ideologies came from the father and founder of a hierarchical form of government, and that was Nimrod. In today’s modern-day version of Christianity, ministers behave like tyrants who abuse their power under the banner of “I am appointed by God” and end up as abusive ministers who disfellowship those who do not conform to their man made laws and standards. They rule their congregations like they are “god” and like to say, “You do what we tell you to do as we are appointed by God”.

    Let us now look at the scriptures and see the issues that God has with ministers who under the banner of shepherds were ruling over God’s people unjustly in the Tanakh (Old Testament) and in the Messianic writings (New Testament).

    “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture! says YHWH.  Therefore thus says the YHWH God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings says YHWH” (Jeremiah 23:1-2).

    We can see in Jeremiah 23:1-2 that these shepherds (modern-day ministers, pastors, evangelists, prophets, priests, pope, bishops) were not doing their duty of being a servant. They were ruling over God’s people unjustly and not attending to their needs. They were only attending to their needs. That is, as long as these modern-day ministers have food to eat and a house to live in, that is all that matters to them. What did Elohim tell to these ministers? He will take revenge on these unrighteous ministers for the evil that they do to God’s sheep (God’s people).

    “For both prophet and priest are profane; Yes, in My house I have found their wickedness, says YHWH. Therefore their way shall be to them Like slipperyways; In the darkness they shall be driven on And fall in them; For I will bring disaster on them, The year of their punishment, says YHWH. And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria: They prophesied by Baal and caused My people Israel to err” (Jeremiah 23:11-13).

    In Jeremiah 23:11-13, we can see that YHWH is accusing both priests and prophets for being profane. The reason is that they are telling wrong things to the children of Israel and are causing them to sin. This is the same issue we have with modern-day ministers and evangelists. Their teachings are totally contrary to the inspired scriptures. As long as you are part of their social club, you are safe. The moment you start questioning their teachings, you are marked to be disfellowshipped.

    YHWH then says in Jeremiah 23:16, “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, they lead you astray. They speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of YHWH”. In Jeremiah 23:16, God is telling people, “Do not follow these false prophets, they say that they are sent by me (God), but they are not from me (God)”.

    Then we read in Jeremiah 23:21, “I did not send these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied”. God’s people were facing the same problem even in the time of Jeremiah. They were all being deceived by false prophets/priests. This is the same situation we have in this generation.

    Jeremiah the prophet, a man sent by God, has a stern warning for today’s ministers and evangelists who claim to be appointed by God, but are not, and are appointed by men. Read the whole chapter of Jeremiah 23 to find out the judgement pronounced on modern-day ministers by YHWH.

    Ezekiel the prophet was inspired by YHWH to tell a message to the shepherds of Israel who claim they are appointed by God.

    “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Yisrael, prophesy against the shepherds of Yisrael, prophesy and say to them, Thus said the Master YHWH to the shepherds, ‘Woe to the shepherds of Yisrael who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?’” (Ezekiel 34:2).

    Ezekiel 34:2 is a slap on the face of modern-day ministers and evangelists. That is why when they (today’s ministers) come to Ezekiel chapter 34 they skip that chapter, because they know that God is talking about them. We have a big problem with verse 2. It says, “Should not the shepherds feed the flock?”

    When was the last time the minister in your congregation asked you, “Do you have food to eat, do you need any sort of financial help from me, how can I help you to get you a job, and how can I serve you”? You will not hear this from your minister. Why? Because as long as they get fed, and they have a house to live in, that is all that counts. We strongly recommend you to read the full chapter of Ezekiel 34, as this is the judgment pronounced by God on the modern-day evangelists and ministers.

    We need to ask the question, what did Yehoshua HaMashiach tell his disciples when they serve His people?  Matthew 20: 25 to 28 is an instruction that God gave to all of His true disciples on not to practice a Nicolaitan hierarchy and to be true servants.

    “Yehoshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) called them near and said, you know that the rulers of the nations are masters over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. But it shall be not be so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you, let him be your servant, even as the Son of Adam did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many”.

    Is your priest, minister, evangelist ready to be your servant? Can they come and help you in your home? We all know the answer to this question! They want you to serve them, because they have exalted themselves with great titles that it is a shame for them to do a servant’s job.

    The ministers and evangelists have made their church members slaves so that they can serve them and their exalted positions of authority and power in the church, and what have the ministers produced in return? They have produced zero spiritual fruits and have done nothing in perfecting the saints. One thing that they have mastered or have a PhD is in creating a hierarchy of Nicolaitans and twisting and perverting God’s scriptures.

    The apostle Peter in 1 Peter 5 wrote on how members of the body of the Messiah need to look after each other. His instructions were specifically for the elders (modern-day ministers and evangelists) who were teaching God’s people. Let us now read 1 Peter 5:

    What kind of car do they drive?

    What kind of car do they drive?

    “Therefore, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Messiah, and also a sharer of the esteem that is to be revealed, I appeal to the elders among you. Shepherd the flock of Elohim which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but voluntarily, not out of greed for filthy gain, but eagerly, Neither as being masters over those entrusted you, but being examples of the flock” (1 Peter 5:1-3).

    So what should God’s true shepherds do? They must serve the flock and should not rule over them. The word “masters” used here comes from the Greek word “katakurieuo”, concordance number 2634. The actual meaning in Greek is to bring under one’s power or exercise authority over someone. We now have a big problem here. How many church ministers/evangelists do you know who do not exercise authority over their congregation? The problem we have in today’s churches is that people love to rule over others. That is why they automatically become a Nicolaitan, because they love to do what their Father Nimrod did.

    One would have to ask the question, so who has to lead God’s people? How can church leaders not be the head of man and lead them to the truth? Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11 verse 3 declares, “And I wish you to know that the head of every man is the Messiah, and the head of woman is the man, and the head of Messiah is Elohim”. So who should we follow? We must follow the Messiah who by the power of the Holy Spirit will lead us to the truth. This begs the question, why did Apostle Paul did not mention church leaders in this verse? If there was a hierarchical rule, then the above verse should have stated the head of every man is the church leaders. Paul here is making it clear   that man is accountable to God, along with his additional accountability, when man takes a wife. God the Father and Yehoshua HaMashiach are the creators and have all authority. Man and woman are the creation, and are accountable to their creators. There is no place for any other authority or a chain of command as of a hierarchical ministry to come between God and man. God only permits ministers to be helpers if they have truly qualified themselves to be helpers in these God creator and man creation relationships; otherwise they will be judged severely.

    Playing religion, church and ruling over God’s people that is seen in all churches is like a spiritual epidemic infection. It eventually spreads without notice, until one day you realise that you have spiritual tumours in your whole body. This eventually leads you to the path of destruction and death. The spirit of Nimrod and religious deception is alive and well, and thriving in this end-time generation. The final question that you need to ask yourself is, do you want to be part of this religious system or are you willing to come out of it and follow the Messiah?

    What is the master plan of the father of Nicolaitans?

    Nimrod is the father and founder of Nicolaitans whose sole purpose in life was to enslave people and take them away from God. He was a mighty hunter who was in the face of Yahweh.

    In order to understand his (Nimrod’s) master plan, we need to go back in time and read what his plan was. The book of Jasher is considered by most Bible scholars to be an inspired book that was removed from the scriptures. The book of Jasher is talked about in the scriptures.

    “So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day” (Joshua 10:13).

    “and he told them to teach the children of Judah the Song of the Bow; indeed it is written in the Book of Jasher” (2 Samuel 1:18):

    We need to ask the question, why was the book of Jasher removed from the scriptures? While this itself is a study of its own, we will discuss this vital topic when we talk about the Book of Jasher some other time. However if you would like to read for yourself here it is: The Apocryphal Book of Jasher or Book of the Upright, We will now look into the Book of Jasher and see the Master Plan of Nimrod.

    Master Plan of Nimrod -To bring the world as one and to set up a government to rule over men, the beginning of one-world government

    “And when Nimrod had joyfully returned from battle, after having conquered his enemies, all his brethren, together with those who knew him before, assembled to make him king over them, and they placed the regal crown upon his head (verse 39).

    And he (Nimrod) set over his subjects and people, princes, judges and rulers, as is the custom amongst kings (verse 40).

    And Nimrod dwelt in Shinar, and he reigned securely, and he fought with his enemies and he subdued them, and he prospered in all his battles, and his kingdom became very great (verse 44).

    And all the nations and tongues heard of his fame, and they gathered themselves to him, and they bowed down to the earth, and they brought him offerings, and he became their lord and king, and they all dwelt with him in the city at Shinar, and Nimrod reigned in the earth over all the sons of Noah, and they were all under his power and counsel” (verse 45) (The Ancient Book of Jasher by Ken Johnson, Jasher chapter 7, Page 17-18, Nimrod’s invasion begins).

    Nimrod’s one-world government ideology — How this will be carried from one generation to the another, until its final fulfilment.

  • People should put their trust in men and not in God.
  • Remove the dependence of men from God so that men can depend on men for their needs.
  • Appoint rulers, princes and judges to rule over men. By this, man shall depend on appointed governments of that land for their needs.
  • Build towers all throughout every generation that will replace the worship of the true God of heaven. By this way, man will start honouring and worshiping other men, deities, and idols as their god.
  • Build high-raised towers everywhere in the world as a reminder that men rule over men and we are not ruled by God.
  • Bring back the world under one-world government: so that man can have one government, one language, one financial monetary system, one religious system, one healthcare system, one housing system, one education system and one system to rule over all men. By this way, man will no longer depend on God for anything. Desecrate and destroy everything that God made perfect.
  • My (Nimrod) plans should be carried from one generation to another in every walk of life (finance, housing, education, healthcare, food, religion), so that one day it shall come true in its final days.
  • The aim of the plan is to banish the name of God forever and destroy God, so that man will not worship God anymore because He (God) destroyed our forefathers in the great flood.What we can say from this study is that God never ordained a government and this whole notion of government came from the Father of Nicolaitans, Nimrod. We need to ask ourselves whether we want to be a part this modern-day church/synagogue system before this whole system falls and burns to the ground. Judgment is coming as given in the book of Revelation to this system that has put men into slavery. That is why Revelation 18:2-5 says:“And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!  For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.’

    And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.  For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities’”.

    Tower of Babel — Nimrod’s Master Plan Established by the European Union (official poster published by the EU)

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    Tower of Babel — Nimrod’s Master Plan Comes True (European Union Parliament inaugurated in December 1999 in Strasbourg, France. A Central Power to bring Europe as one)

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    Hierarchy of a Religious Church — For example, Roman Catholic Church (Example of a Nicolaitan Structure)

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    Hierarchy of a Religious Church — For example, Church of God (Example of a Nicolaitan Structure)

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The Pergamum church had such believers. Today there are such believes in our churches too. They say they are in ministry; preaching, teaching, prophesying, singing, etc but their personal life is full of sin. They do not practice what they preach. We can find some evangelists and pastors who elevate themselves so high that they feel they always do right and many a times they are in sin.

So the doctrine of Balaam and doctrine of Nicolaians entered the Pergamum church. Today such members are widely presently in our churches too. See what Jesus has to say to such believers. Revelation 2:16 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. Living in a city which was throne to Satan was no excuse for the believers to compromise with the world and commit sin. God hates hypocrisy and compromising biblical standards. God says he will fight against them with a sword, sword of His mouth. The consequence for not repenting is that we will face God’s word – his sword – this time in judgment and condemnation. His word is a powerful opponent – it calmed storms,

healed sick people, drove out demons. God says if your do not repent God’s sword is going to come against you.

God’s Remedy for the Pergamum church.
Revelation 2:16 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. God wants immediate repentance. He wants us to change our ways immediately or else God will not be patient towards us.

God’s Promise for Repentance. Revelation 2:1717 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To those who are victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give each of them a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it. God promises hidden manna and a white stone with a new name for the ones who repent.

1. Hidden manna. You would remember that the manna was given to the people of Israel during their desert wanderings. Jesus, the bread of life gives us hidden manna, the Word of God which feeds our spiritual man. John 6:47-51 47 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which people may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” The hidden manna gives us spiritual food and gives us eternal life. It is available if we repent and overcome this world, not for the ones who compromise with this world.
2. White stone with a new name. White stone was mined at Pergamum and was a commercial product. We are not sure what is meant by this white stone, but there were many customs of the day which may be relevant.
a) Black and White stones were used by juries in courts. If they believed that a person was guilty, they symbolized this by offering their black stone. If they believed they were innocent, they would offer their white stone. The White stone therefore may speak of our innocent status before God once we are forgiven.
b) White stones were also used as medallions in the Olympics and other sporting events and were also given to members of a conquering army. The White stone here may therefore be a symbol of our triumph of faith.
c) White stones were also used as tokens (tickets if you will) into banquets or feasts or used as place cards at the dinner table. The White stone then would be a ticket ensuring that we could participate in the heavenly banquet with Christ.
d) They were given to a man freed from slavery as proof that he had been made a citizen of the province. The white stone then speaks of our citizenship of heaven.
e) White stones were sometimes carried around as lucky charms – often with a name of a protectorate god. If this was the meaning, the White stone would speak of the assurance we have that Christ would protect us.

Whatever the meaning, the white stone spoke of the redeemed position we have through a relationship with Christ. The stone is also important because it has a name on it – a New Name. God is promising a new identify for us. Whatever the world calls you my dear child of God, if you repent and come to God he will give you a new identity.

Conclusion: Child of God are you living in sin? Do you compromise your Christian values and Christian faith? We compromise mainly because we fear rejection, conflict, and fever being intimidated. It is worth to reject this world and follow God. Understand anytime we compromise with evil, evil wins over us and we lose. If you stand for God he will give you the victory, he will give us hidden manna and a white stone with a new name on it.

Understand we are called to be separate from this wicked world. We are to be married to Christ…and a faithful spouse He is…are you faithful to Him? It’s ok to be in the world, not of the world…for a Christian to be of the world is adultery! You might as well be lost if you’re gonna wear their uniform…and God says in this verse we join the other team, we join the enemy, when we hold on to a little of the world.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”17 Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” 18 And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

1 Peter 6:9-12 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society 11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Understand we are God’s chosen vessel and we cannot compromise with this world. May God guide us to lead a uncompromising Christian life. Amen.

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Has America become the Nicolaitans ~ Point to Ponder! (Part 1)

What is the doctrine or teaching of the Nicolaitans that Yehoshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) hates?

In order to understand what the scriptures mean by the word “Nicolaitans”, we need to find out how many times this word appears in the scriptures. The word “Nicolaitans” appears in the scriptures as follows:

The word “Nicolaitans” comes from the Greek word “Nikolaites” (pronounced as “nik-ol-ah-ee-tace”). Concordance number is 3531, 3532 and 3534. The word means destruction of people or conquer over people. The word “conquer” means to use force and control over someone.

“Nicolaitans means a system run by evangelists, elders, bishops, popes, rabbis, priests and modern day prophets that have forced its people (members) to submit to their dominion (rulership)”. Here we see religious leaders ruling over its members. The members have to do what they tell you to do. That is, they have dominion over your faith. They tell you what you need to believe, what instructions to follow and not to follow from the scriptures.

Let us now look at the verses where the word “Nicolaitans” is found in the scriptures.

The word “Nicolaitans” appears twice in the scriptures and is found in the book of Revelation.

Revelation 2:6 — “Yet this you have, that you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate”.

Revelation 2:15 — “So you also have those who adhere to the teaching of the Nicolaitans, which I hate”.

You need to understand that the book of Revelation is a coded (concealed) book. This means that the writings are put in the form of a code (that conveys a secret message) and the key to understand these writings is given to the “servants of the Messiah”.

That is why the book starts with “The Revelation of Yehoshua HaMashiach which Elohim gave Him to show to His servants the things that must shortly occur” (Revelation 1:1). So the revelation and the understanding are given to the servants of the Messiah. They are not given to the casual person who attends their church/synagogue or to a Bible reader.

Now let’s change gears for a moment and see what the  definition according to Wikipedia has to say:

“Nicolaism, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Nicolaism (also Nicholaism, Nicolationism, or Nicolaitanism) is a Christian heresy, first mentioned (twice) in the Book of Revelation of the New Testament, whose adherents were called Nicolaitans, Nicolaitanes, or Nicolaites. According to Revelation 2, vv. 6 and 15, they were known in the cities of Ephesus and Pergamum. In this chapter, the church at Ephesus is commended for “hating the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate” and the church in Pergamum is blamed for “having them who hold their [the Nicolaitans’] doctrines”.
Several of the early church fathers, including Irenaeus, Hippolytus, Epiphanius, and Theodoret mentioned this group, and stated that the deacon Nicolas was the author of the heresy and the sect.

Interpretations:

The Nicolaitanes are the followers of that Nicolas who was one of the seven first ordained to the diaconate by the apostles. They lead lives of unrestrained indulgence. The character of these men is very plainly pointed out in the Apocalypse of John, [when they are represented] as teaching that it is a matter of indifference to practice adultery, and to eat things sacrificed to idols.
—Irenaeus, Adversus haereses, i. 26, §3
The common statement, that the Nicolaitans held the antinomian heresy of 1 Corinthians 6, has not been proved. Victorinus of Pettau states that they ate things offered to idols. Bede states that Nicolas allowed other men to marry his wife. Thomas Aquinas believed that Nicholas supported either polygamy or the holding of wives in common. Eusebius claimed that the sect was short-lived.
Another opinion, favoured by a number of authors, is that, because of the allegorical character of the Apocalypse, the reference to the Nicolaitans is merely a symbolic manner of reference. As a symbolic reference, the “teaching of the Nicolaitans” refers to dominating the people, compared to the “teaching of Balaam” which refers to seducing the people. John, the author of The Revelation of Jesus Christ, discusses domination within the church in 3 John 9-11. Dominating the people goes against the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 20:25-28.

Etymology:

Nico-, combinatory form of nīko, “victory” in Greek, and laos means people, or more specifically, the laity; hence, the word may be taken to mean “lay conquerors” or “conquerors of the lay people”. However, “Nicolaitan” (Greek: Νικολαϊτῶν; Νικολαΐτης) is the name ostensibly given to followers of the heretic Nicolas (Greek: Νικόλαος)—the name itself meaning “victorious over people,” or “victory of the people,” which he would have been given at birth.
The name Balac is perhaps capable of being interpreted as a Hebrew equivalent of the Greek Nicolas. Some commentators think that this is alluded to by John in Revelation 2:14; and C. Vitringa argues forcibly in support of this opinion. However, Albert Barnes notes:
Vitringa supposes that the word is derived from νικος, victory, and λαος, people, and that thus it corresponds with the name Balaam, as meaning either lord of the people, or he destroyed the people; and that, as the same effect was produced by their doctrines as by those of Balaam, that the people were led to commit fornication and to join in idolatrous worship, they might be called Balaamites or Nicolaitanes–that is, corrupters of the people. But to this it may be replied,
(a) that it is far-fetched, and is adopted only to remove a difficulty;
(b) that there is every reason to suppose that the word here used refers to a class of people who bore that name, and who were well known in the two churches specified;
(c) that, in Rev 2:15 , they are expressly distinguished from those who held the doctrine of Balaam, Rev 2:14 –“So hast thou also (και) those that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes.”
—Albert Barnes, New Testament Notes
Cyrus Scofield, in his Notes on the Bible, following dispensationalist thought, suggests that the Seven Letters in Revelation foretell the various eras of Christian history, and that “Nicolaitans” “refers to the earliest form of the notion of a priestly order, or ‘clergy,’ which later divided an equal brotherhood into ‘priests’ and ‘laity.'”

Nicolas:

The Nicolas of Acts 6:5 was a native of Antioch and a proselyte (convert to Judaism) and then a follower of the way of Christ. When the Church was still confined to Jerusalem, he was chosen by the whole multitude of the disciples to be one of the first seven deacons, and he was ordained by the apostles, c. AD 33. It has been questioned whether this Nicolas was connected with the Nicolaitans mentioned in Revelation, and if so, how closely. The Nicolaitans themselves, at least as early as the time of Irenaeus, claimed him as their founder. It is noticeable (though the documents themselves sit not of much weight as evidence) that in two instances the Nicolaitans are said to be “falsely so called” (ψευδώνυμοι).

In Epiphanius:

Epiphanius relates some details of the life of Nicolas the deacon, and describes him as gradually sinking into the grossest impurity, and becoming the originator of the Nicolaitans and other libertine Gnostic sects:
[Nicolas] had an attractive wife, and had refrained from intercourse as though in imitation of those whom he saw to be devoted to God. He endured this for a while but in the end could not bear to control his incontinence…. But because he was ashamed of his defeat and suspected that he had been found out, he ventured to say, “Unless one copulates every day, he cannot have eternal life.”
—Epiphanius, Panarion, 25, 1
Hippolytus agreed with Epiphanius in his unfavourable view of Nicolas.

Clement of Alexandria

Clement of Alexandria

In Clement of Alexandria:

The same account is believed, at least to some extent, by Jerome and other writers in the 4th century; but it is irreconcilable with the traditional account of the character of Nicolas given by Clement of Alexandria, an earlier writer than Epiphanius. He states that Nicolas led a chaste life, and brought up his children in purity; that on a certain occasion, having been sharply reproved by the apostles as a jealous husband, he repelled the charge by offering to allow his wife to become the wife of any other person; and that he was in the habit of repeating a saying which is ascribed to the apostle Matthias also,—that it is our duty to fight against the flesh and to abuse (παραχρῆσθαι) it. His words were perversely interpreted by the Nicolaitans as authority for their immoral practices. Theodoret, in his account of the sect, repeats the foregoing statement of Clement, and charges the Nicolaitans with false dealing in borrowing the name of the deacon.

In modern criticism:

Among later critics, Cotelerius in a note on Constit. Apost. vi. 8, after reciting the various authorities, seems to lean towards the favourable view of the character of Nicolas. Professor Burton is of opinion that the origin of the term Nicolaitans is uncertain; and that, “though Nicolas the deacon has been mentioned as their founder, the evidence is extremely slight which would convict that person himself of any immoralities.” Tillemont, possibly influenced by the fact that no honour is paid to the memory of Nicolas by any branch of the Church, allows more weight to the testimony against him; rejects peremptorily Cassian’s statement—to which Neander gives his adhesion—that some other Nicolas was the founder of the sect; and concludes that if not the actual founder, he was so unfortunate as to give occasion to the formation of the sect, by his indiscreet speaking. Grotius’ view as given in a note on Revelation 2:6, is substantially the same as that of Tillemont.

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