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What Is The Doctrine Of The Nicolaitanes?

   Those of us who know the scriptures know of a truth that the 2nd and 3rd chapters of the Revelation are 7 letters to the churches; which are not only letters to 7 actual churches which existed in the period of time when John the Apostle received the Revelation from Jesus (about A.D. 90), but also are letters to the whole church of Jesus Christ which, in chronological order, reveal the dispensations within the "church age" (the period of time beginning with the birth of the church in the 2nd chapter of Acts, and culminating in the catching away of the church prior to God's future dealing with Israel and the sinners of the world-1 Thessalonians 4:16-5:11).

 In the 1st chapter, we see that Jesus had in his right hand seven stars. These seven stars are the angels of the seven churches (Rev. 1:20).

What does that mean?

The scripture reveals that clearly...

God appeared and spoke by his angel several times in the Bible.

Galatians 3:19 "...it [the law of Moses] was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator..."Hebrews 2:2 "For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast..."Acts 7:53 "Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it."     These are referring to times when God spoke his word to Moses by sending his angel, which is the same as God himself speaking. (see Exodus 14:19, 32:34, Numbers 22:22-35, etc...)

Jesus sent his angel to give John the Revelation of himself.

Revelation 22:16 "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches..."

     Yet this angel was not a created being, speaking the words of Jesus in the second person (in other words, he was not saying, "he says", or "he wants you to do this", as a messenger would speak for his master); but the actual presence of Jesus himself in the form of his angel. Acts 12:15

"Then said they, It is his angel."

    In this instance they were speaking of Peter, because they supposed that Herod had killed him, and that it was not Peter in the flesh appearing at their door, but rather his angel. The angel of Peter would not be a messenger sent by him, but rather Peter himself in the spirit. That is what is meant in the Bible by the angel of a person, or by the angel of a church. It is the very spiritual essence and personality of that person or church; not a separate entity sent as a messenger.       

The angels of the seven churches are the very churches themselves; the very heart and personality of them; the spirit of them; the mind of them. And the Lord Jesus declared with a surety that he has them in the palm of his right hand; which means that he knows, and even guides, their every thought and deed according to his own perfect wisdom and eternal purpose. And thus the 7 letters to the churches lay out the sequence of events of some 2,000 years in the church, which was ordained of the Lord in the beginning; and when we search the scriptures, we can see that it is an exact and miniature timeline of events that exactly mirrors the evolution of Israel, even as a parenthesis within a parenthesis. But I digress...that is another subject... 

   The doctrine of the Nicolaitanes is not a concept that began with the New Testament church; however it is in the New Testament that this doctrine and practice is first addressed as such...much in the same way that MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (Revelation 17:5), which now wears the mask of the Roman Catholic Church, is a system of religion which predates the Roman Church even back to the days of Cain and Abel; but in these last days it is referred to as such. 

     The word "Nicolaitanes" (Revelation 2:6, 15) is a transliteration of the Greek word, "Nikolaites" (Strong's # 3531), 

which means an adherent of "Nikolaos" (strong's # 3532),

which is a compilation of two words--

"Nikos" (#3534), which means "Conquest, triumph, or victory", and,"Laos"(#2992), which means "a people". 

The word Nicolaitanes means those who are of the group or order that have conquered the people. In other words, they are the ones who have exalted themselves to be in control, and better than the rest, and therefore to be revered as above the body and without reproach.      

In both places that mention the Nicolaitanes (Revelation 2:6,15), it is clearly stated that Jesus HATES their doctrine and deeds. 

It was the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes that Jesus himself exposed and reproved when he called the Pharisees, Saducees, and lawyers hypocrites, vipers, and children of their father the Devil. They had exalted themselves above the people, and changed the law of God for their own vain traditions; and the Lord said that whenever they converted anyone to their religion, they only made him twofold more a child of hell than themselves (Matthew 23:15)! And today it is the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes that has the religious multitudes deceived and enslaved unto vanity and liturgy with the satanic concept of "clergy and laity", which is the FALSE precept that some in the church are meant to be in charge, and others are meant to just sit and be entertained and told what to do.


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