ARE YOU A NICOLAITANE?
Are you a Nicolaitane? Don't say "no" before you investigate, or you may have to change your mind. He that judgeth a matter before he investigates is not wise.
The Savior said that He hated the Nicolaitanes, even though they were members of His congregation in Ephesus, Pergamos, the Church of Rome, the Church of England, the Church of God, or any other church, regardless of the name it goes by. I am sure you would not want to be numbered among them, nor to fellowship with them if you knew who they were. When these Nicolaitanes were in the minority, the Savior said to the congregation, "Put them out from among you," (1 Corinthians 5:13). But now, when these Nicolaitanes (idolaters) had taken over the congregation, the Savior said to the believers, "Come out from among them," (Revelation 18:4).
These Nicolaitanes have been masquerading amongst us for a long time and have made converts of us all, whether we admit it or not. We have all been made to drink from their milk bottles; milk which has been drawn from Mother Babylon's breast. It is no wonder that Isaiah was told to inquire, "To whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine?" Then, to make sure we would understand the right answer, he continued to explain that those who would receive knowledge would be, "...those that are weaned from the milk and drawn from the breast" (Isaiah 28:9). Have we really left the milk stage? Or have we left Mother Babylon's breast only to feed on the milk bottles drawn from the same sources and given to us by her nursing daughters, the Protestant Churches?
Sunday worship, Christmas with its Saturnalian excesses, New Year's with its night-watch and attendant debaucheries, Easter with its eggs, bunnies, hot cross buns and sunrise worship, May Day with its May-poles and lawn festivals, and Halloween, with its attending misrule, are not the feasts of Yahweh as commanded in the Bible. They are all perpetuations of the old pagan Babylonian feasts, belonging to the pagan deities, Lord, God, Jesus Christ (i.e. Zeous-Xristos of the Greeks), and Ma-Rhea, or Maria, the English Mary.
The doctrines of an ever-burning hell, Purgatory, going to heaven when you die, immediate transition, infant baptism, sprinkling, and the conscious state of the dead are not Apostolic, but purely and simply Babylonian. Their presence in the Christian Church identifies Christianity as the product of Babylon's fornications as evangelized by the Nicolaitanes. The 2nd and 3rd chapters of Revelation are prophetic of the history of the church, or assembly, and depict its transformation from the Apostolic faith to Babylonian apostasy.
For a long time, we have heard of the despicable Nicolaitanes in the book of Revelation, but we have never really understood the meaning of their condemnation, because we have never really known who, or what, the Nicolaitanes were. The Schofield School, or shall we say the editors of the Schofield Reference Bible, say that the Nicolaitanes are, and I quote,
From Nakao, to conquer, and Laos, the people or laity. There is, however, no ancient authority for a sect of Nicolaitanes. If the word is symbolic, it refers to the earliest form of the notion of a priestly order, or clergy, which later divided an equal brotherhood into priests and laity. What in Ephesus were deeds (Revelation 2:6) had become in Pergamos a doctrine (Revelation 2:15).
The above quotation is taken from the comment at the bottom of page 1332 of the Schofield Reference Bible. Please note that these wise theologians, who edited the Schofield Reference Bible, admit, "There is no ancient authority for a sect of Nicolaitanes." As for the other explanations, notice that it is based on an "IF the word is SYMBOLIC." That is the best explanation Christian clergy can give, because they are blind and "cannot see the forest for the trees." The truth of the matter is that the more orthodox they are, the nearer they identify themselves with the Nicolaitanes, whom the Savior said He hated. They themselves are blind, having been made so by their teachers.
The teaching that the New Testament was originally written in the Greek language is not only false but deceptive. The Hellenization of the Church not only produced a corrupted New Testament, but caused a Greek deity to displace the true Messiah. This was the work, or deeds, done by the Nicolaitanes in the early days. This is now perpetuated by the Christians in these latter days, since they are the offspring of the sect the Savior condemned (Revelation 1:6 and 15).
Many people think that we are just trying to establish another cult, but let us examine the facts. It is admitted that the Savior never heard Himself addressed as "Jesus Christ," not even when Greeks went to Philip and said, "We would see the Messiah" (Holy Name Bible). The Greek proselytes knew Him as "Yahshua," and as the Messiah: "Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other NAME under heaven, given unto men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). The name "Jesus" was never applied to the Savior during His lifetime, nor for nearly 300 years after His death and resurrection, but was substituted for Yahshua the Messiah after the Greeks took over the Church and killed off the faithful followers of the Lamb of Yahweh. They displaced Yahshua the Messiah with their Greek deity, Zeus the Kristos and called him Ie-Zeus (Jesus).
The Nicolaitanes infiltrated the early assembly and finally took over the policy-making. They had overcome the resistance of the saints, who were contending for the faith. They had opened the way for Jezebel, the ancient symbol for seductiveness, to come in and seduce the servants of Yahweh by saying that the Ie-sus Kris-tos (Jesus Christ) was the Greek translation of Yahshua the Messiah. This ruse was so successful that it has now deceived all the nations of the earth. It is not to be wondered, therefore, that the Scriptures charge Babylon, the Mother of Harlots, with committing fornications (embracing the different religions and deities of the various nations) and mixing their doctrines, which is "the wine of her fornications." She has made all nations of the earth drink and has made drunk all the people.
Who were the Nicolaitanes?
The Nicolaitanes were the evangelists of Zeus (Jupiter) who overcame and conquered the chosen people! They had no leader, but were Niko-Laos themselves. The word "Nicolaitanes" is a compound of the words "Nike" and "Laos" (Nike-Laos). Nike is the name of the Goddess of Victory, or the Winged Victory, and Laos is the Greek word for laity, devotees or followers. Therefore, without any guesswork or speculation, we can identify the Nicolaitanes of the King James Bible as the Nike-laity or Nike-Laos of the original manuscript of John the Revelator. Without any stretch of the imagination, we can identify the same old fellow--Saint Nike-Laos--or Santa Claus, who appears every year in the month of December to remind us that, when we keep Christmas, we are memorializing Zeus, Jupiter, Mithra, Nimrod, Baal, Adon, Apollo, Tammuz, and Bacchus, whose birthday is on the 25th day of December. He seduces the minds of the young, who, in turn, play upon the heartstrings of their parents, forcing them to celebrate even against their will. The independent churches who, when they originally came out from the worldly churches, had repudiated Christmas and Easter as pagan holidays, have been forced to compromise and take notice of these days. Why? Because it is part of the Satanic deception. You cannot divorce the worship of Je-Zeus from the Christmas Saturnalia, with its tree worship, laurel, holy, mistletoe, cakes and wine, nor from Easter with its hot cross buns (cakes to the Queen of Heaven, Astoreth) and bunnies. All these were, and still are, part and parcel of the Babylonian doctrine perpetuated in the Christian churches today.
In Greek mythology, Nike is represented as the Goddess of Victory whose function was to proselytize or evangelize for Zeus--the Greek deity--and ascribe to him all the honor and glory of all the other gods, thus displacing them, so that he might be worshipped in their stead. If you look in Webster's International Dictionary under the heading "Zeus," you will find a picture showing Zeus sitting on a throne with Nike in back of him, in the act of putting a crown of laurel upon his head. This was the symbol that he had won the victory over the other deities. Even our institutions of learning have been contaminated with this pagan idolatry, for when the students of schools, colleges and universities win distinction in a course of study, they are made to don the cap and gown. A Christian minister or priest is then called upon to "do the honors" by pronouncing upon them the Baccalaureate, or the Laurel of the Bacchus. And who is Bacchus? He is Barchus, the meaning of which is "son of Cush"--Nimrod, the personification of Satan, the enemy of Yahweh (see Genesis 10:8-9).
Returning to Zeus in Webster's International Dictionary, you will find that he is the same as the Latin Jupiter, the Spanish Dios, the French Diu, and the Hindu Dayus. He is known as the Father of gods and men (Pope--Poppa of gods and men.) No wonder John the Revelator calls the martyrs the "anti-pas." They were against the father of gods and men! Among the many characteristics ascribed to him, he is know as Zeus-Soter, which means Zeus the Savior. Whose Savior is he? Is he yours?
Of course, this is all mythology; but remember that mythology was, and is, the religion of the pagans. The devotees, or laity of the mythological goddess, Nike, do the work that she was supposed to do. In other words, the deeds of the Nicolaitanes exalted the Greek deity Zeus above the Messiah Yahshua. What they started in the Ephesian Assembly and failed to do, they finally succeeded in making a doctrine in the Assembly of Pergamos. Melchisedek's royal priesthood was superseded by the Babylonian priesthood. The seventh-day Sabbath was overshadowed by the introduction of the venerable day of the SUN (god). Yahweh's feasts, as ordained in the Scriptures, were set aside as having ended, only to be replaced by the new version of the Egypto-Babylonian feast. The clean food laws, ordained for better health, were cast aside for disease-breeding animals, so that the medicine men might reap a harvest. Also, confession of sins to Yahweh was replaced by confession to the priest as in the Babylonian mysteries. The Deuteronomic injunction not to make any baldness on their heads (Deuteronomy 14:1) was scrapped for the shaved crown on the head of the priests as a sign that they are priests to the SUN-GOD, and not to Yahweh.
Some may say that these charges are true only of the Roman Catholic Church, but does not the Bible say that the other churches are daughters (Revelation 17:5)? Surely, if the Roman Catholic Church is the Mother of Harlots, then the Harlots are her daughters. Inasmuch as they are guilty of the same apostasy, is it not the duty of every sincere believer to come out, not only from her (the mother) but also from them (the daughters)? Is it not our duty to leave all these paganisms behind, and return to the Law and the Testimony (Isaiah 8:20); to keep the commandments of Yahweh, and the Testimony of Yahshua the Messiah (Revelation 12:17)?
The great impact of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit at PENTECOST (Acts 2), launched a great evangelistic campaign to bring the people back to Yahweh and His righteousness, through His Heaven-sent Redeemer, Yahshua the Messiah. This occurrence caused the leaders of the then-existing religions to tremble. In order to uphold these false religions, the leaders resorted to the persecution of the Apostles (see Acts 19:19, 20; Acts 16:17, 24; Acts 19:17, 35--Fox's Book of Martyrs). But persecutions could not quench the fire of the Holy Spirit in those who had received it. Under persecution, the Assembly of Believers increased, since, for every one of the faithful martyrs of the Lamb of Yahweh who went down, five would spring up to join their ranks. The blood of the martyrs was the true seed of the congregation of the Messiah. When, after three centuries, these measures of persecution failed in the suppression of the "FAITH once delivered to the saints," the Babylonian clergy, in conjunction with their governments, resorted to tactics of infiltration. They professed conversion and joined the Assembly of Believers. Then they tried to influence the government to cease persecution and give the assemblies rest and security. The stopping of persecution among the saints had a bad effect on them as it took away their ardor and zeal and made them soft. They no longer felt as much need of prayer as they had under persecution. In their apparent ease and security, they began to lose their first love. Following this, the false teachers began to cast stumbling blocks in the way of believers, as the Savior diagnosed their condition in Revelation 2:14-15. When speaking to the congregation of Pergamos, He says, "But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold to the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to IDOLS and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold to the doctrine of the Nike-laitanes WHICH THING I HATE. REPENT OR ELSE...!"
So you see, dear believers, whoever you are, that the doctrine of Balaam was just as active in the New Testament congregation as it had been in the Old Testament at the time of Moses. The eating of things sacrificed to IDOLS, which was PAGAN back then, is CHRISTIAN today. The eating of the Christmas goose and the delightful roast SWINE was a delicacy to be eaten on the memorial of the birthday of Baal, Mithra, Jupiter, Je-Zeus (See 1 Maccabees 1:54-59). The month of Chisleu is the equivalent of the modern December. The tree worship of Jeremiah 10 was also connected with the worship of Jupiter. The Easter eggs, bunnies and hot cross buns were things sacrificed to the Goddess Astoreth, Astarte, Easter or Oastre (see Jeremiah 44:19 and Jeremiah 7:18.). Yahweh has repudiated such practices (see Amos 5:25-26; Zephaniah 1:4-5; Hosea 2:5-8; Isaiah 65:11; Ezekiel 23:38-44; 1 Corinthians 10:20-22; Numbers 25:4-9; and John 4:22).
The time has now come that Yahweh is calling on His people, whom He has favored with His grace, to seek Him and His SACRED NAME, by purging the pagan names of the deities from their lips. Through the prophet Hosea, He says, "Thou shalt call Me no more Baali (LORD). For I will take away the names of Baalim (Lords) out of their (the Church's) mouth, and they (the lords) shall no more be remembered by their name" (Hosea 2:16-17).
Of these days the prophet Micah says, "The voice of Yahweh crieth unto the city and the man of wisdom will see THY name" (Micah 6:9). Isaiah saw the Holy One of Israel looking down on the condition of His people as they were going through tribulation and said, "Therefore My people shall know My name; therefore, they shall know in that day that I am HE that doth speak: behold it is I" (Isaiah 52:6). And the Psalmist saith, "And they that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee, for Thou, O Yahweh, has not forsaken them that seek Thee" (Psalm 9:10). "For some trust in chariots and some in horses; but we will remember the name of Yahweh our Elohim" (Psalm 20:7).
Worshipping the Creator-Redeemer by the names of pagan deities is not honoring Him. It is ascribing to another the glory that ought to be ascribed to Him. Yahweh makes an awesome revelation through Isaiah, "I am Yahweh: that is My name and My glory I will not give to another, neither My praise to graven images" (Isaiah 42:8). Jeremiah is hopeful of the people coming to the light of the true name of Yahweh, for he, speaking for Yahweh says, "Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no mighty ones? Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know. I will cause them to know Mine hand and My might: and they shall know that My name is Yahweh" (Jeremiah 16:21).
Let us take the advice of the prophet Hosea when he says, "Come, let us return unto Yahweh; for He hath torn, and He will heal us: for He hath smitten and He will bind us up" (Hosea 6:1). In closing, let me say with Micah that, while all the people (Christian-Nicolaitanes) will walk every one in the name of his Elohim (gods), we will walk in the Name of Yahweh our Elohim forever and ever (Micah 4:5).
The Church Nicolaitanes will have the Babylonian names of Blasphemy upon their foreheads (Revelation 17:5). But the congregation of the Redeemed will have the Name of the Lamb and the Name of His Father upon their foreheads (Revelation 14:1).
Which will you have? Choose you this day whom you will serve--Yahweh or Baal, Yahshua or Ie-Zeus, Messiah or Kristos?
Acts 2:38--Repent and be baptized every one of you in the NAME of Yahshua for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
--By A. B. Traina and Mr. & Mrs. Lester Glenn