We read the warning to the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2:6 "But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate." and to the church at Pergamos in verse 15 "So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate". Ephesus hated the doctrine while Pergamos held to or practiced it. A close look at the meaning of the name should be revealing.
NICOLAITAN:conqueror of the assembly
NICO means a VICTOR, CONQUEROR (imposing ruler over) ( eg. nicotene rules the smoker)
LAITAN means LAITY (those of the assembly)
Throughout history "the general assembly and congregation of the firstborn, which are written in heaven" have struggled under the Satanic Nicolaitan philosophy. 'Church' leadership (not meeting the true scriptural qualifications) has placed deceptive, unfounded and unscriptural interpretations (eg.various ordinances, required attendance, membership, required tithes and pledges,and various other judgement calls etc.) upon the saints, so that there is no doubt who is in charge (certainly not the Messiah). They judged those harshly who fell short of these unsound demands. "Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot" Jeremiah 12:10. "Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith AYAH. Therefore thus saith AYAH Alohim of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the AYAH." Jeremiah 23:1,2 In 1 Peter 5:3, Peter wrote; "Neither as being masters over Alohim's heritage, but being examples to the flock." Another instance is mentioned in III John verse 9,10: "I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, received us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against [ berate idly] us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would and casteth them out of the congregation." The people lost the freedom to follow the Word as the leaders claimed absolute final authority. The Pharisee's were reprimanded by the Saviour for this very thing. As noted in the preceeding verses this 'doctrine' is to be hated.
Rome as the earthly 'Mother of harlots' has had an influence upon her 'harlots' (the many protestant denominations and church groups), who practice this evil doctrine today as they burden their flocks and the Elect .Their fruits show that they are 'harlots' as they indulge in other pagan activities such as Easter, Christmas, 'Saturns' day, and 'Sun'day worship, and other false doctrines. Today's leaders use scripture to justify their actions when necessary; just like Satan has so often done; and as their predecessors did. The Elect will almost be deceived.
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