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Revelation Heretics
(Revelation 2.5-6)
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"Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate." (Revelation 2.5-6)

Allowed Sexual Immorality

Remains of NicolaiNo one really knows exactly who the Nicolaitan heretics were, except that they were hated for their actions. Samuel Taylor Marshall (1812-1895) believed, "The name means conqueror of the people." The biblical scholar David Chilton added that "The Greek term corresponds to the Hebrew 'Balaam' and means 'lord or destroyer of the people." Balaam is presented to us as a diviner in the Old Testament writings. He was reviled as a "wicked man" in 2 Peter 2.15, "They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer [alternative "Bosor"], who loved the wages of wickedness. But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey — an animal without speech — who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet's madness." He refused to curse Israel and instead blessed them even though an angry King Balak of Moab offered him a reward to do so!


The Nicolaitans"Nicolaitans" and those "who hold the teaching of Balaam" in Revelation 2.14 all seemed to be the same people. They were heretics intent on destroying the people of God. They were the same people that "tolerated the woman Jezebel." In Revelation 2.20, "they were Gnostic heretics who encouraged sexual immorality and ate food sacrificed to demons' idols." Perhaps they were heretical sects who mixed Christianity with pagan practices like idol worship or immorality. We don't know for sure but we do know they were hated by God!

"Revelation Heretics"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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