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This is the first church the Lord allowed John to see, and as follows:
1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write ; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne , and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured , and hast not fainted . 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen , and repent , and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent . 6 But this thou hast , that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate . 7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
The discription of the Nicolaitans,
�Sacrificed to Idols�
The Nicolaitans seduced God�s people to �eat things sacrificed to idols� � that is, participate in heathen, pagan festivals, including sexual immorality � in other words, to commit spiritual fornication and adultery � which is IDOLATRY! This convergence of Christianity with pagan beliefs and practices was sheer APOSTASY in the eyes of God!
The Interpreter�s Bible Dictionary tells us, �Since the same practice and teaching of immorality and of idolatry appear in the church of Thyatira, the Nicolaitans, though not named, were probably present also in this church (Rev.2:20-25)� (p.547). By the time of the Thyatira church age, the problem had grown into a much greater state or condition, for at that time a woman, �Jezebel,� represented the group of apostate heretics and their heresy � a powerful church in conflict with the true Church, masquerading as the true Church. John wrote, to Thyatira, �Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because YOU ALLOW THAT WOMAN JEZEBEL, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce my servants to commit sexual immorality and to eat things sacrificed to idols� (Rev.2:20). God says of that heathen �church,� which inculcated massive pagan practices and festivals into its church calendar, �Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit ADULTERY [idolatry!] with her into GREAT TRIBULATION, unless they repent of their deeds� (v.22).
December 18th, 2009
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