David Jay Jordan's
Doctrine of Nicolaitanes
Twice in the Book of Revelation, the Lord stated that He hated the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes. So again we better find out what
doctrine they had, so as to obey the Lord in not following it. And I guarantee, you will be surprised by an honest search of this
Revelation 2:4 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 Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.
14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a
stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate
Well you may at first glance think it concerns having the doctrine of fornication, because those words precede in the second instance,
but if you study 'eating things sacrificed to idols and fornication' , then it becomes clear that what the Lord is talking about is not
love feasts with fellow Christians, but the deplorable sex rituals where participants make love to idols and strange gods via their
temple prostitutes. (SEE Revelation against Temple Fornication )
But you decide for yourself, with an Internet search on the topic of the Nicolaitanes. For when you do, you will find it rather
difficult, as some say it is a sexual doctrine, while others say it concerns the exact meaning of the word, and how the early church
founded by Jesus directly turned into an impersonal controlled church by man via the hierarchy that was established within the
church to control its members. So your work and discernment is cut out for you, as today's church system does not resemble the
early sexual loving, sold out church of Jesus' time.
But what happened, did the early church heart and soul and love fade with time, or did a branch of the church take total control and
snuff out any true followers of the Lord through persecution and violence and censorship. You better study and find out what
happened, once the church of Jesus got to the point that some of its controlling members wanted to be accepted by the Roman
government and the worldly governments. What happened at the Council of Nicodene and why ?
Anyway, lets move on as lets ...... First, letâ€™s examine what Nicolaitane means. ......Nicolaitane means â€œa follower of Nicolas.â
€� It originates from the Greek words, nikos meaning â€œconquererâ€� or â€œdestroyer,â€� and laos, meaning â€œpeople.â€�
The original Nicolasâ€”Nimrod (Gen. 10:8)â€”was a destroyer of the people. Nicolas is merely the Greek word for Nimrod. Within
two centuries after the Flood, Nimrod had conquered the people and founded man-made civilization. While alive, Nimrod
commanded his subjects to worship him in place of God. Even after his death, his followers continued to worship him as a divine
heroic leader. He was called â€œBaal.â€� This name means â€œmasterâ€� and â€œlord,â€� and is found many times in the Old
Testament. This name describes the positions that Nimrod took to himselfâ€”to be considered Lord and Master of creation. But â
€œBaalâ€� was only one of Nimrodâ€™s many names. ( From http://www.thercg.org/questions/p062.a.html )
The names are symbolic of the heresies they represent. When a name appears in the scriptures its meaning sheds light upon the
spiritual reality behind the name. What was this thing God hated but man loved and would not stop doing? What are these
Nicolaitanes? Weâ€™ll understand it when we know what the name means! The word comes from two Greek words: nikao, which
means "to rule over or to conquer," and laos, which means "the laity or the people." Put these definitions together and you get a
domineering ruling class within the body of Christ whose main agenda is to get the upper hand, conquer, subordinate, and subdue
those who they consider "less gifted," "less knowledgeable," and "less qualified" than themselves!
In the religious world there are those who are called "clergy" and those who are called "laity." Where do you suppose these titles
came from? "Laity, lay person, and layman" are all derivatives from the Greek word laos mentioned above! This is a title that has
come to us from religious Babylon! The clergy are called the "reverends," "doctors," "pastors," "teachers," "evangelists,"
"overseers," "bishops," "ministers," "priests," "superintendents," "leaders," etc. These are often termed "men of the cloth" - men
who wear special attire as a matter of identification as "clergy." These are the people who have the power, authority, and lordship!
The rest of us poor folks are just "laity."
What were the "deeds" of the Nicolaitanes? They were exalting the "clergy" over the "laity"! The clergy class were dominating the
laity, the people. The clergy were exalted whereas the laity were abased. The clergy became the authority, they became the fountain
of all truth, they had the last word, and the laity were the "dumb sheep" that were instructed to follow and do what they were told. I
once read that the saddest thing that happened to the church was when it stopped being a family and became an audience. Most
people have missed the point completely; they conceive of the church as a drama wherein they are merely spectators. In this drama
the minister is the principle actor, God is his prompter whispering His lines in his ear - should he chance to forget them - and the
congregation are the critics who pass their judgment upon the performance when all has been said and done. This can be perceived
by the comments of many people to the minister (actor) who has now made his way to the front door to receive the acclamation of
the spectators. "Good job, preacher! You really did a good job today. You really let â€˜em have it!" Or the comment, "The choir was
really beautiful today." The whole idea expressed seems to be that it was a drama; it was a performance, a show, and you express
your acceptance and your approval. You are the critic and it is up to you to pass your judgment.
We have here a "caste system" of "clergy" and "laity" which has been clearly and soundly repudiated by the firstborn Son of God!
The firstborn Son, the pattern Son, the proto-type of what the life of sonship is all about, said, "You know that the rulers of the
Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men hold them in subjection; but it must not be so among you. On the contrary, whoever
desires to be first among you must be your slave; and whosoever may desire to take rank among you, let him be your servant: just as
the Son of man came not to be served, but to serve. You are not to be called teacher, for One is your Teacher, and you are all
brothers. And do not call anyone on earth father, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. And you must not be called leaders, for
you have one Leader, the Christ. He who is greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and
whosoever humbles himself shall be raised to honor" (Mat. 20:25-27; 23:8-12, Amplified & Ferrar Fenton). Men love to rule, even
though God has called all of us to serve one another. How many churches or groups can we point out today who observe these
words of the Lord Jesus? THINK ABOUT IT!
( From http://ezinearticles.com/?Doctrine-of-the-Nicolaitanes&id=55078 And please read further at this hyperlink
And at http://www.angelfire.com/la2/prophet1/nicolaitans.html and http://188.8.131.52/nics.htm )
Did you think about it, pray about it, and catch the significance of what was written. The new church system that was created in the
fourth century A.D. wanted control over the members, do get them away from trusting in the Spirit and having a personal
relationship with the Lord, so these rulers or laity or new priesthood could control them and every aspect of their lives, so as to
appease their worldly system governments. It was all done for power and gain.
The Paulian asexual branch or sect of the early church in 321 A.D. took control of the whole church and demanded that all obey its
new doctrine. No longer could the disciples have love feasts after their charity feasts of food, but had to become asexual to please
these new church fathers. The whole upper structure or layers were put in place to enforce, threaten and intimidate or persecute any
that violated their new rules. But the Lord hated this separation as ALL were suppose to be equal. And all were suppose to
individually hear from Him and follow Him and be responsible to HIM, their intimate personal God. JESUS died to have an intimate
relationship with His people, and yet the new church system took it away from the Lord. No wonder the Lord hated this doctrine of