Nicolaitan Teacher

The Messiah Hates the Teaching of Nicolaitans - the Very Foundation of Pauline Christianity

"Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7'He who has an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Revelation 2:6

"But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality.15'So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans"  Revelation 2:14

The teaching of the Nicolaitans and Balaam have 4 very distinct features that form the very foundation of the practice of Christianity:  

1.  The abolition of the Law (antinomianism - see here)
2.  The eating of things given to idols
3.  Immorality permitted
  Creation of clergy system 

In the four cases above, this is precisely what Paul (Sha'ul) taught to converts in Antioch, Ephesus, and Pergamum

1. Paul claims the Law is a curse:

  Galatians 3:10-11
For those who are of the works of The Written Law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who shall not do all 
  that is written in this Law.” 
Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, "THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL 

  Galatians 3:13
  "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung 
    on a pole."

2. Paul's obvious approval on eating food offered to idols (or anything for that matter)

  1 Corinthians 8:4-8
So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is 
  no God but one.”
 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and 
  many “lords”),
 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but 
  one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

  7 But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial 
  food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak,it is defiled.
 But food does not 
  bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

Romans 14:14-20
14 "I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards 
   something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean.
 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you 
   are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died.
 16 Therefore do not let what you 
   know is good be spoken of as evil.
 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, 
   peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives 
   human approval.

  19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God 
   for the sake of food. All food is clean, 
but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.

 1 Corinthians 10:25-27
 Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for, "The earth is the Lord's, and  everything in it."

Is Paul correct? No - the Messiah Himself reveals that this is a LIE:

Revelation 2:20
"Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols."

Paul's deceitful words sound strikingly similar to those of the deceiving serpent in the Garden of Eden.

3. Paul Permits Immorality 

1 Corinthians 7:14-15
"For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy. 15Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace.

This also goes against the Word of the Messiah:

Matthew 19:9
"I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery."

The Messiah is clearly stating that ONLY under the condition of sexual immorality may divorce - Paul is stating that if an unbeliever simply leaves the abandoned spouse is free to take up with another.

4.  Paul Creates the Clerical System

Greek meaning of word Nicolaitans

The Greek word for Nicolaitans (Strong's Concordance Number #G3531) found in Revelation is actually three words combined. As a proper noun, it TRANSFERS, but is not translated, into English. The three Greek words used are Nikos, Laos and Ton.

The first Greek part of the English word Nicolaitans is NIKOS. We use the English equivalents instead of the Greek letters, as we shall also of the other two. Nikos is defined as "a conquest, victory, triumph, the conquered and by implication, those who are dominate over the defeated." Another transferred name in which this word is used is Nicopolis. It is composed of Niko, which means conquest, and polis, which means city.Nicopolis therefore means the city of conquest, or city of victory.

The middle part of the word Nicolaitans, in the Greek is LAOS. This word means people. It also is in NICOLAS, which transfers and composes into 'Nikos-laos.' This means one who is "victorious over the people," the letter "s" being in both words the nominative case ending, which is retained only at the end of the word to denote the case, while "a" short and "o" short are contracted into "a" long. A still further transferred use of LAOS is found in the name LaoSdiceans (Strong's Concordance Number #G2994), compounded with DIKE or DICE.

The last part of the word in question is TON. It is contracted into a long "a," thus making the word TAN which is the genitive case plural in all the genders of the definite article 'the.' We therefore have, without the legal Greek construction, the English hyphenated word NIKOS-LAOS-TON, but which, with its lawful contractions, becomes the English translation found in Revelation.


In its ecclesiastical setting, Nicolaitans means the bishops and prelates of the Church have gained a triumphal victory or conquest over the LAITON, the laity. Members are compelled and forced to submit to the arbitrary dominion of men who have become that thing which God hates.

Ephesians 4:11
"And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors andTEACHERS, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

This goes completely against the Word of the Messiah:

"Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10"Do not be called TEACHERS; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11"But the greatest among you shall be your servant."

A look at the Background of Both the Nicolaitans and Balaam:

Nicolaitans Historical Background

Ireneus and Hippolytus, two leaders in the Early Church who recorded many of the events that occurred in the earliest recorded days of Church history, said the Nicolaitans were the spiritual descendants of Nicolas of Antioch, who had been ordained as a deacon in Acts 6:5. That verse says, "And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch."

Who Converted proselytes in Antioch?  Paul - the false apostle:

And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul;26and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.  Acts 11:26

"But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching with many others also, the word of the Lord"Acts 15:35


Nicolaitans were one of the heretical sects that plagued the churches at Ephesus* and at Pergamum, according to Revelation 2:6,15. Irenaeus identifies them as followers of Nicolas, one of the seven chosen in Acts 6, and as men who "lead lives of unrestrained indulgence"^[1]^. He also relates them to Gnosticism: "John, the disciple of the Lord, preaches this faith (the deity of Christ), and seeks, by the proclamation of the Gospel, to remove that error which by Cerinthus had been disseminated among men, and a long time previously by those termed Nicolaitans, who are an offset of that 'knowledge' falsely so called, that he might confound them, and persuade them that there is but one God, who made all things by His Word"^[2]^. There is also historical evidence of a Gnostic sect called Nitolaitans a century or so later.

The doctrine of the Nicolaitans appears to have been a form of antinomianismwhich makes the fatal mistake that man can freely partake in sin because the Law of God is no longer binding.** It held the truth on the gratuitous reckoning of righteousness; but supposed that a mere intellectual "belief" in this truth had a saving power.

Nicolaitans of the 2nd century seem to have continued and extended the views of the 1st century adherents, holding to the freedom of the flesh and sin, and teaching that the deeds of the flesh had no effect upon the health of the soul and consequently no relation to salvation.

Today, the doctrine is now largely taught that the gospel of Christ has made God's law of no effect: that by "believing" we are released from the necessity of being doers of the Word. But this is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which Christ so unsparingly condemned in the book of Revelation.**


  1. Irenaeus Against Heresies, Book 1, Chapter 26
  2. Irenaeus Against Heresies, Book 3, Chapter 11



*   Ephesus is the city where "Ephesians" from the NT Bible where Saul (Paul) taught his heretical, Lawless doctrine. 
**The Lawless practice of the Nicolaitans is clearly one and the same Lawless practice of Christianity - its doctrine 
         that one is "saved by grace" and no longer subject to God's Law is precisely the same doctrine Paul taught.

Balaam Historical Background

Balaam (Hebrew: בִּלְעָם, Standard Bilʻam Tiberian Bilʻām, English pronunciation /ˈbeɪlæm/[1] ) is a diviner in theTorah, his story occurring towards the end of the Book of Numbers (Hebrew: במדבר). The etymology of his name is uncertain, and discussed below. Every ancient reference to Balaam considers him a non-Israelite, a prophet, and the son of Beor, though Beor is not so clearly identified. Though other sources describe the apparently positive blessings he delivers upon the Israelites, he is reviled as a "wicked man"[2] in the major story concerning him. Balaam refused to speak what God did not speak and would not curse the Israelites, even though KingBalak of Moab offered him money to do so. (Numbers 22–24). But Balaam's error and the source of his wickedness came from sabotaging the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land. According to Numbers 31:16 and Revelation 2:14, Balaam returned to King Balak and informed the king on how to get the Israelites to curse themselves by enticing them with prostitutes and unclean food sacrificed to idols. The Israelites fell into transgression due to these traps and God sent a deadly plague to them as a result (Numbers 31:16).

Nikolaus and Balaam Similar in Meaning
A theory, started in comparatively modern times, and based in part on the similarity of meaning of the Greek "Nikolaus," and the Hebrew "Balaam," puts forward the view that the two sects referred to under these names were in reality identical.


It is clearly obvious that Christianity's foundation is based entirely from the Lawless doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitans whose founders, Paul and Nicolas, respectively, trace their origins to the same city of Antioch during the same time frame and have the same common city of infiltration of Ephesus (Ephesians was written by Paul who taught his Lawless doctrine AND gave them the "permission" to eat foods offered to idols.

It is small wonder that Paul, the false apostle and Anti-Elohim who was preaching Lawlessness, was rejected by the very churches of Asia that are mentioned in the Book of Revelation:

                                 "For you know this, that all those who are in Asia have turned away from me..."  2 Timothy 1:15

The Messiah makes it clear HE HATES the Lawless doctrines and practices of Nicolaitans which  Christianity IS GUILTY of practicing THE EXACT SAME THINGS.