Rev. 2:6 Yet you do have this: you hate the practices of the Nicolatians.
The problems with false teachings, false doctrines, and the spirit of Nicolaitan ministers and teachers, was foretold to become very serious and extreme in the “end of days.” The apostle Paul warned, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in the LATTER TIMES some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron” (I Tim.4:1-2).
In his second letter to Timothy, Paul issued the same warning, only more explicit He wrote, “But know this, that in the LAST DAYS perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a FORM of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the TRUTH. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth.” (II Tim.3:1-8).
The Nicolaitan condition is like a spiritual cancer, that spreads and poisons cells and creates tumors and metastasizes (i.e. spreads into every possible place) until it spreads its lethal cargo throughout the whole body. If it is not purged, it leads ultimately to death. Therefore, God tells His true ministers, and servants, to be on their guard.
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with al longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (II Tim.4:2-4). I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking we’ve kinda reached this point in time…agree?
Each one of us is responsible for our own salvation. We dare not trust any man to do our work, study, prayer, or research for us – we must work out our own salvation, “with fear and trembling” (Phil.2:12-13). Paul also declared, “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” (Eph.4:14).
Salvation is serious business! It is the most important thing that you will do in your entire life. The spirit of Nicolaus/Nimrod and religious deception is alive and well, and thriving in this end-time generation. You can easily find these ‘religious leaders’ stocking the shelves of Christian book stores (and that’s a whole ‘nother topic right there). …or turn on TBN or pick up ‘Christianity Today’. They’re a-dime-a-dozen and they’re all over the place. Just look around – they’re all over the place.
There’s a lot of New Age, deceptive teachings floating around under the guise of Christianity. The body of Christ has fallen asleep at the wheel and is therefore letting these teachings move right in to its churches and bible studies. The whole time Jesus is pleading, “My beloved, come out from her! Quit listening to these phony teachers who call themselves Mine. STUDY to show YOURself approved!”
I truly believe we are seeing the beginning of the end – that we are in the End Time. Our nation’s president has just withdrawn America’s support of Israel despite her people’s protest. Israel will, according to scripture, end up standing completely alone. But these are all precursors of His return. I am each day praying, “Lord, prepare the heart of the person I will talk with today about you. Let them come to know you.“