Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bound by Nicolaitan Rule?

Nicolaitan doctrine.                                                   
Rev 2
 15 so hast thou, even thou, those holding the teaching of the Nicolaitans -- which thing I hate.
There are many interpretations as to what the Doctrine of the Nicolaitans actually is, for it is a doctrine that Jesus told us clearly that he hates…and because God hates it so,  it is important for Christians to study and see exactly what Jesus is teaching. It is used in the book of Revelation chapter 2 twice by Jesus. The Nicolaitan Doctrine can be seen from the definition of the word itself.
According to the Strong’s lexicon, the word Nikolaïtēs literally means“destruction of people” or “conquering (having victory) over the (people)”
It comes from the Greek words nikos which means 1) victory or to 2) to utterly vanquish, (destroy) and Laodikeus which simply refers to a resident of Laodicea a city in Asia Minor. The church of Laodicea is mentioned in the book of Revelation so the spiritual implications of Laodicea being referenced here (A Place where the believers were LUKEWARM) 
So, the Nicolaitans had DOCTRINES (Teachings, philosophies, beliefs, precepts, and or instructions.) and Practices (Works, deeds, actions) which Jesus hated which infiltrated the church. In this case it is safe to assume these ideas have a religious grounding in them being that they are being promoted in the Body of Christ.
    “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.”
    Examining these two Greek words used here are of value…
    The first Greek word katakyrieuō translated “lord it over them” is a combination of two Greek words kata which means “down from,” “throughout,” or “toward” and kyrieuō which means to be lord of, or to rule, or have dominion over by exercising influence upon, or having power over one. One may note that the Greek word kyrios, is used in reference to the Lord Jesus Christ.
    The words brought together suggest that those who lord it over the flock seek to bring and subject the body of Christ under their own power. The goal is to subdue them, master them, and hold them in subjection, exercising lordship over them.
    We know in the scriptures that there is only One who exclusively has this type of power over the body of Christ, and it is Christ himself. No man can usurp the authority of which Christ has over His body.
    The second Greek word katexousiazō is like the first, it is a combination ofkata, and exousiazō which means to exercise authority over, and or to wield power by “mastering the body.” Now Jesus speaks of the body of Christ as HIS body, but yet there are people out there who are trying to exercise authority, dominion, power, and influence over Christ’s body subjecting it to be under their full and complete control. One is trying to have a dictatorial authority over Christ’s body. Again only Jesus Christ himself has this kind of authority over HIS body.
    This is confirmed again later on in Peter’s epistle.
    The Greek word katakyrieuō is used in this verse as well. This type of authority is forbidden by Jesus in the scriptures and the concept is reiterated and confirmed by the Apostles. Why is it however that so many churches encourage this sort of authoritative structure? Why have we gotten it so wrong? My thinking here is that many have looked at the world and how the world rules and governs and have taken note, bringing those practices into the household of faith.
    It is obvious that the bible describes elders, pastors (bishops) etc as “leaders,” so the question remains, what does the bible say a biblical leader in Christ’s church looks like?
    All one needs to do is take a look at the one of the passages from above:
    Matthew 20:25-28
    Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
    This is so painstakingly simple. A leader in God’s church will be YOUR SERVANT, and whoever wants to be first must be your SLAVE. Do we see this? It is hard for many to get this concept because in the flesh, we want to rule as the gentiles do, and exercise authority and lordship over people. But Jesus said it clearly in the gospels that it will NOT be that way with you. As an elder of God’s flock you are called to give your very life away for the body of Christ, being like Jesus who never did anything on his own behalf, but did the will of his Father till the end.
    Elders lead by their example, and their lives aught to be marked by servanthood to their brothers and sisters in Christ, being SLAVES or servants to ALL in the body of Christ.
    All too often you will find that many elders expect God’s people to serve them just like the Pharisees did in Matthew 23:
    Matthew 23:4-12 (NASB)
    “They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.” But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. “They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men.

    Again, Jesus makes some key distinctions to the disciples; do not call yourself by honorific titles for no one is your teacher or leader other than Christ. The greatest among you shall be your SERVANT and we should ALL follow Christ’s example. How many times must Jesus say it for it to be true?
    Where there is Smoke of Nicolaitanes, there 
    is the Fire of Jezebel!

    "That woman Jezebel" 

    A Jezebel 'spirit' will use lies, gossip, evil surmising, and flat out "false accusations" to achieve her agenda in controlling the groups and sub-groups (cliques) in the church.

    From small and insignificant silly arguments (little foxes) to fomenting hatred and hostility against those she is threatened by.

    When God sends a true prophet/preacher to help the ministry, she will immediately sense true anointing will expose her for what she is and her sins brought to light and begin her campaign to run them off by turning the people against them.

    Jezebel hates God ordained authority! She will act submitted to the local headship, whether it is her relative or most cases it will be spouse or child that is in leadership. She knows how to mimic the anointing, and often does so through music and or fleshly "rah-rah" cheer leading like preaching or testifying.

    This spirit manifests a "crying spirit" quite often that seems authentic, but secretly takes pleasure in destroying those she feels are a threat to her "reign." She really believes she is a "prophetess" of God, but no one else recognizes her position, thus she is deceived  it's lawful for her to manipulate and control behind the scenes.

    Often in smaller congregations the women who are infected by this spirit will have spouses that will not be faithful in attendance /walk...because the Jezebel in these women want to maintain spiritual headship, and will overtly and sub-consciously keep their spouses from their biblical position. Or they will turn their spouse in leadership into their own puppet. Men who are infected will undermine leadership through holding back finances and never helping the ministry in "helps and administrations. Of course they will gossip with those also infected and murmur & complain, causing division and creating heresy.

    There will always be many afflicted with both physical and mental conditions. Depression will be prevalent and anxieties rampant as well as sexual immorality. Should the Pastor or leader not be an "Ahab" that lets his "Queen" run things, he will probably be clueless that his wife called him to pastor and God did not! {Jeremiah 23}

    Another major sign of the Jezebel spirit in ministry will be a "match-making of marriages." Not the harmless type where people like to see "lonely hearts" find love, but to help their agenda in manipulating and controlling for 'filthy lucre sake, and against scripture even "forbid to marry."

    There will be other 'signs' when one looks closer and prays for discernment. While preaching against certain entertainment and worldly amusements, the Ahab/Jezebel family sneaks off and partakes of the forbidden activities. There will also be an attraction to "goddess worship" of worldly television and Media "Queens" who "creep into houses taking captive silly women, laden with sins, led away by divers lust." 2 Tim 3:6

    There will also be reading material that has 'new age' "positive mental attitude" (PMA) influences and even science-fiction of the "Harry Potter/Witch &wardrobe" sort, which will reveal this spirit's leanings. Crystals,candles,incense, owls,frogs, unicorns, fantasy creatures and such-like will also be prevalent.
    Also one can find unusual affinity towards things pertaining to "witchcraft" ie astrology, herbs and healing potions obtained from their "walking in the counsel of the ungodly." Psm 1:1...Behind the scenes Jezebel will teach the women how to "spike" their family's food with many of her concoctions and in some areas where "backwoods hoodoo" is present, recitation of 'spells' disguised as biblical blessings are used. The 'key' will be that things will be taught in secret that are not taught in open where the "Biblical studied" can hear.

    A Jezebel spirit will not allow revival and Church growth if she and Ahab cannot get 100% of the Glory! The few evangelists that are allowed to hold meetings are usually the same "circuit" preachers who will cow-tow to her whims so they can come back for a paycheck.

    This is this end-time "strong delusion" that will beset us if we are not prayed up and studied up in this hour! Many congregations are fighting this spirit at the very top levels of ministry where this spirit seeks to destroy 'CALLED' leadership vs ambitions of  "that woman" and "The System" itself becomes Jezebel." "Queen of Heaven-Mother of God" is the title that "Simeramis" the Wife of Nimrod, took upon herself and all of the "System" of false religion sprang from it's systematic practice and occult sorcery. So when "the system" becomes "Queen" it is because "That woman Jezebel" has taken over the headship!

    So what we see here as these two are connected,(Nico-lateans) is an AHAB & JEZEBEL ruling over God's Church.
    From the Greek, 'Nico' means to rule over and conquer, and 'laitanes' means laity. So it is an oppressive usurping of God's authority over his flock instead of serving in love and humility.

    While Ahab is seen as the "King" who proclaims the "Royal" edicts (suggested by the Queen) that the people must follow or be excommunicated is always Jezebel that is behind the scenes teaching and pointing to their "throne" as divine and offering position and rewards to faithful followers.

    Jezebel hates a true prophet of God and will always try to control the "tongues and interpretations and prophetic uttering in the church. Since she has her spies everywhere, it seems her 'prophesying' is always on target..but not as the Spirit reveals. Those who are deceived because they are under her spell, are participating unfortunately in adultery and fornication (spiritually) by "worshiping" this heresy.

    That is why it is so important not to receive accusations without 2 or 3 witnesses. Satan is the accuser of the brethren! Saints forgive and restore. Murderers hate their brother/sister when they repeat accusations and gossip.

    The word is clear that in these last days God will send a "strong delusion" to those who love not the truth, and they shall believe a lie." Jesus commands us to love and forgive.",they that love me, obey my commandments."

    Do not fall in with those who participate in destroying the vineyard...2 or 3 witnesses (eye witnesses) or I don't want to hear it!

    We know the end of Jezebel! As Mystery Babylon the Great, Mother of harlots dies at the hand of the nations that she seduced, so will those who give themselves over to this spirit in this hour. More and more in this last hour, "Jezebel' will be exposed and if saints who have played with her do not repent...they will be turned over reprobate into "The Apostasy" and believe a lie!

    Because lust and greed are the 'controlling spirits' of these tandems, they will lead all that follow into hell with them when and if confronted with "The Mark" as they will never let go of their ill gained goods.

    In ministries where the Pastor has good discernment, the Jezebel spirit will be less obvious and not many of the above signs can be noticed.

    Because tithing is used as another control tool, the big tithers are respected and the little or unfaithful are ridiculed.I have neve heard of a Church name their library after a poor saint! The Nicolaiteans of today use money like they used superstition in their day to control the uneducated.

    Because she ( Mystery Babylon/Jezebel) is "drunk with the blood of the's like the blood of Abel...crying out of her for justice that will condemn her to the lake of fire with the Beast and Dragon.

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