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That head of that Nicolaitane bunch was not about to let the church come through with its signs and wonders and divers manifestations of the Holy Ghost, with their faces shining with the glory of God. It was too risky, as he might lose some of his crowd. So Balak refused to let Israel pass through. In fact, so great was his fear of them, that he went to an hireling prophet called Balaam and asked him to mediate between him and God and petition the Almighty to curse Israel, and render them impotent. And Balaam, being eager to take part in political affairs and become a great man, was only too glad to do so. But seeing that he had to approach to, and receive an audience from God to get the people cursed as he could not do it by himself, he went to ask God if he could have His permission to go. Now isn't that just like the Nicolaitanes we have with us today? They curse everyone that won't go their way.



The Nicolaitanes kept smothering them out until the dark ages. Luther's age brought out the first step of grace, a little Light begin to shine. Then come forth, after that come John Wesley with sanctification, growed a little brighter. And then come the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the Pentecostals, bringing back again the faith of the fathers. But they could not keep it that way; thus they had to organize it; and then they started right back into Nicolaitane again, just exactly what the Bible said they'd do.


Now, the word "Pergamos" means, "married." The very word "Pergamos" means "married." Christianity (that is, the Nicolaitanes side, the formal side) married to the state with pagan ceremonies. Pagan ceremonies... And it was the birth of the Catholic church in that day.

Now, anyone knows that the Catholic church was brought into existence at the Nicene Council. Before there, it was called a Nicolaitane by God; which means "nico--nico," "to conquer, overcome or overthrow the laity." And when they did that, they didn't want the Spirit amongst the people, and "pastors," which means "shepherds," to let the Holy Spirit...


And Saint Patrick was a--a nephew of the great Saint Martin. Which, was one of the greatest that we've ever had in the line of men since Jesus Christ, was Saint Martin.

His churches was all filled with the Holy Ghost; they all spoke in tongues, had signs, and wonders, and miracles, just all kinds of miracles taking place. He kept the Pentecostal faith in the midst of that church age that was wedding to Catholicism; paganism and the Nicolaitane wedding together, making an organization. And making the--the Nicolaitanes... And we call them "Nico," means "to conquer, conquer or overthrow the laity," and take the Holy Spirit away from the congregation, and just the priest is holy, just the man. See? And then they live anyway they want to, I guess, and just as long as they confess it to the priest.


And God said that the deeds of the Nicolaitanes (which was in the Ephesians), over in the the little church of Pergamos became a doctrine, and said it was a doctrine of Balaam. And Balaam was the one who taught Israel to go over there and commit fornications, or they committed fornications with Moab, which was a lukewarm church member, or the common church, the great organization. And we find out that God said, that Nicolaitane doctrine which was the--take the--put all the power up in a church and set it aside and make it an organization, He said, "You hate it, and I hate it too." He just keeps saying, "Hate it. Hate it. Hate it." And it's come into full swing here. See how the church squeezed out, right up here till just a little bitty thing, and that's the church we're on now.


Now, they said that this church then was a prophet. Now, remember, it's changed from this Nicolaitane now; it's changed over to a her (You see it?), a Jezebel. Now, last night it was the doctrine of Balaam (See?), doctrine of the Nicolaitanes and doctrine of Balaam.

Now, Balaam was the one who made whoredom with Israel. And what did the--the--the Nicolaitanes do? Made the organization. So put them both together and you got a her, church. Sure. Revelations 17, "The great whore that sets upon many waters." Woman, prostitute... What is she, or how is she a prostitute? She's committing fornications, spiritual fornications, misinterpreting the Word to the people. "Get away from that fanaticism." That's real fanaticism. That's right.


This beginning with Philadelphia...

And this up here represents the--the Pentecostal power, or a church that was on Pentecost. It was quite a large church at the beginning, but they started a--a--a denominational spirit coming among them, trying to denominate the church, which was called the deeds of the Nicolaitanes. Can you hear me way back? Yeah? All right. The deeds of the Nicolaitanes, Now, it wasn't a doctrine yet.

And then we took the Word and broke it down, what was "deeds," what was "Nicolaitane." That's a foreign name to us, Nicolaitane, so I took the Greek and broke it down. And "Nico" means "to conquer, or to overcome, or overthrow something." Nicolaitane, "laitane" is the church, "laity." Nicolaitane, a--a deeds that was trying to overthrow the laity and put all the blessing... And the only one to read the Bible, the only one to give the interpretation, would be the bishop or some great head person of the church.


Each one of these Gentile ages is infallibly proved of their messenger, of the message, and what would happen. This age here was a glorious age. The next age it said there would be a doctrine called--or something come in called "the--the sayings of the Nicolaitanes." Then it come the next thing unto a doctrine. Then it come marriage to the Nicolaitane church and the persecuting of the saints. Everything happened just that way. We come to the next one, just a little bit of light begin. "You got a little of strength, and you got a name that you live, but you're dead. Strengthen that which you already have, lest I come and remove the candlestick."

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Remember in the church ages when we opened the first church age back there, we found out that the Holy Spirit was against a certain thing that got started in that church age, and that was called "the deeds of the Nicolaitanes." You remember it? "Nico" means "to conquer." "Laity" means "the church, the laity." "Nicolaitanes" "to conquer the laity": take the Holy Spirit out of the church and give it all to one holy man, let him be the boss of all of it. You went through it (See?), Nicolaitane. Notice, Nicolaitia was a--a saying in one church; it become a doctrine in the next church age. And in the third church age it was a forcement; and they had the Nicaea Council. And it was then made a doctrine and a church.

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So they begin to get together and begin to think, "Now, we'll form something a little different." And Jesus, right immediately at the first church age, He told them in the 2nd chapter of Revelations here, "I have somewhat against you, because these deeds of the Nicolaitanes." "Nico," "conquer the laity." In other words, they want to make... Instead of everybody be one, they want to make some holy fellow. They wanted to make some kind of... They wanted to pattern it in paganism from where they had come out from, and they finally done it.

Now, watch. First Nicolaitane. The Nicolaitane was called in the Bible, antichrist, because it was against the original doctrine of Christ and the apostles.


Now isn't that just like the Nicolaitanes we have with us today? They curse everyone that won't go their way.

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