A 90-minute documentary about the Revelation 12 Sign called The Sign will air on the Audience Network on DirectTV and U-Verse on September 14th at 8:00 PM EST.
Christians generally don’t hear many sermons from those texts mentioning the Nicolaitans. The reasons might be as individual as the preachers, but it could also be because Revelation 2 is the only place they are mentioned and even at that not much is said about them. What we do know is that the doctrine of the Nicolaitans was an early Christian heresy, and that it was hated by Jesus. Evidently it was associated with the treachery of Balaam, the prophet who was for sale, and based on its name it likely had to do with its emphasis upon the distinction between “clergy” and “laity” also.
One of the mistakes Christians make in reading the Bible is caused by our tendency to look at everything through “Church colored glasses.” By that I mean we read it as if it all applies directly to us without regard for the context or historical background. I know Paul said everything that was written in the past was written to teach us (Romans 15:4) but that doesn’t mean it was all written to us or about us. It means we’re supposed to learn from the experiences of those who came before us. A prime example of this kind of mistake can be found in our interpretation of the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24-25). I’ll show you what I mean.
The Bible says a time will come when a global dictator will require everyone on earth to receive a mark on the right hand or the forehead (Revelation 13:16). Those without the mark won’t be able to buy or sell anything (Revelation 13:17). For centuries, Christians have wondered how this will even be possible. But in recent years, the rise of advanced technology has given us a glimpse as to how it might occur.
If you start reading Ezekiel and understand that all the people around Israel are being prophesied to being slain with the sword. In the above verses, God speaks through Ezekiel about a country called “Elam”.. Where is the land called Elam? This was the name of the land east of Mesopotamia and southwest, which is modern day Iran. Continue reading and as you come to chapter 31 and beyond, it appears to be a chronological order of disaster for all the people who surround Israel. These chapters lead up to the well-known prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39.