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.
I have proposed in this message that Pope Francis “could be” the coming False Prophet, because of the history of the Catholic Church that is filled with violence, murder, sexual sins, and political visions of world dominance.
In 1139 A.D. (about 876 years ago), a Roman Catholic priest named St. Malachy said he had a vision from God (St. Malachy’s Prophecy of the Popes; Google it). According to him, in his vision, God revealed that the Pope at that time (Innocent II) would be followed by 112 more Popes and the 112th Pope would be the False Prophet.
One of the greatest misconceptions in Bible prophecy is the belief that the Antichrist and his sidekick, the False Prophet, will be people of an unmistakable evil nature.
Revelation chapter 13 introduces us to two beasts. The first beast is the Antichrist and he will rise up out of the sea (Revelation 13:1); a symbol in the book of Revelation for peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues (Revelation 17:15).