THE 7 CHURCHES IN REVELATION KEEP THE LAW

Dr. Jorge Mata-Torres, Ph.D.

Brother Jorge
(Dr. Jorge Mata-Torres)
Author, Editor, & Publisher - Chosen of Israel



The 7 Churches of Asia in Revelation Keep the Torah



Now note that John is instructed to direct his letters to the 7 Churches of Asia - repeat - of Asia - not to everyone. Now consider the following:


1. Church of Ephesus -  The first thing mentioned is recognizing those who persevere and do not fall to false apostles such as Paul or Barnabbas that Revelation itself proves they are NOT because ONLY the 12 True Apostles are recognized. They are told to repent and do the deeds they did at first - this could only be to return to keeping Torah, if not, they will have their Menorah (lampstand) removed. 

2. Church of Smyrna - Those who say they are Jews but are not - they are of the Synagogue of Satan. They are told to persevere in the faith of the Father's synagogue - Torah was kept in synagogues.

3. Church of Pergamum - Those who held the faith during the days of Antipas are recognized - this happened between 20 BC - 39 AD. During this period, the Torah (the Law) was kept - not "Christianity" which had not spawned yet. They are scolded to turn their ways of eating things sacrificed to idols. Who approves eating things sacrificed to idols? Paul:

1 Corinthians 8:4-13Paul says that eating things offered to an idol is not immoral, because “an idol is nothing at all.” An idol is an inanimate object. “Food,” he says, “does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.”

 
4. Church of Thyatira - Recognized for its deeds, love, faith, service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first - but are scolded for eating things sacrificed to idols. Who approves eating meat sacrificed to idols? Paul:

1 Corinthians 8:4-13, Paul says that eating things offered to an idol is not immoral, because “an idol is nothing at all.” An idol is an inanimate object. “Food,” he says, “does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.” 

Paul's heretical doctrine of permission to eat things offered to idols completely contradicts what the Messiah then tells the Church of Thyatira? 
"He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds (keeps Torah) until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS;"  Rev. 2:26

'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.' Rev 2:29  -  The Messiah is clearly saying pay attention to what the Holy Spirit is telling the churches and apply it to your life and overcome to have authority over the nations. Those who practice Lawlessness did not overcome and will be rejected from the Kingdom of Heaven.

5. Church of Sardis - the Messiah warns Sardis to "wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God." Rev. 3:2   because He will come as a thief in the night so He is telling them (us) to be alert and fulfill those aspects of Torah that are missing.

6. Church of Philadelphia - this church endured patiently, they "have kept My word (kept His Torah) and have not denied My name" Rev. 3:8

7. Church of Laodicea - The lukewarm church - neither hot or cold... (in keeping Torah) the Messiah warns to overcome to sit with Him at His throne in the Kingdom of Heaven.


It is small wonder that Paul, the false apostle and Anti-Elohim who was preaching Lawlessness was rejected by these very churches of Asia:

                       "For you know this, that all those who are in Asia have turned away from me..."  2 Timothy 1:15


Bottomline - The Churches of Asia serve as a model of what the Messiah expects of those to sit by His side in the Kingdom of Heaven - and it is abundantly clear we are to keep the Torah to get there.


4.  The Messiah Hates the Deeds of Nicolaitans - the Very Foundation of Christianity


"Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God."                                                                                                                                                                                                        Revelation 2:6

"But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality.15'So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans Revelation 2:14


The teaching of the Nicolaitans and Balaam have 4 very distinct features that form the very foundation of the practice of Christianity:  

1.  The abolition of the Law (antinomianism - see here)
2.  The eating of things given to idols
3.  Immorality permitted
4.  Creation of clergy system 

In the four cases above, this is precisely what Paul (Sha'ul) taught to converts in Antioch, Ephesus, and Pergamum



1. Paul claims the Law is a Curse:

  Galatians 3:10-11
  "
For those who are of the works of The Written Law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who shall not do       all that is written in this Law.” Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, "THE RIGHTEOUS MAN 
  SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."

  Galatians 3:13
  "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung 
    on a pole."



2. Paul's obvious approval on eating food offered to idols (or anything for that matter)

  1 Corinthians 8:4-8
  
So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is 
  no God but one.”
 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and 
  many “lords”),
 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but 
  one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

  7 But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial 
  food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak,it is defiled.
 But food does not 
  bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.


  Romans 14:14-20
  
14 "I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards 
   something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean.
 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, 
   you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died.
 16 Therefore do not let what 
   you know is good be spoken of as evil.
 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of 
   righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God 
   and receives human approval.

  19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of           God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 


 1 Corinthians 10:25-27
 Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for, "The earth is the Lord's, and  everything in it."


Is Paul correct? No - the Messiah Himself reveals that this is a LIE:

Revelation 2:20

"Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols."


Paul's deceitful words sound strikingly similar to those of the deceiving serpent in the Garden of Eden.



3. Paul Permits Immorality 

1 Corinthians 7:14-15
"For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy. 15Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace.

This also goes against the Word of the Messiah:

Matthew 19:9
"I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery."

The Messiah is clearly stating that ONLY under the condition of sexual immorality may divorce - Paul is stating that if an unbeliever simply leaves the abandoned spouse is free to take up with another.


4.  Paul Creates the Clerical System

Greek meaning of word Nicolaitans

The Greek word for Nicolaitans (Strong's Concordance Number #G3531) found in Revelation is actually three words combined. As a proper noun, it TRANSFERS, but is not translated, into English. The three Greek words used are Nikos, Laos and Ton.

The first Greek part of the English word Nicolaitans is NIKOS. We use the English equivalents instead of the Greek letters, as we shall also of the other two. Nikos is defined as "a conquest, victory, triumph, the conquered and by implication, those who are dominate over the defeated." Another transferred name in which this word is used is Nicopolis. It is composed of Niko, which means conquest, and polis, which means city.Nicopolis therefore means the city of conquest, or city of victory.

The middle part of the word Nicolaitans, in the Greek is LAOS. This word means people. It also is in NICOLAS, which transfers and composes into 'Nikos-laos.' This means one who is "victorious over the people," the letter "s" being in both words the nominative case ending, which is retained only at the end of the word to denote the case, while "a" short and "o" short are contracted into "a" long. A still further transferred use of LAOS is found in the name LaoSdiceans (Strong's Concordance Number #G2994), compounded with DIKE or DICE.

The last part of the word in question is TON. It is contracted into a long "a," thus making the word TAN which is the genitive case plural in all the genders of the definite article 'the.' We therefore have, without the legal Greek construction, the English hyphenated word NIKOS-LAOS-TON, but which, with its lawful contractions, becomes the English translation found in Revelation.

REAL WORLD MEANING

In its ecclesiastical setting, Nicolaitans means the bishops and prelates of the Church have gained a triumphal victory or conquest over the LAITON, the laity. Members are compelled and forced to submit to the arbitrary dominion of men who have become that thing which God hates.
Source: http://www.biblestudy.org/basicart/why-does-god-hate-practices-of-the-nicolaitans.html


Ephesians 4:11
"And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors andTEACHERS, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

This goes completely against the Word of the Messiah:

Matthew 
23:9-11
"Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10"Do not be called TEACHERS; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11"But the greatest among you shall be your servant."



A look at the Background of Both the Nicolaitans and Balaam:


Nicolaitans Historical Background

Ireneus and Hippolytus, two leaders in the Early Church who recorded many of the events that occurred in the earliest recorded days of Church history, said the Nicolaitans were the spiritual descendants of Nicolas of Antioch, who had been ordained as a deacon in Acts 6:5. That verse says, "And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch."
Source: http://www.lightsource.com/ministry/refuel-with-rick/articles/who-were-the-nicolaitans-and-what-was-their-doctrine-and-deeds--14510.html

Who Converted proselytes in Antioch?  Paul - the false apostle:

And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul;26and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.  Acts 11:26

"But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching with many others also, the word of the Lord"Acts 15:35


Nicolaitans

Nicolaitans were one of the heretical sects that plagued the churches at Ephesus* and at Pergamum, according to Revelation 2:6,15. Irenaeus identifies them as followers of Nicolas, one of the seven chosen in Acts 6, and as men who "lead lives of unrestrained indulgence"^[1]^. He also relates them to Gnosticism: "John, the disciple of the Lord, preaches this faith (the deity of Christ), and seeks, by the proclamation of the Gospel, to remove that error which by Cerinthus had been disseminated among men, and a long time previously by those termed Nicolaitans, who are an offset of that 'knowledge' falsely so called, that he might confound them, and persuade them that there is but one God, who made all things by His Word"^[2]^. There is also historical evidence of a Gnostic sect called Nitolaitans a century or so later.

The doctrine of the Nicolaitans appears to have been a form of antinomianismwhich makes the fatal mistake that man can freely partake in sin because the Law of God is no longer binding.** It held the truth on the gratuitous reckoning of righteousness; but supposed that a mere intellectual "belief" in this truth had a saving power.

Nicolaitans of the 2nd century seem to have continued and extended the views of the 1st century adherents, holding to the freedom of the flesh and sin, and teaching that the deeds of the flesh had no effect upon the health of the soul and consequently no relation to salvation.

Today, the doctrine is now largely taught that the gospel of Christ has made God's law of no effect: that by "believing" we are released from the necessity of being doers of the Word. But this is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which Christ so unsparingly condemned in the book of Revelation.**

REFERENCES

  1. Irenaeus Against Heresies, Book 1, Chapter 26
  2. Irenaeus Against Heresies, Book 3, Chapter 11

EXTERNAL LINKS

Source: http://www.theopedia.com/nicolaitans


*   Ephesus is the city where "Ephesians" from the NT Bible where Saul (Paul) taught his heretical, Lawless doctrine. 
**The Lawless practice of the Nicolaitans is clearly one and the same Lawless practice of Christianity - its doctrine 
         that one is "saved by grace" and no longer subject to God's Law is precisely the same doctrine Paul taught.


Balaam Historical Background

Balaam (Hebrew: בִּלְעָם, Standard Bilʻam Tiberian Bilʻām, English pronunciation /ˈbeɪlæm/[1] ) is a diviner in theTorah, his story occurring towards the end of the Book of Numbers (Hebrew: במדבר). The etymology of his name is uncertain, and discussed below. Every ancient reference to Balaam considers him a non-Israelite, a prophet, and the son of Beor, though Beor is not so clearly identified. Though other sources describe the apparently positive blessings he delivers upon the Israelites, he is reviled as a "wicked man"[2] in the major story concerning him. Balaam refused to speak what God did not speak and would not curse the Israelites, even though KingBalak of Moab offered him money to do so. (Numbers 22–24). But Balaam's error and the source of his wickedness came from sabotaging the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land. According to Numbers 31:16 and Revelation 2:14, Balaam returned to King Balak and informed the king on how to get the Israelites to curse themselves by enticing them with prostitutes and unclean food sacrificed to idols. The Israelites fell into transgression due to these traps and God sent a deadly plague to them as a result (Numbers 31:16).
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balaam


Nikolaus and Balaam Similar in Meaning
A theory, started in comparatively modern times, and based in part on the similarity of meaning of the Greek "Nikolaus," and the Hebrew "Balaam," puts forward the view that the two sects referred to under these names were in reality identical.
Source: http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/nicolaitans/


Conclusion

It is clearly obvious that Christianity's foundation is based entirely from the Lawless doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitans whose founders, Paul and Nicolas, respectively, trace their origins to the same city of Antioch during the same time frame and have the same common city of infiltration of Ephesus (Ephesians was written by Paul who taught his Lawless doctrine to them AND gave them the "permission" to eat foods offered to idols and take up immoral behavior with others if abandoned. Christian sites attempt to spin this to distance themselves from it by focusing on those areas that are not alike to escape the chastisement from the Messiah, but there is no mistaking the fact that their main tenets are exactly the same besides the fact that these false doctrines are extremely profitable to its false teachers - yet another detestable practice that is contrary to the ministry of the Messiah and the true Apostles (see here).


The Messiah makes it clear HE HATES the Lawless doctrines and practices of Nicolaitans and Balaam which Christianity IS GUILTY OF PRACTICING THE EXACT SAME THINGS.