<The examples of themes for Intercessory Prayer for all churches represented by the Seven Churches>
3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side;
4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:
6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.
Jesus’ letter to the seven churches, which is Revelation Chapters 2 and 3, talks about the word that the Holy Spirit gives to the churches and is the core command of the Holy Spirit to the seven types of churches, which represent all churches on earth in the end time. It is summarized as follows.
<The Core Command of the Holy Spirit>
- Keep your first love and the things you did at first. (Rev 2:4-5) – the Church in Ephesus
- Do not be afraid of the suffering and be faithful even to the point of death. (Rev 2:10) – the Church in Smyrna
- Do not fall for the teachings of Balaam and Nicolaitans who pursue greed and authority. (Rev 2:14-15) – the Church in Pergamum
- Repent of the immorality when given an opportunity to repent (Rev 2:20-21) – the Church in Thyatira
- Find the completeness of deeds and be awake (Rev 3:2) – the Church in Sardis
- Hold on to what you have to protect the crown (Rev 3:11) – the Church in Philadelphia
- Be either cold or hot and be earnest. (Rev 3:15-19) – the Church in Laodicea
The Traits that the Churches Described in Revelation 2-3 Must Improve on (Please pray every day.)
- The church without love (Rev 2:4)
- The church whose actions have been spoiled (Rev 2:5)
- The church into which the synagogue of Satan has penetrated (Rev 2:9)
- The church fallen into a trial (Rev 2:10)
- The church with a lack of genuine faithfulness (Rev 2:10)
- The church in which Satan dwells and rules (Rev 2:13)
- The church that seeks riches and holds the doctrine of Balaam (Rev 2:14)
- The church without the hidden manna, which is the spiritual food according to time (Rev 2:17)
- The secularized church that has relationships with worldly gods and commits fornication (Rev 2:20)
- The church that eats things sacrificed unto idols due to covetousness (Rev 2:20)
- The church that does not know of who Satan is (Rev 2:24)
- The church that has an unworthy name but spiritually dead people (Rev 3:1)
- The church whose works are not perfect (Rev 3:2)
- The church that sleeps and does not fulfill the calling (Rev 3:3)
- The church that is neither cold nor hot without any diligence (Rev 3:15)
- The church that is arrogant with riches (Rev 3:17)
- The church that is naked without wearing the white robe of salvation (Rev 3:17)
- The church whose words are filled with mixtures and dross (Rev 3:18)
- The church that is spiritually blind because its spiritual vision is closed (Rev 3:18)
- The church with a lack of repentance (Rev 3:19)
- The church that does not listen to the voice of Jesus and whose gates to heaven are closed (Rev 3:20)
<Reference> About Balaam and the Nicolaitans (Rev 2:14-15)
During the Revelation times, we must all heed these merchants of the word (Isa 56:9-12) who seek the word of a false testimony for temptation of the souls of men, spread false testimonies saying that “everyone has been saved” even to those that are not qualified for spiritual salvation (Mt 23:16-18), thus confuse the entire religious world with sly flattery, revive mammonism and favor-seeking religion, and pursue the teachings of Balaam and the Nicolaitans who tried to gain wealth and authority by selling God’s name (Rev 2:14/Rev 2:20/Eze 34:1-31).
Here, Balaam was a prophet of Mesopotamia, a region that had the means of communication with God, but had so much covetousness for his riches that he eventually became one of the most significant people who corrupted the word of God. He makes his first appearance in Numbers Chapter 22.
He was invited by and promised a lot of riches from Balac, the king of Moab, who was fighting against the people of Israel led by Moses. Balaam was commissioned to curse the Israelites who had pitched their camps in the plains of Moab across from Jericho. However, based on God’s command to him, he instead delivered the words of God that blessed the people of Israel, and acted as a prophet of God.
But Balaam was a Mesopotamian (Ac 7:2-4), and even though he was a special prophet who communicated with God, he indulged in the unjust wages for his fortune telling given from Balac, the elders of Moab and of Midian, and reached for even more riches. Though, with his mouth, he delivered the words and prophecies of God, he set up a trap for the Israelites with a surreptitious plot, making them consume the sacrifices unto idols and commit adultery.
In other words, Balaam incited Moab women to commit adultery with the Israelites and made the people of Israel worship and bow to the god of Moab and eat the sacrifices unto idols together. This is the act of the people of God eating the sacrifices unto idols, and Balaam plotted this to induce God’s anger at his people and his subsequent punishment handed down to them. As a result, 24,000 of these Israelites who fell into this trap, die from the plague. (Nu 25:1-9/Nu 31:16/2 Pe 2:15/Jude 1:11)
Balaam initially rejected the invitation from Balac but became blinded and tempted by a great amount of riches sent from him.
Also, he refused to follow the request of Balac to curse the Israelites at first but obeyed the command of God to bless them instead, but ultimately forgot his original resolution, pursued the idols of covetousness (Col 3:5) and left God.
In today’s world, there are church leaders who definitely refer to the Bible and preach to fully obey the words of God but whose actions and directions are driven by covetousness of riches and authority (Mt 23:16-18). These can be said to be the Nicolaitans who hold the doctrine of Balaam (Jude 1:11-13).
The Nicolaitans are not related to Nicolas who is one of the seven evangelists (Ac 6:1-6), but is rather a combination of Nico, which means conquering, and Laos, which means people, resulting in a term based on the word “Nicolaus”, which means the conqueror of people. They are those whose original resolutions have been marred by covetousness for riches but still pursue the quality of authority. They represent “spiritual brokers who dominate and rule over the people of God”.
Revelation 2:14-15 clearly defines those who follow the doctrine of Balaam as the Nicolaitans.
Therefore, the Nicolaitans symbolize the corrupted spiritual brokers who have Satan of mammonism and materialism seated in their hearts, which ought to be the place where the Trinity God dwells and the kingdom and the holy temple of God must be.
When we examine closely these “people who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans” who consider themselves as spiritual brokers, it can be found that they are not devoted to the process of the Holy Spirit who changes a believer into a true disciple of Jesus and a priest of God. Instead, they represent those who falsely prophesy, misusing God’s words such as “all are saved” or “all are at peace”, and the ignorant, wage-earning ministers who are driven by the internal covetousness for their own benefits (2 Pe 2:12-22).
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