Balaam, Jezebel, and the Nicolaitans

English: Jezebel is the Phoenician queen of an...

English: Jezebel is the Phoenician queen of ancient Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What do the teachings of Balaam, the spirit of Jezebel, and the Nicolaitans have in common?  Jesus refers to all three in his message to the seven churches (Revelation 2 and 3).

To the church of Ephesus, Jesus says:  “Thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate” (Rev. 2: 6 KJV).  To the church of Pergamos, he commends them then adds, “But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate” (Rev. 2: 14-15).  To the church of Thyatira, he begins by encouraging them, then adds: “I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest [tolerate] that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and so to eat things sacrifice unto idols” (Revelation 2; 20).

Ephesus

Ephesus (Photo credit: johncatral)

I don’t now who the Niolatians were, but is it clear that their teachings were the same as Balaam and the woman Jezebel.  (The Jezebel spirit can be either male or female.  The original Jezebel, wife of King Ahab, was devoted to the fertility god, Baal.)

Do these teachings apply to today?  Absolutely.  Many churches in the US compromise Biblical issues such as the sanctity of life, homosexuality, fornication, etc.  Some pastors are performing homosexual marriages and some pastors are practicing homosexuals.

THE EASTER HAM VERSUS THE PASSOVER LAMB

What about meat sacrificed to idols? (Revelation 2: 20).  Good question  Here are some things to consider.  Paul writes in I Corinthians 10: 20 (NASB), “The things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons.”

In ancient Rome, every god or goddess had his or her feast day.  The Roman gods and goddesses haven’t disappeared.  They have been using different names and wearing different disguises from Babylon to the present.  Pagan religions generally revolve around sun worship.  Wiccans, who follow the solar calendar, observe eight feast days, including Yule, Beltane (May Day), and Samhain (Halloween)..

The God of Jacob has seven feasts days or “appointed times.” as spelled out in Leviticus 23.  The Hebrew calendar is a lunar calendar.  God’s Appointed Times are Sabbath, Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread, First Fruits (foreshadowing the Resurrection of Jesus Christ), Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Feast of Tabernacles.  He is the one true God manifested in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God’s Appointed Times foreshadow things to come.  They are “dress rehearsals” or convocations.  Jesus fulfilled the spring feasts with His First Coming.  He will fulfill the fall feasts with His Second Coming.

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English: ELIYAH VISITS KING AHAB AND THE BA’AL PROPHETS 1 MELAKIM 21 KINGS (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since Constantine, Christians have celebrated Easter, which occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.    According to the Oxford Encyclopedic Dictionary, Easter is another name for Eostre, the goddess of spring.  (Many Christians have changed the name to Resurrection Day.  Logically, the Resurrection should be celebrated on First Fruits after Passover.)

The fertility goddess goes by various names:  Ishtar, Asherah (Asherah poles/May poles), Isis, Athena, Minerva, Columbia, Mother Earth. The male deities have different names also: Molech, Osiris, and the like.  Parents who worshiped Molech put their children through the fire. Child sacrifice continues today through the practice of abortion.  Bottom line: don’t worship God as the pagans worship their gods.  Don’t “eat at Jezebel’s table” (1 Kings 18: 19).

Paul writes in I Corinthians 10: 21 (NASB), “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.”

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