Revelation 1-3 14

This post is Day 14 in a series of studies about “Revelation 1-3”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Revelation 1-3 – Day 14

Revelation 2:14-16

Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

The Thought

After the compliments at the beginning of this letter to the Pergamum church, then came the criticism, and call to repent. How good God is in giving us time and opportunity to turn from our wrong doings, and receive His blessings.

The Nicolaitans were mentioned in the letter to the Ephesian church (Day 8). These people, who were guilty of sexual sins, were trying to distract believers from their faithfulness to God’s word.

How sad it is, and how disappointing for Jesus that sexual immorality is still a problem in much of today’s church. Scandals are often reported in national news programmes, bringing the church into ill repute. Satan is the same as he has always been, trying to destroy believers and the church. Just as he tried to destroy Jesus. He didn’t win then, and he won’t win now if we pray and remember James’ advice to resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).


Read James 4 and take note of the criticisms of the church in his day. Is it very different today? Take note too of the good advice James gives his readers about how to resist and overcome the enemy of the church, and truly become God’s people on the earth today.

Ask yourself if you know what the Bible says about sexual sin. If not then read some of God’s rules for the Israelites in the desert (Leviticus 18 & 19).

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