Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. "Commentary on Revelation 2:15". Salem Media Group. Doctrine - teaching (note, Revelation 2:6): tempting God's people to idolatry. Among these are infamous concepts such as the woman clothed with the sun, the Antichrist, the False Prophet, and the mark of the beast. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/revelation-2.html. Heavy blow, new sins. Revelation 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. of
His counsel took place, to the destruction of twenty-four thousand Israelites. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? 15. Literal eating of idol meats and fornication in Pergamos were accompanied by spiritual, idolatry and fornication. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Various considerations may be urged in favour of the latter view:—(1) Of the Nicolaitans as … hate. "Commentary on Revelation 2:15". These impure heretics sprung up in the time of the apostolic church, but their doctrines were not received, and their deeds were hated, see Revelation 2:6. “Is there not,” writes Dr. Vaughan, “a vague, unavowed, unrealised idea that the Atonement has made sin less fatal, that even sin indulged and persisted in, may yet not work death?” To such and all who countenance them the warning is, “Repent; but if not, I am coming for thee, and will war with thee (note the change of person and number) with (literally, in—i.e., armed with) the sword of My mouth.”. Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. Question: "What is the hidden manna mentioned in Revelation 2:17?" So Victorin(34), Andr(35), Areth(36), Ribera, Calov., Beng., Heinr. Thou and the church at Pergamum as Israel had the wiles of Balaam. (doubtfully), Ewald, De W., Hengst., Ebrard, Düsterd., Trench, al. 1871-8. Josephus explains that Balaam showed Balak how to win a victory over the Israelites ( νίκην τινὰ … κατʼ αὐτῶν κερδᾶναι) by enticing them to lust, and such a symbolic allusion is quite in the manner of the Apocalypse. Revelation 2:15. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. The more natural and obvious construction, it seems to me, is to suppose that the speaker means to say that the Nicolaitanes taught the same things which Balaam did - to wit, that they led the people into corrupt and licentious practices. 1765. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". Used by Permission. New York, USA. also have indicates “a similarity between the teaching of Balaam and the Nicolaitans.”1. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". The latter becomes more probable when the symbolical sense of N. and B(902) (see above, on Revelation 2:6, and Kalisch’s Bible Studies, i. Christ is constantly the Overcomer, the Conqueror; and in like manner His enemies are the would-be conquerors, the would-be overcomers of His people. "Commentary on Revelation 2:15". 1999. Jesus warns them that unless they repent, they are in danger of the judgment that is sure to fall on those who teach false doctrine, attack His church, and destroy His people. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/revelation-2.html. The doctrine of the Nicolaitanes - See on Revelation 2:6; (note). Context Summary. The likewise (which many copyists did not understand, and hence out of ὁ μοί ως made ὁ μισῶ; Luther: which I hate, as for a similar reason some expositors would connect it with the following verse), corresponds to the so, and it is added for the purpose of rendering prominent the abnormal, the surprising and frightful nature of the fact, that now again an evil should have become rife, which had formerly and for all times been so decisively marked with the divine judgment. It is sin not to hate what God hates. The problem for the church at Pergamum was not that Nicolaitans existed in the city, but that they were within the church. The meaning here may be, either that, in addition to those who held the doctrine of Balaam, they had also another class who held the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes; or that the Nicolaitanes held the same doctrine, and taught the same thing as Balaam. All rights reserved. Are the N. put parallel to, or identified with, the Balaamites? chaps, Revelation 1:20, Revelation 2:14-15). So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans These impure heretics sprung up in the time of the apostolic church, but their doctrines were not received, and their deeds were hated, see ( Revelation 2:6) . https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/revelation-2.html. The with them, there shews, that in Revelation 2:14-15 it must be the same enemies of the truth that are spoken of. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. For not to mention, that the epistle to the angel of the church at Smyrna comes between, the angel at Ephesus had no Nicolaitans, but had driven them out of his community, and nothing more remained for him to do in this respect, he is charged with no blame, nor is any call addressed to him to repent. Revelation 2:15-16. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. The reference of the also to the angel at Ephesus is inadmissible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/revelation-2.html. (4) The addition of the words ‘in like manner’ is important, showing, as they do, that the second class of false teachers is really identical with the first. 1870. return to 'Jump List', Which thing I hate - So the common Greek text - ὅ μισῶ ho misōBut the best-supported reading, and the one adopted by Griesbach, Tittmann, and Hahn, is ὁμοίως homoiōs- “in like manner”; that is, “as Balak retained a false prophet who misled the Hebrews, so thou retainest those who teach things like to those which Balaam taught.”. See the comments at verse6 on the Nicolaitans. Thou - `so THOU also hast,' etc. 1974. And the Jewish dictum was (Sanh. College Press, Joplin, MO. Such a tendency was early seen (comp. Revelation 2:15 In the same way, some of you also hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. "Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation". BibliographyZerr, E.M. "Commentary on Revelation 2:15". BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. The mere existence of the etymological relation is extremely doubtful (see above on Revelation 2:6): and even granting it,—to suppose the two identical, would be to destroy the historical illustration by which the present existing sect is described). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/revelation-2.html. Answer: In part of the Lord’s message to the church of Pergamum, we read, “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (3) The position of the word ‘also’ in the verse is to be noticed. : 2) that the whole sense of the passage is against the idea of the identity of the Balaamites and the Nicolaitans; and would be in fact destroyed by it. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. There is little doubt that this is the connection between the verses, but opinions are divided whether we are on this account to identify the Balaamites with the Nicolaitanes, and to suppose that both names point to the same sect. Both temptations lead in the same Antinomian direction. Revelation 2:14. BibliographyHengstenberg, Ernst. It's probable their doctrine allowed of spiritual and corporal whoredom, both which Christ hateth; and that which Christ chargeth upon this church and her angel, as their sin, which he was offended with them for, was because they were suffered in the, and not cast out, and put away as wicked and ungodly persons.