Triumph-Conquering the Conquerors
Jesus once rebuked religious authority thusly:
“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in”.
Three things bear defining. The origin of the word “clergy”. The meaning of the term “wandering stars”. The meaning of the word “Nicolaitan”.
1. Clergy is from the Greek “κλῆρος” (kleros). It is the exact word from which we have the English word “cleric” or “clergy”.
The word “kleros” means to “cast lot”.
In the following verse, the term “cast lot” is κλῆρος.
“And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.”
Perceiving Christ to be dead, and not understanding his resurrection, results in his garments being “clergied”. The collective cultus of clergy, are a body of individuals who presume to divide up among themselves, a power structure predicated upon the premise that Christ is dead and gone, but ignorant of the fact that he is come again in the power of the Spirit, not in a nucleus of clergy, but in each and every member of his body. This creates an obstruction, an impediment to the prospective overcomer, that in itself, must be overcome. Christian clergy so-called, differ nothing from the scribes and Pharisees pre-resurrection.
2. Nicolaitans is a compound word, from “νῖκος” and “Λαοδικεύς”. The former, νῖκος, is “nikos” or to “utterly vanquish”. The latter, Λαοδικεύς, is “Laodikeus” or “a Laodicean, an inhabitant of Laodicea”. Laos , “λαός”, means a grouping of people.
Hence, Nicolaitans, whose acts and teachings Jesus declares that He hates, is the ruling class subdivision in the mythological and false body of Christ, which they have divided into NIKOS or leaders, and LAOS or grouped followers. The word NICOLAITANS is the ruling class portion of the clergy-laity antichrist system. The entire scenario is culminated in the message to the Laodiceans of Rev 3. The assembly whose leadership has them convinced that they have everything, and need nothing more.But Christ says they are miserable,wretched, poor, blind and NAKED. The clergy believe they are clothed with the vacated authority and office of Christ, and that they therefore provide covering for “the people”. All that this is, is exactly conveyed in the child’s story of “The King’s New Clothes”, where the beginnings of overcoming, are to see the nakedness of the king. Paul the apostle said “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ”. Jesus says the same to the Laodiceans in Rev 3, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see”.
( Now, I do not say here, that everyone mired in the antichrist system, is irrevocably part of it. There is a reason that the Lord says to the Babylon system, “Come out of her MY PEOPLE”.)
3. Wandering Stars is from the Greek “πλανήτης”, or “planētēs”, which is “planets”. Planetes means “wanderer”. The planets, to ancient observers were believed to be stars, because they look like a star. But unlike other stars, these wanderers did not remain fixed in the panorama of the night sky. Instead, they appeared to be able to seasonally move themselves about. This gave them an appearance of being special, and of being messengers. The planets, of course, are not stars at all, but are reflectors of light, and not generators. They, not being stars, can not be associated with any heavenly message written in the stars, and to read the heavenly message, one must learn to disassociate the false, attention getting wanderers, from the true fixed message that these vagabonds falsely attempt to inject themselves into.
Why these definitions? In the book of Jude, a preclude to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Jude identifies certain men in the midst of gatherings as “wandering stars”. Jesus , in the book of the Revelation, identifies certain men’s doings and teachings as something he hates, and therefore must be overcome. When Jesus ascended on high, he gave gifts to every member of the body of Christ. Gifts in Himself, in heavenly places, to be entered into. Jesus did not relinquish His preeminence in all things, nor His right as firstborn and heir of all things. In His body, every member holds to the head. The very word “overcomer” of Rev 2 and 3, means to vanquish the vanquishers. It is what the gifts of His resurrection do. They enable us to make captivity captive, as He did. Jesus, because He dwells in an individual by His Spirit, and in faith, has removed all power and principality, and has triumphed over it, where you are concerned, making an open show of it, or revealing it for what it is…they who do not enter, nor suffer others to. These are they who do ALWAYS resist the Hoy Ghost, and were were the betrayers and murderers of the Just One.
For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and [for] them at Laodicea, and [for] as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him:
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
[And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days]:
Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ.
Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
(Touch not; taste not; handle not;
Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.