A Powerful Truth: Understanding Who are the Nicolaitans of today
- NIKOS, of which we use the English equivalents instead of the Greek letters, as we shall also of the other two. Nikos is defined as “a conquest; victory; triumph; the conquered; and by implication, dominancy over the defeated.” Another transferred name in which this term is used is “Nicopolis,” which is composed of Niko, which means conquest and polis, which means city. Hence, the city of conquest, or city of victory.
- LAOS, which means people. Another use of this word is found in NICOLAS, which is transferred and is composed of Nikos-laos and means one who is “victorious over the people,” the letter “s” being in both words the nominative case ending, which is retained only at the end of the word to denote the case, while “a” short and “o” short are contracted into “a” long.
- TON is the third and last word entering into the construction of the proper name Nicolaitan. TON, in which Omega, the long “o”, is contracted into long “a”, thus making the word TAN which is the genitive case plural in all the genders of the definite article ‘the.’
NOTE: Author J H Allen has a great article here. But please note he believes in keeping the Sabbath. Colossians 2:16 clearly teaches this is his prerogative, and he can not be dogmatic on this issue because many believers including me believe there is no special day for the church age.
Colossians 2:16: Let no man therefore judge you in food, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days" I have additional links in comments below.