First, let’s examine what Nicolaitane means.
Nicolaitane means “a follower of Nicolas.” It originates from the Greek words, nikos meaning “conquerer” or “destroyer,” and laos, meaning “people.” The original Nicolas—Nimrod (Gen. 10:8)—was a destroyer of the people. Nicolas is merely the Greek word for Nimrod. Within two centuries after the Flood, Nimrod had conquered the people and founded man-made civilization.
While alive, Nimrod commanded his subjects to worship him in place of God. Even after his death, his followers continued to worship him as a divine heroic leader. He was called “Baal.” This name means “master” and “lord,” and is found many times in the Old Testament. This name describes the positions that Nimrod took to himself—to be considered Lord and Master of creation.
But “Baal” was only one of Nimrod’s many names. Another one of his names, commonly used throughout Asia Minor, was “Santa.” Langer’s An Encyclopedia of World History explains further that “Santa Claus” is a shortened form of “Saint Nicolas” or “Santa Nicolas.”
In the New Testament, the followers of “Saint Nicolas” were referred to as Nicolaitanes. These people—falsely calling themselves Christians—honored Nimrod during the apostle John’s time—much as people do today!
On what day do most people honor “Saint Nicolas”? Many unknowingly honor Nimrod on December 25th! Christmas was originally celebrated and called the Saturnalia—the birthday of Nimrod or Saturn. The customs from this pagan holiday were then passed along and made to appear good and innocent.
People do not know that Christmas honors “Nicolas”—Nimrod—the first dictator and despot! Professing Christians serve and honor Nimrod during Christmas—not Jesus Christ! (For more information, read our free booklet The True Origin of Christmas.)