Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Summer 1988
Deliverance From Bondage
Wade E Taylor

"Where the Spirit is Lord, there is liberty" Paraphrase of 2 Cor 3:17b.

At this present time, many are feeling an intense burden for the Body of Christ and sense that something very special is about to unfold. It is very important that the mistakes of the past not be repeated during this coming visitation.

The Word of the Lord to the seven Churches (Rev 2:1-3:22) prefigures the progression of events that span the entire Church age. Indications as to why past visitations did not come into the fullness of all that was intended or, why they did not last can be found within the word of the Lord to these Churches.

The first of these, the Church at Ephesus, was told that it had departed from its "first love" Rev 2:4. This was the Church that witnessed the power and zeal of the early Apostles who had personally been with the resurrected Christ. The Lord expected them to maintain this experience of His personal (manifest) presence, but they had already begun to fall away.

Yet this Church was commended because it "hated the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate" Rev 2:6b. There is no explanation given in Scripture as to who these Nicolaitanes were. However, we can come to an understanding of their identity through the meaning of the word itself.

"Nikao" means to conquer or consume the "Laos" or laity. These Nicolaitanes advocated a compromise with the world system so Christians would be able to take part, without embarrassment, in the social and religious activities of the society in which they lived. They attempted to harmonize heathen practices with the Christian faith. In the time of the Church at Ephesus, their teaching allowed Christians to participate in the Roman civil religion.

Thus, the Nicolaitanes represent a clergy that departs from the "presence and power" of the supernatural and substitutes "form and ritual" in its place. The compromise that they advocate causes the "dulling of the spirits" of the Lord's people as they respond to this teaching and become conversant with the society and practices of their time.

In His message to the Church at Ephesus, the Lord clearly said that He hated a clergy that causes His people to depart from the operation of the supernatural within the Church and from experiencing His manifest presence. This Nicolaitan doctrine was probably the reason why the Church at Ephesus fell away from their fervent "first love" for the Lord.

In Ephesus, these Nicolaitanes were present, but hated. In the third Church, Pergamos, they are again mentioned by the Lord, "So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate" Rev 2:15. Here, they were firmly entrenched. Then in the forth Church, Thyatira, the Lord said, "But unto you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine," Rev 2:24. Now the Nicolaitanes were in control and only a remnant was left.

This teaching of "compromise" by the clergy lead to a progressive spiritual declension that culminated in the "Dark Ages." During this time of intense spiritual apostasy and darkness, a spark of revelation concerning "Justification by Faith" came to Martin Luther. This began a progressive restoration that developed within the fifth Church, Sardis, and found its full outworking in the last two Churches, Philadelphia and Laodicea.

Concerning the fifth Church, Sardis, the Lord said, "I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead" Rev 3:1b. This Church had returned to right doctrine, but did not experience the restoration of the fervent "first love" that had been lost at Ephesus. Apparently, the Nicolaitanes still exercised considerable control and hindered the Lord's people to the extent that they were not able to experience the "quickening" of the manifest presence of the Lord, or the "power" of the Holy Spirit moving in their meetings.

The sixth Church, Philadelphia, speaks of an overcoming Church that is presently experiencing this manifest presence and power of the Lord. They have contended for and gained an open door into this operation of the supernatural in their meetings. Of this Church the Lord said, "I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength" Rev 3:8b. Here, the Nicolaitanes were totally defeated and lost all of their influence and control.

This Church has cultivated the presence of "He that hath the key of David, e that openeth, and no man shutteth: and shutteth, and no man openeth" Rev 3:7b. Again the Lord's people are possessing this same fervent "first love" for the Lord that had been lost at Ephesus. His manifest presence is burning within them, and all bondage is melting away as the Holy Spirit is having His way in their lives and assemblies. Much will be accomplished through this present day "Philadelphia Church" that is allowing an open display of His presence and power.

The seventh is the Church of the Laodiceans. The word of the Lord to this Church is, "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" Rev 3:17. This present day Church has received more prosperity, gifts, and ministry than any previous Church. Though it is quick to testify about these blessings, this Church is exposed by the Lord as being spiritually immature ("blind, and naked").

However, this prosperity is not the primary cause of their spiritual blindness and nakedness. Their problem rests in the fact that they do not recognize their spiritual need, "... AND HAVE NEED OF NOTHING," Rev 3:17a. They are satisfied with the things that they possess and are not seeking after the one who gave all this prosperity.

The Lord is revealed as standing outside of this prosperous Laodicean Church, knocking upon its door, seeking to attract their attention. "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" Rev 3:20. Because this Church has lost its sensitivity to His voice, the call of the Lord has changed to the individual, "IF ANY MAN."

The doctrine of the Nicolaitanes has caused this Church to become "dull of spirit." Their acceptance of and adjustment to material prosperity has effectively hindered the visitation of the Lord within this end time Church. This is one of the primary causes of the failure of the "Charismatic" visitation.

Thus, the Nicolaitan spirit that sought to bring about compromise with the world system in the early Church is still present within the Church of our day. Jesus clearly said, "My Kingdom is not of this world," John 18:36a. James told us that "Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" James 4:4 b.

Notice the contrast between these two present day Churches. In Philadelphia, the Lord has set before them an "open door" into the revelation of His manifest presence and into the operation of the Supernatural in their midst. In Laodicea, He is outside of the Church knocking upon a "closed door" seeking out any individual that is still able to hear His voice, inviting them to turn aside to commune with Him.

The Lord counsels these, who willingly open the door of their being to Him, to "buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich" Rev 3:18a. This "gold" speaks of the divine nature as being of far greater value than all of these external riches that they possess and rejoice in.

A glorious promise is given to the individuals who choose to turn aside from this materialistic spirit within the Laodicean church. "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne" Rev 3:21. This is the greatest, yet most difficult to attain, of the promises that were given to each of these seven Churches.

This is because the many subtle deceptions that must be discerned, the intensity of the temptations that must be resisted, and the hindrances to true spirituality that must be overcome are greater than the pressures that any other generation had to face. It is popular to compromise, but the cost is high. Those who do will not able to hear the gentle knock of the Lord. "If any man hear my voice,"

The Lord is looking for those who are willing to pay the price in order to be a part of the "Church at Philadelphia" and gain the spiritual life and strength that is available therein. Few do, because the "Church at Laodicea" is very popular. It knows and uses the techniques that bring about Church growth and material prosperity.

A passage of Scripture that is very real to me at this time is: "I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me ... that I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasure" Prov 8:17, 21.

This speaks of overcomers who have entered this open door and are experiencing a new "first love" for Jesus Himself. These are seeking His Kingdom by submitting their lives to the rule of His government and are purchasing gold that has been tried in the fire. These are finding an eternal treasure they had little anticipated.

Those who turn aside to enter "The Church at Philadelphia" will never be disappointed as they pass through this open door into His presence.