The Wikipedia entry for Thessalonica states “ the original name of the city was Θεσσαλονίκη Thessaloníkē. It was named after princess Thessalonike of Macedon, the half sister of Alexander the Great, whose name means “Thessalian victory”, from Θεσσαλός ‘Thessalos’, and Νίκη ‘victory’ (Nike), honoring the Macedonian victory at the Battle of Crocus Field (353/352 BCE)”.
I find this odd or possibly deceptive based on the sole fact that Paul is writing this letter in the middle of the first century to a group of people already labeled in history as Thessalonians. Personally speaking, I generally do not write random letters to people that are not yet in existence, that answer specific questions posed by non-existent people, and names the names of historically verifiable people that didn’t exist at the time I am writing. Do you?
In ancient Greek religion, Nike (/ˈnaɪki/; Ancient Greek: Νίκη, “Victory” [nǐːkɛː]) was a goddess who personified victory. Her Roman equivalent was Victoria. Nike was variously described as the daughter of the Titan Pallas and the goddess Styx, and the sister of Kratos (Strength), Bia(Force), and Zelus (Zeal).
We can see these people had been heavily influenced by the Roman pantheon and as such they had taken on the goddess Nike as their choice for worship. Greeks were extremely narcissistic in their physical prowess, sporting, and games; the combination of Nike and the Thessalonians was not accidental.
America is not without her blasphemy to the gods and goddesses. America went so far as to accept the monument to Victory in the statue of Liberty and the minting of coins with the image, in fine Roman fashion.
The Liberty Head nickel, sometimes referred to as the V nickel because of its reverse (or tails) design, is an American five-cent piece. It was struck for circulation from 1883 until 1912, with at least five pieces being surreptitiously struck dated 1913. The obverse features a left-facing image of the goddess of Liberty [i.e. Victory].
The sports equipment company Nike, Inc. and Project Nike, an American anti-aircraft missile system is named after the Greek goddess Nike.
Notice the picture as it has Nike, a Greek goddess, with a Roman helmet (complete with a globe engraving and a dragon perched upon it) and vestments. She holds the infamous pine cone representing the pineal gland and enlightenment. Beside her is Constantine with the gold plated cross in the background to seal the deception, that being, the mixing of religions/cults/false gods with the true faith of YHVH.