Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus (“permitted” or “desirable”) write; These things saith he (Jesus/YHVH) that holdeth the seven stars (restrains the messengers) in his right hand, who walketh in the midst (can see their inner workings) of the seven golden candlesticks (of the churches) ;
I know thy works (acts), and thy labour (painful), and thy patience, (endurance) and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
And hast borne (sustained), and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. (to tire)
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. (the love of Jesus)
Deuteronomy 31:16 “And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.”
John 14:21 “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”)
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen (they have become busy bodies about the works of serving peoples wants and needs and not about teaching and making disciples thus they will fall to the belief in antichrist), and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.
Nicolaitans, a sect that adheres to subjugating (i.e. dominating and ruling over) a people while outwardly professing Christianity. possibly related or linked to the followers or practices of Balaam.
Nikos = conquered / Laos = people/ Ton =the
The meaning is to have the leadership of the church gain a victory over the laity until they are compelled to submit to the dominion of men who have become that thing which God hates.
He that hath an ear (mental adherence), let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.