Jude 1:14-15, ‘Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, “to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
Continuing on we notice that after Jude’s severe statements about the character and nature of apostates and false teachers, he delves into their final outcome, giving more substance to the previous verse where he states that they are those “for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.”
I mean, when you think of it, there is plenty of description already that you would think, would turn a rebellious person back to repentance and the light, but so great is there rejection that Jude goes on to describe their fallen character.
He starts by quoting a prophecy attributed to Enoch, the man who pleased God and because of his great faith, “walked with God and was not.” The story of Enoch himself is found in Genesis 5:19-24 and the writer of Hebrews makes mention of him concerning his faith in Hebrews 11:5-6. However, there is a lot of controversy as to whether this is the same Enoch as the Book of Enoch, though very popular it’s considered a non-canonical or an apocryphal book. Some denominations do include it with the rest of the books of the Bible, though mainstream churches do not. We know Enoch was a real person and as Jude writes, was seventh generation from Adam.
None-the-less, we already know that the Bible and the various writings within it, as is the letter of Jude, a writing that was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Jude wrote these two verses, under that inspiration, so controversy among scholars or not, we can have faith in what they say.
What Jude is stating in no uncertain terms is that even back in the time of Enoch, their doom was prophesied. So apostasy itself was prophesied against as well as those who walked in that apostasy!
Notice how the prophecy starts; “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, . . .” Now we know from other writings in the Word of God that Jesus WILL come back after the Tribulation when He comes back to destroy His foes and set up His earthly reign for a thousand years.
Something interesting is the fact that Jesus coming back with heavenly hosts is mentioned elsewhere in the Bible as well. You can find reference to this fact in the Gospel of Matthew 16:27 and 24:31. In the Book of Daniel 7:10, Daniel speaks of God judging humanity in the presence of ten thousand times ten thousand angels. It is not just going to be the redeemed saints coming back with the Lord Jesus Christ, but a host of His heavenly armies. It gives me chills just thinking about it as I’m writing this!
Then think of this fact; that is going to be the beginning of that prophecy, but the fulfillment will be at the Great White Throne after the Millennium when the wicked dead will be judged! Now you can’t just stop there because Jude goes on to explain more. You see, we read that Christ comes “to execute judgment on all, . . .” If you were to stop right there, it could appear very dire indeed, yet we as saints of God, co-heirs with Christ have a promise. This is why it is so very important to read each verse of the Word in its proper context!
True believers will NOT be included in this judgment. Through our faith in Christ Jesus and our walk in the Spirit, we are exempt from that judgment. That is what Jesus bought for us. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” – John 5:24.
Jude is speaking about the UNGODLY as you continue to read and here is the interesting part; he uses that term four different times within that one statement. Let’s break it down here: the people themselves are ungodly, their very deeds are ungodly, they have performed those ungodly deeds in an ungodly way and to top it all off, they have demonstrated their ungodliness by the very blasphemies they speak against the Lord!
Now here is the crux of these two verses; the Lord Jesus Christ Who has been given the right AND authority to judge the world will convict these apostates of the whole ungodly business and not just in the sense of making them feel a deep sense of guilt, oh no, it goes much further than that. At this judgment sentence will be pronounced on them as a result of their proven guilt!
Now you look at all this and then go back to verse 13 from last week and reread that statement Jude made, “for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.”
As I stated, Jude is not speaking lightly at all to the church. He is giving warning of what could happen if a person chooses, and again I say chooses, to make a decision to turn their backs on the Lord. It is not just a matter of turning their backs and going about life as usual, no, once walking in the Light and going back into the dark, their deeds become even worse than when they first turned to the light. This is the danger and tragedy of apostasy.
This is not to scare True Christians in the least, but you cannot deny that it is a warning! It is meant to make us aware of the enemy’s tricks and how easy it is to make choices that have eternal consequences. Now I know that those who follow the teachings of Calvin will find all sorts of ways to dispute this, but I am so sorry if I offend my Brothers and Sisters with Biblical Truth. You cannot twist the Scriptures to fit YOUR theology. The Bible was given to man as a Living Word so that by it WE could be changed! It does not matter how great a man is, any man, religious or not, without studying to show yourself approved, you and you alone are responsible for your walk with the Lord.
It is long past time and especially in the age we are now living to cling to traditions that have caused division and dispute. That does not, nor did it ever, originate from the Holy Spirit of God. We must do all we can to reconcile the Word of God with its Truth and I mean ALL of it and not just parts.
The Apostle Paul was a man accustomed to controversy and dispute and yet the Holy Spirit graced him with such wisdom and we, the Lord’s followers and disciples are the beneficiaries of this fact. In closing this segment, I’m going to quote a well-known and popular verse and I exhort and encourage everyone to try as best they can to take it to heart and make it a real part of your walk with the Lord.
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” – Ephesians 4:1-6.
There are not many faiths, just as there are not many gods. There is only One God, the True God, our Heavenly Father. Our faith is in Him and in Him alone THROUGH Christ Jesus empowered by the Holy Spirit! I ask you this; where is the endeavoring, the striving, the pursuing to keep that UNITY of the Spirit (the unity of the Holy Spirit of Christ, NOT ours) as we, as Christ’s co-heirs are bound, bonded together, hopefully in the Fruit of the Spirit known as Peace? I hope this truly gives you all something to think and meditate on. God Bless greatly!