Preparation for the Last Times
Book of Jude Verses 17-25
We are a foolish people if we do not believe that we are closer to the return of Jesus than we have ever been before.
We can obviously see that we live in days similar to those of Noah.
Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Luk 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
We can obviously see that we are living in days similar to those of Lot.
Luk 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Luk 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Luk 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
We can see that we are in the last Church Age where the church is so rich it has no needs not even the Savior, the Jesus Christ.
Rev 3:13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Rev 3:17 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 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Rev 3:20 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 3:21 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.
We know that Israel has once again become a nation and just celebrated a new 70 years of existence on May 14, 2018.
We know that technology is now available for the truth of the two witnesses to be real from the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ in His Second Coming.
Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
Rev 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Rev 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
There are so many other truths that are already in place, it cannot be long before the return of Christ that we have a need to be prepared for the last times!
The Holy Spirit used Jude to remind us of something else that is the truth of today.
*Jud 1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Jud 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
Maybe the most dangerous of all the truths of the Scriptures is, the danger of false teachers in the last day!
These false men and women have infiltrated the Church with their lies and twisted versions of lies, who add just enough truth to deceive babes in Christ and many old-time believers who have not taken the time to study the Scriptures themselves!
They do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to this earth to save mankind.
They do not believe that Jesus Christ is the sinless Son of God.
In fact, they do not believe anything about the Lord Jesus Christ, though they may say just enough about Him to keep the Church from revolting against them.
They may say that Jesus was a great teacher, but just a mere man who went about doing good.
They may say that if we do the same, going about doing good and being as good as we can, then heaven’s doors are open to us.
Jude along with all the other writers led by the Holy Spirit, have taught us about these false teachers, but now Jude teaches us what we can do about these false people who have invaded the Church that Christ built.
We must first remember the words of Jesus Christ and the words spoken by the Apostles that were taught by Jesus Christ.
Remember, in reality a mocker is someone who laughs at the truth of God!
All those who preach the truth must remind the Church that we are in the last days and these “mockers” are coming from every walk of life to laugh at God!
They are coming out of their closets and boldly walking our streets, filling the pocketbooks of our government and infiltrating our courts!
The Apostle Paul wrote by the Holy Spirit:
2Co 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2Co 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; “whose end shall be according to their works”.
The Apostle Peter:
2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2Pe 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
The Apostle Matthew:
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
What happens to the Church?
2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2Ti 4:4 And “they shall turn away their ears from the truth”, and shall be turned unto fables.
We see all the mainline denominations and most churches, turning away from the truth of the Scriptures!
This is where the Church is at today, just as Jesus taught!
Mat 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mat 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.
We must remember, all Scripture is given to us by the Holy Spirit, and these Scriptures may be the only truth that remains in these last days.
We are getting very little truth from our governments and from those we use to place some of our trust.
Rom_3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
When the liberal minds of the Church take over, the Church will be on the verge of collapse!
In times of liberty men will give way unto their own thoughts rather than the Word of God!
How else can we describe them?
*Jud 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
We must be clear! A false teacher does not have the Spirit of God no matter what they say!
You may not like some of the words I will use here, but get over it, we are taught to walk in the truth.
The truth of God and not the truth of this world!
They separate themselves from good works and claim good works to be evil!
They may claim to be Christian, but their actions prove that they live far from the truth
They place their happiness in carnal pleasures.
They love to indulge in their evil passions.
They are negligent of the needs of others, especially those who are trying to meet the needs of those who have sincere needs!
They are filthy, foul, dirty, and gross and proud that they are!
They consider the “Gospel” of Jesus Christ to be too pure to be real, and their corrupted minds will not yield to reality!
Yet they will do their very best to claim to be Christians!
They are taught well by denominations that have already booted Jesus out of the Church!
They have separated themselves from “Faith”, and therefore cannot be a Temple for the Holy Spirit!
Just the opposite from a child of God, who is still seeking the truth of God in this wicked and evil world!
*Jud 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Jud 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
We are to build up ourselves in Christ!
1) We must build upon the foundation of our faith!
“Faith” means our “beliefs”.
Our beliefs must be in the truth that is revealed to us in the Scriptures, beginning with Jesus Christ who is the “Truth”! (John 14:6)
Our beliefs are not our opinions, but the truth delivered to us from a Holy God, whose name is Jehovah.
He is not Allah! He is Jehovah!
Our beliefs are those of the Lord Jesus Christ given to Him by His Father, given to us by God the Holy Spirit!
Our opinions of the Scriptures are meaningless!
The Scriptures are not only the “truth”, but the Scriptures are Holy!
Holiness is the fact that Jehovah is entirely set apart from sin and sinners.
It is only Jehovah, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit who can dictate “holiness”!
1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy “in all manner of conversation”;
1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Our own holiness depends on our own separation from sin and from sinners.
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
If we are to come out from them, then why in the world would we want to listen to what they have to say!
Jehovah, the Lord Jesus Christ, cannot condone evil or have any relationship with evil.
The followers of the Lord Jesus Christ are to do the same!
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who sets the moral and ethical standard for this world we live in!
This must be implanted in our hearts because this will never change!
Psa 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
Psa 11:5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
Psa 11:6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
God has set the standard, and we are to do our very best to follow that standard because our “faith” is based on the truth of God and not on the things of this world!
2) We can build upon the foundation of our faith by praying in the Spirit. This is praying in the Holy Spirit!
We must pray under the guidance and the influence of the Holy Spirit with His power and with His energy!
We must seek and ask for the help of the Holy Spirit when we reach into the throne room of God!
We must focus on the fact that the Holy Spirit is given to us to help us and we must depend upon His help!
We must then walk in the Spirit in our daily walk with the Lord and He will offer up unbroken prayer!
We must set aside some time to diligently seek Jehovah for the needs of our loved ones, our families, our children, our grandchildren!
We must pray that Jehovah will meet the needs of His people by fulfilling the promises He has made to us!
1Ch 16:8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
1Ch 16:9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
1Ch 16:10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
1Ch 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
3) We are never to try to build our own selves up, because we are nothing beyond our obedience to our Lord and our God!
We can only build ourselves up in keeping ourselves in the love of God!
4) Our relationship with the Lord can only be built upon His “Mercy”! It is only by Jesus Christ that we can experience the “Mercy” of Jehovah God. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit!
We will experience the fulness of the “Mercy” of God, when the Lord takes us home!
Either by way of the Rapture or by the death of this flesh as we leave this old world behind for the “Glory of Heaven”!
It is only when we have strived for the Holiness of our Father in Heaven, that we can make a difference in this world!
*Jud 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
It is the absolute truth that false teachers will cause confusion in the Church! Many will begin to doubt the truth of God and the Holy Ghost will begin to convict them with the truth.
Many will begin to doubt their salvation because they doubt the truth. They will begin to have that miserable feeling of being lost again.
We must know that we all are not so high and mighty, that we can say we will never have some time of doubting.
When we are made aware of these things, our very first option must always be compassion.
One of the few times the Lord Jesus Christ shed tears was because He is full of compassion!
Heb 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Gal 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
Gal 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
Gal 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
Most all of us have had little doubts of faith creep into our lives, so the first thing we are to do when we see some in our church family go through this, is to have compassion on them.
Remember this is why the false teacher exist to cause Christians to doubt their salvation!
We are never to reach out in criticism!
We are never to reach out in harshness!
We are never to be haughty!
We are never to be so full of pride in ourselves, that we believe we can never fall ourselves!
This will make a big difference in whether this person will be reclaimed to the Lord.
We must guard ourselves and not be caught up in the same trap as that one we are trying to help.
We must hate sin, “not the sinner” so much, that we reject sin in every way as we come along side those we are trying to help!
Having said this, there will always be other means necessary if compassion fails.
*Jud 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
We must use discretion when dealing with those who doubt their salvation!
We must use discernment when dealing with those doubt their faith!
Though we are never to hate the sinner, we must hate this evil and wicked world we live in!
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
We must hate the false teachings of this world!
We must hate the acceptable lifestyles of this world that go against the Word of God!
We must be aware of the rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness that is in this world!
We must know, that some who have left their faith are on the verge of destruction!
Whether we have pity on them or if we must use other methods, we must not have any tolerance for the evils they have fallen into!
The garments of sin must be treated as those filthy rags that were used to wrap the lepers in the day of Jesus.
Isa_64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
We must avoid even the touch of the garments of sin!
Rev 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, “the same shall be clothed in white raiment”; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
If we see that we may be pulled into sin, then we must move on and use prayer to help that wayward soul!
We have only one Savior and we must stay as close to Him as possible in this life!
*Jud 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
Jud 1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Besides His great “love”, and His great “mercy” and His great “grace”, the most important attribute of Jehovah is, that He is “all-powerful”!
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear “him which is able” to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Eph 3:20 Now unto “him that is able” to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Php 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby “he is able” even to subdue all things unto himself.
2Ti 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that “he is able” to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Heb 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, “he is able” to succour them that are tempted.
Heb 7:25 Wherefore “he is able” also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Jas 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, “which is able” to save your souls.
Jas 4:12 There is one lawgiver, “who is able” to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
Jehovah God, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, “is able” to keep us from falling if we just cling to Him.
If we keep our love for God, God will keep us!
If we will stay close to the Lord, then He will stay close to us!
If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us!
He is the only One who has the “power” to do all the things He says!
God is able to make us blameless, when we call upon His face.
We spend most of our time calling on the arm of God, when we should be coming face to face with God and just listen to what our Father has to say!
If will approach God in the name of Christ Jesus, all the power of God is available for all things that are in His will for us!
God has the power to come down from Heaven and personally take us home to be with Him, and no one can change this thing that God has purposed to do Himself!
Jehovah is the only wise God and Savior. There is no other God!
When we meet the Lord in the clouds, we will be perfect!
When all these things sink in and all doubts are gone, our faith is unchangeable, our salvation becomes real, then we will never stray from our powerful Savior, who with His own blood purchased us from the slave market of sin!