Have You Said Yes To Jesus

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!

Amen

Let’s Pray!

The Stable Christian

Stability in Our Faith

Book of Jude Verse 3-16

This man used by the Holy Spirit to write this book is Jude, the brother of James, and we can say the half-earthly brother of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mat 13:55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
Mat 13:56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?

We should remember the earthly family members of Jesus had abandoned Him, until He resurrected from the dead, then they all became believers.

What is “stability”? Stability is the strength to stand without being moved or overthrown.

Stability is steadiness and firmness of character. In many ways it is the same as integrity!

This is a trait we need to adopt in our Christian life and in our Christian ministry!

Jude is writing to everyone who is sanctified by God the Father.

We know that to be sanctified is to be set apart and Jude is writing to all those who are set apart to be used by God the Father.

Heb 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

In the same breath, Jude also says those who are preserved in Jesus Christ.

To be preserved, means to save from injury or destruction as every Christ has been saved from the wrath of God the Father, which we already know.

Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, “we shall be saved from wrath through him”.

We will never be an object of God’s wrath though He will chastise us as His child.

We should also not miss that word “called”.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the “called” according to his purpose.

It should be obvious that Jude is writing to the Beloved of God, all the Church, all the Body of Christ, of which the Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of and the Foundation of!

So many today have forgotten these things.

So many today want the salvation that comes with the Lord, but they do not want to obey His Word.

It seems to me that the Holy Spirit looked into the future to the day we live in, when He gave these words to Jude!

Now let us see this message of the earthly brother of our Lord and Savior.

*Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Diligence is the constant effort to accomplish what is undertaken.

It is impossible to be too diligent for the things of Heaven!

The most important thing we will do in this life, is to choose the salvation provided by the “Grace” of God the Father through faith in the work of His Son, God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is only one “faith” that can provide this salvation!

Our “faith” must be based on the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and the “Promises” that He makes to all those of this “ONE FAITH”!

Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

How can so many say they love the Lord and yet think there is some other way to get Heaven?

Jesus says He is the only way so if you believe there is some other way, then you are calling Jesus the Messiah a liar!

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

To contend is to use our best effort to obtain that salvation that comes only by the Lord Jesus Christ, and this is where we are to place all our faith.

1Ti 1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
1Ti 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

We are not only to contend for our true faith, but we are to “earnestly contend” for this one and only “faith” that can get you to Heaven!

We have no greater job in our ministry than to eagerly contend, to be zealous in our “faith” in the Lord Jesus Christ, the absolute truth of the Scriptures!

2Pe 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

We could not know the truth had the Holy Spirit not called on these men who used such diligence to bring us the truth of God the Father in written form, that cannot be denied except to say God has not done all these things which He has said that He did.

The salvation as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ, is sufficient for all!

1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

The truth is, that salvation can come only by and through the Lord Jesus Christ!

The truth is, that the “glory” of the Almighty God is peculiarly connected to His truth!

There cannot be many ways to the truth, because there is only one Savior!

It is our job as the Saints of God to be obedient to God’s Word and God says we are to contend for our “faith” in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We cannot do this if we are wishy-washy about our faith!

The prize of our salvation is just too wonderful for us not to take our stand on the truth of God!

How will we ever convince our children and grandchildren if we do not contend for our “faith” in the promises of God!

And why are we to take such a stance? Because there always those who work for the Devil who say there is more than one way to get to God’s Heaven.

*Jud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Over and over again, these men chosen and equipped by the Holy Spirit, have warned us that there are enemies inside the Church.

These are those who have not prepared themselves to preach the Gospel.

This does not mean those who have not attended seminaries or Bible College, because we know the greatest teacher of all is the Holy Spirit.

If these persons have not spent time with the Holy Spirit, then they can never teach us the things of God!

They cannot even have the Holy Spirit on their side, until they have accepted all the work of the Lord Jesus Christ as proclaimed in the true Scriptures!

They come speaking evil of the things of God.
They come ignoring the truth of the Gospel.
They come into cold churches claiming to have a new message of God.
They come into certain churches and teach a prosperity gospel which is not the true Gospel.
They come by mega churches refusing to take a stand on the truth of God and therefore allowing the world to dictate their message.
They come by deception twisting the Word of God into a lie.

They suddenly appear when the church has gotten weak and lost the power of the Holy Spirit!

They are wicked and ungodly people on their own agenda and on Satan’s payroll!

It is these men and some women who the Church needs to take a stand against, and contend against them!

They reject the Lord Jesus Christ, even if they mention His name, therefore God has already judged them, and they are to have no part in the Church, and it is up to the Church to remove them or in the least to take a stand against them and cause them to leave!

They are already walking around in most every church waiting on their opportunity and many have reached the area of the pulpit or they have removed the pulpit!

Notice today there are not many pulpits because a pulpit is a reminder of the chosen man of God!

They are already in the classrooms of our children or the younger generation usually ignoring the older Church members.

Mat 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

One man wrote, they have butter in their mouths, but they have swords in their heart!

One man wrote those who see the smoke, can put out the fire.

Those who hear the dog bark may not be bitten.

Those who hear the rattle of the snake may not be bitten.

Those who see their enemy can avoid him.

But those who are a secret enemy, are harder to stop before the damage has already been done!

They are without God.
They are without faith.
They are without Christianity.
They deny God.
They deny Jesus Christ, so when they open their mouths they can be seen and heard and make themselves known but they will do this in subtle ways that only those who study the Scriptures themselves will notice.

Php 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Php 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Php 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

And in their teaching, they will turn the “Grace of God” into lasciviousness!

We see this in a certain presidential candidate today, who boldly claims he was created in God’s image and there are many others, and no one stands up to them for fear of being called a bigot, or a racist or some other ugly name that is a lie itself!

We have been warned of these things throughout the Scriptures and guess what, false teachers are here and in full view!

They have crept into the Church, many of them even being ordained by other Pastors and Preachers they are so deceiving.

2Pe 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

If we are good stewards of the “Grace of God” and the “truth of God”, we will be able to stop these deceivers and save some of those who fall into their traps!

We must understand the truth of God!

*Jud 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

We must clearly understand that God has made every attempt to save every soul that has been alive since Jesus went back to Heaven, but we know that they must accept all the things of Christ!

We must also understand God loves everyone! God does many things in people’s lives that goes unnoticed every day!

There was no doubt that it was Jehovah God that intervened on behalf of the Hebrew children, that allowed them to escape from slavery in Egypt.

Every family had to kill a lamb and paint the entrances to their homes so their firstborn child would not be taken, and the death angel would pass over and they would remain safe.

They believed enough to do this thing, yet they refused to believe that God would keep them safe on their journey to the promise land.

God will judge unbelief!

God caused these children of Israel to wander in the desert for 40 years, until all unbelievers died off and were replaced by their children.

As Christians, we must not only receive the truth of God, we must retain the truth of God! In most cases it is called “repent” of our old life.

To repent is not only a complete change in our mind, but also a complete change in our actions and a complete change our lives!

In reality we must be “Born Again”.

We must quit walking in the lies of this world, and walk in the truth of God!

We must retain the truths of God, until the day He takes us home!

Psa 119:16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

What happened to Israel, will also happen to false teachers and those they deceive. They will never enter into the promise land though they may get close enough to see it!

God gives us another example. This time a Heavenly example.

*Jud 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Angels were created in spotless purity and they had only one commandment. Obedience.

Sounds familiar.

They were exalted to be able to spend all their time in Heaven. They had two jobs.

They had to praise the Lord.
They had to watch over the humans of this earth.

We know that because of Lucifer, who rebelled against Jehovah, one third of these mighty creatures followed him and are today reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto judgment day.

If God is willing to destroy these Heavenly creatures for the sin of disobedience, what makes us believe He will not do the same to us.

In fact more so, for God had greater plans for all of us who live upon this earth, but we to must first obey Him.

What happens when we reject the truth of God?

The Holy Spirit gives us one more example that should hit closer to home, because we see it play out before our eyes every day!

*Jud 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

What happened to Sodom and Gomorrah should prove to us, that all such peoples and those that condone them are disobedient to the Word of God.

God destroys all disobedience and God expects His children to learn from these things and realize that those who preach a false gospel, will be treated exactly the same!

Jer 50:40 As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the LORD; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein.

To walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, is to be blessed with a Heavenly home. To walk in disobedience is to be destroyed and spend eternity in a Burning Lake of Fire.

Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities that surrounded them, are a vivid example of how God will destroy this earth one day in the future because of disobedience and unbelief!

*Jud 1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

Even when these evil men are asleep, they can think of nothing else but more wickedness.

They sleep in sin!

1Th 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
1Th 5:7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
1Th 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
1Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

They are deluded in their thought process and this is the way of the world we live in today!

Our own young people are deluded in their thought process, because the world has intended to influence the way they think.

Our grandchildren are deluded in their thought process and we may not have much time left to reach them with the truth!

They see their actions as good or at least ok compared to this world, but we are not to compare ourselves to this world we are to compare ourselves to Heavenly things!

Our young people do not sense the danger in the things they do, because the world says these things are ok.

They despise authority!

These false teachers are no different. They despise the authority of a Holy God to dictate their life and their demise, and they choose to teach their own thoughts jeopardizing all the children of God!

They speak evil of those who try to worship the way God has approved which is in Spirit and in Truth!

Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

How often should the Lord remind us of these things?

*Jud 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

What do we know? We know that since Lucifer rebelled and was kicked out of Heaven, he and one third of the angels are the enemies of God, and since they are the enemies of God, they are then the enemies of Michael and Gabriel and all the remaining angels.

The one thing God’s angels will never do, they will never bring accusations against anybody because it is God who brings “Judgment”!

We do know that Lucifer is just the opposite. In fact one of his names is “the accuser”!

Rev_12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for “the accuser” of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Michael would never have even blinked had Lucifer been standing in front of him and said this.

It is a fact that the body of Moses was buried where no one but God knew the location, and again Michael would never have even blinked had Lucifer made an attempt to find the place where he was buried.

Deu 34:6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.

Lucifer would have had great fun trying to get the tribes of Israel to worship the dead body of Moses and not Jehovah, but in the end, this is only a Jewish tradition and not facts of this Scripture.

We should understand this Scripture just as it is written!

There is a spirit world around us at all times and the angels of God are protecting God’s people, and they will never allow Satan to get the upper hand to cause God’s children to lose their salvation, but we should know that Satan would love to ruin our reputation and out testimony for the Lord.

Heb 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Heb 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

We do not have to worry about what Michael will do, because he will do exactly what Jehovah tells him to do and Lucifer is already doomed to the Burning Lake of Fire and he knows it!

We should understand evil speaking is also sin and the angels of the Lord will never speak evil of anyone, even other angels, even though they may quote Scripture to anyone.

Railing against anyone is a sin!

Satan and his followers, his demons, will rail against any and every believer but God angels will never do this!

In the end what do false teachers do? They speak evil of things they know nothing about! They cannot know the truth of Scripture without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit!

*Jud 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

They go the way of all unbelievers! The sad part of this is, that having been in a Bible believing church, where they will have heard the truth and simply rejected the truth.

All throughout our education we see that we have 7 senses and these senses can only learn from this natural world we live in.

The Bible is a Spiritual Book, that can only be understood with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit(Ghost)!

Forget evolution! The animal world which includes these “brute beast” have these same senses, they just do not have the brain power and the understanding God gave to His greatest creation, the humans.

None of these can understand Spiritual things, except those humans who by Jesus Christ, and only by Jesus Christ, have the Holy Spirit living within them, in fact the entire Holy Trinity living within us!

All those who depend upon the things of the world, will only see corruption because they will corrupt themselves!

Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

What does the Holy Spirit say about them? Woe unto them! A woe from God is a curse from God!

*Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

In reality, a false teacher is a “murderer” for they will try their best to deny as many as they can of the truth of Heaven.

Licentiousness is a word not seen very much today, but it is the excessive indulgence of human liberty, liberty God has not given to us.

God never intended for us to live as we please and do whatever comes into our minds!

Licentiousness is the god of fools!

They live in a world where there is no answer to their sin and they do not care, because they aren’t seeking an answer!

They reject that there is a Hell so there can be no Heaven either!

False teachers do not believe God so, they teach that there is no need to worship Him!
False teachers do not have the knowledge of God’s love, so they cannot know love!
False teachers will be destroyed because they are doomed to an eternity of grief and judgment, (woe)!

Cain did not have a real sense of God’s care, so he envied his brother enough to kill him, simply because God rejected his offering and offered him a chance to repent which he refused.

Balaam was the example of true false teacher. He wanted God’s blessing, but he wanted to be paid before he would attempt tell the truth of God. We know Balaam died by the sword of the people he had refused to bless.

Core knew where Moses had gotten his authority. Core knew God’s ordinances and God’s sanctions and knew he need only obey, yet he became a gainsayer. A gainsayer is someone who contradicts or denies and opposes someone of authority.

Num 16:1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:
Num 16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:
Num 16:3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

False teachers are just those who decide to rebel against the authority of God!

Those who listen to false teaching. Listen to the Apostle Paul.

Act 28:25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
Act 28:26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
Act 28:27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Act 28:28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
Act 28:29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.
Act 28:30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
Act 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

False teachers are spots and blemishes in the cause of Christ Jesus!

*Jud 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
Jud 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

These preachers and teachers have crept into the Church not having the “Spiritual” qualifications to be in these positions.

They will pervert the Gospel to evil ends.

They turn the “Grace” of God into lasciviousness(liberal wantonness, shameful conduct) the proof being, that we can see it happening in all mainline denominations!

They deny the simplest of things of essential doctrine! Denying our Master and Lord, Jesus Christ!

Spots can be seen as an interpretation of submerged rocks, which are the sea going vessels worst fear and usually prove to be fatal.

Those “feast of charity” were the gatherings of the early church, where the rich who would bring much and the poor would bring little, but they could all fellowship in one place and in one accord, but a false teacher would take advantage of the situation to cause division.

These false teachers will take part in the meal and feed themselves with no fear of God, because they do not know Him!

In reality the fellowship of believers is always to be “Spiritual” with godly love, joy and peace being at the forefront, all centered around Jesus Christ.

We simply cannot all anyone to interfere with the fellowship of God’s people, because they are causing harm to God’s children!

These people must be rejected!

They are like that cloud that the farmer has been praying for, but just passes on over without one drop of lifegiving rain.

They are like fruit trees that blossom so beautifully, but do not provide any fruit.

A false teacher may offer hope, security, and fulness of life, but his message will always be unstable and empty of the truth and leave those that hear him or her, hopeless!

False teachers are like the raging waves of the Seas that only stir up mire and dirt!

Isa 57:19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.
Isa 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
Isa 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

All false teachers are doomed to the Burning Lake of Fire!

They will be judged by the One they hate the most who is the Lord Jesus Christ!

They will wander in the blackness of darkness throughout eternity!

We need to be sure, that those who teach and preach in the Church are first saved and that their message follows the complete Word of God!

It is Jude who tells us somethings about Enoch.

*Jud 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
Jud 1:15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

This is that same Enoch who walk with God right on up into Heaven.

Gen 5:21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
Gen 5:22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
Gen 5:23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
Gen 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

How did Enoch get to walk on up into Heaven? By faith in the truth of God!

Heb 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Now some would say where did Jude get His information?

Some would say well there is an old Book of Enoch that is not included in our Bible.

The truth is, we have the complete and perfect Word of God! If there is an old Book of Enoch it was written much later than the Book of Jude!

We already have the truth all we need do is just accept it.

It was the Holy Spirit who decided what Scriptures would be placed in the Bible we have today, at least in the KJV Bible which is one of the very few Bibles that were written according to the Received Text, the Textus Receptus.

There are no lost books of the Bible. The Books of the Apocrypha may be of use for some history, but they are not any part of the Holy Ghost Inspired Word of God!

Enoch prophesied of the Lord returning to execute judgment upon all false teachers, all those who followed them, and all those who reject our Savior.

What is the truth of those who reject the truth of God?

*Jud 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

They are people planted by Satan to cause confusion in the Church!

They are people planted by Satan to cause disturbance in the Church!

They are people planted to cause division in the Church and all we need do is look at most all the mainline denominations and we can see these things happening right now in our lifetime!

They are faultfinders!
They are insinuators!
They are liberal minded!
They are pretenders!
They are dissemblers!
These are all Luciferians!

Amen

Let’s Pray!

Contending For The Faith

Contending For The Faith

Our Text: Book of Jude

*****Jud 1:1  Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
Jud 1:2  Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

Who was Jude?

Jude was the half-brother of Our Lord Jesus.

How can we know this?

Jude says he is the brother of James in our verse. James is also the half-brother of Christ Jesus.

The Apostle Paul who should know and can be trusted says that this is true:

Gal 1:19  But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.

This the same James who was the first Pastor of the Church at Jerusalem:

Act 15:13  And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

Act 21:17  And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.
Act 21:18  And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.

This is also the James of the Book of James:

Jas 1:1  James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

The Apostle James had already been murdered by Herod:

Act 12:1  Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
Act 12:2  [And he killed James the brother of John with the sword].
Act 12:3  And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

What do we know about these two half-brothers of Our Lord?

We can relate them to Jesus, no matter what others say:

Mar 6:3  Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
Mar 6:4  But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

Until His resurrection they did not believe Jesus was the Messiah:

Joh 7:3  His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.
Joh 7:4  For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.
Joh 7:5  [For neither did his brethren believe in him].

But before Christ Jesus had ascended they were full of faith in the Lord:

Act 1:13  And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.

Their faith could not be shaken after they realized the truth and that truth was the Cross and the Death, the Burial and then the Resurrection of their own half-brother and then when Jesus Christ ascended back to Heaven they were truly believers. There are no better eye witnesses than these two half-brothers of our Lord. They were not chosen to be Apostles because of their lack of faith. [They were called to be preachers because of their faith] that came later after the death of Christ Jesus, their half-brother. [They were not chosen by Jesus but they were called by the Holy Spirit].

We can believe that Jude was married and his wife traveled with him in his ministry:

Paul wrote:

1Co 9:5  Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and [as the brethren of the Lord], and Cephas?

The teaching of Jude takes us into the Laodicean Church age which we live right now. This book is in agreement with II Peter 2:

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.
2Pe 2:4  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
2Pe 2:5  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
2Pe 2:6  And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
2Pe 2:7  And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
2Pe 2:8  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
2Pe 2:9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
2Pe 2:10  But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

This is evidence of a reference to the Gnostic philosophy of the Lycus Valley and written to the Christians and Christian Jews of Asia Minor.

This Book can also be considered as prophecy of the Laodicean Church age!

Laodicea was the chief city of the Lycus River Valley region. The full name of the city was Laodicea ad Lyceum (Laodicea on the Lycus). The city was originally known as Diospolis (“the City of Zeus”).

What is apostasy?  An abandonment of what one has professed; a total desertion, or departure from one’s faith or religion.

We can see this happening evermore in our assemblies. People are getting away from the truth of the Word of God.

The Book of Jude gives us a better look at what Jesus was teaching:

Luk 18:8  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. [Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?]

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

1Ti 4:1  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1Ti 4:2  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
1Ti 4:3  Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

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.

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.

And now the Book of Jude.

We of the Church cannot deny these things because we witness them before our eyes every day. We live in this is the Laodicean Church Age the final Church Age mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

The Holy Ghost inspired Jude to give this warning to all Christians (Vs 1)

*****Jud 1:3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Jud 1:4  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

1.) There can be no doubt that the Holy Spirit directed Jude to write this epistle.

That word needful gives us the idea that Jude was pressed upon by the Holy Spirit.

Here’s what the Apostle Paul said:

1Co 9:16  For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
1Co 9:17  For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

2.) The Holy Spirit gives us a commandment.

“that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints”

Tit 3:9  But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

It’s called trusting in the Word of God:(faith)

Psa 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

We have no right to question the Word Of God!

The Apostle John wrote:

Rev 22:18  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Rev 22:19  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

The Holy Spirit gives us His concern.

“there are certain men crept in unawares”

This means that these men have come into the Church and when given the opportunity will preach and teach against the truth of Word of God.

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.

*****What is the common salvation?

We can take this to mean that salvation is not a local thing, not national, not provincial to any kingdom or to any continent. But this Gospel of Jesus Christ applies to all people no matter where they are located. There is a common salvation based on the common faith.

Our faith is based on these words:

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

Tit 1:4  To Titus, mine own son [after the common faith]: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

There is only One Savior no matter where you live in this world!

Joh 3:16  [For God so loved the world], that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

To describe these certain men Jude writes:

a.) They are ungodly men.

They do not reverence the one true God Jehovah and Christ Jesus.

2Ti 3:5  [Having a form of godliness], but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

b.) They twist God’s “Grace” into freedom to live in any way they choose. We see this in our own Church. There is no repentance. Repentance is a change of direction!

Mat 21:29  He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

c.) They deny the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and even speak against Him.

Tit 1:16  They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Jude says this common faith was delivered to us. It did not come from man But From God!

The Apostle Paul wrote:

1Co 11:23  [For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you], That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

1Co 15:3  [For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received], how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1Co 15:4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1Co 15:5  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
1Co 15:6  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
1Co 15:7  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
1Co 15:8  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

Paul did not receive his message from these other men but he says they are also witnesses to the truth of the delivered Word.

In every part of the Earth salvation is the same! That being true then every one that preaches should have this same salvation message. There is only one message of “faith”!

Jesus Christ says there is only one sin that will send you to Hell:

Joh 16:7  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Joh 16:8  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Joh 16:9  [Of sin, because they believe not on me];
Joh 16:10  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
Joh 16:11  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

All other sin was paid for at the Cross of Calvary!

There is only one “common faith”
There is only one “common salvation”
There is only one “system of truth”

Gnostics teach that sin resides outside the body and that the soul nor the spirit can sin. In other words at physical death you have achieved your resurrection and your soul is regenerated. They teach that there is no salvation for the body it just changes back to eternal dust. 

This is turning the “Grace” of God into lasciviousness!

What is lasciviousness? Looseness; irregular indulgence of animal desires; wantonness; lustfulness.

Remember Jude says these men will creep into the Church and they will not unmask themselves when they join the Church. They are not converted men and they will keep secret their real beliefs.
They are the worst of all hypocrites! They will teach privately one on one to get their message across and stirring up trouble over a period of time.

This the way the devil works. Remember the devil is in no hurry. If you do not believe on Jesus you will go to Hell. We all have to choose Heaven and that takes faith in God and all His Word.

What is the motive behind these men?

There motive is gain but not in ways that you might think.

2Pe 2:15  Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, [who loved the wages of unrighteousness];

They loved the wages of unrighteousness!

Most men will not pay money for such teaching.

They teach that it is not important to assemble in God’s house which is not Biblical:

Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

They teach that you should belong to a special inner class of people who know more than the other uncultured regular members. They teach that Church is not necessary for advanced people of such knowledge of God. They would make their money in home, so called Bible studies, and this in turn would divide the Church with these people robbing God.

We must not get sidetracked from the the person and the work of Christ Jesus. We must hold on to the truth of the Gospel.

*****Jud 1:5  I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

We can see that even after these people were willing to flee the turmoil of Egypt with God’s people, all were destroyed that simply would not believe on the Saving Power of God.

*****Jud 1:6  And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Jud 1:7  Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Jud 1:8  Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

Here we see the fall of the Angels. Some people ask how many times have some angels fell from the Grace of God.

Some of things that are taught are:

1.) There was a time that Satan fell and certain of the angels followed him (one third of them)

2.) It is taught that angels fell when they cohabitated with women on Earth:

Gen 6:2  That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

3.) If the Nephelium are angels then there would be third fall.

What we see in the Book of Jude is that he mentions only one fall.

Jude says they left their proper habitation and kept not their own principalities. In other words there is an hierarchy among the angels. They left their proper place and followed the Devil in that great rebellion.

In the words of Christ Jesus:

Luk 10:18  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

In verse 8 we see the word “these”. From the misinterpreting of this word is where most all confusion comes from.

To answer this question we must ask, what caused the flood of Noah’s day?

There are basically two “evil” theories:

1.) That the Adamic, or white race intermingled with those of dark skin which were before the days of Adam. The Book of Genesis has no mention of any such thing.

2.) That angels intermingled with the women of the earth.

First, no where in the Book of Genesis are angels ever referred to as the sons of God. I personally to not believe that in any portion of the Bible that angels are referred to as God’s sons.

Most of this nonsense comes from a few manuscripts of the Septuagint which did not even allow the Book of Genesis to be a part of it until about two hundred years before Christ Jesus.

This where the theory originates that the Nephilim, the giants of the Bible were formed.

Here are some truths of the Bible:

1.) Never in the Book of Genesis are angels referred to as the sons of God!

2.) The rendering of “angels” instead of “sons of God”  does not come from the Hebrew translations but they come from an Alexandrian interpretation that was substituted for the original manuscripts.

3.) The whole argument is based on the word “these” in verse 8 as referring to angels when it is obvious that this word “these” is making reference to [these evil men creeping into the Church].

4.) Nephelim in no part of the Bible mean angels.

5.) The offspring of Genesis 6:4 were not monsters but men of renown:

renown means only: Fame; celebrity; exalted reputation derived from the extensive praise of great achievements or accomplishments.

6.) That the sons of God were the Sethites, the Christians, the believers:

Gen 4:26  And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

Psa 82:6  I have said, [Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High].
Psa 82:7  But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

7.) God’s law of creation says that reproduction between in the species can only be “after their kind”:

Gen 1:21, 25; Gen 6:2; Gen 7:14

8.) You will be calling Jesus a liar to believe that angels can reproduce:

Luk 20:34  And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:
Luk 20:35  But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
Luk 20:36  Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

Scripture must be interpreted in “harmony with all other scripture. There is only ONE FALL OF THE ANGELS!

What we can realize from verse 7 Jude is that even though there was a great destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and three other cities, there will even a harsher judgment on those that would come in to confuse the Church. There will be a worst punishment for some at the White Throne judgment!

*****Jud 1:9  Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
Jud 1:10  But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

The first thing we need to remember is that all scripture is given by God through the Holy Spirit!

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

This is the only thing I need to know when others say the writers of the Bible were quoting from some other Book.

There is some literature out in this world that would lead us astray from the truth of the Gospel. We have in the King James Bible a completed Book. Every word, every verse, every chapter and every book is a completed work of God’s Word.

There are those that say that Moses did not die as it is written, that like Elijah he was taken on up to Heaven. No doubt the soul of Moses is in Heaven because we know this truth:

2Co 5:6  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
2Co 5:7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
2Co 5:8  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

To believe that Moses did not die just as the Bible says, and that his body did not see corruption like Elijah and Enoch is to believe a lie. This is the same example that the Catholic Church gives for the Virgin Mary. It is simply not true and makes God’s Word to be a lie!

Who is this Michael?

Dan 10:21  But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

Dan 12:1  And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Michael is the chief, the Archangel or the captain of all the angels:

Rev 12:7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Rev 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Michael is the leader of the “unfallen” angels as Satan, the devil is the leader of the “fallen angels”!

Whenever their is a fight we see Michael, whenever there is a mission of mercy we will see Gabriel!

So we ask:

1.) What was going on about the body of Moses between Michael and the Devil?

2.) What was the source of Jude’s information?

The answer to the second question first.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Not from Jewish tradition!

This where Paul got his information and this where Jude got his information. To believe or think other wise is to call God a liar.

Paul wrote:

Col 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Paul also wrote things that other men did not:

2Ti 3:8  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

How could Paul have known the names of these two men that are mentioned in the Book of Exodus:

Exo 7:11  Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
Exo 7:12  For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.

Now the body of Moses.

What we know is that God Himself buried Moses:

Deu 34:4  And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.
Deu 34:5  So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
Deu 34:6  And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: [but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day].
Deu 34:7  And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

The Jews had a tendency to worship relics. Remember they worshipped the brazen serpent:

2Ki 18:4  He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

We find even today that many of religion will worship the relics of the Bible. All of Europe went crazy trying to rescue the Tomb of Jesus. It is not only a place of history but to many a place of worship.

God says:

Mat 4:10  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, [Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve].

We can believe that Satan put great effort in trying to find the location of the body and the burying place of Moses and Michael would not allow it because He is the guardian angel of the Jewish people.

Satan does have the power of death but Moses was a redeemed man.

Satan has no power over any of God’s redeemed children, even when that flesh is left behind. God promises to raise that body of flesh at the day of the “Rapture”. He will not allow Satan any privilege even with those who sleep, while their soul is in Heaven:

1Th 4:13  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, [concerning them which are asleep], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1Th 4:14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, [even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him].
1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: [and the dead in Christ shall rise first]:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18  [Wherefore comfort one another with these words].

Satan is still the angel of death and will be present at every death but he has no power over the redeemed of the Lord:

Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Michael would not allow Satan to claim the body of Moses nor will any of God’s angels allow Satan to lay claim on any child of God. We can surely rest in peace!

It is the Lord that will always rebuke what Satan says about His children:

Zec 3:1  And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
Zec 3:2  And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

*****Jud 1:11  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
Jud 1:12  These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
Jud 1:13  Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

1.) Cain’s way was to reject the sin offering to God. He was willing to make thank you offerings but he would not consider making sin offerings, for just like today there are way to many that are righteous in their own eyes.

2.) Ballam’s error was to teach Balak a way that by which Israel could be separated from God. A people that are close to God cannot be cursed by anyone. A people that are corrupted are separated from the will of God and can fall into Satan’s traps. Balaam knew his counsel was evil but he hired out for wages. So many so called Pastors will corrupt, if possible, God’s people by this same manner in our day.

3.) Korah rebelled against the authority of God’s Word and those called of God. It was God Himself that had given Moses and Aaron their authority.

All these are mentioned again in the Book of Revelation describing the Church Ages.

In verse twelve we see “feast of charity” or love feast.

We know that the Bible teaches a difference between the “Lord’s Supper” and the ordinary church fellowship meal.

1.) Act 2:42  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

The breaking of bread would be the Lord’s Supper!

2.) Act 2:46  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and [breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart],

This would be the common meal shared with others!

In the days of the early church meals were sometimes provided to those in need. In most cases that money was provided by the richer class of the early church.

1Co 11:20  When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.
1Co 11:21  For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
1Co 11:22  What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

1Co 11:33  Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
1Co 11:34  And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

The Lord’s Supper has a specific meaning:

1Co 11:23  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
1Co 11:24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
1Co 11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
1Co 11:26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
1Co 11:27  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
1Co 11:28  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
1Co 11:29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
1Co 11:30  [For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep].

The Apostle Peter described these feast this way:

2Pe 2:12  But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
2Pe 2:13  And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings [while they feast with you];
2Pe 2:14  Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

These feast are sometimes acts of charity and can be good or evil but the “Lord’s Supper” is entirely different and you cannot be a partaker if you are not a born again child of God.

Jude says these false teachers of Apostasy are hidden rocks in these love feast. ” These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

*****Jud 1:14  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
Jud 1:15  To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

Jude does not say there was a Book of Enoch! Jude only says that Enoch prophesied!

Though there was such a book found in 1773. It was probably written many years after Jude and is not one of the inspired books. We know Jude got his information from the Holy Ghost. Just as Moses who wrote the first five books and Paul who gave us much history of the Old Testament.

*****Jud 1:16  These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

The Apostasy of the Laodicean Church age.

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.

We are to study our Bibles, the true Word of God and the teachings of the Apostles that were
chosen by Jesus.

Jud 1:19  These be they who separate themselves, sensual, [having not the Spirit].

These people are not called of God nor can they be because they are not even saved.

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.

There is still only one faith!

Jud 1:22  And of some have compassion, making a difference:

We can make a difference by showing compassion not only to the church but to the lost.

Jud 1:23  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

We must flee from temptation and the sin that comes with it. We must hate sin but we must love
the sinner.

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.

What can we say better than God?

Joh 10:29  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Joh 10:30  I and my Father are one.

Rom 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Rom 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Rom 8:33  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
Rom 8:34  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Rom 16:25  Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
Rom 16:26  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
Rom 16:27  To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

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,
Eph 3:21  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

2Ti 4:18  And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

When will we see Him in His Glory?

1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Let’s Pray!