A Study on the Warnings of Jude, Chapter 1

 

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A Study on the Warnings of Jude

 

Jude

Verses 1-2

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: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

Who is this Jude? Jude, Judas, or Judah, as he has been called, states that he is a servant of Jesus Christ. He also states that he is the brother of James (the Just) and the brother of Jesus.

Matthew 13:53-58

53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.

54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?

55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?

56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?

57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

In Matthew 13:55, the brothers of Jesus are named; they are James, Joses, Simon, and Judas.

Mark 6:1-6

And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.

And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

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.

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.

And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

Here in Mark 6:3, again the brothers of Jesus are named, and they are James, Joses, Juda, and Simon. The scriptures also state that Jesus had sisters. Their names are not given, nor the number of them, but by simple deduction we know that there were at the least two, because scripture states sisters. So, Jude was the brother of Jesus, our Lord.

In this epistle Jude doesn’t claim importance as being the brother to Jesus, but with humbleness in his heart, his only claim is that he is the servant of Jesus Christ. I can understand the feeling that he must have had that he was not worthy to be called the brother of Jesus, and that his only desire was, “Just let me be your servant, Lord.”

I believe as Jude was beginning to write this epistle, his mind went back to the days of his youth; the days also when Jesus began his ministry; the day when he and his brothers and sisters refused to believe that Jesus was the promised Messiah. Jesus even spoke of it in Mark.

Mark 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.

Here Jesus admits that his family refused to believe in Him. They refused to accept Jesus because they, like all Israel, were looking for a great warrior king, a king who would come and once again make Israel a great nation. That wasn’t the will of God for that time, though it will come in the future when Jesus returns. When did Jude repent and receive salvation? When did Jude accept Jesus as the promised Lord and Savior, the Messiah? We don’t know.

The scripture does record that Jesus appeared to James after the resurrection. (I Corinthians 15:5-7) So it was shortly after this event, because the scripture tells us so. As we study the scripture, we find that Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Jesus’ brothers were among the one hundred and twenty praying in the upper room when the Holy Ghost was poured out on the day of Pentecost.

Acts 1:13-14

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.

14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

Jude does claim to be the brother of James. Some think this was to give his epistle more authority, since James was the head of the church in Jerusalem. Jude, like many of the other apostles, worked in the background, where Paul, Peter, and others worked in the foreground. Jude did not seek self-glory, but only to please the Lord. For Jesus, himself, tells us that “he that heareth his word and doeth it, is as his brother, and sister, and mother.”

Matthew 12:47-50

47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.

48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

We can have no greater witness than to have it said about us that we were humble servants of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude directs this epistle: to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:”

Who are the called? The scripture states that many are called but few are chosen.

Matthew 20:16

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Matthew 22:14

For many are called, but few are chosen.

Who are the chosen? The chosen are all those who repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. God is not willing that any should perish but that all should have everlasting life. You say, “What’s the catch?” There is no catch; the only requirement is that you, of your own free will, repent and accept Jesus as your Savior. God will not make us do anything against our will; if we make heaven our home, it’s because we chose to serve the Lord. If we make hell our home, it’s solely because we chose to do so. God sends no one to hell; we send ourselves there, because of our own choices, actions, and desires.

I know that there are those who contend that we don’t have a choice, but they are wrong. We are not put upon this earth with no choice as to our final outcome. Every one of us has the same opportunity; what we make of it is up to our own discretion. The Word tells that many are called, many are bid to the marriage. It is not God’s will that any should perish, but that all should be saved. It’s up to us; God will not make a man serve Him. If God forced us to serve, there would be no love. In the past some men and women were made slaves. Did they like their lives? Did they want to be slaves? The answer is no. They desired to be free to make their own decisions, to be their own person. God gives us this opportunity, the opportunity to decide, but we will also reap the rewards of those decisions, be it good or be it bad.

Matthew 22:9

Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.

Romans 10:9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

1 Timothy 2:4

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Revelation 22:16-17

16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

The summons (or call, or invitation) is given; what is your answer? I have heard all manner of reasons why people will not go to church and serve the Lord. The one used most is that the church is full of hypocrites, and I concede that this is true. But there is a judgment day coming very soon. So, until that day comes, the wheat and the tares must grow together; just know that the harvest is near.

Matthew 13:24-30

24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn

The rapture of the saints is coming soon, but what of those who are left? There are those who will propose to live for God regardless of the cost they must pay, and there will be some. After the rapture has taken place, the only way for them to enter heaven is to purpose to give their lives for the sake of God’s kingdom. At the great white throne judgment there will be the final separating. The tares or sinners will be cast into the fire.

The biggest problem with the churches today is that the door to the world has been opened wide and the devil has walked right on in. The world is dictating what the morals and standards of the church are to be. When you make sinners feel comfortable in the church and there is no condemnation, there is no preaching of the true Word of God. The church has failed. Let’s be truthful, the church has backslidden in favor of man’s praise. The church is used to ease the conscience of ungodly men.

 James 3:14-16

14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

Jude, in this epistle, as we shall see, is giving a warning to not give heed to the many voices of the enemy. We are to be established in the Word of God, and not be led astray. James 3:14-16 tells us there should be no bitter envying and strife in our hearts, and that we are not to lie. But preachers and teachers get up and lie to people in every service in most churches today. This is the result of letting the world and governments dictate to the church of the living God what morals and standards are acceptable to them. Whatever happened to letting God set the rules? It’s a shame that people think they know more about what’s morally acceptable than God’s Word. James 3:15-16 states, “This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” There’s enough evil in the world without the church being full of bitterness, envy, strife, and confusion, but it’s here in our midst. The only way to get rid of it in our churches is to pray it out. Then preach the truth of God's Word. The truth will set us free.

John 8:23 says: “And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.” To be sanctified by God is to be set apart from the world by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We are to give ourselves to the service of Christ Jesus and God the Father, laying aside every weight and sin, and living in the presence of God through Jesus Christ. In so doing, we are preserved unto God, and at the end of this life we will enter into the presence of God and into that place that Jesus has prepared for us, as He has promised.

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ

 

Chapter 1

 

Revelation 1:1

 

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

 

The book of Revelation is a book that contains the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him for one specific purpose. What is that? To show unto his servant John things “which must shortly come to pass.” Revelation, despite what many people believe or say, is not the revelation of John. The Word tells us point blank that the book of Revelation is the revelation of Jesus Christ. John was only the vessel that Jesus used to write the warning to the churches and to the saints of what the future holds for the world. To those who disbelieve Revelation, and there are many, I turn your attention to 2 Timothy 3:16-17. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” Many people in our churches today pick and choose what scriptures they want to believe. But the Word plainly states that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God. There can be no picking and choosing; we must accept the whole Word of God. Another scripture to look at is 2 Timothy 4:1-2. “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.” Sadly to say, this shows us a picture of our modern-day churches, turning from scripture and changing scripture to say what they want it to say. They teach that under grace no one will miss heaven, that Jesus died for the whole world. Sin and sinners are welcomed into their churches. They ordain homosexuals as priest and pastors, something God’s Word strictly forbids and condemns. I touch on these subjects to get them out of the way, so that we can keep our minds on Revelation. It’s Jesus’ Revelation, which God, His Father, gave to Him. Jesus then sent and signified it, by his angel, unto His servant John. Nowhere is John called the revelator.

 

Revelation 1:2

 

2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

 

            The testimony of John is that he remained true to his calling in Christ Jesus. The scripture states of John, “Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.” This Revelation tells us of the things that will be taking place on the earth as well as things taking place in heaven before, during and after the rapture of the saints or the church.

 

Revelation 1:3

 

3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

 

            Blessed are they – who? The people who read and hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things – what things? The things that are written in this book, because the time is at hand – what time is at hand? The soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ to take us, the saints, home to glory. This book is a warning to the child of God and to the churches, to get as many saved as possible before Jesus comes back. As we look at those around us who claim to be saved, we find that many of them had rather believe a lie than the truth. But it is only the truth that will set us free.

 

Revelation 1:4-8

 

4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

            John begins to write to the seven churches which are in Asia. He begins with a greeting from our Lord and the seven Spirits which are before the throne. John must have been well known to the churches, because he simply states, “John to the seven churches.” The seven Spirits denote the seven-fold ministry of the Holy Ghost. “There is one Holy Ghost, but as the one candle holder has seven branches for seven candles, the Holy Ghost as the executive person of the Holy Trinity has seven ministry names, namely the Spirit of Adoption, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Supplication, the Spirit of Glory, the Spirit of Holiness, the Spirit of Life, and the Spirit of Wisdom.” (Which denotes a seven-fold ministry with the emphasis being placed on the completeness of the Holy Ghost’s ministry.) But Jesus is the theme of Revelation. He is given three titles, and they are: Faithful Witness, First Begotten of the Dead and Ruler of the King of the Earth. Then we see what Jesus has done for the church. Unto Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood. We are made kings and priests unto God. Be glory forever and ever.

            Jesus is coming back. The scripture says that He is coming with clouds, every eye shall see Him, and all the people of the earth shall wail. Jesus tells us who He is: the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the Almighty.

 

Revelation 1:9-10

 

9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

 

            In Prevision of History, by Rev. Elizabeth Williams, D. D., John identifies himself without titles of honor or rank; he simply calls himself brother and companion in tribulation, waiting in Christ Jesus. He names the place where he was the isle called Patmos, a small, barren island off the west coast of Asia Minor. He states that he is there for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. According to Eusebius, an early church historian, John was banished or exiled to Patmos by the Roman Emperor Domitian in the year A.D. 95.

            John further tells us that he was in the spirit on the Lord’s Day. It simply should be accepted that John means that it was the first day of the week, what we call Sunday, the day of our Lord’s resurrection.

 

Acts 20:7

 

7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

 

1 Corinthians 16:2

 

2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

 

John 20:19-20

 

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

 

Revelation 1:11-20

 

11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

 

            The great voice that John heard in Verse 10 is identified in Verse 11 of this chapter. Jesus tells us who He is by saying, “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.” Then John is instructed that everything he is shown, he is to write in a book. Once it is written, John is to send a copy to each of the seven churches which are in Asia. Again, these seven churches are: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.  In Verse 12, John turned to see the voice that spoke to him. John states that he saw seven golden candlesticks, and in the midst of these candlesticks, John saw one like unto the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to His feet, having on a golden girdle. His head and His hair are white like wool, as white as snow. In the Word of God, white denotes purity, without spot or stain, undefiled. It also speaks of wisdom and maturity, denoting the wisdom of the ages.

            His eyes are like as a flame of fire. Here we see a simile describing the all-seeing, all-penetrating, all-knowing power of Jesus Christ. This flame can burn out the dross in a life and at the same time warm the heart of the believer. His feet are compared to fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace. This symbolizes the power that enables Jesus to tread upon the enemy of our souls; nothing can bar or block His path. His voice is as the sound of many waters. Have you ever stood next to a large waterfall? The sound is deafening. This is like Jesus as He shows forth His power and glory. He commands and is obeyed. In His right hand, He holds seven stars. Out of His mouth goes a sharp, two-edged sword. The sword can be said to be the Word of God, and as Jesus speaks, His word is final. As John sees this, he is overwhelmed and falls as one dead before the Lord.

            The Lord reaches down, lays His right hand on John and tells him not to be afraid or fearful. Jesus reassures John of who He is by saying, “I am the first and the last. I am he that liveth and was dead; and behold I am alive for evermore.” Jesus is telling John to remember when He walked with him, when He was crucified and when He rose from the dead. He wants John to remember how they talked and preached God’s Word.

            Again, Jesus tells John to write the things which he has seen, and the things that are and that are coming, for these things are warnings to the world and to His church to prepare for His return. The church is going to face trials and tribulations. For a long time, the church has been at ease, but things are changing.  Jesus tells us to fear not, for He is in control.  These things must happen, but we are not to fear, for our trust is in Jesus Christ, our Savior.

            Jesus tells John that the seven stars which he saw in Jesus’ right hand are the angels of the seven churches. As we look at this mystery, John wasn’t writing to angels from heaven, but to the pastors of the seven churches, those who were responsible for the preaching of the gospel and keeping the churches in line with God’s Word. The seven golden candlesticks are represented as the seven churches in Asia. We can truly say that these seven churches were the most influential churches of that time. They were larger and more active in the ministry of the gospel than any others.

There’s a problem when studying the book of Revelation. Many people look at these scriptures and say they don’t understand what they are reading. How do we know what’s what? Some have said, “I don’t read it because it scares me.” The book of Revelation must be studied with much prayer. Some scriptures are written as fact, to be taken just as they are written, and some as symbolism, such as the angels of the churches, who are the pastors. Other scriptures are parenthetical. As a rule, most people want everything laid out for them. However, when it comes to God’s Word, there are times when we must dig out what God wants us to know. The book of Revelation is a picture of the near future; the coming future of mankind. We cannot be like many people and hide our heads in the sand. Jesus loves us enough to give us warning. Use it, and let it make you a better person. 

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