The Book of Jude
Parts 1 and 2
By Willie Martin

Jew Watch

The Book of Jude - Part 1

       This is a study of the Book of Jude. There has not been a whole lot said about the Book of Jude so I am presenting the following for your study and review.

        Please notice that Jude writes: "...To those who are the called." (Jude 1) Not to those who are called, not to those who have a calling, but to "the called," those who are distinguished from the rest of the world population. Could Jude also be affected by this SPECIAL PEOPLE idea which is hated in our society so filled with humanism? He goes on to say that these called ones are "...kept for Jesus Christ." (Jude 1)

        This is a very interesting thought. It is unfortunate that Jude did not elaborate on his statement. Perhaps all he wished to convey is that those to whom he wrote, the called ones, are set apart because they are the family of God, kept for the day of the coming of Jesus Christ.

        He further identifies these people when he says in verse 3 that the faith "...was once for all delivered to the saint." (Jude 3) Or to "...the holy ones," according to the literal meaning of the Greek. Let us hear Jude correctly. It is not one's faith which makes one holy, but rather it is the holy ones to whom the faith was delivered. Yes, the children of God are holy, holy in His sight. It is to this holy seed that God gave the spiritual capacity to receive the faith He gave them.

        It infuriates God to see His children cast their Godly heritage to the four winds as though it does not exist. In this short epistle, notice how Jude distinguishes between those who are God's and those who are not, and the ends for both.

        In verse four, Jude uses that most effective literary device, contrast. Having talked about the holy ones, now he refers to the others; "For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ." (Jude 4)

        Just as truly as there are the holy ones of God, there are those ungodly ones who were long marked for condemnation. They were marked because they did not have the spiritual capacity to receive the faith of God. The writer of Hebrews said, "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)

        But being born without spiritual capacity for God precludes the faith necessary to please Him. I see two tragedies here, the holy one wh neglects the seeking after God, which brings about his regeneration; and the one without the capacity to believe.

        Jude then gives a string of examples of people who failed in God's purposes for them. They did not believe, they did not understand, they did as they pleased. The Israelites who were delivered out of Egypt were destroyed because they did not believe. It is not that they did not believe in God, for surely they did. Their unbelief was that they refused to go in and possess the promised land. I'm sure these Israelites believed many things about God, but they did not believe in this one thing from God, and they all died in the wilderness without seeing the promised land. Today, God would be put on trial for violating the Israelites' civil rights. But the people did not believe they could possess the land: they feared, and God allowed all of them to die in the wilderness. (For God will not allow cowards or those that fear into His Kingdom: "But THE FEARFUL, and UNBELIEVING, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:8) - WM) God could not allow this fear and unbelief to infect the theocracy (government by God) that He was going to establish in the promised land among His people. Only two of these Israelites who were at Kadesh-barnea, where the unbelief occurred, were later permitted to enter the land. Caleb and Joshua were believers and said they COULD possess the land. They were that very small minority speaking and believing the truth. Forty years later, Joshua led the people in.

        The same thing must happen again before the Kingdom on earth is established. Those who believe and preach the lies that the Jews are God's Chosen People and that we are Gentiles (heathen) must perish before the Kingdom comes. The Billy Grahams, the Jerry Falwells, the C.M. Ward, the Anthony Palmas and the Bob Weidmans must all die in the tribulation to prevent their lies from infecting the Kingdom of God. Again there is that very small minority who speak and believe the truth, who will survive the tribulation and greed the Lord Jesus Christ at His "parosia."

        Jude then refers to "...angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day." (Jude 6)

        One must wonder what Jude meant here. What angels? What domain? What abode did they abandon? Who are they who are presently kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day; which is still future? Perhaps a clue is to be found in the next verse: "Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, SINCE THEY IN THE SAME WAY AS THESE indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example, in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire." (Jude 7)

        Jude is drawing a comparison between the sins of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah and the sins of the angels of verse six. He says, "...since they (the people of Sodom and Gomorrah) in the same way as those (the angels) indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh..." We know that the strange flesh involved in Sodom and Gomorrah was homosexuality. This is clearly attested in the Genesis account. (Genesis 19:5) Surely, this is gross immorality, far from the purposes of God. But what was the gross immorality of the angels? Jude said it was the same as Sodom and Gomorrah; STRANGE FLESH. Angels abandoned their proper dwelling place and indulged in STRANGE FLESH. In another realm? Could it be that angels came to those earth, manifested themselves, and had intercourse with human beings? If we are willing to understand what Jude wrote, this is what he said. And whoever they were and whoever they are, Jesus is keeping in bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day.

        This possibility is not as remote as one may think, and will become an important part of our study in Genesis, for there is evidence there which corroborates this writing of Jude. A fascinating thought is that the ANGELS were not immediately destroyed as were the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, but are presently being kept in bonds of darkness. If the angels indulged in strange flesh, is the result of that indulgence still with us? With what has already been written in this book, plus the findings in Genesis, we shall realize the importance of Jude's remarks.

        Jude continues his thoughts: "Yet in the same manner these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties." (Jude 8)

        Notice that both the angels and the people of Sodom and Gomorrah dreamed of these perversions, then actually defiled the flesh as we have stated above. Both rejected the authority of God by refusing His purposes for them. What Jude meant when he said they REVILE ANGELIC MAJESTIES is not so clear. The King James Version is no help. But the Revised Standard Version is more in keeping with the context when it reds, "...revile the glorious ones." We can well assume that if the men of Sodom and Gomorrah wished to have sexual intercourse with the two visitors whom we know to be angels (Genesis 19:1), certainly they were reviling these glorious ones as well as the glorious ones who comprised the family of God. THIS ALSO HELPS US TO UNDERSTAND THAT IF THE MEN OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH WISHED TO HAVE RELATIONS WITH ANGELS MANIFESTED IN THE FLESH, THEN IT BECOMES PLAUSIBLE FOR US TO BELIEVE THAT ANGELS COULD HAVE HAD RELATIONS WITH MEN, OR WOMEN, EARLY IN THE GENESIS STORY.
 


The Book of Jude -Part  2

        If the Revised Standard Version is correct in its translation, THE GLORIOUS ONES, then the New American Standard Bible's words could be understood in the same way, THE ANGELIC MAJESTIES. This is who we are, the angelic majesties, the glorious ones. The Fundamentalists, who think primarily in terms of morality, would argue that we are in no way morally angelic or glorious. But those of us who think beyond morality are able to see that as the issue of God, we are indeed angelic majesties and glorious ones, as yet n an imperfect state, though nevertheless, the very children of god, glorious in His sight.

        Verse 9 reads: "Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, The Lord rebuke you." (Jude 9)

        It would seem that the point here is that not even the high raking angel, Michael, could not pronounce judgment against even the devil, for this is the responsibility and the authority of God Himself. Perhaps this gives reason why the Jew children of Satan have not been annihilated by the many nations which they have destroyed by their evil suffocation. But as the Jews make their last effort to destroy Christianity and the family of God, we have the sure promises of God that Jesus Christ will return and gather the seed of Satan and burn them every one. It was the Jews who put Christ on the cross (stake). It is Christ who will accomplish the final solution according to His word.

        Jude continues in verse 10: "But these men revile the things which they do not understand: and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed (or corrupted-ed)." (Jude 10)

        Then Jude cites three more examples of wrong doing. Verse 11: "Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah." (Jude 11)

        To discuss THE WAY OF CAIN here would plunge us into the difficult subject of Cain as found in Genesis Chapter four, which we shall reserve for that part of this writing.

        The error Balaam seems to be involved with THE ELEMENT OF GREED AND DESIRE FOR PERSONAL GAIN. (Taken from the Harper Study Bible, edited by Harold Lindsell, published by Harper & Row Publishers, Inc.) On the surface of the matter, it would appear that Peter also used Balaam for an example of greed (2 Peter 2:15-16). Yet, in both Jude and in 2 Peter, the context is far more serious than mere greed. Both these writers are talking about men who are LIKE UNREASONING ANIMALS. If Balaam's greed was his sin of unrighteousness, how, pray tell, do we classify his counseling the Midianite women to seduce the Israelite men (Numbers 31:116), bringing on the plague from God which took the lives of 24,000 Israelites? Is the error of Balaam greed, or is it the far more serious matter of STRANGE FLESH? Certainly the context of Jude would indicate the latter.

        The rebellion of Korah was simply rebellion against God's authority even to the appointment of leaders of his own choosing. God's authority is not to be challenged or rebelled against. Of course, the men of Sodom and Gomorrah and the angels defied God's authority. In the first case, all perished in the total destruction of the cities. In the second, all are being kept in eternal bonds for the judgment of the great day.

        Jude continues in verses 12 and 13, cursing these evil beings. Whom is he cursing? Those who have CREPT IN UNNOTICED, THOSE WHO WERE LONG BEFOREHAND MARKED OUT FOR THIS CONDEMNATION, UNGODLY PERSONS WHO TURN THE GRACE OF OUR GOD INTO LICENTIOUSNESS AND DENY OUR ONLY MASTER AND LORD, JESUS CHRIST." (Jude 4) Jude is cursing those wh yelled CRUCIFY HIM! CRUCIFY HIM! Jude cannot say enough about these unreasoning animals "...for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever." (Jude 13)

        Since the Jews classify the Gospel of John as anti-Semitic, they had better take another look at Jude, for Jude not only clarifies their means of origin but also proclaims their eternal destruction.

        Jude then points out that even Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about these beings and said, "Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." (Jude 14-15)

        IT IS TREMENDOUSLY SIGNIFICANT THAT JUDE NOT ONLY RECOGNIZED THE PROBLEM WITH THESE EVIL BEINGS BUT ALSO TRACES THEM BACK TO ENOCH'S TIME JUST SEVEN GENERATIONS FROM ADAM. We must accept the fact that our latter day problems with an evil people did not begin with the Bolshevik Revolution, nor with Karl Marx, nor with King Bulan and the Khazars, nor with the Jews who killed Christ. We know that Enoch knew the problem and prophesied their final end, and we shall discover in our Genesis study that the problem really began in the Garden of Eden.

        In the remaining verses, Jude turns his thoughts to the children of God, reminding them that the apostles of Jesus warned us that "In the last time there shall be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts. These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly minded, DEVOID OF THE SPIRIT. (Jude 18-20) (Does this not describe the Clergy of the Judeo-Christian world? - WM)

        It is beautiful that after Jude has cursed and condemned those CERTAIN PERSONS WHO HAVE CREPT IN UNNOTICED, he is able to come back and speak warmly and with love to those whom he calls BELOVED. Perhaps Jude exemplifies the truth that according to God's purposes, we must have the capacity to hate with a perfect hatred as well as to love with a perfect love. As children of the Most High God, we have the obligation to do both.

        Jude encourages the children of God: "But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith; praying in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life." (Jude 20-21)

        We must understand that Jude previously referred to those devoid of the Spirit but now addresses those who possess a MOST HOLY FAITH, PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. Quite a contrast. For those at this point who would wish to moralize or spiritualize Jude's intent, let me admonish you to get the greater meaning of Jude's writing. Jude was writing about the family of God and the enemy who crept into the family unnoticed. He wars us of this intrusion.

        We might ask what Jude meant when he said we must keep ourselves in the love of God. If we acknowledge that God has a plan, and if we accept and are obedient to the place God has given us in that plan, we are keeping ourselves in the love of god. It is when we lavish our attributes, and our holy seed, on the heathen that God becomes angry. It is for this reason that the United States finds no favor or help in these last days.

        Keeping ourselves in the love of god has its infinite reward; THE MERCY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST SO ETERNAL LIFE. (Jude 21) Again, we must point out the contrast; eternal life for those in God's love: the black dankness reserved forever for those who DENY OUR ONLY MASTER AND LORD, JESUS CHRIST.

        The most beautiful benediction in all Scripture ends this most significant epistle; "Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen." (Jude 24-25)

        The racial understanding of the Epistle of Jude is evident. (Taken from the Last Battle Cry, by Jarah B. Crawford, pp. 289-298, published by Jann Publishing, Inc., P.O. Box 626, Middlebury, Vermont 05753)

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