Summary: A sermon examining God's warning in the Book of Jude.
Jude: A Letter For The Last Days
THE ADMONITION IN JUDE'S LETTER (PART I)
On March 16th 2003 President George W. Bush gave Iraqi President Saddam Hussein 48 hours to relinquish power and go into exile or face invasion by more than a quarter of a million US and British troops. Hussein rejected the ultimatum and the plans for the invasion of Iraq were set in motion. On March 20th 2003, the U.S and several coalition allies, launched the "shock and awe" bombing campaign. Iraqi forces were quickly overwhelmed as U.S. forces swept through the country. The invasion led to the collapse of the Ba'athist government. Saddam was captured in December of that same year and executed three years later. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_War)
Hussein was warned but refused to heed that warning and it cost him his life. In this letter, Jude sounds a warning concerning apostasy in the church. Not only does he warn the true believers to beware of apostasy and to be ready to "earnestly contend for the faith", he warns the apostates of what is to come if they continue to rebel against God.
In verses 14 & 15 Jude mentions a prophetic warning that had been delivered by Enoch. He said "Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 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 warns that there is a day of reckoning on the horizon for the apostate. I would like to examine this passage of scripture and preach on "The Admonition In Jude's Letter".
The word "admonish" means to warn or reprimand someone firmly. That is exactly what takes place in this passage. Jude warns the apostate that Jesus is coming and when He appears He will bring judgment and justice! This is not only a warning of impending wrath, it is a call to repentance. Those apostates who continue in their rebellion will face severe consequences.
- As we examine The Admonition In Jude's Letter we will see that:
A. THERE IS A WARNING FOR THE APOSTATES
- The apostate (and everyone else for that matter) needs to know that:
1) THE SAVIOR IS COMING - v14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
Here Jude references the Second coming of Jesus. This will be a time when Jesus comes back in flaming fury and judges the apostate. Furthermore, it is a time when He will judge all the sinners of the world. The Day of the Lord will be a time of devastation, wrath, judgment and condemnation.
Joel, Amos, Zechariah, Isaiah, Hosea, Micah, Zephaniah and others prophesied of Christ's return in the Old Testament. Jesus discussed His return in great detail in "The Olivet Discourse", Paul covered the Second Coming in depth in several of his epistles, John saw it through Christ's Revelation to him on Patmos, and in our selected text Jude warns of the imminent return of Jesus Christ.
We don't know the specific date, but Christ's return is a certainty. Jesus said in - Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Many will not be prepared for that day, Paul said "when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." (I Thessalonians 5:3). This speaks of the suddenness of this event. What seems to be a time of peace and safety quickly becomes a time of devastation and catastrophe. For those who are present during that time, there will be no possibility of escape.That day will be sudden and the consequences will be severe!
This will be a time of inescapable judgment and wrath for those who have rejected Christ. Remember that Jude says that one of the attributes of apostates is that they "deny the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ" (Jude 1:4) When Jesus comes back, He will appear in His unveiled glory. On that day there will be no doubt who He is! He will come in great power and no power on earth will be able to oppose Him.
- Jude warns the apostate that the Savior is coming, but he goes on to say that when He comes, He is not coming alone. Notice that:
2) THE SAINTS ARE COMING - v14b Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.
When Jesus returns at the Second Coming, He will return with His "holy ones". The term "ten thousands" speaks of a myriad. Jude is describing an innumerable multitude. The KJV says that the Lord will return with "His Saints" while some of the modern Bible translations refer to the "Holy ones" as "His Angels". When you look to Revelation it is clear that both the Saints and Angels will return with the Lord some day. Listen to what John said in - Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.