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By Philip Cottraux
Jude 14-15: And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, 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.
To understand these scriptures better, let’s begin by breaking them down. First, Jude invokes the Old Testament saint, Enoch. He and Elijah are the only two people that never died, being taken directly to Heaven by God. Enoch, one of very few righteous men that lived during the pre-flood era, was of the seventh generation from Adam: Adam begat Seth, who begat Enosh, then Kenan, Mahalel, Jared, and Enoch. Interestingly enough, the seventh descendant is represented by God’s perfect number.
He was the father of Methusaleh, who lived longer than anyone else (969 years). He was also the great-grandfather of Noah, the only one whose family was spared when the flood came. God told us very little of this man from early history: Genesis 5:21-24: And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
He was not mentioned again in scripture for many centuries until Jesus briefly spoke of him in Luke 3. But then the writer of Hebrews gave us a revelation of his ascendance into Heaven in chapter 11, verse 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. Over the years, some writers had begun to doubt whether or not Enoch was raptured, declaring that Genesis 5 was mistranslated and that being “taken by God” simply referred to his death. However, Hebrews 11 should completely dispel any doubt.
The reason Jude specifically mentioned Enoch as “the seventh from Adam” was to make clear to whom he was referring. Another Enoch is mentioned in scripture as the son of Cain: And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch (Genesis 4:17). Thousands of years after he was taken away, God finally revealed the long-buried secrets of this Old Testament saint. According to Jude, he was a prophet who was shown a vision of God’s punishment on the wicked.
Verse 14 states that Enoch prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints. Who are “these?” Remember, the purpose of Jude’s epistle is to expose false doctrine and those who preach it within the church. Enoch apparently was given a vision of the future, and God showed him the damage false prophets would cause. However, the prophet then spoke of the Lord coming with tens of thousands of saints, To execute judgment upon all, (verse 15). Because Enoch was one who was raptured, it would be tempting to assume he was referring to the second coming of Jesus, but the reference to “judgment upon all” is the key. Jesus is not enacting judgment during the Rapture; He is coming to rescue His bride from the Tribulation. Therefore, we can conclude that Enoch was not given a vision of Christ’s return, but of Armageddon. Now the interpretations begin to fall into place.
First is the reference to the Lord returning with “tens of thousands of saints.” Other verses in the Bible back up the idea that when Christ comes to destroy the Antichrist and his followers at Armageddon, He will lead a great army composed of the host of Heaven. Deuteronomy 33:2: And he said, The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. Zechariah’s vison also supported this: And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee…and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee (Zechariah 14:5).
After John’s horrific description of Christ riding from the sky to Earth on a white horse with a vesture dipped in blood, he tells us And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean (Revelation 19:14). So terrifying will be the sight that those with the Mark of the Beast will turn and run in terror, crying for the rocks to fall on them so they don’t have to face Him. And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: (Revelation 16:16).
All evil will be exposed that day, and those who opposed God will have their eyes opened to just how wrong they were. Jude 15: 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. There will be no doubt that Jesus is the One True Lord and Messiah, and those who rejected Him will pay the price. The slaughter will be so terrible that the blood will reach as high as a horse’s bridle for about 200 miles (Revelation 14:20).
And thousands of years ago, God showed it all to Enoch. And he and Jude both understood that the false prophets who teach against the Word will be among those destroyed on that day. After all, are they not doing as much damage to the kingdom of God as the people who will arrest and execute Christians for refusing to worship the beast and his image?
And it isn’t just the teachers of false doctrine that God will judge. 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 (Jude 16). People within the church who murmur, complain, lust, and try to get into positions of power by flattering their superiors will all suffer the same fate as false prophets and those who serve the Antichrist.
But Jude knew that such people would work against us in the last days. Verses 17-19: But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. This was not just a message for Jude’s time, but for ours. False prophets may have begun infiltrating the Early Church, but they have completely taken over the Christian church today. Far from evangelizing the world as we were called to do, we are tearing ourselves apart from the inside, and now more than ever we need to study the book of Jude on the importance of discerning against lying doctrines.
But how can we separate? How can we know what is truth from what is false? How will we know when a message contradicts the Word of God? Jude mentions what false prophets are missing in verse 19, then emphasizes how much we need it in verse 20: But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost is what gave the disciples power on the Day of Pentecost. It will build up our faith. It will give us the discernment necessary to sort truth from what is false. The Holy Ghost will never steer us wrong; when the devil tries to bring lies into our midst, we will immediately identify and reject it. Why is the church missing so many of God’s blessings? Why have so many doctrines torn us apart, and why have so many denominations fractured the body of Christ? Why are we not standing in unity, and falling like a house divided? Because we are missing the Holy Ghost fire.
The less of us that are baptized in the Spirit, the weaker we will become. And the more the devil will defeat us on every front. To regain its power and become an unstoppable force against the world’s evil, the church needs to be filled with the Holy Ghost once again.
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference (Jude 21-22). Overflowing with the love of God, and having compassion on one another, we will make a difference in this world. And we will be able to continue on our true mission, which is to save the lost.
Verse 23: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Even though the message of the church today is to preach all on God’s love and not try to scare people by telling them about judgment, Jude 23 tells us that we will save people with fear, and will pull them out of the fires of Hell. The garments that are spotted with the flesh will be washed clean and be white as snow. Ephesians 5:27: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
The Holy Spirit will help us win the lost. The Holy Spirit will help us separate truth from false doctrine. The Holy Spirit will build up our faith, and will give us the power to keep from falling. Verses 24-25: 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, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.