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It Isn*t Pretty

This is how Jude And Enoch Describe Unbelievers.

Jude 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 don*t know what they are talking about but they speak evil of good things anyway. They corrupt themselves in the things that they do know.

v11 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.

They are in trouble and headed for deeper trouble because they have tried to please God in their own way rather than His way. That is what Cain did. They seek financial gain rather than spiritual gain. That is what Balaam did. They spoke in favor of the false and irrelevant error like Core did.

v12 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;

They brazenly serve themselves even among believers. They mar the fellowship of believers. They are empty and doubly dead.

v13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

They are unashamedly angry. They wander in darkness and are doomed to do that forever.

v14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

Genesis 5:24: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Hebrews 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.

The complete sermons of Enoch are not available to us. I wonder how Jude and Paul got them. Perhaps someday the Lord will replay them for us. At any rate, he spoke of the judgment of God, the return of Christ with His saints, and he gave vivid descriptions of unbelievers, truths that are taught frequently in other Scriptures. Enoch*s lifestyle was revealed in the first book of the Bible and the most important parts of his message were revealed in the second from the last. This is almost like parentheses around the rest of the Bible. I believe it is therefore significant to God and should be important to us.

v15 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.

God will judge all men. He will reveal the awfulness of their sin to the unrepentant sinners. He will remind of them of all that they spoke against Him.

v16 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.

Unbelievers of Enoch*s time were just like unbelievers today. They complain. They go their own selfish way. They speak proudly. They admire other unbelievers who seem to be successful manipulators.

Were these once descriptions of us? Do we know others in that desperate condition? Here is what Jude exhorts us to do about them:

Jude 1:17-23: 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. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 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: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

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