Jude: Conditions Revealed for Last-day Christians
Wilfred Hahn ((Eternal
The book of Jude is small—one chapter 25 verses
long—tucked in just before the Revelation. Just as Genesis is the first book
of the Bible and Revelation the last, the position of Jude is equally
significant. It holds a spot that parallels Esther in the Old Testament. The
Book of Esther is the last of the historical books for the Hebrews in the
Old Testament. It was meant to be prophetic foreshadowing of the future
history of the Jewish people, largely taking place over the “times of the
Gentiles.” Immediately following is the Wisdom Literature, and then the
of Jude holds a similar anchor in the New Testament, providing the last
instructions for the Church Age. Prophetic in character, it foreshadows the
fate of the Church and Christians for the period between the epistles and
the 3rd chapter of Revelation.
half-brother of Jesus, wrote this epistle with one main objective in view:
“[…] That ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered
unto the saints” (Jude 1:3).
Because: “[…] There are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of
old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God
into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus
Christ” (verse 4, KJV).
writing expressly to prepare the Church against teachers of falsehoods,
corruptions and the fleshly philosophies of mankind. “Contending for the
faith” is the very line of defense that falls when the gospel is distorted
and corrupt doctrine is adopted.
We can see
here that the Church was attacked very early by false teachers who had
“slipped” into its ranks even while the apostles were still alive. These
false teachers are sneaky and devious … not going in unto the sheep by the
front gate. Jesus warned: “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter
the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a
robber” (John 10:1). Because of their slipperiness and subtle ways of
encroaching upon the Church, Jude then lays out a list of diagnostic
characteristics by which to recognize them, lest the Christian be caught
Jude is responding to what he sees in his day, he is certainly also covering
the conditions of the very last days. He says: “But, dear friends, remember
what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, ‘In
the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly
desires’” (verses 17-18, NIV).
Jude’s introduction which ends in verse 5, two structures are then carried
throughout the rest of this book:
actions of 10 persons, entities or groups are named, besides the false,
corrupt teachers that play a role in the battle for the truth of the gospel.
Each of these factors mentioned, we can view as being prophetically
characteristics that help to identify false teachers that “[…] deny Jesus
Christ our only Sovereign and Lord” (verse 4).
surprise—as Scripture always corroborates itself in various ways—the numbers
of “10” and “18” are aptly symbolic. “18” is the sum of three “6’s.” Three
times the number of man signifies the peak significance of an apostate,
human religion or system (i. e. 666). In the Bible, the number “3” often
signifies spiritual or religious significance. In the case of a humanist
apostasy, the number “18” then would represent its fullest perversion.
Apostle Paul, when listing the characteristics of ungodly people during the
apostate “perilous times” in 2 Timothy 3, also mentions exactly 18
“10” is also significant in the Bible. It symbolizes a type of “systematic”
or “program” completeness. This number breaks down to a sum of 6, 3 and 1.
The symbolism of the first two numbers has already been reviewed. The “1”
signifies the perfect finality or person. You will see this when we list the
10 constituents of this group.
first turn our attention to this collection of 10 persons (or groups) and
attempt to glean any prophetic implications they may foreshadow for the
“[…] The Lord delivered his people out of
Egypt, but later destroyed those who did
not believe” (verse 5).
Parallel: Israel is returned to its land in the last days—delivered from out
of the world, as from Egypt—yet most do not believe in their Jehovah and
many will be destroyed in the coming Great Tribulation (Jacob’s Trouble).
Angels (in their fallen state, demons) are mention next in verse 6.
“And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned
their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains
for judgment on the great Day.”
Parallel: Disobedient angels (demons) who originally took unto them “the
daughters of men” (Genesis 6:2, KJV) and corrupted mankind in the age of
Noah (and then were bound up), foreshadow another demonic attack upon
humanity in forms of deceiving demons and possibly in manifested physical
form during the Tribulation. In Revelation 12, we read that “[…] Satan,
which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his
angels were cast out with him” (verse 9). While that event specifically
takes place in the Tribulation Period, several New Testament authors
(including Jude) warned that in the last days many deceiving doctrines,
taught by demons, would make their way into the Church. We see the “stealth”
of these conditions today. Many Christians are not able to recognize these
false teachers for what they are.
and Gomorrah: “In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah
and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and
perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of
eternal fire” (verse 7).
Parallel: In the last days, that there would be a prevalence of immorality
to the point demonstrated even in Sodom and Gomorrah. There, sexual perversion was
publicly endorsed to the extreme of flaunting and aggressive militancy.
Those that did not want to participate were even subject to physical danger.
We already see such conditions today.
Archangel Michael is mentioned next: “But even the archangel Michael,
when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare
to bring a slanderous accusation […]” (verse 9).
Parallel: Michael, who is the Archangel of the Jews, is disputing with the
world run by the Devil over the right of
to exist. Michael serves a special role for the Jews, as is confirmed by the
prophet Daniel. “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your
people, will arise” (Daniel 12:1).
Even though the Devil wants a dead race of Israelites, Michael does not
slander him, but leaves this task to the Lord. Indeed today, there can be no
doubt that Satan is working very hard to make Israel a dead body, both physically
and spiritually. To this point,
is spiritually dead, awaiting the event described in Ezekiel 37 when they
would be filled with the Spirit.
“Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain” (verse 11). What is
the way of Cain? It is the path of man doing what is right in his own eyes.
It also signifies the attempts of man to create his own righteousness
through his own achievement and toil. It is the opposite of grace, which is
salvation freely given and undeserved.
Parallel: Today, the entire globalized world is represented by Cain.
Humanism reigns. Systems and agencies such as the United Nations, the
International Criminal Court, the World Health Organization and so on,
believe that by virtue of mankind’s toil, a society of peace and goodness
can be created (so humanists think). Jesus said otherwise, “There is none
good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep
the commandments” (Matthew 19:17, KJV). Even so-called Christian churches
have endorsed or joined similar movements. The rapidly increasing influence
of Reconstructionism (Dominion Theology) tangentially falls into this
“[…] They have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error […]” (verse 11).
This is one of the greatest errors being perpetuated today that most people
do not see. I have called it the “Babylon Occlusion” (See Midnight Call
magazine, July 2007). Balaam was guilty of prophesying for a price. He
oriented his sights to money and materialism, mixing it with the precepts of
his religion. Money had the upper hand.
Parallel: Without a doubt, money is the highest god in the systems of
globalized man. The merging of faith and money is nearly complete. There are
various indications of this also in the so-called Christian church,
including a prevalent Prosperity Gospel. The world is already far advanced
on the road to the final ecumenicism shown in Revelation 17-18, where world
polity, economics and a substitute Christian faith will be merged into one.
“[…] They have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion” (verse 11).
Korah, a Levite, and some 250 eminent Israelite leaders were guilty of
trying to set themselves up as being equal to the station of priest. They
challenged the God-elected leadership of Moses and Aaron. They judged
themselves to be holy and worthy. It was a power struggle and represented
total disregard for spiritual authority. They effectively were appointing
themselves to a position of power.
Parallel: Today we have the condition of Korah in its most extreme form,
more blatant than perhaps ever in the Church Age. For one, the largest
religious organization in the world, widely considered to be Christian, has
set itself up as the very vicar of Christ. The Roman Catholic Church has
appointed itself as the necessary intermediary to salvation, also presuming
to set up His kingdom on earth. It has challenged the very position of
Christ. This is Korah’s rebellion at its most extreme. Similar rebellions
are also witnessed in Protestant sects. Various self-appointed prophets and
apostles presume to speak on a level equal in authority to Christ and the
“Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: ‘See, the
Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge
everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have
done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have
spoken against him’” (verses 14-15).
Parallel: Enoch was the first example in the Bible of someone being
“snatched away” … in other words, raptured. Here, he is shown as not only
foreshadowing the pre-tribulation Rapture, but also the post-tribulation
return of Christ with the saints, as the next two points confirm.
“[…] Thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone […]”
Parallel: These are the saints of old as well as those raptured, who come
back with Christ to vanquish the ungodly, meeting them on the plains of Megiddo.
“[…] The Lord […]” (verse 14).
Parallel: This is Jesus Christ, God Himself … “the One who is good,”
returning to set up the Millennial Reign.
reviewed the list of persons and/or groups, we note the oft occurring 6-3-1
distribution noted earlier, whose sum is the number 10. There are six names
representative of man and his relations—“his people out of
Egypt” (Israelites), Enoch, Cain, Balaam, Korah, and
the people of “Sodom
and surrounding towns.”
of spiritual, non-physical or of non-human origin are the “thousands upon
thousands” of saints (they have already been translated to incorruptible
bodies at this point), Archangel Michael, and the “angels that left their
estate.” The Lord Himself here represents the single unity of perfection.
Objective: Identifying the False Teachers
list the characteristics of the false teachers, their identification being
the very objective of Jude’s writing.
“[…] These dreamers pollute their own bodies” (verse 8).
“[…] reject authority” (verse 8).
“[…] slander celestial beings” (verse 8).
“[…] These men speak abusively against whatever they do not
understand […]” (verse 10).
“These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without
the slightest qualm” (verse 12).
“[…] shepherds who feed only themselves” (verse 12).
“They are clouds without rain […]” (verse 12).
“[…] blown along by the wind” (verse 12).
“Autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead” (verse 12).
are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame” (verse
men are grumblers […]” (verse 16).
and faultfinders” (verse 16).
follow their own evil desires” (verse 16).
boast about themselves […]” (verse 16).
and flatter others for their own advantage” (verse 16).
are the men who divide you […]” (verse 19).
who follow mere natural instincts […]” (verse 19).
and do not have the Spirit” (verse 19).
here are 18 characteristics with which to identify false teachers and
purveyors of the doctrines of demons. No Christian should ever be deceived
Jude is a
remarkable book of prophetic foreshadowing, serving as a useful alert to
endtime Christians. Given the prophetic parallels that we have considered,
we must conclude that it is already very late … very near the Midnight Call.
We are on the threshold of the occurrence associated with the eighth name
mentioned—Enoch—the new beginning for the saints when they will be raptured.
The number “8” stands for exactly that—a new beginning. Eight people were on
prophetic parallels are in clear sight today. Our identification of the
season of the last days should be obvious.
“thousands upon thousands” of saints return with Christ, the next occurrence
is the judging of the ungodly. They come “[…] to judge everyone, and to
convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the
ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against
him” (verse 15).
by Jude are very difficult times (“perilous times” as mentioned in 2 Timothy
3:1) for true Christians. However, Jude comes to our aid and outlines a
course of action for us … a list of seven (which is a divine number).
dear friends,” he says:
“[…] Build yourselves up in your most holy faith“ (verse 20);
“[…] and pray in the Holy Spirit” (verse 20);
“Keep yourselves in God's love […]” (verse 21);
“[…] as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you
to eternal life” (verse 21);
“Be merciful to those who doubt” (verse 22);
“[…] Snatch others from the fire and save them” (verse 23);
“[…] To others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing
stained by corrupted flesh” (verse 23).
closing, let us join Jude in his Doxology:
who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious
presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be
glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before
all ages, now and forevermore! Amen” (Jude 24-25).
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Wilfred J. Hahn
is a global economist/strategist. Formerly a top-ranked global analyst,
research director for a major Wall Street investment bank, and head of
country’s largest global investment operation, his writings focus on the
endtime roles of money, economics and globalization. He has been quoted
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and languages. His 2002 book The Endtime Money Snare: How to live free
accurately anticipated and prepared its readers for the Global Financial
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Preserving true riches in an age of deception and trouble, looks further
into the future.