Jude 1, Revelation 1-2
Jude Chapter 1
The identity of Jude, a form of Judas, has been long debated. There were two prominent men of God named Jude / Judas mentioned in the Scriptures at the time that the epistle was written. The first was Jude the brother of James, of the twelve apostles: "Judas the brother of James" (Luke 6:16 KJV), also known as Lebbaeus and/or Thaddaeus: "James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus" (Matthew 10:3 KJV).
The other was Judas the brother of James; Judas and James being the brothers of Jesus Christ (see Mary's Other Children): "13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?" (Matthew 13:55 KJV).
Whichever it was, he provided, in a brief letter, solid doctrinal truth from Bible History and Prophecy.
"1:1 Jude, the servant [see Christianos] of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified [see Sanctify] by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: 1:2 Mercy unto you, and peace and love, be multiplied." (Jude 1:1-2 KJV)
All humans are sinners; it's even a sin to claim to be sinless: "1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8 KJV). The only difference between the righteous and the wicked is that the righteous steadfastly and honestly strive to obey The Lord, as best that they humanly can, at all times. The "sin of Godless men" is the sin of unrepentant humans who either defy The Lord, as atheists, or who claim to obey The Lord in their own way (see I Did It My Way).
"1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints [see What Is A Saint?]. 1:4 For 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 [see Grace Into Licentiousness], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not [note that it was Christ who delivered the Israelites out of Egypt: "10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ" 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV; see also Why Did Christ Put Moses To Death?].
1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate [see Devils; also Poltergeist], but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under Darkness unto the judgment of the great day [see When Will You Be Judged?]. 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire [see Sodomites].
1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses [see The Valley of Moses' Grave], durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. 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.
1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain [see What Did Abel Have That Cain Didn't?], and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
1:12 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; 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of Darkness for ever.
1:14 And Enoch also [see What Happened To Enoch?], the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 1:15 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. 1:16 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 1:3-16 KJV)
Christian Living is about perseverance in Growing In The Grace And Knowledge.
"1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in The Holy Ghost, 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
1:22 And of some have Compassion, making a difference: 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
1:24 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, 1:25 To the only wise God [see God's Wisdom] our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen." (Jude 1:17-25 KJV)
Revelation Chapter 1
"1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 1:1 KJV) was given to the apostle John while John was imprisoned by the Romans (see Ancient Empires - Rome) on The Island Of Patmos. The book takes its name from the Greek word Apocalypse, which means to reveal i.e. revelation means to reveal - which it most certainly does. Revelation provides some of the most spectacular prophecies of the Word of God, most of which will happen in the few years just prior to The Return Of Jesus Christ (see Never Before, Never Again).
"1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this Prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand." (Revelation 1:1-3 KJV)
The Seven Churches existed at the same time in western Asia Minor, today known as Turkey.
"1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne [see A Vision of God's Throne];
1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead [see The Firstborn of Salvation; listen also to the Sermon Christ's Passover: The Death And Birth Of The Saviour from our Sermons page], and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood [see Why Blood?], 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
1:7 Behold, He Cometh With Clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending [see The Ancient of Days], saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." (Revelation 1:4-8 KJV)
John was well familiar with what Jesus Christ looked like during His human lifetime (see What Did Jesus Look Like?). John was also given to see what Christ looks like now (see What Does Jesus Look Like Now?).
"1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation [see Trials and Tribulations; also No Pain, No Gain], and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man [see The Adam Family], clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death [see Through The Gates Of Hell].
1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; 1:20 The Mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches." (Revelation 1:9-20 KJV)
Revelation Chapter 2
Ephesus, and the other six of the seven churches, were used as object lessons of the strengths and weaknesses of the humans that composed the Church of God, then and ever since.
"2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2:2 I know thy works [see Works Means Obedience], and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars [see The Warning About Grievous Wolves and False Christs and Anti-Christs]:
2:3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and Repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.
2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life [see Do You Have The Right To The Tree Of Life?], which is in the midst of the Paradise of God." (Revelation 2:1-7 KJV)
Smyrna was persecuted, but remained faithful.
"2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, but thou art rich, and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are The Synagogue of Satan. 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into Prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death [see What Happens When You Die? and When Will You Be Judged?], and I will give thee a crown of life.
2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death." (Revelation 2:8-11 KJV)
Pergamos, also rendered as Pergamum, was "where Satan's seat is" (see Satan's Throne).
"2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 2:13 I know thy works and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr [see Martyrs], who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly [see Could Christ Return Tonight?], and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth [see The Sword and Sickle].
2:17 He that hath an ear [see Ears To Hear], let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it." (Revelation 2:12-17 KJV)
Thyatira had much righteousness, but was threatened by their allowing False Prophets (who often claim to have "new truth" - even though the Bible warns "22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book" Revelation 22:18 KJV) to be among them.
"2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
2:19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works [see Faith and Works]; and the last to be more than the first.
2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a Prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. 2:24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. 2:25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father [see The Coming World Dictator]. 2:28 And I will give him the morning star. 2:29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." (Revelation 2:18-29 KJV)
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