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Thursday, November 3 2016
Jude 1: Jude's History And Prophecy Lessons
"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"
"Jew" is an abbreviation of the name of the Israelite patriarch Judah. Judah's parents were Jacob, who the LORD later renamed as "Israel" (see A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel) and Leah, one of the four wives of Jacob (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria). Judah's full siblings were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun and Jacob's only daughter, Dinah (see Dinah Of Israel).
"35:23 The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun:" (Genesis 35:23 KJV)
"Jude" and "Judas" are also abbreviated names of Judah. They were common tribal names of the descendants of Judah.
The author of the epistle by Jude was a "brother of James." Biblical historians have long-debated which of the above men that it was, if not yet another - Judah and Jacob, with their variations, were common names due to the fame and significance of the original patriarchs by those names (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Jacob's Family, Where Jacob Became Israel, Who Were The First Jews? and Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah).
"1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
"The Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not"
Some deny Jesus Christ by saying that He isn't the Messiah. Others deny Jesus Christ, even while claiming to be Christians, by denying the requirement to obey what He actually taught and commanded (see also the Fact Finder question below).
"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 Faithful Doers Of The Word]. 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." (Jude 1:3-4 KJV)
The Passover sacrifice, whether the original object-lesson prophecy at the time of the Exodus, or the actual Sacrifice of the Lamb of God, was (and is) valid only for those who accepted (or accept) it - by obeying the LORD: "the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not."
"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 [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners]. 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 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." (Jude 1:5-7 KJV)
Jude identified "the LORD God" of the Exodus as Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul stated the same reality in his first epistle to the Corinthians i.e. "that Rock was Christ." So too, "Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents."
"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 [see Who Is The LORD? and Israel In History and Prophecy: Law Of The LORD].
The greatest threat to true Christians are those who have fallen away from the Truth. The first to do so was Satan.
"1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion [see Satan's Fall: From Conservative To Liberal], and speak evil of dignities. 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, 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." (Jude 1:8-10 KJV)
"Gainsaying" has become the norm in what calls itself "Christianity" today. Very often, preachers are hired to preach, not the Truth, but whatever their "employers" demand them to spew from their pulpits (see Is Your Religion Your Religion?).
"1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward [see The Miracle Of The Talking Jenny], and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
True Christianity was not a new religion, or a breakaway religion from Israel; it was and is what Jesus Christ originally gave to Israel (again, see Who Is The LORD?).
"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 [see The Mocker's Folly], who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
The "Word of God," the written Holy Scriptures and the Messiah (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?) is the only Way to Salvation.
"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 our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever [see The Church In The Kingdom Of God]. Amen." (Jude 1:24-25 KJV)
Fact Finder: What are the ways that God's Name is blasphemed?
This Day In History, November 3
361: Roman Emperor Constantius II died of a fever in Cilicia. He was succeeded by his cousin Julian. Constantius II is shown in the Vatican portrait below; note the typical Babylonian / Roman "halo" around his head (see What Is A Halo?; also Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
644: Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second Muslim caliph, was assassinated by a Persian slave in Medina (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1394: King Charles VI ordered the expulsion of all Jews from France.
1492: The Treaty of Etaples was signed between Charles VIII of France and Henry VII of England. Under the pact, England renounced its claims to French territory in return for indemnity.
1493: Christopher Columbus "discovered" Dominica while on his second voyage to the New World (all 4 of the voyages of Columbus were limited to the area of the Caribbean Sea; see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). The country became independent on this date in 1978.
1534: The Act of Supremacy was passed by the British Parliament. It established King Henry VIII (and his successors) head of the Church of England - an office until then occupied by the Roman Catholic pope.
1679: A bright comet caused widespread panic across Europe.
1760: Frederick the Great of Prussia (not to be confused with Russia; Prussia is in Germany) with 44,000 men defeated 65,000 Austrian troops at Torgau in Seven Years War; more than 13,000 Prussians died in the attack (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1762: Spain acquired Louisiana.
1804: The defeated Sauk and Fox Indians signed a treaty ceding Illinois to the U.S.
1817: The Bank of Montreal, Canada's first bank, opened. With head offices in Montreal, it was the banker in Canada for the Canadian government until the creation of the Bank of Canada 118 years later, in 1935. It participated in many early Canadian developments, including first canals, the telegraph, and the Canadian Pacific Railway.
1838: The Times of India, the world's largest-circulation English language daily newspaper, was founded.
1839: The Opium War between the British and the Chinese began when British warships blew up several Chinese boats at Canton.
1883: The U.S. Supreme Court declared native Americans (the "Indians") to be "dependent aliens."
1903: Following a revolt engineered by the U.S. and encouraged by the presence of a U.S. warship in Panamanian territorial waters, Panama declared itself independent of Columbia - after which Panama became a colony of the U.S.
1918: The fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire at the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1918: Poland proclaimed independence from Russia.
1956: Soviet tanks rolled into Hungary in response to the Hungarian Revolution.
1957: The Soviet Union launched Sputnik II into orbit. It carried the first animal in space, a dog named Laika.
1957: One of the most advanced atomic energy reactors in the world opened at Chalk River, Ontario. Despite an abundance of materials and technology that would permit the rapid production of nuclear weapons, Canada continues to use nuclear technology only to generate electricity.
1970: Salvadore Allende was inaugurated as Chile's first Marxist president. He was overthrown on September 11 1973.
1982: During the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, up to 1,000 Soviet soldiers and Afghan civilians died in the Salang tunnel when a tanker exploded near a Soviet military convoy.