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 (convict) 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. 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 1:14-16)
I CONTINUE TO BE AMAZED AT JUDE'S MESSAGE AND HIS STYLE OF WRITING. His descriptive words of the false teachers are like he was sacking groceries at the grocery store. He’s working to get everything packed into one sack. He borrows description and weight from old Enoch who was the great-grandfather of Noah. Enoch named his son: Methuselah (the oldest man in the Bible). Methuselah’s name means: “When he dies, it shall come.” And when Methuselah died, it wasn’t long until Noah had finished building the ark and the world-wide flood came as a judgment upon the whole earth.
WE DO NOT KNOW FOR SURE HOW JUDE KNEW ABOU ENOCH'S WORDS of preaching. Some prophets wrote and some prophets did not write. (A book is sold today, The Book of Enoch.) Somehow, Jude knew, and he shared some of Enoch’s thunder with his readers. Enoch never had a pulpit or a building for his preaching. He was a street preacher. 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. (Hebrews 11:5)
McGEE MAKES THESE COMMENTS: "Now this prophecy of Enoch, and it is a great prophecy, deals with the judgment upon the organized church which will be in total apostasy after the Rapture. You see, the Rapture will rupture the church—the true believers will leave the earth, and the make-believers will remain and will be here when Christ comes to judge men in that day.”
“This prophecy of Enoch is not found in the Old Testament. In Genesis 5 we have the record of Enoch, but we are told nothing about his prophecy. Enoch is not a common name; so we may be sure that the man Jude mentions is Enoch of the antediluvian period, the man who walked with God and God took him.
McGEE CONTINUES: “Now let me quote what Dr. Wuest has written about this Book of Enoch: The quotation is from the apocryphal Book of Enoch. This book, known to the Church Fathers of the second century, lost for some centuries with the exception of a few fragments, was found in its entirety in a copy of the Ethiopic Bible in 1773 by Bruce. It consists of revelations purporting to have been given to Enoch and Noah. Its object is to vindicate the ways of divine providence, to set forth the retribution reserved for sinners, and so show that the world is under the immediate government of God.
“ENOCH PROPHESIED REGARDING THE FALSE TEACHERS OF THE LAST DAYS, and that is a remarkable thing! God apparently did not want the Book of Enoch in the canon of Scripture or it would be there—you may be sure of that. Godly men recognized that it was an apocryphal book, but here is one prophecy that God wanted put into His Holy Word. It is a prophecy concerning the coming of Christ with His saints.” (McGee)
JUDE HELPS US DETERMINE THE IMPORTANCE OF FALSE TEACHERS IN THE CHURCH, by injecting Enoch’s prophesy of the Lord (Christ) coming to earth with ten thousands of His saints to execute judgment and to convict sinners of their ungodliness. The seventh in the direct line of descent from Adam. (The line of descent is Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahaleel, Jared, Enoch.)
JUDE AND ENOCH, ARE LOOKING TO THE END OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD when the saints will come with Christ to execute a final judgment upon the rebels who are yet alive. Please note: if ten thousands of saints are coming back with the Lord to the earth, they had to have left the earth prior to this time. This is a pretty simple observation but it is exactly how Jude quotes Enoch.
SINCE ENOCH WAS ONLY THE SEVENTH FROM ADAM and people were living hundreds of years at that time, Enoch may have known Adam. God’s judgment will be poured out upon the earth during the seven years of the Great Tribulation and it will be finalized by the Lord’s return with the saints to execute judgment upon the wicked who have managed to survive during the seven years of Tribulation. Among the wicked being judged will be the wicked church that has abandoned the Word of God.
BOTTOM LINE: WHEN YOU HEAR A SERMON OR SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON TODAY, check it out to see if it is in line with the Scriptures. Ω
Read Through the Bible in a Year
JUNE 21, 2018 – THURSDAY
A.M. Esther 1-3 P.M. Acts 5:1-16
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Good Memory Verse:
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. (Psalm 34:18) (Write verses on scraps of paper and put in your pocket to memorize like President Abraham Lincoln did. Or, write on a half 3x5 card. I like the bright green cards I got from Amazon. I cut them in half and write them by hand or on my daddy’s 1935 Royal typewriter.)
Song for Today:
All Hail the Power (3:24) – (Blue Rock Mennonite Choir)
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