Article 65_ Jude at a Glance.pdf

Jude is the only book in all gods word entirely

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Jude is the only book in all God’s Word entirely devoted to the great apostasy which is to come upon Christendom before the Lord Jesus Christ returns. This brief message of 25 verses is the vestibule to the Revelation … without Jude, the prophetic picture which begins with the teachings of Christ in the gospels and develops throughout the epistles would be incomplete. (See Lk. 18:8; 2 Thess. 2:3; 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 4:3; 2 Pet. 2:1; 3:3). Jude brings the teachings of the entire Bible about apostasy to a tremendous climax. He takes us back to the very dawn of human history. We are reminded of apostasy at the gate of Eden and within God’s ancient people Israel. Our thoughts are turned to princes and prophets, to saints and sinners, to eternal fire and everlasting darkness, to the sea and to the stars, to past judgments and future glory” (Dr. S. Maxwell Coder, Jude, the Acts of the Apostates, pp. 3-4). 6. Jude can be compared to 2 Peter. Both epistles give the marks of false teachers. a. See 2 Pet. 2:1-3, 10-22. b. See Jude 4, 10-19. Peter placed the ministry of false teachers in the future (2:1), whereas Jude saw them as already present (v. 4). Both epistles refer to fallen angels (2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6). Both mention Sodom and Gomorrah (2 Pet. 2:6; Jude 7). Both use Balaam as an example of apostasy (2 Pet. 2:15-16; Jude 11). Both liken apostasy to waterless clouds (2 Pet. 2:17; Jude 12). 7. Jude has been called the Judges of the New Testament. 8. Jude refers to two noncanonical books. These are: The Assumption of Moses (Jude 9) The book of Enoch (Jude 14-15) Paul had previously also done this. (See Acts 17:28; Titus 1:12.)
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127 9. “Jude was intending to write an epistle regarding ‘our common salvation’ (v. 3), when the Spirit detoured him to write concerning the apostasy. It is a graphic and striking description of the apostasy. What w as a little cloud the size of a man’s hand in Jude’s day is, in our day, a storm of hurricane proportions because we are in the apostasy of which he foretold.
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