Everything I’m about to say
comes from Jude 1:8-16.
So don’t get upset!
If you believe that you are a Christian
and you believe that the Bible
is the written Word of God
then nothing written below
will shake your foundation -
all it will be is confirmation
as to what you believe.
So here goes -
There are ungodly people
who pollute their own bodies,
reject authority and heap abuse
on celestial beings?
I’m not lying to you.
The way humans act
have spiritual implications,
it’s not just the other way around!
Most of us know
that what happens in the heavens
has a direct effect on our earthly bodies,
but we seldom consider
that our human choices
has a direct effect on what happens
in the heavenly realms.
The angels in Heaven
are messengers of God,
who are called and respond.
Good angels can appear
as women or men
(as told in Daniel and Zechariah).
Some angels have wings
and some shine with God’s glory,
but sometimes they just look normal.
Fallen angels, on the other hand,
don’t seem to have any glory at all!
I have not found one single passage
that shows a demon appearing on his own.
I have only found demons
who possess women and men -
who need a host to get their job done.
But for the good angels
who are messengers of God,
they show up completely separated
in physical form.
They do not need a human host
to carry out their mission.
They do just fine under the Will of God!
So going back to Jude,
how do you think ungodly people
heap abuse on celestial beings?
Well, I used to think
that everyone was good,
and only found out recently
through my Bible reading
that every human being
is actually full of sin -
and that the human heart
is the most deceived of all!
So now that I have been given
spiritual eyes to see,
I see how human choices
effects the spiritual realm,
and thus heavenly beings.
the prophet Daniel
prayed for intervention,
for himself and for his people.
After 21 days of fasting and prayer,
an angel came
and this is what he said,
“Do not be afraid, Daniel.
Since the first day
that you set your mind
to gain understanding
and to humble yourself
before your God,
your words were heard,
and I have come in response to them.
But the prince of the Persian kingdom
resisted me twenty-one days.
one of the chief princes,
came to help me,
because I was detained
there with the king of Persia.
Now I have come
to explain to you
what will happen to your people
in the future,
for the vision concerns
a time yet to come.”
it was Daniel’s desire to seek the Lord
in the midst of great tribulation
that brought God’s archangels down.
And in the midst of coming to earth,
the angels of God had to fight off
the Persian Spirit Prince.
The heavenly realm had to come to earth
to fight against the demonic realm.
The celestial beings endure much abuse
because their mission is to worship God.
And since God loves the world,
so much so that He sent His Son
to be a living sacrifice for us -
God also sends His angels down
to respond to the call of those who love Him.
Don’t you see - prayer is so important!
It’s our communication!
It’s our form of worship!
Let’s face it -
Our only hope against evil
is through the blood of Christ -
the blood of the Godhead
that was shed for us!
the physical manifestation of God.
He is the only sure way
we do not become Satan’s pawn!
We do not need another vessel
working for the demonic realm.
There are already plenty of them!
We must be careful!
The devil comes to steal and destroy!
He was an angel of light,
until he lost the glory of God!
He is the perfect snake.
He knows exactly how to deceive!
The scripture says
that even the archangel Michael,
when he was disputing with the devil
about the body of Moses,
did not dare to condemn
Satan for slander but instead said,
“The Lord rebuke you!”
You see if Michael had fallen into the trap
of wanting to slander Satan on his own,
he would have taken glory from God.
And that would not have been good!
Michael understood that he did not have
the authority to rebuke or to judge.
Instead he spoke in the name of the Lord.
He said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
He gave all the glory to God!
Yet look at our world!
Slander and defamation of character
is everywhere we turn!
This kind of behavior even
extends from the church!
Oh - Be careful!
This was a hard lesson I also had to learn!
Ungodly people are everywhere!
They slander whatever they do not understand,
and the very things that they do understand -
by instinct as irrational animals do -
will destroy them!
In the words of Jude,
Woe to them!
They do not understand
the beautiful ways God.
Instead, they put all of their hope
into the basket of creation,
rather than focusing on
the glory of the Creator.
They have taken the way
of Abel’s brother Cain -
they have given in
to hearts of murderous intent.
They have rushed for profit
into Balaam’s error -
they have sold out people
for financial gain.
They have been destroyed
in Korah’s rebellion -
They have lead revolts
that go against God,
even when they think it is good!
These ungodly people
are blemishes at your love feasts,
eating with you without the slightest qualms -
shepherds who feed only themselves.
How often are sheep among wolves?
than you actually expect!
are clouds without rain,
blown along by the wind;
autumn trees without fruit
uprooted - twice dead
(In the temporary and the eternal).
They are wild waves of the sea,
foaming up their shame;
for whom blackest darkness
has been forever reserved.
It’s so sad!
Enoch, the seventh from Adam,
prophesied about them:
‘See, the Lord is coming
with thousands upon thousands
of his holy ones to judge everyone,
and to convict all of them
of all the ungodly acts
they have committed in their ungodliness,
and of all the defiant words
ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
I often wonder why Enoch
was taken out of the canon?
Was Enoch mentioned in the Septuagint?
Jude goes on to say,
“These ungodly people
are grumblers and faultfinders;
they follow their own evil desires;
they boast about themselves
and flatter others for their own advantage.”
So I ask you, what is different
about ungodly people today?
Perhaps God’s Word just never changes!
Perhaps God’s Word
always remains the same.
Perhaps we should
pay less attention to those who accuse,
to those who find fault,
to those who have evil
swelling in there heart!
Perhaps we should
pay more attention
to living godly lives,
to looking to God
and to bowing our heads.
Perhaps we should
seek holy ground,
and take off our shoes
and honor God.
Perhaps we should ask
God to open our eyes,
and see the captivity
that people live in.
Perhaps ungodly people are blind -
perhaps that is why we are to shine God’s light!
Jude, oh beautiful Jude -
I see why God brought me to you!