Jude 14-15 / The Prophet of Old (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on January 1, 2013

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This is the seventh in an series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Jude. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of December 30, 2012. The message deals with Enoch, and his early prophecy of the second coming of Christ. This post contains an audio recording of the sermon, plus my sermon notes. Please note that the notes are not a full transcript. To get the entire message, you’ll need to listen to the Audio.

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Jude 14-15

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Jude 14-15 / The Prophet of Old

v.14:
Who is this Enoch, who prophesied about the return of Christ, and the judgment of the false teacher?

All that we know about Enoch from Scripture is found in Genesis 5:18–24; Hebrews 11:5; and these two verses in Jude.

He is called “the seventh from Adam” to identify him as the godlyEnoch, since Cain had a son of the same name (Gen. 4:17).

He was born about 3378 BC and lived 365 years.

Genesis 5:18-24

He was the father of Methuselah

He walked with God – Hebrews 11:5 tells us that his testimony pleased God.

Enoch must have been a man of great faith. The word walk in Genesis is very literal, not in the more figurative sense that we use the phrase.

It’s almost as if he were in such close communion with God, that they actually went for a walk together.

One gets the idea that they were walking together, as best of friends, and God said “why don’t you come to my house?”

That God “took” him is a type of the rapture. It can also be rendered as seized or snatched.

Hebrews 11:5 also tells us that God had taken him. The word here is to effect a change of location in space, with the implication that the two locations are significantly different. Enoch was clearly translated from Earth to Heaven.

Enoch’s testimony was that he pleased God. What better testimony could one ask for.

Instead, we spend time trying to please everybody but God. Pleasing God should be our primary focus.

Jude gives us one example of how Enoch pleased God. It was by preaching the truth of the Word of God. In fact, this prophecy of Enoch’s likely caused much displeasure among men. Preaching judgment is not very popular.

Its remarkable that Enoch, over 5000 years ago, was prophesying about the second coming of Christ, and His judgment against sinners.

Whether or not Jude was quoting from the book of Enoch (an apocryphal book, written circa 110 bc, not by Enoch) is not important.

We can be sure that Jude was speaking under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

2 Peter 1:21

v.15:
The second coming of Christ and the resulting judgment is the precise day of which our Lord Jesus Christ spoke of.

Matthew 24:29-30

This is the culmination of all of the previous judgments during the tribulation. In all prior judgments, God used angels as His instrument.

The fact that Jesus personally comes and executes this judgment shows the finality of it.

Notice that Jesus comes with His saints. These are those who have been raptured, and those who were saved and martyred during the tribulation.

Scripture is clear that we, the saints, don’t take part in the judgment – that is purely of God.

Revelation 19:11-16

It will be a universal judgment. He will execute judgment “upon all”—none will escape.

Just as the Flood destroyed all who were outside the ark, and the fire and brimstone destroyed all in Sodom and Gomorrah except Lot and his wife and two daughters, so the last judgment will encompass all the ungodly.

The word ungodly is used four times in this one verse! It will be the destruction of ungodly men.

ALL of the ungodly will be convicted (they will be all that is left on earth by the time Christ returns).

They will be convicted of ALL their ungodly deeds, nothing will be overlooked, for God knows all the secrets of our hearts.

Psalm 44:21

This verse really drives home the seriousness of ungodliness. Ungodly deeds committed in ungodly ways.

This seems bit redundant, because obviously you cannot commit an ungodly deed in a godly way. But its that extra emphasis that illustrates the seriousness of an ungodly lifestyle.

It was for such people (the ungodly) that Christ died.

Romans 5:6

God is very patient, at times it seems He is eternally patient, but His grace period will one day expire.

By this time, these ungodly people for whom Christ died, will have passed up their last chance. How sad that at their destruction, they will immediately recognize their error. . . but it will be too late.

They will recognize Jesus as the Lord that He is, but He will not be their savior. There will be no grace and no mercy. The only thing left will be the wrath of God.

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