Jude & Enoch: Part V
“Behold the Lord Comes!"
Now, we have touched on how Jude set the tone for this book he wrote, by defining those who have outright rebelled against God, while fully "knowing better", as "Ungodly Men". Jude pulls no punches, in his descriptions, and in his denunciation of those false prophets, and ungodly men. But then, to give his admonitions and warnings some real "punch", Jude refers to Enoch's powerful prophecy, in verses 14 and 15.
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 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.
Wow! Enoch said, these people are Ungodly! Ungodly! Ungodly! and - Ungodly! Enoch is like a Ninja warrior here, or a lightning-fast heavyweight boxer, who sees his opening, and then delivers a vicious right cross to the jaw of these false prophets, followed by a hard left hook. Then he delivers a gut-wrenching body blow, followed by a devastating uppercut to finish his knockout punch as the head of his doubled-over, hapless opponent, meets that final crushing blow for a complete knockout! Man-o-live!
With Enoch, there was no soft soaping or dilly-dallying around! Nor was there any fancy, verbal footwork! Nope, Enoch just wades in punching, and he gets right to the point! So, like a burly, musclebound carpenter, with a two-pound hammer, knocking a 40-penny nail into an oak cross tie, Enoch drives his point home with four colossal blows from the hammer of God's Word, and with the nail head ending up well below the wood grain!
And to me, besides the sheer power of it, Enoch's prophecy is also quite revealing. Because it shows one of the reasons for Christ's return the second time, is not only to deliver the Jews from destruction at the hands of wicked men but also, it will be for the purpose of judging these vile, ungodly men.
As such, take note of a subtle statement Enoch made here, which is, that Jesus comes riding in, "to execute judgment on upon all..." So, you might be asking, then what is so subtle about that statement. Well, nothing, actually. But look at the next phrase, because, in his opening salvo Enoch says, Christ will come to, “execute judgment upon all...”, I believe meaning all of the lost. But then, I believe Enoch differentiates between "ordinary" lost men, and these, sold out to the Devil, ungodly men, by saying; “...and to convince all that are ungodly among them.” And I believe we can further confirm this description of the nature and the actions of these ungodly men, as Enoch continues on, saying, "...of all of their ungodly deeds, which they have ungodly commuted...and to convince all that are ungodly among them..."
So, I think this confirms the fact that these "ungodly men," Jude and Enoch are speaking of here, are not simply lost people. Rather, they are rebellious, vile deceivers, who have made it their life's mission to denounce God and to try to convince everyone they can that God is unjust, and as such, deserves nothing but their contempt, hate, and rejection.
Because your run-of-the-mill lost "Joe Six-Pack", and, your average “Jane Footloose", for the most part, aren't out there spreading false doctrines, vehemently denouncing God, and doing all they can to make their hatred of God known to all. Because for the greater part, most average lost people probably don't have a clue about what essential Bible doctrines even are. Or, if you ask them what they think about God, they are likely to say, Well, I suppose there is a God. And I suppose if I am good enough..."
Yes, we all know those types.
Not that they aren't lost. Not that they aren't separated from God. Not that they aren't at enmity with Him in the sense that they are not serving Him and are still in their lost, sinful state. But, otherwise, they aren't the kind of people who are usually out there railing on God and promoting evil. This fact Enoch confirms in his following description of the "operating procedures" of these ungodly types, which Jude describes them as having made, "... hard speeches, which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." Then Jude jumps back in, and he makes sure we know exactly who these ungodly people are, by following it up in verse 16, saying, “These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words...”
Yes, these are your Madeline Murray O'Hairs' out there lambasting God, and “religion”, every chance they get, and doing all they can to outlaw preaching the gospel on the radio and such. These are your lewd, "in your face" types of God-haters, and haters of His moral standards who parade in the streets now and flaunt their shameful, vile, wicked deeds, proudly for all to see.
While we should still be trying to reach these types of people for Christ and to show compassion for them as best we can, yet even the very embodiment and spirit of love, who is Jesus Christ Himself, will someday say, "Enough!" Then, He will ride from heaven on his white horse with the armies of saints and angels right behind Him! Glory!
And this is another area of Enoch's prophecy, which I find quite intriguing, and enlightening. Because while we are told in Revelation 19:11-14, Jesus will come riding in from on high, on a white horse, with, “the armies which are in heaven” following Him also "upon white horses." John never mentions exactly who is in this vast army behind Jesus Christ.
But here, Jude reveals to us, through Enoch's amazing prophecy, at least in part, it is we, the saints, and the saved of the earth throughout ages, who will be all saddled up, and galloping pall-mall through the heavens right behind the King of Kings and Lord of Lord's! Glory! - Again! Lol!
Now. I assume the angels of God will also be in that number as well since they have always been an integral part of God's host, and of executing his judgments. But in this case, we are only told of the "ten thousands of saints" of God's magnificent army. But whatever the case ends up being, I am sure the angels will be acting in their normal capacity in there somewhere.
And isn't this little book of Jude and Enoch's fantastic prophecy, 'bout the most amazing thing you have ever read? It is certainly quite compelling, and fascinating to me!