Jude – Session 1.2
Transcript – Part 2 of Session 1 and covers:
- Warnings, red alerts, and tornado sirens
- When the Holy Spirit has you change direction
- Jesus’ warnings about false teachers
Alright, so we know a little bit about our author. Now, let’s talk about what he’s writing about. Here’s the visual. Jude sits down and he is going to write a letter. He says he was eager to write to them about the salvation that they share, but as he was starting to write, something happened. Something gripped him. To be more precise, someone gripped him, and it was the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit grabbed a hold of Jude and said hang on. I know what you want to do, but actually I have something else in mind. And Jude says he was compelled to change subjects.
Now let me pause for a second and ask you. Has God ever interrupted you while you were about to do something? Maybe you had a plan. Maybe the plan was a good plan. It might have even been a godly plan, but it wasn’t God’s plan. I’ve done that. I’ve been hard headed, not realizing God was trying to take me in another direction. But thank God He is patient with us! He keeps working with us until we get it, but the takeaway is to really strive to stay close to him so you are in tune, when he says “change course.”
And thankfully, Jude was sensitive to the Holy Spirit. He gets ready to write, but the Holy Spirit gives him a change of plans and those change of plans become the message of the book of Jude.
And if I could summarize it in one phrase it is Red Alert! Red Alert! Or Warning.
We all remember 19 months ago, on November 17th, 2013. Each one of us could probably say exactly where we were when the siren alarms began to go off. The sirens start to go off and 9 minutes later that monster EF4 tornado touched down and swept through part of East Peoria, and then barreled right into Washington. I was in my basement with my family when the tornado passed 600 meters to the south of us.
That siren alerted us to take action to protect ourselves, and that is the perfect way to describe the book of Jude. The Holy Spirit has Jude change course, because he wants Jude to issue this red alert. This tornado warning, to the Body of Christ. And here is what the warning says. Look out! Wolves have infiltrated your camp. False teachers – False prophets – False apostles have snuck in. Danger is imminent.. take action now! We say it all the time “Stay alert – Stay alive”
That siren alerted us to take action to protect ourselves, and that is the perfect way to describe the book of Jude.
There were previous warnings, but now it’s actually going down.
Let’s look at this. Turn to Matthew, chapter 7. Starting in verse 15. Here Jesus is speaking to his followers and he is actually giving his main body of teaching that has come to be known as the Sermon on the Mount. This was such a big deal to Jesus that it’s actually included here. He says:
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
It’s interesting to note that he also included a warning about False prophets in another of his chief teachings, known as the Olivet Discourse, which was Jesus’ confidential briefing to a few of his followers concerning what will happen in the end times. It was Jesus’ main teaching on prophecy. This is so important, let’s take a few minutes to read through it, and see if you notice how many times he warns his followers about deception through false prophets and false Christs.
Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.
26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
So deception is a huge concern our Lord has for us. And this shows up over and over again. It’s important if the Bible warns us of something once, but when it shows up over and over again, Holy Spirit is trying to get our attention.
Let’s pay attention, ay?
Till next time, may God richly bless you and yours!
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