It’s not an accident that the Book of Jude was placed just before Revelations. It’s written to “those who are the called, beloved in G-d the Father, and kept for Messiah Yeshua.” The prayer is for “mercy, peace and love to be multiplied to the followers of Yeshua who contend earnestly for the faith.”
There is also a warning for “the ungodly, who’ve crept in unnoticed, who were long beforehand marked out for condemnation.” And there’s even a twist to the story found nowhere else in Scripture, regarding an argument over Moses’ body. By the way, for all who feel called to fight principalities, this should be a not so subtle reminder: “But Michael the archangel…did not dare pronounce against (satan) a railing judgment, but said, “The L-rd rebuke you!”
So how are these evil ones described? They are “unreasoning animals, who feast with you without fear, caring only for themselves. They are clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.” They behave like Cain, Korach and Balaam. Adonai leaves no doubt that these bad guys are REALLY bad!
And if that’s not clear enough, they’re also “grumblers, finding fault, who follow their own lusts. They speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage” and they’re in danger of “the punishment of eternal fire”. Could there be a better description of wolves among sheep – “mockers who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit?
Jude then reminds the beloved of Adonai to remember what they’ve been taught and “contend earnestly for the faith, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keeping yourselves in the love of G-d, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our L-rd Yeshua HaMashiach to eternal life.”
And this is our calling – “to have mercy on some who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.” For Adonai “is able to keep you from stumbling and make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless, with great joy” because through Yeshua, “be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen!”
What I love most about the Bible is how it continually provides a moral compass that is completely relevant today. The Book of Jude may have only one chapter but it’s an essential roadmap to read before embarking on the Book of Revelations.