Focus on verse 17-19
There are numerous predictions in the scriptures describing what the Bible calls the “last days”. This is a reference the return of Jesus Christ and God’s final judgment of the earth and all that dwell upon it. It will apparently be the end of time as we know it. In today’s reading Jude provides a description of the days leading up to this final show down.
But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.(v. 17-19)
As I evaluate the current state of the world in which we live, I am reminded again that we may well be living in the last days. There is no shortage of scoffers who follow their own ungodly passions in the world today. It is often these who cause and fan the flames of division. It is these who demonstrate that they are worldly people often mocking the idea that there might even be a God who is at work in the world by His Spirit.
It is these that Jude encourages us to continue to treat with grace in the hope that there may yet be time remaining to snatch them from the jaws of destruction. These are people who are deceived, many of whom seem quite content in their deception. People who do not realize that the comfortable place they believe they have created for themselves is actually a prison cell the devil has created for them. For the moment – he has left the door of the cell open so they can come and go as they please giving the illusion of freedom, but he day will come when the door will slam shut at which point it will be too late to escape the judgment that follows.
To those who know the truth, Jude admonishes them to; “…keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt;(v. 21-22)”. Then to close the letter he encourages them with these familiar words…
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.(v. 24-25)