Vs. 12 – These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm–shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted–twice dead.
Blemishes – Today we see the same leaven of the Pharasees as in Biblical times. They pretend to be in unity and even act like they are the ones promoting unity in the body of Christ. But if you look at what they teach, prophesy and do you discover they really have their own agenda. Their agenda is to degrade the core doctrines of the Church and to teach people a new way of thinking, new doctrines, and new revelation beyond what is written. They try to make friends so that those new friends will be embarrassed to say anything against them. This is the ploy of the world in the New World Order, and it is a ploy today in the Church. Those who want to gain control of the Church are trying to make friends, have dinners, get people together to pray and plan. But they are really only feeding themselves at those feasts. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing who are eating sheep while they dine with you
Clouds without rain – They are big talkers but their words are empty of wisdom and truth. They can sound very convincing and authoritative, but the biblical basis for what they say is very thin, if nonexistent. Third Wave truth is empty of real life. It is made up of the doctrines of men and demons.
- Mark 7:7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’
- 1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
Clouds without rain do not help crops grow. In fact, crops without sunshine or rain wither and die. The same thing is true of false teachers. They do not bring the sunshine or rain of truth, but the clouds of doubt and error.
Blown by the wind – False teachers are blown about by every wind of doctrine. They love to adopt the latest trends of thinking and techniques. They love methods and ideas that do not come from the Bible. But as true believers we are not to be blown about but to hold fast to sound doctrine as taught to us by the apostles.
- Eph 4:14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.
Autumn trees – These false teachers, though they claim fruit, have no leaves, no fruit. They are like autumn trees whose leaves are falling off, instead of spring trees whose leaves are green and whose branches are blooming, producing fruit in the summer. Why are their leaves falling off and they have no fruit? Because they have no root in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word. Fruit of the Third Wave is no fruit at all. They love to brag about how many people come forward in their meetings, but it is often the same people over and over again. They don’t come forward to be saved, but for a touch from their latest Christian “guru”. They love to post signs about how many have been saved like Brownsville did. Their signs looked just like the “one billion served” signs at MacDonalds. Reinhard Bonnke loves to brag about the millions of people he has saved. But in reality there is no real gospel preached, therefore there can be no fruit. Where people are preaching that all a person has to do is “decide for Jesus, come forward and get slain in the spirit” you will find no one getting saved. They have left out the saving details. Many churches no longer preach about the cross, sin and judgment because that offends people. But if people are not offended by the cross, they cannot be saved.
- Galatians 5:11 Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished.
Those who preach legalism or anything other than the gospel have gotten rid of the offense of the cross. They are fruitless, leafless trees.
Vs. 13 – They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved for ever.
Wild – They are rebellious. They love to have wild meetings where there is chaos. They touch people on the foreheads and then they fall down backwards laughing, shaking and yelling. Listen to this compiled list of manifestations resulting from the transferable impartation or “anointing” seen at Third Wave meetings:
Laughing, crying, shaking, running around the building, fast dancing, running followed by collapse; barking, howling, trances, drunkenness, falling out, oinking, being “hot”, fanning self or blowing, walking like chickens, high pitched whine reminiscent of a lively horse, mooing, crowing, swimming in the spirit-on the back and also breast stroke style, women going through imaginary birth pangs, loss of consciousness, trying to soar like eagles, hissing and moving like a snake, inability to speak, involuntary body spasms, kung fu-like stances, vomiting in the spirit, holy head-banging, and stripping.
Yet the Bible tells us to do everything decently and in order.
- 1 Corinthians 14:40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
- Colossians 2:5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
- 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints,
Waves – They are tossed about by every wind of doctrine. They are always changing what they teach and believe to fit in with the latest techniques or prophecy. But they do not teach sound doctrine. They mix truth with error and by doing so they mislead people. The sea and waves are also often a picture of the world in the Bible. Peter took his eyes off of Christ when he was walking on the water and turned them to the wind (spirits) and the waves (the world). False teachers are worldly. They use worldly wisdom and methods instead of biblical ones.
Foaming – Just like foam on the waves they are an endless sources of heretical teachings. In their preacing they send forth a steady barrage of “stream of consciousness” religious cliches they have learned instead of carefully reasoned wisdom from digging deep into the Word of God. Some of the women like Cindy Jacobs and Juanita Bynam have almost lost their voices because they shout the whole time they are on stage. But even though they “foam at the mouth”, they are all show but little substance. In fact, they prophesy lies in the name of the Lord. Their judgment is coming.
Shame – They are a shame on Christianity in the face of the world.
- “A Gallup Poll reveals that 78 percent of the public believes televangelists are untrustworthy with money, 71 percent say they are dishonest, 67 percent say they are insincere, and 61 percent say they don’t care about people.” – Quoted in Moody Monthly, December, 1989, p. 72.
They promote shameful manifestations, holy vomiting, and all kinds of other sickening things in the name of Jesus Christ. They have brought shame on what is called Christianity today, just as the Roman Catholic Church brought shame in their killing of many true believers and the Crusades. Ultimately they bring shame on themselves.
Wandering stars – Stars, in the Bible, often refer to angels. In this case it is fallen angels. Do you mean Jude is likening these people to fallen angles (demons) who followed Satan and were cast out of heaven?
- Re 12:4 His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.
If you don’t serve the Lord Jesus Christ, you are either a witting or unwitting servant of the devil.
- 1 John 3:8 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
- 1 John 3:10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
This may sound harsh but Jude knows whom false teachers serve. They are really dangerous servants of the devil. They are fallen stars.
Blackness, darkness reserved – The same fate for demons and the unregenerate is also reserved for false teachers, false prophets, false Christs, and false apostles. They may say “Lord, Lord” but the Lord will say “I never knew you. Get away from Me you evildoers.”
Vs 14 & 15 – Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
Judgment is coming for those who set themselves up against God by their ungodly acts and words. Enoch was the first prophet, in a sense. He saw the return of Jesus Christ with His saints back at the beginning of the world. We are the ones who will judge the false teachers, the fallen stars. We will be able to see clearly all the people they misled who are going to hell instead of heaven. Their schemes and love of money will be brought into the open for all to see. This is why it is so important for us to try to reach as many as possible today before the judgment comes. We need to try to help people avoid false teachers. We need to try to reason with the false teachers in the hope that a few of them will repent. We certainly need to pray for them. In the last lesson we will see the good practical advice Jude gives us on how we should be reaching out to the lost.