November 17 2021
Today, Wednesday November 17
God’s Final Judgement is Just
Jude 1:14-15 “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him."
Remember Jude is probably quoting these verses from the Book of Enoch as he describes the judgement and punishment that will come upon the false teachers. God has appointed a day for the judgement of all mankind and has ordained a Man, His own Son Jesus Christ, to be the Judge! (Acts 17:31) This is what Jude is speaking about too! What does Enoch's prophecy say about the coming judgment?
It will be a personal judgment: God Himself will come to judge the world. It will be a universal judgment. God will execute judgment "upon all"—none will escape. And it will also be a just judgement. God will, convict ("convince") them of their sins, declare them guilty, pass sentence on them, and then execute the punishment. There will be a Judge, Jesus Christ John 5:22), but no jury. There will be prosecution, but no defense; for every mouth will be stopped (Rom. 3:19). There will be a sentence, but no appeal, for there can be no higher court than God's final judgment. The entire procedure will be just, for the righteous Son of God will be in charge.
The Lord will have the record of their "ungodly deeds." He will also have a record of their motives and hidden desires as they committed these deeds and even these will be ungodly! He will recall the "harsh speeches" (Jude 15) that they uttered against the Lord. The word harsh carries the idea of "rough, hard, stern, and uncivil." After all, these people were "murmurers" and "complainers" (Jude 16) and spoke harsh things against God. They were not "afraid to speak evil of dignities" (2 Peter 2:10), but at the judgment their words will testify against them. They spoke "great swelling words" (2 Peter 2:18; Jude 16), but at the judgment their great words will bring great wrath.
There are times when God's children ask, "Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph? How long shall they utter and speak hard things? And all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?" (Ps. 94:3-4) The answer is given in Psalm 50:3—"Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about Him."
So what do we do? We pray and remember His promises: "Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness" (2 Peter 3:13). "Even so, come, Lord Jesus!"