They Refused To Trust God!
Now I want to remind you, though you were fully informed once for all, that though the Lord [at one time] delivered a people out of the land of Egypt, He subsequently destroyed those [of them] who did not believe [who refused to adhere to, trust in, and rely upon Him].
And angels who did not keep (care for, guard, and hold to) their own first place of power but abandoned their proper dwelling place—these He has reserved in custody in eternal chains (bonds) under the thick gloom of utter darkness until the judgment and doom of the great day.
[The wicked are sentenced to suffer] just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the adjacent towns—which likewise gave themselves over to impurity and indulged in unnatural vice and sensual perversity—are laid out [in plain sight] as an exhibit of perpetual punishment [to warn] of everlasting fire.
Jude 1:5-7 (AMP)
Jude gives three examples of rebellion:
- The nation of Israel – who, although they were delivered from Egypt, refused to trust God and enter the Promised Land (Num. 14:26-39);
- The angels – although they were once pure, holy, and living in god’s presence, some gave in to pride and joined Satan to rebel against God (2 Peter 2:4);
- The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah – the inhabitants were so full of sin that God wiped them off the face of the earth (Gen 19:1-29).
If the chosen people, angels, and sinful cities were punished, how much more would these false teachers be severely judged?
Many people don’t want to believe that God sentences people to “eternal fire” for rejecting him. But this is clearly taught in Scripture. Sinners who don’t seek forgives from God will face eternal separation from him. Jude warns all who rebel against, ignore, or reject God.
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