The book of Jude… It’s one of those pesky books that if you read them with an open heart makes you want to get saved… again… and again… you get the picture. The part that got to me tonight (and most of the time I read it, actually) is verses 5-7…
“But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (Jude 1:5-7 NKJV)”
Now, there are all kind of spiritual goodies to be noted… things like the parallels between the Exodus of the Jews and the End Times (ie, big time judgements, followed by a peaceful exodus, followed by the enemy being released, followed by the final destruction of the enemy)… things like how fallen angels aren’t running around the countryside messing with humanity because they are bound with everlasting chains in the abyss (actual hebrew is something to the affect of the “misty darkness”)… but what is specifically catching my attention is the phrase “Vengence of eternal fire.”
That phrase is either the scariest description of hell I have ever heard, or Sodom and Gomorrah are still burning. With all I have heard and read about multiple dimensions to the “Space-Time Continuum”, I’m not entirely sure it isn’t both. The lake of fire is justice… the lake of fire is mercy… But the lake of fire is also vengence. Revelation 18 and 19 pretty much talks about the same thing (Revelation 18:8, 18, 20-24; 19:2-3, 5-6). After all the mass death and destruction wrought on the earth because of mankind’s wickedness getting pwn3d by God’s Judgements, the response of the church will be “Alleluia!” (19:3). This is such a far cry from where we are now, it is staggering. Now, when something like Katrina, 9/11, or the South Asia Tsunami happen, all we can think about is “where was God when we needed Him?” Either that or point the finger at who failed in their job description. Think about it… at some point, the sin is going to be so bad on a worldwide scale, that the church is actually going to be rejoicing at it’s demise. In fact, the level of wickedness is going to be so bad, that not only is the advent of the One from Revelation 19:11-16 justice, it is merciful.
His name is the “Word of God”… his tattoo says “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”… His friends call Him “Faithful and True”. **ooh… shivers**
PS, yes, I do think that Revelation 19:6 indicates that Jesus has a tat… deal with it.