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Jude on Fallen Angels

Written By: CK Quarterman - Aug• 23•11


The Book of Jude is basically written to Christians whose ranks have been infiltrated by false teachers who are selling a message that promotes immorality, and theological error. The men that Jude speaks about are those who have taken the grace of God and the freedom that it brings, and turned it into a license to indulge in many kinds of sin. These are “brute beasts” they discard as worthless and irrelevant anything outside of their experience. They follow their animal instincts and find satisfaction only in gratifying the flesh. The Book of Jude is an important book for us today because it is written for the end times.

1 – (Jud 1:1 KJV)  Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:


“Judas in Greek,” traditionally “Jude” in English versions to distinguish him from the one who betrayed Jesus. The author of this epistle is the same who is elsewhere called Judas in Luke 16:16. He was a brother of our Lord Matt. 13:15, and Mark 6:3 and of James the superintendent of the church at Jerusalem. He does not call himself an apostle, as Paul and Peter in their introductions, and distinguishes himself from the apostolic office in Jude 1:17, Jude 1:18.

Although Jude was half-brother of Jesus, he associates himself with James, his full brother. By first calling himself a slave or bondservant (one who sells himself into slavery to another) of Jesus Christ, it is evident that he wants no one to place stock in his physical connection to Christ. At the same time, he must identify himself further because Jude was a common name

“to them that are sanctified by God the Father”; is best understood in an eschatological context, in which God or Christ keeps the believer safe until the parousia (1 Thess 5:23; other terms meaning “to guard,” “to keep” are also found in similar eschatological contexts. This is an act of eternal election, whereby men are ordained and appointed to an office, and vessels are set apart for the owner’s use; John 10:36 Jer. 1:5; the language is taken from the ceremonial law, by which persons and things were sanctified, or set apart for sacred use and service; see Ex. 13:2.

I love the simplicity of the Message Bible in this first verse:

(Jud 1:1 Message Bible)  I, Jude, am a slave to Jesus Christ and brother to James, writing to those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ.

2- (Jud 1:2 KJV)  Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

 In this salutation Jude wishes for a multiplication of “mercy”, from God the Father, by whom these persons were sanctified.

3- (Jud 1:3KJV)  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

“while being quite diligent to write to you,” or “while making all haste to write to you about our common salvation.   “I had the necessity.” The term  anankh, “necessity” often connotes urgency or distress.  It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith by the “faith” is meant the doctrinal content embraced by believers rather than the act of believing, in which sense it is used whenever faith is said to be preached, obeyed, departed, or erred from, or denied, or made shipwreck.

Contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints, This seems to indicate that the doctrinal convictions of the early church had been substantially codified. That is to say, Jude could appeal to written documents of the Christian faith in his arguments with the false teachers.

Apparently news of teachers infiltrating the church teaching a false doctrine reached him, prompting him to write a letter affirming that the gospel the Gentiles had received from Paul was the same as the one the Jewish Christians had received from the other apostles.

4- (Jud 1:4KJV)  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

These words contain a reason why doctrine should be contended for relentlessly. Certain men crept in unawares, The Ethiopic version reads here, “because ungodly men have entered into your hearts”; and all this was unawares, or suspicion of them.

who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, or judgment; meaning punishment is designed, even everlasting condemnation, to which some are preordained of God for embracing and spreading errors and heresies. The Syriac version renders it, “from the beginning”; that is, from eternity; for reprobation is of the same date with election; if the one is from eternity, the other must be so too. The idea here clearly is that of some such designation beforehand as would occur if the persons had been publicly posted as appointed to death. Their names, indeed, were not mentioned, but there was such a description of them, or of their character, that it was clear who were meant, and to the consideration that in the case of the unbelieving Israelites, the rebel angels, and the inhabitants of Sodom, there was such clear proof that such persons would be punished as, if their names had been posted up.


turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness. One of the implications that the gospel in the apostolic period was truly a gospel of grace was the fact that the enemies of the gospel could pervert it into license. If it were a gospel of works, no such abuse could be imagined. They may be said to turn it into lasciviousness, either by asserting it to be a licentious doctrine, when it is not; or by treating it in a wanton and ludicrous manner, and scoffing at it. Abusing the doctrines of grace so as to give indulgence to corrupt and carnal leanings. That is they gave this form to their teaching that by the gospel they were released from the obligations of the law, and might give indulgence to their sinful passions in order that grace might abound.

And denying the only Lord God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ That is, the doctrines which they held were in fact a denial of the Christ. It cannot be supposed that they openly and formally did this, for then they could have made no pretensions to the name Christian, but the meaning must be, that the doctrines which they held amounted to a denial of Christ’s proper nature and work.

5- (Jud 1:5KJV)  I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

Jude is stressing that the readers have been informed once for all of the OT illustrations he is about to mention. Where would they get this information? Most likely from reading the Old Testament but possibly also having read 2 Peter. Earlier Jude used the same adverb to indicate that these believers had a written record of the faith. This seems to be his implication here, too. Thus, for the second time Jude is appealing to the written documents of the early church as authoritative as opposed to the messages of the false teachers.

afterward destroyed them that believed not, their bodies fell in the wilderness by one judgment or another; so that of all that came out of Egypt, save two entered into the Promised Land. God sometimes makes severe examples of mere nominal professors. As the 1st century began to draw to a close, the early church found itself increasingly dependent on the letters of the apostles. Once those apostles died, false apostles and false teachers sprang up. To combat this, some of the latest books of the NT stressed the authority of what had been written.

6- (Jud 1:6KJV)  And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Jude gives us an understanding of fallen angels and their interaction with humanity and of those who resist such knowledge as brute beasts.

In order to understand this passage we must ask which angels kept not their first estate. In addition, what does it mean that they “kept not their first estate”? The word rendered “habitation” (oikētērion) occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It means they kept not their spiritual bodies but took upon themselves flesh.

These fallen angels have ventured into our dimension several times. The first incursion began before the Great Flood when some two hundred fallen angels followed the Dark Lord called Samyaza and elected him their leader.

The full number of fallen angels is unknown; however, a small number under Samyaza swore an oath together to materialize into this realm and to perform the deed of cohabiting with the daughters of men. They forsook their own realm in direct opposition to the command of the Lord.

When the fallen angels saw the daughters born to the children of men, they became entranced with them, saying one to one another, “Come, we must take to ourselves concubines from the descendants of men.”

These fallen angels under Samyaza conspired together to take upon themselves bodies of flesh in order to marry the daughters of men.

This they knew would be a one-way trip, knowing they would be barred from returning back into the spiritual realm having once disobeyed the Lord’s command. But, nevertheless, they harkened to their chosen leader, Samyaza.

Samyaza said to them, “I fear that you may not fulfill this venture, and I alone shall suffer for so terrible a crime.”

They answered and said to him, “We all pledge and bind ourselves by fears that we will not change our mind and hearts, but we will fulfill this venture.”

The two hundred swore together, and all bound themselves by the fears. The whole number, with their leaders, descended upon Mount Hermon in the days of Jared. All of the Watchers who materialized into this realm took wives, cohabiting with them and teaching them all manner of wickedness, sorcery, and witchcraft.

Wickedness continued to increase, and fornication by the fallen angels rampaged throughout the Earth. The fallen angels continued to transgress the commandment until they had corrupted all of mankind.

Then came the flood upon the earth, namely, owing to the fornication wherein the Watchers against the law of their ordinances went a whoring after the daughters of men, and took themselves wives of all which they chose: and they made the beginning of uncleanness. And they begat sons, the nephilim, and they were all unlike, and they devoured one another: and the Giants slew one man another (Book of Jubilees).

(Gen 6:1-4 KJV) And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God (angels, watchers) saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

 And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men  and beget us children. (1Enoch 6:1-3)


This verse is saying that the angels who kept not their “own habitation” had gone after “strange flesh”. These are the angels referred to in Genesis Chapter Six who took on human form “strange flesh” and went after “strange flesh”, that is the daughters of Adam.

The residents of Sodom wanted to have sexual relations with the angels, because they knew they were angels. They had seen angels, and had had sex with angels in human form in Sodom and Gomorrha. Lot knew they were angels hence his great concern of allowing them to be violated. He even offered them his daughters. This wasn’t out of some eastern tradition of respect for strangers, but Lot’s respect for God.

Why did the inhabitants of Sodom want to have sex with angels, because there were fallen angels in Sodom who had been offering themselves to the Sodomites? These angels from God were to be just new meat to the Sodomites.

The mating of the Sons of God with humans didn’t end after the flood. The short statement “…in those days; and also after that”, refers to the fact that the fallen angels, the Sons of God, continued to sin with the daughters of men. (Genesis 6:4)

When incidents amplified in places such as Sodom and Gomorrah, God would destroy the area. Sodom and Gomorrah were not the only cities God destroyed, because Jude 1:7 states that there were other cities “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner”.

One great preacher said, if God doesn’t judge Los Angels he will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrha. Well to by knowledge Los Angels doesn’t have people having sex with fallen angels in human form. But I wouldn’t put much past people today.

“he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day”.

 According to Enoch, the two hundred fallen angels who had intermarried with the daughters of men in the days of Jarad were chained under hell in darkness. The desert which is in Dudael (Judean Desert) was opened, and the offenders were thrust down into Tartarus and covered with sharp stones and chains of darkness to await the Day of Judgment. (Tartarus is the deepest abyss of Hades, and is the same as the underworld, or abode of the dead.)

And you know the story of the angels who didn’t stick to their post, abandoning it for other, darker missions. But they are now chained and jailed in a black hole until the great Judgment Day. (Message Bible)

No study of Jude would be complete without a serious look at 2 Peter 2:4.

(2Pe 2:4-6)For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

Peter echoes Jude’s thoughts concerning the angels that sinned, but gives detail in stating that the angles “left their first habitation” where Jude says they “kept not their first estate”.

7– (Jud 1:7 KJV) Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

It is meant that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah committed sin in a way similar to the angels. What was going on in Sodom and Gomorrah that God would so harshly judge it? It is obliviously the same sin of fornication with which angels had partaken before the great flood, therefore God judged it harshly. And as it was in the days of Noe (Noah), so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.(Luke 17:26-30 KJV)

The incident outside Lot’s house (Genesis 19:1-10) clearly shows that the intentions of those gathered around the house were to have sexual relations with the “angels” which had taken human form. Rape and Homosexuality were not uncommon in ancient civilizations. But Homosexuality by itself, cannot be the reason for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha, since the Lord had already determined to destroy the city prior to the angels’ visitation (Genesis 18).

strange flesh”, These angels left their first estate the spiritual, and took upon themselves flesh and had sexual relations with the daughters of man. This is established by the book of 1 Enoch and the Book of Jubilees along with Genesis Chapter Six. It is contrary to the law of nature for different species even on earth to cohabit in a carnal way; much more for those in the body, and those who have only taken on a body. The word “strange, or other,” refers to that which is contrary to nature.

8- (Jud 1:8) Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

 Likewise or “In a manner like to these” cities of Sodom and Gomorrah committed sin in a way similar to the angels as we have discussed so it seems these filthy dreamers defile the flesh. These persons hold doctrines and opinions, which sustain the same relation to truth, which dreams do to good sense.

Despise dominion, either government of the world by God, denying or speaking evil of his providence; the Ethiopic version renders it, “they deny their own God”, either his being, or providence which they despised, as supposing it to be inconsistent with their Christian liberty, and rejected it as being a restraint on their lusts.

and speak evil of dignities, or “glories”; the Arabic version reads, “the God of glory”: this is to be understood of angels, called thrones, and dominions. Some explain this passage and the one in Peter, of evil angels. In Colossians the term is used with thrones, principalities, and powers, with reference to the orders of the celestial hierarchy. In light of the next verse it must be understood to mean the thrones and principalities of evil or fallen angels (Eph. 1:21; Col. 1:16; 2Peter 2:10)

9- (Jud 1:9 KJV)  Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Some ancient writers cite the Assumption of Moses with reference to the dispute over the body of Moses. An alternative explanation is that Jude is compounding material from several sources. This explanation has in its favor several arguments: First, Jude quotes from both 1 Enoch 1:9 and Zechariah 3. Second, Zechariah 3 seems to be quoted. Doubtless Jude was referring to some accepted story or tradition.

The suggestion here is that the devil is a personal being. Moreover, Jude describes an argument between the devil, as an angel, and an archangel, Michael.

A railing accusation, or “judgment of railing” is a sentence impugning ones dignity.

The Devil possibly wanted Moses body so that it could be enshrined in a public location and  become an object of worship by the Jews. However, an alternate understanding might be that the argument is not over Moses’ corpse, but over Satan’s endless accusations against believing Israel, the body of Moses.

The Lord rebuke thee, God may decree the degree of punishment or dishonor to befall those who rebel against Him.

Michael the archangel, some translations use the term chief angel.

An alternative understanding might be the raising of Moses from the dead. Moses was raised from the dead at some point. This is how Moses was able to appear bodily at the Transfiguration along with Elijah. The devil could have been objecting to the resurrection of Moses.

10&11 –(Jud 1:10-11) But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

But these speak evil of those things which they know not, what is it here Jude refers to? What do they speak evil of which they know not? Jude just finished explaining what they spoke evil of was what was known about the fallen angels and their intermingling with humanity. These evil bruits spoke evil of this idea based upon only their natural knowledge.

Jude writes here states that these “spots in your feasts of charity” know only what is known naturally, they desire to remove the supernatural from the Bible. They would have us to think that the lines of Cain and Seth intermarried and not that angels sinned with woman bringing God’s judgment of the flood. Natural knowledge isn’t spiritual knowledge. “These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit”. (v.19)

But these people sneer at anything they can’t understand” (Message Bible) Many today have corrupted themselves with an unhealthy desire for money, and money has become their motivating factor. Jude was sounding an alarm that these unspiritual leaders would come into the fold. Many pastors today should weep and morn for their lack of spiritual understanding and their attempts to remove anything they don’t understand from the Bible.

But these men do not understand the things they slander, and they are being destroyed by the very things that, like irrational animals, they instinctively comprehend”. (Net Bible)

After the error of Balaam. Like Balaam trying to make a gain of godliness. He was the prototype (typical example) of all greedy, money-orientated ministries

Perished in the gainsaying of Core. Like Balaam they are false prophets. Like Korah, who profanely thrust himself into the priesthood and perished, they intrude into the pastorate and perish.

12 & 13 -(Jud 1:12-13) These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

Clouds they are without water. Rainless clouds.

Trees . . . without fruit. Fruitless, barren.

Twice dead. Doubly dead, hence, no hope of fruit.

Raging waves of the sea. Roaring and foaming like the sea waves.

Wandering stars. Stars not fixed in their places, but shooting like meteors, and then going out. The illusion here is to the Book of Enoch where the fallen angel’s final resting place is the heart of a black hole.

To whom is reserved, As the shooting stars go out in darkness, so these will pass into eternal darkness.

14 & 15 – (Jud 1:14-15) And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying here I will quote Enoch 1:4-9. Many have missed out on understanding scripture because of a misunderstanding between canonization and inspiration. Therefore let’s look at Enoch from only a historical perspective, it alone clarifies Jude. But the quote Jude is referring to is posted below:

The Holy Great One will come forth from His dwelling,

4 And the eternal God will tread upon the earth, (even) on Mount Sinai, [And appear from His camp] And appear in the strength of His might from the heaven of heavens.

 5 And all shall be smitten with fear And the Watchers shall quake, And great fear and trembling shall seize them unto the ends of the earth.

 6 And the high mountains shall be shaken, And the high hills shall be made low, And shall melt like wax before the flame

 7 And the earth shall be wholly rent in sunder, And all that is upon the earth shall perish, And there shall be a judgement upon all (men).

 8 But with the righteous He will make peace.

And will protect the elect, And mercy shall be upon them.

And they shall all belong to God, And they shall be prospered, And they shall all be blessed.

And He will help them all, And light shall appear unto them, And He will make peace with them’.

9 And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of His holy ones To execute judgement upon all, And to destroy all the ungodly: And to convict all flesh Of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed, And of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.




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