“The man of God taught people to hear the true sound of the trumpet, which was from the Spirit. There was also a false sound. It sounded like a trumpet, but it was false, it was an imitation. This sound was identical, but it was an undefined sound. The man of God also spoke about the need to practice Martial Arts of the Spirit.”
Now is the time to turn again to the Martial Arts of the Spirit. I urge all the watchful ones to use them and master the skills of a victorious warrior. A victorious one is a warrior who not only wins himself, but also teaches others to win. The victorious is the one who brings victory to others. It is said of Jesus that went out conquering and to conquer.
Today we will speak from the letter of Jude. The Dimension of God’s judgments. This is not something that should scare us, but that we should understand.
I am reminded of an occasion, which happened when there was no Internet yet, and people sent letters by mail; I received a letter from Armenia. The address was mine, so I opened it, but realized that the letter was not addressed to me. I decided to seal it, wrote to this man that he was mistaken, but also made a note – a creative spirit, a spirit of redemption, leaped in me, and I wrote him a message about Jesus. I wrote to him that this mistake with the letter could turn into joy of salvation for him if he accepted Christ.
Some time passed, and this man wrote me a detailed answer, where he asked deep questions about God. He was an educated man and asked difficult questions – in particular, about the injustice of God’s judgments.
I was still a young Christian, but I realized that I would answer him from Scripture – what the Bible says about his questions. After a while, he sent me an even more complicated letter. I felt he was an unusual person. He sent me a business card – he turned out to be a scientist – and I wrote back to him that I was a man of God who had completely given up my life for Christ.
Why do I tell this story? “People want to know the revelation about the judgments. Today we need to reveal to people the revelation of the judgments of God. Unfortunately, many believers are afraid of this, and some even bring reproach against those who teach about judgments.
One of the names of God is the Judge. If this name is incomprehensible to us, if we don’t accept the name of God the Judge – out of fear – we will not accept the last phase of humanity’s history on the planet. Because we are entering the last period, we are coming to God the Judge. God is the Judge and He will release the judgment dimension. Today we need not only to get used to this, but also to make open the revelation of the judgments.
I believe this season is starting to intensify. I prophesy to you that this is the season of retribution. It’s intensifying, we’re going to see an acceleration – an acceleration of retribution. We will see how retribution – the result of causes – will move throughout the planet. Moreover, it will touch not only the church, but also secular structures and the world. It will touch everything, because God looks at mankind as His creation – both faithful obedient and unfaithful sons and daughters.
Retribution by the judgments. This will be the mantle of justice. We must today accept and carry the mantle of justice. If you got to court, this doesn’t mean that you will be sentenced, it means that you will be rewarded according to your deeds. This mantle of justice carried by the church is the mantle of judgments.
The church of God is to make judgements. In heaven, we too will be judges. Scripture says, “Don’t you know that we will judge angels?” Whether you like it or not, if you enter the church, you will have to judge the Angels one day. So you don’t have to be afraid of this dimension, because it is the dimension of justice. In other words, it is part of righteousness carried by saints. This includes the fall of iniquity, the retribution for iniquity, as well as the retribution of rewards – this is the blessing of the righteous. So today, don’t be afraid to release righteousness. If you walk in the light, you want and long for retribution to come – you are not afraid of retribution, because the works that you did were done in the light.
“And also on My menservants and My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days,” as it is written in Joel. This is a status and dimension of the saints – they are not only forgiven, but the Spirit will be poured out on the menservants and maidservants. May the Lord help us to become menservants and maidservants. I remember how our brother prisoner, who is already in eternity, brother Vladimir, preached about this, that he would pour out not only on sons and daughters, not only on priests, but on menservants and maidservants.
“Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are called, who are sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Jesus Christ: mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you.
Beloved! While I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people from 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. Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority and speak evil of dignitaries.
Yet Michael the Archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said: “The Lord rebuke you!” But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves.
Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
These are spots in your love-feasts; while they feast with you without fear, serving only. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees, without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
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.”
These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.
But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.
These are sensual persons who cause divisions not having the Spirit.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And on some have compassion, making a distinction, but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, Who alone is wise, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen” (Letter of Jude, 1).
I remember my father when one day I came back from the service and he told me that he had a voice. This voice said, “I have kept you for my Father, if you die to sin, you will be born again.” Then I showed him this Scripture. The function of Jesus Christ is to preserve. You know that all of us who listen to the Word are here for one reason – Jesus has kept us. We also see such kept saints in various places. They shine. It is so beautiful!
There is a promise in the book of Isaiah that there will be no end to the increase of His Peace. Today we need to multiply peace, mercy and love. This blessing of the Apostle must come and be refreshed in our hearts. That is how we should bless. This is an apostolic blessing. We need such powerful declarations into our spirit. Don’t we need God’s peace, mercy and love? It has no limit!
All the diligence in common salvation. Don’t get save on your own. Scripture tells us about common salvation. Don’t be a pronounced individual, don’t exaggerate your individualism, because we are members to each other, we are one Body. Today, when people go into individuality, both the person and the Body of Christ suffer. Therefore, the Apostle says that our salvation must be common. Thank God for the brethren, for the churches with whom we make the journey and the race together.
Fight for the faith. This is the faith of the fathers delivered to the saints. Watch the victorious people who are already gone. The Apostle teaches to watch their death. When a person hasn’t yet died, it is hard to say that he is an overcomer, but when a person has passed, died with dignity, and his death was glorious, this is the faith “once delivered to the saints.”
The Apostle says that people who are destined by the Lord to perish are creeping into our churches. Be watchful and careful, because not all have faith. Peter, John, Paul – all the Apostles talk about it a lot. Jude teaches that there are people in churches who are not saved. Therefore, be awake. The Scripture says of them that they “have crept in,” “they turn the grace of the Lord into lewdness.” We must not allow grace to turn to the pardon of our sins. We must use grace today as a treasure, not as a permission to sin. It is not the beginning that saves, but the end. It is written that God Himself destroyed those who did not believe.
Jude then moves on to the dimension of the Angels. The Lord is also releasing judgments on angels today. He once released by casting down Lucifer, and He will also judge the Angels along with the church. Scripture says we will one day judge them. This is an Angel level spiritual warfare dimension. I believe that today such Apostles and prophets, who move in the Spirit of God, continue to fulfil the dimension of the judgments of Angelic powers. Spiritual warfare of the Angelic level continues to be carried out in the Angelic world.
We are in a battle with Satan. We need to keep the bodies of the saints whole and holy. Although Moses was taken to the mountain, and we know that he was supposed to go to eternity there, nevertheless, his body became the subject of the battle between Archangel Michael and Satan. Imagine what level it was – not just an Angel, but Michael the Archangel himself, an Angel-level commander. He contended with the devil himself for the body of Moses. This is the battle for our bodies so that they are not defiled. Keep your bodies holy. Scripture says that our spirit, soul, and body should be preserved. The saints don’t defile them – they keep them for the Lord. “Whoever destroys the temple of God, God will punish him.” God has prepared judgment for Satan. And we are fulfilling the mantle of retribution, and we are also fulfilling judgment on Satan.
The Apostle also speaks of three ways of apostasy. People, when they fall away from God, move in three ways. The first is the way of Cain. What does it mean? Cain, who was rejected by God, instead of repenting and returning righteousness, begins to build his life away from God. So it is with Christians. They go from God, fall away from Him, begin to build their lives outside of Him. Cain lived away from God by making musical instruments. This is called “the way of Cain” – to live in apostasy and seek happiness outside of God.
The second way is the “greediness of Balaam”. The error of profit. Remember how Balaam loved gifts, gold. He was selfish. But it was a way against the will of God. This is profit. The servant of God, because of self-interest, is looking for a way to gain.
The third way is the way of Korah. When Korah resisted Moses. He knew that Moses was right, that Moses was the anointed one, but he told his accomplices that “all are anointed”, thus he opposed what God was doing. This is called the rebellion of Korah.
May the Lord bless you to move in the way of Enoch. The mantle of Enoch is what you and I must walk in now. I believe that the dimension of the judgments is the dimension of Enoch. Enoch is the Church of the latter days. Today God will raise up the church that moves under the mantle of Enoch. Enoch was the seventh from Adam. Seventh day. From Hebrew – “educating, teaching, discovering new things.” Enoch – “discoverer of the new”! Today we are revealing this new thing.
Some Bible teachers speak of the two olive trees that are to come, that they will be Enoch and Elijah. Those are the people who passed straight from life into eternal life. They didn’t see death. They didn’t go through death, but from life to life. Death is a transition, but Elijah did not die, he passed from life to life, and also Enoch did not die, but passed from life to life.
Then Enoch proclaimed the prophecy: “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.” The seventh man from Adam is already prophesying about the most important thing.
What is the essence of this message? – The essence of the message is in the dimension of Maranatha.
He said, “The Lord is coming with thousands of saints.” So the Lord is coming back. Enoch prophesied about the return, He will return – and return with ten thousand of His saints. The Lord will not return alone – He will come with the Kingdom of Heaven, with the army of heaven, and there will be a heavenly army, and there will be an army of saints who will move with the Lord. He’s already coming, He’s coming back to fulfil judgment. That is, this is the dimension of the judgment that we have been talking about. This is the retribution of justice – the retribution of reward and the retribution of punishment. He will return to rebuke for “the harsh things they spoke against him.”
Enoch lived 365 years. This is the fullness of the year. Day for a year. He is a sign. He was a son and became a father. The church will walk before God in fullness. God will take her. This latter-day prophet is the Church of the Rapture.
Today you see what is happening in the world, and wickedness lifts its head openly, the dragon roars, sending fire from its mouth, and today we wonder at how evil begins to ascend in an undisguised way to rule on earth. But the Lord is also arising. We can’t take our eyes off Him. We must see not only what the devil is doing, but what God is doing. Lift up your eyes, the Lord is coming! He is coming stronger than the devil is coming.
Enoch’s message was about the return of the Lord, about judgments on the wicked, about retribution. The two key points in Enoch’s message are that he spoke of the return of the Lord. Shift your sermons. Preach both in the streets and in the churches that the Lord will return. That’s what the first church did. She walked under the mantle of Maranatha. We rarely hear sermons about the return of the Lord today. But all the Apostles spoke that the Lord would return. They moved in the mantle of Maranatha, it was a fresh sermon – they always and everywhere proclaimed that the Lord would return. And we must preach tonight that the Lord will return. Put on the Mantle of Enoch and proclaim the return of the Lord!
This is Enoch’s message to us today. Put on this mantle – Maranatha. I remember a man who is no longer here, that he could not greet with “Maranatha!”, because “this is very serious…” – Didn’t you come to the Lord seriously today? Are we walking now frivolously? How can you believe at all if you are not serious with Him?! Everything that Scripture calls us to is serious! We must be ready to proclaim, “Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!” We must be ready.