Jude, Gateway To Revelation … Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Jude

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The Book of Acts is sometimes called the Acts of the Apostles because it’s a record of their experiences in building the early Church. That being the case, the Book of Jude could be called Acts of the Apostates because it’s devoted to warning the Church of the false teachers who were coming to tear it apart.

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The End Times According To Peter

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. (2 Peter 3:1-2)

Peter wrote this letter, his final one, around 65 AD. He was probably in Rome at the time, since he was crucified in 68, though he may have still been in Babylon, where he’d written letter number one five years earlier.

His purpose in writing was three-fold: to stimulate spiritual growth among Christians, to combat the false teaching that was coming into the Church, and to emphasize the certainty of the Lord’s return. We’ll focus on this third purpose, which Peter addressed in chapter 3.

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Philemon’s Story

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

My name is Philemon and this is my story. It’s been described as the application of the highest principles to the most common affairs, but at the time it happened it was just two people at odds with each other being reconciled by a common love for the Lord.

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Those Who Claim To Be Jews, But Are Not

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you (Rev. 3:9).

Who are those the Lord accused of claiming to be Jews but are not?  Since Revelation 2-3 applies to the entire Church age, He may have been referring to more than one group.  Looking down through history, I’ve found several groups who have laid claim to the promises made by God to His covenant people. Some may surprise you.

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Savage Wolves

Commentary by Jack Kelley

I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.  Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them” (Acts 20:29-30).

It didn’t take long for Paul’s warning to the elders of the Church in Ephesus to come true. Within the lifetimes of the original apostles false teachers had invaded the Church and were spewing their doctrines around wherever they went.

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Jude, Gateway To Revelation … Conclusion

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Jude

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Intending to write a letter to the Church on the subject of salvation, Jude was prompted instead to write about the false teachers who were already infecting the Church with their lies. He was just getting nicely wound up as we finished our first installment. Let’s rejoin him now as he releases the full force of his torrent against them. And as we saw last time, he wasn’t just writing about his times, he was also writing about ours.

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The Spirit of Anti-Christ

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. (1 John 2:18-19)

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Did Jesus Have a Wife?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Right from the start, the notion of a man also being God was a problem. The Jews wound up executing Jesus for claiming to be God in the flesh, and Gentile cultures had similar difficulties. In Greek thinking, matter (flesh and blood) was inherently evil, while spirit was good, and like water and oil the two simply didn’t mix. God could not become a man, nor man a god. Continue reading…