Theme: COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF JUDE
Text: “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 6.
Comment: The incident being referred to by St. Jude. took place during the destruction of the first world, when some of the angels of God in heaven were deceived into changing into human form to marry the women on earth. (Genesis 6:1,2) When God destroyed the first world with water, these creatures changed into spirits and wanted to ascend to heaven but God stopped them at a point in the celestial heights and put them into spiritual prison, where they remained in ignorance of the purpose of God. See 1 Peter 3:18-21. That God put them in prison shows that He is indeed Almighty. Their offspring where superhuman creatures. (Genesis 6:4) The punishment of the angels is to emphasise the fact that all creatures of God must forsake wayward behaviour else they will also suffer punishment. God could bear long with people on earth in order to give them sufficient warning before He pours out His anger. But the longsuffering of God should not be taken as a licence for inordinate behaviour. Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?” – Galatians 4:8, 9.