Jude 17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”
The value of memory grows with losing it. The value of a friend who will jog our memory grows too. “I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder.” (2 Peter 1:13) Peter and Jude both wrote it down. They know what memory is like.
“You must remember.” If we do not remember the predictions, we will not benefit from the confirmations. In Jude’s case, he had in mind the specific prediction that the presence of scoffers would be a characteristic of this last age of planet earth. Remembering it will mean the difference between being encouraged or being disheartened. For we will certainly encounter scoffing.
I have not seen a time when there was such a broad assault on the trustworthiness of the Gospel as this present hour. Hardly a day passes that I do not encounter some article or hear some voice casting its doubt on the Christian message. The only way to have a day free of this assault is to ignore modern communication almost entirely, a thing which is nearly impossible, but likely very beneficial for anyone who can pull it off.
We want to know more about tomorrow than we can know. God offers no hour by hour itinerary of the last age. But he has given us a sufficient glimpse into the character of the age to keep faith sound. That glimpse is in the predictions of the prophets.
So, today, just a bit of PR for Jude and Peter. “You must remember.” Really, you must! He said these days would come. They are here. This means the other day will also come.
Revelation 1:7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so, Amen.
What a wonderful Savior he is!