“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” (Jude 14-15).
Just as space has black holes which irresistibly draw objects into its pitch-black darkness forever, so the Creator of space has “reserved the blackness of darkness forever” for the ungodly. The truth of God’s judgment on the ungodly has been revealed since the days of Enoch, who was born about three hundred years prior to Adam’s death.
God’s timeless warning of His judgment on the ungodly needs somber consideration by every generation since Enoch’s. God’s pronouncement to the patriarch several millennia ago contains seven noteworthy characteristics.
God’s judgment is convicting: “to convict all who are ungodly…” Since the Garden of Eden, Satan has ever sought to sow doubt in the trustworthiness of God’s word. Repeatedly the devil’s strenuous efforts have resulted in a bountiful harvest of unbelief and disobedience.
The rich man was certain his five brothers would listen to Lazarus if someone from the dead came to warn them of the torment the ungodly experienced after death (Luke 16:27-28). Abraham knew better. He also knew that God was no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11); therefore, he declared that God’s written word was sufficient for the germination of faith which would prompt repentance, obedience, and righteous living (Luke 16:29-31).
Two haunting convictions will be forever seared into the conscience of the ungodly when they are judged: 1) God does indeed say what He means and means what He says; and 2) They believed the father of lies on this matter instead of the One who cannot lie (Titus 1:2).
These convictions will torment the ungodly forever.
God’s judgment is convicting.