17 But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, 18 that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” 19 These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit (Jude).
Jude’s quote here comes directly from 2 Peter 3:3—“Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts.” It would appear Jude believes the “tares” he is writing about are the fulfillment of Peter’s prophecy.
Thus, from the beginnings of our Christian faith people have believed they were living “in the last days” of the world’s existence—that Jesus was coming back soon. Since He has not yet come back, am I troubled by their miscalculations? No, not all. Why? Because He is still coming back soon—and now, more than ever! That’s because our “soon” is now a whole lot “sooner” than theirs was!
Lord, help us This Day to live like we believe You might be coming back for us even today. Amen.