Lesson 26: They Are Like Satan Disputing The Body Of Moses
9Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
Have you ever wondered about this passage? Why did Satan dispute over the body of Moses? One theory proposed over recent years is that the reason Satan was arguing with Michael the archangel, who we know must be Jesus Christ, about the body of Moses was because he contended that Moses couldn’t receive a new body until the last day (when the Earth and all the universe would be destroyed and all the Elect throughout history would receive their new bodies) because Satan had become ruler over all the earth upon the fall of Adam and Eve and therefore had claim Moses’ body until the arrival of the last day. This theory seems plausible but why would Satan argue over the possession of a dead body? Could there be more spiritual meaning to this passage that we are missing?
One of the arguments proposed by those that proclaim that Christ died at or before the foundation of the world is that Christ must have died before any of the Old Testament Elect could be saved. There is overwhelming biblical evidence to prove this is a false doctrine (see Lessons 15-25 and Lesson 21 for an index where each argument proposed to support this false doctrine has been biblically refuted). But those that cling to this false doctrine are today arguing with those that are preaching the true gospel (that Christ died to pay for our sins at the cross and at no other time). They are in effect arguing over the souls of the Old Testament Elect, claiming that they couldn’t have been saved before Christ paid for sins at the cross. Do you see the similarity? Yet the Bible tells us that, yes, the Old Testament Elect were saved before Christ died on the cross in 33 A.D. (see Lesson 16, post #8 and Lesson 18). The body of Moses in Jude spiritually represents the body of (or total sum of) all the Old Testament believers and this passage was meant to get the attention of the Elect during our time today, during Judgment Day, as further evidence to support the one and only true gospel and to warn us that scoffers would appear during Judgment Day. This appears to be the correct interpretation because the verse preceding Jude 1:9 makes it clear that God is not really talking about Satan here. He is talking about the “filthy dreamers” and is comparing them to Satan and how he argued with Michael the archangel. Look at verse 8 & 9 together:
8Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 9Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
These filthy dreamers “defile the flesh” (spiritually pointing to Jesus’ flesh, which we know spiritually points to Jesus’ death on the cross which they refuse to recognize was payment for sins), “despise dominion” (they refuse to submit to the Word of God) and “speak evil of dignities”(or dignitaries, which points to the Elect during Judgment Day who proclaim the truth that Jesus paid for sins at the cross). What else does God say about these “filthy dreamers?” Let’s read both the preceding verses and the verses following verses 8-9 to find out. First the preceding verses:
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4For there are certain men crept in unawares [the “filthy dreamers”], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [turning the grace that Christ gifted us at the cross into a mockery by claiming it was merely a demonstration and thereby bringing the cross to “none effect”. 1 Cor 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
5I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. 6And 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. 7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh [not the flesh of Jesus who died on the cross that could save them but they seek strange flesh of another Jesus that cannot save them, the one they erroneously claim died for sins before the foundation of the world. 2 Cor 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.] are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Now for the verses following verses 8-9:
10But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 11Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 12These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead [they are spiritually dead because they believe in their ‘Christ died twice’ false doctrine that cannot save because it makes a mockery of the cross], plucked up by the roots; 13Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
14And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15To 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. 16These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
The very last verse should make you tremble. It says that “persons in admiration” in other words, those who are well known and highly respected teachers of the Bible “because of advantage” (their ability to reach large numbers during our day by preaching over the radio or internet) will speak “hard speeches” and “great swelling words” through “a cunningly devised fable.”
1 Peter 2:16-18
16For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ [by His “coming” to earth in human form and dying on the cross, He obtained the “power” of the resurrection, which is the “power” to redeem us of our sins unto salvation], but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
2 Peter 2
1But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them [by denying that He paid for sins at the cross], and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2And many shall follow their pernicious [cunning] ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
4For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; [compare this with Jude 1:6 . 6And 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.] 5And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; [compare this with Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.]
7And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 8(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) 9The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
10But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. [compare this with Jude 1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.] 11Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. [compare with Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.] 12But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; 13And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; 14Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 15Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
17These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 18For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, [referring to those that once knew that Christ paid for sins at the cross but then later turned against the redemption of the cross by seeking another Jesus, an imaginery Jesus that they claim died before the foundation of the world] the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Go To Lesson 27: More Evidence of No More Salvation, Let Them Be Unrighteous Still