(New American Standard Bible)
that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.”
(New Living Translation)
They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires.
Verse 18 is connected to the previous verse, seventeen. Jude has been warning us of apostasy in the Church, and then he reminds us of the words Peter spoke about the last days. He is repeating them, because they are important. These moments will help us recognize His return is near.
You may want to dig in and draw your own conclusions
- last time - Jude uses the Greek word to describe the time immediately preceding Christ's return from heaven and the consummation (finalization) of His divine kingdom.
- mockers - The better translation uses scoffers, which is from the Greek word . This word's roots mean to play with, trifle with, delude; as well as to play like a child. SIDENOTE: I find this interesting, because 'mockers' and 'scoffers' remind me of junior high school, when young people seem to be derisive of others in order to make themselves feel better about not knowing who they really are, or what they really believe.
- following after their own ungodly lusts - Jude is telling us that in these last times, people will follow anything and everything to pursue their carnal appetites...all while justifying the 'do what makes you feel good' belief.
I think this verse is quite self-explanatory. We should not be worried when we see these things happening (and it seems it is already happening); because Jude mentions it in this verse, as well as points to another verse. My personal thoughts: We have been told since the day Jesus ascended to heaven after His resurrection, He will return and we should be looking for Him. It stands to reason then, every day since that moment is the last days.
Take heart, friends. Today is a new day. We have been given today to share Him and His Truth. Truth never fails. Truth always wins.
Share that with others today.
What stood out most to you in this verse?