The epistle of Jude only consists of one chapter with twenty-five verses. It was
not written by Judas Iscariot, but Judas the brother of James. According to the
structure of Tabernacle, the epistle of Jude points to the covering of badgers’
skins. The word “covering” shows protection. Thus, the epistle of
Jude denotes the protection and attention of God toward the true church as well
as separation from the false church; covering is to protect and separate whatever
is inside from all the outward influence. Today the tares (symbolizing false churches)
are still mingled with wheat (true church) and people are all the same to them.
Nevertheless, God will someday sift the true church from the false ones.
Before reading the verses, we need to know first the four curtains / coverings
of Tabernacle as follows:
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- Curtains of Tabernacle
Just like the ceiling of this building, the curtain acts as the upper interior
surface of Tabernacle, which can be perceived with the eyes. So, this curtain
symbolizes faith and works of faith, which are visible. In the New Testament,
this curtain is shown in the epistle of James.
- Curtains of goats’ hair = covering of holiness and hope in Holy Spirit.
In the New Testament, it is shown in the first and second epistles of Peter.
- Covering of ram’s skins dyed red = covering of love and sacrifice
of the Son of God. In the New Testament, it is shown in the epistles of John.
- Covering of badgers’ skins = covering of God’s judgment. In
the New Testament, it is shown in the epistle of Jude.
Those conclude the four curtains/coverings. I am very grateful for God’s
revealing His word for the Church in Malang on Matthew 23 conferring around
the judgment of God, while for the Church in Surabaya on Jude about the covering
of God’s judgment. Thus, the sermon on Jude exactly responds to Matthew
Today we have not yet learned the epistle of Jude itself, but I will
firstly show you about the curtains/coverings.
- Curtains of Tabernacle = covering of faith
1 “Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine
woven linen and blue, purple, and scarlet thread; with artistic designs of
cherubim you shall weave them.
The curtains of Tabernacle have four main colors as follows:
These four colors are the same as the colors of the gate.
- “scarlet thread” = red
- “fine linen” = white
16 "For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty cubits
long, woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, made
by a weaver. It shall have four pillars and four sockets.
Owing to the same colors, both the gate and the curtains of Tabernacle signifies
faith, and so does the epistle of James, which exactly speaks of faith --
(the colors of curtains of Tabernacle = the colors of the gate = faith = righteousness).
The curtains of Tabernacle / covering of faith determines the existence of
other curtains/coverings; if there is no curtain of Tabernacle, there will
be no other curtain/covering either.
Where does faith come from? Romans 10:17
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Indonesian:
firman Kristus the word of Christ).
the word of Christ = the word anointed by the Holy Spirit.
The way we hear the word of God determines whether we will gain covering or
Students of Lempin-el, take heed to the way you hear the word because it is
the time of separation. Being sleepy while you are hearing the word, there
will be no covering and one will be separated as false church. Now you are
all together but some day you will be separated through the manner you hear
the word. You may suppose it is same now but some day the separation will
happen. This is the curtains of Tabernacle having the same colors with the
Gate that is to say faith by hearing the word in anointing of Holy Spirit.
Curtains of Tabernacle are divided into two parts:
Tabernacle consists of three parts: Court, Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place,
and they are all separated with screens.
- The first part covers holy place/sanctuary
- The second part covers the most holy place
That ten curtains should be made (Exodus 26:1) is explained
further in Exodus 26:3
3 "Five curtains shall be coupled to one another, and the other five
curtains shall be coupled to one another.
Ten small curtains are tied together, in which every five curtains is coupled
to one another. One couple covers holy place and another one covers the most
Thus, here is the division of curtains of Tabernacle:
The two divisions are attached one another so as not to remove; implying that
faith and the works of faith are one, since faith without works is dead.
- Five curtains cover the holy place (referring to faith)
- Five curtains cover the most holy place (referring to works of faith)
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works
is dead also.
As a conclusion, the curtains of Tabernacle denote faith and the works of
These are the examples/practices of faith and the works of faith:
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac
his son on the altar?
22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works
faith was made perfect?
Abraham offered Isaac on Mount Moriah where Solomon built the house of
the Lord; giving us a message that we should not refuse but willingly
give every thing that God asks for the sake of the forming of the Body
of Christ. Maybe God wants our time, talent for music, energy, even money
and we should offer them for the ministry of the Body of Christ. Even
more if God wants our sins, we should not retain them that we may minister
25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when
she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
Rahab was an unclean gentile, and it exactly refers to you and me. Nonetheless,
God still made a way for her to have faith and the works of faith. As
Joshua would enter into Canaan, he sent messengers, but they then met
the men of Jericho. Seeing that, Rahab received them in her house. If
the men of Jericho had known it, Rahab and her family would have died.
Rahab as a gentile took part in Joshua’s entering Canaan through
her deed. Now it refers to the revival at the last age. Abraham laid the
foundation of the forming of Christ’s body but the Gentiles takes
part in the finishing that is to say the revival at the last age.
The history above teaches us that we as the gentiles should be afraid
of or worried about nothing, including this only life, for the sake of
the forming of the Body of Christ/the revival of Holy Spirit at the end
of the age.
- Curtains of goats’ hair = covering of holiness and hope in
Holy Spirit (the first and second epistles of Peter)
7 "You shall also make curtains of goats’ hair, to be a tent
over the tabernacle. You shall make eleven curtains.
5 ‘All the days of the vow of his separation (Indonesian: sebagai
orang nazir his being Nazirite) no razor shall come upon his head; until the
days are fulfilled for which he separated himself to the LORD, he shall be
holy. Then he shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.
Someone who vowed to the Lord was called Nazirite. Hair here signifies holiness
of a Nazirite, since it is mentioned, “he shall be holy with his long
hair”. Thus, hair refers to holiness and the anointing of Holy Spirit
(as Esau being like a hairy garment) or in a word, holiness in the anointing
of Holy Spirit.
The curtains of goats’ hair are also divided into two parts:
9 "And you shall couple five curtains by themselves and six curtains
by themselves, and you shall double over the sixth curtain at the forefront
of the tent.
10 "You shall make fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that is outermost
in one set, and fifty loops on the edge of the curtain of the second set.
Five curtains are coupled to one another and so are the other six curtains,
and then the two couples are joined with loops.These curtains of goats’
hair are divided into two parts to:
Thus, the curtains of goats’ hair are the covering of holiness and hope
in Holy Spirit manifest in this practice:
- cover the holy place, which is called holiness in Holy Spirit
- cover the most holy place, which is called the works of holiness, that
1 Peter 1:2
2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification
of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
Holiness in Holy Spirit leads one to obedience though by bearing sprinkling
of blood / fleshly suffering.
More to the point, goat’s hair functions as a stabilizer:
The two extreme temperatures at noon and night are enough to break big rock
into sand. This is how the stabilizer plays its role, that is, to protect
our lives from destruction (this life will not be destroyed). But if we become
disobedient, we will fail and destroy our own life.
- withstanding the effect of heat at noon in wilderness.
No matter how great a temptation is, we must be able to bear it (and there
will be no desperation) as long as we are obedient.
- warming up the body at the very cold night in wilderness – that
one does not die cold.
We really need the Holy Spirit to prevent our spirituality growing cold.
This is only what we can do in wilderness, let the Holy Spirit sanctify us
to obedience although we have to endure fleshly suffering.
For priests, destruction happens not because of the place of living (village
or country) but because of disobedience as the destruction by the two extreme
temperatures. Likewise is in a marriage. A husband not loving his wife and
a wife not being submissive to her husband will destroy their marriage because
they do not have obedience/the covering of goats’ hair.
Flowing from that, do not blame others while you are in destruction. Whatever
the destruction is, let us check ourselves first whether we have the obedience/covering
- Covering of ram skins dyed red
14 "You shall also make a covering of ram skins dyed red
The ram refers to Jesus as the Lamb of God. These skins were prepared of rams
killed and skinned; showing Jesus’ sacrifice to die on the cross as
if He were skinned/made naked. The ram skins were dyed red, which is the color
of blood and refers to love. Thus, the covering of ram skins dyed red is the
covering of the love and sacrifice of Jesus as the Lamb of God. This is what
we need to regard highly.
If you read starting verse one, both the curtains of Tabernacle and the curtains
of goats’ hair have measurements, but not the covering of ram skins
dyed red -- a sign of the boundless love of Jesus. The time will come as the
Holy Spirit stops working in the world, but the love of Jesus never stops
This verse bears out the boundless love of Jesus:
16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Whoever believes in Jesus should receive the love of Jesus – regardless
nationality, place of living, being holy or unholy – because the love
of Jesus is a boundless love.
We are lucky. If it had been written Israelites only, we would have perished
because the love of Jesus would have been for them only. We are Tabernacle,
so we have to be covered by these four coverings:
This is the practice of having the covering of love:
- Coverings of faith like Abraham and Rahab
- Coverings of holiness and hope whose practice is obedience
- Coverings of love
1 John 4:10-11
10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent
His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
By this we know that we have the covering of love, because we love one another
with boundless love, that is even to love enemies. It happens so many times
that we hate someone and it indicates that we have no love, or we do have
love but under a condition. For example, we do good for those who are kind
to us. I also still do such a thing. If I go somewhere and go home, I will
give something first to those who always give to me. Such unfair love belongs
to the tax collectors (Matthew 5). Let us love one another as much as to love
our enemies, at least pray for them good things such as: “Lord, please
forgive him”; “Lord please help him and use his life.”
That concludes the covering of ram skins dyed red speaking of the love and
sacrifice of the Lamb of God.
- Covering of badger skins
14 and a covering of badger skins above that.
As I have previously mentioned, the curtain/covering is made of four layers:
Badger is a kind of seal whose skin is tough and elastic for weatherproof
power. This covering of badger skins is the upper exterior covering of Tabernacle
and directly struck down by every natural phenomenon, such as hurricane, heat,
and great hail, all of which describe God’s judgment. Thus, the covering
of badger skins sustain God’s judgment to shelter the Church of God
just as the Lord had saved the four couples of Noah’s family from floodwaters.
- Curtains of Tabernacle = faith (for it has the same colors as the Gate)
- Curtains of goats’ white hair
- Covering of ram skins dyed red
- Covering of badger skins
Both the covering of badger skins (the judgment of God) and the covering of
ram skins dyed red (the love of God) are beyond measure; meaning that the
judgment of God is boundless to those rejecting the boundless love of God
and this is fair. We should not kid ourselves, therefore. If we suffer nothing
for our mistakes, we have to remember that we are receiving the boundless
love of God.
The following is to sum up the four coverings to become our practice:
- Curtains of Tabernacle, which has the same colors as the Gate, refers to
faith and the works of faith, that is, offering what God asks (like Abraham
did) and worrying about nothing, including this only life, for the work of
ministry (like Rahab did). Abraham was justified by the Lord; he walked in
righteousness and so should we in our daily life.
- Curtains of goats’ hair, which speaks of holiness and hope in the
anointing of Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit sanctifies us to obedience, by which
we will not fail to lead this life.
- Covering of ram skins dyed red, which is love – loving our neighbors
and enemies fairly.
- Covering of badger skins saving us from God’s judgment
As the introduction to the epistle of Jude, I will summarize several
By having faith, hope, and love, we must have the covering of judgment/we
must be saved from God’s judgment that will come in form of fire. Just
like the earth had ever punished with floodwaters, it will be once again punished
with fire coming down from heaven, even fire of hell.
- Curtains of Tabernacle – we have faith
- Curtains of goats’ hair – we have hope
- Covering of ram skins dyed red – we have love
2 Peter 3:9
9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness,
but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that
all should come to repentance.
That God has not yet come the second time is because of His longsuffering.
As indicated by PETA JAMAN, each age lasts for two thousand years; the ages
of Father God and the Son of God had lasted for four thousand years –
each two thousand. The end of the age, from the first to the second coming
of Jesus, should have lasted for two thousand years as well, but today is
two thousand and seven. It does not mean that the PETA JAMAN is wrong –
certainly not! That Jesus has not come yet is because of His longsuffering
extending in time for our repentance and righteousness/walking in righteousness.
If all people repent (stop sinning and return to God) and walk righteously,
God will spread the covering of judgment.
In what form is the judgment going to come?
2 Peter 3:10
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which
the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt
with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned
This is the judgment of God: fire coming down from heaven. These days are
our chance as God’s longsuffering is still extended, that is:
We may work or study to reach the highest degree, but the most important life’s
purpose is to repent (stop sinning and return to God) and walk in righteousness.
In such condition, we have had the four coverings to be protected by God.
- Jesus has not yet come for the second time
- We are still alive
By holding faith, hope, and love, we are not only saved from the fire coming
down from heaven and fire of hell, but also lifted up to see Jesus face to
face and then enter into the marriage supper of the Lamb.
1 Corinthians 13:12-13
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these
There will be many judgments but now we can see them through drought, flood,
etc. The word preached in the service of New Year’s Eve reminded us
that we must be sensitive of many disasters happening now. Are we in God’s
judgment? In such condition, truly we need coverings, not money nor certificate.
It does not mean that you should not have much money but it cannot help, seeing
that many wealthy people went to the top of their houses when flood was coming
but they were not saved.
- The four coverings point to the Four Persons as the Shelter of
Who are the Four Persons?
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (the Lord Jesus Christ) are one in the entity
of Jesus as the Heavenly Groom and as the Great Shepherd visible with the
spiritual eyes, but the one visible with the physical eyes is man shepherd
becoming an example in faith.
- Covering of badger skins = Father God
- Covering of ram skins dyed red = the Son of God
- Curtains of goats’ hair = Holy Spirit God
The Trinity of God as the Heavenly Groom saves us from the judgment that
is to come.
- Curtains of Tabernacle, which is perceived with the eyes, denotes man
7 Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to
you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good
that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited
those who have been occupied with them.
One thing that we can see from man shepherd is his faith becoming an example
for us to follow.
How do we follow the example of man shepherd’s faith?
- Holding fast to the true teaching word like Jesus who never changes
yesterday, today, and forever.
It is often explained about His power which does not change but we see in
verse 9 that it is connected with doctrine. The Late Rev. In Juwono, the Late
Rev. Pong, and the Late Rev. Totaijs have never changed in doctrine until
they died. It is the thing that a pastor (man shepherd) has that Church must
see. Beginning with holding fast the true teaching that we have already received
for the Lord Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If a pastor
changes the doctrine, the Church will not have coverings at all because there
is no first covering, neither are the other coverings. It is absolutely the
responsibility of a pastor to hold fast one true teaching word, not changing
in doctrines, so that he becomes example for the Church.
- Standing by faith / resting our hope upon God, not man to cope
A pastor must rest his hope and faith fully upon God in facing temptations.
I absorb the words said by the late Rev. Pong Dongalemba’s: As for the
Church does not have rice until they cannot eat, they keep silent. But a pastor
often says in his preaching when he runs out of rice like this “Church,
God’s power never changes. There is no rice in pastorate now but I am
sure that after this service there will be rice.” It can be so because
the Church gives him rice after knowing the matter that their pastor does
not have rice. Such practice is indeed not right.
In short, becoming the example of faith means below:
- Holding fast to the true teaching word, not changing
- Standing by faith / resting our hope upon God, not man to cope with temptations
1 Timothy 4:12
12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in
word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
A pastor should not become an example simply in faith, but also in word, in
conduct, in love, in spirit, and in purity, so that the Church is covered. For
that reason, you should pray for pastors – that they become an example
in faith, in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in purity.
A pastor should not leave the Church at all, whatever the reason is. An unfaithful
pastor must uncover the Church
If the pastor does not commit service, without an obvious reason, there will
be no coverings for Church because the covering of Tabernacle (the first covering)
is gone and so are the other three coverings (coverings from the trinity of
the Lord). The covering of Tabernacle (the first covering) is the key that determines
the existence of the other coverings.
Briefly, four persons cover the Church are below:
- Father God (covering of judgment)
- Son of God (covering of ram skins dyed red)
- Holy Spirit God (curtain of goats’ hair)
- Man shepherd (pastor – curtain of Tabernacle) that can be seen by
physical eyes in his example in faith, in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit,
in purity. In such condition, the other three coverings from the trinity of
the Lord as Heavenly Bride, Great Shepherd, King of kings may be seen with
Let us pray for that, so we can receive the results below.
- Jesus as the High Priest and Great Shepherd
17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that
He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God,
to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those
who are tempted.
If we can see Jesus with our spiritual eyes as the High Priest and Great Shepherd,
He is able to aid us who are tempted. The term “able” means that
nothing can confine the power of God. Jesus, the High Priest and Great Shepherd,
is able to help as long as we can see Him with spiritual eyes.
- Jesus as the King and Heavenly Groom
15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, The Creator of Israel, your King."
We may look upon Jesus as King of kings and Heavenly Groom with His power
of creation “I am The Creator of Israel”.
Below is the significance of the power of creation:
- creating all not existing and enabling the impossible
- creating us new to become One Image with (as glorious as) the Lord
Jesus; we will become the Bride and sit close together with God forever
We could do with a sea of life needs, but we should seek first the curtains/coverings
by following the example of man shepherd:
- in faith; how firm he holds the teaching and how firm he stands for problems.
A pastor does not engage in politics or men’s power to settle the problems;
instead, he fully hopes God that he could cover the Church.
- in word, conduct, in love, in spirit, and in purity in daily lives.
Only if we can see man shepherd, we will see Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit,
that is, Jesus Christ as the Great Shepherd, High Priest, Heavenly Groom perceived
with our spiritual eyes.
- • If we see Jesus as the Great Shepherd and High Priest, His mercy
is able to help us in due time.
- If we see Jesus as the King, the power of creation is able to create all
not existing and enabling the impossible, even to create us to be like at
the beginning of creation / to be as glorious as the Lord Jesus.
God bless you!