8 “Yet in the same way these people also, dreaming, defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak abusively of angelic majesties. 9 But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him an abusive judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these people disparage all the things that they do not understand; and all the things that they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have given themselves up to the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. 12 These are the ones who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, like shepherds caring only for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of the sea, churning up their own shameful deeds like dirty foam; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of darkness has been reserved forever.14 It was also about these people that Enoch, in. the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord has come with many thousands of His holy ones, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” 16 These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.”
Speak abusively: The false teachers seem fascinated by communication with angelic beings. Yet these teachers know nothing of true angels or demons.
Body of Moses: No Old Testament data, or New Testament data, testifies to the argument mentioned in this passage. We do know that Moses died and was buried, so perhaps Satan accused Moses after his death. Satan may have been arguing that Moses was not deserving of resurrection.
The Lord rebuke you: Michael did not appeal to his position as an archangel to rebuke Satan. Instead, Michael appealed to the Lord’s power to fight the devil.
By these things they are destroyed: The false teachers are acting as authoritative representatives of God, but they actually do not know anything. If one invests in their message, they will find only immorality and discontent.
Doubly dead: Jude is clearly not speaking about Christians. This presents an important factor in who the Bible labels as false teachers. True biblical false teachers are never true Christians.
Ungodly: All who reject Christ will experience judgment and conviction. Jude, therefore, believes these false teachers to be under condemnation and awaiting an everlasting darkness.