â€œLikewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.â€ (Jude 1:8)
The King James translators supplied the term â€œfilthyâ€ for the dreamers that Jude denounces because of the â€œlikewiseâ€ that introduces their condemnation. The prior verses had condemned certain angels and the populations of Sodom and Gomorrha because of their perversion of Godâ€™s sexual design.
These dreamers not only â€œstainâ€ the flesh but have become so arrogant that they give â€œno standingâ€ to any authority and â€œblasphemeâ€ those who have any â€œglory.â€ Not even Michael the archangel had that kind of attitude; Jude notes in the next verse that Michael didnâ€™t rebuke Lucifer when he was carrying out Godâ€™s mission for Mosesâ€™ body. Some people are way out of line!
Judeâ€™s whole message is focused on those who are attempting to resist, undo, damage, distort, or otherwise disrupt the work of Godâ€™s people. In the context, these dreamers are not merely inattentive fools who wander in and out of churches seeking some personal â€œfulfillment,â€ they are enemies withinâ€”those who may have positions of influence and who are actively seeking to hurt the ministry and mission of Godâ€™s Kingdom.
Peter calls them â€œpresumptuousâ€ and â€œselfwilled,â€ no better than â€œnatural brute beastsâ€ who mouth off about â€œthings that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruptionâ€ (2 Peter 2:10-12). Strong words, but a fitting description of those who would dare to set themselves against the omnipotent and omniscient Creator. As David so aptly says: â€œThe fool hath said in his heart, There is no Godâ€ (Psalm 14:1).
Dialogue with these dreamers is futile. The solution is: â€œPreach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrineâ€ (2 Timothy 4:2). HMM III