“And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling–these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on a great Day.” – Jude 1:6
Jude, the brother of Jesus, wrote one of the smallest letters in the New Testament. Nevertheless, his letter is full of information not found in any other part of the Bible.In Jude 1:6 we read about the angels who descended down to earth having abandoned their former dwelling back in the days of Noah.The Insight to Scriptures Encyclopedia published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society makes the following comments in relation to this verse :
It would be a logical to assume that these angels left their abode in heaven to descent down here on earth , their new home, but is this really what the verse is trying to convey? In order to obtain the correct understanding, we need to go back to the original text and see how the word dwelling is being rendered in the Greek text.A quick glance at the verse shows that the word “dwelling” comes from the word “oikētērion=οἰκητήριον” that Strong’s Concordance renders as “a dwelling place, or habitation”.Paul used this word only twice in his epistles and only with a specific thing in mind.The other instance that Paul used the word can be found in 2 Cor. 5:2,3:” Where we read:”Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling(=oikētērion) because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked”.Here Paul is telling the Corinthian anointed congregation that we as individuals, anointed by the spirit, long to possess a new dwelling referring to a new body, not a new physical location.In other words, Paul used the word “oikētērion” to describe the type of body an entity occupies and not a physical geographical location whether in heaven or on earth.
With that in mind, the meaning of Jude 6 becomes quite clear.The fallen angels of Noah’s days did not just abandon the heavens but also their heavenly body, their dwelling, in order to occupy a lesser quality body, that of a mortal man.That was a temporary dwelling, an “oikētērion” that they used up to the outbreak of the Flood here on earth and they were forced to abandon in order to rejoin heaven.
How does this transformation work ? Paul under inspiration used the simple imagery of someone changing clothes to convey this idea:”longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling”( 2Cor 5:2)