Summary: Poor brother Eutychus! He slept himself out of the church. Why did he fall asleep? What’s causing most Christians to become drowsy today?
There is no doubt in my mind that something catastrophic is about to happen. If you have been watching the news or listening to it then you ought to know and feel the same thing. The Dallas Morning News read that they have completed the mapping of the human DNA code. Scientists now say that people who are born with disabilities and defects could possibly have their deformity corrected. People who were born blind could now have their genetic code restructured so they can see. Cloning sheep and fruits and vegetables and man’s greatest achievement he is at the peak of cloning himself. Sounds like the Tower of Babel to me. The Trinity allowed man to build the tower only so high before they came down to confound the language of the post-diluvians, yet modern men like Nimrod think they are on the brink of accomplishing a great feat, but to God they are approaching doom and have to be stopped.
We are standing upon the threshold of great and solemn events. Prophecies are fulfilling. Strange, eventful history is being recorded in the books of heaven. Everything in our world is in agitation. There are wars, and rumors of wars. The nations are angry, and the time of the dead has come, that they should be judged. Events are changing to bring about the day of God which hasteth greatly. Only a moment of time, as it were, yet remains. But while already nation is rising against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, there is not now a general engagement. As yet the four winds are held until the servants of God shall be sealed in their foreheads. Christian Service, pg. 51, 52
Unprecedented violence fills our world especially in America. We thought racial crimes were a thing of the past so what do you think about the Jasper incident? Natural disasters are still phenomenally taking people out by the thousands. And now in the new millennium, in this new century, in this new decade, we have human genome. Let me ask you a question. Has the prophetic alarm clock awaken you?
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This is the time Church, as never before that we need to expose and proclaim the truths that we know will prepare a people to meet the Lord. Although it appears that no matter what the news is or what is being heralded, the Church of God finds itself in that too familiar position of sleepiness. Every now and then the Lord tells the four angels standing on the four corners of the Earth to allow the winds of destruction, strife, and chaos to blow, so that his people can get aroused and shun complacency. The way I see it is that the earthquakes, floods, wars, and pestilences aren’t provoking enough to us. There is a numbness that seems to fill our being when we hear about these events. The only time we get alarmed is when it occurs in our surroundings, but other than that its just news.
As the Spirit of God slowly withdraws Himself away from the escalated, sinful degradation of man, we see that there are more provocative means at which God allows us to be shaken, but yet and still I can see what I call that Sabbath glare in some of your eyes. You came here just like you did last Sabbath unchanged and unjolted by the mere fact that God has allowed you to see another Sabbath. We are own our way to Glory, and some of us would probably dare say that we are ready, but our lives are mere reflections of our unprepared state.
This benumbing and desensitized attitude has been long experienced before in our Church. Turn with me in your Bibles to Acts of the Apostles 20:7-12 [READ]. This is a very familiar passage of scripture to us because it is often used to defend or offset Sunday observance. In verse 7 it states that the disciples were together ready to break bread and Paul preached. Our Protestant brothers and sisters would have you believe that those disciples are now the 12 apostles. However this isn’t the case. For in verse 4 of this same chapter we see whom these disciples are. This is not the message that the Lord wanted me to bring to you. Because all of us in here know that there is no way you can substantiate Sunday observance from the Bible.
The Lord wanted me to call your attention to dear brother Eutychus. Although the scripture points out that he was a young man, he was not estranged to the Church nor was he absent-minded of the events that happened to Paul. Paul had been a travelin’ evangelist. He had intended on being in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover with the other apostles. But upon learning of a plot by the Jews to take his life, he returned to his new converts to the faith by way of Macedonia. There were many who had accompanied him because he was hoping to bring a delegation of the Gentile churches to show the brethren in Judea how the work was going on in other fields. But as it is with so many soldiers of the cross, Satan stands to oppose anyone who ventures out on his turf. Paul missed the opportunity to be in Jerusalem at the Passover so he hoped to reach them by Pentecost. While he waited he sought to celebrate the feast of unleavened bread with the brethren whom he left at Troas. These were precious moments to Paul for he knew that the Jews wanted to take his life, and he had just escaped the uproar in Ephesus. There the Bible says in verse 7, Paul preached ready to continue his journey on the morrow, and he continued his speech until midnight.