- I am more concerned about the deep sleep that
is falling upon believers in the house of God!
In the parable of the ten virgins, Jesus said, “They all slumbered and slept” (Matthew 25:5). This suggests the whole church is asleep just prior to the Lord’s return! All of them–asleep! The majority will be “caught unaware.”
When the midnight cry was made, all ten virgins awoke and went out to meet the bridegroom! Five of them had lamps that were going out! Those words send a chill up my spine–lamps going out! A fire that is dying! A vessel in which there is no more oil! The anointing is gone! A lamp that once burned so brightly–going out! At midnight, with Jesus’ coming at the door–going black, dark, empty! No joy, no faith, no confidence, no leading or convicting of the Holy Spirit! What it means is: The glory of the Lord is departing from some in this midnight hour!
Preachers who used to thunder with unction and anointing are now squatting in front of the TV idol, with no word from God, no fresh unction! Their lamp is going out! They are asleep!
Christians who once were on fire for God, once full of love and joy in Jesus, once looking for His return–are now drifting, cold, full of doubt and fear. They are half asleep, but will soon fall into a deep sleep! They once had the glory of God, the power of the Holy Ghost. But now, their lamps are dim and dying! They now have adultery in their hearts; they play hard; they eat and drink; they act religious, but their hearts now grow cold and a hardness is setting in.
Look at the wise virgins with their lamps ablaze. They are full of Holy Ghost fervor and excitement, and they are going out singing, marching into the marriage supper! Their eyes are only on their Beloved and they are ready to leave this wicked world.
But look at the foolish ones–weeping, rushing about, trying to regain the fire! They are rushing about in circles, begging, pleading, “Somebody, help me! Oil–I need oil! My lamp is going out!”
I look at multitudes in God’s house half asleep on to Lord, and I must warn loud and clear: Your lamp is going out! You have just a spark left! You are spiritually empty! You need a fresh baptism of the Holy Ghost! You are living on an old anointing! It isn’t enough! You need more! You are in real danger of missing the marriage supper! You will be outside in the dark and He will say, “Depart, I don’t know you!”
If we took God at His word, we would not be so lazy and half-hearted! We would not live another minute in doubt and unbelief! I don’t fear the Devil and all the forces of hell as much as I fear God’s curse of a spirit of slumber! I take it like it’s written, “God hath given them the spirit of slumber… For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep… You are blind, deaf; the word is sealed up.”
I refuse to shrug off this awesome warning to the people of God! These were God’s people–an unbelieving, rebellious, doubting people of the Lord; and God put them into a spiritual coma.
I’ve seen Christians who are living under that deep sleep from the Lord. Their favorite expression is, “I don’t see it! I just don’t understand! I’m not convicted! I don’t feel anything.” They are empty; they have no zeal, no fire, no commitment! They coast along! They are drifting with the spirit of this wicked age.
You can preach like Paul to them; they can sit through precious Bible studies; they can be around other Christians who are growing in the Lord–but they go nowhere! They simply shrug it all off. They don’t believe it’s necessary to change anything in their lives. They are not hearing what God is saying! They have rejected the Lord’s Word for so long, they have wallowed in fear and unbelief for so long, they have complained and griped so much, they have lived for so long all to themselves–they are falling into a spiritual coma! Soon they will be numbered by the spirit of slumber. They will go around in a deep sleep and not even know it! They are deaf, blind, and dumb to the things of God!
II. A spirit of slumber leads to two hopeless conditions
–an inescapable trap and an everlasting burden!
“And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them… and bow down their back always” (Romans 11:9,10).
Paul quotes David from Psalm 69:22, “Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.” David said, “Thou preparest table before me in the presence of mine enemies” (Psalm 23:5).
The table of the Lord represents worship; blessings of His Word; all that is intended to comfort us, make us grow, build us up, and make us rejoice! It is the house of God, good Christian friends, His holy Word, and the presence of the Holy Ghost! It is all part of the table He spreads!
“Let it be a trap–a stumblingblock.” It is almost unspeakable–too awful to contemplate–but so true that those who are overcome by this deep sleep, the curse upon their stubborn unbelief, enter a trap every time they get near the table of the Lord. For them, walking into God’s house is walking into a trap! Being in God’s holy presence is a stumblingblock!
———David Wilkerson and Pastor