Have you become one that is Asleep? Is your eye full of APATHY?
A Study By: Timothy M. Youngblood
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Apostasy that is sweeping the churches today is just one event in the destruction of a Nation or Church. I have found that
the profound fact is that when a Nation or Church goes into Apostasy they
soon go in a state of Apathy. I have found that we are in a time of
apathy and many Christians (Not all mind you) are no longer wanting to truly
study and learn of God but they seem to just want to fire scriptures at each
other as if that will make some point of their religious beliefs.
Doing so brethren truly lends a hand to Satan as he wants to either change the true word of God or make what has not been changed as making it of no effect. Satan is sending false ministers out just as Jesus prophesied as recorded in Matt 13:24-26; where He stated in this parable saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared." This is prophetic and that is one of the reasons I wrote the Great Apostasy around II Thess. chapter two.
But we should also remember that the prophet Amos stated from God's instruction for the last days that there would be a famine in the land but it would not be a famine of food and water but of the word of God. It states that they shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but shall not find it. You can read about this in Amos 8:11-12
This recorded prophecy in Amos chapter nine shows that Amos was referring to the end times as God will raise King David when He brings His kingdom down from heaven. It also shows that the kingdom is referred here as the statement .... "On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; and in Amos 9:13 Amos states ... "Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them," says the LORD your God."
Notice the statement recorded in Amos 9:12 "That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the Gentiles who are called by My name," says the LORD who does this thing." When is it that Gentiles are called by God's name? After Jesus went into heaven and spread His blood on the holy of Holies!
Many Christians go to church every Sabbath or Sunday thinking
they are safe and that what they hear, feel and see at church is the way their
Neighborhoods, cities, communities, and even the Nation are as well. Many
minister's sermons makes them feel good about themselves and he makes them
feel that the evil out there is far away or that God will protect them from
it. Brethren that teaching could not be farther from the truth!
Remember the photos and films of the Germans during WWII murdering
the Jews in their homes and streets? Ever wonder why the Jews just let the
Germans murder them without a fight? The Jews that were being murdered truly
out numbered the Germans in the beginning about 20 to 1 but they just complied
with the commands of the Germans and got in line to be shot. Why? Why would
people who see their Neighbors being shot just comply and not at least try
to get away? The reason is the same as why we as a Nation are going the same
because of apathy and the sad thing is that apathy will also lead
us into bondage in the near future. Because of the apathy sweeping this country
I don't think many will believe me concerning this sermon just as many have
not believed what I have warned concerning the Great Apostasy in the Churches
going under the name of Christ.
But it is coming no matter if anyone believes it or not just
like it came to the Jews by the hand of a mad man that was elected into power
by the German people. Did you know that Hitler did the same things we see
in America today? Even though he was elected he took over the financial institutions
and then the industry. He then took over the military and after he disarmed
the public by saying they could not protect themselves from criminals but
needed the government to do so he then moved in and began a campaign against
the Jews so the German people would see them (The Jews) as the problem.
You see what happened there in Rome and Germany must come to us because it's part of a cycle. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been around 200 years. These nations progressed through the normal sequence or cycle of most Nations: They went from
1. bondage to spiritual faith; just like when our fore-fathers
came from European bondage to this new land.
2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
3. from courage to liberty;
4. from liberty to abundance;
5. from abundance to selfishness;
6. from selfishness to Apostasy;
7. from Apostasy to apathy;
8. from apathy to dependence on the Government or others.
9. from dependence back again to bondage.
Edward Gibbon in his book "The Decline and Fall
of the Roman
Empire" set forth five basic reasons why great civilization have withered and died:
I will give a very quick list here but there are more detailed
reasons for this in his book.
The first was
The undermining of the dignity and sanctity
of the home, which is the basis for any human society.
(The first we see as apathy towards the sanctity of the home is in the rate of divorces and remarriage today but in my opinion, Abortion is the number one offender of undermining the dignity and sanctity of the home! Abortion and Planned Parenthood Statistics show we as a Christian Nation have become apathetic towards the murder of what is most precious in any Nation or home.
Using Planned Parenthood figures through 2005, estimating 1,206,200
abortions for 2006 and 2007, and factoring in the possible 3% undercount Planned
Parenthood estimates for its own figures, the total number of abortions performed
in the U.S. since 1973 equals 49,551,703.
Now we can say that real fast but let's slow down and think
about that number over 49 million +
.If that were dollars in your bank
account you would feel the impact of that number
Do you feel the impact
when it is the lives of innocent children that was so unwanted that they were
murdered? The reason it is so acceptable to many today in this country is
because those in the room can't see the child fighting off the intruder, they
can't hear the child scream in pain as he or she is having their skull crushed!
No the child just comes out on the other end of the suction tube as liquid.
Animals have more rights in this evil Nation than children do! That is of
Let's break it down this way so we can grasp it better.
Around 1,200,000 Abortions per year: = 3,288 Abortions every day: = around 137 Abortions every hour: = 9 abortions every 4 minutes
which comes to 1 abortion every 26 seconds:
Number 2 is the mad craze for pleasure with sports becoming
more exciting, more brutal, and more immoral.
(We have movies and video games today that do the same thing. The sad thing is that not only will this generation become more calloused towards the killing of others through these video games, but after years of playing a great deal of video games the person will look up one day and find that playtime is over and the parents want them to get out on their own and be responsible. Talk about a wake up call!)
Number 3 on the list is Higher and higher taxes; the spending
of public money for free bread. Redistribution of wealth.
(Today we see welfare becoming more a freedom from the demands of work or duty for the populace of which causes the decay of individual responsibility and even self worth.)
Number 4 is the building of great armaments and going to
war when the real enemy was within the Roman Empire.
(Today the enemy is elected into office by the very people they suppress and this enemy today is called corrupt Politicians.)
Number 5 is the decay of religion; true faith fading into
mere form, losing touch with real life, and religion losing power to guide
(We have this today because ministers have lost the power to guide the people because religion has become a business and scripture has become so misunderstood and perverted by ministers that most people have lost the truth and because of apathy they will not study into to find the truth.
As Edward Gibbon wrote in Chapter 49 starting on page 622 in
his book The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; He states
Church had began to worship idols when the Mosaic law (The Ten Commandments)
clearly stated that there should not be any graven images made nor shall we
bow to them." He also noted that the Catholic Church had never indulged
in pagan worship till the time of Constantine the great and the first pagan
symbol made and worshipped by the Church was the pagan cross and then came
the introduction of the intercession of the dead saints for supernatural favors.
What do we find in our churches today?
I wrote a paper a few months ago titled One Nation under Who?
Which you can find on the master's table and can be found by clicking the
button listed as warning signs at the left column and this paper was written
to show that we as (not only a Nation) but as a people (Even the Christian
Church) are blind to the facts. I show many statistics in this paper if you
are interested and I also stated in the introduction that people will say
they just don't understand why a loving God would allow such a terrible thing
too happen! How many times have you heard someone say something like that
when a child is abducted, raped and murdered? This is a legitimate question
and I have asked it myself. Is it that God really does not exist, or is it
that God does not care? We think about how, even as a human with sin in our
flesh, we would take action if we could stop such evil things from befalling
a small innocent child, but yet the almighty God who has all power and can
see all things will not intervene! What is the answer?
There is an answer to this question but the big question is
will we believe it when presented to us? The answer will be very hard for
many to believe because it will require some truthful soul searching on our
part. (Some introspection.) It will also require some action and most people
will hear this thinking that it is the other person that needs to get it together.
We have heard the famous phrase "One Nation under God"
and it makes many feel that it means we are under the protection of God
and our laws as well as our conduct are in agreement with God. It seems to
set us apart from the other Nations of this world because we are a good Nation
and God is pleased with us. Our founding fathers were very close to the ideas
of God's understanding of good laws for the people and by the people and as
a result they set up our system under the principles that every person was
endowed by their creator and freedom to choose was paramount.
Their hope was that the people would use these rights for the good of all thus bringing about blessings from God. Their other intent was that the people would teach and do those things written by God's own hand to Moses which is known as the Ten Commandments. Our founding fathers understood that to keep these Ten Commandments as a Nation along with the other points they made would insure our prosperity and growth into the greatest Nation on earth. They were very wise men and correct in their understanding, however what they missed was that the richer a family or people become the more they think they no longer need God. Not only do such people think they no longer need God but they start lusting for more power and thus corruption becomes the menu of the day.
You know it's really the hard work on the farm that keeps us
close to our creator because on a farm we see God's hand in our human needs
on a repeated and very frequent cycle. As I stated before we see welfare becoming
more a freedom from the demands of work or duty for the populace and we must
Note that this causes the decay of individual responsibility and self worth.
What does apathy do in the form of destruction? What condition
will it leave a Country, family or a church in? Apathy does not just cause
one problem but many because it is like a cancer that evades the entire body.
Here is a scenario
It's like when a young boy will start out kissing
his girl friend and then he will caress her hair or cheek. Then he will touch
her on the knee. Well if she does not resist at this point he knows he can
go farther and if she continues to not resist he knows he can go all the way.
Well my friend if a 17 year old boy can figure that out, how much more do
you suppose Satan knows about us? Satan knows that if he can get Christians
to go into Apostasy a little at a time, a little here a little there he knows
that the next step is apathy. And he know from the cycle of Nation down through
time from apathy comes dependence and back again to bondage.
Remember the list we went through concerning this? It is so important I will go through it once more here.
1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
3. from courage to liberty;
4. from liberty to abundance;
5. from abundance to selfishness;
6. from selfishness to Apostasy;
7. from Apostasy to apathy;
8. from apathy to dependence;
9. from dependence back again to bondage.
Now the Christian religion is being viewed around the world and in this country today through the window of the Catholic church and also our way of life as it is in the U. S. is viewed around the world as hypocrisy at best when they see gambling, prostitution and wide spread drug use in the cities like Los Vegas and New Orleans and the fact we have nude women all over the TV. Magazines and billboards across this nation and also that we are considering same sex marriage as well as murdering thousands of Children a day before they are born. The world sees us as a people that has become too rich and lazy thus we have become a people that is week. They see us as immoral and they see our personal and social ethics being eroded by the desire for more power and more pleasure.
The world knows the Christian bible teaches against witch craft
but they see that there are witch shops going up all over this country and
most ministers are not even addressing not only this but the rest as I noted
above. I don't have a large platform as many ministers do but I must do what
I can to get the message out and please understand brethren that I'm not being
judgmental or self righteous as I also sin and I'm very aware of the weakness
of my own flesh just as the apostle Paul was. The point is that all true concerned
ministers should be working on these subjects to get sin removed from our
communities or the people in the communities (even Christians) will accept
them along with this new generation that's coming. What must be understood
here is that apathy will allow more sin than Sodom and Gomorra had over time
apathy causes people to sleep through the change. Apathy
will even allow us to go into bondage as noted before.
What Should this mean to Christians?
Gambling, Prostitution, Pornography, Drug abuse, Robbery with Murder, and the acceptance of pagan idols and much more are sweeping our Nation in cities like New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Las Vegas Nevada to just name a few. As we started this sermon we asked why God would allow evil things to happen to small innocent children? We asked if God was even concerned, or is He even there? The fact that many Christians don't want to face is that God is there but we have left Him He did not leave us.
How many churches are in this Nation? Thousands of churches
claiming to worship Jesus the Christ are throughout this Nation, and how many
people attend services every Sabbath or Sunday? How many bibles are sold every
day? How many bibles are on the shelves in the millions of homes across this
Nation and most importantly; how many ministers are working with their congregations
during the week? Are most people just going to church because they feel bad
if they don't or because it's a habit or that their children are on the church's
baseball team? Are the ministers teaching just what is political correctness,
or are they preaching against same sex marriage? Are they teaching against
the Harry Potter materials teaching that these books will lead our children
into Witchcraft? Are they teaching good family values that will help all to
understand the importance of the family structure where there is respect for
the parents and the parents should respect their children? Are they preaching
that abortion is murder? Is this being taught across this Nation? How many
people work in these abortion clinics that claim to be Christians? Are people
worshipping pagan gods in their church and believing they are actually worshipping
Jesus by doing so?
Why do you go to church?
Do you believe your bible teaches anything relevant to our day with all the computers, cars, TVs, I-Pods, and cell-phones? The answer is that our conduct in any time period is relevant because it is our conduct that determines if we accept Jesus as He stated "If you love Me you will do what I command." If we continue down the path of "self first", looking out for the self, we will not be able to sustain the very system that we have created. According to the book of Revelation many will repent but many will not as well. We find this recorded in Rev 9:20-21. "But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts." Notice that in these end times the world will be worshipping demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood!
The Egyptians worshipped the sun, also known as Baal and the
Obelisk was their tool to do so. Now ask yourself, why would an ancient symbol
right out of Baal worship be placed as an official statue in the capital city
of a Nation that professes the creator God and His Son Jesus as their Savior
as we find the Obelisk in Washington D. C.? Have you ever seen the Washington
Monument at night with the lights on at the top? It looks very evil with the
red lights looking at you as eyes. If you want to check it out for your self
you can go to the Master's table web site and click the button Pagan Symbols
at the left column and then click on Obelisk.
This is the way Satan gets people to worship and keep that which
God commands us not to have as I have stated in other sermons
what does God say? We read His concerns in Jer 51:17-18. "Everyone is
dull-hearted, (Apathy) without knowledge; every metal smith is put
to shame by the carved image; for his molded image is falsehood, and there
is no breath in them. They are futile, a work of errors; in the time of their
punishment they shall perish." You see God will destroy them at His coming
and those that will not denounce them also. It is important to note that Baal
(Beelzebub) is identified as Satan by Jesus himself in Matt 10:25 which states
is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his
master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more
will they call those of his household!"
Now Beelzebub was regarded as "prince of the demons and this spelling occurs nowhere else in Jewish literature outside the New Testament according to the Wycliffe Commentary. The exact explanation is uncertain, though it seems related to "Baalzebub," the god of Ekron we find recorded in 2 Kings chapter 1:16 That is in 2 Kings chapter 1: verse 16; Notice the spelling here is some what different as the one in the New Testament has "Beel" where the Old Testament here has it spelled as "Baal" which I believe that difference only has to do with the translators of the New Testament and Jesus was truly speaking of Baal or Satan worship. You make the call.
I asked in the paper One Nation under Who? How important is
it that people repent and come to the true Messiah for protection during the
great tribulation and salvation for eternity? Let's read what John wrote in
Rev 19:20-21, for the answer
"Then the beast was captured, and with
him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived
those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.
These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And
the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him
who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh."
So brethren why does God allow evil to continue now? Because it's mankind that's at fault and even by doing nothing to stop those that hate God and His good ways makes us guilty and worthy of the tribulations that's coming. Many will repent as John wrote in Rev. 7:9 stating that there was a number that no man could number who will come out of the great tribulation, those that washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Yes and those that were beheaded for the testimony of salvation through the Son of God. (Jesus the Messiah.) And we find recorded in Rev 15:1-2 that those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.
But we find the fate of those that loved pleasure for a season
and accepted the mark of the beast in Rev 16:2-17 where the seven angels pour
out their bowls of the wrath of God on them. Now this is what occurs after
the seventh trumpet sounded
Let's read it
"So the first
went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome
sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped
(No Christians dead or alive are on this earth at this
"Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.
(You think the oil spill in the Gulf is bad? What till
Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers
and springs of water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the
waters saying: "You are righteous, O Lord, the One who is and who was
and who is to be, because You have judged these things. For they have shed
the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink.
For it is their just due." And I heard another from the altar saying,
"Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments."
"Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the
sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched
with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these
plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.
Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne
of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their
tongues because of the pain. They blasphemed the God of heaven because of
their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.
Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. "Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame." And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.
(We have an article on the Master's Table on the subject
of the Armageddon.)
Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air,
and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying,
"It is done!"
So we see that it is not God's fault that OUR sins have caused
evil to come on our Nation. It is because we as a Nation have left God and
turned to many other gods for our health, happiness, and prosperity. We have
come to the place where God is just in the background of our lives and only
to be called on during church services or when we think we need Him. I hate
to be the one that breaks this news to the world but God is not our Genie
who when summoned by a person carries out the wishes of the persons command!
God is ALL in ALL and He has power over every breath we take. He has power
over the very seasons that gives us food and water. It is in His Great love
for us that He will for now continue to put up with our disrespect of Him
and who He is! But brethren never think that the day of His wrath will never
I'm not going to pretend to be a prophet and state that the
things we see such as the greatest oil spill in the history of this earth,
or the many wars and the unrest in the cities around the world with all the
earth quakes and volcanoes like the Iceland Volcano are the signs that the
end is just around the corner but we all know in our hearts it just may be!
There are so many things Jesus promised us if we would come to Him that we
all should be at ease and free from concern, anxiety, and fear as we watch
His kingdom come near. Jesus stated as recorded in John 14:13; "And I
will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in
the Son. And it's also recorded in " John 14:1-3 "Let not your hearts
be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are
many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare
a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again
and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also." He is
offering us His Kingdom brethren. For us to be a part of it. All we have to
do is change and follow Him into this kingdom. People will either change or
be burned up.
Never forget brethren that He was resurrected and He lives making
intercession for us to the Holy Father in a way we can never do. The big question
will we; as a Nation and will we; as Christians be able to shake ourselves
out of apathy? We have already gone into Apostasy in many ways so how do we
For me the answer is clear as I personally believe it will not
take place till the two great witnesses come with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Even so individual Christians should take this very seriously and quit playing church!
If interested in what has happened in history check out ...
WHY WERE OUR REFORMERS BURNED?
From the Book - Five English Reformers
by J.C. Ryle - 1890
Timothy M. Youngblood