Scripture has a message to those who are asleep: Wake up!
The Bible shows us the symptoms of those who are awake, and of those still sleeping. It is in this manner that Scripture reveals what it means to ‘awaken’ from sleep.
A brief look in Scripture shows certain truths of sleep, and of awakening from sleep. Here are a few basic Scripture principles of awakening from sleep.
Some Basic Awakening Principles for Us Today
“And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.” (Genesis 28:16)
Here we see that while Jacob was asleep, he had no awareness of the presence of Yahuweh. After he awakened from sleep, however, he was aware of the presence of Yahuweh.
This process happens likewise to us today when we awaken! We gain an awareness of His presence, and we begin to desire to walk in obedience to Him, wherever that may take us. Here is another:
“And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web.” (Judges 16:14)
Above, we see Samson gained strength when he awakened from his sleep. This pictures our spiritual strengthening when we awaken from our spiritual slumber. We become stronger in the Faith, and lose the fear of what others think of our walk with Yahuweh. Here is another:
“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;” (Genesis 2:21)
“So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul’s bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the LORD was fallen upon them.” (1Samuel 26:12)
Here we see that Yahuweh puts a deep sleep on men, in order to accomplish His purposes. This is widespread today in the Body of Messiah, as Messiah is now removing from the sleeping Body those that will be fashioned into His Bride. Here is another:
“Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.” (Proverbs 19:15)
Here we see the principle that slothfulness in spiritual matters results in a deep sleep, the same as in natural matters. No Bridegroom would have a Bride who is well-trained in slothfulness. Here is another:
“Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. 10 For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. 11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: 12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. 13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:” (Isaiah 29:9-13)
Above, we see that Yahuweh puts a deep sleep even on His own people, preventing them from understanding His Word — when their actions of loving Him do not agree with their words. Because their obedience to Scripture is mixed with precepts and Doctrines of Men, they have received a ‘counterfeit’ Faith in Yahushua, and not the true New Covenant of Promise.
Be advised — the above condition persists within the vast majority of Yahuweh’s people today! Here is another:
“All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest. His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.” (Isaiah 56:9-10)
Above, we see that many of Yahuweh’s watchman-shepherds are walking in disobedience, so He has closed their eyes. They are asleep, and so the wolf is devouring the flock.
This condition forces the sheep to read Scriptures on their own, lest the Blind Leaders continue to lead them away from the true faith. Here is another:
“Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.” (Mark 13:35-36)
In Mark 13 above, and in other passages, we are instructed to watch, and not be found sleeping, but prepared, when the Master returns. We must not only watch in the sense of looking for the signs in the heavens, but watch in the sense of the Hebrew words, meaning keeping, guarding, performing, or celebrating. Here is another:
“But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.” (Luke 9:32)
Here we see the principle that when men awaken from slumber, Yahuweh opens their eyes. It is only then that men begin to to see His Glory! Here is another:
“These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.” (John 11:11)
Above, we see that awakening Lazarus from sleep is pictured as resurrection from death, and is the example for us today, to walk in Resurrection-Life. As we allow the crucifixion and death of self to work in us, we also allow the resurrection life of Messiah to grow within us, bit-by-bit. Here is another:
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” (Romans 13:11)
The apostle Paul is calling us to awaken from sleep, to prepare for the soon-to-arrive goal of our Salvation — the person of Yahushua. This preparation is seen, within context, as:
- Ceasing our works of darkness [works of unrighteousness]; and then
- Learning to do works of light [works of righteousness (Isaiah 26:9-10)].
In the above Romans passage, our lack of preparation is likened to sleep, and likened to the lack of producing the proper fruit. In the following passage in Ephesians, however, notice what we see:
“11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” (Ephesians 5:11-14)
In the above passage, we see the beginning of our preparation as awakening from sleep, in order to produce the proper fruit, and to produce the light — the works of Righteousness that He enables us to produce, only by His Grace, by His living within us.
Here, we see again that Paul calls us to awaken, to produce the fruit, the works of Righteousness, as do the wise. We are to awaken from our ‘sleep’ — from our history of producing the fruit of unrighteousness [darkness], as the foolish ones do, as seen in Ephesians 5:3-8.
We are then reminded that it is Messiah Himself who is the source of all our works of Righteousness, or Light — the works of obedience to Torah which He accomplishes by us, by the Grace He supplies to us, from His living within us.
Scriptures Reveal How One May Be Awakened
Here are some Scriptures to show exactly how we may awaken from sleep, and some results seen by those who awaken, and by those who remain asleep:
“My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law [Torah] of thy mother … When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.” (Proverbs 6:20,22)
Here we see that while we are sleeping, the Torah will guard and preserve us, where we are, even when unaware of Torah; but when we awaken, the Torah will ‘speak’ to us. Here is another:
“He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.” (Proverbs 10:5)
Above, we see that a son who sleeps during harvest is not wise, but foolish. The harvest is now underway! Here is another:
“Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.” (1Corinthians 15:34)
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” (1John 3:4)
Here, we see the basic definition of sleep is to walk in sin, which is transgression of the Law [Torah]; and to awaken is to ‘awake to righteousness,’ which John tells us means to ‘sin not,’ which in turn means ‘stop transgressing [disobeying] God’s Law [the Torah].’
We are to awaken — which is to awaken to Righteousness, to the ‘doing’ of Righteousness. There is no other option seen in Scripture, but to remain asleep. The choice is ours — we are to choose this day whom we sill serve.
Who has been asleep?
The entire body of the ‘Last’ Adam [the entire Body of Messiah — all of His people] have been put to sleep by Yahuweh Himself, because of our disobedience.
As seen in the Isaiah passages above, we today are included among Yahuweh’s people. But we have all been doing works of unrighteousness — of sin — of transgressing the Law, the Torah. We have been asleep, as it were, and have not been walking in Resurrection-Life, the walk of doing works of Righeousness, of obedience to Torah.
Who is being awakened?
The heart of the Bride is now being awakened. She too has been asleep, within the body of the Last Adam, but she begins to stir as she listens to Torah, and begins to be a “DO-er” of every word that proceeds out of the mouth of Yahuweh (Song 5:2; Luke 4:4; Deut 8:3).
She must then come out from among them, from all who would hold her back from the Bridegroom. The Bridegroom is drawing His Bride, and the multitude that make up His Bride has the desire, and the will, to follow Him (Song 1:4).
We are now being called to listen to the words of Torah now speaking to us. We are now being called to be do-ers of Torah — to leave off works of darkness, and become DO-ers of works of Righteousness. Messiah Yahushua is our Righteousness, and He likewise desires to produce His works of Righteousness in us, if we would but allow Him.
Many, however, as seen in the Isaiah passages above, have been given a tainted Faith, and a counterfeit ‘New Covenant.’ It is these who will remain asleep.
Nevertheless, the call is going forth for all to hear, and to heed:
Awaken, You that are Sleeping!