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Tuesday, June 21 2016
Acts 20: Eutychus - Rising From The Sleep Of Death
"There sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead"
The apostle Paul's first three major missionary journeys (his later journey to Rome, as a political prisoner of the Roman military, was also itself a very productive missionary journey; see The Church Of God At Rome and Romans: In The Heart Of The Beast) as they are recorded in the historic "book" of Acts by Luke (Acts was actually written as an epistle, a letter, from Luke to a nobleman named Theophilus; see Acts: Luke's Second Letter To Theophilus):
On his third missionary journey, after violent opposition by the idol manufacturers and merchants of Ephesus, Turkey, which is in Asia (see The Miracles At Ephesus and The Idol Pedlars), Paul sailed across the Aegean Sea (see The Aegean Connection) to Macedonia and Greece in Europe, and then back again through the cities that had become centers of Christianity.
"20:1 And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia.
Paul's sermons and teaching sessions were often quite long simply because they had to be - his visits could be months, or years apart, so, as happened at Troas, "Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight."
During that night, a drowsy young man named Eutychus fell asleep while sitting on the sill of an open third-floor window - and then fell backward from the window to the ground below. His experience of thereafter being raised from his sleep of weariness and from his sleep of death (he probably died without even knowing what hit him - or more specifically, the ground that he hit) was an apt illustration of why the Word of God refers to death as a sleep (see Awake And Sing, Ye That Dwell In Dust and the Fact Finder question below).
"20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. 20:8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.
And so the journey continued. Notice carefully Paul's insistence that the true Christian Holy Days be observed, including "the days of unleavened bread" (verse 6, above; see Unleavened Bread: Why Observe The True Christian Holy Days?) and "the day of Pentecost" (verse 16, below; see Christian Pentecost: The Morrow After The Seventh Sabbath).
"20:13 And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot. 20:14 And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene. 20:15 And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus. 20:16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.
Fact Finder: How is death merely like a postponement?
This Day In History, June 21
217 BC: Carthaginian forces led by Hannibal (a Punic Carthaginian military commander, considered by many historians to be one of the greatest military commanders in history) destroyed a Roman army (see also Legions Of Men And Angels) under consul Gaius Flaminicy in a battle at Lake Trasimenus in central Italy (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
524: The Battle of Vezeronce. The Burgundians under King Godomar defeated the Franks.
533: A Byzantine fleet under Belisarius sailed from Constantinople to battle the Vandals (an east Germanic tribe; see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) in Africa.
1314: The Scots of Robert the Bruce defeated Edward II's army at Bannockburn.
1377: King Edward III of England died. King from 1327, he attempted to invade France in 1339 and 1340, thereby starting the Hundred Years War. He was succeeded by his grandson, Richard II.
1529: During the War of the League of Cognac, French military forces were routed out of northern Italy by Spanish forces at the Battle of Landriano.
1633: Galileo Galilei was forced by the Roman Catholic Church to "abjure, curse, and detest" his (entirely correct) theory that the Earth orbits the sun (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1667: The Peace of Breda ended the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1664-67), with the Dutch ceding New Amsterdam, known today as New York, to the English.
1749: Halifax was founded when Col. Edward Cornwallis brought more than 2,500 English immigrants to Nova Scotia ("New Scotland").
1791: King Louis XVI of France and his family fled to Varennes during the French Revolution.
1824: During the Greek War of Independence, Egyptian forces captured Psara in the Aegean Sea.
1887: Queen Victoria celebrated her golden jubilee marking 50 years on the British throne.
1900: The Boxer Rebellion began in China to oppose foreign interference in Chinese affairs. An international force of Japanese, Russian, German, U.S., British, Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops put down the uprising by August 14 (which obviously proved that there was foreign interference in Chinese affairs).
1977: Menachem Begin became Israel's 6th Prime Minister (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1982: John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity of the attempted murder of U.S. President Reagan in 1981.
1990: An earthquake in northern Iran killed over 50,000 and injured more than 200,000.
1990: Hungary officially re-launched its stock exchange, 42 years after its closure by the Communist Party. The Budapest stock exchange was the first Western-style securities exchange in any Warsaw Pact country.
2006: The newly-discovered moons of the planet Pluto were officially named Nix and Hydra (although most scientists reject religion, they nevertheless very often name scientific discoveries and programs after pagan gods and idols).