ALL THINGS IN CHRIST
In all wisdom and prudence making known to us the mystery of His will according to His
good pleasure which He purposed in Him the plan for the fullness of the times
TO HEAD UP THE ALL THINGS IN THE CHRIST ,
the things in the heavens and the things upon the earth, in Him ….
(Ephesians 1:8b-10)
By – Stuart H. Pouliot
Article #55
An Engedi Moment is Coming!
January 2013
During the early morning hours of June 8, 2011, as I slept, I was awakened with the word
"Engedi." I knew of the word but, frankly, had no clue what it meant or where it was found in
scripture. Based on past experience with the Lord, I was pretty sure it was from Him, which led
me to search it out in His word.
Engedi was an important oasis town and fresh-water spring west of the Dead Sea. The name
means "spring of a kid (goat)" or "fountain of the goat, " It was also known as Hazazon-tamar or
"the cutting (felling) of the palm." Engedi (Hazazon-tamar) is mentioned seven times in
scripture, dating it as far back as the time of Abraham and as far forward as the manifestation
of New Jerusalem.
Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, defeated the Amorites at Hazazon-tamar (Genesis 14:7) but was
himself later defeated by Abram the Hebrew and his 318 trained men. When Joshua brought
the sons of Israel into Canaan, Engedi was the last city named in the inheritance territory given
to Judah (Joshua 15:62). While escaping from the pursuit of Saul, David stayed in the
strongholds of Engedi, also described as the "wilderness of Engedi" and the "Rocks of the Wild
Goats" (1 Samuel 23:29; 24:1). An overwhelming army or great multitude of Moabites,
Ammonites, and Meunites camped at Engedi in preparation to make war against Judah and
Jerusalem during the reign of Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:2). Solomon poetically referred to
the vineyards of Engedi (Song of Solomon 1:14). Finally, Ezekiel prophesied of the river of living
water giving life to all that it contacts and of fishermen standing by this river from Engedi to
Eneglaim as they catch a great many of all kinds of fish (Ezekiel 47:10).
Obviously, each of these references is spiritually significant, but the account of King
Jehoshaphat in Chronicles caught my attention as being most relevant to our day. You could say
it was an "Engedi moment" for the king and his fellow Judahites.
Jehoshaphat was the fourth king of Judah after the death of Solomon and the breakup of his
kingdom into Judah (2 tribes) and Israel (10 tribes) as ordained by the Lord and prophesied by
Ahijah (1 Kings 11:9-13, 29-36). He was one of the good but not "perfect in all his ways" kings.
He followed the example of his father David's earlier days, and he required that the Law be
taught throughout the land. As a result, the Lord was with him, and he amassed a million plus
army (1,160,000), along with great riches and honor. But consider what happened when he
received word that an army was ready to invade his kingdom.
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(2) Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, "A great multitude is coming
against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram and behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is
Engedi)." (3) Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the LORD, and
proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. (2 Chronicles 20:2-3 NASB)
Amazingly, in spite of a million-man army, Jehoshaphat feared this enemy encamped at Engedi.
It must have been a massive army for him to have such fear. However, this caused him, along
with all of Judah, to turn to the Lord. They didn't presume that the Lord was on their side or
that their own military might was sufficient to win in battle. Out of desperation, they sought the
Lord.
(4) So Judah gathered together to seek help from the LORD; they even came from all the
cities of Judah to seek the LORD. (5) Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and
Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD before the new court, (6) and he said, "O LORD, the God
of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms
of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You. (2
Chronicles 20:4-6 NASB)
The king rightfully and humbly appealed to the Lord as the ruler over all the nations, just like
the psalmist, who declared that God is a great King: For the LORD is a great God and a great
King above all gods (Psalm 95:3 NASB). By his question, he declared that the God of Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob-Israel is the King of all, and on this basis, he appealed to Him alone.
As the whole nation of Judah stood before the Lord, the Spirit of the Lord spoke through a
Levite.
(13) All Judah was standing before the LORD, with their infants, their wives and their
children. (14) Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the
son of Zechariah…; (15) and he said, "Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and
King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, 'Do not fear or be dismayed because of this
great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's. (17) 'You need not fight in this battle;
station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and
Jerusalem.' Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with
you." (2 Chronicles 20:13-15, 17 NASB)
What an encouragement in a time of great fear and dismay! Jehoshaphat stood on this word
and encouraged his people to " put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be
established ," and " put your trust in His prophets and succeed ." So, they went forward singing
and praising the Lord. As the story goes, the Lord caused their enemies to turn on themselves
and kill one another. Judah prevailed and the dread of God was on all the kingdoms of the
lands and the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God gave him rest on all sides .
See 2 Chronicles 20:1-30.
Can you imagine what would have happened if on September 11, 2001, the leaders of America
had turned to the Lord as Jehoshaphat had done? What if church leadership in America had
turned in such a fashion? We can only imagine that things might have turned out entirely
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different. Oh, many proclaimed "God bless America" in that day as if God were on our side, but
we never truly turned to and humbled ourselves before the Lord God. Instead, we trusted in
our own strength, our military might, and embarked on wars of vengeance and so-called justice.
Rather than taking up the sword of the Spirit and waiting for the Spirit of the Lord to speak to
us as a nation, we took up the physical sword of man and went to war. Since then, there has
been no peace or rest on all sides. The fact of the matter is that conditions for us and the rest of
the world have grown progressively worse with our wars playing a significant role in leading us
to the cliff of bankruptcy. By their very nature, wars rob the wealth of nations.
The decline of America on practically all fronts has been accelerating since the beginning of the
21 st century, and yet, as a nation, there has been and continues to be no collective voice or
heart like Jehoshaphat that seeks to draw the nation together to seek the Lord, even to declare
that God is King of all the nations. If anything, there is a concerted antichrist movement to deny
God His rightful place on the throne of the Universe and over all the nations.
What will it take for our nation, as well as the nations of the world, to turn to God and humbly
cry out to Him for the answer? We need an "Engedi moment," a moment when all is stacked
against us, and we see no way out. The enemies of all realms (not just of the human) must be
against us to the point of backing us up against a wall, so to speak, so that we have nowhere to
turn but to God. For it is in that day and at that moment that we will hear God's solution to our
Engedi moment. Only when we are desperate enough to hear from God will the Spirit of the
Lord speak, and when He does, there will be only one solution. The solution is a Person; and He
is Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords. We need the kingdom of our Lord to come. We
need the King! Our Engedi moment is coming!
To rightfully place this word in the context of our day, I feel we need to step back a bit and take
a closer look at the historical record of Jehoshaphat and the hostile army stationed at Engedi.
This is important because, in order to have an "Engedi moment" in which God owns the battle,
one must have the right heart toward God. In other words, it requires more than a nation
having its back against the wall, so to speak. It requires a humble spiritual leader who unites the
people as one with a heart-felt cry to God and an unwavering trust in God, even knowing Him
as their trust.
Let us consider a few points.
First, Jehoshaphat's father Asa had a similar experience when an Ethiopian army of a million
men came against Judah's army of 580,000 men. When he saw that the numbers were not in
their favor, King Asa called upon the Lord and put his trust in Him. The Lord heard and routed
the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah (2 Chronicles 14:8-9, 11-12). In other words, Jehoshaphat
had a good role model.
Second, it is interesting that King Asa had an army of 580,000 men at his disposal, but when his
son Jehoshaphat took the scepter of Judah, he had an army of 1,160,000 men (2 Chronicles
17:14-19). How could the size of the Judah army have doubled? The answer is simple. Israelites
from the northern kingdom of Israel defected to Judah. Keep in mind that Israel under
Jeroboam had forsaken the Lord and given the people Baal and a golden calf to worship;
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however, not all the Israelites were pleased with this evil transgression. When they heard that
King Asa was removing the idols from the land and restoring the altar, and that the Lord was
with Judah, many of them defected from Israel in favor of Judah, especially some from the
tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon.
He gathered all Judah and Benjamin and those from Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon who
resided with them, for many defected to him from Israel when they saw that the LORD his
God was with him. (2 Chronicles 15:9 NASB)
It is apparent that the number of men in Judah's army had swelled dramatically under Asa so
that his son inherited a very large army.
Third, the number of Jehoshaphat's army was recorded prior to him making peace with Ahab
the wicked king of Israel and joining him in war against Ramoth-gilead. Ahab refused to heed
the warning from Micaiah the prophet and was killed in battle (1 Kings 22). The record does not
offer a count of the casualties from this war that Jehoshaphat should have avoided, so it is
possible that his army was considerably diminished below the 1,160,000 level, which could
have led him to fear the enemy that was invading Judah by way of Engedi. He knew that he had
failed to follow the Lord and could see the result of his disobedience to wage war alongside
wicked Israel.
Fourth, as Jehoshaphat returned from war, Jehu the seer went out to meet him and said to
King Jehoshaphat, "Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD and so
bring wrath on yourself from the LORD? But there is some good in you, for you have removed
the Asheroth from the land and you have set your heart to seek God" (2 Chronicles 19:2-3
NASB). The king had made a mistake, but there was some good in the man that made him a
seeker of God. Undoubtedly, it was this heart that led him to rally all of Judah as one voice and
to call upon the Lord as they faced possible annihilation by a mighty force staged at Engedi. In
other words, a spiritual leader does not have to do everything correctly and will make mistakes;
he needs a heart for the Lord.
Fifth, Jehoshaphat did not hide in his closet, so to speak, or appear before his people with some
sort of political speech to positively spin the dire situation. He unabashedly stood before his
people and cried out and appealed to God based on their history with the One who is in heaven
and the ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations. No one can stand against His power and
might. Even if they suffered, Jehoshaphat vowed: 'Should evil come upon us, the sword, or
judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your
name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us' (2
Chronicles 20:9 NASB).
Sixth, Judah and Israel had a history with the Ammonites and Moabites, and Jehoshaphat
reminded God of this history. When the sons of Israel had come out of Egypt, the Lord did not
allow them to destroy the tribes of Lot, and now these very same tribes were about to reward
them by driving them out of their God-given inheritance. Again, the king cried out: "O our God,
will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming
against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You" (2 Chronicles 20:12 NASB).
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Seventh, all of Judah stood together with their king, and when they did, God sent a word to
them through Jahaziel the Levite. He answered their cry for help.
(13) All Judah was standing before the LORD, with their infants, their wives and their
children. (14) Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the
son of Zechariah…; (15) and he said, "Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and
King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, 'Do not fear or be dismayed because of this
great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's. (17) 'You need not fight in this battle;
station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and
Jerusalem.' Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with
you." (2 Chronicles 20:13-15, 17 NASB)
The battle was not theirs but God's. For their part, they were to stand and see the salvation of
the Lord, that is, stand as one united under God and see Him save them from their enemies.
They did not even have to fight; they simply had to march out and face their enemies. When
they did, God made His move. But how did He rout their enemies? Some say that God sent
angels to the battle, but the most likely scenario is that He caused a distrust to rise up among
the army stationed at Engedi. The Moabites and Ammonites came from the land of Edom
(Mount Seir), and they had Edomites in their ranks. It has been proposed that other Edomites,
ones separate from the Edomites in the invading army, laid an ambush on the Moabites and
Ammonites, which, in turn, led the Moabites and Ammonites to turn against the Edomites in
their ranks, thinking they were co-conspirators in the ambush. Thus, infighting occurred that
quickly led to all the tribes devouring one another.
Eighth, and the most significant, Jehoshaphat was a humble spiritual leader who united all his
people as one nation under God. There was no wavering in the king's heart and call to God
alone as their only way to be saved from their enemies. He was an example of a true leader,
one that was fertile ground upon which the Holy Spirit could work. He didn't puff up himself
before his people with rhetoric about how powerful he and his army were, nor did he assume
that God was on their side. No; he did not presume anything except how powerless he and his
people were in such a situation. The King of Judah set his eyes upon the Lord and the people
followed. "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You." This is spiritual leadership.
Think about it in light of our modern-day leaders!
So, an "Engedi moment" is a moment when a nation or a group of people realize there is an
insurmountable enemy at their gate, figuratively speaking, that will overcome them or even
annihilate them without the help or intervention of God. This is what Jehoshaphat and Judah
faced when the sons of Lot, along with some Edomites, gathered a great multitude of an army
at Engedi (2 Chronicles 20).
However, there is one vital point that must not be missed about an "Engedi moment"; the heart
of the people, including their leaders, must be prepared to cry out to God. In other words, the
soil of their hearts must be prepped in such a way that they have already turned to God before
the danger of Engedi presents itself to them. Simply, they cannot be a rebellious, unrepentant
people and expect God to miraculously move on their behalf.
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We see this matter clearly in the contrast of the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern
kingdom of Judah. Following Solomon's death, the united kingdom of Israel was split into Israel
(holder of the birthright) and Judah (holder of the scepter) . For fear that the ten tribes would
return to Jerusalem for worship, Jeroboam, the king of Israel, instituted worship of Baal and the
golden calf, and named priests outside the line of Levi (1 Kings 12:25-33; 2 Chronicles 11:14-17).
This was an abomination to the Lord (1 Kings 13:33-34; 14:7-10), as well as to some who
defected from the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon (2 Chronicles 15:9).
There is no doubt that all the tribes joined together in Judah were well aware of how the Lord
turned against Jeroboam (Israel) when he warred against Abijah, the king of Judah. The sons of
Judah trusted in the Lord, the God of their fathers, and subdued and conquered the sons of
Israel by slaughtering 500,000 chosen men of Israel. Jeroboam did not recover from such
defeat, and the Lord struck him dead (2 Chronicles 13). This event alone should have been and,
in fact, was to many a wake-up call, so to speak, for clearly the Lord would fight for those who
remained true to Him and did not depart to false gods.
God is not unfair with His people. The fact of the matter is that He is just and righteous even
when His people go astray. Throughout the history of Israel and Judah, the Lord often warned
them of their departure from Him and the need to return to Him. Even when He knew they
were not going to return to Him, He would tell them in advance what He was going to do. Proof
of this is discovered throughout the writings of the prophets.
Surely the Lord GOD does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the
prophets. (Amos 3:7 NASB)
Further, the Lord often brings certain calamitous events to His people to get their attention.
Case in point is the slaughter of 500,000 Israelites. We might not like such things or even deny
that they are from the Lord, but the historical biblical record clearly reveals these are the
judgments of the Lord.
This leads to the present day and our own country. In light of Engedi, a few questions come to
mind. If America were faced with an Engedi, would our national leaders humble themselves
before the nation and, especially, before the Lord, calling upon Him: "We do not know what to
do, but our eyes are on You" ? Do we see any national leaders on the scene today who project
such a heart? Of course, we do not know the heart, only the Lord does, but the words and
actions coming forth from our political leaders indicate that we are in a vacuum when it comes
to true, righteous, spiritual leadership. What about the church and its leadership? Take some
time and visit many of the "church" services in your area and answer the question yourself.
David Wilkerson was a genuine leader who had a heart for the Lord and continually sounded
the trumpet of warning. The Lord took him so abruptly that it should make us wonder if the
time is nearly up before the Lord finally strikes at the heart of the nation that has been
gradually turning from Him and trusting in its own strength (Isaiah 31:1). Where is our boast in
this day (Psalm 20:7-9)?
Dear brethren, America is under the judgment of God. Over the years, I have heard so-called
Christian leaders rebuff any notion that our country is under God's judgment, regardless of
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what is going on and its source. Of course, the media jump all over any Christian who dares
utter the word judgment , as if the person is an extremist nut. Whether it is violent weather,
earthquakes, man-made crises, or terrorist attacks, God is not seen as having any hand in any of
them.
For example, after September 11, 2001, there were some in the Christian community that were
declaring the terrorist attack was God's judgment, but, for the most part, it was not a popular
thing to say; it was considered heretical by some to even imply any complicity on the part of
God. After all, as the thinking goes, God could never cause or allow such horrible things,
especially on America that is blessed by God. What about the slaughter of 500,000 sons of
Israel? What I find strange is that some who deny God's judgment are also ones who see God
casting billions upon billions of people created to be in His image into a torture chamber called
hell forever and ever with no chance of reprieve.
Let us consider another example occurring in 2011. During this period, in parts of our country,
we experienced extreme flooding the likes of which has not been seen for many years, and, in
other parts, we experienced extreme drought accompanied by massive wildfires. So, we had
rain deluging one city (region) and rain withheld from another. Does this sound familiar?
"Furthermore, I withheld the rain from you while there were still three months until harvest.
Then I would send rain on one city and on another city I would not send rain; one part would
be rained on, while the part not rained on would dry up." (Amos 4:7 NASB)
(1:11) "I called for a drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the new wine,
on the oil, on what the ground produces, on men, on cattle, and on all the labor of your
hands." … (2:17) 'I smote you and every work of your hands with blasting wind, mildew and
hail; yet you did not come back to Me,' declares the LORD. (Haggai 1:11; 2:17 NASB)
Many other present-day examples could be cited, but they are left for you to discern. What is
clear is that God's judgment has fallen on America in many realms, both natural and manmade.
It is also clear that, at the same time, an antichrist (even, anti-God) spirit has taken hold of our
national, political leadership, as well as much of the media. It has become so blatant that even
the mention of "God" or the "Creator" in our Pledge of Allegiance or Declaration of
Independence has been left out of some speeches by our leaders. Also, some in the media
blatantly attack Christians in their commentary. Every week now, we see or hear examples of
these things.
Now, I realize there are still many righteous in America, so do not take what I have to say as an
indictment on all. What I am speaking to is the heart of the nation. Right now, if we were faced
with an Engedi, would we expect our leaders to humble themselves before the nation and,
especially, before the one true God and rally us with the cry: "We do not know what to do, but
our eyes are on You, the Lord God of our forefathers" ? Or, would they posture for political
position and power and feed us spins, lies, and hypocrisy? Again, I realize there are exceptions,
even among our leaders, but given all that is going on in our country today, do you have the
confidence that our leaders would respond as Jehoshaphat did? Do you have the confidence
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that a majority of Americans would cry out in such a fashion, or would they demand the
government save them? I will leave you to answer the question.
I have come to the conclusion that, at this point in history, which is the last hour, the
responsibility rests with us individually, not nationally. We need to seek the Lord and submit to
the Holy Spirit to break up all fallow ground that remains in our heart: Sow with a view to
righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to
seek the LORD until He comes to rain righteousness on you. You have plowed wickedness,
you have reaped injustice, you have eaten the fruit of lies and trusted in our own way (Hosea
10:12-13 NASB).
Judgment is upon us! It is time to turn from all unrighteousness, seek the Lord, and trust Him!
As previously shared, Jehoshaphat was not alone, for his father King Asa also had a similar
experience that led him to cry out to the Lord. However, we can go back even further to their
forefather King David who wrote: In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God
for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry for help before Him came into His
ears (Psalm 18:6 NASB). The fact of the matter is that there are numerous examples throughout
scripture of men that had a heart for the Lord who found themselves in desperate situations
that led them to cry out to the Lord for help.
What lesson can we learn from these men, especially from Jehoshaphat and the enemy
encamped at Engedi? The answer is discovered in two "d" words: desperation and
dependence . A study of the men of old reveals they were often led into great crises that were
so beyond their ability to overcome that they became desperate for God's help. In their
desperation, they cried out to the Lord who heard their pleas and acted on their behalf, often in
miraculous ways. Through their cry of desperation and the Lord's mighty response to their cry,
they learned the essential lesson of dependence on the Lord. Later, Jesus' disciples learned the
same lesson from Him: "For apart from Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).
Thus, desperation is a good thing if it leads us to dependency on the Lord and a knowing deep
within our soul, as if set in concrete, that we can do nothing apart from Him. Another way to
state this is that God-ordained crises are designed to bring us to the end of our old Adamic life
of self-dependence and drive us to a new Christ life of God-dependence.
I must confess that I know why the Lord spoke to me the word Engedi , a word that, frankly, had
no special meaning to me when I first heard it. In the days leading up to hearing this word, I had
been crying out to the Lord exactly as Jehoshaphat had cried out: "Lord, I do not know what to
do, but my eyes are on You." This had to come from the Holy Spirit who helps our weakness
and intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words (Romans 8:26).
Like Jehoshaphat, my cry was of desperation that came forth as I considered all that has been
going on in the world and where the world is heading. Frankly, at first, all I could see was the
multitude of enemies at our gate, and I became desperate to know what to do. How are we to
prepare? What steps are we to take? After all, the enemies are many, even a great multitude,
and they will crush us unless we get some help. I was feeling like a speck of dirt being swept
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away. The more I cried out for answers, the more desperate I became. It was in this hour of
desperation that I heard Engedi , as if the Spirit of the Lord were saying: "Remember Engedi.
Remember the battle is Mine. Stand and see."
I realize that some reading this might be wondering: Where is his faith? Where is his joy?
Where is his victory? I realize that we are to walk and live by faith, that we have Christ in us,
that we are to have joy, which is a fruit of the Spirit, and that we have the kingdom within us, at
least to the degree we sanctify Christ as Lord in your [our] hearts (1 Peter 3:15). But let us be
real; life is seldom like a leisurely stroll through the park, and the Christian life is no exception.
Joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5)!
I don't know about you, but, as each day passes, I get a greater sense of how Lot felt prior to
the fiery destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Peter reminds us: He [God] rescued righteous
Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard
that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day
by their lawless deeds) (2 Peter 2:7-8 NASB).
Frankly, I would prefer to be like Abraham who was residing on the high ground and looking
down upon the plain on which Lot lived. The high ground or mountain signifies the kingdom of
God, while the plain signifies the kingdom of man or, if you will, Mystery Babylon and what
many call the New World Order (NWO). But the truth of the matter is that the kingdom of
Christ has not manifested itself among the nations, and we are stuck, in a practical sense, on
the plain. We wait for His Son from heaven (1 Thessalonians 1:10). Are you desperate for His
arrival? Are you dependent on His life until He comes?
The world is in the grips of an anti-Christ, even anti-God, spirit, and if the elite globalists, the
superrich, the power brokers of the world get their way, life is about to change
dramatically―and not for the better for most of the citizens of the world who are being led,
manipulated, and enslaved by Mystery Babylon. It seems as if the odds are stacked against the
common man of our day. It could be likened to Engedi's great multitude.
Babylon is nothing new, for it has been with us in one form or another since the fall of mankind.
It is a mystery because most people in the world today do not recognize that we are living in
the midst of it and that we are being manipulated and enticed by it. Unfortunately, many
Christians are looking for it to come and fail to recognize that it is already here. We have been
yoked to it, whether we know it or not, or whether we like it or not. The unseen forces of
Mystery Babylon and the emerging NWO are so powerful that it would seem that most people
of the world have no choice but to go along with it in order to survive. Consequently, many
have, and many will, in fact, not only go along with it but will embrace it.
Dear brethren, as the present wicked age comes to a close, there are two things we need to do.
First, we need to heed the exhortation of the mighty voice of the angel: "Come out of her
[Babylon the great] , my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her
plagues" (Revelation 18:4 NASB). Trust the Lord to lead you out!
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Second, we need to do what Jehoshaphat was told to do: "Do not fear or be dismayed because
of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's. You need not fight in this battle;
station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf. Do not fear or be
dismayed; go out to face them, for the LORD is with you."
Paul the beloved apostle has given us the same word, only he reminds us of the true nature of
the battle. It is a spiritual battle against wickedness in high places (among the celestials or
heavenlies).
(10) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (11) Put on the
whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the
rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places . (13)
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the
evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore…. (Ephesians 6:10-14 KJV)
As the darkness tries to envelope us, we need to depend totally on the Lord, face the enemies
with the whole armor of God, which is Jesus Himself, and having done all, stand and see the
salvation of the Lord. The good news is that it is the Lord's war. He will overcome them. We
need not fight in it by taking up the ways of man or his physical sword. Our command is to
stand and withstand. John has given us assurance of the outcome of the war and an
encouragement for all who stand as conquerors.
"These will wage war against the Lamb, and THE L AMB WILL OVERCOME THEM , because He is Lord
of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful
[i.e., the conquerors or overcomers] ." (Revelation 17:14 NASB)
Now, there is one more thought about the word Engedi , and it has to do with life, specifically
the river of the water of life that comes from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
On one level, Engedi means that the battle is the Lord's; therefore, stand and see the salvation
of the Lord. It is a good word, and one that should encourage our hearts in this day of great
uncertainty and a multitude of enemies that are set against God's people and His kingdom.
On yet a higher level, Engedi signifies life .
Engedi or Hazazon-tamar is mentioned seven times in scripture (Genesis 14:7; Joshua 15:62; 1
Samuel 23:29; 24:1; 2 Chronicles 20:2; Song of Solomon 1:14; Ezekiel 47:10). It could be argued
that all references have some connection to life, but it is Ezekiel that most definitely links
Engedi to life.
Engedi was an important oasis town and fresh-water spring west of the Dead Sea and on the
eastern border of the Judean Desert. The elevation of the surrounding land goes from the level
of the Dead Sea at 423 meters below sea level to the heights of the Judean Desert at 200
meters above sea level. It was known for its rugged terrain, including many caves carved into
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limestone, and fertility, all of which made it an ideal place for refuge. For example, David hid
from Saul in the terrain of Engedi.
The name means "spring of a kid (goat)" or "fountain of the goat," which recognizes the spring-
fed streams that flow year round and the goats that roam the surrounding rugged terrain.
Today, it is a nature reserve that is a sanctuary for many types of birds, animals, and plants. Its
natural springs are used for agriculture and water for human consumption.
So, on the natural level, Engedi is a source of life for man, along with many of God's creatures.
But, on the spiritual level, there is an even greater meaning to the word, as revealed through
Ezekiel and explained through John.
Much like John, Ezekiel was caught up in spirit and given a vision of a city. This is easily seen by
comparing the two visions.
In the visions of God He brought me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high
mountain, and on it to the south there was a structure like a city. And the Spirit lifted me
up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.
(Ezekiel 40:2; 43:5 NASB)
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy
city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. … I saw no
temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. (Revelation 21:10-
11a, 22 NASB)
Without any doubt, John saw New Jerusalem, but there is disagreement among commentators
as to what city Ezekiel saw. Did he see New Jerusalem, or did he see an earthly Jerusalem that
will rise up in the Middle East during the Kingdom Age? Personally, I see it as New Jerusalem,
but this is beyond the scope of the word Engedi , so we must leave it for now.
One thing for sure; the visions of both Ezekiel and John touch upon life and convey a mighty
important spiritual lesson.
Starting in chapter 47, Ezekiel describes a river of water flowing out of the house of the Lord
toward the east, which means it was flowing in the direction of the Jordan River and the Dead
(Salt) Sea. I read an interesting article by a geologist-pastor who described how this could occur
based on the movement of tectonic plates. In light of Ezekiel's vision and Zechariah's prophecy
of the Mount of Olives splitting in two due to a major earthquake (Zechariah 14:4), the Sinai
plate would move south and the Gaza plate would move north, thus splitting the Mount in two,
with one portion moving north and the other moving south. At the same time, the Arabian
plate would move east, thus shifting the Jordan River toward the west, and Ezekiel's river would
then flow into the Jordan and south into the Dead Sea.
In Ezekiel's vision, the command was given to measure the depth of the stream every 1,000
cubits until it was 4,000 cubits east of the gate of the city. Each measurement revealed that, as
the stream moved east, it grew deeper and deeper until the river could not be forded; one
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could only swim in it (see Ezekiel 47:1-6). Ezekiel was brought back to the bank of the river to
see some trees.
(7) Now when I had returned, behold, on the bank of the river there were very many trees on
the one side and on the other. (8) Then he said to me, "These waters go out toward the
eastern region and go down into the Arabah; then they go toward the sea, being made to
flow into the sea, and the waters of the sea become fresh. (9) It will come about that every
living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes, will live. And there will be
very many fish, for these waters go there and the others become fresh; so everything will live
where the river goes. (10) And it will come about that fishermen will stand beside it; from
Engedi to Eneglaim there will be a place for the spreading of nets. Their fish will be according
to their kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea, very many." (12) "By the river on its bank, on
one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither
and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the
sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing." (Ezekiel 47:1-10, 12
NASB)
These verses speak of life that comes forth from the river that flows out of the house of the
Lord. Wherever this river flows and whatever touches it is given life. The Dead Sea will no
longer be a sea that cannot sustain life. The geologist-pastor states that the Dead Sea is a dead
end, so to speak, due to a risen fault at its southern edge. When the great earthquake hits, this
fault or plate will move and open up the Dead Sea so the river of life will flow through it and out
to the Gulf of Aqaba. Trees will bear fruit for food and healing, and fish will thrive in the water
from Engedi (to the south) to Eneglaim (to the north).
Thus, Engedi is associated with life , and, on a spiritual level, fish signify humanity that needs to
be saved and given the life of God through His Son (see Matthew 4:19; 13:47-50). When the
river of life reaches an area that once was dead, abundant life springs up, and Engedi is the first
place identified with this life.
Now, whether this is a picture of something natural that will occur in the next age, I do not
know. But what I do know is that this is clearly a spiritual picture of New Jerusalem as seen by
John. For more on this topic, please see my book New Jerusalem (2009).
(1) Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of
God and of the Lamb, (2) in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of
life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree
were for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:1-2 NASB)
New Jerusalem is all about life; life in the oncoming eon (eonian life) and beyond. Engedi is a
recipient of this life. So, as the crisis comes upon the world, remember Engedi!
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