T HE U PWARD C ALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN C HRIST J ESUS .
(Philippians 3.13-14 NASB )
O CTOBER 29, 2008
T HE S OVEREIGNTY O F G OD
The words hope and change have been very much in the forefront of news coverage over the last
year in the race for the White House. Many people are hungry for change. I believe this hunger is the
Lord’s doing, but the change that is coming may be nothing like what they expect.
As I have written elsewhere, today, the nations are under Babylonian leadership, for the world has
been yoked to mystery Babylon. The spirit of antichrist rules the world today. It is a mystery because
people, especially American Christians, do not realize that they are yoked to it. This is the Lord’s
doing, for He has blinded not only the world but most of His own people to this yoking. If Christians
had known that they were in bondage to a financial/banking system, as well as many other systems
[ isms ], they most likely would have rebelled and tried to get out from under it. However, the
Babylonian system that we find ourselves in is according to the sovereignty of God, which means it is
all part of His plan to achieve His grand purpose of the eons.
The fact of the matter is that most of the world and even many Christians do not acknowledge the
sovereignty of God in the kingdom of men. The Lord spoke to Nebuchadnezzar that the Most High is
ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes (Daniel 4.25, 32 NASB).
Why? Because heaven rules (Daniel 4.26)! Everything, and I repeat, everything, even the blinding of
His people and the world, is being worked out according to God’s plan to bring about His purpose.
As Paul told Timothy, here is a trustworthy statement: Men try to rule in the absence of God, but no
matter how hard they try, God is still sovereign, and He alone has the first and the last word in the
affairs of mankind. After all, through His Son, He is the Creator, and He alone is responsible for His
creation, down to the minutest detail.
“Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God,
and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times
things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will
accomplish all My good pleasure’”…. (Isaiah 46.9-10 NASB)
Daniel was brought before Nebuchadnezzar, the most powerful ruler on the face of the earth in his
day, and he told the king: There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries (Daniel 2.28 NASB). It
is interesting that the mystery that Daniel was given to reveal was related to what will take place in the
latter days, in the future. God has hidden many things from mankind down through the centuries, but
as we approach the end of our present eon, He is removing the blinders and allowing some to see
more of His mysteries, which, I must stress, are all summed up in Christ. As Jesus spoke to His
ecclesia: Buy from Me … eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see (Revelation 3.18).
Some are buying in this late hour. They will not have to go off and buy oil when the midnight shout
goes forth that the Bridegroom has come (Matthew 25.6).
People of God, we are moving into days in which what has transpired to date will pale in comparison
to the problems that mankind will face. Consider what the leaders, especially the US leaders, are
doing today. They are throwing everything they can think of at the financial collapse, even to the point
that they are now considering measures that could increase the US annual budget deficit to one
trillion dollars. Of course, with even a suggestion of such action, the beast, that is, the Stock Market,
soared 430 points in one session. This is without sound logic. As if on cue, over the course of the next
few days, it plummeted over 700 points. What drunkenness!
A day is coming when the leaders of the nations will not have solutions to the perplexing problems
that they are facing. Perhaps the situation in the US and the entire world will become so severe that
mankind will begin to cry out for answers that no man will have, and the church of God will finally fall
on in its collective face, cry out for mercy, and repent for not being the salt and light to the nations.
We are living under Babylonian leadership as we are yoked to mystery Babylon. This kind of
leadership lacks the mind of Christ and, as such, is very limited in its ability to solve the world’s
challenges. The fact of the matter is that Babylonian leadership (collectively and historically speaking)
has led to the challenges the world faces. It is amazing to listen to and watch leaders today running
for cover and blaming others, as if they had no part in the making of the current crisis. The word that
keeps coming to me is: And all liars, their part will be in the lake of fire (Revelation 21.8). Of
course, I do not believe that this refers to the eternal hell of literal fire and worms that so many hold to
today. But it does mean that all liars will not participate in the glory of the kingdom of our Lord that is
coming to this earth soon. These leaders will fail.
Please do not read into what I have stated that these leaders are our enemies or that any of us would
do a better job. There go I but by the grace of God! Simply, I see them as fulfilling their part in God’s
plan. In many respects, all leaders are like Nebuchadnezzar to varying degrees. The fact of the matter
is that we are all like Nebuchadnezzar in that we all need to be brought to the place of knowing that
we can do nothing apart from God or, more specifically, apart from Christ. Isn’t this what the Lord
Jesus taught His disciples (John 15.5)? A day will come when the leaders of the nations will declare
that there is only one name and one Lord who will be King over all the earth (Zechariah 14.9). His
name is Faithful and True!
Let us face the fact; the political leaders of our day talk of having a better way than their opponents,
but when all their ideas (both sides) are netted out, seldom do any of them have righteous and just
answers. It is not so much an indictment of any individual as it is of a system that has gone amuck. To
be sure, there are some in government who have noble and honest desires; some might even have a
measure of righteousness; but the system itself has become corrupt and its yoke on us must be
broken so that the kingdom of God and His righteousness begins to reign over the nations. It is the
mercy of God to break this yoke, and the sooner the better.
In this regard, a change of mind must occur and new leadership must be raised up. But for this to
happen, mystery Babylon must fall to make way for the kingdom of Christ and the leaders of His
kingdom. All that holds the world system(s) together in our day must fall (be shaken) to give way to
God’s kingdom of righteousness, justice, mercy, peace, and love. All that is happening today and will
be happening in the near future is driving toward this goal. Why? Because God is sovereign!
We need God’s perspective on the matter and not man’s, and this perspective is based on the
sovereignty of God. What is transpiring in our day is all in accord with the will of God. It is no surprise
to God, as if He did not see it coming. On the contrary, it is all being worked out according to the
times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority (Acts 1.7 NASB). It is He who
changes the times and the epochs (Daniel 2.21 NASB). Unfortunately, so much of what is being
presented by the news media is from man’s view, which is based on a worldview that seeks to keep
God out of the picture and refuses to declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God.
The good news is this: No matter how hard man tries to keep God out of the picture, he can do
nothing of the sort. History is God’s story. He wrote the story, and He is directing each and every
chapter because He is the Sovereign of His creation, and He will not fail to bring it to pass because
His Son did not fail on the cross.
The Upward Call #02-08134 by — Stuart H. Pouliot