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 )
N OVEMBER 13, 2008
T HE C OMING C RISIS
If anyone has an ear, let him hear. … if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must
be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints. (Revelation 13.9-10 NASB)
Lately, this verse has caught my attention, particularly in relation to the US. I realize that nations must
defend themselves if attacked by enemies that are determined to either destroy them or to take them
over. Thank God for the many men and women who have lost their lives in the defense of freedom! But
do you realize that the US is the only nation in history that has ever unleashed the horror of a nuclear
bomb? On August 6 and 9, 1945, the US bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, with nuclear
bombs, named “Little Boy” and “Fat Boy,” in order to defeat Japan and end WWII. It is estimated that
these two bombs killed at least 220,000 people.
The year 1945 speaks of preservation , for this is the meaning of the number 45 . When these bombs of
mass destruction were dropped, President Harry Truman thought this was necessary to stop the war and
bring about worldwide peace. Unfortunately, it only brought peace for a short season; since then, it has
been an illusive goal.
Consider this: Since the end of WWII, the US has been involved in five more major wars, and since its
founding, the US has been in twelve major wars, two of which are ongoing: Revolutionary War (1775-
1783), War of 1812 (1812-1815), American-Mexican War (1846), Civil War (1861-1865), Spanish-
American War (1898), WWI (1914-1918; US entered 1917), WWII (1939-1945; US entered 1941),
Korean War (1950-1953), Vietnam War (1959-1975; US combat troops entered 1965), Gulf War (1990-
1991), Afghanistan War (2001 to present), and Iraq War (2003 to present). Of course, there have been
various reasons for these wars, and the US was drawn into some of them. However, the point is that the
US has been what I call a warrior country . We were founded, in part, by the physical sword, and we
have lived by it. In fact, as a consequence of WWII, the US emerged as one of the world’s superpowers
until it became the mightiest force on earth.
But what is to come of this great nation? We have lived by the sword. Will God not judge us? It has been
63 years since we used a nuclear bomb against another nation. I continue to believe that the year 2010
is a very significant year, which will be 65 years from 1945. The number 65 speaks of apostasy . In
reference to apostate Ephraim, Isaiah states: Now within another 65 years Ephraim will be shattered,
no longer a people (Isaiah 7.8). We are not only within 65 years but less than two years from it. This is
a very sobering thought.
I fear that God must judge us unless, as a nation, we turn from our ways, that is, repent or change our
minds about our ways, declare Jesus as King , and seek Him alone. Although I see this as the right way
through the days ahead, I do not believe this will happen, apart from either a major, cataclysmic crisis
that literally leads the masses to call upon God for mercy, or a mighty move of the spirit of God upon the
hearts of God’s people that leads to repentance, or perhaps both occurring simultaneously.
War, power, greed, and money are always interconnected; today is no different. Interestingly, wars have
been of some benefit to nations to revive their economies. Contrary to some revisionists of history, FDR
did not resolve the Great Depression of the1930s; WWII did. We need to recognize that given the
instability in the world, any new crisis could tip the world into a cataclysmic worldwide crisis of a
magnitude never seen before, which is a good thing if it leads to the demise of mystery Babylon .
Today, the US is facing a severe credit freeze that has yet to unthaw as banks continue to resist lending
money, in spite of the billions of dollars that the government has begun to pump into them. Instead, they
are using the money for other reasons or just holding it. In addition, rather than lowering credit interest
rates, some banks are actually raising them. I realize that in a capitalist system, banks are in business to
make a profit. However, I have listened to some financial experts explain their action or inaction, and
there seems to be a huge disconnect in all this. If a person is starving to death because he cannot buy
food and you give him some money, does it make sense for the person to take the money and buy
something other than food or just keep it in his pocket? Of course not!
To add to this, on November 9, 2008 at 4.22 am, I heard the words “London Times.” I do not have
access to London news, so I went on line and googled “London Times” to see what the headline of the
day was. Lo and behold, it was about the British banks that received infusions of capital from the
government to stave off a credit freeze, much like the banks in the US. The headline read: “Banks defy
Gordon Brown over new interest rate cuts.” To help stimulate the economy, the Bank of England
lowered interest rates. However, some of the banks that had been helped by the government told the
British leader that they would not lower their interest rates because they are “not charities,” meaning
that their profits are more important than helping to save the economy. They were “drawing a line in the
sand” and refusing to lower their profits by lowering interest rates.
When I read this, the first thing that came to me was, “They don’t get it”; and then the word came to me
that it was all about greed , and that the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil (1 Timothy 6.10).
This is the very heart of the financial banking system that runs the world today. As I have reminded
through many of my writings, this is the wicked heart of mystery Babylon that has seduced the merchants
of the earth by the wealth of her sensuality (Revelation 18). In one hour, her great wealth will be laid
waste and these men of greed will mourn over their great loss.
I believe I was given this word on 11/9 at 4.22 am for a reason. It was as if the spirit of God was giving
more light on the matter and encouraging me that the cry of my heart to see as God sees is being
answered. The number 11 speaks of disintegration ; the number 9 speaks of judgment ; the number 4
speaks of the world; and the number 22 speaks of light . Simply, He was confirming things, by giving me
more light; judgment through disintegration of the worldwide financial banking system is occurring in our
day and will continue until it is brought down in one hour. The people driving this system have been
blinded to this truth and are being led by a supernatural working of deception that has reinforced their
greed. See issue #02-08136, October 31, 2008. They truly do not get it, and they most definitely have
been blinded to an even greater shaking that is set before them and the world.
Now, to connect this to the matter of war; as I was considering this issue, I came across an article
relating how several ominous warnings have come from world leaders during a 72-hour period. These
warnings have to do with some impending crisis involving the US, including the possibility of a nuclear
attack on America. Some are seeing this coming crisis occurring either between now and the
inauguration of the 44 th President or shortly thereafter. These doomsday scares are not new, for many
have been predicting dire consequences coming upon the world, including the US. What is new is that
they are spoken of by so many in such a short period of time and that they are directed at the US.
All of this has gotten my attention, due to what I believe the Lord has spoken to me over the last year. Of
note is a word I heard on September 23, 2008: “A crisis is coming. Unprecedented! Beyond man’s
imagination! It will bring mankind to its knees. You will rejoice in My day. Be prepared to testify of
My kingdom. It is coming.” By the way, the number 9 (September) again speaks of judgment and the
number 23 speaks of death . But will we see a physical bomb dropped, or will we see something that
manifests a colossal impact likened to a nuclear event? We’ll see. Lord, have mercy!
I don’t sit around trying to make up these things; they come to me as I have sought to see things as God
sees them and to feel His heartbeat. Although a crisis might not be a very pleasant experience of life, the
coming of the kingdom of our Lord is something to get excited about, and this should cause us to endure
to the end so that we might receive it as a conqueror, worthy to reign with Christ. Here is the
perseverance and the faith of the saints!
The Upward Call #02-08146 by — Stuart H. Pouliot