THE UPWARD CALL
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 CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
Behold! Lo! Look!
March 23, 2009
I don’t know if you have noticed, but the innumerable talking heads of the media along with most of the
politicians use the word look quite a bit. I noticed this phenomenon especially during the 2008
presidential campaign as the candidates, as well as their supporters and detractors, were interviewed by
the media. When asked a question, especially one that they wanted to either avoid or twist for their
advantage, they would start out with a few mumbling words, as if they were trying to get their thoughts
together, and then almost immediately say “Look,” and then continue to state their position. President
Obama does this quite frequently. It is almost as if the uh of speech has been replaced with look .
Anyone who has taken a speech class knows that using uh in speaking is not a good thing. It seems that
the word look is a little more palatable, but in realty it is no different than saying uh . Of course, the
challenge is compounded further when one uses uh and look at the same time, which is heard quite
often as well.
Personally, I think that when one uses the word look , especially politicians, we need to be particularly
vigilant in our hearing, for it might be an indication that we are about to be fed some lie, twisted truth,
or spin about an issue. It is as if the word look has become a mantra to let us know that the person
speaking has some important knowledge that we don’t have that we need to receive. “Look, I know
something you do not!” It seems to me, in our day, the word look is used in a very condescending way.
Of course, this is a general observation; many people use the word look in a very innocuous way to draw
attention to their words.
Well, what does this have to do with anything of substance? Really nothing, except that whenever I hear
the word look , I immediately think of Scripture and the word behold , especially in light of the book of
Revelation. In the record of John’s Patmos vision, the word behold is used 25 times, 17 of which refer to
something good in reference to Christ and His conquerors. As a reminder, the number 17 signifies
victory. Surely, when the word behold is proclaimed, it signifies the victory of Christ, along with that of
His conquerors. I cannot think of anything greater than proclaiming the coming of Christ and His
kingdom. Behold, He is coming!
In the Greek, the word idou is used as the imperative lo!, and is translated as behold, lo, look, see. Now,
the following is a list of the behold verses found in the book of Revelation. I simply present them for
To the conquerors:
“I know your deeds. Behold , I have put before you an open door which no one can shut,
because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”
(Revelation 3:8 NASB)
“ Behold , I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are
not, but lie―I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that
I have loved you.” (Revelation 3:9 NASB)
After these things I looked, and behold , a great multitude which no one could count,
from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and
before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands….
(Revelation 7:9 NASB)
“ Behold , I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I
will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20 NASB)
After these things I looked, and behold , a door standing open in heaven, and the first
voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up
here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” (Revelation 4:1 NASB)
Then I looked, and behold , the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one
hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written
on their foreheads. (Revelation 14:1 NASB)
(“ Behold , I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his
clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.”) (Revelation
BEHOLD , HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those
who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be.
Amen. (Revelation 1:7 NASB)
And I was dead, and behold , I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of
Hades. (Revelation 1:18 NASB)
Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One
sitting on the throne. (Revelation 4:2 NASB)
“Stop weeping; behold , the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has
overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:5 NASB)
Then I looked, and behold , a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of
man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. (Revelation 14:14
And I saw heaven opened, and behold , a white horse, and He who sat on it is called
Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. (Revelation 19:11 NASB)
And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “ Behold , the tabernacle of God is
among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God
Himself will be among them….” (Revelation 21:3 NASB)
And He who sits on the throne said, “ Behold , I am making all things new.” And He said,
“Write, for these words are faithful and true.” (Revelation 21:5 NASB)
“And behold , I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of
this book.” (Revelation 22:7 NASB)
“ Behold , I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man
according to what he has done.” (Revelation 22:12 NASB)
So, the next time a politician, or anyone else for that matter, says look , think of John’s testimony about
our Lord Jesus Christ and His conquerors and proclaim to yourself: Behold!
Behold, the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ is coming!
Behold, the Love of our life is coming!
The Upward Call: #03-0926
by: Stuart H. Pouliot