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)
#03-0948
A Hammer Which Shatters A Rock #2 March 31, 2009
This series is about a word that came to me at 9:21 on February 10, 2009: “Thus saith the Lord, ‘I
have lifted up a hammer over the United States and I am about to strike at the very heart
of the nation.’”
As presented in the previous issue (#03-0947, March 30, 2009), the heart of a nation generally refers to
the seat of government, which in this case refers to Washington DC and all that our capital represents in
the life and affairs of the nation, which also includes Wall Street and the banking/financial system. The
hammer is the word of the Lord, based on Jeremiah 23:29: “Is not My word like fire?” declares
the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?” Consequently, I believe that the Lord
has spoken to me that He has lifted up a word of judgment over the political and financial/economic
sectors of the nation that is likened to a cord of falsehood tied to the American people. The word of the
Lord is going to strike (has been striking) Washington and Wall Street.
I recognize that some respected brothers in Christ have related prophetic visions and words, along with
their own speculation, regarding judgment coming upon the US as well as the world. Some of these
visions and speculations are apocalyptic in nature as they see powerfully destructive forces, such as
nuclear bombs, dirty bombs, devastating fires, and riots in the street, released across the globe,
especially in the US. Whether these things, in fact, will happen as envisioned, I cannot say. Each of us
must seek the Lord on the matter, just as you must seek the Lord on what I am sharing.
After all, the context around the verse quoted above contains some mighty powerful prophetic warnings
against false prophets and dreamers. This will be taken up in a later issue.
I do believe that there is more to come and that the current global economic crisis, as it is called, is only
a precursor to what is coming. I, along with many others, have been warning of impending judgment, so
I am not alone in this matter, although, admittedly, my voice is only a faint voice out in the wilderness.
Nevertheless, as I have testified in many issues, I am trying to be faithful to what I believe the Lord is
speaking to me. See issues #02-08146, November 13, 2008, The Coming Crisis ; #02-08148, November
24, 2008, “Financial Crisis Can Be Overcome In 18 Months”?
At times, it seems that recent events have been orchestrated. Some would say that there are men in
smoke-filled back rooms, so to speak, plotting conspiracies to change the world. I do not know if this is
true, so I try to stay clear of such speculation; although, I admit to some fascination over the possibility.
However, I do believe that there is a conspiracy among the spiritual forces of wickedness, the world
forces of darkness, to influence the decisions made by men, especially unscrupulous men, to shape the
course of the world and build up mystery Babylon. The powers of darkness achieve their purpose by
appealing to man’s greed, desire for power, ambition, pride, intellect, and ideology (worldview).
However, I also believe that the Lord is confounding the wisdom of man and leading very smart
(“clever”) people into a state of confusion and failure, even chaos, through a spirit of deception. I believe
this is what we are seeing in our day. The good news is that, if I am hearing and interpreting the Lord
correctly, He is using the crises of our day to expose and release the American people from the cord of
falsehood , which ultimately will lead to His people coming out of mystery Babylon.
The good news is that change is coming!
However, my heart has been exercised lately that this change will not come about by a physically
destructive force, that is, by the physical sword, but by the mighty power of the sword of the word of
God that divides spirit and soul. This is not to state that the coming crisis will not be manifested in the
physical realm, that is, that there will not be some difficult times ahead for the US. I most assuredly
believe that serious, if not severe, challenges are on the horizon. But these alone will not change the
heart of the nation, any more than 9/11 did. The word of God is what changes hearts.
I believe that not only has the Lord lifted up His voice and spoken a word over the nation, but His word
is about to be sent forth. It is His word that will strike the heart of the nation. I do not believe that this
word will be spoken in a vacuum, so to speak. It will be spoken when the people, especially national
leaders as well as those of the church-at-large, are ripe to hear. The coming crisis will be designed to
expose the heart of the nation so that the people will repent, cry out for mercy, and receive the word of
the Lord.
Two sets of Scripture might shed some light on the nature of the word that is coming.
(7) “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away,
the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. (8) And He, when He
comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; (9)
concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; (10) and concerning righteousness,
because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; (11) and concerning judgment,
because the ruler of this world has been judged.” (John 16:7-11 NASB)
The work of the Holy Spirit is to convict the world; so perhaps, we can expect that the word that will
shatter the rock is one that will bring conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgment. But through
whom will this word of conviction be spoken?
(14) It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam,
prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, (15)
to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds
which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly
sinners have spoken against Him .” (Jude 1:14-15 NASB)
Enoch, who was pleasing to God, is a type of the conquerors or overcomers who walk in a manner
worthy of the God who invites them into His own kingdom and glory (1 Thessalonians 2:12). They will
be the ones filled with the spirit of God who have the anointing to speak forth the word of the Lord to
bring conviction of sin and all ungodly deeds. The word judgment in the Greek is krisis , which is very
similar to the English word crisis . Again, I believe this judgment will come in the midst of crisis or,
perhaps, at the end of one. Interestingly, the word crisis can mean “the turning point in the course
of a disease, when it becomes clear whether the patient will live or die.” Perhaps the US will
be brought to the very brink of its survival. Will it go on as a nation, or will it fall? This should remind
us of the word of the Lord spoken through Isaiah to the sinful nation of Judah.
(5) Where will you be stricken again, as you continue in your rebellion? The whole head
is sick and the whole heart is faint. (6) From the sole of the foot even to the head there is
nothing sound in it, only bruises, welts and raw wounds, not pressed out or bandaged,
nor softened with oil. (Isaiah 1:5-6 NASB)
But Hosea has prophetically given some good news regarding Judah (Kingship) and Israel (Kingdom).
(1) “Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has
wounded us, but He will bandage us. (2) He will revive us after two days; He will raise us
up on the third day, that we may live before Him.” (Hosea 6:1-2 NASB)
National sickness does not have to lead to death of a nation but can lead to healing through spiritual
revival, as if it were a resurrection from the dead. I have no doubt that God so loves the United States
that He is not going to destroy her but will revive her to a level that far exceeds the glory of her past. But
I believe that this will occur during the coming Kingdom Age. She will be a kingdom nation, if not one of
the lead nations, in the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ. I have heard Christian leaders, as well as
political leaders, state that America’s best days are ahead. I believe it is true. The question that remains
is what she must go through before she gets there. I continue to believe that the crisis will involve the
political and financial systems. My guess is that we are at the mid-stage of it. May God bless America!
The Upward Call: #03-0948
by: Stuart H. Pouliot