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)
#03-0950
A Hammer Which Shatters A Rock #4
April 2, 2009
As a reminder, this series is about the word: “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,’” which I
have connected to Jeremiah 23:29: “Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a
hammer which shatters a rock?” If you have not already read the previous issues, then I encourage
you to do so.
I believe that the time, 9:21 pm, at which I received this word has significance in its interpretation. As
stated in the first issue, the number 9 can signify judgment or the perfection of divine order ; and
the number 21 can signify the exceeding sinfulness of sin or divine perfection . Consequently,
this word pertains to both judgment and the purpose of judgment, which is to bring about divine order
and perfection, which speaks of glory. Judgment is not unto destruction or annihilation but unto
revival and restoration, even a renascence (Matthew 19:28 CV). In other words, I believe that the
judgment that is coming is a good thing and that it will lead to the kingdom of Christ and God taking
root, not only in the United States but also in other nations, not all at the same time but gradually as the
glory of the Lord begins to spread across the globe and the nations seek first the kingdom of God and
His righteousness. What is coming is beyond the imagination of man.
For thus God loves the world, so that He gives His only-begotten Son (John 3:16 CV)! God is
love (1 John 4:8, 16). In a day when the love of God is often maligned, even among some Christian
groups, there is a need to continually speak of God is love, keeping His very nature in the forefront of all
teaching.
The word world comes from the Greek word kosmos , which means “orderly arrangement.” How could
God love the world and yet hate the nations? God loves the nations, not in the past tense, as if His love
were only on display at Calvary. He loved then, He loves today, He will love for the eons (ages) to come,
and He will love forever. This is His character, His very essence; and absolutely nothing can or will alter
who God is. He does not hate man’s attempt to create orderly systems through which the nations govern
and conduct commerce. God knows that mankind needs order, for the alternative is chaos. This is the
purpose of government. But let us not forget that by Him (Christ) all things were created, both in
the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers
or authorities―all things have been created through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16
NASB). Obviously, God has a better way to govern, and this way is in His Son. Ultimately, His way will
overtake the nations as His glory fills the whole earth. In that day, the inhabitants of the earth will
rejoice as they see and experience the great blessings of God.
As stressed in the last issue, the Lord is not set on destroying the US any more than He is set on
destroying other nations. During the Kingdom Age, there may be some realignment of nations as
boundaries are reset to some ancient lines that long ago were obscured. Today, some nations consist of
rival ethnic groups that were forced together into a nation, often creating dissension and outbreaks of
hostilities, skirmishes, and even wars. Consequently, the kingdom of our Lord, in fact, might remedy
these conflicts by resetting the boundaries of some nations and forming new ones.
Now, in this light, I want to make three points.
First , the Lord has declared that His word is like a hammer which shatters a rock. As seen already, the
Hebrew word sela is translated as the word rock or stone , which means “to be lofty ; a craggy rock ,
literally or figuratively a fortress .” We have seen that the thoughts and intentions of the heart can be
fortresses that must be torn down and will be torn down by the word of the Lord. They are lofty things,
or, we could say, they are lofty thoughts. One meaning of the word lofty is “haughty; over-proud;
arrogant.” Thus, lofty thoughts are arrogant thoughts. Psalm 2:2-3 gives us an example of lofty
thoughts: The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together
against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us tear their fetters apart and
cast away their cords from us!”
To be sure, this word is prophetic not only as to how the nations responded to the Son of God when He
came to earth 2,000 years ago, but also as how the nations view Him as the day of the Lord nears. But
there is another word just as germane to our day that refers to the lofty heart of mystery Babylon, the
harlot and great city that sits upon many waters, which are peoples and multitudes and nations and
tongues (Revelation 17:15). Simply, mystery Babylon is a great city that has engulfed the entire world.
It is not one physical city on earth but a counterfeit kingdom or global system to which all the
nations have been yoked. It is a mystery because the nations of our day do not recognize it
and because most do not understand how it operates and the extent to which it has
brought all under its seductive power. Consider the lofty heart of Babylon that metaphorically is
represented as a woman.
“As much as she glorified herself and lived in luxury, [by] so much give to her torment
and sorrow; for she says in her heart [fig., inner self] , ‘I sit [as] a queen, and I am not a
widow, and I shall by no means see sorrow.’” (Revelation 18:7 ALT)
Now, in respect to the US, the word of the Lord will go forth to break to pieces the lofty fortress of
mystery Babylon, which is a hammer in its own right as it has kept the United States under its bondage.
All that is lofty and lifted up against the Lord will be shattered by the living word of God. His word will
go forth to break apart the craggy rock that has kept the American people under bondage and
corruption. All that can be shaken will be shaken by the living word of God which is shaper than any
two-edged sword that man might fabricate to cut flesh. God’s sword cuts to the very heart of the matter.
Second , His word, like a fire that refines, will go forth like a hammer that pounds metal into something
precious. According to Isaiah, the hammer is used to smooth metal; it is not used to mar it or to destroy
it but to smooth it so that it becomes something good.
So the craftsman encourages the smelter, and he who smooths metal with the hammer
encourages him who beats the anvil, saying of the soldering, “It is good”; and he fastens
it with nails, so that it will not totter. (Isaiah 41:7 NASB)
In other words, the word of the Lord will go forth with a two-fold purpose: to bring down that which
has held the nation in bondage and, through this process, refine the nation by
hammering her into something precious . I believe that the word of the Lord will go forth in the
midst of a major crisis with the sole purpose of bringing the US to a place of repentance and release .
It will be the judgment of God. As painful as judgment might appear for those of us in the midst of it, we
must understand that God’s judgment is for the purpose of discipline, release, and restoration. When
His hammer strikes its mighty blow to the heart of the US, it is for a grand purpose. It is to smooth out
the craggy places.
Third , in the midst of crisis ( krisis ), the word of the Lord will be spoken to the nation through a
company of believers, an Elijah company. The spirit of God has been preparing a company of
conquerors or overcomers that have been trained in the hidden places, in the wilderness, to proclaim
the heart of the Lord with “Thus saith the Lord.” They will be anointed to proclaim to the US and other
nations the word that will shatter every high and lofty thought that stands against the knowledge of God
and that will begin to bring every thought coming from the leaders of the nations into captivity to the
obedience of Christ. They will go forth with the word of the Lord to convict the heart of the leaders of
this once great nation that only give lip service to Almighty God, as well as to the leaders of Christianity
that have lost sight of the word of the kingdom or have been holding to and preaching a leavened
word (Matthew 13:33). The unleavened good news of the kingdom of God is going to go forth in power
and under the anointing of the spirit of God that will prepare the way for the Lord.
The Upward Call: #03-0950
by: Stuart H. Pouliot