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)
#05-1133
Seek Me That You May Live
June 1, 2011
It has been some time since I have posted anything. The reason is that as I consider all that is being
written in the name of the Lord in our day, I keep getting the sense that there are way too many voices
speaking and much of it is leading to confusion. Add to this the observation that few seem to be able to
discern the truth and many believe no one has a lock on the truth, and it should not be a surprise that
we are living in confusing times filled with untruths. I have said it before, but we are in the day of Babel,
not only in the secular world, which is filled with way too many voices coming through all the hi-tech
edia of our day, including the social networks, but also in the church world. Confusion abounds!
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God said He would remove those things that can be shaken, as of created things, so that those
things which cannot be shaken may remain (Hebrews 12:27). Why? Because we receive a
kingdom which cannot be shaken , and that kingdom is the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ
Revelation 11:15) that is coming soon!
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Well, last night I was having a restless sleep, and early in the morning hours I kept hearing Amos 5:4
over and over again. I did not hear the actual words of the verse, just the numbers of the chapter and
erse. It has been some time since I read Amos, so I was not familiar with this particular passage.
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F or thus says the LORD to the house of Israel, "Seek Me that you may live." (Amos 5:4 NASB)
Amos was a herdsman and a grower of sycamores who was called by the Lord to give a prophetic word
o the house of Israel in the days of King Jeroboam II.
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A little short history lesson is needed in order to understand the significance of this word, especially to
s Americans in this day. Believe me, this is a word for us.
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The Lord made great promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Genesis 13:16-17; 22:17; 28:14; 32:12)
that began to be fulfilled under King David but were fully manifested during the reign of his son
Solomon. The twelve tribes of Israel became a great nation. Judah and Israel were as numerous as
the sand that is on the seashore in abundance (1 Kings 4:20); Solomon had peace on all sides
around about him , and they lived in safety (1 Kings 4:24, 25; 5:4); and the glory of the Lord filled
the house of the Lord (2 Chronicles 7:1). Solomon's kingdom was the head of all the nations on earth
ith its influence stretching across the globe, even to North America.
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Unfortunately, this renown was short-lived, for Solomon turned from the Lord. In turn, the Lord told
Solomon: I will surely tear the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant (1 Kings 11:11).
Following the death of Solomon, Israel rebelled against Judah and the kingdom was divided into a
northern kingdom made up of ten tribes called Israel and a southern kingdom made up of two tribes
(Judah and Benjamin) called Judah . From this time onward, the name Israel was always associated
with the ten tribes and the name Judah with the two tribes. This is a vital historical and prophetic fact
hat many Christians of our day do not understand.
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Now, Jeroboam I, an Ephraimite, was the first king of Israel. Thirteen kings later, Amos was called forth
as a prophet to the kingdom of Israel under Jeroboam II. This was during a time of great prosperity
accompanied with great moral declension. The Lord had blessed Israel with prosperity, but instead of
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I do not want to add to the confusion, so I have simply been waiting on the Lord. I have purposed in my
heart to wait until I believe the Lord has something He wants to say through me. In some ways, this is a
difficult thing to do considering all that has been happening in the world this year, including the US.
Anyone who does not think we are in the days of shaking must be asleep, blind, deceived, or unwilling
o accept the obvious.
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It was with this condition in view that Amos was called upon to admonish Israel to seek Me that you
may live , even to seek good and not evil, that you may live; hate evil, love good, and establish
justice in the gate (Amos 5:14-15). We need to understand that the people were somewhat oblivious
to what they were doing or not doing. They continued to offer sacrifices, tithes, and freewill and peace
offerings. They also sang songs to the Lord and held festivals (Amos 4:4-5; 5:21-23), but the Lord
hated it all and rejected it. Some were even longing for the coming of the Lord, but the Lord had a word
for them as well: Alas, you who are longing for the day of the LORD, for what purpose will the day
f the LORD be to you? It will be darkness and not light (Amos 5:18 NASB).
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Dear people of God, do you not see a word in this for us today? I have written elsewhere that I believe
the United State is an Israelite nation. Please see issues #04-1075 through #04-10109, and #04-10113,
uly-August 2010, for a more complete understanding.
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Many of our forefathers were of the lost house of Israel, and America is part of the modern-day version
of Israel that lost its national identity as Israel did. Nationally and prophetically, we are part of the lost
heep of the house of Israel.
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Six kings after Jeroboam II, the nation of Israel under Hoshea still had not returned to the Lord. Time
had run out for them, and the Lord placed them under an iron yoke, which meant they were taken
captive and removed from their land. This occurred from 745-721 BC when they lost their national
identity as Israel and they were scattered among the nations. To this day, Israel remains scattered and
its name lost. The sons of Joseph were blessed with the name Israel , which meant that wherever they
resided, so did the name. Ephraim means "fruitful," and Manasseh means "making to forget." We can
see how these meanings apply to modern-day Israelite nations. For example, take the United States;
we have been one of the most, if not the most, fruitful nation in the history of nations, and yet, we have
been made to forget that we are an Israelite nation. We might acknowledge that we are Christian to a
large degree, although this is being undermined every day, but we have never known ourselves as an
Israelite nation. Instead, to our detriment, we have been led to believe by many evangelicals that the
rue Israel of our day is found in the Middle East. This is not true; this Israel is Judah and Edom.
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What has become of the Israelite nations of our day, most of which are called the Western nations? I
will answer for my own country. We are rich and in need of nothing; we continue to have great
prosperity in spite of the recent financial crisis; we are in moral decline with leaders calling good evil
and evil good. There is little righteousness in our government and justice is coming out perverted.
Several months back, one very high official in our government stood on the floor of the Senate saying
how much he loved the Pledge of Allegiance, but when he recited it, he left out the phrase one nation
under God . Whether intentional or not, to me it was a prophetic word from the Lord that our nation has
urned from God.
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What about the church in America? It continues to offer up its tithes and songs and has its meetings
and many conferences (festivals). Its measure of success is how much money it takes in and how big it
can get in size and in real estate. Some are also looking for the coming of the Lord as evidenced by the
group that was looking for the rapture on May 21 in expectation of avoiding the darkness that is coming.
The church has wed herself to the world and to her own institutional mindset. She is blind to her
condition in fulfillment of the Lord's exhortation to Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-18). We are in days of
darkness that will continue to grow darker as the day of the Lord draws near. Rapture is not our way
ut! See article #17, January 2009, Snatched Away [Rapture] . The Lord is our way through!
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And, as all of this is going on, the Lord is smiting us with financial, jobs, and housing crises that are not
getting better; violent storm after violent storm; wars that won't end; and corruption, hypocrisy, and lies
t many levels of government; and the list goes on. Shaking abounds!
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What are we to do? For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel, "Seek Me that you may live."
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By: Stuart H. Pouliot
seeking the Lord, they turned from Him. To get their attention, the Lord sent judgments upon them. He
caused a lack of bread, withheld rain on some places and poured it out on others, smote them with
scorching wind and mildew, sent plagues, and generally overthrew them, and yet they did not return to
he Lord. Instead, justice had been turned into wormwood and righteousness had been cast down.