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)
#05-1136
Engedi Demands a Trusting & Seeking Heart
July 4, 2011
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However, there is one vital point that must not be missed about an "Engedi moment"; the heart of the
people, including their leaders, must be prepared to cry out to God. In other words, the soil of their
hearts must be prepped in such a way that they have already turned to God before the danger of
Engedi presents itself to them. Simply, they cannot be a rebellious, unrepentant people and expect God
o miraculously move on their behalf.
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We see this matter clearly in the contrast of the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of
Judah. Following Solomon's death, the united kingdom of Israel was split into Israel (holder of the
birthright) and Judah (holder of the scepter). For fear that the ten tribes would return to Jerusalem for
worship, Jeroboam, the king of Israel, instituted worship of Baal and the golden calf, and named priests
outside the line of Levi (1 Kings 12:25-33; 2 Chronicles 11:14-17). This was an abomination to the Lord
(1 Kings 13:33-34; 14:7-10), as well as to some who defected from the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh,
nd Simeon (2 Chronicles 15:9).
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There is no doubt that all the tribes joined together in Judah were well aware of how the Lord turned
against Jeroboam (Israel) when he warred against Abijah, the king of Judah. The sons of Judah trusted
in the Lord, the God of their fathers, and subdued and conquered the sons of Israel by slaughtering
500,000 chosen men of Israel. Jeroboam did not recover from such defeat, and the Lord struck him
dead (2 Chronicles 13). This event alone should have been and, in fact, was to many a wake-up call, so
to speak, for clearly the Lord would fight for those who remained true to Him and did not depart to false
ods.
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God is not unfair with His people. The fact of the matter is that He is just and righteous even when His
people go astray. Throughout the history of Israel and Judah, the Lord often warned them of their
departure from Him and the need to return to Him. Even when He knew they were not going to return to
Him, He would tell them in advance what He was going to do. Proof of this is discovered throughout the
ritings of the prophets.
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Surely the Lord GOD does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the
rophets. (Amos 3:7 NASB)
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Further, the Lord often brings certain calamitous events to His people to get their attention. Case in
point is the slaughter of 500,000 Israelites. We might not like such things or even deny that they are
rom the Lord, but the historical biblical record clearly reveals these are the judgments of the Lord.
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This leads me to the present day and my own country. In light of Engedi, a few questions come to mind.
If America were faced with an Engedi, would our national leaders humble themselves before the nation
and, especially, before the Lord, calling upon Him: "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on
You" ? Do we see any national leaders on the scene today who project such a heart? Of course, we do
not know the heart, only the Lord does, but the words and actions coming forth from our political
leaders indicate that we are in a vacuum when it comes to true, righteous, spiritual leadership. What
about the church and its leadership? Take some time and visit many of the "church" services in your
area and answer the question yourself. David Wilkerson was a genuine leader who had a heart for the
The last two issues have been about an "Engedi moment." By this, I mean it is a moment when a nation
or a group of people realize there is an insurmountable enemy at their gate, figuratively speaking, that
will overcome them or even annihilate them without the help or intervention of God. This is what
Jehoshaphat and Judah faced when the sons of Lot, along with some Edomites, gathered a great
ultitude of an army at Engedi (2 Chronicles 20).
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Dear brethren, America is under the judgment of God. Over the years, I have heard so-called Christian
leaders rebuff any notion that our country is under God's judgment, regardless of what is going on and
its source. Of course, the media jump all over any Christian who dares utter the word judgment , as if
the person is an extremist nut. Whether it is violent weather, earthquakes, man-made crises, or terrorist
ttacks, God is not seen as having any hand in any of them.
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For example, after September 11, 2001, there were some in the Christian community that were
declaring the terrorist attack was God's judgment, but, for the most part, it was not a popular thing to
say; it was considered heretical by some to even imply any complicity on the part of God. After all, as
the thinking goes, God could never cause or allow such horrible things, especially on America that is
blessed by God. What about the slaughter of 500,000 sons of Israel? What I find strange is that some
who deny God's judgment are also ones who see God casting billions upon billions of people created to
e in His image into a torture chamber called hell forever and ever with no chance of reprieve.
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Let us consider another example occurring in 2011. In parts of our country, we are experiencing
extreme flooding the likes of which has not been seen for many years, and, in other parts, we are
experiencing extreme drought accompanied by massive wildfires. So, we have rain deluging one city
region) and rain being withheld from another. Does this sound familiar?
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"Furthermore, I withheld the rain from you while there were still three months until harvest.
Then I would send rain on one city and on another city I would not send rain; one part would be
ained on, while the part not rained on would dry up." (Amos 4:7 NASB)
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(1:11) "I called for a drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the new wine, on
the oil, on what the ground produces, on men, on cattle, and on all the labor of your hands." …
(2:17) 'I smote you and every work of your hands with blasting wind, mildew and hail; yet you
id not come back to Me,' declares the LORD. (Haggai 1:11; 2:17 NASB)
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Many other present-day examples could be cited, but I will leave them for you to discern. What is clear
to me is that God's judgment has fallen on America in many realms, both natural and manmade. It is
also clear that, at the same time, an antichrist (even, anti-God) spirit has taken hold of our national,
political leadership, as well as much of the media. It has become so blatant that even the mention of
"God" or the "Creator" in our Pledge of Allegiance or Declaration of Independence has been left out of
some speeches by our leaders. Also, some in the media blatantly attack Christians in their
ommentary. Every week now, we see or hear examples of these things.
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Now, I realize there are still many righteous in America, so do not take what I have to say as an
indictment on all. What I am speaking to is the heart of the nation. Right now, if we were faced with an
Engedi, would we expect our leaders to humble themselves before the nation and, especially, before
the one true God and rally us with the cry: "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You,
the Lord God of our forefathers" ? Or, would they posture for political position and power and feed us
spins, lies, and hypocrisy? Again, I realize there are exceptions, even among our leaders, but given all
that is going on in our country today, do you have the confidence that our leaders would respond as
Jehoshaphat did? Do you have the confidence that a majority of Americans would cry out in such a
ashion, or would they demand the government save them? I will leave you to answer the question.
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I have come to the conclusion that, at this point in history, which is the last hour, the responsibility rests
with us individually, not nationally. We need to seek the Lord and submit to the Holy Spirit to break up
all fallow ground that remains in our heart: Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance
with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD until He comes to
rain righteousness on you. You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, you have
aten the fruit of lies and trusted in our own way (Hosea 10:12-13 NASB).
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Judgment is upon us! It is time to turn from all unrighteousness, seek the Lord, and trust Him!
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Web: kingdomandglory.com
By: Stuart H. Pouliot
Lord and continually sounded the trumpet of warning. The Lord took him so abruptly that it should make
us wonder if the time is up before the Lord finally strikes at the heart of the nation that has been
gradually turning from Him and trusting in its own strength (Isaiah 31:1). See issues #03-0947 to #03-
953, April 2009, Hammer Which Strikes A Rock . Where is our boast in this day (Psalm 20:7-9)?