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)
Spirit of Stupor
July 30, 2011
As I was considering all the news reports of late, the word that seemed to come to me is that there is a
spirit of stupor over our nation, especially over our political leaders in Washington, D.C.
It is amazing to watch and hear all that is being said in this day. It is as if all rational reasoning has been
thrown to the wind. At times, our political leaders act like drunkards that have no sense of direction. At
other times, they act like they are on some drug, some opiate, for their words defy logic of a sound
mind. Case in point is the latest comment from a leading political figure regarding her party's position
on the debt ceiling, spending, and taxes: "We're trying to save life on the planet as we know it."
The question is: What is going on? Don't these politicians see the pit that we all are going to fall into
because of their actions or inactions?
Some might argue that they know what they are doing, for they are driven by an ideology that they must
pursue at all cost. Along this line, some might argue that they hunger for power, control, and money for
their own self-interest, and care little for what it will do to the nation. Others might argue that they are
purposely trying to destroy our nation. And yet, others might merely yawn and describe all of this as
business as usual that will work out eventually, and life will go on as it has always gone on.
This sort of reminds me of Peter's exhortation against the mockers of the last days who will say (are
saying): "Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all
continues just as it was from the beginning of creation" (2 Peter 3:4 NASB). I have news for the
mockers; one day soon, the sand is going to run out of the hourglass, and the kingdom of our Lord will
come to rule over the nations.
To be sure, from the standpoint of man's self-centeredness, there are many plausible explanations for
what we are witnessing in our day. But I have another view. What we are witnessing is God's doing, for
He has given our nation, especially our leaders, a spirit of stupor, a word that Paul used in reference to
the sons of Israel that he quoted from Isaiah. This spirit is the judgment of God.
(7) What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained
it, and the rest were hardened; (8) just as it is written, "GOD GAVE THEM A SPIRIT OF STUPOR,
EYES TO SEE NOT AND EARS TO HEAR NOT, DOWN TO THIS VERY DAY." (Romans 11:7-8
For the LORD has poured over you a spirit of deep sleep, He has shut your eyes, the prophets;
and He has covered your heads, the seers. (Isaiah 29:10 NASB)
In English, the word stupor means "a state in which the mind and senses are dulled; partial or
complete loss of sensibility, as from the use of a narcotic."
A stupor is more than just simply being blind or deaf; it is much deeper than that. As Isaiah states, it is
like a spirit of deep sleep. Have you ever observed someone waking from a deep sleep? He might
seem disoriented and even stagger a bit as he begins to walk. It is as if he is drugged or his senses and
mind are dull and lethargic. This is the picture we are to have in our minds as we contemplate a spirit of
stupor. Frankly, I am tempted to call it a "spirit of stupid," especially in light of our day.
As I have stated in other issues, the US and, for that matter, the world is under the judgment of God; a
judgment that will only increase in its intensity as we get closer to the end of our age.
Why is there judgment? There is judgment for the very same reason that judgment fell upon ancient
Israel. As a nation, the US no longer looks to the God of heaven for answers. Instead, our politicians
and, sadly, probably much of the so-called church look for answers from the institutions (including
government) and laws of man, not the spirit and law of God. The nation whose motto is "In God We
Trust" and that invokes "God Bless America" during every crisis trusts more in man (self and nation)
than in God.
Through Isaiah, the Lord explained why He gives a spirit of stupor or deep sleep.
Then the Lord said, "Because this people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip
service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of
tradition learned by rote…." (Isaiah 29:13 NASB)
The Israelites were no longer following the law of God, for they had formed their own traditions (man's
law) and treated these as if they were of God, but they were no such thing in the eyes of God.
In like manner, America as a nation offers lip service to God, for we ignore His law in favor of man's law
as we live off a tradition that takes pride in the thought that it was by Divine Providence that we were
birthed as a nation. If you don't believe we have ignored God's law, then consider His law against
usury, which is lending money to fellow countrymen and charging interest.
"You may charge interest [usury] to a foreigner, but to your countrymen you shall not charge
interest [usury], so that the LORD your God may bless you in all that you undertake in the land
which you are about to enter to possess." (Deuteronomy 23:20 NASB)
Consider this: as a nation, if we had followed this one law of God, we would not find ourselves in such
dire financial straits as we are in today. If our Congress had followed the US Constitution that gave it
the right to print money and even the option to lend it out without interest, we would not be having this
great argument over the debt ceiling, for there would be no debt, and we would not be a debtor to
foreign nations, which also goes against God's law. As Solomon wrote: "The borrower becomes the
lender's slave" (Proverbs 22:7). In 1913-1914, our nation was enslaved to the international financial
beast of Mystery Babylon called the Federal Reserve , which is a banking cartel linked to all the
central banks of the world that issues our money as debt notes. It is an evil system that has enslaved
us to debt and usury, and most (but not all) of our political leaders are blind to this wicked enslavement.
The purpose of the spirit of stupor is to push Mystery Babylon, which includes the Federal Reserve, into
the pit, metaphorically speaking. Make no mistake about it; we are headed for the pit, for the spirit of
stupor has blinded our leaders to the truth of God's law. Even if they were told that the answer is God's
law, especially in regard to usury, they would ignore it, for they are the blind leading the blind, and we
know what will happen. If a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit (Matthew 15:14).
This is God's doing, but it is not for our ultimate destruction; rather, it is for our deliverance. It is so that
America and the world will be set free from Mystery Babylon and come into the joy of the kingdom of
our Lord and of His Christ. God so loves the world, and He fully intends to manifest His love in the age
to come through His Son and the many sons of glory.
To me, it is fascinating that America was rooted from the lost sheep of the house of Israel (ten tribes),
but she has been made to forget these roots, just as the name Manasseh means "making me to forget."
God has blinded us to our real heritage, but the good news is that the day is coming soon when our
national eyes and ears will be opened to know our divine destiny as a nation, a destiny that is in
Christ Jesus our Lord, the Son of God, and the King of kings . This is truly good news!
The Upward Call: #05-1140
by: Stuart H. Pouliot