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)
by – Stuart H. Pouliot
January 29, 2014
Let All The Earth Be Silent Before Him!
Today, around 1:48 am, I was awake and considering why the Lord had been relatively silent with me during this
first month of 2014. The month was not totally void of His voice, but it was the quietest month in some time. So, I
asked the Lord why it was so. Over the years, I have learned that we must wait on the Lord, something that seems
to be difficult for some of the Lord's people to do and even at times seems to be out of vogue. After all, aren't we
to be actively engaged in doing things for God; time is of the essence, we need to be doing something, even
fulfilling our purpose? I am not of this school of thought. We need to wait upon the Lord. It is not about what we
can or need to do for God; it is all about what our Father and Lord are doing. We need to line up with God's will,
not our will or even our good intentions. Anything less or more than this will not do!
Well, when I asked this question, I immediately heard: Let all the earth be silent!
This comes straight out of the oracles of Habakkuk and Zechariah: "But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the
earth be silent before Him" (Habakkuk 2:20). "Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD; for He is aroused from His
holy habitation" (Zechariah 2:13).
This is not a new word for me as it has come to me periodically since 2010. Of late, this word has resonated with
me on several occasions as I have been with the Lord's people. It has been as if the Spirit of God has been
whispering to me: "Silence. Let there be silence. Listen for My voice." All of this goes along with previous words
from the Lord. The word for 2012 was and still is: Who has stood in the council of the Lord that he should see
and hear His word? The word for 2013 was and still is: Wait for it! Here are the links for more on these words.
This morning was different. The Lord broke His silence to tell me that it is time for the earth to be silent before
Him. His silence toward me was a sign of the call for all flesh, all of the earth, to be silent before Him. It is not a
call for one segment of mankind but a call to all mankind, for according to scripture, we are all of the earth or
from the soil of the earth.
Then the LORD God formed man of dust [soil] from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living being [soul]. (Genesis 2:7 NASB [CVL])
The first man is from the earth [ ge ] , earthy [soilish; choikos ] ; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthy
[soilish; choikos ] , so also are those who are earthy [soilish; choikos ] ; and as is the heavenly, so also are those
who are heavenly. Just as we have borne the image of the earthy [soilish; choikos ] , we will also bear the image
of the heavenly. (1 Corinthians 15:47-49 NASB [CVL])
The Greek word ge comes from a primary word meaning "soil." The Greek word choikos means "made of earth or
earthy" and comes from another word that means "dusty or dirty, soil like." Most translations translate the Greek
as the adjective earthy ; however, the Concordant Literal (CVL) translates it as soilish . When we consider that
mankind is made of the same substance as the earth, the word soilish makes a lot of sense. Given this, it is safe to
conclude that the Lord is speaking to all mankind of our day, including Christians, for our bodies are earthen
vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7) or terrestrial/earthly tabernacle houses (2 Corinthians 5:1).
Let All The Earth Be Silent Before Him!
Who could question that there is a great need throughout the world for mankind to be silent in a day of great
unrighteousness and injustice, and in a day in which all the structures of man continue to crumble? Who of the
world leaders or even religious leaders are being silent before the Lord, even acknowledging His presence as well
as His right over His creation? Who is coming before Him in silence to hear His voice? Only the Lord knows, but
based on what is going on in the world today, it is easy to draw the conclusion that there are not many. There is a
great need for silence in a day of great chatter.
However, I believe there is a much greater message in this word based on the fact that the Lord is in His holy
temple or habitation and that this temple is not made of bricks and mortar but of people. Since the day of
Pentecost, as the Lord's people, we are the temple of the Lord. As Paul reminds us: Do you not know that you are
a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? We are the temple of the living God (1 Corinthians
3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16; also see 1 Corinthians 3:17; 6:19). Further, Paul tells us that we are growing into a holy
temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in Spirit (Ephesians 2:21-
22). So, the Lord is in us, His temple, and He is saying to be silent.
We must acknowledge, however, that this temple has not been perfected or fully built up yet as we continue to
occupy mortal bodies, that is, earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7), which means we are still of the earth (earthy or
soilish), and we have the continual danger of living out of our earthiness. Our earthiness is our flesh that Paul says
cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50). We are called to be a spirit-led people. Given this, the
Lord is saying to His people: "Let your flesh be silent before Me. Let your earthiness, your soilishness be silent.
Your flesh is directing your lives and speaking to you. You have a new nature in you. You have My Spirit in you, the
Spirit of Christ. Be silent and listen to My Spirit. You live by My Spirit; now walk by My Spirit. I am a life-giving
Spirit and am preparing a one new spiritual man in My image."
He is in us and we are in Him. We are His Body, His holy Temple; and He is commanding silence in a day of many
voices, many confusing voices. Just as judgment begins with His house, so must silence begin with His holy
Temple. It is the only way to hear and perceive His voice in the day of Babel. We desperately need to hear the
Lord, and, to do to this, we need to be silent before Him. We need to stop listening to the voices of men who have
not stood in the council of the Lord. We need to stop listening to the voices of the false prophets.
Do you realize that the school of prophets during Samuel's day produced the false prophets that appeared in the
midst of Judah and Israel? They were professionals, religionists, academic prophets who studied religious history
and had religious knowledge, but they were not speaking the oracles of the Lord. Is it any different in our day as
the seminaries and other forms of religious schools produce professional pulpiteers, even ones who take on the
title prophet ? Of course, one does not have to go to school to take on a title, for many in our day do this in the
absence of professional schooling. It is time for silence before the Lord!
This is no small issue or one to ignore. We are moving into perilous times, a day of tumult; the structures of man,
even the religious structures, are crumbling. It is going to become increasingly difficult to discern the Lord's voice
if we do not know how to discern His voice in this day. The day is fast approaching when it will be too late to learn
how to discern His voice over the many other voices. This is a call to the individual members of the Body of Christ.
Although the Lord speaks through men to His people, it is imperative that each of us learns to hear His voice
speaking directly to us; only in this way will we be able to discern if and when He speaks through others. For too
long now, many of the Lord's people have relied on the voice of others, believing that just because they have a
title or a ministry or have written best-selling books or have been outwardly successful in the "work," everything
they say is from the Lord. It is time to have a change of mind. We are one Body and of one Spirit, and we need to
hear the one Voice! All of us, as the Body of Christ, need spiritual ears, and these come by being silent before the
Dear people of God, the Lord is in us. It is time to hush our earthiness and to push aside the innumerable
distractions of life that are simply corralling us like cattle for slaughter. It is time to listen, for the LORD is in His
holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him!