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
September 16, 2018
A Divided Kingdom/Nation
And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or
house divided against itself will not stand." (Matthew 12.25 NASB)
"If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand." (Mark 3.25 NASB)
But He knew their thoughts and said to them, "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house
divided against itself falls." (Luke 11.17 NASB)
For those who periodically check my site, you know that it has been a year since I last posted something. Although
silent, I have continued to be active in my studies and seeking the Lord for answers to the many questions I have.
During this time, I have come to see some things in new light and have been adjusted in my understanding. I trust
this is the Lord's doing.
In particular, I have sought answers in the area of eschatology (study of last days), especially the Book of Revelation,
and, of late, I have been seeking more clarity on the Kingdom of God ( of the Heavens ); a subject that I have come
to believe is the most neglected and misunderstood matter in the visible church today. This is most unfortunate
because the Kingdom and life in the Kingdom is the highest calling of everyone begotten of God and given the faith
to believe in Jesus and desiring to press on toward the goal of the on-high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
As for eschatology, I have concluded that scripture does not give us specific details of events that will unfold with
the end of the age (not time itself). At best, we can discern general types, trends, and signs. There are many who
look at scripture, as if turning over every rock, and see many current events as prophetic fulfillment of specific
verses. Others are on major prayer campaigns to bring about change and reverse the trends, or to battle and defeat
the devil and its minions. Whether all of this is of the Lord, I leave to Him. I have my own suspicions but my opinion
is not important. However, a word of caution to all. Just as you read or hear of 'fake news,' which I call 'propaganda
news' (which is not news at all), there is also 'fake prophecy' within the community of believers. Don't run after
every wind of prophecy; test the spirit of every one of them. I am reminded of the Lord's words to Peter: "What is
that to you? You follow Me." With this in mind, in this day, we must (cannot be emphasized enough) hear the Lord
for ourselves and then take that word back to the Lord to know if it is truly from Him. Sometimes, if not many times
we need to ask Him to give greater clarity to what He has placed in our heart.
Further, today, we are not witnessing the fall of Mystery Babylon with the Federal Reserve at its core, as I have
written over the years. I no longer hold this view. Mystery Babylon, as prophesied by John the apostle, fell in 70 AD
when God sent His Roman army to Judea to completely destroy Jerusalem, the Temple, and ultimately Judaism
itself (as given through Moses). Simply, 70 AD was the final nail in the coffin of the Mosaic Age; a death that began
with the death and resurrection of ancient Israel's Messiah, our Lord Jesus, and the Pentecostal birth of the New
Creation Body of Christ.
What we are witnessing today is the downfall, i.e., judgment, of the kingdom of men. Actually, I see the world today
as containing elements of all past fallen beast nations or kingdoms as we see in the book of Daniel and elsewhere.
Another way of stating this is that we are witnessing the result of mankind living and governing contrary to the
Kingdom of God. What we see today is living proof that when we do not line up our lives and governments
(nations/kingdoms) with the Kingdom of God, there is only one result; and that is ruin, destruction, and monumental
A Divided Kingdom/Nation
failure. There are unavoidable consequences for going against God's Kingdom, that is, His just and loving way that
is built into the very fiber of the earth itself and all of creation. The structures of mankind built contrary to God's
Kingdom and His righteous law are crumbling before our very eyes. It is time to make our priority God's Kingdom
and His way of Life, which is none other than His Son who is the Way and the Life, and we must add, the very
Kingdom itself. Obviously, there is much packed into these few sentences.
Lord willing, much more will be written on this in the months to come.
Most of what I posted for 2017 under The Upward Call still stands today. In fact, it seems that events over the last
year serve to underscore and heighten what was written. If you have any questions, you are encouraged to read
In this regard, I continue to hold to what I have written on several occasions. With the advent of the 21 st century,
humanity entered into a 21-year period of trial divided into three 7-year periods. We are presently in the last seven-
year cycle that concludes in 2021. At times, I have wondered if this is so, but as the years have passed, and based
on personal words given to me by the Lord, I am convinced it is so. I believe we have just entered into the last three
years of this 21-year trial that will continue to manifest in upheaval of the earth and increasing unrest throughout
the nations. No one needs reminding that shaking has been taking place on all fronts of humanity, and this will only
continue, even increase, as it is accompanied by the shaking of the earth.
I have one thought to add to this, something I have been mulling over for the last year. When we look at history, it
is replete with man's successes and failures, many of which have been monumental for good and evil. The most
notable century in this regard is the 20 th century in which we have witnessed monumental good and evil on many
fronts. Considering the evil that, at times, has been rampant in wars and genocidal campaigns, and now is being
manifested in different, but not unique, ways, I have wondered if the devil, the ancient serpent, was released from
prison at the turn of the 20 th century in 1900-1901. As in the days of Noah when Noah and Methuselah preached
for 120 years and then came the flood, so, perhaps, are we in a 120-year period leading to the end of our present
age. Obviously, there is more to this, but I will leave it here as simply a thought to consider.
One year ago, I posted a writing on The Countdown , which was a word I received about the beginning of the end.
Truly, this is the time in which we live. It is a dark hour; an hour we should not be looking for as some future state
of affairs, but one we are in it at this moment. Sin itself is judgment, for it always has consequences that are harmful
and potentially ruinous to the individual and others associated with the person. But even more onerous, sin can
lead to consequences for communities, nations, and ultimately the entire world of humanity. The world is in
judgment, and we are witnessing it in the way that people are reacting to events and life in general. It would be
easy to give many examples of this, but people with any level of spiritual discernment are capable of seeing this for
themselves. Needless to say, there is a state of mental derangement occurring throughout the world, with an
unprecedented level of derangement occurring here in the United States, especially in the realm of politics and
society on multiple levels.
This is a long way to my main point; and that is, many, if not most, in the US would agree we are a divided nation.
We see it divided along lines such as blue vs red, left vs right, liberal vs conservative, globalist vs nationalist, and
even secular vs religious. Without doubt, these are valid divisions, but they are only one level of division. Actually,
I see us divided in slices, not just in half. We are divided against ourselves on so many fronts that we have lost our
identity as a people. We are not alone in this regard, for other nations are going through this as well. If we continue
on this path, as Jesus proclaimed, we will not stand; we will fall.
The problem with most of this division is that it is based on ideology that seeks for some ideal world or nation, even
for a utopia. They are simply ideas, many of which have been tested and failed; they are not based on reality that
succeeds. This leads to the main point and the one to which, Lord willing, I will devote future writings to, and that
is: The only reality in the entire universe that succeeds beyond our wildest hopes and dreams is the Kingdom of God
as expressed and explained in God's Son, the Lord Jesus. His Life is the Kingdom of God. This is our only way forward;
all other ways will fail, for they cannot stand. We need to set our first priority on God's Kingdom in His Son!