Song – "When the Saints Go Marching In"
Re: Sons of the Resurrection
April 30, 2010
At exactly 1:53 am, on April 30, 2010, I was serenaded by a trumpet playing the tune to "When
the Saints Go Marching In." This is no joke; I believe the Lord sent a trumpeting angel to play
this tune as an encouragement and a prophetic word that it won't be long until the saints
possess the Kingdom.
“When the Saints Go Marching In” was made into a popular jazz tune by Louis Armstrong in the
1930s, and over the years it has been sung by many Christians who are longing for the coming
of the Lord.
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in
Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call
Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call
Lord, I want to be in that number
When the trumpet sounds its call
Oh, when the new world is revealed
Oh, when the new world is revealed
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the new world is revealed
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in
Let me give some more background to this trumpet serenade.
On the evening of April 29, my wife and I went out for dinner. We went to a restaurant that
serves a fish dish that I especially enjoy. Unfortunately, about half-way through the meal, my
stomach did not seem to enjoy it as it had in the past. I didn’t get sick but felt sort of a general
discomfort. I didn’t finish the meal as I usually would have done.
When I went to bed that night, I had an overly acidic stomach and was jolted awake with acid
reflux; not a very pleasant experience. To get some relief, I decided to sleep in a recliner in our
living room so that my head would be elevated. Sometime close to 1:53 am, I heard a trumpet
playing "When the Saints Go Marching In." I feel like Paul when he was snatched away to
Paradise and could not say whether he was in the body or out of the body. I cannot say whether
I was awake or not, or how long I had listened to the trumpet sounding. All I remember is
hearing this song being played on a trumpet and me stretched out in a recliner as I wondered
why someone was outside our house, specifically on the east side, playing this tune. I do recall
sitting there with my eyes open as I looked to the east part of our living room. I thought it was
strange, but it did not panic me nor make me anxious. I sort of enjoyed it. Then, I heard very
clearly and demonstrably: “Look at the clock, NOW!” So, I did, and it was exactly 1:53 am as
recorded on our atomic clock that was a few feet from where I was sitting. I have no doubt that
this is significant; the Lord wanted me to know that there is a connection between the song and
the numeric value of the time. The clocks in the other rooms of our house might not have been
reading the exact atomic time at that moment. He wanted me to know that 153 is a precise
Song – "When the Saints Go Marching In"
The key to understanding the meaning of what I experienced is discovered in the bitter stomach
from eating fish, the trumpet, the song, the easterly direction, and the number 153. When all of
this is put together, we are given the message that the Lord Jesus is coming. Let me show you.
First, the bitter stomach is likened to John in spirit on the isle of Patmos: I took the little book out
of the angel’s hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it,
my stomach was made bitter (Revelation 10:9-11). The sixth trumpet had already sounded
when John was given the book to eat and told that he must prophesy again of the bitter events
to be faced by many people and nations and tongues and kings (Revelation 10:11).
Second, John was a fisherman by trade, and my stomach was made bitter by fish, which was
sweet in my mouth but bitter in my stomach. But, as we will see, the number 153 also refers to a
specific catch of fish that signifies the saints that will go marching in.
Third, after John’s stomach settled, the seventh trumpet sounded and he heard the loud voices
in heaven saying: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His
Christ” (Revelation 11:15). In other words, after eating the book and prophesying further, the
kingdom arrived. My bitter stomach was a sign that more is to come, but more importantly, the
glorious kingdom is not far behind. It is no coincidence that this verse is repeated quite often in
my writings.
Fourth, I was asleep, at least part of the time, but the trumpet woke me, which refers to the
sounding of the last or seventh trumpet. Those asleep (dead) in Christ will be awakened from
their state of sleep by the sound of the trumpet, and they will rise from among the dead in the
first resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:4-6).
Fifth, the song refers to the saints of the Most High receiving and possessing the kingdom for
the ages to come (Daniel 7:18). The kingdom of Christ is the new world of righteousness as
administered through His conquering saints.
Sixth, the Lord is coming from the east: “For just as the lightning comes from the east and
flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:27 NASB).
Seventh, the number 153 refers to the number of fish that were in the net that Jesus told His
disciples to cast on the right-hand side of the boat: Simon Peter went up and drew the net to
land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was
not torn (John 21:11 NASB). This took place after Jesus’ resurrection, right before His last
ascension to His Father. The number 153 signifies the sons of God or the sons of the
resurrection . In fact, the gematria for sons of God is 153. The casting of the net is something
beyond initial salvation. It is a gathering of the called and chosen and faithful in Christ, the first
fruit anointed, the conquerors (both asleep and alive) who will be the first to experience
Tabernacles as they are transfigured into the image of Christ and snatched away to meet Him in
air. In that day, the Son of God Himself will cast the net to gather together His prized possession
that will reign on earth and among the celestials as a kingdom and priests for 1,000 years
(Revelation 5:10; 20:6). They are the joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17, 23), the many sons
brought to glory (Hebrews 2:10), the sons of God, the sons of the resurrection (Luke 20:36).
Be encouraged; it won’t be long until the manifestation of the sons of God. Oh, when the saints
go marching in; Lord, how I want to be in that number!
May this be the song of your heart!