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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 C HRIST J ESUS .
(Philippians 3.13-14 NASB )
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N OVEMBER 14, 2008
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However, for me, the day before, that is, on the 7 th , was of great significance, for on this day the spirit
of God opened the eyes of my heart to see more clearly that God becoming all in all is intimately
joined with the declaration of the One sitting on the throne: “Behold, I am making all things new. …
Write, for these words are faithful and true.”… “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the
beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life
without cost” (Revelation 21.5, 6 NASB). These words are faithful and true, and the Lord will
accomplish all that He has willed. The Lord spoke through Isaiah the prophet: “Do not call to mind
the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will
spring forth; will you not be aware of it?” (Isaiah 43.18-19 NASB). “My purpose will be
established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure” (Isaiah 46.10 NASB). “So will My word
be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what
I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55.11 NASB). His word
is faithful and true, so we can be assured that a day is coming when all will be new to the glory of
od. His word has gone forth, and it will accomplish the purpose of God.
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I believe that there is a reason for me receiving this revelation on the 7 th , and it has to do with the
number 7 itself, which speaks of spiritual perfection. We must pass through the seventh day to arrive
at the 8 th day; therefore, we must come into spiritual perfection before all is new. The seventh day
speaks of the coming kingdom of Christ as He establishes the reign of the heavens over the nations
of the earth for the next 1,000 years, until the glory of God fills the whole earth. Simply, the seventh
day leads to the eighth day, just as spiritual perfection leads to all is new. The oncoming eons will take
ll mankind and all creation from glory to glory.
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Interestingly, there are six words that begin with the letter r that pretty much sum up God’s plan for the
eons: restoration , restitution , revival , recovery, reconciliation, and redemption . Each of these
words speaks of bringing something back to where it once was. This makes sense because the prefix
re can mean “back, again, anew, over again.” In music, re is “a syllable representing the second tone
f the diatonic scale.” We could say that re indicates a second time.
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Six is the number of man, and God’s plan calls for mankind to be brought into His all through what
ach of these words represents.
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Of even more interest is the fact that the letter r is the 18 th letter of the English alphabet. The number
18 refers to coming out of bondage and into spiritual freedom. We see this in type in Judges 10.8
where the sons of Israel had been afflicted and crushed for 18 years, so that Israel was greatly
distressed. They cried out to the Lord and they put away the foreign gods from among them and
served the Lord, who could bear the misery of Israel no longer (see Judges 10.16). We see the
B EHOLD , I A M M AKING A LL N EW ! #2
As stated in the first issue, some Christians were looking to 08-08-08 as a special day since this
combination of the number 8 comes along only once every thousand years, and 8 is the number of
new beginning, new birth, or new creation. Interestingly, on that day, the 2008 Olympics began in
Beijing, China, and a war broke out between Georgia and Russia that some are saying could lead to a
new cold war of sorts. Time will tell the significance of this day in the history of mankind. But then
again, we must realize that what truly matters is what is transpiring among the celestials, that is, in the
realm of spirit. The heavens do rule and what took place in the spirit realm on that day will dictate
hat will transpire on earth in the days to come.
antitype to this account when the Lord Jesus healed a woman who for 18 years had a sickness
aused by a spirit.
And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman
who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double,
and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to
her, “Woman, you are freed from your sickness.” And He laid His hands on her; and
immediately she was made erect again and began glorifying God. (Luke 13.10-13 NASB)
This woman was doubled over, and, in a sense, she could not see straight, for, when she walked, all
she could do was look down at the ground. Jesus was putting His finger on the spiritual condition of
the Judahites that sat in the synagogue. Spiritually, they were doubled over and could not see straight
to the point that they could not discern that the Messiah was in their midst, and that, at its root, His
kingdom is a spiritual kingdom, not a political one as the people had expected. Jesus came to free
them from their spiritual bondage, but the religious leaders of the day rejected Him and consequently
emained in bondage.
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Given this understanding, it is easy to see that the letter r as the 18 th letter of the English alphabet
also points to freedom from bondage. And, in fact, this is exactly what we see in the meaning of all six
words that begin with the letter r , and most of Scripture speaks forth God’s heart to free all creation
and to reestablish all things through restoration, restitution, revival, recovery, reconciliation, and
edemption.
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Now, here is the point that I want to make: First, without going into what each means, as a group
these words speak of bringing mankind back onto some ground that has been lost, but they do not
necessarily speak of something new. If we go back far enough in the history of mankind, we will
discover the original state or condition that is being regained. Second, it seems to me that the Lord’s
people divide themselves along one or more of these re words. Consequently, there are those who
see everything that God is doing through the prism of restoration, others through revival, and others
through recovery, etc. There is nothing wrong with this and I am not being critical of anyone who holds
one or more of these views, for each can be explained according to Scripture. The danger that I see is
that we can become so fixated on these things, some of which are described as moves of God, or
simply movements, that we can lose sight of, or never even come into sight of, the glory of God’s
ultimate purpose. We can begin to see these moves or movements as ends unto themselves and fail
to see that they are merely part of God’s plan. He will reconcile; He will redeem; He will restore, He
will restitute; He will revive; and He will recover all things because this is His plan to bring about His
urpose.
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There is another danger that must be guarded against and it is seeing all in reference only to the
“church,” as if the rest of mankind is destined never to come into the all new of God. Some speak as
if when the last saint is saved in our age the church has arrived. No! We have just begun, for there is
a greater work to do and that is to bring the rest of mankind and all creation into the Presence of God
through our Lord Jesus, the Son of God and the Creator of all. Some speak as if when the last saint
comes in, the door of the good ol’ gospel ship is shut and the Lord and His people go flying off into
eternity, leaving everything else behind. No; no; a thousand times no; this is not what it is all about!
For God the Father to be all in all by making all new, all mankind and all creation must be included in
is all and in His new.
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Dear beloved ones in Christ, let us not retreat to the past, even the good past, let us press on,
continually moving on to the fullness of God’s purpose. We must not retreat, for our God is not
retreating, He is pressing on by His spirit. He has a purpose, a goal in view, and nothing will stop Him
from reaching that goal, and it requires and involves ALL.
Behold, I am making ALL NEW!
The Upward Call #02-08106 by — Stuart H. Pouliot
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Most commentators look at the number 18 as the number of bondage, but I prefer to see it as the
number of freedom, for, in both accounts, it was after 18 years that freedom came. So, the number 18
efers to release from bondage into freedom.