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)
#03-0907
The Days of Noah #5.
The Number 120
February 5, 2009
I had not intended to write five issues for this series, but then it seemed right to summarize the negative
and positive meanings of the number 120 in light of the days of Noah. After all, we either just came out
of those days, or we are still in them with the end in sight. What follows has already been presented,
along with some additional thoughts.
The negative meaning of the number 120 (or the days of Noah) refers to the time in which all mankind,
save a few, were corrupt and violent, which led to God bringing judgment upon mankind through the
flood of water. However, it was not that God did not warn them, for He most assuredly did as He
commanded Noah and his grandfather Methuselah to speak to the people to turn back to the Lord and
forsake their evil ways. If we accept the book of Jasher, then we also know that the Lord told them they
had 120 years to get their act together, so to speak. The Lord is merciful, for He always gives people a
chance to repent and return to Him before He exercises His right over His creation. However, Scripture
reveals that they did not repent and the flood came with the completion of the 120 years.
This got me thinking. It is generally acknowledged that the Lord’s exhortation to the seven ecclesias in
Revelation 2-3 represent an historical view of His ecclesia from shortly after Pentecost to the end of our
present wicked eon (age), as Paul called it. It is also recognized by many that the Laodicean ecclesia
represents the overall condition of the ecclesia at the end of our eon. This ecclesia is obviously in love
with its riches, which seems to go hand-in-hand with the prosperity gospel of our day, which, by the way
is not the gospel of Jesus Christ or of the kingdom of God.
(14) “And to the messenger of the ecclesia in Laodicea write: ‘Now this is saying the
Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, and God’s Creative Original: (15) I am aware of
your acts, that neither cool are you nor zealous! Would that you were cool or zealous!
(16) Thus, seeing that you are indifferent, and are neither zealous nor cool, I am about to
spew you out of My mouth. (17) Seeing that you are saying that ‘Rich am I!’ and ‘Rich have
I become, and of nothing have I need!’ and you are not aware that you are wretched and
forlorn and poor and blind and naked, (18) I am advising you to buy of Me gold refined by
the fire, that you should be rich, and white garments, that you may be clothed and the
shame of your nakedness may not be made manifest, and eye-salve to anoint your eyes,
that you may be observing. (19) Whosoever I may be fond of, I am exposing and
disciplining. Be zealous, then, and repent! (20) Lo! I stand at the door and am knocking.
If ever anyone should be hearing My voice and opening the door, I will also be coming in
to him and dining with him, and he with Me. (21) The one who is conquering, to him will I
be granting to be seated with Me on My throne as I, also, conquer, and am seated with My
Father on His throne. (22) Who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit is saying to the
ecclesias.” (Revelation 3:14-22 CV)
Here we discover the Lord exhorting His people to repent, and if they do not, He will spew them out of
His mouth, that is, reject them when He comes to establish His throne over the nations of the earth.
Again, He warns His people. He is the Faithful and True Witness, and His assessment of the condition
of His ecclesia is true; it is not open for debate. The call has gone out to all who have a spiritual ear to
hear; it is time to repent and return to the Lord. Those who conquer are the ones that heed this
exhortation and will sit upon His throne in the next eon.
As I considered this, I began to wonder when the modern-Laodicean era began, for just as the call for
repentance went forth for 120 years of the days of Noah, perhaps it will go forth, or has gone forth, for
120 years of our modern era. In doing a little research, I discovered that there is no one consensus on
when the Laodicean era began; some place it as early as 1880 and others as late as 1914. However, if we
take the earliest date and add 120 years to it, we arrive at the year 2000. And yet, if we pick a later date,
like 1890, we arrive at 2010, a year that I believe is of great significance on the prophetic timeline. See
Article #18, February 2009, When the Day Comes . I am in the camp that believes there is a time of
transition between the end of our present age and the beginning of the Kingdom Age. Could it be that
the 120 years of warning were completed in 2000, and we are in a transition as the company of
conquerors is being prepped for the new age? Perhaps so!
Now, this leads to the positive meaning of the number 120. As shown in the preceding issues, the
number 120 also refers to the Lord’s conquerors experiencing Tabernacles as they are transfigured into
the image of Christ. This is the next great spiritual move of God as the conquerors receive their
inheritance of spiritual, glorified, celestial, immortal bodies in order to reign with Christ and bring the
kingdom of our Lord to the nations.
The positive meaning of the number 120 is seen in the 120 priests that dedicated Solomon’s temple,
resulting in the house of the Lord being filled with the cloud of glory. The 120 priests signify the
dedication of the temple of God (2 Chronicles 5:11-14). It has not been mentioned previously, but
Solomon also sacrificed 120,000 sheep during the dedication (2 Chronicles 7:5). The 120,000 sheep is
an intensification of the number 120 and speaks corporately of the entire house of the Lord that has
been crucified with Christ, and individually of the ones who have heard the voice of the Lord, heeded
His commands, and, most importantly, laid down their lives for others. “My sheep hear My voice,
and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27 NASB).
The type comes into sharper focus on the day of Pentecost when the 120 men and women (sheep) were
gathered together and the Holy Spirit came upon them (Acts 1:15-17). We could say that they were the
beginning of the dedication of the temple of the Lord, the dwelling of God in spirit, New Jerusalem.
However, as stated, this was only the beginning, for they, as well as all who have followed since that day,
have received only a down payment of the spirit of God. All who have an earnest of the spirit must
experience Tabernacles to receive the full measure of the spirit. This is the beginning of the next great
flood of God that will ultimately lead to the glory of the Lord filling the whole earth as the waters cover
the seas. We see a type of this in the queen of Sheba giving a gift of 120 talents of gold to Solomon
because he was seated on the throne to administer justice and righteousness. Gold speaks of glory, so
again we discover that the number 120 signifies the glory of the Lord going forth in the next eon when
justice and righteousness shall rule the day, for this is the foundation of the Lord’s throne (2 Chronicles
9:8-9).
Finally, we come to Moses who lived 120 years, and at the end of his years, his eyes had not dimmed,
meaning he had good vision, and his vigor had not abated (Deuteronomy 34:7). He was still a strong,
vigorous man on the day that the Lord took his breath. He had learned the ways of the Lord, even the
difficult lesson of not being able to enter the Promised Land in that day. His greatest lessons were
learned while in the wilderness for his last forty years. Starting in Egypt as the nation was called out of
bondage, moving on to Mount Sinai where he met the Lord in the cloud of glory in order to receive the
law of God and a veiled glory, and continuing for that long season in the wilderness with a stubborn and
obstinate people, the spiritual eye of Moses was opened to see God’s purpose and plan. This is why the
word of God declares that his eyes were not dim nor his vigor abated. He saw clearly.
To conclude this series, we need to ask ourselves: What about us? Are our spiritual eyes not dim? Is our
spiritual vigor unabated? You see, this is not a matter of our physical condition. It is a matter of our
spiritual condition. If repentance is in order, then repent. If obedience is in order, then obey. If dying to
self is in order, then die. We need the eyes of our heart opened to see God’s purpose and plan, and we
need to be encouraged that it won’t be long until the great and last flood of God comes.
The Upward Call: #03-0907
by: Stuart H. Pouliot