UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but this is my one aim:
to forget everything that's behind, and to strain every nerve to go after what lies ahead.
I press on toward the finish line, where the prize waiting for me is the upward call of God
IN KING JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14)
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by – Stuart H. Pouliot
February 18, 2009
Number 888—Jesus
February 10, 2009 was a very interesting day. The US Stock Market dropped 382 points to 7888.88, and the US
Senate brought the misnamed stimulus bill to cloture by a vote of 61 to 37, which led to final passage of a nearly
$800 billion bill on February 13, 2009 by a vote of 60 to 38. Then, the evening of the 10 th , the Lord spoke three times
to me, two of which were in reference to something coming upon the US. Actually, the period of February 2-10 was
interesting as I had several dreams and words that seemed to be of the Lord that all point to change coming, both
good and bad.
February 10 th was most interesting in light of the numbers 888 (from 7888.88), 61, and 37. As we approach
Tabernacles and the coming of our beloved Lord and His kingdom, I am on the alert for anything that can be used
to highlight this glorious event. I will leave it to you, the reader, to discern whether these numbers appeared on this
day as a prophetic sign. At any rate, let us consider these numbers, starting with the number 888. The numbers 61
and 37 will be reviewed in a subsequent issue.
To begin, we need to understand the number 8 in order to understand the significance of the number 888 . In
scripture, the number 8 refers to beginning, most notably a new beginning or a new order of things . Another way
to look at this number is to consider the number 7 , which is the number of completion . There are seven days to a
week, followed by the eighth day, which is actually the first day of the new week; thus, the number 8 signifies a new
beginning. Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week, which is also the eighth day. It was on this day that a
new creation , one that is beyond death, was birthed. Just as the number 4 speaks of the first creation, the number
8 speaks of the new creation that is in Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15).
We discover specific examples of the new beginning, starting with the eight members of Noah's family, including
Noah (1 Peter 3:20), that were brought through the flood to start anew and repopulate the earth. Being brought
through the water (flood) by being sealed in the ark is a type of resurrection. When they left the ark, a new world
order began with these eight people.
Circumcision was performed on the eighth day for the sons of Israel as a sign of the true spiritual circumcision, the
spiritual circumcision of the heart, made without hands. Medically speaking, the eighth day of the newborn is the
best day for the cutting of the flesh, for the blood will clot best at this point. Thus, the eighth day represents that
there is no longer a need for the shedding of blood as sin has been dealt with once and for all. This also has reference
for all who believe, for in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal
of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ (Colossians 2:11). Again, this speaks of the new creation in
Christ.
On the last day, the great day of the feast, or eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the Lord Jesus cried out: If
anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost
being will flow rivers of living water.' (John 7:37-38). Prophetically, this speaks of the feast that will conclude our
present age as the sons of God are manifested; they are the Lord's conquerors that have been transfigured into His
image, the anointed firstfruits of the new creation, that is, the first ones to be fully spiritual, having received their
inheritance of celestial and immortal bodies. The spirit of God will flow forth from them in a way that the world has
never seen as they take the kingdom of Christ to the nations.
Now, there is another way in which the number 8 appears in scripture. The Hebrew and Greek languages use the
letters of their respective alphabets not only for forming words but also for designating numbers. It is done by
assigning numbers to each of the letters in their alphabet. This arrangement is called gematria . For example, in the
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Greek language, the first letter alpha corresponds to the number 1, the letter pi corresponds to the number 80, and
the letter omega corresponds to the number 800. Thus, when Jesus said: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First
and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13), it was as if He were saying: I am the number 1 and the
number 800 . Thus, the number 800 corresponds to the last or the end.
According to gematria, zeroes added to a number do not change or diminish the basic meaning of the number. In
fact, the meaning of a number can be intensified either by adding zeroes or by repetition, especially if it is repeated
three times. The number 3 by itself refers to resurrection, divine completeness, and perfection. In light of this,
consider the following gematria:
Lord = 800
Jesus = 888
I am the Life = 888
The light dwells in Him = 888
Salvation of our God = 888 (Isaiah 52:10)
He must reign until He has put all enemies under His feet = 8888 (1 Corinthians 15:25)
Of course, together these speak of the light of the world who saves the world and gives life, but they also speak of
the same one who is coming to establish His kingdom over this earth that will ultimately lead to life for all. This one
is Jesus (888), the one who is coming to reign over the nations.
Thus, it should be abundantly clear that when we see the number 8, singly or multiply, the Lord Jesus, as well as
resurrection and the new creation, are in view.
So, you might ask: What does all of this have to do with the number 7888.88 as the closing value of the DOW for
February 10, 2009? Well, by itself, it is just a number, but let me remind you that the stock markets of the world
are part of man's financial system that is being judged and will fall. On the negative side, this serves as a reminder
that God is going to remove those things that can be shaken, and the global financial system is one of those things.
However, on the positive side, the good news is that the number 7888.88 speaks of the kingdom of Christ, the
kingdom we receive that cannot be shaken. Five 8's appearing in a row is like a neon sign flashing the name JESUS!
It should encourage our hearts during a time when a lot of the news is pointing to a potentially bleak future. For
those who have put their hope and trust in Christ, there is no such thing as a bleak future. The kingdom of our Lord
and of His Christ is coming. There is nothing better, nothing more glorious!
In light of where we are on the prophetic clock, Christ's conquerors should be encouraged that our present age is
near its end and the manifestation of the sons of God, the reigning sons of glory, is coming soon. After all, the
number starts with the number 7, which is the number of completeness or spiritual perfection. It appeared on day
10, and the number 10 by itself signifies ordinal completion , meaning the completion of a whole cycle . Spiritual
perfection speaks of the new creation that comes into view in the eighth day or God's day as revealed in Revelation
21-22. All who are counted worthy to reign with Christ in His coming kingdom during the next age will reach
perfection as they experience tabernacles at the close of our present eon. In other words, they will be the first to
be part of the manifested new creation and enter onto the ground of the eighth day, even as they reign in the
openly manifested age of King Jesus.
Well, the number 888 was not the only number that appeared on the 10 th . The numbers 61 and 37 also appeared.
For more on these, check out this link:
Numbers 61 & 37 http://www.kingdomandglory.com/tuc/tuc223.pdf