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)
The Number and Year 1776
June 25, 2009
I have heard the question asked: Is the United States mentioned in Scripture? As should be expected,
some say no and some say yes. For me, the answer to this question is not really the issue. More
importantly, I would ask: Where is the United States in the economy of God? Another way to ask the
question is: Where does the United States fit in the history of nations as ordained by God? After all,
through Jeremiah we are told that the Lord pulls down or builds up nations or kingdoms.
(7) “At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to
uproot, to pull down, or to destroy it; (8) if that nation against which I have spoken turns
from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it. (9) Or at
another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to build up
or to plant it; (10) if it does evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will think
better of the good with which I had promised to bless it.” (Jeremiah 18:7-10 NASB)
God is sovereign over His creation and, as such, nothing transpires outside His will. Since there is no
authority except from God (Romans 13:1), it is safe to state that there are no nations or kingdoms except
from God since government is where authority over a nation or kingdom is vested. Take away the
authority of government and there is no nation or kingdom.
Recently I was reading the book Jesus Christ the Number of His Name by Bonnie Gaunt, (Adventures
Unlimited Press, 2002). This writer has done a tremendous amount of research on the gematria of
Scripture. Gematria is a system in which numerical values are assigned to an alphabet. For example, in
the Hebrew language, aleph is assigned the number 1, and in the Greek language, alpha is assigned the
number 1. By applying gematria to Bible words and verses, numeric values are derived. It is uncanny
how some numbers appear repeatedly referring to the same or similar topic.
In reading Bonnie Gaunt’s book, one number that caught my attention was the number 1776, which,
according to gematria, is discovered in the following phrases.
Jesus of Nazareth = 1776
Lord of the Sabbath = 1776
I am the Root and Offspring of David = 1776
And they shall call you The City of God, Zion of the Holy One of Israel = 1776
The Lamb in the midst of the throne = 1776
River of life = 1776
Obviously, the first three are titles referring to the Lord Jesus, and the last three also refer to the Lord
as represented in New Jerusalem, a topic to which I have devoted a series.
The interesting thing about the number 1776 is that it is also the year in which the Second Continental
Congress of the American colonies met in Philadelphia and declared the independence of the United
States. In other words, the US was essentially born as a nation on July 2, 1776. The Declaration of
Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, the Constitution of the United States was enacted in 1789,
and Washington DC was established as its capital in 1800.
I have written about the year 1776 before (#03-09155, April 15, 2009, Tax Day Tea Party #2) as I noted
the relationship between the ancient nation of Israel and the modern-day nation of the United States
and what this could mean to the US. It appears that the history of the US is on a parallel course to
ancient Israel as revealed in a 2,520-year cycle, which is made up of twelve 210-year cycles. The
numbers 21 and 210 refer to Jacob’s distress on an individual and national level. See issue #03-09126,
May 28, 2009, Jacob’s Distress, 21 & 210-Year Cycles . When multiplied by 12, which refers to divine
government, the number 210 yields a much longer period of time, which could be called a prophetic
time cycle. A similar pattern is seen in Revelation 11:2-3 with the reference to 42 months and 1,260
days. Applying days to years (2 Peter 3:8) and doubling the 1,260 yields 2,520 years.
Of significance is the fact that, in 745 BC, the Assyrians took captive the house of Israel, and, in 1776,
2,520 years later, the United States was established as an independent nation. Is this a coincidence or
the hand of God? Again, as a reminder, God plants nations. Besides, if there was ever a modern-day
Christian nation, the US is the closest thing to one.
As I considered this, I also began reading another book titled A Miracle That Changed the World, The
5000 Year Leap , by W. Cleon Skousen (National Center for Constitutional Studies, 2007). Mr. Skousen
points out how the founding fathers of the US viewed government and what their understanding of law
was, specifically, ruler’s law verses people’s law and common law. What caught my attention was that he
notes how the founders saw similarities between the Anglo-Saxon Common Law and the People’s Law
of Ancient Israel, and they attempted to incorporate the principles of these ancient laws into the
governmental framework of the US. In fact, the original intent of the founders was to incorporate
representations of both the ancient Israelites and the Anglo-Saxons in the official seal of the United
States. In the end, it was not so incorporated because it was “a little complicated for a small seal,” which
led it to be a mere footnote, if that, in our great heritage. It is unfortunate, for it gives great insight into
the thoughts of some of the founding fathers and provides a clear connection to the laws of God.
However, there is one more fascinating thought in relation to the Anglo-Saxons. We might think of the
ancient Anglo-Saxons in a secular way, but is this the proper way to view them? Who were they and
where did they come from? Obviously, I cannot answer this question in the space that is left, so I will
cut to the chase, so to speak. They could be part of the lost house of Israel that was taken captive in 745
BC and dispersed among the nations and that, most notably, migrated north to Europe.
The book titled Secrets of Time by Dr. Stephen Jones (God’s Kingdom Ministries, 1996) offers an
historical account of the migration of the ancient house of Israel. Dr. Jones points out that the house of
Israel was really never lost; they simply became known by other names, such as Bit-Humri, Omri,
Caucasians because they migrated by way of the Caucus Mountains, and Saka or Saxons. Ultimately,
these ancient people settled in the nations of Europe and spread into the “New World.” Dr. Jones states:
The fact that these people are descended from the tribes of the House of Israel explains why
Christianity took root in the West, rather than in other lands. It was in the overall Plan of God
that the Gospel should go to them first, even as Hosea 1:10 had prophesied. God intended that the
House of Israel should be the primary source of the world missionary movements that would
carry the Gospel to the rest of the world. This is precisely what has occurred. … In the great
parable of the nations, we see the European nations representing the sons of Jacob. Britain stands
at the head of those nations, geographically pictured as Jacob himself. In fact, their flag is called
the “Union Jack.” Jack is a shortened form for Jacob. America was populated largely by religious
persecution in Europe among Jacob’s sons. Joseph was “sold” into the wilderness and was
“ separate from his brethren ” (Gen. 49:26) for 210 years. The land of Joseph itself in this parable
became two nations, Canada and the United States, even as Joseph had two sons, Ephraim and
Manasseh. During this time of Joseph’s separation, we came into prominence among the nations,
even as Joseph was elevated to rulership during his time of being “lost” and separated.
They were lost because they lost their national identity and have not recovered their true identity, even
in the modern-day state of Israel, which is not the house of Israel as seen by the Lord. If this is true,
then, at least in part, the lost house of Israel began to emerge 2,520 years later with the independence of
the United States. Please understand that this must be in part, for, as noted, other nations, such as
Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and South Africa saw the migration of Anglo-Saxons as well.
However you view this matter, you must admit that this all quite interesting.
Is there any doubt that the United States, even with all her flaws and weaknesses, has been a nation
blessed by God in so many ways? Should we doubt that the Sovereign God planted this nation to be a
blessing to the world? The answer to both is no. I believe that the number and year 1776 is God’s way of
telling us so. As a nation, let us repent, turn from evil, and obey the voice of the Lord.
The Upward Call: #03-09137
by: Stuart H. Pouliot