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)
Sing To The Lord A New Song
August 4, 2009
(6) And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to
those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; (7) and
he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His
judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and
springs of waters.” (Revelation 14:6-7 NASB)
After writing and posting issue #03-09132, June 16, 2009, Eonian Good News , I discovered that Psalm
96 is actually a companion not only to the above verses that speak of the eternal or eonian gospel that
will be preached to those on the earth in the coming kingdom of Christ but also to the first six verses of
Revelation 14 that pertain to the 144,000 conquerors.
As a reminder, Revelation 14:1-6 is about the 144,000 standing with the Lambkin on Mount Zion and
having the name of the Lambkin and the name of His Father written on their foreheads, which signifies
that they belong to and are set apart unto God and His Christ. John heard a voice from heaven like the
sound of many waters, which indicates that the voices represent a large number of people. Many waters
might indicate that the number 144,000 is not the exact number of people standing before the throne
and that there could be many more included in this great company of conquerors.
The number 144,000 is the result of 12 times 12,000, and the number 12 signifies the perfection of
government or governmental perfection . In this case, the number 12 is intensified 12,000 times.
In other words, the number 144,000 signifies the full complement of those who will reign with Christ
during the millennial kingdom. These are the ones from all the generations that are counted worthy to
reign with Christ. They are the blessed and holy, for they will have a part in the first resurrection and
will be priests of God and of Christ as they reign with Him upon the earth for 1,000 years (Revelation
5:10; 20:4-6). They are the ones purchased from among men as the first fruits to God and the Lambkin
(1 Corinthians 15:23; Revelation 14:4).
And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the
elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand
who had been purchased from the earth. (Revelation 14:3 NASB)
This great throng of conquerors will be taught a new song that no one has ever sung before the throne.
A new song is required because they are the first fruits of the new creation in Christ. They are the first
ones to come into God’s all in all new. They are New Jerusalem.
With this brief background, we can now turn to Psalm 96, which is one of eight psalms that speak of the
coming kingdom of Christ (i.e., Psalm 93-100).
(1) Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. (2) Sing to the LORD,
bless His name; proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. (3) Tell of His
glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. (4) For great is the
LORD and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. (5) For all the gods of
the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. (6) Splendor and majesty are
before Him, strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. (7) Ascribe to the LORD, O
families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. (8) Ascribe to the LORD
the glory of His name; bring an offering and come into His courts. (9) Worship the LORD
in holy attire; tremble before Him, all the earth. (10) Say among the nations, “The LORD
reigns; indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved; He will judge the
peoples with equity.” (11) Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea
roar, and all it contains; (12) let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of
the forest will sing for joy (13) before the LORD, for He is coming, for He is coming to
judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His
faithfulness. (Psalm 96:1-13 NASB)
I believe that this psalm reveals the message of the 144,000, the eonian good news that will go forth to
the nations through them. They will sing a new song to the Lord, and this song will not only rise up
before the throne of God, but it will go forth throughout the earth. It will tell forth of the greatness of
the Lord. His name will be a blessing to all. This new song will proclaim the salvation of the Lord from
day to day. Every day of the 1,000-year reign of Christ in the next eon will be a proclamation of the
salvation of the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world and who, one day, will totally abolish
the last enemy, death. As they proclaim the good news of the glory of the Lord, the glory of the Lord will
begin to literally fill the whole earth.
And they will sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD. (Psalm 138:5
They will see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God . (Isaiah 35:2 NASB)
“Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together; for the
mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:5 NASB)
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. ”
(Isaiah 60:1 NASB)
Oh, these few examples from Scripture should fill our hearts with joy at the thought of what is coming
to this earth. May we be counted worthy to be part of the great company of conquerors that sing of the
glory and majesty of the Lord and lead the nations to fear God!
For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all
the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
These verses coincide with the eonian gospel that will be proclaimed by the angel flying in mid-heaven:
“Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him
who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”
The nations have lost sight of their Creator, and they need to be told His name. He is Jesus, the Lord,
the Son of God, the firstborn of all creation, for by Him all things were created (Colossians 1:15-16).
Fear God, and give Him glory, for He created all things through His Son, the image of the invisible God.
As the world and its systems are shaken, people will wonder if the world, as they know it, will survive.
The nations need to be reassured that the world will not be moved. Why? Because the Lord reigns and
He is coming to judge the world! The world cannot be moved because the Lord cannot be moved. His
kingdom is unshakable and without end.
For He is coming to judge the earth, and He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His
faithfulness and with equity! Today, the world has the wrong view of the Lord. They believe He is a
harsh and unjust taskmaster; however, as the next eon unfolds, the inhabitants of the earth will begin to
understand how great He is as they see and experience His righteous and equitable judgments and are
taught righteousness. He is faithful, and He will judge the people in His faithfulness.
In that day, all creation will begin to rejoice. A new sound will fill the earth, the sound of rejoicing,
gladness, and joy. The inhabitants of the earth will hear the trees and the sea sing for joy at the coming
of the Lord as He reigns over the earth along with His conquerors. May your heart be encouraged that a
new day is on the horizon. The earth is about to hear a new song.
The Upward Call: #03-09141
by: Stuart H. Pouliot