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)
#04-1013
Eighth Day #2
February 1, 2010
The eighth day is a tremendous day that speaks of sonship and the superabundant life of Jesus, the Son
of God, flowing out of the sons of God. The eighth day is the manifestation of the glory of God. The
gematria for “The heavens declare the glory of God” is 888, just as the name of Jesus is 888.
As presented in the last issue, the eighth day is seen on many different levels, both individually and
corporately, especially as it relates to the feasts inaugurated through Moses.
During the Passover season or the feast of unleavened bread, the eighth day is seen in the waving of the
barley sheaf in the temple. On the first day of the week or the eighth day, Jesus was resurrected from
among the dead and He presented Himself to the Father, at the same moment that the high priest
waved the sheaf in the temple at the third hour of that day.
Seven sabbaths later, on the eighth day, the ecclesia of God was presented to the Father on the day of
Pentecost, a feast celebrated with leavened bread, as the spirit of God fell upon the 120 in the upper
room.
Two thousand years later, at the end of our present eon, the conquerors, as the first fruits anointed, will
be transfigured into the image of the Son of God, themselves becoming sons of God or sons of glory, just
as the Son of God is the Son of Glory. This will occur in conjunction with the fall feasts.
During September of a year appointed by the Father, at the time of the Feast of Trumpets that occurs on
the first day of the seventh month (Hebrew reckoning), the conquerors from past ages will be
resurrected from among the dead in what is called the first or out-resurrection. The eight-day Feast of
Tabernacles will commence fifteen days later, at which time all the conquerors, both past and present
(alive and remain), will be transfigured into the image of the Son and will corporately take on their
identity as New Jerusalem, the corporate Temple of the Holy Spirit, the holy temple in the Lord and
dwelling of God in spirit (Ephesians 2:21-22).
On the last day of the feast, the eighth day, the first fruits anointed, who are the Christ and the Lambkin
of New Jerusalem, will be presented to the Father in glory; after which, they will be manifested to the
nations on earth and a new eon (age), the seventh day, will begin for the second earth. It is only then
that the inhabitants of the earth will begin to enter into the joy of knowing the Lord and being led by
His righteousness.
Before proceeding further, for those who might be reading my material for the first time and are
unfamiliar with my references to New Jerusalem, I suggest that you read the series on New Jerusalem
that is available as a PDF-book.
In the account of Solomon finishing his temple, we are given a type of the eighth day and the following
day, which is the 23 rd day from the start of the fall feasts, beginning with the Feast of Trumpets.
(8) So Solomon observed the feast at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him, a
very great assembly who came from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of Egypt. (9) On
the eighth day they held a solemn assembly, for the dedication of the altar they observed
seven days and the feast seven days. (10) Then on the twenty-third day of the seventh
month he sent the people to their tents, rejoicing and happy of heart because of the
goodness that the LORD had shown to David and to Solomon and to His people Israel. (2
Chronicles 7:8-10 NASB)
Notice that on the eighth day, an assembly was held to dedicate the altar. A similar type is seen when
the Lord appeared to Aaron, his sons, and all the people on the eighth day, the day after Aaron and his
sons had been consecrated in the tabernacle for the previous seven days. When the glory of the Lord
appeared for all the people to see, fire came down and consumed the offering.
(23) And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out,
and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people. (24) And
there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt
offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.
(Leviticus 9:23-24 KJV)
In both cases, the altar was dedicated and the people responded, but in the case of the completion of
Solomon’s temple, the people rejoiced and were happy as they were sent away on the 23 rd day, which
was the day that followed the last day of the eight-day feast.
This is a typological picture of when the sons of God will be manifested to the nations on the 23 rd day,
which will be the commencement of the seventh day as the kingdom of Christ begins to take root among
the nations.
This is brought into sharper focus in the account of Jesus appearing in the temple in the midst of the
Feast of Tabernacles and teaching, which, I believe, points to the Lord appearing to His conquerors (i.e.,
in His Temple, New Jerusalem) in the middle of the feast and teaching His Body, the Christ and the
Lambkin, to prepare them to sit upon His throne (Revelation 3:21) in the eon that will commence a few
days later.
Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths [i.e., Tabernacles] was near. (John 7:2 NASB)
But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple [i.e., prophetically
speaking, New Jerusalem] , and began to teach. (John 7:14 NASB)
(37) Now on the last day [i.e., eighth day] , the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried
out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. (38) He who believes in
Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”
(39) But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for
the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:37-39 NASB)
I realize that many use verse 38 to preach to the lost; perhaps, there is nothing wrong with using it in
this way. However, the greater significance of Jesus’ cry on the eighth day pertains to the prophetic
fulfillment of the feast in relation to the Body of Christ or, more specifically, the conquerors or the first
fruits anointed, the barley company, that will come forth as the first troop to be glorified from among
His body.
The rivers of living water that will flow from his innermost being speak of the life and spirit of the Son
flowing out of the first wave, if you will, of immortal sons of God, the ones fully conformed to the image
of Christ, filled up to the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19), which speaks of being full of the Holy Spirit.
No longer do these ones merely have an earnest of the spirit, for they are filled with the spirit of God.
They are the first fruits of the immortal, glorified, spiritual, celestial Body of Christ, the Complement of
the One completing the all in all (Ephesians 1:23 CV), the spiritual Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:42-
49 CV). They are the first to fulfill the law of the eighth day, being the first to be presented to the Father
just as Jesus, the Son of God, was presented to the Father after His resurrection.
The firstborn of your sons you shall give to Me. … on the eighth day you shall give it to
Me.” (Exodus 22:29, 30 NASB)
The Upward Call: #04-1013
by: Stuart H. Pouliot