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)
March 2, 2010
As stated in the previous issue (#04-1020, March 1, 2010, Shaking Has Purpose ), people often debate
whether natural disasters are the result of God’s direct intervention. I have no doubt that natural
disasters are part of the shaking that God promised would come upon the earth and the heaven as He
brings our present wicked eon to its rightful conclusion to make way for the kingdom of His Christ. As I
pointed out, shaking has purpose. It is to bring the inhabitants of the earth into fearing God and giving
Him glory; it is so that the inhabitants of the earth will learn righteousness through His judgments
(Psalm 9:7-8; Isaiah 26:9); it is so that we, His people, will receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken by
removing all that can be shaken; and, most importantly, it is to set creation free and to birth a new
creation, beginning with the manifestation of the sons of God, the sons of glory and of the kingdom.
When the sons of glory are manifested, all creation will begin to be set free from its slavery to
corruption that they were brought into by the lawlessness of man over 6,000 years ago. Again…
(19) … the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of
God. (20) … in hope (21) that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to
corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (22) For we know that the
whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. (23) … even
we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the
redemption of our body. (Romans 8:19-23 NASB)
As believers, our hope is in the resurrection and transfiguration of our corruptible and mortal bodies
into incorruptible and immortal bodies in the image of the Son of God.
When we understand God’s purpose in shaking all things, it seems to me that rather than debate
whether God is in the shaking or not, we should be seeking Him to know what He is saying to us in the
shaking. Does He have a specific word for us? I believe that we will know if we have ears to hear what
the spirit is saying in this day. With this in mind, let me offer some insight into what God could be
saying or indicating through recent events.
As we know, on February 27, 2010, at 3.34 am, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Chile, 70 miles south
of the city of Concepcion, about 21 miles below the surface. This is the 7 th strongest recorded earthquake
in world history, one that prompted tsunami warnings to be issued for 53 nations in the Pacific Rim, or
what is called the Ring of Fire. It is not uncommon for Chile to have such severe earthquakes, so such
an event is not unexpected or unusual. In fact, on May 22, 1960, a massive 9.5 quake, known as the
Great Chilean Earthquake , hit Chile and caused tsunamis throughout the Pacific Rim. However, an
8.8 quake is a mighty powerful event, one that was at least 500 times greater in magnitude than the one
that hit Haiti during January 2010.
The first thing that struck me, figuratively speaking, was the name of the city, Concepcion , which
means “fertile one,” “mother,” or “father of nations.” Notice the similarity to the English word
conception , which refers to the conceiving of a child for the purpose of birthing it into the world. As
noted in the previous issue (#04-1020), according to Scripture, metaphorically speaking, mother earth
(creation) groans and suffers the pains of childbirth. Could this be a word from God to let us know that
the purpose of global shaking is to birth the manchild, that is, the sons of God chosen to reign with
Christ, chosen to sit on His throne and to judge the world in righteousness?
Even the meaning of “father of nations” has spiritual significance, for it speaks of Abraham, the father
of a multitude of nations because he believed God and the father of us all who have this same faith
(Romans 4:16). In other words, the purpose of shaking is to birth the people of faith, in particular, the
conquerors who are destined to reign with Christ over the nations in the oncoming eon.
Shortly after the initial quake, when damage assessments were being reported, another Chilean city
appeared in the news, Constitucion , which means “act of forming or establishing something,” or “law
determining the fundamental political principles of government.” Could this be God’s communication
to us that a new government, based on a heavenly constitution, is being birthed through shaking? Thy
kingdom come is our prayer, and, one day, God’s kingdom will come!
Now, let us consider some of the numbers associated with this quake. The first thing to note is the
number 8.8. The number 8 signifies new beginning, new birth, new creation, and new life ,
especially through resurrection . Thus, when I saw a double witness of the number 8, it immediately
caught my attention that, although on the natural level the Chilean quake involved death and
destruction, on the spiritual level, it pointed to new life, for God’s principle is “out of death comes life.”
Reminder: we need spiritual sight to see and know what God is doing in this period of transition.
Further, the gematria for the name of Jesus is 888 , and we know that He is the Resurrection and
the Life , and the kingdom that we receive is His kingdom . The fact of the matter is that the shaking
of our day is about bringing forth the Christ, the Body of Christ, conformed to His image. Shaking is
about God’s Son and birthing many sons of glory.
Finally, the fact that the Chilean quake is the 7 th strongest one on record speaks of the shaking that
ushers in the 7 th day, the day of rest, when Christ rules and reigns over the nations and the knowledge of
the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth as the waters cover the seas (Habakkuk 2:14). The number 7 is
one of the numbers of completion and speaks of divine and spiritual perfection . In other words,
when the shaking is completed, His kingdom will begin to be manifested on earth as it is in heaven, for
the heavens do rule (Daniel 4:26 ASV). Interestingly, the number 70 also appears in relation to the
distance from the quake’s epicenter to the city of Concepcion, and this number signifies the
restoration of all things , which is the ultimate good news and purpose of the new birth.
See issue #03-0927, February 18, 2009, The Number 888 ; and issues #04-1011 through #04-1015,
January-February 2010, on the Seventh and Eighth Day .
Now, I may be pushing the envelope a bit, so to speak, but there are four other numbers associated with
this quake. First, the number 27 , as found in the date, signifies preaching the gospel . Second, the
number 34 , as found in the time, signifies the naming of a son . This one should catch our attention in
light of what has been shared from Romans 8:19-23. Shaking is about the placing of sons of the
kingdom. Third, the number 53 , as found in the number of nations on the Pacific Rim, reminds me of
the I-465 dream that I reported on in issue #04-1017, February 17, 2010. I-465 is the 53-mile beltway
that surrounds the capital of Indiana. This will be elaborated on in a subsequent issue. However, this
leads to the number 21 , as found in the quake’s depth, which signifies the exceeding sinfulness of
sin , as well as divine perfection . Divine perfection speaks of the conquering of sin and death. But let
us not forget that sin is lawlessness, and lawlessness must be and will be judged.
I realize that many, including many Christians, refuse to accept the thought that shaking could be a
judgment on the sin of a people or a nation. After all, as the thinking seems to go, it is not right or fair
for God to single out one people or one nation for such catastrophic judgment. Oh, really! Have you
considered ancient Israel or the Chaldeans that God raised up to judge Israel, and then He judged the
Chaldeans as well? How do you know that God is not judging other peoples and nations in our day?
Every day myriads across the globe suffer in countless ways under the weight of sin and lawlessness. By
the way, I am not stating this is the case for the Chileans, but we must see things in the broader view,
and God may be speaking to all of us through the Chilean quake.
As I have stressed many times, if we view these things spiritual to spiritual, we will see that the end
result of God’s shaking and judgment is good. Take the Haiti quake as an example. Issue #04-1008,
January 20, 2010, Haiti Quake , concluded with this: “As horrible as this event is to the Haitians, it may
be their best opportunity to rebuild and come out of their poverty. May they come into the riches of
Christ and become a nation under God’s King! May the whole nation come to know the Lord through
this disaster, and may they give glory to God!” From February 12-14, 2010, the Haitians fasted and
prayed, and many repented, asking God to heal their land. According to one account, one million
Haitians gathered together, and 100 voodoo priests turned to Christ. Praise God! Let us all repent!
The Upward Call: #04-1021
by: Stuart H. Pouliot