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)
#04-1066
The Fall Feasts & The Conquerors
July 8, 2010
It is safe to state that many, if not most, evangelicals are looking for the “rapture” so that they can
escape this earth before the wrath of God is poured out on the nations. These same ones have held that
the Lord’s return for His people could have occurred anytime in the last 2,000 years because there are
no prophetic events associated with what they call His “imminent” return. As I have written elsewhere, I
once believed this but no longer do, for I do not see this in scripture.
First, we need to realize that the coming of the Lord to meet His people in air is an appointed time. In
other words, God has set the time and no one can change it or even hasten it. When the time is up, it is
up. See issue #04-1052, May 17, 2010, Appointed Times .
Second, the next great event is the first resurrection and transfiguration of the Lord’s conquerors or
overcomers. They are the first fruits that will be manifested as the sons of God, the sons of glory. See
issue #02-08140, November 11, 2008, The Next Great Event .
Third, the first resurrection and transfiguration are prophetic events that, in type, are revealed in the
fall feasts, as given to the sons of Israel through the great prophet Moses.
Just as the spring feasts, beginning with Passover and ending with Pentecost, were a fulfillment of
Jesus’ first coming in relation to His Body, so will the fall feasts (September–October) be a fulfillment
of His second coming in relation to His Body. It is strange that most Christians see the greatness of the
spring feasts but then fail to see any relevance to the fall feasts.
The Feast of Trumpets.
Down through the centuries, the Lord has been building His Body, a corporate vessel of individual
temples of the spirit of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ
Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together,
is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, being built together into a dwelling of God in
spirit (Ephesians 2:20-22). Obviously, many of these individual vessels or members of His Body are
dead and awaiting the resurrection from the dead (Mark 9:10). The conquerors of old sought to obtain a
better resurrection, but they could not attain this resurrection apart from all the conquerors born after
them (Hebrews 11:35, 39-40), all the way to the end of our present evil age. Paul called the better
resurrection the out -resurrection (Philippians 3:11 WAET), which is what John called the first
resurrection. See issue #03-09148, August 10, 2009, Exanastasis, The Out-Resurrection .
The first resurrection (Revelation 20:4-6) is reserved for the conquerors. The brethren in Thessalonica
were waiting for the Son to come from heaven, but they began to fear for the fate of their brethren that
were asleep (dead) in Jesus. Paul encouraged their hearts that the dead in Christ must rise before those
who are alive and remain to the end of the age are transfigured. Then all will be transfigured (changed
into the immortal image of Christ) and snatched away to meet the Lord in air (1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1
Thessalonians 4:13-18). See article #17, January 2009, Snatched Away [The Rapture] .
This event coincides with the Feast of Trumpets, which occurs on the first day of the Hebrew New Year.
One day, all the conquerors from the past will rise up from among the dead and walk the streets of the
earth. What a shock this will be for many Christians who expect to be raptured off the earth.
Ten Days of Awe.
According to Jewish tradition, the ten days between Rosh Hashanah (Trumpets) and Yom Kippur (Day
of Atonement) are called the Days of Awe or Repentance. It is a time for serious introspection to
consider one’s sins of the previous year and to repent of these sins. It seems to me that when the first
resurrection occurs and events do not match what many evangelicals have believed, it will truly be ten
days of awe (and “shock”), and many will repent of their end-time belief systems. In other words, they
will realize that they had fallen into the trap of every wind of doctrine, the very thing Paul warned about
that he called the systematizing of the deception (Ephesians 4:14 CV). According to this deception, all
believers are conquerors simply on the basis that they belong to the Lord. As such, there is no
preparation needed to be a conqueror. To the contrary, they will be like the five foolish virgins who were
not ready to meet the Bridegroom when the shout went forth at midnight (Matthew 25:1-13), which is a
type of the first resurrection. All ten virgins are believers who are alive and remain when the Lord
comes. Once the resurrected conquerors appear on earth, it will be too late to be readied to meet the
Lord. The “alive and remain” conquerors are like the five wise virgins who made all the preparations
needed to meet the Bridegroom. They will be ready when the midnight shout of the first resurrection
goes forth; no more preparation will be needed, for they overcame.
The Day of Atonement.
Ten days after the Feast of Trumpets is the Day of Atonement, which could be likened to a national day
of prayer. It is a formal day of repentance. This day commemorates the day the 12 spies went into
Canaan to check it out. Due to the report of ten of them, the sons of Israel refused to enter the land
(Numbers 13-14), which is tantamount to saying they refused to enter the Kingdom of God. The entire
generation, with the exception of Joshua and Caleb, died in the wilderness, for they were disqualified
from entering the kingdom due to their unbelief. They lost the inheritance of the kingdom.
In like fashion, the church of God in the last days will repent for not believing the gospel of the kingdom
and for not walking in a manner worthy of the God who invites (calls) you into His own
kingdom and glory (1 Thessalonians 2:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:5). The eyes of their hearts will be
enlightened by the resurrected saints, and they will repent.
One expositor has made the point that the day the Israelites refused to enter into Canaan corresponded
to the 50 th Jubilee from Adam, which should have been a time to blow the trumpet of Jubilee, but they
failed. Likewise, this day will mark the Jubilee for the conquerors as God officially declares them to be
conquerors and gives them a new name (Revelation 3:12-13), just like Jacob was named Israel.
The Feast of Tabernacles.
The Feast of Tabernacles occurs fifteen days after the first resurrection and runs for eight days
(Leviticus 23:39-44). There are three laws that come to bear with this feast. 1) The law of the unclean
states that anyone touching a corpse (mortal body) is unclean for seven days (Numbers 19:11). Haggai
spiritually applied this law to the whole nation (Haggai 2:13-14) that was in a moral condition of death.
2) The law of ordination of the Levitical priests required that they remain in the tent of meeting for
seven days (Leviticus 8:33). It wasn’t until the eighth day that they were fully sanctified as priests. 3)
The law of the eighth day required that the first born be given to the Lord on the eighth day (Exodus
22:29-30).
In like fashion, all mankind is unclean because we live in mortal bodies. The conquerors are made
immortal on the first day of Tabernacles, but they must wait for seven days before being pronounced
clean on the eighth day, at which time they will be presented to the Father as first-born sons of God and
priests according to the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 5, 7). From their innermost beings will flow
rivers of living water because they will have been transfigured into immortal, spiritual bodies, clothed
with a dwelling from heaven, filled with the spirit of God (John 7:38, 39; 1 Corinthians 15:42-49; 2
Corinthians 5:2).
Thus, on the first day of Tabernacles, the “alive and remain” conquerors will be united with the
resurrected conquerors as one immortal Body; however, they also need to be united with their Head.
The only record of Jesus attending a feast was when He appeared in the Temple in the middle of the
week of Booths (Tabernacles) to teach (John 7:2, 14). This is a picture of the Head appearing in the
midst of His Body (New Jerusalem, the corporate dwelling of God in spirit) to unite with them as Head
and to write His laws on their hearts―His called, and chosen, and faithful conquerors that will sit with
Him on His throne (Revelation 3:21; 17:14) to rule and reign over the nations. Just for the record, this
year the fall feasts begin on the evening of September 8 th , with the eighth day occurring on the 30 th .
The Upward Call: #04-1066
by: Stuart H. Pouliot