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)
#04-1071
Update ― Saints Go Marching In
July 17, 2010
In issue #04-1053, May 18, 2010, When the Saints Go Marching In , I reported on an interesting
experience I had with the Lord at precisely 1:53 am on April 30, 2010. I was serenaded by a trumpet
playing the old gospel song When the Saints Go Marching In .
(10) Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.” (11) Simon
Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three [153];
and although there were so many, the net was not torn. (John 21:10-11 NASB)
After He was resurrected but before His final ascension back to His Father, Jesus led His disciples to a
tremendous catch of fish. There is a reason that the Holy Spirit recorded the exact number of 153 fish. It
refers to the sons of God to be resurrected and transfigured just as Jesus has been. The number 153
represents the sons of the resurrection, the sons of glory, the ones to rise from the dead in the first or
out -resurrection (Luke 20:34-36; Hebrews 2:10).
We know this because the gematria for “sons of God” is 153. Thus, the 153 fish in the net signify the
conquerors who will be the first to experience the transfiguration (immortality and glorification) of
Tabernacles when from their innermost being will flow rivers of living water (John 7:37-38), which
signifies they have come into the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19), full of His spirit or, as Paul wrote,
when they will receive the adoption as sons, the redemption of our body (Romans 8:23), which is the
spiritual body that bears the image of the Celestial One (1 Corinthians 15:42-49).
For more on the number 153, please see issue #02-08153, December 30, 2008, The Number of the Sons
of God ― 153 .
Can you think of anything more glorious than being free from our bodies of death and corruption, being
conformed into the image of our beloved Lord and Savior, the one who is the Lover of our life?
For the details of this trumpet serenade, as I like to call it, please see the issue referenced above.
Before proceeding, according to the Hebrew calendar, the fall feasts for 2010 occur as follows:
September 9
Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah)
September 18
Day of Atonement
September 23-29
Feast of Tabernacles (days 1 through 7)
September 30
Great Day of the Feast, the Last Day (eighth day)
Keep in mind that the feasts begin the evening before the date shown. For example, Trumpets begins
the evening of September 8 th .
Now, in this issue, I want to share something that just came to light that I did not previously report.
A few days ago, I felt led to count the days from April 30 th , when I first heard the trumpet, to the end
of the eight days of the feast of Tabernacles on September 29-30, 2010 .
Much to my surprise, from April 30 th to September 30 th , which is the end of Tabernacles and the last
and great day or the eighth day, there are 153 days (excluding the 30 th ). From April 30 th to September
29 th , which is the seventh day of the feast, there are 153 days (including the 29 th ). Either way, there are
153 days from when I heard the saints go marching in to the end of Tabernacles when the saints, in
some year, will literally enter in and take possession of the kingdom of our Lord.
Is this the year for the saints to literally possess the kingdom, or is this simply verification from the
Lord that the saints will possess the kingdom through the experience of Tabernacles in some
unspecified year? Whether or not God is following this same calendar in the fulfillment of His fall feasts
and the manifestation of the sons of God remains to be seen, but the prospects are intriguing, if not
exciting.
Frankly, I have had more than one indication that 2010 is a vital year for the conquerors. This is the
second witness I have been given to indicate that this is an important year.
Previously, in article #18, February 2009, When the Day Comes [2010] , I reported on a dream I had
seven years ago on June 26, 2003 that was about the coming of the Lord. This is what I reported.
I was singing the song “ Silent Night ,” which is about the Lord’s birth. The words that struck me
and that I kept repeating were “ holy night, all is calm .” While I slept, I sensed the second
coming of our Lord and that it was going to be a calm night.
Then I saw a paper like an affidavit slowly move across my vision as if on a movie screen. I saw
the date “September 8” scroll across the screen. There was no year attached to it. Then I saw
the word “Wednesday” scroll across the screen.
I had the impression that on Wednesday, September 8 of some year, the Lord will reveal
Himself to His people. It would be at night and it would be calm. Of course, night could signify
spiritual darkness and calm could signify that the world is comfortable with this darkness. But I
did not know the year.
In the second part of the dream, I saw myself with a group of people, including two brothers in
Christ that I know. As we prayed, in a vision, I saw the Lord coming and I told the others. Then
we looked behind us and there were people prostrate on the floor. I was given the impression that
they were not saved and were drawn to where we were. These people were in the shadows of this
place, and we were to lead them to the Lord and disciple them. They were drawn out of darkness
by the spirit of God and wanted to hear.
Although no year was given, there is only one year in our lifetime when September 8 th occurs on a
Wednesday at the start of the fall feasts; it is the year 2010, the only year all three line up together. This
was quite a shock to me when I first saw this; however, I do not believe in coincidences for those who
seek to follow the Lord and to know His will, so I believe these two signs are significant.
Again, keep in mind that the Hebrew feasts begin the evening before; thus, when the calendar shows
Rosh Hashanah on September 9 th , it actually begins on the evening of the 8 th . For those who are called,
chosen, and faithful to the end and who are alive and remain when the Lord comes, the feast of
Tabernacles will be a glorious feast as they put off their earthly tent and put on their heavenly tent or
dwelling from heaven in the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:1-4; Philippians 3:20-21) and join with the
resurrected saints.
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in
I expect that in 54 days we will know whether we will see a literal fulfillment of the fall feasts, especially
Tabernacles, which Paul called the Day of Christ, or some significant spiritual manifestation
encouraging us on toward the Day and preparing us for the final days of our present age.
Oh Lord, may it be the literal fulfillment. We long to see You and to be like You!
The Upward Call: #04-1071
by: Stuart H. Pouliot