UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but this is my one aim:
to forget everything that's behind, and to strain every nerve to go after what lies ahead.
I press on toward the finish line, where the prize waiting for me is the upward call of God
IN KING JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14)
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by – Stuart H. Pouliot
February 19, 2011
National Christmas Tree Toppled
Right from the start, I warn you that this issue might be a bit off the wall, so to speak. At any rate, perhaps
this will be useful to some in furthering their understanding of biblical numerology.
As I was perusing the news of the day, I was caught by the headline: National Christmas Tree toppled
behind the White House . Of all the critical news of the day, with so much of it seemingly far more relevant,
why would this one caption jump out at me?
The 42-foot Colorado blue spruce tree that fell on Saturday, February 19, 2011 had been planted behind
the White House more than 32 years ago. Sustained winds of 25 mph and gusts up to 50 mph swept
through the nation's capital and caused the tree's trunk to snap at a point 4 feet above the ground.
Regardless of one's view about Christmas trees and the holiday itself, the fact of the matter is that this
tree was a national symbol associated with the December holiday celebrating the birth of Christ. That the
tree was reported as the Christmas tree, not the holiday tree or some other politically correct designation,
associates it with something of God, even if in a cursory or not-so biblical way.
Now, five significant numbers appear in this national news event: 4, 25 32, 42, and 50. But first, let us look
at the biblical meaning of each number (i.e., biblical numerology) in numeric order.
The number 4 signifies the earth or the material creation of God, even the fullness of creation . In Genesis
1:14-19, it was on the fourth day that God completed the restoration of the earth that was in ruin and
waste. The material creation was restored, thus allowing for the populating of the earth with living
creatures. This is borne out in creation itself, for there are four regions (north, south, east, and west), four
elements (earth, air, fire, and water), four seasons (spring, summer, autumn, and winter), four kingdoms
(mineral, vegetable, animal, and spiritual), four divisions of the day (morning, noon, evening, and night),
and four phases of the moon (first quarter, new moon, last quarter, full moon). There are also four living
creatures before the throne, symbolized as a lion, a calf, a man, and a flying eagle (Revelation 4:6-7). The
four gospels depict Christ as each of these living creatures: Matthew proclaims: Behold the king, which
depicts the lion. Mark proclaims: Behold the servant , which depicts the ox (calf). Luke proclaims: Behold
the Son of man , which depicts the man. John proclaims: Behold the Son of God , which depicts the eagle.
There are many more examples in scripture, but these few should serve to make the point.
The number 25 signifies blessing , especially as it relates to the holy spirit. In Hebrew, the number 25 is
comprised of the letters kaph , which refers to an open palm, as in the act of giving, and hey , which refers
to inspiration or the breath of God, as in the holy spirit. Putting these together, they speak of the blessing
of the holy spirit. Also, 5 squared equals 25, and the number 5 signifies grace , which in itself signifies the
blessing of God . In Genesis 8:6, Noah's name appears the 25 th time in connection with opening the window
to allow a fresh breeze into the ark, signifying the inspiration of the holy spirit that led to the release of the
dove . In Genesis 25:11, Isaac's name appears the 25 th time in reference to God blessing him. God's blessing
fell upon several others when their names appeared in scripture for the 25 th time: Jacob (Genesis 28:1),
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Israel (Genesis 48:8-22), Abraham (Genesis 19:29), Joseph (Genesis 39:6), and Joshua (Deuteronomy
31:23).
The number 32 signifies covenant . The 32 nd time that Noah's name is mentioned in scripture refers to the
covenant God made with him and his descendants: Now behold, I Myself do establish My covenant with
you, and with your descendants after you; and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the
cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every beast of the earth
(Genesis 9:9-10). Similarly, Abram's name appears the 32 nd time with the account of the blessing of
Melchizedek with the bread and the wine (Genesis 14:19), which speaks of the covenant of Christ: For this
is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:28).
The number 42 signifies man's opposition to God or antichrist . In the Revelation, we discover that the
number 42 (months) appears twice, each time in reference to opposition to God: They will tread underfoot
the holy city for 42 months (Revelation 11:2). There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words
and blasphemies, and authority to act for 42 months was given to him. And he opened his mouth in
blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven
(Revelation 13:5-6). However, the good news is that the number 42 means that the second coming of
Christ and His kingdom of righteousness are on the heels of man's opposition.
Finally, the number 50 signifies the holy spirit or jubilee. It was on the 50 th day that the holy spirit came
upon the 120 waiting in the upper room. Also, in the 50 th year, the sons of Israel were called to celebrate
a jubilee in which all debts were cancelled and liberty proclaimed to all the inhabitants of the land
(Leviticus 25:10).
Well, this is a brief explanation of the biblical meaning of these numbers. This leads to a question: Based
on these numbers, could there be some spiritual or prophetic meaning to the toppling of the National
Christmas Tree? I will leave it to you to decide.
When I read the article, I was immediately caught by the number 32. I knew it meant covenant, and I
wondered if the toppled tree signified a broken covenant. Since the tree was a national monument on the
grounds of the White House, it could refer to our government that has broken its covenant with God. After
all, our national motto is In God We Trust . Have our national leaders turned from trusting God? From all
the news of our day, I have to conclude that they, along with the whole nation, have. Could God be telling
(i.e., warning) us that whatever covenant we had with Him as a nation is now broken, much like the ancient
northern house of Israel broke their covenant with God, leading to their downfall, deportation, loss of
national identity (name of Israel ), and scattering throughout the nations? After all, as I have shared
elsewhere, the argument could be made that the US is an Israelite nation.
Next, the tree grew to 42 feet before its demise. Opposition to God is what brings down nations. Again,
the ancient northern kingdom of Israel (10 tribes) fell due to their opposition to or broken covenant with
God. Is this a sign that the US has become an enemy of God? When it fell, only 4 feet of the trunk remained,
which could signify that all creation groans to be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom
of the glory of the children of God, waiting eagerly for the manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:21-
23). It also means that 38 feet of it fell to the earth. Although not mentioned earlier, the number 38
signifies slavery . After refusing to enter the promised land, all the sons of Israel wandered in the
wilderness for another 38 years. As a type of Israel, a man had an infirmity for 38 years (John 5:5). There
are other mentions of 38 years in connection with events surrounding Samaria or the northern house of
Israel (10 tribes) as they were about to go into slavery for their sin.
Dear brethren; God is warning us! Our beloved Lord Jesus is coming. He will topple all that is in opposition
to God, for righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne. True liberty is coming!