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)
#05-1146
Irene Means "Peace" [Gematria 181]
August 27, 2011
On August 18, 2011, I had a different type of dream than usual. I was in a prayer meeting and the
person leading the time said: "Stu said something is going to happen in the southeast." In the dream, I
was sort of embarrassed by the announcement, for I knew this group was not very open to the
prophetic. Later, I told my wife about the dream and indicated to her that there was significance to it.
Frankly, I sensed this could be of the Lord but was not sure what it meant until two days later. On
August 20, it was reported that a tropical storm had formed and was named Irene . On August 22, 2011,
Irene became a hurricane, and it was reported that it was headed for the southeast Bahamas.
In other words, Hurricane Irene was happening not only in the southeast Bahamas but also off the
southeast of the United States eastern coast.
As I write this, Irene has made landfall on the coast of North Carolina on its trek up the entire coast
from the Carolinas to New England. It had been projected to be a mighty powerful hurricane, but now it
looks like some of its punch has been lost and perhaps it won't be as devastating as initially projected.
Instead of a Cat 2 or 3, it is a Cat 1. However, this doesn't mean that it won't cause widespread
damage, for surely it will due to the rain and tropical-force winds hitting roofs and trees rooted in
already water-soaked soil. Already, over 400,000 homes have lost power in one state alone.
Obviously, my dream announcement on the 18 th that something is going to happen in the southeast
and then something actually happening or, we could say, forming in the southeast in relation to the US
east coast caught my attention.
I see and hear many news reports each day but usually do not attempt to link them to other events or
even things the Lord might have revealed to me. However, in this case, I felt led to count the days from
the time of the toppling of the National Christmas tree on February 19, 2011 to the day I received the
dream of the happening. If you have read my most recent issues, you know that I have already linked
the toppling of the tree to the 5.8-mag quake in Virginia and the toppling or cracking of the top stones of
two other national iconic structures, the Washington National Cathedral and the Washington
Monument, both in Washington, D.C.
I figured that perhaps all of these are connected, including Hurricane Irene. After all, a major
earthquake hitting DC followed by a hurricane hitting the US mainland 5 days later should grab our
attention or, at least, generate a little bit of curiosity. As it turns out, there is a connection.
The number of days from February 19 to August 18, inclusive of the last day, is 181 days or exactly 6
months.
Now, here is the interesting part. In the Greek, the word Eirene , from which Irene is derived, has a
gematria of 181 . Further, the name Irene means "peace ." Thus, the number 181 also signifies peace.
As if to make sure that I saw the connection, the Lord also gave me this dream on 8- 18-1 1, which has
the number 181 within the date, whether reading it from the left or the right.
As I have stated elsewhere, I do not see these things as coincidences.
But this raises the question: Why would God want to draw attention to a hurricane's name that means
peace? I wonder if the ones who name the hurricanes ever check the meaning of the names they
assign to these cyclones. The fact of the matter is that a hurricane is noisy, violent, and destructive; it is
not generally associated with peace. So, what could God be saying to us?
Of course, on one level, the answer to the question is quite obvious. Jesus is the Prince of Peace
(Isaiah 9:6) and the King-Priest according to the order of Melchizedek , who was the king of
righteousness and the king of peace (Hebrews 7:1-2). Thus, the character of the coming kingdom of
Christ is righteousness and peace. In this regard, this is a reminder that the King of Peace is coming.
This must be our encouragement no matter what the near future looks like.
After His resurrection and before His final ascension to the throne of His Father, Jesus appeared to His
disciples on two occasions, eight days apart, and blessed them with peace.
So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the
disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be
with you." (John 20:19 NASB)
After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having
been shut, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you." (John 20:26 NASB)
The first day of the week is the same as the eighth day, which signifies the last day, the great day of
the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:37). Thus, Jesus was not only blessing His disciples but also
prophetically pointing to the day when all the conquering sons of God are blessed with peace in His
kingdom and reign with Him over the nations of the earth for 1,000 years.
On another level, the story of Jesus with His disciples in the midst of a great storm on the sea should
remind us that Jesus is with us in the midst of the storms of life, especially the storms that precede His
coming to meet us in air at the end of our present wicked eon.
(23) When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. (24) And behold, there arose a great
storm on the sea , so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep.
(25) And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing!" (26) He said to
them, "Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?" Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the
sea, and it became perfectly calm. (Matthew 8:23-26 NASB)
Jesus was in the midst of the storm with His disciples, and He brought peace into the midst of it when
He calmed the winds and the sea.
For those who know, love, and obey the Lord, there should be no doubt that Jesus is with them no
matter how dire or great the storm might be in their life. In fact, most likely, He brought the storm their
way in the first place, just as He most definitely raised the wind and sea when He was asleep in the
boat with His disciples. I can imagine the Lord smiling to Himself as He was resting in the boat as it was
being covered with the waves.
I believe there is a two-fold message to us with this announcement of a happening in the southeast that
manifested as a hurricane named Irene, meaning peace, and the connection to the toppling or cracking
of national icons, 181 and 186 days apart. First, God's judgments often manifest as great upheavals,
either upheavals of the physical (earthly) realm (e.g., quakes and hurricanes) or of man's institutions,
governments, and religions, that is, man's isms . Second, even though God's judgments might manifest
as great storms, they have a purpose that is good. In this case, God wants us to know that, out of His
judgments, peace will come to the whole earth. For the conquerors, peace will not only be with you, but
it will be in you. The nations of the world will experience peace as they have never experienced it in the
history of man's kingdoms, for the character of the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ is peace.
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by: Stuart H. Pouliot