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)
by – Stuart H. Pouliot
December 23, 2014
"Oldest Verified Man in US Dies @ 110"
I was scanning the titles of news articles and was caught by an AP report that the oldest verified man in the US
died at 110 years of age on December 23, 2014. The number 23 can signify death , and this man died on the 23 rd .
But, what really caught my attention was the number 110, which signifies Christ in a very special way, as seen in
types (Joseph and Joshua) and in Psalms 110.
What follows is not meant to be some prophetic word, a sign, a word from the Lord, or anything like that. It is
simply an observation, perhaps one that can be used as a teachable moment. Also, although what follows stresses
biblical numbers, please understand that, to me, numbers in scripture are simply a tool in our search for more of
Christ. Some make whole careers developing systematic theologies out of numbers. I have no interest in such a
thing and do not advocate it either. God is the mathematical genius of His creation, and we can rejoice to
whatever degree we see His handiwork through numbers, but let us guard against worshipping numbers.
Some months back, as I was reading about Joseph and then Joshua , I realized that it is recorded that both men
died at the age of 110. In the positive, they both lived 110 years, for a combined total of 220 years .
So Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years  ; and he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in
Egypt. (Genesis 50:26) … It came about after these things that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD,
died, being one hundred and ten years old  . (Joshua 24:29)
This is significant since both men are types of Christ and His second coming or, as some say, fulfillment of His
second work. Interestingly, I did a little research and ran across about six different biblical sites that discussed the
meaning of the number 110, but not one of them mentioned these two great biblical figures and types in
reference to this number. This seems to be a glaring oversight.
Joseph typifies several things of Christ, one of which is seen in a robe dipped in blood. In order to deceive their
father Jacob into believing Joseph was dead, Joseph's brothers dipped his prized robe (coat, tunic), given to him
by his father, in goat's blood. For 21 years, Jacob-Israel thought his favorite son was dead. When Joseph was made
manifest to Israel two years into a 7-year famine, he became life, not only to his father, but to all his brothers and
their families. God had sent him before his brethren to preserve life , to keep them alive by a great deliverance
(Genesis 45:5, 7). This is a typified story of our beloved Lord Jesus who represents both the sacrificial sin-offering
goat and the scapegoat (Leviticus 16:7-10). On the cross, He died as a sin offering (first goat) to atone for sin, but
He did not remove sin. When He comes a second time without reference to sin (Hebrews 9:28), He takes away sin
as typified by the scapegoat that was sent out into the wilderness. Thus, the One that was dead (shed blood of the
first goat) is now alive forevermore, and He is coming to remove the sin nature (scapegoat) from His people. Like
Joseph, Jesus is coming to preserve life, to make His brethren alive (immortality) by a great deliverance. The
connection between the type and antitype is the robes dipped in blood.
And they took Joseph's robe, and killed a ram of the goats, and dipped the robe in the blood. (Genesis 37:31) …
He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. (Revelation 19:13)
Joshua typifies Jesus in that Joshua led (delivered) the sons of Israel into their inheritance in the Promised Land,
just as Jesus will lead His people into the inheritance of immortal bodies (i.e., Promised Land) when He comes to
meet His brethren during the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles at the time appointed by His Father.
The Number 110
Further proof of the type and antitype is discovered in the fact that the names Joshua and Jesus are synonymous.
In the Greek, the name Jesus (G2424) is of Hebrew origin (H3091), coming from variations of the name Yehoshua
Jehoshua , Yashua , Yeshua , or Joshua . For the name of Jesus in the genealogy of Matthew 1:1, The Sacred
Scriptures (Bethel Edition) uses Yahshua , and the Complete Jewish Bible uses Yeshua . For the title of the Book of
Joshua , the same translations use the names Yahshua and Y'Hoshua , respectively, and The Scriptures (Institute for
Scripture Research) uses the name Yehoshua . Confused? Don't be; they are just derivations of the same Hebrew
word. To be sure, the translators have their reasons, perhaps even arguments, for using one spelling over the
other. It really doesn't matter for our discussion. What matters is that Joshua is a type of Jesus and the
synonymity of their names is one of the proofs.
To add to our understanding, it seems that when the Psalms were numbered by man, the Lord made sure that
one of David's most profound psalms that points to Christ and the order of Melchizedek, signifying both His first
and second coming (i.e., work), was numbered 110.
The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet." The LORD
will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, "Rule in the midst of Your enemies." Your people will
volunteer freely in the day of Your power; In holy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to You as
the dew. The LORD has sworn and will not change His mind, "You are a priest forever according to the order of
Melchizedek." The Lord is at Your right hand; He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath. He will judge among
the nations, He will fill them with corpses, He will shatter the chief men over a broad country. He will drink
from the brook by the wayside; therefore He will lift up His head. (Psalms 110:1-7 NASB)
This is a tremendous psalm that speaks of the new order established by Christ that is spiritually operable today
but will be progressively manifested to the nations in the next or oncoming age (eon). So, whether we are dealing
with types or the antitype, the number 110 signifies Christ in a very special way.
Now, there is more to glean from the number 110. In biblical mathematics, the meaning of a number can be seen
by what other numbers are associated with it through division (generally, without fractions), multiplication, or
addition. In the case of the number 110, it can be divided by 10 to produce 11 (or, 10x11 = 110), or by 5 to
produce 22 (or, 5x22 = 110). The number 10 signifies ordinal completion, perfection of divine order ; the number
11 signifies disorder, disintegration ; the number 5 signifies grace ; and the number 22 signifies light .
Could we not say that Jesus brings all that is in disorder and disintegration into the perfection of divine order; or
the One who is full of grace brings all mankind out of darkness into the Light of God; or by the grace of God all will
be brought into subjection (i.e., divine order [1 Corinthians 15:24-28]) by Jesus, the Light of the World ?
But there is more; the number 110 is found in the gematria of the Hebrew word for foundation [H3245] and the
Greek word for abide [G3306]. Through Isaiah, the Lord God says: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation
[H3245] , a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation ; whoever believes will not act hastily" (Isaiah
28:16). Jesus says: "Abide [G3306] in Me, and I in you" (John 15:4). John writes: God is love, and the one who
abides [G3306] in love abides [G3306] in God, and God abides [G3306] in him (1 John 4:16). In Isaiah, sure
foundation is a duplication of the same word, yielding the number 220 , which, like the number 22, also signifies
light . The combined years of Joseph and Joshua total 220. As types, again, they reveal the Light of the World.
Do you see the signification of our beloved Lord Jesus in the number 110 and its various components?
The oldest known man in the US died at the age of 110. How many in America and the world, for that matter, are
like ancient Jacob when he thought his beloved son was dead for a long 21 years? How many see Jesus as a great
man who is now in the grave? How many have given up on Him coming again, thus, treating Him as if He were
dead? Only God knows! But here is the good news: He LIVES! He is COMING! God has laid the sure foundation of
the Son of His love and the Light of the World; the One who is full of grace and truth; the One through whom all
things will be subjected back unto the Father; Yeshua, the One who delivers us into immortality. Soon, He will be
revealed to His brethren, so let us be encouraged. It won't be long!