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
January 9, 2015
Dove of Peace
The first issue of the year offered some insight into the words I believe the Lord gave me for 2015: peace, rest,
and tranquil . I see these words as "to be" or "being" words: Be at peace, be at rest, and be tranquil . It is a call to
be these things in 2015. Perhaps, a better way of stating this is to be peace, to be rest, and to be tranquil . In
other words, don't strive to enter into these things, just be them. Think about it; it will come to you!
In one of Dr. Stephen Jones' latest blogs, he bore witness to a suggestion from one of his readers that 2015 is the
Year of the Dove . This caught my attention, for it seems to go along with the words I was given; it dovetails (pun
intended) with peace, rest, and tranquil.
In the natural, the dove is known as a peaceable bird . Doves mate for life, remaining faithful to each other
throughout. While hawks and other birds of prey are not very neighborly as they try to devour others, doves are
neighborly and more interested in working together to build nests and raise a family. Doves eat seeds and are
easily domesticated. Given these few traits, the dove has become a symbol in many cultures as a bird of peace .
The Egyptians saw the dove as a symbol of quiet innocence , the Chinese as a symbol of peace and long life , and
the early Greeks and Romans as a symbol of love and devotion and care for the family .
Biblically, in the Song of Solomon, the Shulamite, who was in love with a shepherd, not the king, was referred to
as My dove, my perfect one (Song 5:2; 6:9). According to Strong, the Hebrew word translated perfect means
" complete ; usually (morally) pious ; specifically gentle , dear: - coupled together, perfect, plain, undefiled, upright."
So, in this context, the dove is personified as one who is complete, undefiled, and gentle. We often hear the
expression "gentle as a dove."
The most well-known example in scripture of the dove is revealed through Jesus' baptism and the Father's
declaration of sonship.
Jesus was also baptized … and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove , and a voice came
out of heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased." (Luke 3:21-22 NASB)
The Holy Spirit is personified as a dove─the gentle, peaceful, devoted, caring, loving, undefiled, family-oriented,
fully devoted, and complete Spirit of God. The Spirit Dove descended upon the Son of God, the Prince of Peace.
Could we not say that the Dove of God has been sent to produce many sons of God, all in the character of a dove?
Oh, but it goes even beyond this, for scripture reveals that this beautiful Dove must fill the whole earth and all
mankind. We see this in the first mention of the dove as presented in the book of beginnings when Noah sent
forth a dove to see if the water had receded from the flooded earth.
Then he sent out a dove from him, to see if the water was abated from the face of the land; but the dove found
no resting place for the sole of her foot, so she returned to him into the ark, for the water was on the surface of
all the earth. Then he put out his hand and took her, and brought her into the ark to himself. So he waited yet
another seven days ; and again he sent out the dove from the ark. The dove came to him toward evening, and
behold, in her beak was a freshly picked olive leaf . So Noah knew that the water was abated from the earth.
Then he waited yet another seven days , and sent out the dove; but she did not return to him again . (Genesis
Dove of Peace
There is something significantly prophetic in the three occasions that Noah sent forth a dove from the ark. The
first time the dove went out, it came back without anything; the second time, it came back with an olive leaf; and
the third time, it did not return, signifying it had found a place of rest on earth. Of further significance, this
occurred over a 21-day period, comprising three 7-day periods.
Knowing that the dove signifies the Holy Spirit as revealed through Jesus' baptism, these three occasions
represent spiritual truths related to three outpourings of the Holy Spirit. The first two have occurred already, and
we are waiting for the third and most expansive outpouring, which we trust is not long in coming.
The first time the dove went out and returned speaks of the day when the Lord descended on Mt. Sinai to appear
before the sons of Israel to write His laws on their hearts and for them, ultimately, to be filled with His Spirit in
order to enter the land. However, they feared for their lives and withdrew from the Lord, sending Moses up the
mountain to receive the law on stone tablets; the letter that kills and does not give the life of the Spirit. As a result
of their fear and rebellion, the law was placed in another ark, the Ark of the Covenant. The Spirit of God did not
take up residence in the people but rather remained in a physical ark located within the tabernacle of Moses and
the temple of Solomon, until it was removed entirely from even these structures. Thus, the first dove returned to
the ark just as the Spirit of God remained in the ark and in the temple.
The second time the dove went out and returned with an olive leaf speaks of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on
the day of Pentecost when the believers of the body of Christ received an earnest of the spirit. Of course, all who
have believed since that day also receive an earnest of the spirit. The single olive leaf prophetically speaks of the
believer receiving a down payment of the spirit. The olive branch is good, but it is only a portion of the whole olive
tree, especially its oil, which refers to the anointing of the Spirit. On careful reading of the account, it seems the
second time the dove did not enter the ark, for Genesis 8:11 states that she came into Noah. Prophetically
speaking, this refers to the Holy Spirit coming into believers as a Pentecostal anointing.
The third time the dove went out she did not return, signifying the Spirit of God filling the whole earth. A day is
coming when there will no longer be a need for outpourings of the Spirit of God. Why? Because the Spirit of God
will have filled mankind, no longer as a partial filling or down payment but in full! Just as Noah went forth from
the ark to establish a new world (orderly system) on earth, so will a new world order come, only this time it will
succeed beyond anyone's imagination. The conquerors or overcomers, the sons of God, will go forth to establish
the Kingdom of our Lord on earth with the complete fall of the old world order of Babylon. Then, the Kingdom of
our Lord will progress over the next 1,000 years; it will take time for all mankind to be filled with the Spirit and for
the glory of the Lord to fill all the earth. There is a mighty work to be done by those chosen to reign with Christ as
His Complement or Fullness. However, this work will be done to the glory of God; it will not fail!
This leads to the 21 days (of three 7-day intervals) in which Noah's dove was sent forth. The number 7 signifies
spiritual perfection . The number 3 signifies divine perfection or completeness . Thus, these 21 days signify a
complete and perfect work. This ties in with the fall feasts that run for 21-22 days. The 7 th month of Tishri starts
with Trumpets (day 1), proceeds to the Day of Atonement (day 10), and then Tabernacles (days 15-22). The
second time the dove returned with the olive branch would have been the 15 th day, signifying the start of
Tabernacles, meaning God was going to have a true tabernacle on earth based on the olive tree, its leaves, and its
oil, signifying the Christ, both His Spirit and His Body. The dove not returning after 21 days leads to the 22 nd day,
which is the 8 th day, the last day, the great day of Tabernacles in which the Spirit will flow like rivers of living water
(John 7:37-39) until the whole earth is filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea. This is the work of
the Spirit of God. The number 22 signifies light . The Spirit of God filling the whole earth means the earth will be
filled with the glory of God, which is also typified as light. The Spirit, the Glory, and the Light filling the earth are
one and the same, and speak of the ultimate purpose that God may be All in All (1 Corinthians 15:28).
Thus, God, who declares the end from the beginning, speaks to us through Noah and the dove of peace. Peace
and rest is coming to this weary world of the flesh of men to revive us through His perfect Spirit that has all the
attributes of the natural dove. God is a family man, and He will have a glorious family. He will start with many sons
of glory and proceed until all of mankind and creation are filled with glory. Perhaps, in 2015, the Dove of Peace
has started its 7-day (i.e., 7-year) journey into the earth. May it be so!