Your message burns in my heart and bones, and I cannot keep silent.
(Jeremiah 20:9)
by – Stuart H. Pouliot
Number 186—Top Stones Fall During DC Quake
To begin, what follows is subjective in nature, meaning it cannot be proven. However, I believe in a sovereign God
who rules over the realm of mankind (Daniel 4:32), and, as such, I do not believe in happenstance or coincidence.
There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries (Daniel 2:28). Everything is being worked out in the history of man
in accord with God's eonian plan and purpose. With this in mind, what follows should capture our attention.
On February 19, 2011, the Washington National Christmas tree , which was planted 32 years ago, toppled. At the
time, I wondered if it signified that the nation that historically has taken pride in its motto In God We Trust no longer
trusts God. In biblical math, the number 32 signifies covenant . At the time, I wondered if the toppled tree was a sign
that, as a nation, we have broken our covenant with God upon which our nation was founded.
Now, 186 days later on August 23, 2011 (inclusive of this date), a 5.8 earthquake hit Mineral, Virginia that sent shock
waves up and down the eastern seaboard from the southeast to the northeast. As a result of this rare major quake,
two national icons in Washington, D.C., the heart of the nation, experienced damage to the tops of their structures.
It was first reported that the Washington National Cathedral lost three top stones, which fell to the ground on the
"Pilgrim Street" side. Then, within a day, it was reported that the Washington Monument , which honors our first
president, suffered a four-foot, one-inch long crack in the stone of one of its triangular faces at the top of the
So, here we have the top stones of two national icons damaged by a rare major quake. Could it be that God is
speaking to us through the toppling of the national tree followed by the toppling or cracking of national top stones
186 days apart? Before looking at the number 186, a comment is in order about the cathedral top stones falling on
Pilgrim Street.
The word pilgrim caught my attention. The Pilgrims were the first permanent settlers of the present-day
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. They were what were called English Separatists or Puritans who broke away
from the Church of England and traveled to America in 1620 to establish their own government based on the Bible,
a biblical commonwealth. They separated because they believed that the work of the Reformation was not
complete, and they sought to complete it in a new land where they would be free to do so. Based on the migration
of the lost (10) tribes of Israel into Europe and the British Isles, it is most likely that these settlers were of the lost
tribes. They even considered themselves to be the New Israel. Consequently, America was settled by Christian
Israelites with the purpose of establishing the kingdom of God, even New Jerusalem, in a new land. Unfortunately,
no matter how motivated or even anointed they were, they were still in the era of Pentecost, not Tabernacles, and
as such, their movement was destined to be baked with leaven [i.e., corruption] (Leviticus 23:17).
Could top stones falling from a cathedral (Christian symbol) onto a street named Pilgrim be God's way of revealing
how far we have strayed from our roots as a nation? On the positive side, could He be telling us that the only remedy
to our condition is Jesus, the one and only Top Stone? All our icons must be shaken to the ground to make way for
the Crowned King. He will bring forth the top stone with shouts of Grace, grace to it [Him]! (Zechariah 4:7).
One further fact is that 186 years after the Pilgrims landed (1620-1806), five Williams College students prayed
together one rainy afternoon and committed themselves "to send the Gospel to the Pagans of Asia, and to the
disciples of Mohammed." From this commitment to the Lord, America's first foreign missionary society was formed
in 1810.
Number 186—Top Stones Fall During DC Quake
This leads to the number 186. According to Bonnie Gaunt in her book Jesus Christ—The Number of His Name (1992,
Adventures Unlimited Press), "interplay of numbers is not unusual in the gematria of the scriptures. Numbers are
often reversed or rearranged in a different order." She points out that the number 186 can be reversed to 681, as
well as rearranged to the number 618. "Just as the Hebrew text reads from right to left, and Greek text reads from
left to right, so the numbers can be read both ways, and are so used many times in scripture" (page 154).
If we accept this understanding, the numbers 186 and 681 reveal something quite significant. Consider these.
The word Golgotha , the place of Jesus' death, has a gematria of 186.
In reference to the cross, the declaration— It is finished (Revelation 16:17)—has a gematria of 186.
In reference to New Jerusalem, the promise— And there shall be no more curse —has a gematria of 186.
The time between Jesus' death on the cross and the end of the 7 th day and the beginning of the 8 th day of the
Feast of Tabernacles was 186 days (inclusive of the last day). The 8 th day speaks of Tabernacles and New
In Greek, the phrase the seventh day has a gematria of 681. The 7 th day signifies that the 8 th day of the Feast
of Tabernacles follows. Thus, the 7 th day leads to the last day, the great day of the feast (John 7:37).
The phrase— The Lord shall be King over all the earth (Zechariah 14:9)—has a gematria of 618.
The words Calvary , lambs , and lampstand , as well as the phrase He is the Rock , each have a gematria of 301.
Multiplying 301 (Calvary) by .618 (gematria [618] of The Lord shall be King over all the earth ) yields 186. The
Lord truly is king over the earth in the great day, the 8 th day.
So, with the gematria of these scriptural references, we come full circle. We start with the cross and end with the
last day, the great day of the Feast of Tabernacles, which speaks of resurrection and transfiguration of the
conquerors who are the first fruits of New Jerusalem, the temple in the Lord and dwelling of God in spirit (Ephesians
2:21, 22), full of living water, which speaks of the life of the Son of God and the fullness of the spirit of God.
Here are some supporting verses. The last verse speaks of the light of New Jerusalem. What is the speed of light?
186,000 mps, revealing yet another meaning of the number 186.
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him
come to Me and drink. "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow
rivers of living water.'" (John 7:37-38 NASB)
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, bright as crystal, coming forth out of the throne of God and
of the Lamb. (Revelation 22:1 LITV)
And he carried me in spirit onto a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, holy Jerusalem,
coming down out of Heaven from God, having the glory of God. And its light was like a very precious stone,
as a jasper stone, being clear as crystal…. (Revelation 21:10-11 LITV [bold italic added])
Could it be that these national monuments suffered damage to their top stones as a sign of the coming of King Jesus
and His kingdom? When you see the structures crumble, testify of My kingdom! Could it also signify that light is
starting to shine through the cracks of man's crumbling structures, revealing that the light of the world is coming to
shine through His many sons of glory, the saints in light (Hebrews 2:10; Colossians 1:12). Let there be light!
This is truly good news!