Wednesday, 30 May 2012

A call to worship: Jubilee, bells and beacons

There has been a massive amount of prophetic chatter about the sound of bells ringing in the heavenlies – some linked to resistance and spiritual warfare with others linking to the message of hope, a call to worship and a call to the “UK” believers in Jesus to awaken from slumber and take hold of God’s intended purposes for this nation.  

When I stumbled upon the story about the launch of the JUBILEE BELLS and the planned Thames pageant my spirit stirred; equally important, which joins a number of prophetic dots, is that following the Thames river pageant (3rd of June) is the call to light BEACONS whereby a network of over 4000 beacons will be lit by communities and others throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, along with the Commonwealth and UK Overseas Territories on Monday 4th June 2012 – all this activity is loaded with spiritual meaning and significance - this is what has been laid on my heart.

Eight bells have been specially made for the jubilee - a floating belfry on which the huge bells are mounted will be at the head of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and they will be ringing as they lead a flotilla of 1,000 boats on the River Thames on Sunday 3 June – starting at 3pm. The pageant website says “Expect to see lots of red, white and blue on bridges and buildings along the river bank and hear church bells, fireworks, music and foghorns.” Walls of Jericho ring any bells?

From Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge it is intended that as the bells chime along the course of the river – land based bells in churches along the route are asked to respond by being rung. A number of Thames riverside towers have announced their intention to ring over the river, and bell towers all over the country and the Commonwealth will also be ringing to coincide with Her Majesty's bidding at this precise time.
Aside from the bells, noise, barges, banners and bunting – biblically there is heaps of symbolism (promises) linked to Jubilee but what really captured my attention is that the number eight (8 bells) is highly significant and is the numeral that indicates superabundance. In Hebrew it is (Sh'moneh), from the root (Shah'meyn), "to make fat," "cover with fat," "to super-abound." As a participle it means "one who abounds in strength.” As seven was so called because the seventh day was the day of completion and rest, so eight, as the eighth day, was over and above this perfect completion, and was indeed the first of a new series, as well as being the eighth.

It is also the number specially associated with Resurrection and Regeneration, and the beginning of a new era or order. Best of ALL = eight is about new beginnings! 

Within our fellowship we have had many words from the Lord about new beginnings, the start of the new things of God, breaking through of glass ceilings, wells of salvation, healing and heritage being opened up again - this past Sunday evening was all about the fire of Godkey is that we have to ensure our lamps are full of oil and that we are to be totally focused on watching and waiting for the groom as we have to have the oil of His Holy Spirit within us to catch the fire! in this flow of words has been a clarion reminder about the pre-eminence of Christ Jesus and that this season is about the revelation of Christ, through His Holy Spirit revealing Himself anew to those who believe in Him – for each of us a private Damascus Road experience – ie a one to one with the God of all creation. Jesus, who is KING of KINGs and LORD of LORDs comes without pomp and ceremony - amidst all the noise and activity, we must remind ourselves of HIS SOVEREIGNTY and that we live to serve and worship Him.

It is good to celebrate, to join in parades and street parties but as the bells ring out this Sunday let our hearts respond to the eternal call and welcome the King of Glory, Christ our Lord so that we can catch the fire that will bring resurrection life and light to this island and all associated with the land.


See also

Psalm 24 (7 to 10)
 “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory.  Selah”

Zechariah 2 (3 - 5 and 10 - 13)
And there was the angel who talked with me, going out; and another angel was coming out to meet him, who said to him, “Run, speak to this young man, saying: ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it. For I,’ says the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’”

10 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the Lord. 11 “Many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. 12 And the Lord will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. 13 Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!”

Zechariah 4 (6 & 7)
 So he answered and said to me:“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.
‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!
And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’”

Global prayer focus by Kathie Walters
"While the bells ring on both (for the Olympics as well) occasions, make a declaration and celebration, let's all agree that God will rule and reign in the U.K. Pray for the eyes of the parliament to be opened to see the wiles of the enemy. Pray for the strategies of the enemy to be uncovered and discovered by the Spirit of God. Pray for a spirit of grace and POWER to sweep across the UK just like the bells will be ringing across the country. Pray for God to send forth JOYFUL laborers, not heavy religious ones"

"The Olympic Day bells are an invitation to everyone to visit and partake of this anointing. So grap those bells whatever size and declare the goodness and mercy of the Most High God."

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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

On solid rock we stand

On 25 September 2008 I received a wonderful "moving picture" from the Lord which speaks to me of Gods strength, power, divinity and eternalness in this season.  God is unchangeable - as He was in  the beginning - so He is now and that we, as believers in Jesus His son, have the solid rock of His promises and love to depend on, when everything around us is shifting and shaking.

The picture  - At first a HUGE snow topped mountain came into view - in my spirit I knew that this mountain was made of granite and it rose majestically into the sky - it was ancient.  The picture then changed to a desert - sand dunes for as far as the eye could see and high, strong winds were blowing, with dunes being moved from one end of the desert to the other with great speed - through the haze of sand, the granite mountain came back into focus and was not moved by the sand - the wind & sand was blowing all around it - but the mountain stood majestic and strong - I knew in my spirit that it was also a place of safety - a place to run to when the storm got too strong.

Be blessed and encouraged - the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the solid rock on which we stand and He is our strong tower of strength - our refuge in times of trouble.