All night long I was hearing the words, which felt like they were being said in all caps, “COME ON RING THOSE BELLS”. Over and over again in my head, waking me up at various times throughout the night, “COME ON RING THOSE BELLS”. I finally got up at 5am and looked up the words “COME ON RING THOSE BELLS” to find out it is a song by a lady named Kirsten Chenoweth. That is three songs this week the Lord has spoke to me, this is not usual for me. The Lord usually speaks to me through His word, so to have Him speaking through songs is a shift in the way He is choosing to speak, but hey He is God He can speak however He wants, I just want to be able to hear what He is saying.
The song, COME ON RING THOSE BELLS, says, “Celebrations come because of something good; Celebrations we love to recall; Mary had a baby boy in Bethlehem; The greatest celebration of them all; Come on ring those bells; Light the Christmas tree ; Jesus is the King; Born for you and me; Come on ring those bells; Everybody say; Jesus, we remember it’s Your birthday.” Reading the lyrics, listening to the song, I could sense the celebration spirit attached to it. It was what I used to pray this morning, which made it all about remembering Jesus and thanking Him for being the heaven that came to earth.
I knew there was more to this though and the Lord led me to look up what ringing of bells signify because I know ringing of bells is the new sound for the new season. This is what I learned about why bells ring: 1) Church is about to start; 2) Dinner is ready; 3) It’s time to wake up; 4) School is over; 5) End of a treatment that was long and an often difficult journey; 6) Time to make an announcement; 7) Beginning and ending of a cycle; 8)Symbolically the voice of God; 9) Pure wisdom; 10) Sound can travel long distances; 11) Tells time. I also learned the dome of the bell is the “vault of heaven” and the clapper is the “voice of God”.
My friend, I am not sure which one of those 11 reasons bells ring resonates with you, but the new sound for the new day is the ringing of bells. God is ringing the bells and He is calling us to COME ON RING THOSE BELLS! The bells are telling us something is over and something new is beginning, it is time to celebrate, rejoice, come to the table, wake up, because God is ringing the bells and announcing a new day!
Water was found at the place of launching and water was found at the place of landing, both in the same day. Is this a stop sign saying don’t go? Or is it a distraction in order to get us not to go? This is what we need to know. A prophetic adventure is planned for this weekend and we are leaving tomorrow, but the water heater leaked at the launch location and the reservation at the landing location was cancelled because of a water issue. Things that make you go hmmmm.
I asked the Lord this morning, “Why water?” Immediately the words echoed in my spirit, “FLOOD THE EARTH!” My first thought was Habakkuk 2:14 “For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea.” Then I open up my iPad and type in Flood the Earth and there is a song by that very name by Jesus Culture. I open the lyrics and this is what they say, “Break down the walls; Push back the dark; Light of the world; Move in our hearts. There’s a stirring in the Spirit…Heaven; Something holy, can you feel it?…Heaven. Let Your glory and Your power; Let Your majesty and worth; Flood the earth Flood the earth; Let the rumors of Your kingdom; Let Your name without reserve; Flood the earth Flood the earth. Freedom is here; Fear has to leave; Pain has to go; Darkness retreat; Every heart here, finding healing…Heaven; In this moment, You’re revealing…Heaven.” The title of the album from which this song comes is Love Has A Name.
The Lord is speaking to a writer through songs, songs are not my go to unless I am in worship at a corporate setting, so the lyrics become my prayers and the songs become the sound that ushers in the new day. God is Flooding the Earth, His kingdom is manifesting; His love has a Name and the nations are going to be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. It’s not coming, it is right on top of us, it could rain at any moment!
I love how God has wonder twin powers. You see them all over the word of God. When you see one, you will find the other. They are inseparable. I love this because it is a pattern we can trust, for the Bible says, one can put a thousand to flight, but two can put ten thousand to flight. Amos 3 says, how can two walk together unless they agree to do so. As we conclude the year 2022, we may be moving into a new number year, but we are carrying with us what we learned in the year 2022. God is building us into a holy habitation in which His presence can dwell, so every year we gain something and lose other things as part of this building process.
One of my favorite sets of two in the word of God is the inseparable nature of righteousness and justice. I love this because when you see a rise in justice, you will see a rise in righteousness. Isaiah 28 says it so well, “thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily. Also I will make justice the measuring line, And righteousness the plummet.” What I see rising in our nation is justice. When justice manifests, we will see righteousness rising with it.
Justice is needed for people to know the fear of the Lord. Justice will create a culture of God’s presence that we need for when there is no justice people start to operate in behaviors that they think do not have consequences. Justice is an aspect of God’s love for us. Remember the Bible says, God disciplines those He loves and He loves us too much not to release justice to us as a nation. This manifestation of justice will release with it righteousness because justice will realign the plumbline of righteousness that will exalt the nation again. As you see justice manifest know it is God’s love for our nation and then get ready for the preachers of righteousness will arise with it. We are headed into a much needed cultural shift in our nation.
Theological infrastrure has been built inside of us by “teachers” who have taught what they were taught in their theological schools. Their teachings get replicated in their students, then their students become pastors of churches and the people then espouse the beliefs of the one who taught them on a Sunday morning. I don’t think we realize how much we have learned from others, rather than from reading our Bible ourselves and letting the Holy Spirit be our teacher? The Holy Spirit teaches in such a way that it uproots, tears down and destroys all the doctrines of men inside of us, then builds and plants the kingdom of God in us. Once that kingdom is built inside of us, then the Holy Spirit fills the house with His glory and we begin to manifest the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.
Isaiah 2 says in the last days people will want truth and will experience peace, “Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it. And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And He will judge between the nations, And will render decisions for many peoples; And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war.” Mountains in scripture represent governments, the kingdom of God is a government, it is a ruling system of righteousness and justice that establishes peace, first inside of you, then all around you. Nations are people and places.
The kingdom of God is not denominational nor is it political, for both of those divide us, but the kingdom of God is a government that supplies us with righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. When this government is ruling inside of you, you will be at peace, live righteously and will enjoy life for we are living in the last days and people are seeking for truth on the mountain of the Lord. Let His government increase in you, for He is a righteous ruler!
I literally sat down to pray and when I went to open my mouth to start thanking the Lord, the Holy Spirit dropped the song O-O-H Child by The Five Stairsteps into my spirit. I literally could hear the song playing in my soul. I have heard the song before, but that was a Holy Spirit pick from the jukebox inside of me. I pull the song up on YouTube and the moment I hear it in my ears, tears start falling down my face. My friends who have been in a long season, a battle that has called for perseverance, a continual challenge with one termite on the heels of another I believe this song is for us.
As I looked up the song, it was produced in the summer of 1970. That is the year I was born. It was their only billboard hit, no wonder I did not know the band name. Only the Holy Spirit could do this, for He knows what we need at what time. My friends, the battle has been long, it has been hard, it has taken perseverance, it still looks like there are no doors in front of us, but we are so far in now, where can we go but forward on the same path we have been taking for so long.
The other day I was telling a friend, I think I subtly believed I was going to be like those in Hebrews 11 who died believing the promise God gave to me, but then a kiss from heaven came in a phone call that was unexpected, that took one of the promises and breathed hope into it. Then Emma Stark did a video in December to the church and she said “Big Testimonies” will dismantle the Baal structure in our nation. She explained the wait on the promise has been because God is about to release “Big Testimonies” that will be broadcasted. Another shot of hope that the wait will be worth it. Then today this song is dropped in my spirit.
My friends, remember, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9). Now if you will excuse me, I am going to sing along to this song again, for it is a song from the Lord for us who have been in a long battle that will become a “Big Testimony”!
In the natural we have two times in a year where we are either going from light to darkness or darkness to light. We have just entered the time of the year in the physical world where the light is gradually increasing every day and the darkness is decreasing in the amount of time it is happening, every day. I find this fascinating, because we have two kinds of Christian beliefs in the world. One group believes the light is decreasing and the darkness is increasing, the other group believes the darkness is decreasing and the light is increasing. On a big picture perspective these are the two directions Christians see. Only you know what direction you are seeing, and if you speak something, we can tell what direction you are seeing as well.
Now with that said, lets hear what the apostle John says in 1 John 2, “For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining; And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” John who walked with Jesus as a disciple, who became an apostle, who was in the upper room on Pentecost and in the upper room eating the Passover with Jesus, this John says, the darkness is disappearing and the world is fading away. Where does he see this happening? Not in the world, he lived during the days of Nero, so what was he talking about, what was he seeing? He was seeing this happening in the hearts of people who were following Jesus.
Friends, what you see you say, what you believe you speak, and the Lord has told me just this past week, don’t dumb down to people or they will never grow up. The church has tried dumbing it down and what we have is a people who never grew up. God is not lowering the standard, the bar or the truth, He is raising it, so we can grow up. The light in us is increasing, the world’s cravings in us are fading away. Has the world changed, no, but I am changing, because the light of the world is increasing the wattage inside of me. I am not going to dim my light, because I want you to increase yours, so together we can shine brighter in a world that so badly needs to see light, love and righteousness on display. Remember, the light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it. It’s getting lighter!
Christmas morning is here, the time of family pajama parties, family photos, family dinners, and opening of gifts with family and friends we call family. What a wonderful day today is that we are celebrating as families. So many people have already posted family Christmas pictures and many are wishing them a Merry Christmas, more pictures will be posted today and the joy of this day will be evident all over social media and in homes around the world. Entering into other people’s joy brings great joy, added joy to those who can celebrate with others who are celebrating.
Christmas is not just about family, it is also about God, His word who is His Son and the Holy Spirit. Whether you believe December 25th is the traditional or actual day of Christ’s birth is up to you, but today God is giving gifts to us for He loves to be involved in family celebrations. God’s gift may not come wrapped in paper and placed under a tree with a tag that says, from God, but if you will listen you will hear His voice today as He wants to give you a gift directly from Him to you. Children are the ones who love opening gifts more than anyone, and we are the children of God and I believe He has gifts for us today.
Amos 9:12 says, “The LORD has spoken, and He will do these things.” I don’t know what God has spoken to you, but I know what He has spoken He will do. This Christmas I received a gift from God that I know is related to something He has spoken to me.
The promises of God are going to come to pass, they are not just words, they are promises that will manifest. Listen for the gift from God as you celebrate today, for He gives gifts that touch our heart in a way that only He knows will be a gift we receive directly from Him. Merry Christmas my friends and keep posting those celebration photos I am entering into your joy and I will post pictures as well so you can enter into mine.
Hanukkah in Hebrew means dedication. It is known as the Festival of Lights, has come to be identified with the miracle of oil that lasted 8 days, but the Hanukkah story is really about taking back what is sacred from those who have made it common. Hanukkah is the celebration of the Maccabee’s removal of the Syrians who desecrated the temple in Jerusalem by building an altar to Zeus and sacrificing a pig on that altar in the temple, the house of the Lord, in Jerusalem. These men, the Maccabees, led by a man named Judah, took two years to drive out the enemy and then cleansed the temple, rebuilt its altar, lit the menorah and dedicated it back to the God of Israel.
The enemy has many names, but has one agenda to make common, to desecrate what God calls holy. Whether it is a building in Jerusalem, God put His name on, or it is you, who are the temple of the Holy Spirit, the enemy is seeking to make you common and wants to desecrate your temple, because you were created as sacred. This is a reoccurring pattern in scripture, in 2 Kings 23 we see King Josiah rededicate the temple after it was desecrated with idolatry; in 2 Chronicles 23 we see Jehoidah doing exactly what Josiah did; and we read in Ezekiel 8 of a vision Ezekiel had of the temple being desecrated. The enemy hates all things holy, sacred, set apart, so he seeks to make them common, by force or by the frog in the kettle approach.
The church in America has been desecrated by the enemy. The holiness, sacredness and set apartness has been removed and replaced with modern day idolatry, which is the worship of man, doing what man wants, not what God requires. I see a Hanukkah moment coming to our country, where people are going to rise up and take back their country and the church. This nation was dedicated to God upon founding and the church was the leading voice in this nation. I see reforms like those of Josiah and Jehoida happening in America. Those who have desecrated the church and this country will be removed so this country and the church can be dedicated to God again. We are about a have a Hanukkah movement in our land. We are a Judeo Christian nation.
People who do prophetic acts is not new to our generation, but what is the same is that most people have no idea what is being displayed right before them, because it is a prophetic, future telling act. The results of a prophetic act will not be seen immediately, it is not a miracle, it is a prophetic act it is prophesying visually something that God is going to do in the future.
Mark 14:3 says, “Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard. She broke open the jar and poured the perfume over his head.” This woman did a prophetic act of the likes most of us have never done. She literally poured a jar of perfume on a rabbi’s head. This is not a parable, this really happened. How do I know it was a prophetic act, because of how Jesus describes to those who saw it, what she did. Listen to Mark 14:6-7 “Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. Why criticize her for doing such a good thing to me? … She has done what she could and has anointed my body for burial ahead of time.” She anointed Him (Jesus) for burial (death) before He died. Now that is faith in a visual of the likes I have never seen before.
Prophetic acts are like prophetic words, they communicate a future event, that when it comes to pass, we can go back to the prophetic act and see that it was truly prophetic, even though we couldn’t see its fulfillment at point of contact. On July 1, 2021 four of us ladies went to the Georgia Guidestones in obedience to the Lord telling me we need to go down to that demonic altar and salt the land around it, before July 4, 2021 and declare it a desolation location. Little did I know, one year and five days later, the GA Guidestones would fall to never be rebuilt again (July 6, 2022) but those who heard about it and knew we did a prophetic act in that location, called me elated to tell me the Guidestones fell.
Prophetic acts are visually speaking of something God is about to do. Some prophetic acts manifest and are validated quickly like the GA Guidestones, others take longer to manifest, but if it was God initiated, you will see the fulfillment of it at some point. One of the greatest joys I have is being sent on assignment to do prophetic acts that liberate this nation.
There is a new sound for a new day, but the sound is new to many of us but it is not new in history. The sound is that of the bell. Historically the ringing of bells was very prominent. When America was founded they rang the Liberty Bell. When church was about to start, they would ring the church bells. When an announcement was going to be made by the king’s town crier he would ring a bell to signal the announcement. We say things like, we are “ringing” in the New Year. The sound of the bell is about to be heard around the world. It is the new sound for the new day.
We have been hearing the sound of the shofar, the call to war, the call to gather in troops for battle, but there is a new sound being heard in the spirit and it is the sound of bells ringing. This new sound was brought to my attention by a comment made by my mentor when I told her about my newest prophetic adventure I am preparing for. She said to me, “Get a bell and ring in the new dispensation.” I said why a bell, the bell was not a familiar instrument for me in my prophetic tool belt, so she explained and I was captured by what the Lord was saying through her.
Yesterday I went and bought a bell, it is an antique brass bell, the sound is beautiful and then today while reading and praying the Lord said, “Ring in the new day!” I grabbed my bell, realized it is a new Hebrew month starting at sundown in Israel, which is morning here, and I rang in the new day. Then I did some research on bell ringing, did you know January 1, 2023 is Ring A Bell Day? We will be on location for our prophetic adventure that day, so this was a kiss from heaven for me. Ringing a bell has become a symbol of joy. In the 1700’s, the bell was the main means of calling people together or alerting them to news.
The new sound for the new day is the sound of the bell ringing. It is the sound of joy, it is the sound that ends wars, it is the sound that inaugurates a new day. My friends, listen closely, for the Lord is ringing His bell, calling us to come and gather with Him for He is announcing what the new day holds.