Beni Johnson released this significant word for the UK about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee:
This word resonated with me for various reasons. Two years ago I had a prophetic experience involving the ringing of a bell when my wife and I went to Sherwood Forest. In the middle of the forest there was an archery contest taking place and the Lord spoke to me and said “Enter the contest and it will be a prophetic sign for England.” I told my wife, who looked at the other contestants and worked out their average age must have been 12! Undeterred I signed up. Hanging in the middle of the target range was a giant bell and the Lord said “You are going to aim for the bell and hit it. This will be the sign!”. I am not good at archery and so decided to take a practice shot. I lined up and aimed at the practice target and completely missed. Looking round at the expectation of the 12 year olds gathered around me I took aim at the bell and shot. The arrow hit the bell and it started ringing out. At the same time my friend Godfrey Birtill wrote the song Ring out Wild Bells.
I also read the poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson called ‘Ring Out, Wild Bells’
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
A lot o’ Glory!
As the nation rings the bells it will be celebrating the year of Jubilee. A Diamond Jubilee! I am so grateful that Christ brought in the eternal Year of Jubilee that started on the Day of Atonement for all mankind. Leviticus 25 describes this year: “You shall proclaim liberty to all the inhabitants of the land… there will be a Sabbath rest and you shall not sow nor reap what grows of itself.”Jubilee speaks of the forgiveness of debt, setting the slaves free and giving the land back to the people! Hebrews 2 describes a Jubilee Sabbath Rest for the people of God; that in the New Covenant there remains a Rest for the Children of God because He has rested from His labours.
In the Year of Jubilee we no longer reap and sow that which grows of itself. This means we don’t reap and sow our own crop. In John 12.24 Jesus speaks of his own death; “Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies it remains a single seed. But if it dies it produces many seeds”. As Children of God and Heirs with Christ we have the glorious freedom of reaping what HE sowed! There is such a Rest in knowing that the fruit we bear is not by our own efforts, but by His effort, through the Cross; that He proclaimed Liberty and Jubilee to all Mankind 2000 years ago. We are living in the year of Jubilee and we have the New Wine for the party!
Christ rung out the old and He rung in the new a while ago. So as we begin to understand the Gospel in the UK lets ring out the false and ring in the true, that a program heavy ‘doing’ Church culture will not bring change! Let us cease from our labours in the Year of Jubilee, instead of trying to get Christ’s job done for him. If God couldn’t do it through the ultimate sacrifice of His Son, do we really think our Human effort will?! Change and breakthrough will come when we realise He brought change and breakthrough for us.
So we say Ring Out Wild Bells! Ring out the Old! Ring in the New! Ring in Liberty, Ring in the freedom that Christ has won and Ring in the Wild Fire into the Wild sky! Ring out the false pride and ring in harvest time! Ring out Wild Fire across the nation! Your Kingdom come, Your will be done!
It is the enormous overmastering supremacy which the Christ showed forth, which operated in him, raising him from the dead. This Power established the Christ “at his right hand” in spiritual spheres supreme in every way, untouched, unimpeded by the authorities and having power over all other names, not only in this age but in the next... God raised us out of it all with Christ and sat us at the right hand of Power. Ephesians 1 (St. Paul from the Trenches)
Victory is pretty easy: You are sat in it.