In the middle of the night I heard the words: “The bells are ringing,” and I asked the Lord: “What bells?” His answer was: “The bells of holiness!”
Oh brethren, nothing could be better than this sound. It means that those of us who are priests after the Melchizedek order are ALIVE!! Bells were sown on the garment of the high priest in the old testament days, and when that priest went into the Holy of Holies, it was known that he was alive by the sound of tinkling bells. If there was any sin in him, he would die upon entering that most holy place.
Look at the wonderful scriptures that relay the importance of holiness that’s signified by the bells: Hebrews 12: 10 lets us know that we are “chastened that we may be partakers of His holiness,” but then, 1 Thessalonians 3: 13 tells us that God will “establish our hearts unblameable in holiness before the Lord.” Hallelujah!
Have any of you been chastened lately? I confess I have. We are called to love our brothers and sisters fervently, and when we don’t…. uh oh! God’s swat team comes bustin’ into our homes and reads His writ to us: “Follow peace with ALL men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord!” It matters not that our brother is a narcissist or that our sister is a shriek, we better love their souls and do all we can to walk in peace. “Render good for evil,” the Word of God instructs us.
Now go with me to one of the most thrilling scriptures in all the Bible: “In THAT day, there shall be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar.” (Zechariah 14: 20)
Truly, when we walk in holiness, even our ordinary actions are holy… Things and places least likely to be consecrated: horses and common place cooking utensils shall be used in obedience to God’s will, and just as the bells ring on the horses wherever they go, our piety will ring out wherever we go. God is revealing that today is that very day for His fruitfruits company: An old song’s lyrics come to my mind now: “The bells are ringing for me and my gal. The birds are singing for me and my gal. Well everyone’s knowin’ to a wedding they’re goin’. The bells are ringing for me and my gal.” A wedding represents union and Psalm 108: 7 says it all: “God’s people shall be willing in the day of His power, in the beauty of HOLINESS.”
Oh yes, this is the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles and what a wonderful day it is to be ALIVE with bells on our feet!