Just got the December newsletter from Neville Johnson…
THE END OF THIS YEAR WILL USHER IN THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD
In and encounter with the Lord on 25th of November 2015, I heard these words which were spoken very authoritatively in a way that demanded my complete attention. The end of this year will usher in the changing of the guard. This brought back memories of when I was a child watching the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London England.
Changing of the Guard is the ceremony where the Old Guard hands over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James Palace to the New Guard.
Immaculately turned out guards, precision drill and bands playing stirring music all combine to make Changing of the Guard one of London’s most popular attractions that epitomizes the pomp and military ceremony for which Britain is famous.
When the Royal Standard is flying, from the roof of Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty The Queen is in residence and the ‘Queen’s Guard’ will consist of 3 officers and 40 men otherwise if will comprise of 3 officers and 31 men.
The Old Guard awaits the arrival of the incoming ‘New Guard’ from Wellington Barracks situated at the Buckingham Palace end of Birdcage Walk.
The New Guard undergoes its own inspection. At approximately 11.10am. While awaiting the arrival of their Regimental Colour, the band, accompanying the New Guard, forms a circle and plays a few musical items. After saluting the Colour, the New Guard steps off from Wellington Barracks preceded by a Regimental Band. At approximately 11:30 the New Guard enters the Forecourt, via the North Gate they march in front of the Band and halt to facing the Old Guard.
The Band then performs the New Guard’s Regimental Slow March as it advances towards the Old Guard. The Old and New Guards ‘Present Arms’ before the Captains of the Guard ceremoniously hand over the Palace keys. This symbolic gesture represents the transfer of responsibility for the Palace’s security from the Old to the New Guard who until relieved will be The Queen’s Guard.
As I was pondering what the Lord had just said to me I remembered a powerful dream that I had in 1986. In this dream I was standing outside a Parade Ground where I knew a changing of the guard was taking place. As I watched this a flag was taken down by a man with a white beard, he then rolled it up then turned and looked straight at me for about ten seconds. In my mind I knew who this man was. He then started to walk over to me looking intently at me and said, “It is your turn now” handing me the flag. I took the flag and woke up with a powerful presence of the Lord in the room.
The man who gave the flag to me was William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army. My mother was a Salvation Army officer before meeting my father and both were baptised in the Holy Spirit under the ministry of Smith Wigglesworth. My uncle who was brought up in the Salvation Army also was baptised in the Holy Spirit and became a powerful preacher in the Welsh Revival. The flag I was given was emblazoned with fire and I knew it was the Salvation Army flag. I became very much aware of the passing of an Old Guard, spiritual fathers and mothers who had run their course. This November when the Lord spoke to me He strongly emphasised that the end of this year we would again see a changing of the guard and that this would have profound consequences. Batons and mantles which have been passed on will be powerfully activated in a way that would be much greater in power and authority than the former holders of these batons had experienced. The Lord also spoke to me concerning a removal of many in ministry who were not teaching holiness and sanctification and were using their ministry for personal gain. However many of the old guard who had been faithful to the Lord would be taken home.
We must understand the times and seasons because major change is about to occur in the church, and a new emphasis of making the bride ready unfolds. God will no longer tolerate Luke-Warmness and the chaff will be removed and separated from the wheat. This is necessary in order for the last great harvest can be gathered in. This changing of the guard will have great consequences both good and bad. We are running out of time as it were and God will no more tolerate sin, pride, and evil motives, He is about to cleanse His church.
Heb 3:7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice,
Heb 3:8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness,
Heb 3:9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years.
Heb 3:10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.’
Heb 3:11 So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’
Heb 6:1 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
Heb 6:2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Heb 6:3 And this we will do if God permits.
The best lies just ahead of us now. We need to come before the Lord renewing our absolute commitment to Him sanctifying ourselves to the Lord at a deeper level moving on from the bondservant relationship to becoming a friend of God. We need to refresh our walk with the Lord walking in humility and surrender to Him. Many are falling through pride as Satan is stepping up His onslaught against the children of God. On the other hand the coming changing of the Guard will bring about a new day with the true church walking in holiness and righteousness like never before.
Mat 21:12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.
Mat 21:13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.'”
Mat 21:14 Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.
As we draw to the end of another year Jo and I want to thank you for your love and support. It means much to us. May you have a blessed Christmas and enter the New Year with determination to be all that God wants you to be.
Neville and Jo Johnson December 2015