Posts in Category ‘The Church’

2014 – Europe – Catholic Church

I see the Catholic Church coming under scrutiny. There are some policies that are changing and the changes will be criticized because it is against tradition, catholic churches outside of Europe are especially going to be critical, but the people will be behind the changes. The change coming in the Catholic Church are not necessary bringing revival but definitely opening them up for the flow of the Holy Spirit.

2014 – New Ministries

I see churches releasing people to start their ministries, in the past it was almost a cut off from the house and the fathers and more division being the result that anything else. There comes a return of hearts to each other, as people start their own ministries the family bond to their original churches will still be in place. There will be a bigger sense of family and the global church being one. There is coming a new level of not only tolerance of one another but genuine family love.

2014 – Mantle of Elijah

I see in 2014 the process of Elijah and Elisha, how the torch is being passed on to the next in line, from Elijah to Elisha, the point being that the Elisha’s can continue with the work and the Elijah’s are being freed up to start breaking new ground, there is a deeper level of anointing and revelation that will follow when individuals step into their own appointed place in the body.

2014 – The Global Church – Change of Leadership and the Handing over of the Baton

What we heard in 2012, concerns the change of leadership and the handing over of the baton in the churches. It will go very smoothly and happen for the good. Those people who are handing over the baton are actually doing it gladly and effectively. There are just a few hiccups in those to whom they are handing the baton. It is as if they are handing the baton to their favourite people, instead of hearing God and handing the baton to the one the Lord chooses. The person the Lord chooses does not always suit the current leader’s personality type; sometimes it is a sandpaper relationship. They should listen to hear the Lord before they hand over the baton. There should be a fine tuning of their spiritual ear and not allowing their own opinions to come into it.

In South Africa, I especially feel there are some very old leaders who are still the head of the church. There are younger people who are doing much/most of the work and they have not handed the baton over to them. So, there is a need for a spiritual push, to get that change-over of the baton through. The young leaders are becoming discouraged. The baton change is between the older and the younger leaders and many ministers are not able to come to grips with this change.

The resistance of the older leader in handing over the baton is because they can see the ineptitude and inadequacies in the next generation and they are holding onto the baton as a protection. It is not protecting the work, it is stalling the work. They have to hand over and let the next generation make their own mistakes. They may not be the same mistakes; they are going to be different mistakes. I just keep zooming into South Africa; I feel it is a word for South Africa.

Those ministers, who are retiring from their calling, will live twin track lives. They will support and sponsor themselves financially and continue to be active in the ministry. It is a new thing for South Africa. People have a desire to be in the ministry and want the church to support them. There will be this other group of people supporting themselves, having their own income and ability to support themselves. The church will lay hands on them and send them but they will finance themselves. So there will not be any financial drain on the church. There has been a blockage in stopping independent people from going into their ministries. The finance has not been available for it. If people are prepared to sponsor themselves, there are going to be many more people in the mission field.

I do not yet see South Africans going into Africa to the level that God desires. We seem to be bored with Africa and the South African missionaries want to go to other far off nations, they do not want to go into Africa. God is going to push them into going. I see God urging the people to go to the other African states. What we think will be found there will surprise us. We will be well received and we will have a ministry and a place to do the ministry. There have to be new choices, that the South African ministers and missionaries make, to take Africa for Christ and they should use their expertise for it.

In South Africa, I just see gold within the people of the gospel. People have gold in their spirits. They have a good word, they have a good ministry but they do not want to go. They think going into Africa will demean what they have. This is not so and there are people who will receive what they have to give.

There is a method change that is very closely linked to church planting. There will be a metamorphosis in the way church and church planting is done. It is not going to be in the usual way, like getting a building and starting a church. There is a new method of church planting. The old method of cell growth which then evolves into a church, is going to change. I see groups of people who are called; they then go and live in the community. They get to know the community, before they try and draw them into Christ. This is important because usually the communities’ view the new church opening with suspicion. They first need to know the people coming into their community, before they accept them and the gospel they bring. Those who are sent, first have to know the community before they can plant a church.

We have grown weary of reclaiming our city and we need to start doing that again. Every city, every village must be claimed for Christ; we are waiting for God to claim the city and we have stopped doing it. I don’t know when last I personally walked around the Union Buildings or walked around the suburbs and claimed them for the gospel. We all need to go right back to basics to claim our cities. Even as we drive past places, we need to claim the place in the city for God. It is not just going to happen because we want it, we have to put effort into it and as prophets and prophetic people, God is looking to us first. We each need to begin where we are, Middelburg, Midland, Louis Trichardt and Val de Grace and Muckleneuk and Garsfontein, Moreleta and Faerie Glen; we need to start where we live, as a prophetic action. Each of us needs to plant a scripture in our own city. God will give us a scripture, and we need to plant that scripture in the ground in our suburb as a remembrance. The Holy Spirit will prompt us to pray. It is as if we have to relearn that. We have fallen away from the old ways.

There is a big motor company in South Africa that is donating combis to churches in the rural areas. This is going to double. These combis will become multipurpose vehicles, for school transport and for the church. The church is going to take control of the management of these vehicles. They are going to transport school children and church people. This sponsorship is not going to be the mainline, well known Motor companies, like Mercedes and BMW but lesser known Motor companies like TATA and Daewoo. Presently they are plunging much finance into advertising. They are meeting together and discussing where they are going to reach the people with their product. It will no longer be costly billboard advertising but an actual Combi or vehicle with their logo on it. As they do their routes and pick up the School children and use them for church, their advertising will become effective and twofold. This will be advertising their product as well as helping the communities.

2014 – The Equator – The Lord Addressing the Lying Spirit

Towards the north of the Equator there is a lying spirit that has been let loose and has been there for years. It is seen as clever to lie and scheme. The Lord is addressing this and people are looking at themselves and are having guilty feelings about lying. They have seen that the fruit of their lies has not been good and now there is a new move to be truthful and face the consequences of the truth. They always thought the truth would cause them problems and would not give them what they wanted.  The lies never got them what they wanted for in any case and the Lord is addressing that lying spirit in the people.

2014 – China – God will Show a Way in

There have been forays into diplomacy with China. Others have tried to enter in but there has been such a wall between Eastern thinking and Western thinking, that the West still does not really have the key for China yet. The Lord will show specific people a subtle way to get into China. The Lord will use the gospel to reach the people. It is the gospel that is going to turn the hearts of the people back to something else besides their own nation and country. They have turned themselves and their nation into a god and they will see that there is another God. Only the gospel can set them free.

People are fearful of going into China with the gospel. There is an innate fear in Christians about China. They do not easily become missionaries to China. The Lord is busy dealing with that in people’s hearts and He is going to divinely call people to China. They are going to do simple things like teach cooking, sewing, English and maths. These simple things will bring the gospel in. They cannot enter China as preachers; they have to go in a different way, to be able to get the gospel to the Nation.

China is a sleeping giant that needs to be woken up and it will not awaken easily. Billboards and advertising cannot shout about this need to turn. It needs to be subtle and will take many years.

2014 – Asia and the Gospel

Strategically, for Asia, the emphasis should be on spreading the Gospel. The church needs to pray for missionaries to go to Asia as it is a difficult arena. People need to ready themselves to go there just as the body of Christ needs to continue sending people into those areas. The poor will be an area of impact. This sounds foolish because our logic may say that reaching the influential people will facilitate reaching the poor versus going directly to the poor. The Lord wants to reach the poor and He will give us, as South Africans and many other pioneering nations the heart for the East. Take the simplicity of the Gospel into China. The African missionary work model of forty years ago needs to be applied here.

2014 – Asian enviromental clean up

A sign for Asia will be the initiation of cleaning up of environmental pollution. Initially these may be small areas, but they are going to grow and expand as the actual gospel becomes prevalent in the entire region
of the Asian continent.