02Jun20 - Preacher Diary
I am addressing this message to intercessors, not to every citizen, especially because my perspective might be opposite to the current nationalistic sentiments on either side of the recent ‘xenophobia’ uprisings in South Africa and the threats of reprisals in Nigeria. It is a humble call to look see beyond the screen where casual visions end.
South Africa and Nigeria in Prophecy
Many years ago, Reihard Bonkke the German international evangelist with a mandate to Africa, reported that he had seen the vision of a trigger on the map of Africa; that Africa would bring about a great Christian revival before Jesus returned again. Before him, the apostolic English missionary and prophet to Nigeria, the very revered Pastor G.S. Elton (popularly called ‘Pa Elton’), had also noted prophetically that the map of Africa, if turned anti-clockwise to 90 degrees, had the form of a gun, actually a pistol, with the muzzle in South Africa and the trigger in Nigeria, specifically in Rivers State with its capital city of Port Harcourt in the southernmost of Nigeria. That prophecy went on to express the significant connections between the two nations in the destiny of Africa and the rest of the world (steemit.com).
Many ministers of God in South Africa and Nigeria have understood that prophetic mandate and have, personally and collectively, deliberately worked in that direction through collaborative missions and trainings. Nigerian preachers and businesspeople (the good and the bad) have been frequent to or even settled in South Africa; South Africans also have frequented churches and church events in Nigeria (to the good and not so good places). The strong business ties between both countries further attest to the prophetic bonding. That bonding has grown so strong that if South Africa should pull out all its businesses from Nigeria in one day, that society and economy would be severely impacted. Nigeria has made essentially spiritual contributions to the partnership (not counting the remarkable investments of individual businessmen and women), and South Africa has made largely economic contributions.
In 2014, the Abuja based senior pastor of the Revelation Apostolic Community, Pastor Mark Cyril, also reported how he had very clearly been told by God of the same destiny-mandate on both nations, to carry the end-time global revival from Africa. He also referred to the gun-form of the map of Africa with the turret in South Africa and the trigger in Nigeria. He remarked, “Nigerians and South Africa MUST learn to walk together in the spirit of unity to fulfill their prophetic destiny as a nation” (hiskingdomprophecy.com). That has not been the only supportive voice on the subject.
Who is President Ramaphosa of South Africa?
The current president of South Africa is Mr Cyril Ramaphosa. He is variously reported as a Christian with an evangelistic background. In his final year at Mphaphuli High School in Sibasa, Venda (present day Limpopo), South Africa, he was elected head of the Student Christian Movement (SCM) where it is said that he had his grooming as an organizational and political leader (wikipedia.org). He used that position to conduct “evangelism in the rural areas, very poor, rural areas around Sibasa,” and during the time, he “always retained his relationship with the local church in Chiawelo in Soweto” (biznews.com). It is reported that “in high school, Ramaphosa used to sing, dance and preach” (the1873tv.com). That says something about a precious seed of Christ in that man, which seed we cannot speak of in the same fashion in that nation’s previous leaders, even though they were not Buddhists or Hindus or Muslims.
According to one source, Mr Ramaphosa was “very much shaped in his early years by his Christianity. That was something that came across strongly from all the people who knew him. Mr Ramaphosa was described by his friends as perhaps more religious than political” (elections.thesouthafrican.com ). Again, if his religion or Christianity was so prominent and public as to be noticed and commended by “friends” and “ALL people who knew him”; if he could be described as “more religious”; if his religion was such as “came across strongly,” then that man had not been merely religious, like others whose Christianity was usually left behind at the church pew; a Christianity that never followed them into their offices or other business practices; ‘Christians’ who were too ashamed to show in public the Christ they professed at church.
As ANC Deputy President, he addressed the congregation at the centennial event of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Rustenburg where he stated that Christians should become “the moral conscience of our country" and that "this country cares for the Lord," and he recognised the importance God’s authority over the land (Bateman). Lately, as president, he has also had breakfast prayers with the International Fellowship of Christian Students, identifying with his spiritual ‘constituency.’
I wouldn’t tell you what voice I heard in my ears; I wouldn’t tell you to what my eyes were opened. I merely appeal to common Christian sense. According to Jesus, after all, God sends not only prophets and scribes but also wise men with heads inspired no less than the lips of the prophet or the pen of the scribe (Matthew 23:34); and Hosea also lamented that some tragedies that come to God’s people are attributable not to devils but to a lack of information, information sometime deliberately “rejected,” for whatever biases (Hosea 4:6). If President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa is whom this profile shows that he is, is it possible that there is more than meets the eyes in the social agitations that are being stirred now in South Africa against his office? The present ‘xenophobia’ uprisings have been worse in previous regimes; why is the hype so high in Ramaphosa’s regime? If xenophobia is hatred or fear of foreigners, are black Africans the only ‘foreigners’? What about the Chinese and the Indians and the Europeans and Americans and others who are even worse social and racial exploiters in post-apartheid South Africa?
Despite the man’s own personal limitations, whatever to which critics might point, is it possible that there is some conspiracy of Hell, backed by covert international alliances, in what is happening today in South Africa with Ramaphosa on the throne? Should I then join voices with the ignorant to condemn whom I should now be defending in prayers? When a general is abandoned by his own army, what next? Captain Uriah died not from lack of strength and the will to fight; he died not from lack of military skill or from iniquity in his garment; he died from the mere withdrawal of help in the day he was in the frontlines of the battle (2 Samuel 11:14-17). We have usually wished for Christians to enter politics, but have often also been the ones hired by the enemy to remove them from where our prayers have placed them.
Nigeria is still paying the huge costs of a Jonathan rejected by a blinded nation that chose Ishmael instead, for ethnic, denominational, mammon and other shameful seductions. When the French wanted the Christian, Koudou Laurent Gbagbo, out of office as president of Cote d’Ivoire, they spread the news of election malpractice, backed by the Islamic block which took advantage of that war to ‘cleanse’ the north of Christians many of whom would never recover. Alassane Ouattara, the Muslim, stepped in as President. We bought the lie from the secular media; we did not ask to hear ‘the other side’ of the story. Gbagbo had his faults, but there was much more than the popular media would want us to know. We regrettably did not also seek to hear from the Voice of Heaven.
Thank God for those who would swallow everything from the popular ‘news.’ To the intercessor, however, I will merely say, these are interesting times. There is more than meets the eyes and the ears in the present imbroglio between the two prophetic brothers of Nigeria and South Africa. May we not join voices in a cause that tomorrow we shall gather again to regret and repent. I speak merely from where I stand and see. Shalom.
September 7, 2019.
Bateman, Chris. “Ramaphosa revealed – an interview with unofficial biographer, Anthony Butler.” https://www.biznews.com/ thought-leaders/2017/12/07/ ramaphosa-unofficial- biographer-anthony-butler/amp
https://steemit.com/christian- links/@nigelmarkdias/is- africa-about-to-enter-into- its-prophetic-destiny