Now we are up country in a rural town for a final weekend. We are almost ready to go home as it has been a long time. We have just come from East London – a remarkable place that has seen some very specific revivals in history. There is so much to say and report but here is a prophetic word that we gave for the city:
East London is an open place and is place that God designed to be open, a place of receptivity, a place to be open to new things, a place not just focused on the past that would flow along the predictable lines, but a place that would be open to new thinking and new approaches.
(I use certain terminology to describing places and this is a place that can model, where models can be put down, where fresh ways of working in things can be released.) It is a place of great diversity where people are released to their gifting to discover what they should be doing. One person can do the same thing but differently to how another person would do it. There is not a cloning or making people after our own image. People can come and discover a level of freedom. Some will come and push too far with their freedom, but they will discover who is it that God has made me to be. This is a geography where you can discover who you are.
This is a border place. A place of transaction where deals were made, where people would come and make agreements in this place, a place of unity, a place of discussion and a place of dialogue. A place where great creative ideas can be formed. A place where concepts are thrashed out, where two things can be put together. A place where ‘the ingredients’ from elsewhere can be mixed together in a pot and something fresh comes out of the pot all together. This is not a place where you are to take what is here and plant it elsewhere, but you take the ingredients from here and sow them elsewhere. There is a storehouse here, a distribution place. A place where in economic, business, and in the spiritual realm things can be taken and disturbed elsewhere. Taken elsewhere and they might develop there in a new way, but it was formed and shaped here.
There are working practical principles and models God is shaping here. There are new ways of working between the generations, new terminology will spring forth. New writings will come forth that will begin to influence the rest of South Africa. New messages will come forth, new things over the internet also from here. New short messages that will begin to shape up the future.
This is a place that has been called ordinary but the Lord is going to give some specialist tools which will cause the ordinary, the natural to be heard across South Africa. New partnerships between what has been called the sacred and secular. Between church and the business world. Not the place for the big to be manifest but for the multiple diversity to be released. Many will think that somethign is big but it will be the partnership of many smaller things coming together. There is an anointing for the release of small but very effective working business practices.
There is a battle over the sky and over the night. Some meet angels regularly – at night, in dreams. And there is a disturbance in the night too. The battle in the air intensifies. Nightmares that repeat, restless at night. God is pushing back some space over East London and drawing in the angels, and there will be dreams and messages, strategy released also about business, work, essays.
There is a battling for a territory – I see this place as a border place, a meeting place, therefore battles go on here and you win them here and win them for an area. This is a territorial place – having authority for elsewhere. There is coming developments in this city. New expressions of old things – a sign of new things coming into the city. A battle against tradition ideologies. You will break traditions here for the sake of the wider area.