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South Africa is unique amongst the nations being the world's largest gold producer; it political situation, too, has been unique with apartheid, sanctions - squeezing the gold - and a shaking leading to a peaceful rainbow nation. Instead of a bitter civil war, God brought our nation into a semblance of peace.

The unfolding of the events in the natural gives us a clue to God's plan for our nation as often in the sovereignty of God the spiritual plan and condition is an extension of the unfolding of natural events. We see this in the churches in Revelation.


THE SPIRITUAL PLAN

In the natural,|Bwe see a shaking, gold and peace in the formation of our nation South Africa.

However, I see that the historical events are a type of the destiny that has been ordained by God for this nation.

Haggai 2: v6-9
“For thus says the Lord of hosts: Once more (it is a little while) I will SHAKE heaven and earth,the sea and dry land; And I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, And I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, ’Says the Lord of hosts. The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former, ’Says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

In the book of Haggai, we have seen:

1. shaking
2. gold
3. peace

I believe that revival and harvest is the real destiny for the nation -|Ba remnant bursting forth into the greatest revival that the world has seen. I believe that the true shaking, the true gold and the true peace and wholeness will come from South Africa.|BGod, in His Providence and sovereignty, has placed these things in the history and land of South Africa|Bfor a reason - to show to the world that He is in control of the destiny of individuals and nations and of His church, His beloved bride.

VERY SIGNIFICANT PROPHETICALLY: Israel became a nation in 1948, signifying the BEGINNING OF THE END-TIMES. Apartheid lasted a little more than a generation from 1948 until 1993. The end-time move of God began in 1993. Apartheid seems to be a parenthesis indicating the timing of God in these final years of the church age.

IMPLICATION: SOUTH AFRICA has a very significant role to play in the Coming Worldwide Move of God.

James 5: 1-5
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for
your miseries that are coming upon
you!
Your riches are corrupted, and your
garments are moth-eaten.

Your GOLD and silver are corroded, and
their corrosion will be a witness against you
and will eat your flesh like fire. You have
heaped up treasure in the last days.
Indeed the wages of the labourers who
mowed your fields, which you kept back by
fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers
have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.
You have lived on the earth in pleasure
and luxury; you have fattened your hearts
as in a day of slaughter.
You have condemned, you have mur-
dered the just; he does not resist you.

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the
coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits
for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting
patiently for it until it receives the early and
LATTER RAIN.

BREAKING SATAN'S HOLD OVER AFRICA

Death has come to Africa from Rwanda. Racism and an attack on a largely Christian group (as in Sudan) led to a genocide in 1994. This occurred as South Africa in 1994 was breaking free from the grip of racism and moving into a non-racial democracy. Only two international reporters were in Rwanda at the time. The focus was on South Africa.

After 800 000 - 1 million people were killed in Rwanda, the conflict spread to their neighbour, the DRC, and we have seen many nations of Africa involved in the Congo wars which are also known as the world war of Africa. Four and half million people have died in these wars. Poverty and destruction has gripped most of Africa.

Marxist/Communist Zimbabwe has also been plagued with the fruits of Marxist rule and a violation of the basic God-given human rights - the right to life, liberty and the ownership of property. Poverty, instability and death are the fruits.

Rwanda has been on the road of recovery since 1994 and is similar to South Africa in its recovery from apartheid.

However, although good government and the upholding of the God-given human rights is essential for Africa, this is only the law. It is not the gospel. It is the setting of bounds and the church has a important role in this regard to bring godly counsel to heads of state to rule nations in a godly manner. Africa has hopefully learned from its mistakes - learning the hard way - and will seek to lead with good governance in the years ahead, providing peace, safety and prosperity for all peoples in Africa and allowing the final harvest to have its fullness in the years ahead.

When one comes to know Jesus Christ, His manifest presence changes our hearts from hearts of stone to hearts of flesh; hearts sensitive to Him and others. The deeper we move into Him, the more sensitive we become. Life becomes more and more precious. We uphold the first human right - the right to life - by the sensitivity which comes to us as we spend our lives lost in His love and Presence. Similarly, the other human rights are fulfilled as we walk in His Presence. The law and government policies which should be based on principles from the Word of God are only for sinners. It is a school teacher pointing us to the gospel. The restoration in Rwanda and South Africa points the way to the need of the coming move of God.

Africa needs God! Africa needs the final tsunami of God's Spirit to reach deeply into the continent, even in the place that brought death to Africa - Rwanda. South Africa also needs revival! Just has Elisha put salt at the source bringing healing to the waters, so, too, the season has come to do so in Africa. Christianity in Africa has been said to be a mile wide but only an inch deep. This needs to change. We need depth.

Is this God's time for Africa?

GOD’S PLAN FOR SOUTH AFRICA(extract)
Brother Andrew, in his book, “ Battle for Africa ”, says in his chapter, “One Nation Could Save All of Africa ”:

“I believe that God has a special interest in the survival of the South African nation… I believe in a concept, which might be called ‘regional evangelism’. God has given certain countries the primary responsibility for the evangelising of the region of the world which they occupy… a responsibility that emerges as history progresses. To whom much is given, much is expected… I believe that the evangelisation of Eastern Europe is the special responsibility of Western Europe . The United States is responsible for Central and South America . The burden of reaching Asia falls to Australia and New Zealand . And the continent of Africa is the special spiritual responsibility of South Africa.

“Why? Because South Africa has the tools to reach the entire continent. It has the money, technology, a large number of committed Christians, the freedom and relative political stability. It has everything needed to evangelise the continent of Africa , to equip black Africans in other countries to participate in the process, and to get the job done all the way from the Cape of Good Hope to the Sahara Desert . And I further believe that God will intervene in the course of history to preserve South Africa, if her people will accept her responsibility to evangelise the rest of the continent.”

As Loren Cunningham, founder of the international Youth With a Mission, said when he visited South Africa, “God will save your country if you send your young people to the ends of the earth with the Gospel.”

At the centre of the great Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria is an altar with a Bible recalling the message of the 1820 Settlers to the departing Voortrekkers: That God has placed us at the foot of Africa to spread the light of the Gospel of Christ throughout Africa.

South Africans have a great calling, a great responsibility and are still in the midst of a great conflict. As Lenin said, “Whoever controls the tip of Africa controls the world. We want it for world Communism."