We have spoken openly about God in South Africa, and I’m sure the thought will come to mind when I profess His great works in our life that He was already a part of our lives in South Africa so why the sudden seemingly opening of eyes that were already open? The truth is that we thought we had need of nothing, but we were wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked and knew it not. (Revelations 3:17) God has been gracious and revealed Himself to us since we have come to New Zealand.
We start with the BIG move. We all know that God tries to reach us constantly, calling us to Him, but He is a gentleman and does not force Himself upon us or in our life. It is ultimately our choice how much we want to allow Him into our lives. So we had God at a level that suited us, and also I am ashamed to say when it suited us. In SA I never felt satisfied with what I did have in what was my idea of Christianity; I was constantly plagued with doubt and guilt. Struggling along with life, work and children.
I was on antidepressants for a season and that definitely changed my outlook on life and I enjoyed feeling ‘human’. I didn’t realize how depressed I was, having no energy for life, my husband or my children. Everything that happened at home and work was too much to handle. I often felt sorry for myself and couldn’t understand why things always had to happen to me. But once the antidepressants started working I felt a smile on my face again. I enjoyed being around the children. My whole outlook just changed, and only then did I realize I should have taken these tablets long ago. I had been missing out on so much of life. I then had stopped them for the move to NZ so that immigration would hold nothing against me, and was fully prepared to start them again when I got there. I would do whatever was needed to ensure that I could function normally.
I often felt like a complete failure as a Christian and I would pray and ask God to “please never leave us” and to “draw us closer” to Him in a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Him. I always tried so hard to please Him, but no matter how hard I tried I would always fail. I would go through horrible cycles of guilt and not feeling worthy, where I just couldn’t speak to God, feeling like such a failure for once again not being able to pray every night, be at church, read my bible or just anything that I took upon myself as wrong. I would go months without prayer and guilt building up inside. The guiltier I felt the harder it was for me to start praying again.
I often argued that I couldn’t ask God for forgiveness and then just keep doing the same things over and over again. I can’t tell you how many times I would start afresh, only to fall flat on my face the very next day. How would I ever be able to do this?
Praise be to God for He listens to prayers and answered ours. It did however take us being removed from all of our comfort zones and safe zones to meet Him. You land in a foreign country where you own nothing of your own, you have no job, you don’t even have your own furniture or car, and a limited cash supply, family and friends are not as close to just turn to. So we had no choice but to reconnect as a family. We had plenty of spare time on our hands to read and pray. We were surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains, making it feel as if God was right with us. In our times of anxiety, strain and stress we could but only rely on God. As husband and wife you worry together, and so there were times that we were not of any help to each other at all. God carried us all the way through, and we were not fully aware of this at the time.
It has been a humbling experience but one I do not want to change for anything! We found ourselves right at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder, relying on public transport to get from A to B. One Sunday we tried going to a church we were told about. We got off at the wrong bus stop and had to walk a bit further in to get to church. What we didn’t realize was that the church was in a quiet area where the busses didn’t run on a Sunday after a certain time. We ended walking with tired children about 7km to get to the nearest bus stop. Man did we miss having a car. On a different day we missed the bus by 2 minutes. So we went back home all dressed up with nowhere to go.
We also had to make every penny count as they often say. Living off a lot of pasta, bread and dinners made by others, Ben, Christine, Andy and Bronwyn (friends we made) often invited us over, little did they know this helped us in more ways than we could every say. Not having to buy food just made the money we had to work with go further. We didn’t have many glasses at this stage, so I would wash and clean our used jam jars as we used them up to start building up on our glasses. We still keep them around to remind us from where we have come from.
But living in such simplicity was so freeing and enlightening. What really drew us to God was when after months of Armand trying to find work, he didn’t. We were so sure that when I got here everything would fall into place. I did get an interview 2 weeks after getting here, and admittedly was furious with God when I was not chosen for the position. I said to Armand that I just didn’t understand it, God can do anything, why won’t He help us to get a job. Looking back I am so grateful I never got the job as we would not have needed Him as much and it would have taken us much longer to get to where we are now. Then running out of money and time and still no job offers in sight, we came to a point where we realized that no matter what we did or how hard we tried, the reality of us staying was no longer in our hands, but purely in the hands of God who was truly shepherding us. This pressure took us to our knees in a way we have never been before. In answer to our prayers, I finally got work after 2 and a half months, and we were smiling away, happy and filled with joy, God had heard our prayers…but how quickly we forgot where we were and what God had done, how quickly we turned to our old ways. So after weeks of waiting for my work permit to come through, sitting at home, having to report back to my work week after week with still nothing was horrible, and our cash flow came to a point of being critical.
Again we came to a place where we knew nothing was in our hands, and again we went on our knees. Now as a piece of just how bad off we were, the week before I got my work permit (which took 7 weeks) we had paid the last money we had for one more weeks rent. We had little less than a $100 left in our bank account. We were right at the end. Now I know that you will say why didn’t you phone and ask your family for help? I don’t know, pride? Or just the plan God had ordained for our life, because we had now come to the realization that the word “I” featured in our lives, hearts and minds too much.
In the background of all this ‘stress’ we had met a lady called Bronwyn at playcentre. This is a place where the children could go for 4 hours a day and play.
It’s fully run by the parents and was a great way to just get some time used up in our days, and to let the children just feel a bit of normalcy. The house vibe at most times was depressing, stressed and worried.
I spoke openly to her to say that God had started this journey with us to grow us, as we now realized how much we needed Him. She, being a Christian invited us to their church and was quiet excited as the pastor works at a food lab here in Wellington offering the hope that maybe they can help me get a job.
At home with all this spare time on our hands we were dutifully praying and reading the Bible in the morning and evening. The Bible just being a book with great words, that didn’t hold much meaning at the time. Our first service at the church was not a roaring success. After 3 hours of church the children were edgy and us hungry. Armand and myself could not believe that people would go to church for so long? Crazy. Nice people, but not for us. The couple however really felt God had called us to Him, as when we went to visit the first or second time Armand asked Andy what the seven seals in Revelation 6 was all about? We cannot remember this at all and neither do we know much about Revelations as this is not a book often spoken or taught on. They in the meantime had the whole church praying for us on a Wednesday night. We on the other hand continued our search for a church, which in NZ is not an easy feat and Christianity is not as common here as in SA, and churches are much smaller.
So every Sunday was spent contemplating which church, testing one out only for it to not work out and would inevitably end up in us watching a DVD of a sermon at home. We eventually found a Baptist church. That was the nicest we had been to, and so were deciding if this was to be our 2nd home.
Andy and Bronwyn had given us a book containing a very powerful life story to read. Naturally being very skeptical we just left the book and never got round to reading it.
Andy was just as friendly and kind as Bronwyn but in our eyes Andy was just a little bit too much! Very very enthusiastic about Jesus and admittedly he had a well of information on things we had never heard of in Scripture. We tried their church for a 2nd time as well, but it was still too long for our liking and so on an evening of visiting we told them that for us at this stage with the children, the service was too long and not what we were looking for. At our many suppers at their house however they kept asking if we had read the book they had given us, and I felt so guilty every time I said no.
One afternoon I said to Armand I will start reading this book just to see what the big fuss is about, but if anything is funny I can stop and honestly tell them that I didn’t agree with the book and that would solve the problem. I don’t have to read it or lie about the fact that we hadn’t read it. Now we think things just happen, but I can testify that things happen for a reason. Here I am at home for 7 weeks, nothing to do, lots of time to read. So I started the book and was intrigued by the story, one thing I enjoyed most was that the book was filled with many Scripture verses when it spoke about something concerning the Bible and Its teachings.
The first subject we came across was that woman are not permitted to preach or take authority over man. The reason it probably stood out for us was because the Baptist church we were going to attend had a woman preaching. I remember sitting on the couch asking Armand what he thought and we both agreed that we didn’t see any problem with a woman preaching. I took the NIV and read the foot notes and it says that at the time of the writing of the bible, woman were not permitted to preach because they were not educated, only the men, but today is different as woman are now educated; God changes with the times. This made sense and we moved on. Little did we know that this idea would be challenged a bit later in the book.
Further on in the book we came across another ‘new idea’ which completely destroyed the footnote in the NIV… Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever. We knew God as a God that changes with the times, but this is how it was explained: if we confess that God is all knowing and all powerful, then how can we say that God moves and changes with the times? As some of this major change in thinking started in me, I later realized how grateful I am to serve a God that does not change. Imagine if He did, how would we ever know when we were in His will if He kept changing? God is a rock; a rock is solid and is not easily moved. I for one am enlightened to know that I can build my house upon a rock!
Reading again the verse given about the woman preaching I could see things more clearly. Armand and I really felt God talking to us and revealing His will to us in His word. The actual command: 1 Timothy 2: 12 says: But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. The actual reason: 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Click here to see more info on this subject
An idea then formed in my mind in about July that I should be baptized. In SA I never thought it necessary as God knows a person’s heart, and it’s not about the outside, but what is on the inside. It’s a relationship between Him and me. I had asked Andy about this and he said that if I wanted to know if God was speaking to me, I had to be able to take His message to me back to the bible. Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
So then it was revealed to us that there is only one true biblical way to be baptized; in the name of Jesus Christ. Click here for more information.
So I now know that I want to be baptized and with Armand, however at this time Armand does not feel the same, he had things he wanted to sort out by himself first. So not wanting to run in front of my husband and leave him behind I decided to put it off for a while. Still God continued His journey with us and I know it seems like I have shared so much but we are still in our 7 week time of waiting for my work permit. Andy and Bronwyn also invited us to church again, and as we didn’t have a church to call home yet (no longer wanting to go to the Baptist church) we decided to go again. Andy and Bronwyn prayed before the service that the children would be well behaved and that God would truly speak to our hearts. And He answered all their prayers, we were captivated by the service and the children fell asleep on our laps. We now realize that you cannot put a time on how long a sermon is, if the Holy Spirit is leading the service how can you put God in a one hour box? And if you only want that convenient one hour box, then you are not going to hear from God but you will be hearing from man. We now look forward to each Sunday service, excited to hear what God has to say to us. Longing to worship Him and spend time with Him. When Brother Ben (Pastor) says that he should end, we can’t believe where the time has gone and wish he would carry on as we are captivated. We wouldn’t change a thing.
About 1 week before I was going to get my work permit, Armand says that he really feels lead by the Lord to stop smoking. Not wanting to get too excited as I, up to this point, have tried many different strategies to get him to stop smoking and they all failed. Showing indifference I told him to do what he felt led of God to do. I also, at this stage need to point out that Armand always claimed he couldn’t stop the cigarettes as they helped him to cope with stress. Now he wants to stop smoking in what is the most stressful moment of our marriage, a make it or break it moment in NZ. So on a Friday morning he told me he has 3 cigarettes left and that will be the end. Normally he would nurse those till the end of the day, but by 10am they are all gone. The next 3 days were not easy, and Armand did struggle at times but it wasn’t as bad as before. A week after being free from smoking I got my work permit and went back to work. We both were worried that with me not being around 24/7 that the temptation would become too great. But praise be to God it didn’t. A week after this Armand went for an interview and the owner offered him a cigarette, Armand stood strong and refused.
The fact that he said no are massive occurrences and this has not happened before. It has been over a year and Armand has not touched a cigarette. We give all the praise to God for His supernatural power to deliver!!
At a later stage we had decided to both go through with being baptized at the church camp which would have been about 2 months later. Having started work again it was hard not spending as much time in the presence of God as I had when I was at home. I also started to feel as if there was a wall between me and God, a blockage of sorts. At the Wednesday evening prayer meeting which we had also started going to I was speaking to one of the Sisters, Sister Shannon and told her of the wall I felt. She is very straight forward, and asked if God had not spoken to me and instructed me to do something that I was not doing. So my answer was no, nothing I could think of. She then said she remembered me saying that I had wanted to be baptized. Very proud of myself I said, yes, yes we were going to be baptized and had planned it already to be at the church camp. Driving home that night Armand and myself got chatting and slowly but surely we realized that the camp baptism was all about us and nothing about God. Great place, nice setting, better and warmer weather, almost like going on a date. And all we could hear was that we were doing what we wanted and not what God wanted. Why wait? So after speaking to our Pastor Ben that Thursday we had set the date for that Sunday the 13 of September.
Sunday dawned cold and rainy. Armand and I both doubted our eagerness to get baptized, and during the church service we kept looking out the window at the grey clouds and cold rain. Stressing and starting to get a headache, I know that if it was not for the fact that the whole church was going with to support us, we probably would have asked to re-schedule.
Both of us developed pounding headaches! Satan is cunning and was trying his best to keep us away from what became the greatest and most important turning point in our lives. (I do not blame all things on satan, but a reality is faced that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places — Ephesians 6:12)
The water was freezing, and my heart was pounding. But it turned out to be a wonderful occasion. A group of close friends standing around, sing songs of praise. The moment was changed so quickly from cold to being filled with a feeling of peace and immediate release from our headaches. We did not comprehend the importance of that day, the day we took the name of Jesus Christ and become His bride. Looking back today we can clearly see that from this day, we truly started changing. What is the Bride?
We hear all the time that we need to die to ourselves and to the things of the world, loose our life to gain eternal life, such a daunting thought. But not when you have the Holy Spirit working within you. You don’t need a man to tell you how to live. The Holy Spirit is your teacher and leader. 1 John 2:27 “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
(Now I’m not saying a person shouldn’t go to church, but that with the Holy Spirit He will guide your ways and thoughts, and that that coupled with the word is what your focus should be on.) The things of the world do start to grow dim, and all you want is more of Jesus. The week after our baptism was not an easy week, and this also happened to be the week that we were burgled. When we got home I was so upset and distraught, but seeing the fear in Ruben eyes I knew I had to keep it together for his sake. So all I knew to do was to pray. Though I didn’t feel like praying at all, and even less for the guys that had robbed us, I did it with an empty feeling, but a feeling of needing to help Ruben and hopefully teach him from this. But God was faithful, He promises that if we turn to Him, He will meet us, and He did. By the end of the evening when Armand’s friend saw me he asked me what was I so happy about?
How could I be so jovial after we had been robbed? Only by the grace of God. Looking back today, we as a family are so grateful for that occurrence and truly believe that it was from God. For they stole all the things that kept us too busy to spend time with Him. We can see the benefits in our home today and are grateful!
Is everyday easy? No. We still have bad days and fears and struggles. But it is such a freeing and wonderful feeling to know that God loves me and wants to spend time with me more than I do with Him. That He is gracious and extends His arm of love and forgiveness out to me. I realized that it’s not what I could do or was doing that would get me closer to God. But just me surrendering my all to Him and allowing Him to work through me. I don’t feel guilty every time I do something wrong. I stand up, ask for forgiveness and trust even more that God will change me and mold me into His image. Things that were important before no longer make sense. There is a deep calling to the deep, a longing to serve Him and please Him. A love for Him is growing inside me, and with everything in me I just want to please Him by following His Word. It’s all feelings of ‘want to’ and not ‘have to’. I no longer need antidepressants to cope with life, I have the Holy Spirit that bubbles up within, and He has brought my body back into balance. I need nothing but Him now.
At our first church camp in October I had been praying and asking God to please reveal Himself to me at the camp and to confirm that He had accepted me at the baptism as one of His. This was my prayer often and constantly leading up to the camp. The Friday was a night service that went well however we were all tired. Saturday I woke up feeling grumpy and emotional, and it just seemed that the day got worse and worse. The afternoon I went to our room and went on my knees begging God to answer my prayer as it felt I was going in the opposite direction of what I had been asking God to reveal to me and in my own strength my day was not getting better. However not even this seemed to help. The evening service began and it started out well, but then I started thinking, was I praising with a pure and sincere heart or was I just following the crowd? So I stopped singing and started praying, and standing there the sermon started sounding like a condemnation to me, at the end of the service I was very down and confused. The worship songs seemed to be telling me that I was false and fake, everyone was praising and worshiping with such enthusiasm, and as their voices climbed, my heart kept sinking deeper and deeper into darkness.
All of a sudden it felt like a glass wall went up all around me and i felt excluded from everyone, and it felt like God was telling me that He had done this to show me that I was NOT one of His chosen. I was devastated to say the least. Holding it together I waited for the singing to end so I could go to the room and breakdown. Armand asked if I was ok and I said no, then he asked if he could pray for me. Now I need to add that we had not spoken much that day, so Armand had no idea that I had, had a bad day or where my thoughts were. I just said yes and he started praying asking God to help me to know that I am worthy, that I am one of His. Next the pastor came and asked if everything was ok and if he could pray for me as I was just crying, and Armand also just said yes. The pastor looked me in the eyes and asked me if I believed in God? I said yes and then he started denouncing satan from my thoughts and mind and prayed. I was filled with such peace after these prayers and was blessed to know that God had spoken to me through my husband and the pastor, by having their prayers to pray against all that was in my heart, all that was secret to them. God had spoken to me through my husband, and then confirmed this through the Pastor.
Another incident was with Liam our youngest son. He would get a rash of angry welts/rings and marks all over his body. He was itchy all the time, had swelling in his joints and got welts all over his head. We even had him at the afterhours doctor one night as his leg was swollen and he cried in pain when he tried to walk. He had at this point seen 7 different doctors and not one had any idea what was wrong. They could find nothing in the blood tests either. We had him prayed for so many times! Anointed with oil, the works! However whenever someone asked how he was doing we were quick to answer about how bad it looked and how no doctor seemed to know what was wrong. I was Mrs ‘happy snapper’ every time he got the rash somewhere else I would grab my camera and snap away so that when we would have to go to the doctor again I could show them just how bad he looked. This carried on for a month or more, then one evening I told Armand that our works and our prayers didn’t match. We were praying for healing but used every opportunity to complain and tell everyone how bad it was going.
After that we stopped our bad report and I also stopped taking pictures, within a week the rash was completely gone. We must just remember what Jesus said in Mark 16:17–20–17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
We are still in our human sinful bodies. I know that God has changed me from the inside out and I am grateful for that! I have taken His yolk by His grace and it is much easier to bear. We stand amazed in how God speaks to us and reveals Himself to us.
Back home we thought that we had chosen God, that we had heard the message and made the right choice. But it’s not about us. It’s about God, and it’s God that calls us to Him. This is a very freeing thought as nothing that I can do can make Him love me more or less.
Ephesians 1:4–5 “According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasures of His will.”
Romans 8:28–30 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to [His] purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”
2 Timothy 1:9 “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”
I would like to add here that God has revealed to me some things that I once never thought to be important. Before I share I would like to add that often Armand and I have spoken and said, had we heard this same message a year or more prior, we would have thought these people to be completely overboard and lacking balance. God is a God of fairness and grace, and He looks at what is in a person’s heart. Outside appearances make no difference. This was our way of thinking in South Africa, however today I see that this statement has a yes and no answer.
When I started going to the church I noticed that most of the ladies wore skirts, have long hair, and wear no make-up or jewelry. (Again I need to add, that never once was I told to change or expected to change my outside appearance, treated differently for wearing pants when they had skirts on, or forced to do anything.) When I asked their reasons, they gave me their answers, but told me to wait until God revealed it to me Himself.) For their related supernatural testimonies, click here and here
With the skirts I had listened to a sermon and I really felt led by the Lord that this is what He wants from me. I at the time didn’t have any skirts in my cupboard however and so vowed I would buy skirts whenever I went shopping for clothes again. Christine brought me some skirts the one day and said if I needed them I could have them or just pass them on, she also said it was not her way to say I had to wear them. I kept them in my cupboard for about 2 weeks and always felt really nervous at the thought of wearing a skirt. The one Saturday I thought: my, this is silly, I have worn a skirt before what is the big deal. So I put one on. It was the first thing Armand noticed. I then kept wearing one for the rest of the week till it came time for me to come and clean our current house before we moved.
I told Armand that cleaning in a skirt would be totally impractical and put pants in to change into when I got here. However for some reason I just couldn’t bring myself to put the pants on. When I spoke to Christine later she said she had prayed that God would work in me and that I wouldn’t be able to change into the pants. Since then I have only worn skirts, and it truly feels more feminine and complements my figure so much more. From personal experience I find I am able to be more submissive and feminine with a skirt than in pants. After that I got rid of all my jeans and pants. I also stopped wearing make-up and jewelry, however admittedly this was easy as it’s never been a big thing for me anyway. I no longer feel bound by the world and its fashion. Trying to keep up and impress everyone with my outside appearance. I can be just who and what God created me to be. Amen!
With my revelation to not cut my hair it took a lot longer, as I didn’t mind the long hair, but the scraggly ends? I heard everyone’s testimony, but still could not see it for myself.
I waited a long time and didn’t cut my hair in the meantime, praying about it and waiting to hear what God wanted from me. I was always fearful of Stephan coming to visit as he cuts my hair and did an amazing job too, I wasn’t sure I knew what my answer would be! On a day he came to visit and made this wonderful announcement that I would be his first customer in his new place and that he was going to cut my hair short and make it purple, just the way I always wanted it…I stood there and could feel my face going red, I started sweating and felt numb. He laughed as he thought I was just shy and didn’t know what to say. Standing there I realized what Gods says far outweighs what the world says or does, so I told him that I would no longer be cutting my hair.
His argument of course was how silly, times have changed and moved on. But I said no, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever and if God wrote it in the Bible then it’s still applicable to me today. Now looking back I am thankful for God’s revelation to me. Armand says I have (in his eyes) never looked more beautiful. In the world’s eyes, well they won’t agree, but when judgment day comes, its Gods opinion of me that will matter, and if I have done everything in my power to do what pleases Him then I will be smiling and happy. There is no balance when it comes to living a life with God and the world! It’s all for one or the other. There is no in-between. For information on this click here.
At one of our Wednesday night prayer meetings something really special happened. After we had all finished praying and were singing songs of praise; Andy started singing: “Glorious Day” and as we all sung it was just so beautiful and held so much meaning to us all. Then God came and spoke tongues and interpretation. The interpretation was: “My child, I have called you up to heavenly places. Rest in me for it is not you that walks with me, but I that walks with you and I will raise you up from within you.” That night was the first time that I had personally heard tongues and interpretation. You could just feel God was with us… After the tongues and interpretation I started praising God from my soul. I had never felt like that before. All of us were enamored and seeped into the presence of our great King, to whom all praise and honor belong. It was a life changing meeting for me.
Two weeks prior to this meeting, Sister Vanessa had spoken to me and told me that I needed to learn to relax in God as I felt I wanted to do more for God, spend more time with Him but the more I tried the less I seemed to get right, such an old trap I love to fall into.) Another 2 weeks down the line we spoke about the tongues as this was for me a major thing. And Sister Bronwyn said that she knew God was speaking to one person as in the interpretation God said: “My child” she just prayed that the person the message was intended for would recognize the message for them, accept it, and raise their hands in praise. Guess who did that? Me!! First tongues then the revelation that the message was for me. It was incredible!
At home, if Armand and myself talk about something or have a question, without fail, in church the pastor will mention or cover what we had been over. Prayers have been answered. Provisions made. Blessings, and lessons. It has been such a tremendous and powerful time. Armand’s parents came to visit earlier in the year. We had many discussions and (ashamed to say) even heated discussions over the Bible and Gods ways.
But without fail every time we spoke about something the same topic or verse would be covered in church or at the Wednesday meetings. We really wanted for both Dad Kobus and Mom Gerda to be baptized before they went back to South Africa. We just knew what a life changing event that is. To cut a very powerful and wonderful story short the night before they were to fly back to South Africa, where both Armand and my hopes were dashed of them being baptized we got to talking again. Our pastor Ben came out that night and started speaking to them; however Dad was kept busy by their 2 year old daughter Lilia. We were not impressed with her as we felt she was taking his attention away from what was truly important. However we did not know that God was in the house working His plan to perfection all the while. Mom said she wanted to be baptized and we were all so filled with happiness and joy. However dad said he was fine.
During the ‘service’ Lilia kept gaining the attention of dad, he thought she wanted to come and sit by him so he kept calling her to come over by him. But she would shake her head and say no. At a stage she pointed to a mask lying on the floor and then she pointed up to her dad and the Bible he was holding. Immediately Dad Kobus knew God was speaking to him, telling him to put away his mask and believe and follow the Word of God. Praise be to God, they were baptized in the bath about 5 hours before we would make our way to the airport. This testimony in itself has so much more to it. So much more depth and beauty, but that would take another few pages. If you have any questions about how they came to receive this wonderful message, please feel free to ask.
We have been so blessed. The Bible has opened up to us in such a new way. It’s no longer a Book of mystery. The Old Testament wasn’t just put in to entertain us with interesting stories or to give us nice Sunday school stories. It fits in perfectly with the New Testament. We are still learning so much every day. Moses shadows Jesus when he tells God to rather take his life than those of the Israelites. Joseph has dreams and visions. His father gives him a coat of many colours which represents the Holy Spirit. He was rejected by his brothers and sold into slavery. But through the power of God and his leadership Joseph was sent there to help the people through a major drought. The brothers represent the 12 tribes, his wife is a gentile and she is at a feast when Joseph goes down alone to meet his brothers again. Just as the bride will be raptured, and at the wedding feast when Jesus will come back to earth to come and meet the Jews again. Ruth a Moabites follows Naomi to a foreign land, takes on her ways and culture and this leads to a beautiful story where Boaz becomes their kinsman redeemer, just as Jesus is our Kinsman redeemer. Eliezer going in search of a wife for Isaac, he represents the prophet sent by God to gather a wife for Himself, the camel that Rebekah waters is the very camel that will take her to her husband that she has never seen or met. The camel is the Holy Spirit by which we will also be taken to our Husband Jesus Christ. The story of Esther also has so much of what is happening today. The Bible is alive and in full colour! We are written in every page, Its Gods love letter to us. It’s beautiful and exciting!!
In the powerful books we read as we were waiting for my work permit we realized that God has sent the last prophet as He promised in Malachi 4:5 “Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” There is also Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
He was commissioned by God to preach a message that would prepare the people for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ — among many amazing events and the fulfillment of major prophecies of Scripture, He preached the revelation of the Seven Church Ages of Revelation 1–3, he also had this published in a book. Through a series of events that you would think you are reading the Book of Ezekiel, he was commissioned to preach the opening of the Seven Seals in Revelation 6–8, this is also printed in book form. God used this major prophet to answer the many mysterious questions in the Bible that have been asked for decades. This verse pertains to his ministry: Revelations 10:7 says: “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” “Seventh angel” means: messenger to the seventh church age.
For a good general study on many of the restored truths please click here
Or if you are interested I can have a fellow brother in South Africa send you a copy.
God always works through a man to bring man back to Himself — He always has and always will do things the way He always has done. Just like a healthy church follows and trusts their pastor, so should each generation and age follow the God-given messenger. (Angel) John 13:20 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receives whomsoever I send receives me; and he that receives me receives him that sent me.”
I find myself excited, for the end is near. And no one knows the day nor the hour. But I am grateful that God has revealed Himself to us. I hope that this letter is not perceived as judgmental or condemning, it is truly written out of love and a longing to share this wonderful change that has happened in our life. And to share the amazing and shocking news that the last prophet God sent, has been. But mostly out of everything I pray that you will see God and His love for us all, to bring Him all honor, glory and praise for He is worthy of this all.
I leave you with this thought. When Jacob wrestled with an angel in the Old Testament, God had touched him on his hip and this caused him to walk differently, this has such spiritual significance for me, when we meet God and He touches our life, we cannot be the same afterwards.
I pray that you will take all to God, and follow only His will in all you do.