PROPHECY IN AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND
by Don Lake
This prophetic word was shared at the NZ Prophetic Council in Christchurch on 21st Feb 2019.
Of all the nations, other than Israel, we are in a unique position when it comes to the prophetic – namely that we are the recipients of over 21 promises of Scripture.
Some have been fulfilled, some are in the process of being fulfilled, and many have yet to be fulfilled.
Together, they help define who we are as a nation, and provide a framework for the prophetic revelation that flows into, and from within, our nation.
What follows is an outline of six of those defining features, which I believe set the parameters for what God wants to do in and through us over the next decade.
1. To be a global model of complete transformation
Psalm 22:27 “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will worship before You.” Psalm 67:7 “God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him.”
“All the ends of the earth shall turn and see the salvation of our God.”
This is probably one of the reasons there is a such a global focus on NZ at the moment and the expectation for revival.
2. To be a source of global praise and worship
Isaiah 24:16 “From the ends of the earth we hear songs, “Glory to the Righteous One”
“From the ends of the earth, we hear praises.”
eg Songs of Praise – the first truly global expression of contemporary praise and worship – first started 50 years ago.
eg the current worship ministry of Josh Klinkenberg and Cindy Ruakere (to mention just two) – some of Josh’s music is currently published by Bethel.
3. To be a continual supply of global (cross-cultural) workers
Isaiah 5:26 “He lifts up a banner for the distant nations; he whistles for those at the ends of the earth – and here they come!”
We have been the greatest senders of cross-cultural workers per capita and this is still part of our prophetic heritage.
We need to believe for that to be restored.
4. To model large scale praise, worship and intercession to the earth
Psalm 48:10 “As is Your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness.”
Psalm 61:2 “From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Psalm 65:5 “By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation, You are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea.”
“His praise reaches to the ends of the earth.” “From the ends of the earth I call to you.”
This is reflected in the large scale corporate prayer events that have emerged in the last two years, and a growing move to return to stadiums for worship.
eg “One Voice” in Tauranga.
eg “Open Heaven” in Auckland.
5. To manifest the knowledge of Jesus already embedded in our culture
Proverbs 30:4 “Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know!”
Well we do !!
Arama Te Toiroa, a Māori matakite (prophet/seer) named Him in 1766, a full 3 years before Cook and 48 years before Marsden . . .
Te ingoa o tō rātou Atua, ko Tama-i-rorokutia, he Atua pai, otirā, ka ngaro āno te tāngata.
The name of their God will be Son who was killed, a good god, however the people will still be oppressed.
Ihu Karaiti (our Jesus) was preparing a way for Himself to be revealed in a culture already here and receptive – at the time of the Treaty of Waitangi there were approximately 1,000 Europeans and over 70,000 Maori, of whom approximately 50,000 were already believers, with the existence of indigenous apostles and prophets.
6. To be a continual source of ascension ministries to the global church
Isaiah 41:9 “You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its remotest parts and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you.’”
Isaiah 43:6 “I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring My sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth.”
We have more than carried our weight on the global stage in this regard eg Brian Houston and Hillsong.
eg Phil Pringle and the C3 group of churches.
Some of the promises already fulfilled –
“He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.” – Psalm 46:9 - in the Second World War no foreign soldiers set foot on NZ soil (despite doing so in nearby nations).
“The ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” (Isaiah 52:9) (Acts 1:8) - see Note 1 below – the story of Samuel Marsden (+ Isaiah 49:6) – “ I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the the ends of the earth” – quoted by Paul about himself in Acts 13:47).
“From the ends of the earth we hear praises.” (Isaiah 24:16) – Songs of Praise – 1969 ff.
As I look on the state of the prophetic in our nation it seems to me that it is made up of five different kinds of people –
mainly indigenous Maori.
Apostles functioning as prophets (out of a secondary gift)
primarily apostles-evangelists or apostle-teachers.
complicated by the tendency of some apostles to say they are ‘speaking prophetically’ when in fact they are either making declarations apostolically or releasing what is in fact apostolic revelation.
both young and old.
need to become the focus for us as recognized prophets in terms of one-on- one mentoring and corporate training.
The scattered many who partake of a prophetic culture (unique to our land) and function as ‘prophets’ out of what is in fact a ‘prophetic gift’
this has been influenced by the indigenous prophetic culture that precedes European colonisation.
it primarily arises out of our unique position as “the ends of the earth.”