by Rick Joyner


(From a 1991 issue of the international Morning Star Journal)

Your name is prophetic - there is a NEW ZEAL that will arise from the church in New Zealand. This zeal for the Lord and His purposes will help to bring conviction upon the worldwide body of Christ for her Laodicean spirit of lukewarmness. Just as the call to the Laodicean church was to "be zealous therefore and repent," your zeal will help to show the way for the church to repent. Do not confuse this zeal with mere human enthusiasm; true zeal is a deep and focused commitment to the Lord and determination to do His will.

Your zeal will be a NEW zeal; there is a freshness to it that will help to impart a zeal for the NEW things that God is doing. The bride of Christ will be without spot or wrinkle. That she is without spot speaks of her purity, having been cleansed from sin. That she is without wrinkle speaks of her perpetual youthfulness. The Lord is restoring this new zeal to His church so that she might be restored to her youth and to her first love, which is the essence of true zeal.

Christchurch, New Zealand is literally "the uttermost part of the earth" as it is geographically the most distant (sic) major city on earth from Jerusalem. {Actually, Gisborne and Auckland seem technically closer to the mark - ed.} This city has also been prophetically named; it will become a city that is a church - it will be the Lord's. Though you may be the city that was furtherest from the beginning of the church age, you are the closest to the last great move of the Holy Spirit - you will see the beginning of the movement that will close the church age. For this reason, the Lord had you placed as the first nation on the international date-line and therefore the first nation to see the sun rise. You will be the first to see the Son rise and the beginning of the day of the Lord.

Do not be disturbed by the onslaught of the enemy to thwart this purpose, but when the enemy attacks you one way, attack him ten ways. You need not fear the enemy; he should fear you because the One who has all authority in heaven and earth is on your side; that One now gives you the authority to take back from the enemy all that he has stolen from you, and to spoil his camp to release all that he has held captive in your land. The enemy does not have the power to stop you; your faith and endurance alone will determine the degree of you victory - do not stop until your victory is complete. It is time for you to cast down your fears and pick up your swords.

Do not dwell any longer on your insecurity and feelings of unworthiness - dwell on the Son and His greatness which can be revealed through you. He delights in using the weak, the foolish and the small to confound the strong, the wise in this world and the big. Do not look at your weakness or your small size; look at the Lord and His greatness that He will demonstrate through you. You now have the authority to tear down the strongholds of the enemy and to make New Zealand a fortress of righteousness.

The native people in your land are called by the Lord as a people of dignity and honor. The enemy has made many inroads into their culture, but as deep as he has sunk his roots into them, that is how deeply the Lord can fill them with Himself. Esteem them, honor them and do them justice because the Lord has called them. The saints who arise from the native peoples of New Zealand will be pillars in the church and will stand straight and tall when others would fall.




Rick Joyner is the founder of MorningStar Ministries and the Senior Pastor of MorningStar Fellowship Church. He has written over forty books, including some that are regarded as Christian classics.  Rick and his wife, Julie, have five children: Anna, Aaryn, Amber, Ben, and Sam.
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