As we have been in prayer and intercession for Singapore, asking Adonai what His plans are for this new civil year, we clearly heard Him say, “I’m changing and resetting the times of the nation to align with Zion Time. Open your eyes and see. Believe it, see it, feel it, and I will make it happen says Elohim.” It is the time for Singapore to flow in the time and frequency of Mount Zion, which is the “frequency” of Abba Father agape love. In order for Singapore to continue to be transformed and operate in the full revelation of the “Antioch of the East” the Love of the Father is being poured out over the nation. We also heard the Spirit of Yahweh say, “I am giving Singapore the gift of Faith”, another key ingredient for Singapore to come into the fulness of what God has destined it to become as a nation for His glory.
In addition, we understood there is a switch in the Spirit from Singapore carrying the mantel of Joseph to the mantel of Jacob, and Singapore must have the understanding of what that means in this new civil year. We also received a two-fold warning about the communications and the media mountain in Singapore and their attempted negative influence on the government and laws of the nation, and what the remnant is already doing and can do in greater measure to be sure that does not happen. Lastly, Elohai spoke to us about a new generation of Ezras and John the Baptists raising up in the land and going forth both here and abroad
THE FATHER’S LOVE AND THE TRANSFORMATION
Since the time of Billy Graham’s visit and crusade in Singapore in 1978, Singapore has been dubbed the “Antioch of the East”, but what if we told you that all of the time since then has simply been a preparation for the true transformation of Singapore and the fulfillment of that word? Would you be disappointed or excited? The answer should be excited! It means there is so much more that Abba, Father has planned for this great nation! For all of those who have been daily praying for and playing an active role in the Body of Christ in Singapore for so many years, your obedience and your prayers have paved the way for a crescendo in 2020 that is coming in the form of an inundation of the love of the Father, the frequency that flows in Mount Zion.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know Me, you will know My Father as well” (John 14:6-7). Have we forgotten the Father? This love is not something that can simply be theorized or intellectually understood, it must be experienced, He must be encountered. Have you experienced the love of the Father? It is an experience like the moment you gave your life to Yeshua, like being baptized in the Holy Spirit, a separate encounter that is undeniable and transformational. It is the love that Yeshua embodies, as He is one with the Father (John 10:30), perfect love. This is what the Ancient of Days is calling the Ecclesia of Singapore to live in, to transform a country, and be a blessing to the Remnant in the nations and back to Jerusalem, a true Antioch of the East. This is the John 17 generation, a set apart generation that knows Abba just as Yeshua knows the Father and is one in Him. We have the ability through Christ to know the Father just as He knew Him before the foundation of the world. Yeshua is praying for us today, knowing that we are not from this world, just as He is not of this world, with the understanding that we still have the Father’s work to do here before we join Him (John 17). Let us as the Body of Messiah in Singapore come together and rejoice in saying this is not it! There is more! Let us be expectant of the love of the great I Am to be poured out over Singapore. It is time to throw away the paradigm that says we are done, there is nothing more, and take up the banner of Yeshua that says “you will do even greater things than Me!” (John 14:12-14). “Just as You commissioned and sent Me into the world, I also have commissioned and sent them (believers) into the world. For their sake I sanctify Myself [to do Your will], so that they also may be sanctified [set apart, dedicated, made holy] in [Your] truth” John 17:19.
Just as the Ecclesia of Antioch was walking in the power of the Kingdom beholding signs and wonders and every manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it is time for Singapore to enter into this reality. Yes “reality” is the word of the day. What is Singapore’s reality in terms of walking in the power of the Kingdom of God? “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power” (1 Corinthians 4:20). Yeshua is calling Singapore to walk in he power of the Kingdom, but also in obedience to the word of His prophets through which He always gives warning (Amos 3:7). The great famine the prophet spoke of to the disciples of Antioch in Acts 11:27-30 had not yet even come to pass when the prophecy came to them, but they heeded the word in that moment, and before it had even hit the land they had prepared an offering for their brothers and sisters in Judea (Acts 11:27-30). The Kingdom of God is not reactionary, but the fallen kingdom of darkness is. The Almighty knows the end from the beginning. “Declaring the end and the result from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure and purpose”(Isaiah 46:10). As we have been given access to the Kingdom of heaven, it is our job as the Ecclesia, Adonai’s government on the earth, to not only hear and prophecy that which has been bound and loosed in heaven on earth (Matthew 16:19), but especially to walk it out as the brethren of Antioch did when they heard the word of the prophet Agabus. This is another step in Singapore truly fulfilling its calling as the Antioch of the East. Will Singapore wait to react to the plans of the enemy, or heed the Word of God before-hand in His timing?
GIFT OF FAITH!
God is giving the gift of Faith (1 Corinthians 12:9) to Singapore for the remnant to push past just seeing what Yeshua wants to do in the nation, but also to believe it, see it, feel it and receive it. There are two types of faith, the faith that every new believer has, that by grace we are saved by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) with the understanding that we have eternal life in Christ who died for our sins (1 John 5:20). This is faith unto salvation, but the gift of faith described as one of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit is different. It is a resolute and unwavering confidence that the God of Israel gives to people whereby they believe in and rely on His promises to such an extent to be used for great and awe inspiring miracles for the edifying of the Body of Mashiah and the glory of God (Ephesians 4:12-13). No one can boast of this or any gift of the Spirit as it is a gift, not earned but given. If the King of glory is saying that He is giving the gift of faith to the Singaporaen body, don’t just wait for it to arrive, but “eagerly desire the greater gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:31).
By “believe it” it means to believe with such certainty that you cannot be moved. Yeshua tells us in Mark 9:23 perfectly when he says, “[You say to Me,] ‘If You can?’ All things are possible for the one who believes and trusts [in Me]!” All things means all things, and Yeshua is every bit of who He says He is. There is no if with Him, and neither should there be in our minds based on this promise of Yahweh Jireh. To “see it” means to see it clearly, and visualize it. When Abraham was receiving the promise from the Ancient of Days, there was a clear visual of the magnitude of the promise. “He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.” Then He said to him, “So shall your offspring be” (Genesis 15:5). Any other person would have scoffed at such a promise at an old age, but Abraham had been given the gift of faith. Take the promise and or revelation of Adonai and see it. Number three is to “feel it”. Firstly, you have to feel worth it to receive it. In the eyes of God you are worth it, and the fact that Yeshua chose death by crucifixion for your salvation is more than enough proof of just how much you are worth. 1 John 1:1 also emphasizes the natural senses regarding what has come to pass, “touch” being one of those. Can you feel what it will be like when you receive it, the emotions, the touch, the thankfulness, the joy? Last but not least, “receive it” Singapore! Mark 11:24 tells us that whatever we are praying for according to God’s will, to believe that you have already received it, and it will be given to you. In God’s timing it is already done, and thus we too must pray as though we have already got it.
Give us the gift of faith King Emmanuel, so that the world will see the mighty wonder working power of the Lord of heaven and earth!
MANTLE OF JOSEPH TO THE MANTLE OF JACOB
During prayer, Emmanuel had a vision of the hands of the Father holding a multi-colored mantle, the mantle of Joseph, and saw Singapore standing before Him as a young man. He received the mantle and wore it like it belonged to him. Next to Singapore was standing another young man that was Indonesia. Singapore gave the multi-colored mantle to Indonesia, and when he gave it to Indonesia, the young man that was Singapore became an old man, and it was understood that Singapore had become Jacob and Indonesia Joseph.
Singapore has been for many years operating with the multi-colored mantle of Joseph (Genesis 37:3). It is an anointing and calling likened unto that of Joseph in Egypt which is an anointing for business, finance, fullness, creativity, excellence, authority, multiplication, and being a good steward of the wealth of the land and the sea. Not only is it an anointing of multiplication and good stewardship, but it is also for the purpose of giving provision to the needy. Joseph gave not only to those in need however, but even to the nation (his family) who betrayed him, which in hindsight God had planned from the beginning (Genesis 45:1-8). Joseph was a Hebrew in the Egyptian system, yet El Shaddai blessed him in order to be a blessing to Israel.
Singapore is still being used to be a blessing to Israel, but in this new year of 2020, there is a switch in the mantel of Singapore from the Mantle of Joseph to the Mantle of Jacob. Jacob (Israel), Joseph’s Dad, was a man who also had great favor with Elohim and became very wealthy (Genesis 30:43), but we see that it was Jacob who made a choice mantle for his most beloved son Joseph knowing that Yahweh’s hand was upon him. Just as Elijah transferred the mantle to Elisha (2 Kings 2:13), so too did Jacob pass the mantle to Joseph.
But why, you might ask would we even want the mantle of Jacob or the mantle of Elijah when Joseph was certainly more powerful and wealthy than Jacob, and Elisha had the double anointing? The answer is that both Jacob (Israel) and Elijah had the love of a father to pass on the revelation, understanding and knowledge they had faithfully worked so hard for and accumulated after so many trials and tribulations. They understood however, that it was a gift of El Roi given by His grace to pass on freely. It is the mantle of the Love of the Father that seeks to bestow the blessing upon the next generation. While praying on of the visions Abba gave us was that of a multitude of doves frying out from the gates of Singapore to many nations. The Spirit of the Lord was saying that the Singaporean remanant will be sent out like never before to grace the nations with the many gifts and talents bestowed upon them, including the freshly given Love of the Father and gift of Faith. In the case of Jacob and Joseph, it was the next generation (Joseph) that was actually a blessing to Jacob (Israel), the one who had given the mantle in the first place. Singapore has been greatly blessed, and is an expert in a great many things, and the Love of the Father is coming down upon the nation. The question is, will Singapore be a Jacob (Israel) and Elijah who pass on the mantle to other nations, or be a Joseph and Elisha who did not pass on the mantle to another?
GOLDEN HWY BACK TO JERUSALEM
There is a golden highway back to Jerusalem that is being opened both in the natural and the Spirit. In the natural, the Maritime Silk Road Starting in Japan, Korea and China down and running along the coast of Indo-china has been largely re-established. Now we are seeing a re-acivation of the former Maritime Spice Road going from Papua New Guinea west in between Indonesia Singapore and Malaysia. There is a convergence of both of these Maritime highways through the Malacca straight, and Singapore is right in the center, as the nexus maritime trade from the east to the west. The resurgence of the dominance of these water highways are simply a physical manifestation of what is happening in the Spirit, which is the Gospel of Peace returning from the end of the earth back to Jerusalem (Acts 1:8). These Golden Gate Nations that are in the direct purview of the Eastern Gate of Jerusalem (Golden Gate) are being activated, and Singapore is the immediate center of the action by which all trades routes must pass by and through in both the natural and the Spirit. Singapore is perfectly positioned in this time when is being called into the fulfillment of its destiny. Singapore is being used as the trumpet blast to usher in the return of the King of glory from the rising of the sun to its setting (Paslam 113:3). Will you roar Singapore?
Adonai said,” I am releasing revelation, authority and dominion to those I have called to stand in the gap for the land. As they pray in the aligned times I am going to be disrupting the systems of communication of the fallen kingdom of darkness that is moving under the waters.” It was clear that a period of time will be given for the disruption of the communications of the enemy for a time when the veil of confusion will be lifted for the salvation for the allotted amount of people to come into the kingdom, however many that may be. Upon receiving this word we were lead to find that at the bottom of the ocean, submarine communications cables span the globe. They make up for more than 99 percent of the world’s communications and data transfer including almost all internet usage, phone calls and text messages. Singapore, it just so happens, is the busiest intersection of submarine cables in the world. This adds a whole new element of maritime significance in the history of the nation. In Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, the water, not the land has historically been the most important and contested territory, always being the point of action over the trade routes and ports. The same goes in the Spirit realm, and it is the job of those interceding for the nation to declare the revelation of Adonai with the authority given by Yeshua to operate in His dominion. We as the remnant have been given the authority of imminent domain by the Lord of Hosts, for His glory, to pave the way for His return, and now it is time we operate in it. “Let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth” (Genesis 1:26). Through Yeshua’s death and resurrection, dominion through Him has been restored to us, but the fallen kingdom of darkness still has control over much as the Body of Messiah has not come into the fulness of operating as one body in Him as the Ecclesia, but as we come into this understanding, now is the time that we stand as one in one Spirit, the Holy Spirit. “Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it” (Deuteronomy 10:14).
MEDIA MOUNTAIN AND THE LAWS OF SINGAPORE
Elohei gave us a prophetic warning for Singapore and showed us a book of the laws of Singapore. As the pages turned we saw that they were ripped and torn at the edges. The interpretation was that the enemy has as a priority in his agenda to use the media in Singapore to control and manipulate lawmakers in order to change or soften key laws in the nation. In the Spirit, Abba showed us the situation like that of the relationship between Ahab and Jezebel. Jezebel was always influencing King Ahab to implement her plans and designs, ignoring and going against the plans of God. Jezebel is trying to work both publicly and behind the scenes to influence the media mountain to bring about change in the laws of the nation. These are the plans of the enemy, but the plans of the Father are the exact opposite. Yeshua has already placed many believers in these mountains of society, and more will be raised up both from within and from outside to bring His agenda to the forefront. The media of Singapore is extremely skilled and professional, and the Spirit of the Lord has shown us that He will use the media of the nation for major global projects that will bring glory to His name. We must remember that our fight is not against people (Ephesians 6:12), but against principalities and powers etc. so when we pray, we must pray urgently for the salvation of the people already working in these mountains of influence. We must especially pray for the strengthening from and closeness to God of the believers in these mountains to increase, and for their faith and resolve not to falter in the face of any attack. Great things are ahead for the media mountain of Singapore, and we must all come into agreement with it as it is what is set and written in the plans of the nation for 2020.
MOUTH OF THE DRAGON VS THE MOUTH OF GOD
In the very last days leading up to the new year (2020) we went to Dragon Teeth Gate, on the west coast of Singapore, formerly a deep water port of the British and written about even during the time of Zheng He’s voyages (1405-1433). From the dragon’s mouth on the eve of 2020, getting closer and closer to the beginning of 5780, the year of God speaking His truth and justice, we came with the remnant to declare the supremacy and authority of Yahweh over every voice of the fallen kingdom of darkness. YHWH is closing the mouth of the dragon for a season and empowering the ecclesia to speak the Word of God! In an act of obedience to the Spirit of Adonai, we stood as a group of five next to an ancient obelisk standing at the mouth of the bay, like a straggling tooth in the dragon’s mouth where we blew the shofar at the stone structure as a sign that the dragon is de-toothed in Singapore. The voice of Life, the roar of the Lion of the tribe of Judah will be heard in Singapore, who’s voice is a tree of life for the the nation. We must roar together Kingdom Family, and remember that we have been given authority by Yeshua “To tread on serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you” (Luke 10:19).
BOLD AND ANOINTED DECLARATION OF THE GOSPEL
2020 will be the entry gate of the era of the gospel of the Kingdom similar to the time and likeness of Ezra and John the Baptist. Many people will go forth in and from Singapore reading the Word aloud with anointing and power (Nehemiah 8). We will see anointed teachers and evangelists like Ezras and John the Baptists manifesting throughout the land in both private and in public. These people will be full of the fear of God and humility, but speak with authority and power. They will speak with fire that is the light of Yeshua, especially to and from the younger generation. They will be a “Voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord'” (John 1:23).
MOVE OR DIE
The law of the jungle is move or die. In this season, if we stand still when the wave of the glory of God comes, we will be swept away instead of riding the wave. It is decision time. We wait and wait and wait until it is too late, or will we come into alignment with this move of the Father that is set to weep the nation? The time of Singapore has been reset to Zion Time, the instructions have been given, the frequency of love will be going out from Singapore and transformation is coming. “For who has known the mind and purposes of the Lord, so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ [to be guided by His thoughts and purposes]” (1 Corinthians 2:16). Let it be said of Singapore in 2020 that the Ecclesia has truly put on the mind of Yeshua, and not made the mistake of trying to instruct Him.. This season let us re-examine with the Mind of Messiah the order of things, being seated with Him at the right hand of the Father (Colossians 3:1) daily seeking His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Let Singapore accept the invitation to “Come up here” (Revelation 4:1) as John did, and use the Key to the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 16:19). It is time that we ourselves are transformed and carry the transformation of Yeshua wherever we are and wherever we go loving with the same love that He loves us in every mountain of society. Let’s bring Elohim with us out of the Church walls, come back a few days a week to worship Him together and give thanks for all the miracles He has done in our lives, families, jobs, businesses, etc. then do it again. Let us take back the highways and byways in the Spirit, shout the Word of Adonai above every other voice, and shut the mouth of the already defeated foe. Raise up Singapore! Receive the fire of the Most High that burns with an ever increasing fury! Singapore has a destiny to fulfill and you are part of it. God bless Singapore in this New Year, and may Elohim pour out His glory and blessings so much that the world over will have no doubt that the God of Israel is with you.
Coincidence or Holy Spirit?
We arrived in Palembang located in South Sumatra, Indonesia with a team of seven people from Malaysia, the United States and Israel. Most people outside of Indonesia, and even many within the country are not familiar with the city, but for some reason all of us had felt from the Spirit of Adonai that this was the time to go. We all came with a single purpose in mind, to pray not just for Palembang and Indonesia, but to pray for the whole region comprising Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. The page of the book of Southeast Asia has been turned (Read the Vision: https://www.vdd7.com/book-of-the-region/ ), and it is time for the Body of Messiah here to work together in oneness like never before. The day we arrived we instantly began seeing signs of an amazing alignment happening in the both the natural and the spirit. It turns out we were not alone in praying for the region, and began receiving messages from a team from Japan who had just landed in Jakarta to the south of us, a team from Jerusalem in Kutacane in North Central Sumatra, then from a team of Americans who were also praying in Ache at the Northern most tip of the island. Together all four teams created a straight line through Sumatra from South to North through the heart of the island praying and worshipping the God of Israel together at different but aligned points as the Holy Spirit led us. Looking at the alignment on the map, it was like an arrow being shot out of Southeast Asia paving the way for the King of glory back to Jerusalem, just like what we had received a couple of weeks ago while praying in Ache. Read here: https://www.vdd7.com/darussalam-aceh-porch-of-jerusalem/
At the same time, a large church of nearly 15,000 people including its different branches was having their monthly two day long prayer meeting where all of the pastors from all corners of Sumatra come together to worship and pray together in a place called the Room of the Holy Spirit. What’s more, upon hearing that we had arrived to pray for Palembang and the region, the head pastor of this church invited us to the prayer gathering to bless us before we started to go out and pray in the land. God was moving and His plans were unfolding before our very eyes.
We all came together on the 4th of Kislev (Dec. 2) to have a time of fellowship and discernment before going out into the city the next day. During that time of discernment with one another, the Spirit of Elohim, as per usual, really began to blow our minds, showing us a glimpse of the redemptive purpose of Palembang. Historically speaking, Palembang has been a major center of power for much of the past two millennia. It sits at a very strategic spot at the crux of the Malacca straight through which goods from every nation have flowed for two thousand years and more on China’s Maritime Silk Road. It has seen to the dispersion of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity into SE Asia throughout its existence. From Palembang, the Sriwijayan Empire (Late 7th- Early 13th Century) controlled half of Modern day Indonesia and all of modern day Malaysia and Singapore, making it by far one of the wealthiest empires in the world. At the end of the Sriwijayan empire in the early 1300’s the leader of Palembang named Parameswara is said to have fled from the rising Javanese Empire to Singapore where he overthrew the King there, only to flee just 5 years later to Malacca where he begat another empire under the protection of the Chinese. This account is just one of a few disputed accounts of the details of the life of Parameswara. What they all have in common however, is the huge importance and connection between modern-day Indonesia Singapore and Malaysia that have traditionally been one entity before the Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish and British began to colonize and control separate parts of the Subcontinent.
PROPHETIC BLUEPRINT OF PALEMBANG
With the understanding that the Father has turned the page for Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, and knowing that “He is declaring the end and result from the beginning” (Isaiah 46:10), we came together to ask for revelation and discernment from Elohim about what He has declared for Palembang so that we might “bind on earth that which has already been bound in heaven and loose on earth that which has already been loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19) coming into agreement with His plans and purposes, declaring what He has already declared. What He showed us was Palembang like the womb of the region, from which the birthing of Abba’s end times plan for the region would be birthed. Geographically speaking it even looks like the womb. Palembang is a major port city, but sits far inland, connecting to the ocean via the large Musi river. The city of Palembang sits on both sides of this large Musi river with one main bridge connecting the city. The Holy Spirit showed us the Musi river like the birthing canal of the womb, and Palembang itself as the place where the seed of God would go through gestation. In correlation with this revelation, it was also the 9th month of the Hebrew calendar, Kislev, the number of months related to giving birth. Many of us had been seeing the number 9 a lot during the previous days leading up to the mission, and now we were beginning to realize why. We understood the number 9 in the Bible is very significant and directly related with the destiny of Palembang in this season.
Yeshua died at the ninth hour (Matthew 27:46-50), effectively being the beginning of His resurrection, there are 9 gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) and 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit (Glatians 5:22), and lastly, the 9th beatitude (Matthew 5:11) says, “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil things against you because of [your association with] Me.” It goes on to say that because of this persecution you will be greatly rewarded in heaven (Mattew 5:12), making said persecution the beginning of the birthing pains before starting life anew in heaven. What’s more, we received 1 Kings 18:36-40 about Palembang being like the Mount Carmel of the region that would be the starting place of the judgement of God’s enemies, where the fire of heaven would fall, and the heavenly rain that brings restoration to the land.
ROOM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The next morning, we drove to meet the Pastor of the church who had invited us knowing we had come to pray for Palembang where all of us met him for the very first time. After speaking with him about what we had received from Adonai regarding Palembang and the region, he surprised us when he asked if we would share this with all of the pastors that had gathered together to pray, before blessing us to go. We gladly accepted. When we walked into the room there were roughly three hundred leaders present, all in the midst of worship and the presence of the Holy Spirit. We shared quickly and directly what we had received, and it was soaked up like water in a sponge by all who were present. This was very important to us as a group as it is essential that the Body of Christ in the area continues praying into and acting on what Elohim is saying for this Moed (appointed time). After sharing, all of the leaders rose up and prayed for our covering and protection in a cacophony of many voices in supplication to the Most High. Its was beautiful and overwhelming in the best way, and after praying the pastor released us to begin walking the land to declare and do as the Spirit of God led us.
BUKIT SEGUNTANG (ECLESIA)
We were joined by 3 pastors and intercessors from the church earlier that morning, making us ten. The first stop of our journey the Holy Spirit had pointed out was Bukit Seguntang, otherwise known as Seguntang Hill, which is the highest place in Palembang. As far back as recorded history allows us to go, this hill has been the center of religious and spiritual activity of Palembang for most of its existence, and is where the majority of ancient religious artifacts have been found dating back to the late 600’s with other Hindu period artifacts being found as well telling of an even earlier undocumented past. It has indeed been an ancient place of worship of many different false gods, but the One True God has already established the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10) including at Bukit Seguntang. There are 7 Kings from the Sultanate period buried on the hill with tombs intact where people still come to worship them. We saw this as the enemy trying to declare the opposite of the plan of God which is death instead of life, darkness instead of light. The true plan of Yahweh is His Ecclesia represented by the 7 lamp stands that are the 7 churches, the Body of Messiah (Revelation 1:20) who is meant to be a light upon a hill (Matthew 5:14), and the 7 angles of the churches as helpers and messengers. We gathered together in a circle at the top of the hill, and immediately went into a time of repentance on our knees, asking for forgiveness for the iniquity of our ancestors for the worshipping of idols and false gods, praying that the King of kings would heal the land (2 Chronicles 7:14). Following a time of repentance we declared Yeshua as the True cornerstone (1 Peter 2:7-8) of Palembang and the Word of God, the double edged sword (Hebrews 4:12), as the foundation of Truth.
In the very center of the hill was a dry fountain with three separate circular levels, the top of which is the highest point in the city. The Holy Spirit showed us the fountain like the altar that Elijah had built to Yahweh atop Mount Carmel where “along with the burnt offering and the wood, water was added three times until it flowed around the altar and the trench was full of water” (1 Kings 18:34-35). According to this Word, we were lead to re-enact it as a sign of the season that the region as a whole was entering into, from dryness to abundance. Two of us, representing two generations (Malachi 4:5-6) walked across the path leading to the top platform of the water fountain where we poured out water in the trench of the dry fountain representing the river of life flowing from the throne of heaven (Ezekiel 37) being poured out upon the land. After pouring out the water we declared together in a loud voice “Let the Fire Fall!” In unison, another two of us also representing two generations sounded the shofar in agreement. At the same time, the others walked the circumference of the fountain, having put anointing oil on the bottom of their shoes representing the oil of the Menorah (Seven Lampstands) that was being lit with fire of Heaven. We all walked down the hill together still in one accord, feeling like everything that was supposed to be done there at that appointed time was accomplished.
SRIWIJAYA KINGDOM ARCHEOLOGICAL PARK (GOVERNMENT)
We headed down the Hill to a place close to the bank of the Musi River where an archeological park had been established around 7 ancient man-made canals and man-made islands that is believed to be the site of the seat of government of the Sriwijaya Empire. While walking through the museum of the archeological park we learned many new and revealing things about the history of the city, especially the curses declared upon anyone found to be disloyal to the the Sriwijayan Kings, always written in stone for all to see. Maps of the ancient Maritime silk road showed Palembang as the last stop of trade from China before going through the Malacca straight to the west, re-affirming its place of dominance in the region. The earliest known written history of the city was from a Chinese Buddhist Monk named Yi-Jing who visited the city in 687, who just so happened to be from the same hometown in China as the ancestors as one Pastor with us from Malaysia. Almost a millennium and a half later, instead of coming to study Buddhism, a pastor from the same town was there to proclaim the Gospel of Peace. After exploring the museum briefly, we walked to the edge of the park onto a man-made island that sat at the intersection of three of the seven ancient canals. In the center of the island stood two heart shaped gates. All of us stood between the two gates together.
Standing there on the ancient man-made island and canals, we were also reminded that the Musi River which these canals flow into is also fed by seven different rivers, and immediately Isaiah 11:15 came to mind speaking of the dispersion of the Sea of Egypt into seven channels making way for a highway from Egypt back to Jerusalem for His remnant. The destiny of Palembang in this season is to do just that, to destroy the ancient system of Egypt, and help pave the way back to Jerusalem.
We were reminded that the fallen kingdom of darkness is always trying to copy the divine plans of God, and we realized this was no different. The ancient government of Sriwijaya was attempting to copy the designs of God in glorification to themselves. So, from there we declared Psalm 24:2 speaking of the foundations of the world that says, “For He has founded it upon the seas And established it upon the streams and the rivers.” We then felt led to declare Genesis 1:9; Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place [of standing, pooling together], and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. Finally, as a declaration of both the land and the government coming into alignment with the plans of God we declared Isaiah 9:6-7 over Palembang and the region saying, “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace. [Isa. 25:1; 40:9-11; Matt. 28:18; Luke 2:11.] Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from the [latter] time forth, even forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. [Dan. 2:44; I Cor. 15:25-28; Heb. 1:8.]. We anointed the two heart gates with anointing oil and drew a heart on the ground with the oil in the center of the two heart gates, as a declaration that the curses of the long dead kings of the land are destroyred by the power and testimony of the cross and the blood of Yeshua. We ended standing between the two hearts praying that the Father would pour our His heart upon Palembang, and that Malachi 4:5-6 would be made a reality in the city and the region for such a time as this.
KUO BESAK FORT (ARMY)
On our last stop of the day, we drove to the Kuo Besak Fort that had been built by the Sultante in the 18th century. When we arrived to the gate, the Indonesian military was posted there, and informed us that we were not allowed to enter as the Fort was still being used by the military. As we were not able to enter, we walked instead in a straight line from the main gate to the river-bank. From there we prayed that the army of God would arise in Palembang like the army of Joel 2:11 when “The Lord utters His voice before His army, for His camp is very great, because strong and powerful is he who [obediently] carries out His word. For the day of the Lord is indeed great and very terrible [causing dread]; Who can endure it?” With that we blew the shofar in the direction of the gates of the Fort declaring in one loud voice for all to hear Psalm 24:7-12, “Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in…” The enemy must not have been too happy about it, because immediately afterward, a man walked up to us with a five foot long python draped over his shoulders watching us intently. This was an amazing confirmation that we were doing precisely what we were supposed to, and it led to us following up with Luke 10:19. From there we said one final cleansing prayer declaring by the blood of Yeshua that all plans, schemes and revenge of the enemy against ourselves, friends and family were null and void in Yeshua’s name. To finish the day we all went together to enjoy dinner in the peace and joy of Elohim.
The next morning, we set out with four pastors and intercessors joining the seven of us, making us twelve including the Holy Spirit. Our first destination was the Ampera bridge, one of the most iconic structures of Palembang that connects the two sides of the city making a straight line between the Grand Mosque, which has 4 Egyptian pyramids as its roof on one side, and the current seat of the government of Palembang on the other. Today, just as in ancient times, religion is always connected to government, and even though the fallen Kingdom of darkness is always trying to manipulate and maneuver empires, governments and nations we can take great comfort in the fact that the King of kings is the one “who changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and establishes kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and [greater] knowledge to those who have understanding!” (Daniel 2:21). Before walking over the bridge we felt it was important to drive over and back across the bridge first worshipping in Spirit and truth, and declaring Scripture as we went. Afterwards, we parked and walked to the middle point of the bridge on a walkway overlooking the waters below and the city on each side.
Standing there, we were led by the Spirit of El Elyon to declare Ephesians 4:11-13, declaring the unity of the Body of Christ in the operation of the five fold ministries in the fullness of Yeshua. While we prayed and worshiped together, two of the Malaysian pastors poured salt into the river as a sign of Yahweh Rafha cleaning the waters in both the natural and the Spirit, as well as to pour anointing oil into the river as a symbol of the healing and restoring power of Yeshua. The Indonesian pastors then relayed to us that the meaning of the name of the bridge was “The People’s Sadness”, and that it was common for people to commit suicide from the very spot upon which we were all standing. Hearing this, we immediately heard from El Shaddai that this was not the name He had given the bridge, and instead we heard the name “Jembatan Sukacita dan Kehidupan” = “The Bridge of Joy and Life” leading us to sing aloud Psalm 95:1-6. Standing there over the Musi River (Birth Canal) changing the name from sadness to joy we remembered John 16:21-22; ”A woman, when she is in labor, has pain because her time [to give birth] has come; but when she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of her joy that a child has come into the world. So for now you are in grief; but I will see you again, and [then] your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away from you your [great] joy.” Palembang is coming into a time of great joy!
As we walked back down the bridge, the giant Pertamina Oil Refinery, part of the Indonesian state-owned oil and gas company came into site on the opposite side of the bridge as we looked down river. We felt to stop for a moment, and prayed that in this new season of hope in Indonesia for all corruption to be purged from the company, and that God would force the enemy to vomit up all he has been stolen (Job 20:15) from the pockets of the people and returned for the benefit of the nation. We prayed for all of the leaders of said company, specifically for Ahok, the former Governor of Jakarta and new Chief Commissioner of Pertamina, who is known especially for cleaning up corruption during his tenure.
We walked down below the bridge where there was some construction taking place exposing the dirt beneath what was once cement which was perfect for what we needed to do next. We had to find some way to place the holy communion in the ground beneath the bridge, declaring that Yeshua is the foundation and the cornerstone of the bridge, and no longer the the Spirit of suicide and death. The only problem was the place we needed to put the Holy Communion was packed with people sitting and relaxing, many of whom were muslims. We would not deterred however, and decided it would be good to cause a distraction, so the two of us who were obviously foreigners and stood out the most began to blow the shofar underneath the bridge away from the rest of the group. All eyes were on us for just enough time, allowing the team to pray together and finish in peace without anyone being the wiser.
Kemaro Island was our last stop on the list of places we were sure we needed to go, and its prophetic significance is critical to the destiny of Palembang. The tiny island sits in the middle of the Musi river about 6 kilometers downstream from the Ampera Bridge towards the ocean next to the Pertamina Oil Refinery. On the island is a 9 level Chinese Pagoda as well as a Buddhist temple, all adorned with Chinese dragons. There are also two tombs on the island that refer to the legend of the formation of the island involving a Chinese Prince and a Malay Princess whose story is integral to the island’s significance. The Prince and Princess fell in love, and when the father of the Prince sent the dowry for the marriage he hid the gold in fruit and vegetables. The Prince, upon seeing that his Father only sent fruits and vegetables threw them all into the river in his rage, only realizing at the last moment that they were full of gold. He died in his attempt to retrieve the gold. The princess upon hearing the news drown herself in the river. Now people come to pay homage to what was at first a story of love, but ultimately a story of tragedy and suicide. The devil is always trying to steal kill and destroy, and this is one story where he succeeded, and has become a place of worship. As we prayed, we understood that the dragon pagoda was a statement of the enemy, a blatant phallic symbol in the very middle of the Musi river entering like an evil seed into the center of the womb of the region. It stands in direct opposition to the plan of the Father for the city, declaring death and destruction instead of life and life in abundance.
A soon as we stepped foot on the island, we first felt to do an act of repentance, with one of our Chinese descendant brothers and one Malay woman representing the two people of the legend of the island. As they each repented in turn, we all felt an immense and tangible breakthrough in the spirit, like a shockwave that came over us. Directly after the time of repentance, we took two large fallen seeds from a tree nearby as a representation of the evil seed that satan had tried to plant in Palembang. We put this seed on the ground before us, one for one of the women in the group and another for one of the men in the group. We declared Genesis 3:15 before they each stomped on and crushed the evil seed beneath their feet. Once again, it was not just a powerful statement, but it was also felt heavily in the spirit like a deathblow to the fallen kingdom of darkness.
We had all taken communion earlier that morning, leaving a small bit of the wine and bread and mixed it together. We poured the same Holy Communion over the crushed seed as another declaration that the bruised body and blood of Yeshua and His resurrection has won the victory, and He has the keys of death and hell (Revelation 1:18). From there, four of us walked to the center of the bottom floor of the Pagoda where the foundation stone was covered over by a loose piece of wood. The Holy Spirit led us to declare Revelation 12:1-12 that prophecies the woman giving birth to the Savior being delivered from the clutches of the dragon. Three of us declared this passage one verse after the next until verse 12. At the conclusion of this declaration of victory over the dragon, we lifted up the board, exposing the foundation and poured the rest of the communion over the foundation, declaring Yeshua as the cornerstone and foundation of the island, and blew the shofar still standing at the center of the bottom floor of the pagoda.
From the Pagoda, we all walked in back towards the boat facing the direction of Jerusalem declaring Psalm 49:1-13 as we went, a confirmation that Palembang is aligning with Jerusalem, and highways are being built in the spirit back to Jerusalem. We all stopped before continuing the boat, and there on that spot, did a re-enactment of the wedding of one of the married couples with us. Their marriage had been troubled for many years, but God had healed it and reconciled them, just as He has forgiven and redeemed us through His sacrifice. This act of marriage prophesied the marriage of the Ecclesia (The Bride) to Yeshua (The Bridegroom), and with that we returned to the boat. On our way back to shore we poured out seeds of wheat into the river, coming into agreement with the Father that the harvest is coming soon to Palembang and SE Asia.
BACK TO CHURCH
Before heading to the airport, we returned to the church where before beginning the mission the pastor had so graciously welcomed us and blessed us. Over a meal we relayed to him and some of the other leaders what had transpired during those two days, so that they would be aware of what Adonai had done done and said, and be able to continue to follow up and pray accordingly. He and his team were very grateful to us for having prayed for the city and the region, and we in return expressed our great thanks for their incredible hospitality on such short notice. Two of us stayed behind as the other members of the team had to head to the airport, and as one final gift to the pastor, and as a statement of aligning with Jerusalem, we gave him a scroll with Psalm 132:13 written in Ancient Hebrew saying, “For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place.” With that, we took our leave, once again completely blown away by all the Holy Spirit had orchestrated in such a short time with so many people to such perfection.
There is a truly massive shift happening in SE Asia that cannot be ignored, the repercussions of which are and will continue to effect the world. We share these accounts as a way for the global Body of Messiah to continue praying with more understanding for the region according to the heart of the Father. As always, please test everything you read here, ask the Holy Spirit and confirm it with the Word of God. We were only a small group of believers who came together at the prompting of the Holy Spirit, but we also understand that coming together in oneness in obedience to the King of glory has potential to bring great breakthrough. There have undoubtedly been many who have come before and many who will come after us, so we say thank you to those who have paved the way allowing us to stand on your shoulders, and to those coming after we say go for it for the Glory of Adonai and His kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven! We give all glory to God, as only He could have made everything happen as it did. Please pray for Palembang and the Ecclesia there, and for the entire region including Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia for God’s will to be done there, and for His glory and perfect love to poured out like the world has never seen before. The Spirit and the bride say come! Yeshua is coming soon!
We entered into a purposeful time of prayer for Indonesia and were led to receive and pray for some specific things regarding the blueprint of heaven for this nation in 2020.
As we began to worship and pray, the Spirit of the Lord began to say that He was going to open the ancient doors of Indonesia to pave the way for Yeshua to enter and release His mantle of salvation (save the lost), to activate His remnant and to push this region to accomplish its destiny. Adonai showed us Indonesia like an elephant walking through these ancient doors crushing the false and evil seeds of the fallen kingdom of darkness and tearing through the old accumulated layers of ancient kingdoms and systems operating in the land. The evil seeds are crushed through Prayer, worship and oneness in the Body of Messiah. We saw gates opening from West Papua all the way to Ache, seeing that the keys of these gates have been given to the angelic hosts of heaven to open them and enter. We saw that the East Wind (Dryness and Destruction) has been blowing for some time in Indonesia, but that wind has caused many people’s ships (hearts) to align, and set course, not to Mecca, but to Jerusalem and Yeshua. Ache, the west tip of Indonesia has for so long been called the Porch of Mecca, but its true destiny is to be the Porch of Jerusalem, the tip of the arrow back to Jerusalem. A great alignment is coming for 2020.
The Holy Spirit was reminding us while we prayed that this month is Kislev, the 9th month of the Hebrew Calendar, a month of giving birth, the season of light (Hanukah), and was telling us that this new decade is the start of John 16:21, and it would be a new season where Indonesia will begin to take its first baby steps back to Jerusalem (Diplomatic and Economic relations). The time of the cleansing of Indonesia is now and nothing will be hidden any longer. As the praise of the remnant arise and arise, Abba’s righteousness and Justice will manifest throughout the nation (Psalm 48:10). Everything will be exposed by the light of Yeshua.
Adonai then began to highlight the fathers of Indonesia, both the Dads in the natural as well as the men who are considered to be leaders and caretakers of the nation. Elohim showed us Himself aligning the hearts of these men with His perfect love, and being embraced by the wings of the Father. In other words, they were not just hearing about His love, but having intimate and life transforming encounters with the King of kings that will in turn help put Indonesia on the path of its destiny.
Lastly, as we prayed we felt strongly that this new year 2020 is the year of the execution of the vision of God for Indonesia. Abba, Father has given His vision for the nation, and now it is time to execute that vision with the fear (reverential awe) of God, in the Joy of the Lord, and with all due diligence knowing that only through Him will it be accomplished. “Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6). The destiny of Indonesia is great, and as long as we are in the same accord seeing from the perspective of the throne of the Almighty will we be an instrument in His will being done on earth as it is in heaven for Indonesia.
- Declare Psalm 24:7-10 for this new decade for Indonesia!
- Pray for and be an active part of letting go of pride, grudges, and un-forgiveness that keeps the Body of Messiah from being in Oneness, and watch as the plans and ancient powers of the fallen kingdom of darkness fall to pieces in the face of love and unity in Christ in us. See the might of the elephant (Indonesian Remnant) crush the evil seed of the enemy.
- Pray for the manifestation of John 16:21, for Indonesia to begin to have ties with Israel, both economic and diplomatic as its first steps to aligning with Jerusalem.
- Pray for everything that has been done in the darkness to come to the light in this new decade, not only in matters of politics and government but in every sector of society including, business, entertainment, the military, the family and especially the church (Luke 8:17).
- Pray not only that what has been done in the darkness will be brought to the light, but also for the bad to be replaced with people and statutes according to the justice and righteousness of God (Psalm 48:10, Psalm 89:14)
- Pray for the restoration of the priesthood in the family, that Dad’s would take care of and be responsible for the well being of their families.
- Pray for radical encounters with Yeshua for the leaders of Indonesia from the top down, so they receive the heart of the Father and lead according to His vision instead of their own.
Adonai’s will be done in Indonesia.
While some three hundred people from all over SE Asia and many other nations around the world were worshiping in a gathering in Singapore, I heard the voice of Yeshua saying “Come up Here”. In an instant, I was caught up into what I understood was the heavenly places between the earth and the throne of Yahweh. The floor was made up of moving waters that I was able to walk on even as the water moved, and I understood this was the foundation of the place I was in. In this place, Yeshua was seated in a humble chair in white robes. There was a circle of people around the chair from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia on their knees worshipping Him face down without any sound coming from their mouths. Even though they were not releasing a sound I could hear audibly, I could hear their worship in my Spirit as this is where their worship was emanating from. It was beautiful, like the sound of the Bride of Yeshua. Surrounding the circle of people immediately around Him, there was another circle of people kneeling in the same position worshipping in the same way, and these people were from the house of Israel and the nations Yeshua was looking beyond the two circles of people around Him at the floor which became transparent, and through the floor He was looking at the nations of the world below. Then He stood up from His chair. In the space between Him and the first circle of people an intricate and royal pulpit that was made of a material I could not define appeared in front of Him. On the pulpit was a large open book approximately 1 meter tall and 2 meters wide atop the pulpit. I asked Yeshua, “Is this the book of Singapore? He said no, it is the book of Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. Then I asked, “Are you opening the book of this region?. He said no, I have already opened it, then He told me to come and see what He was about to do. At that moment my view changed to being above Yeshua looking at the book, when suddenly He turned the page, and when it was completely turned, I felt a wave of the wind of God come off of the book mixed with a flashing light. At that moment, even though the people surrounding Yeshua could not see Him turn the page as they were kneeling down and praying, everyone stood up, opened their mouths and began to worship in a language and sound that I could not initially comprehend, but quickly understood that it was the tribal sound of Bahasa Indonesia and Malay going forth. It was a sound of freedom and deliverance. At hearing this worship, I understood with clarity that this was the moed (appointed time) of this region. At that moment my attention was directed to the transparent floor once again where I saw NE Asia, and many brothers and sisters from that region all lined up as if in battle formation in South Korea. They were all cheering very loudly at seeing the people of SE Asia worshipping together with such freedom in and in such oneness.
After receiving this vision we felt to continue praying for the oneness of the Body of Christ to continue to grow and grow throughout this region to unparalleled levels. The book of the region has been opened and a page has been turned, ushering in a new wave of oneness that will destroy the walls of division within the Ecclesia and bring about a paradigm shift according to the heart and mind of the Father for the Bride of Messiah. Please continue to pray with us according to John 17:23, and Psalm 133:1 for the Body of Yeshua in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia to come together like never before in a way that only the perfect love of the Great I Am can accomplish.
“I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected completed into one, so that the world may know [without any doubt] that You sent Me, and [that You] have loved them, just as You have loved Me” (John 17:23).
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)
God bless you and keep you!
We arrived back in Ambon to our hotel around 11:00 PM, only to find out we had been kicked out of our rooms. It turns out President Jokowi was in town visiting Ambon to oversee the efforts of rebuilding what had been destroyed and to visit the thousands of refugees whose homes had been destroyed. Our momentary disappointment quickly faded as the woman helping us let us know that it was the President’s advisors who had needed our rooms, and we realized it was all part of Abba’s plan. All of us had been praying in our rooms and preparing the atmosphere for them even unbeknownst to ourselves. She then told us that she would personally be driving us to our new hotel which coincidentally was where President Jokowi himself was staying. We were thrilled that we had the opportunity to be in the same hotel as the President while we were on a tour praying for the nation! Talk about the planning of Adonai. We were excited, but tired, so we decided to meet again in the morning to pray. The time was short but lovely in the presence of the Rock of Ages, and as we exited the hotel lobby, He had a surprise waiting for us. Standing in formation were about one hundred men and women, some military, some advisors, Jokowi’s bodyguard etc. with the commanders issuing final orders before moving out. As they were all dismissed we met with the head commander and the head officer for Jokowi over the region. We were not able to openly pray for them, but rest assured we were releasing blessings the entire time we had the opportunity to speak and get to know one another, and while we shook hands. It was one final confirmation of Abba, Father bringing restoration not just to the Maluku Islands, but to Indonesia as a country according to His perfect will. We left Ambon in peace, just as we had come in peace.
Our connecting flight was in Makassar, the former Capitol city of the Gowa Sultanate, and one of the largest and most key cities in Indonesia. It was here that the first Friday prayers were held more than 400 years ago in all of the territory of the Gowa Kingdom, officially establishing Islam as the religion of the state. Without knowing this, and having also transited through Makassar once before, we kept receiving from the Holy Spirit that the city was the gate of the Times for Indonesia, especially Eastern Indonesia. While we were there we prayed that Makassar would align to Jerusalem, the true clock of God, bringing with it the rest of Indonesia in opening trade, communication and diplomatic relations with Israel.
From Makassar we headed to Balikpapan on the largest island of Indonesia, Kalimantan, otherwise known as Borneo. Balikpapan is a major gateway to the Island with its busiest airport, as well as being a wealthy oil city. It is also the main gateway to what will be the new Capitol of Indonesia about an hour and a half drive from the city on the east coast of Kalimantan. It will play a central role in the growth and prosperity of the new Capitol. Due to its central role in the area, both economically and politically, we prayed for the government there to work in unity with President Jokowi and his advisors to establish the Capitol as a place that represents the needs of all Indonesians with a fresh start devoid of corruption or favoritism. The collective mind of Indonesia has begun a process of healing and a shifting of the people’s paradigm, and we must continue to pray that the hearts of every Indonesia will align to the heart and the mind of the Father for His will to be done in this exceptional country. Please join us to continue praying for Indonesia!
Stay tune for our next mission to Borneo Island….
From the Island of Flores we took flights in transit back through Komodo Island, Bali, and Makassar to finally reach Ambon Island, the provincial capital of the Maluku Islands. Ambon and the surrounding islands had just a couple of weeks earlier been hit by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake and were still having aftershocks when we arrived with over 1,100 reported since the initial earthquake. More than 40 people were killed and thousands displaced. When we arrived to our hotel that night in Ambon, there were visible cracks in the walls and entire floors could not be used due to the earthquake. This did not deter us however, as we knew we were in the right place at the right time, so we had peace. Ambon was not to be our final destination however, as early the next morning we were to set off on a ferry to Seram Island, the largest of the Maluku Islands. Before leaving the next morning, we all came together for a time of worship and prayer. During our time in the presence of Adonai each of us began to receive more understanding of what the current state of Ambon and the Maluku Islands were in the Spirit and how to pray in agreement with the Father’s plans.
One thing in particular surprised us, even as we entered to Ambon, and we felt in the Spirit that this place was a city of seven hills, like Jerusalem and Rome, considered to be the second Babylon according to Revelation 11:9. These places have always been places of intense idolatry and persecution of the people of God, as well as places of great revival. They are thin places of great contention in both the natural and the Spirit where the separation of the natural and supernatural are much less. Our minds were blown when we saw the city’s coat of arms, and looking at the top of the shield stood seven hills! What a confirmation! As we continued praying, the Holy Spirit was telling us that the city and greater Maluku was becoming a combination of Egypt, Babylon, Greece and Rome in its idolatry, not just one, but many. You wouldn’t know it by driving down the street as there seems to be a church on every corner, but then again, the Temple in Jerusalem in the times of Yeshua was the largest and most beautiful it had ever been, yet the Pharisees and Sadducees were the leaders. That is not to say there isn’t a strong remnant there, but generally speaking this is what we felt in the Spirit.
Something we also realized was “Maluku” translated into english means “My Shame” and Seram, the island we were soon to be heading to, translates to “Scary”, so not exactly promising names, but before we had even arrived, the Spirit of Shaddai was telling us that those names were not indicative of their final destiny. Even Jerusalem, the Apple of God’s eye (Zechariah 2:8), was often times made a wasteland, and has historically been the center of nearly constant conflict until today. The dark times of Jerusalem however, do not define her in the eyes of Elohim as we know that He has chosen Zion as His Holy Habitation (Psalm 132:13). In the past decades Ambon and greater Maluku have also been a battle ground, literally, between Christian and Muslim communities with many thousands being killed over the years, much like Israel today. That fight also rages in the heavenly places just as strongly, and it is part of our job as Believers to being praying for and supporting our brothers and sisters in Maluku, so that our prayers and the spreading of the Love of the Father to these islands will turn the tide of battle, and bring oneness where there is division and life where there has been so much death.
Geographically speaking, The Maluku Islands are also the cutoff point separating Southeast Asia with Oceania, a very important demarcation point not just naturally, but also spiritually speaking. In West Papua and Papua New Guinea, which is seen as the farthest boundary of the East, people are largely Believers in Yeshua and vehemently Pro-Israel. This goes heavily against the status quo of the majority of the rest of Indonesian society. Knowing all of this, and with the understanding that West Papua and Papua New Guinea truly constitutes the ends of the earth, all that yet remains is for the Gospel of Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah to come roaring back to Jerusalem. However, at present, the Maluku Islands are the place where the Spirit of Elohai was showing us is an unholy wall or a Dam in the Spirit, attempting to hold back the revelation of Yeshua, the Light of the world from entering and flooding Indonesia and the nations of the world. The walls are getting shaky brethren, and the unholy gates of darkness will not hold much longer. The gate of light is set to be opened in Indonesia from the ends of the earth.
We boarded the Ferry and went to the open-air top deck of the ship where we all gathered together looking out at the pristine clear blue waters, the picturesque white sand beaches and the lush tropical islands dotting the horizon, in awe of the beauty of God’s creation. As the Ferry got under way we began to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. There came a point during the worship when we felt to repent of the idolatry, witchcraft, and occultism of Rome, Babylon and Egypt taking place in the Maluku islands. As we finished repenting, we felt that each of us should take some salt as Elisha did in Jericho (2 Kings 2:19-22) and to pour into the Ocean, with the understanding that the salt was only a symbol of God’s covenant with us through the blood of Yeshua to bring healing to the Islands of Maluku. As we did, we sang together, “Oh the Blood Jesus”, in thanksgiving that because of Him and through Him we and many more in the islands of Indonesia will be set free.
When we arrived to Seram (Scary) Island, the sun had already gone down, and in order to get some sleep, we went to bed quickly so that we could be up before the break of dawn. For three hours we drove heading towards Mount Binaiya in the center of the Island. We drove through many small villages both Christian and Muslim alike where people were laying out cloves and other spices on the side of the road to dry. The islands are famous for cloves, nutmeg, cocoa, coffee and pearls, and hence they inherited the name “Spice Islands” from the European traders and colonizers. When we finally came to a certain church in a small town we felt it was the place we needed to stop and continue praying. We did not feel to go into the church, but instead to go towards the beach just 100 meters from the road facing the water.
When we approached the water, one of the local pastors approached us, obviously surprised and wandering what we were up to. We told him that we were simply there to worship and pray if he would allow us, and he gladly accepted. As we began to worship in the shade of the palm trees by the beach, a crowd of about 30 people gathered around us from the village. We invited them to worship with us, and before we knew it, everyone was hand in hand in a big circle worshipping the King of Glory. The presence of the Prince of Peace was among us. As the worship continued, we simultaneously began to pray that Yeshua would destroy the gates of darkness holding back the wave of His glory, and open the gate of His Light to Seram, the Maluku Islands and Indonesia. We prayed that the people there with us would be used like Paul to the Romans, Daniel in the midst of Babylon, Joseph and Moses in Egypt, and Yeshua, the Messiah all the way back to the Jews in Israel. We prayed for people to walk in the power of the Kingdom and not the wisdom of men (1 Corinthians 2:1). The local villagers were led with the help of our Indonesian brothers and sisters to repeat after them a prayer declaring with their mouths that Yeshua was their Lord and savior, as we had discerned there was a spirit of fear over that village after so much bloodshed and destruction in the past. There was a lot of oppression lifted as they declared it all as one, and finished with a loud “Amen!” As we continued in prayer and worship, the Holy Spirit reminded us of the beautiful green and turquoise stones we had collected on the beaches of Flores, and told us very clearly to give them to all of the people present. Everyone from our small group came together in the center of the larger circle of people. We lifted all the stones in our hands in the middle of us together, and asked the Father to bless the stones to be a reminder to those who received them that You are the Cornerstone, their Rock, their Fortress (Psalm 18:2), and that they themselves are like living stones set apart to give glory to the Most High (1 Peter 2:5). With that, we each went to pray for the people that the Holy Spirit drew us towards. What had started out as a curious, shy and uncertain gathering had become one of joy, smiling and laughter as the darkness was forced to flee from the presence of perfect Love, Yeshua. Everyone was greatly blessed by God and from that strategic location, we blessed Israel (Psalm 122:6). We had a hard time saying goodbye to our new friends, but we knew, at least for that particular visit, we had done what Abba had sent us to do.
When we returned to the cars, our driver gave us the wonderful news that the ferry we had arrived on was broken down, and that the only thing to do was to drive to the other side of the island, to hopefully catch the evening ferry. Five hours later, when we felt we were getting close, we found that the main bridge leading to the port had collapsed due to the earthquake, so we had to take yet another detour. We arrived at sundown just in time to catch the ferry back to Ambon. After looking at the route we had taken to get there, we understood that it was from the Almighty that we were leaving from there. It had forced us to go clear around the edge of the island, a chance to pray for the whole of Seram. On the Ferry back to Ambon the man in charge of the music on the Ferry allowed us to play our music, in Hebrew and English worshipping the God of Israel, singing “How Great is our God”, “Psalm 133”, and many others on a ship full of muslim men and women in a country where it is not allowed to go to Israel, yet but soon… To Be Continue