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!