[notice]Alf James speaks to Arno van Niekerk author of ‘Enough! What is the Plan?’. He says Van Niekerk’s book is a book for NOW, for this season in both our lives and our country’s history.[/notice]
South Africa has had enough of moral and spiritual decay; we stand as a nation in need of healing and restoration, which lies not in political, but spiritual transformation, according to Dr Arno van Niekerk, author of Enough! What is the Plan?
“South African’s hearts must change through repentance before the nation unites in revival seeking and implementing God’s plan for the country,” says Van Niekerk who is a senior lecturer and economist at the University of the Free State.
He contends that unless we see the spiritual basis of our predicament and humble ourselves before the Lord seeking His ways we will remain stuck in a malfunctioning society.
“Enough! What is the Plan is a clarion call to a South Africa that ‘appears adrift, unable to mount a credible approach towards the dream of its founding fathers and mothers’, says Reverend Moss Ntlha, general secretary of the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa, in the foreword to the book.
Although a spirit of despair is beginning to possess many South Africans 22 years after apartheid officially ended, Ntlha says Van Niekerk’s book does not leave us in despair, but makes a strong case for Christian hope.
“The Christian religion stands or falls on the message of Jesus Christ, who was the face of God in the world. He took upon Himself its total depravity and brokenness, and went to the grave with it.
“He rose again on the third day with a promise to all who believe on Him, that He will be with them to the end of the ages as they stand up for the truth and justice in a world that has turned its back on both.
“Will South Africa heed the call?
“It is a call for each South African to answer, before it is too late,” urges Ntlha.
What immediately struck me about the book is that it coincides with a number of calls that seem to be joining in a harmony of encouragement for South Africans to change our hearts and minds, humble ourselves and come into alignment with the Lord’s will for our country.
National Day of Repentance
The first call was from the National Day of Repentance (NDR) in Bloemfontein in September last year, the vision document of which says one thing our country needs to do is to repent and turn from its wicked ways.
“As a nation, we have failed to acknowledge Him in all our conduct. Killings are increasing; corruption is rampant, and many other evils causing destruction. Change starts with prayer,” says the NDR vision.
“This is what the Lord says to us as Christians, who bear His name, in: 2 Chronicles 7:14 ‘if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land’.
“The Lord is calling the nation of South Africa that is 80% Christian to come to repentance before Him. This starts with first humbling ourselves and then to pray fervently. The responsibility is ours to come back to The Lord with repentant hearts,” adds the NDR vision document.
Biblical Jubilee Year
The second call is the Biblical Jubilee Year, which started on Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement at sundown on 23 September 2015 and lasts until Yom Kippur 2016.
Van Niekerk says in a Jubilee Year we are called on to search our hearts through the Holy Spirit, to uncover areas in which we need to repent, personally and as a nation, and return to the Lord’s ways.
“When we humble ourselves before God and our neighbours then healing takes place in a way that no worldly or political reconciliation can replicate, because it is by the Spirit of the Lord, which will them impact politics, economics and the rest of society.”
The third call was from the #Pray4RainSA event in January led by Angus Buchan, which summoned the nation to humble itself in prayer, seek our Holy Father’s face, turn from our sinning ways and stand united trusting God for spiritual and physical revival.
Oom Angus urged the #Pray4RainSA gathering to pray for “our beloved country” and to “pray for repentance”.
‘”The Lord says we should turn from our wicked ways ‘then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land’.
“Folks I am not going overseas much this year. I want to stay in this country. My heart is here. I want to be here with you, I want to join hands with you, I want to believe God for a miracle in this nation.
“I really believe this nation can lead the rest of Africa, I believe this nation can lead the world. We have the opportunities,” said the farmer-evangelist.
The fourth call is a from United Prayer for South Africa (up4sa) for a one hour prayer session on Sunday 28th February 2016 at 2pm at prayer points all across the country mobilising as many Christians in towns and cities as possible in intercession, petition and prayer for South Africa as a “prophetic act of humility, dependency, unity and honour to our Lord Jesus Christ as the only answer and hope”.
The up4sa call quotes Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”.
Van Niekerk .says he wrote “Enough! What is the Plan”, because the Lord told him to do so while he was on his knees in prayer during a trip to lecture at an Austrian university.
“The Lord distinctly told me that this book should be, in essence, an invitation to everyone in South Africa to be part of the miracle that God is going to perform through His people and by His Spirit in South Africa.”
Van Niekerk states in the introduction: “… the place to which history has brought us and the state of the country today asks of us both faith and sober thinking”.
“The future that lies ahead of us requires that we perform an accurate and realistic analysis of our present situation, what are the critical lessons we should learn from our past, and what actions are now most needed.
SA’s prophetic destination
“This book ‘connects these dots’ within the context of the country’s prophetic destination. The emphasis of this book is to specifically align South Africans with accomplishing God’s plans.”
In answer to the question: Does God have a plan for SA? Van Niekerk says for some time there has been – not just in South Africa, but also higher up in Africa and elsewhere – a realisation that the prophetic Word in Ezekiel 20:46-48 is also applicable to South Africa.
Van Niekerk says he has received confirmation of this from the Lord.
The Scripture says: “Son of man set your face toward the South . . . and prophesy to the forest land of the South. And say to the forest of the South, Hear the word of the Lord; thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold I will kindle a fire in you . . . The blazing flame shall not be quenched . . . from the South to the North . . . All flesh shall see that I the Lord have kindled it; it shall not be quenched’,”.
“This is Revival Fire that will not be stopped. This is so our rainbow nation‘s heart can burn brightly for God like never before, as He has had in mind for years. This requires our total surrender to God’s will and purpose for His glory, not our own.
“The Lord always desires to work through His people. So it is us that need to come to a place of true hunger for Him. This will fan the flame.”
Time to rise up in faith
Van Niekerk says that like Joshua and Caleb, the time has come for those with a ‘different spirit’ to RISE UP in faith and respond to God’s calling!
“We must get on our knees and pray God’s plan into being on earth. We are seated with Christ in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6) to reign with Him so that heaven can invade earth – that is His will.
‘’God wants to do something new in South Africa – something never seen before. He wants people set apart for Him and filled with the power of His Spirit so that we can bring healing and freedom, not in our own power but through God’s anointing . . . God wants to reveal His power and glory to South Africa in a unique way as He uses our diversity.
“God is calling YOU in this hour. Are YOU going to accept His invitation,” urges Van Niekerk.
Enough! What is the Plan? Is a book worth reading and studying for it is inspiring and is, indeed, a clarion call to this generation of South Africans – you and I.
There is a note of urgent resolve about the book – it is a call to God’s children in South Africa to intercede on behalf of our country in prayer and by example.
Enough! What is the Plan is a book for NOW, for this season in both our lives and country’s history.
It is in alignment with God’s Will for South Africa NOW; for repentance to take place and through repentance, revival and through revival for South Africa to become a light that ignites repentance, revival and God’s Will being done throughout Africa – and the rest of the world.
However, that light first needs to spark in each of us as we search our hearts, led by the Holy Spirit, to identify areas which need to be transformed to God’s ways, by His grace, for His glory in Lord Jesus Christ’s name.
As we come into alignment with the Lord’s Will we will learn what His role for each of us is in our families, Churches, communities, cities, country and continent, but the time is NOW – no time for procrastination.
Van Niekerk emphasises that time has certainly moved on for South Africa, the hour glass is running empty, but it is still not too late!
There is a window of opportunity.
“We must take up the spiritual weapons God has given us and fight; they are much more powerful than physical weapons – when we truly understand them.
“The time to prayerfully STAND UP in the power of God’s Spirit has come,” says Van Niekerk.
Enough! What is the Plan should be on the retail bookstore shelves later in the year, but for now, email Arno van Niekerk to order a copy at EnoughSA1@gmail.com. Price is R100 plus R20 postage (R120).