In recent weeks South African social media has lit up with images of communities taking to the streets during the morning lockdown exercise window — not to jog or cycle but to pray and worship Jesus in the streets while wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.
“We are seeing more and more reports [of street worship and prayer during exercise time] from Cape Town and the Boland (areas like Mitchellsplein, Eersterivier, Athlone, Ladismith, Atlantis, Steenberg, George etc.),” said Rozanne Visagie who has played a key role in open-air prayer and worship initiatives in the Cape Town area in recent years.
“The Bride of Christ is finally lifting her head and spontaneously arising during this time of lockdown in RSA. Is this the start of the latter-day revival?” she asks.
“Many prophecies have gone out over the last century regarding an endtime/ latter-day revival, spreading from Cape Town and gaining momentum throughout the country, into Africa and further north to Israel and the world.
“We are currently seeing a cry going out to Jesus Christ in many nations, as they struggle with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. In nations like Brazil, Italy, the Phillipines, Nicaragua, India and others, people have been praying on the streets, in prisons and hospitals in large numbers,” said Visagie.
“I have personally been actively involved in praise and worship and prayer gatherings, especially on the west coast of Cape Town, since 2017, when there was a 40-Days of Global Worship initiative with over 200 gatherings on mountains and beaches all over the Cape Peninsula.
“Since then many interdenominational prayer marches and gatherings have been organised (also during 2018, 2019 and the beginning of 2020) in and around Cape Town. The prayer gatherings were held especially on beaches and open areas. We prayed at parliament in 2018 on a couple of occasions.
“We have also been encouraging the Bride to be salt and light, to arise and put feet to her faith, as she becomes more bold and visible amongst those in need of hope through the various social media platforms. We are now seeing a new move, as church groups and believers are spontaneously embracing this call and we are excited to see the prayers of the last three years starting to bear fruit.
“My prayer is — and the prayers of many prayer warriors are — that this move will truly be a united one, empowered by the Spirit of our Lord God Almighty and that Pentecost 2020 will go down in history as the start of the latter-day rain (“Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” — Hosea 6:3 , King James Version
“We truly trust and pray for this to be the start of a fresh outpouring of the precious Holy Spirit. Let us all continue to pray for revival and endeavour to fan the flame and spread the message of salvation and the healing love of Christ, far and wide to a desperate world. It is a great privilege to live in such prophetic times! ” she said.
Visagie’s perspective is echoed by Dr Des Rose, author of Write The Vision a book that examines three independent visions given to believers on different continents about revival fire spreading from Cape Town, through Africa and to the world.
Commenting on the spreading phenomenon of communities praying and worshiping on the streets during exercise time, Rose said: “The Lord of the Harvest is coming and it’s going to be a tsunami of the Spirit. This is a visitation of God. And He is coming to harvest.”
The SA-born author and minister who has lived in the US for most of the past three decades said: “For the past eight years I have been traversing this country everywhere, going to pastors — handing out the book — telling them about what is to come and it is huge. The catalyst will be in Cape Town — and it will spread worldwide.”
Drawing parallels with notable moves of God that began in humble circumstances, he mentioned that the South African revival that started in Wellington in 1860 started with a 15-year-old girl and the Azusa Street revival of 1906 which birthed denominations around the world — including the AFM in SA — began with a one-eyed African American.
He noted that the people currently on the streets who seemed “most open to the move of the Spirit and hungry for the Lord” were mainly from poor, coloured communities.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lord uses this group as forerunners for what He is doing,” he said.
“This is God’s time for Africa and God’s going to lift Africa by His Spirit and people will go out from Africa and evangelise the world. There is a harvest coming and it is going to be huge,” he said.
Reporting on the start of the street prayer phenomenon that began in Mitchell’s Plain early this month, SABC News quoted Apostle Frederico Hendricks as saying: “We are coming here to pray because you know the Bible says when somebody is sick, he must call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, and when they pray over him God will heal him.”
Participants are hoping to continue for as long as church doors remain shut and have urged all communities to follow suit, SABC News reported.