In South African struggle history the name “Azania” became associated with several political movements — and to this day certain politicians have been calling for South Africa’s name to be changed to Azania.
In a surprising prophetic twist, an intercessor in Uganda, Canon Christine Shimanya, recently told intercessors in South Africa that in a dream the Holy Spirit told her that South Africans should stop using the name “South Africa” for their country — especially in intercession — because of that name’s association with apartheid oppression.
Shimanya, who is an Anglican Church leader and chaplain to the Parliament of Uganda, said that instead they should use the name “Azania”.
South African intercessor Apostle Linda Gobodo said that after Shimanya called her on October 3 to tell her about her dream, she was concerned about the political connotation of her message. She said the Holy Sprit immediately told her to look up the meaning of Azania.
“I went to Google and was surprised to see the Hebrew meaning of the name is ‘God has heard’.
“I understood why the Lord told me to get the meaning of the name because it was associated with politics and in my mind I would have been concerned and wondered why the Lord would give us a political name.
“We all prayed about it and received that the word was from the Lord,” she said.
In a message she later sent to intercessors, she said that on October 6 “at the altar at the centre of the nation the Lord used Chief Justice [Mogoeng Mogoeng] to transition the nation from the old to the new” by releasing the new name for the nation.
At a prayer meeting at the AFM Church in Phomolong Township, Kimberley on October 7, Mogoeng shared that he was shocked when he first heard the Azania prophetic word — especially as in his radical past he was a leader in the Black Consciousness Movement of Azania.
But he said he now believes that the Lord has spoken. He urged the congregation to ask God for themselves and decide whether they too would refer to the nation as Azania when they pray (See video clip below).
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