Heavenly signs on day of prayer

An unusual sky that caught the attention of keen Port Elizabeth amateur photographer Hendon Hall and made him think of the blessing of an open heaven. At the time he did not realise that there was a prayer day event at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. See another photo at end of this article
As thousands of Christians prayed together in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday (October 22) God showed his approval through dramatic signs in the sky above Port Elizabeth.

At least that is the view of some observers who were struck by unusual cloud and light displays that were seen over the stadium and other parts of the city after the prayer day closed with a mighty faith declaration into the heavenlies by Christians from many different churches and communities who had gathered to pray for the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

Indeed many people who participated in the prayer day commented on the remarkable cloud formation that appeared over the stadium as the event drew to a close. Many also commented on the exceptional atmosphere of unity at the prayer day and their sense of spiritual breakthrough as a result of repentance for the division and rebellion which had been blocking God’s good purposes for the city.

Retired Anglican priest Rev Lawrie Wilmot writes: “Four of us came together to be at the prayer meeting, and all of us saw so clearly in the sky above us two unmistakeable signs of the Lord’s blessing upon the afternoon’s events.

“As we drove away from the stadium  towards the freeway we were facing the sea:  small scattered clouds like balls of cotton wool filled the sky. Suddenly we all noticed a shaft of light coming through the clouds in the late afternoon sun and shining directly onto the stadium and the bay area between it and the sea. It was a fairly narrow, straight shaft and at its foot was a pool of the most lovely, gentle and hazy light that enveloped all the buildings and everything around them and turned them shining white.

“We were all entranced and all spontaneously said, ‘Look at what the Lord is doing!’. As we drove on we simply just took it all in in silent wonder.

Blue eagle
“And it wasn’t over yet, either: as we turned westwards towards Lorraine we saw another sign, truly magnificent to behold. The Lord had parted the clouds in the most unusual way any of us had yet seen: all these small fluffy clouds had been arranged to form the outline of an eagle, so that the eagle was a startlingly blue and bold shape against the mottled background of the clouds- if you know what ‘reverse printing’ is you will understand.

“It’s shape, in silhouette, was of an eagle descending and about to alight: facing us with its head forward and the wings outstretched. There were no ‘feet’: just this magnificent shape. To us three it was not only another sign of the Lord’s blessing but of all that the image of an eagle stands for in Scripture: protection, rescue, shelter, and the soaring  to new heights on the ‘thermals’ of the Holy Spirit. Awesome, in the truest sense of the word!”

The remarkable late afternoon sky also caught the attention of keen photographer Dendon Hall, who was at his home in Kabega. He noticed a thin blue line of sky splitting the dappled blanket of clouds from east to west as far as the eye could see.

“I have never seen anything like it before,” said Hall who captured the phenomenon with his digital camera.

He said the clouds then transformed into a V-shape that stretched across the sky. “It was like heaven opening,” he said. The sight brought to mind a programme he had seen on God TV about the meaning of the ‘third heaven’ referred to by Paul in the Bible. It was like seeing a revelation of God’s blessing, he said. It was not until the next day that he realised that the prayer day had been taking place as he took his photos.

And so as heaven literally and spiritually opened above the stadium, the assembled prayers spoke out the following proclamation: We declare and we decree that Port Elizabeth and the surrounding area will never return back to a heart of iniquity. We uproot any stronghold that would hinder Gods purpose.

“We humble ourselves and repent so that our city may be healed. We believe we will see the transformation of every heart to turn to God. We believe that our promise of purpose has been given by God and cannot be stopped. We take our responsibility to reach out in love to every person that God has placed in our lives. We arise as the united body of Christ to be a demonstration of the power of the holy spirit as a witness. Nelson Mandela bay will never be the same in Jesus name.”

The steering committee that organised the prayer day decided today to meet again on November 29 to prayer together and listen to what God wants them to do next in the aftermath of the October 22 Prayer Day.

Glynnis Hartwig sent in this photo that she took with her cellphone as she was leaving the stadium after the prayer day. She said she saw the sky like a huge funnel that was clearly heart-shaped. See her comment below.


  1. Marlene Steenberg

    Yes, me and my mom and sister also came out of the stadium and approaching my car my mom saw the eagle and I took it with my blackberry and with my kodak camera. It was perfect, the Lord spreading the eagles wings open to say: “His holding us in His arms.”

  2. This is amazing and while reading this beautiful testimony the Holy Spirit just lifted me and I just want to shout to the world Holy, Holy Holy blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus and of God our Father!!!May He grant your city all you asked in His Name. Amen.

  3. My friend Rena and I were driving home towards Lorraine and also saw this blue highway in the fluffy clouds and later I called her outside and the clouds were now pink but still that blue highway – amazing!No matter which way we looked over the town house we beheld His glory which the heavens declared!!

  4. Yes !!!on our way home my family and I noted the unusual cloud formation.. and I still thought to myself if this was sign for PE of the Spiritual change that has started.. It was the most serenic powerful sight I have seen. I can feel that there is a shift happening !!! Praise the Lord !!!

  5. Wow, it is indeed mind boggling to hear of such visible wonders the Lord is doing in our nation. The Nelson Mandela Bay is truly a municipaly of major concern, it is so comforting to hear that there are people standing in the gap for this region. These news inspire us to do the same for BCM aswell.

  6. God is Awesome…I also photographed the sky as I left with my phone.. I saw it like a huge funnel, but it is clearly a heart shape….would love to send it to you too.

  7. ‘AND THE HEAVENS OPENED’ God promised us that if MY PEOPLE SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELFS,a city did that and the revelation of secreats and evil that was hidden from us was revealed .YES NOW OUR CITY CAN START HEALING .WATCH NOW FOR SIGHNS AND WONDERS ACCORDING TO HIS PROMISE

  8. Praise and Honour be to God..Holy are u Father..a love like no other..as vast as the universe is ur love..Thank You Jesus!!

  9. Yes indeed we saw this beutifull cloud and we saw a man this man when he was taking this picture and we end up in talking about what the lord is and is about to do in the Nelson Mandela Metro is unusual something that never seen before.

  10. I absolutely agree. I believe that God opened up the clouds and shone His light upon us, His beloveds. It was surely a sign that He was greatly pleased.

  11. This is wonderful afirmation for many – I’m wondering though, is the God we live in relationship with not here, present, inside us & through us, in His Spirit? Are we not to be the ‘hope’ we so desperately pray for, as He affects us & works in us & brings us to a faith whic touches our reality – the world & time He decreed for us to live in? It is great that we pray together – but we should pray for Him to start in us … to move through us … to move us … the perhaps the affirmation would not be clouds & images in the sky, but individuals touching their little bit of world in an immense way? That said, I love the initiative & I pray and work that we would be united in our relationship with Him. :-)

  12. If God is for us, who can be against us. Amen

  13. Charmaine Potgieter

    OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!!!!. He loves us and there is absolutely NOTHING we can do about it. This said, how can we not want to honor, praise and worship Him unceasingly.