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Monday, June 12, 2017

Jan van Riebeeck's Prayer for South Africa (with Afrikaans version)

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When Jan van Riebeek landed at the Cape on April 6, 1652 with the Dromodaris, the Reiger and Goede Hoop, he brought with him the seed of the Christian Faith, which is reflected by his dramatic prayer which he praye for South Africa's future. It is no wonder that this land would be blessed with other commitments to God and Christian Renewal, such as the Voortrekker' desire (e.g. Piet Retief,) to take the Gospel with them to the native population when they set out on their Great Trek, the Vow made at Blood River in 1838, the labors of Rev. Daniel Lindley among the Voortrekkers and Zulus, the revival under Rev. Andrew Murray, the Vow made at Paarekraal, and the great spiritual renewal during Dr. John G Lake's ministry in 1908. 

Here is that prayer: 

"O Gracious and Most Merciful God and Heavenly Father, in Your Divine Majesty You have Saved us and called us to guide the affairs of the Dutch East India Company in this place, and to this end we are gathered here together in Your Name. 

May the decisions we take further maintain justice and, among these wild and uncivilised people, may Your true and perfect Christian teachings be established and spread, to the honour and praise of Your Holy Name and the prosperity of our God Almighty, without whose merciful help we are powerless. 

Therefore we pray to You, Most Merciful Father, and ask that  You will stand by and support us with your Fatherly wisdom and understanding and preside over our gatherings; lift our hearts that all wrong passions, misunderstanding and bestial lusts be removed from us and cleanse our hearts; and so fix our minds that in our actions no other principles or motives are apparent other than the magnification and honor of Your most Holy Name so that we may best serve our Lord and Master, without in any way acting for our own advantage or taking into account personal gain, to which end we will carry out our orders and so earn a worthy blessing. 

We pray and ask this in the Name of Your Beloved Son, our Master and Saviour Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray, 'Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name..."

Afrikaanse Weergawe: 

Toe Jan van Riebeeck op 6 April 1652 in die Kaap geland het met die Dromodaris, Reiger en Goede Hoop, het hy daarmee saam die saad van die Christelike geloof gebring, soos weerspiel word in 'n dramatiese gebed wat hy oor Suid Afrika se toekoms bid. Dis geen wonder dat hierdie land so geseen sou wees met ander geloftes en Christelike vernuwing, soos van die Voortrekkers se begeerte (bv. Piet Retief) om die evangelie saam met hulle Groot Trek na die inboorlinge toe te neem, die Bloedrivier Gelofte van 1838, Ds. Daniel Lindley se werk onder die Voortrekkers en Zoeloes, die herlewing onder Ds. Andrew Murray, die Paardekraal Gelofte en die groot na-oorlogse Gees vernuwing gedurende Dr. John G Lake se bediening in 1908. 

Hier is daardie gebed: 

Barmhartige, genadige God en hemelse Vader, volgens u Goddelike wil is ons geroep om die sake van die Verenigde Nederlands Geoktrooieerde Oos- Indiese Kompanjie hier aan die Kaap die Goeie Hoop te bestuur. Met hierdie doel voor oë is ons met ons Raad in u heilige Naam vergader om met die Raad se advies sodanige besluite te neem waarmee ons die Kompanjie se belange die beste kan bevorder. Ons is hier om die wet te handhaaf en om, as dit moontlik is, onder hierdie wilde en onbeskaafde mense u ware gereformeerde Christelike leer voort te plant en bekend te maak tot lof van u heilige Naam en tot voordeel van die wat oor ons regeer. Hiertoe is ons sonder u genadige hulp allermins in staat.

Daarom bid ons U, Allerhoogste Vader, dat U met u vaderlike wysheid by ons sal bly. Ons bid dat U self leiding in ons vergadering sal gee en ons harte so verlig dat alle verkeerde hartstogte, tweedrag en ander dergelike gebreke van ons geweer sal word sodat ons harte van alle menslike hartstogte skoon sal wees. Laat ons gemoedere so ingestem wees dat ons in ons beraadslaging niks anders beplan of besluit nie as dit wat mag strek tot grootmaking en lof van u allerheiligste Naam en tot diens van die wat oor ons regeer. 

Laat ons nie in water mate ook al op eie voordeel of winsbejag let nie, maar net op die uitvoering van ons opdragte en dit wat vir ons saligheid nodig is. 

Ons bid en vra dit in die Naam van u geliefde Seun, ons Heiland en Saligmaker, Jesus Christus ... wat ons leer bid het: Ons Vader wat in die hemel is, ... Amen"

Monday, June 5, 2017

Miracles and the Supernatural will continue Until Jesus Comes

The Bible doesn’t give us the slightest hint that miracles would cease before the coming of the perfect eternity that awaits the children of God. Only when that perfect eternity comes—when we see Jesus face to face, miracles will cease because they will simply no longer be needed:

...”But whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.... when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away...” (1 Corinthians 13:8, 10)

I have heard some of the most absurd teachings against the miraculous by Christian theologians. Let me run a few by you, which I’m sure you might have heard of already. Some say: Miracles were really nothing but fanciful myths, Miracles are not for today… Miracles were only to be performed by the apostles and early preachers of the Gospel… Miracles were only for the Church to get started… Miracles ceased when the last apostle died… God replaced the need for miracles with medical science… Since the canon of the Bible was completed, miracles ceased…

We should always build our belief on the Word of God—not on man’s musings. There is no Scriptural affirmation to these arguments. I’m sure there are other similar arguments and it would take a whole book and more to try to address them all. I would rather contend for the miraculous than trying to refute every argument against it. However, I will touch on a few things here.

The miracles of the Bible are not myths. A myth is a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, esp. one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite or phenomenon of nature. It is also defined as an invented story, idea or concept. These definitions are a far cry from the real miracles that happened in Bible times. I think it will help us if we stay true to the literal interpretation of the Bible. All scripture should be interpreted literally, unless in its context it is obvious that God was using figurative language. 

Every miracle in the Bible really and literally happened.
To say that miracles are not for today is to deny the sovereignty our Lord Jesus. 

Who are we to suggest that the Almighty God may no longer do the miraculous? In God’s sovereignty, He can do anything at any time and does not need the theologian’s endorsement to do so.

Also, to say that miracles are not for today may be contrary to the eternal truth that God never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. The Scriptures teach that apart from His recorded miracles, Jesus performed so many miracles that if we were to record them all, not even all the books in the world could have contained them (John 21:25.) 

If Jesus is indeed alive today, as Christians know and believe, He has not changed. If He has not changed, He is still actively working His works in and through His Body—the Church. The Miracles are not for today argument is not valid.
Again, the notions that “Miracles were only to be performed by the apostles and early preachers of the Gospel.” “Miracles were only for the Church to get started.” and “Miracles ceased to happen when the last apostle died in 100 A.D.” have no Scriptural support whatsoever. Not even once does the Bible imply that miracles were only for the apostles and early preachers of the Gospel. 

And, of course, God used miracles as the medium to induce the incredible growth of the early Church, and it worked. Within a short time, the whole known world was evangelized by the preaching of the Word—with signs following. A certain religion experienced tremendous growth, but it was done so by the sword and by forceful conversions. Even today its growth is maintained by the same methods, and her preachers try to advance their religion by trying to negate Christ and His real death and resurrection. 

It does not seem to have an inherent power that compels the hearer to conversion such as the message of the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ does. The message of Jesus Christ had an inherent power within itself that compelled those who heard it to receive it or violently reject it. And accompanied by the miracle ministry of signs and wonders it spread like wild fire. Yes indeed, miracles served to induce the growth of the early church.

If miracle signs and wonders were then necessary for the birth and growth of the early church doesn’t it make sense that it is still needed today? Is it not especially necessary in these challenging times to both maintain and promote the Gospel? Shouldn’t miracles, signs and wonders still continue to confirm our message in this generation that the Jesus we preach is still alive, and that He is the Son of God?

And if it was true that the medical field has taken the place of the miraculous, why then are there still so many sick people in this world? Shouldn’t we continue to take His healing power to them?

I would like to especially address a view that is very popular in the anti-miracle camp—that miracles ceased when the Canon of the Bible was completed. The scripture used very widely to try to substantiate this theory is:

“... But whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.... when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away...” (1 Corinthians 13:8, 10)

Many of those who hold this belief have been some of the Christianity’s greatest thinkers, and I cannot help but admire their knowledge. Yet I think that even some of the greatest, brightest and most talented theologians of our day and of times past, may have violated their own rules of Biblical hermeneutics (the methodology of interpreting the Scriptures.) 

And while I disagree with them, I do so humbly and reverently, knowing they are my brothers and that they are often exemplary servants of God and students of Scripture.
Could it be that we have built on a faulty foundational thesis when it comes to this teaching? 

This teaching holds that tongues, prophecy, and all the miraculous gifts were done away with when the final book of the Bible was written. The argument is that these supernatural elements of Christianity would cease when the Bible, which they say is “that which is perfect,” is come. So, since the Bible was completed, we no longer need the miraculous. 

But there is no hint whatsoever that the Bible is “that which is perfect.” Everything else about God is perfect—such as the Old Testament law (Psalm19:7,) His love, His Son, His death and resurrection, etc. However, let’s suppose for a moment that “that which is perfect” is in fact the finalized Bible. Then may I ask a simple question: Are we then not to believe and actively live what’s in it? Like the parts about the supernatural? What’s the use of having a finalized Bible, but shying away from its contents?

But it is not the finalized Bible that is “that which is perfect” in this context. What is it then? The answer is obvious—not just a matter of interpretation. A simple rule of hermeneutics is that we should always read the Bible in context. The Bible is not hard to understand. God gave us the Word so that the common person could understand it. God, who is so eager for all to be saved, would not have given us a Book of Instructions so hard to understand that the common man cannot understand it. (The Bible should always be taken literally, except the portions that are obviously figurative.)

When we read the Bible in context, we can plainly see what the writer meant. Looking at this Scripture in context, what then is “that which is perfect?” One need only to read the next two verses: “That which is perfect” is when we see Jesus face to face (verse 12.) That’s why we won’t need miracles or the like—because in heaven there is no need for them in our glorified, resurrected bodies! A little later the apostle Paul writes about how perfect it will be in the end, about the resurrection from the dead, about death being swallowed up in victory and about mortality putting on immortality. 

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed, in a moment, In the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Cor. 15: 51-55.)

“When that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” No more need for prophecy, for we will see the Lord face to face. No more need for tongues, or for miraculous words of knowledge, for there is no need for it then. No more need for the gifts of healings, or faith or miracles—for there shall be none sick there, and all will be perfect and complete.

If the miraculous really was to end after we received the Bible, the apostle Paul would have been more clear about it. Not once does 1 Corinthians 13 hint that the miraculous would end when the canon would be finalized. 
“Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29.) 

When there is a deficiency in either of these two elements—knowing the Scriptures and the power of God, error is prone to enter.

The Greek word for perfect as in “when that which is perfect is come” (1 Corinthians 13:10) is teleion (from the root word telos.) The HELPS Word-studies says that it means “consummated goal.” 

This is why the NIV translates it as, “…when completeness comes”, and the GWT translates it as “…when what is complete comes, then what is incomplete will no longer be used…” and the WNT translates it as “…when the perfect state of things come, all that is imperfect will be brought to an end”. 

What is that “consummated goal?” The Bible itself uses the same word in chapter 15:24, where it refers to “…the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power” (1 Corinthians 15:24.)

The end, or the consummated goal is not the finalization of the Bible, the Canon. It is the penultimate moment, when the Son hands over the Kingdom to God. What this ultimate moment actually means is another message for another day, but for our study today we see that the perfect of 1 Corinthians 13:10 is this moment, this ultimate moment, or the consummated goal of 1 Corinthians 15:24: It is when we see Jesus face to face, it is when death will be swallowed up in victory, and it is when the Son hands over the Kingdom to the Father.

This article was taken from Joel Hitchcock's book, "Miracles for the Multitudes." It will be available soon at , where you can browse other products by Joel Hitchcock. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Next Generation of Young Revivalists

God is raising up a younger generation of revivalists for the end time Great Awakening.
Great revivals and spiritual awakenings have occurred throughout history in many nations.
Great revivalists blazed the trails of great awakenings in the past, and passed the torch to a younger generation of revivalists.
This younger generation of revivalists are the Young Fires that God is raising up to set the world on fire with the Message of Christ, to accomplish His purpose in the end time generation.
The Young Fires look back and learn for the flaming revivalists of old, then look at our current generation, and cry, “Wilt thou not revive us again?”
I wrote this book in 1999 under the title, The End Time Revival and Great Awakening. At the time I had a tremendous passion for God to move in our generation in a mighty way. I prayed that God would use me and raise up others to usher in a mighty end time revival and spiritual awakening.
I have changed the title of this book to Young Fire – End Time Revivalists for the Great Awakening, because not only was I much younger when I wrote it, but it is my deep desire that young people that read it will catch the spirit of revivalism, and be used by God in their generation.
As this book goes into yet another printing, I reflect on what the Lord has done in our generation. I see how God has raised up many powerful men and women, who were unknown youths at the time that I had written this book.
God has indeed raised up some great revivalists. I now look forward to what God may do in the next 20 years and beyond. I wonder what kind of nation-shaking revival God may grant us.
Regardless of the powerful revivals that God had blessed this nation with, they all seem to fall short from the awakenings in the USA, South Africa, Wales, Hebrides and others from early 1700s through the early 1900s.
Yet we cannot underestimate what God has done recently. Countless lives have been changed and the impact of this move of God will only be appreciated to its full in time to come.
Yet our world seems in a horrible spiritual state. Perhaps these most recent revivals were but tremors before the big one hits. I believe this may very well be the case.

Authors are sometimes hesitant to republish their older works without completely re-editing it, or perhaps rewriting it altogether. The reason for this is because authors views on certain things change, they may have come upon greater clarity on certain topics, their audience is no longer the same as the one present when they initially wrote their book, and their writing skills have also changed or improved.
However, I am putting this book back into print, much the same as it was in 1999, with some changes here and there. I also deleted a couple of chapters and added a little. The reader may notice that the style of the author reflects that of an unpolished, on-fire young man, eagerly expecting a mighty move of God.

After serving God for many years, and after over 25 years of full time ministry, I am as on fire now as I have ever been. The spirit of revival is more caught than it is taught. It is my prayer that this work would stir a passion for revival and spiritual awakening in us and in our younger generation…

Monday, May 29, 2017

Young Fire - Youth Revivalists

Entire communities and regions have experienced visitations of God throughout the course of history.  These visitations have turned whole populations and geographic locations back to Him and are commonly known as revivals and great awakenings.

Joel Hitchcock believes that God will do it again.  To facilitate His next visitations, He will use whomever He wills - including young people.

These young people are the Young Fires that will spark the fires of revival and spiritual awakenings in our communities again.

Previously published in 1999 under the title, The End Time Revival and Great Awakening, this book is one of Joel Hitchcock’s first publications.

In it, Joel recounts some of the revivals and great awakenings of the past.  It will stir your soul.  If God could do such amazing works in times gone by, He can do it again.
The book is now repackaged, re-edited and retitled to Young Fire - End Time Youth Revivalists for the Great Awakening, for the express purpose to encourage young people to be the catalysts for the next moves of God.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Some World Miracle Evangelism Highlights - Evangelist Joel Hitchcock

170407M Stop Pouting and Start Shouting Joel Hitchcock

Joel Hitchcock preaches an inspiring and encouraging message that we should turn our pouting into shouting praises unto the Lord. This message is anointed by the Holy Spirit and power, and will stir your soul.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Effectual Fervent Prayer of the Righteous

In my book, "Praying and Proclaiming God’s Abundant PROVISIONEffectual Fervent Prayers and Proclamations of Faith for God’s Abundant Provision, I first wrote a "declaration" in which we affirm the power of the Effectual Fervent Prayer of the Righteous. 

Before we pray the Scriptures specifically related to prosperity and God’s abundant provision, our first prayer is about the power of the effectual fervent prayer:

"Dear Heavenly Father, your Word says that the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16, ULKJV,) that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective (NIV,) and can accomplish much (NASB.) Your Word says that prayers offered by those who have God's approval are effective (ISV,) and exert a mighty influence (WNT.) Very strong is a working supplication of a righteous man (YLT.)

God, I am not righteous by my own righteousness. Your Word teaches that there is none righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10, ULKJV,) for we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6, ULKJV.) But in Christ Jesus am found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith (Philippians 3:9, ULKJV.) 

I am not righteous in my own righteousness, but I have righteousness by the blood of your Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:9, BBE.) It is not by my effort at righteousness but by the righteousness that you grant that I pray the effectual fervent prayers that avail much.

Having therefore, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19, ULKJV,) I approach you this day in the Name of Jesus (John 14:13 & 16:26.) 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Don Gossett Books and Products

Dr. Don Gossett was a prolific writer, whose books and sermons blessed untold thousands of people from around the world. Today his ministry continues to reach many thousands through his books and radio recordings. 

When I was about 14 or 15, I came upon his book "What You Say is What You Get," translated into Afrikaans. I still have that book here on my book shelf. In it, he taught that the Bible teaches us to speak the Word instead of our circumstances. Mark 11:23 says that when we speak to this mountain to be moved, that it will move. The key is that we speak to the mountain, and that we speak it in faith. 

This concept put my mouth in the right direction. Instead of pouting and negative confessions, I would speak the Word of Faith, believing that what I said I would get. It's not so much a positive confession as it is really a confession of the Word - speaking what God's Word says in contradistinction to what the enemy and adverse circumstances in our lives dictate. 

I was blessed to have spoken to Dr. Don Gossett several times before he went to the Lord. At one occasion we spoke for over an hour. 

His wife and partner in ministry, Debra Gossett continues his ministry (See  

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Lee Strobel Books and Products

Lee Strobel is a Christian Apologist and is the author of "The Case for Christ," and many other books and products.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Pretoria (1988), Mangaung (1991) and Botshabelo (1993) - South Africa

Joel Hitchcock in Pretoria (1988) 
Joel Hitchcock on Church Square, Pretoria (1988-1989)
Joel Hitchcock in Mangaung at Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (1991)
Joel Hitchcock in Botshabelo in the Orange Free State (1991)