Christchurch has experienced storm, earthquake and fire.
In October 2000, a severe storm
damaged Christchurch. Winds reached 180 kph and many buildings had their roofs lifted off. The newly established Lyttleton Marina was destroyed; 20 boats sunk and dozens of others were damaged. The marina itself was smashed into little pieces.
In September 2010, the Darfield earthquake struck. It was followed by a more serious earthquake in February 2011. 180 people were killed by collapsing buildings. Thousands of buildings were damaged and most had to be demolished.
In February 2017, fire raged on
the Port hills at the southern side of Christchurch. A dozen homes were destroyed and a new adventure park with facilities for downhill trail biking was severely damaged.
People are now saying that Christchurch needs a break.
Christchurch does need a break. But unfortunately, when civic and religious fathers allow a Jezebel spirit to establish a stronghold over their city, it will not get a break.
The key is 1 Kings 19:11-12.
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
After destroying the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, Elijah had fled in fear and dread into the wilderness, after Jezebel threatened to take his life. When he collapsed in exhaustion, God sent and angel to cook a meal for him. After he had eaten, God led him for forty days and nights to a cave on Mount Horeb, the mountain of God.
God spoke to him and asked him to stand in the presence of the Lord and watch. The Lord was not in the storm. He was not in the earthquake or the fire. These were attacks by the spiritual powers of evil stirred up by Jezebel to intimidate and destroy Elijah. However, God had placed him in a cave where they could not hurt him.
God spoke to Elijah in a gentle whisper. He told Elijah what to do to get rid of the evil kings that dominated Israel.
These verses apply to Christchurch.
Many Christians said that the earthquakes were God’s judgment on Christchurch. Some will say that the fire is a judgment, but that is not correct.
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.
These events were attacks by the spiritual powers of evil led by the Jezebel Spirit that has a stronghold over the city. They know that God has a great plan for this city. He plans to establish his kingdom here in a way that will be light to the nations. They were trying to destroy the city, before it happens.
The earthquake failed to destroy God’s plan. It actually strengthened it by destroying the centre of the city where power resides. The spiritual powers of evil are now trying to obstruct God’s work in the city, by using the fire to feed fear and dread into it. They know that fear makes people easier to control.
We must be clear. God was not in the storm, the earthquake or the fire. He spoke in the quiet whisper that followed. God has many prophets hidden in caves in Christchurch. Now is the time for them to stand in his presence and listen to his still quiet voice.
God will explain to them how to destroy the evil stronghold that controls the city. He will explain to them how he will establish his kingdom in the city. Elijah confronted Ahab and Jezebel after Naboth was killed (1 Kings 21:20-24). The destruction of the house of Jezebel and Ahab was initiated by a prophet proclaiming God’s word and then running to safety (1 Kings 9:1-10).
The latest enemy attack on Christchurch has failed. God will soon release events that will see his Kingdom come to fullness in the city.
The storm, earthquake and fire points to how God will bring restoration to Christchurch.
A spiritual storm will shake the foundations of the church and sweep away everything that is not built on Jesus and empowered by the spirit. This is what Graeme Cooke prophesied.
An economic earthquake will sweep away the political economic structures that controlled the city from the centre.
The fire of the Holy Spirt will fall on God’s people and the gospel will go forth with healings and miracles following. God will confirm his word with signs and wonders. As the gospel advances, the kingdom of God will come to fullness.