There will be a battle for Christchurch. The city is strategic, so Satan will not give it up easily; it will not be won easily. The 2010 Earthquake was an attempt to prevent God accomplishing his purposes in the city by destroying it.

When the Church in Christchurch is revived, it will challenge the city. The Spirit of Jezebel will be stirred up. Remember Elijah. He confronted Jezebel and the Prophets of Baal, (1 Kings 19:1-3). Jezebel did not repent, but vowed to kill Elijah. Elijah fled and hid in the desert. Persecution of the church in Christchurch will be equally severe.

Cathedral Square was originally called Ridley square. It is flanked on either side by Cranmer Square and Latimer square. Ridley, Cramner and Latimer were all protestant martyrs in England. They were heroes of the faith who were burned at the stake for their beliefs during the time of Queen Mary.

Christchurch can expect persecution. However, Rev 2:26-27 also contains a great promise:

To him who overcomes and does my will to the end,
I will give authority over the nations-
He will rule them with an iron sceptre;
he will dash them to pieces like pottery
just as I have received authority from my Father.

This is a promise that those who overcome the Jezebel spirit will have authority over the nations. Verse 27 is a quotation of Psalm 2 which is the great psalm describing the coming of the Kingdom of God. Christchurch will have a special role in establishing the Kingdom. It will be a centre from which the kingdom authority will be taken to the nations. The model, which is set up here, will be copied all over the world. This is why the battle for Christchurch will be so intense. The Bride of Christ in Christchurch will have his authority. What a wonderful promise!

Kingdom Anointing

There is a Kingdom-receiving anointing on Christchurch. The best example of kingly anointing is David. We can learn a lot from his life.

David was constantly under attack by a spirit of Manipulation Intimidation and Control. From the beginning he resisted it. He only gave in when he became comfortable and proud.

  1. Satan tried to destroy David when he was a boy, by sending a lion and a bear to attack him. He was confronted but not intimidated.

  2. David was confronted by Goliath. The Philistines used witchcraft, so Goliath represents a spirit of witchcraft. He tried to intimidate David but failed. David battled Goliath in the name of the Lord. He was not afraid of the Spirit of Jezebel.

  3. Saul encouraged David to put on his armour. The armour represents professionalism and David found it restrictive. David represents anointing. There will always be a struggle between the professionalism and anointing in Christchurch.

  4. Saul became jealous of David. He even tried to kill him. David did not let himself become jealous of Saul, even though he was holding the position for which David was anointed and called. Saul represents a traditional leader. He started fine, but tended toward the spirit of Jezebel. At the end of his life, Saul was drawn toward witchcraft (1 Sam. 28:7,8).

  5. Later in his life, when success had been achieved, David was defeated by the MIC spirit. He seduced Bathsheba committed adultery.

  6. He used manipulation and control to arrange the death of Bathsheba's husband, Uriah the Hittite.

  7. David's fall released the Jezebel spirit in his army. Its key leaders, Joab and Abner became jealous of each other. The result was unnecessary violence and wasted lives through jealousy and infighting.

  8. The Spirit of Jezebel was also released in David's family. His son Amon seduced and raped her (fornication). This led to jealousy between David's sons.

  9. Absalom used manipulation to get control of his father's kingdom. He was made proud by his good looks.

  10. Fortunately, David was confronted by a prophet Nathan. He repented of his sin, received forgiveness and was freed from the Spirit of Jezebel. However, his fall had released the power in the army and his family.

There are a number of very positive things we can learn from David's life.

  1. He was musical. He possessed the creativity of the kingly anointing (1 Sam 16:18-20).

  2. David was anointed and called to his ministry by a prophet (1 Sam 16:13).

  3. David was a skilled fighter (1 Sam 16:18). Spiritual warfare is important for a kingdom anointing.

  4. David did not work with the traditional leadership. He worked with the outsiders. David gathered together the discontents, and those in distress or in debt. They are less likely to be taken in by pride (1 Sam 22:1-2).

  5. David did not touch King Saul, even though the Holy Spirit had left him. He waited until Saul fell and God raised him. He avoided all manipulation and control (2 Sam 24:10).

  6. David eventually entered Jerusalem. He became the King of all Israel (2 Sam. 5:6-8).

  7. David's humility was a key to the Spirit working in his life. He was willing to serve.

  8. The Holy Spirit was with him.

Names of the City

Satan wants to change the name of the city, but has failed. This city is not the people's republic of Christchurch. It is Jesus' bride, Christ's Church.

Christchurch is not the city that shines; it currently stinks with pride, jealousy and adultery. It will only shine when it full of the glory of God when full of the Holy Spirit.

Conclusion

God has a purpose for Christchurch. He is not just sending revival. He is not just building a church; he is building his church so it can receive his Kingdom . He wants Christchurch to be a city that is a model to the nations of a people who are living under the government of God. That was the vision of the men and women who founded this city. God intends New Zealand to be a city where he establishes and demonstrates his Kingdom. Christchurch will be brought under the government of God and be a light to the nations.

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