“I had a dream at the night of October 6, 2018. I was preaching in a church in New Zealand. The church had few people and most of them were not interested in hearing what I was saying. There weren’t young people present. I don’t remember what I was preaching but I was excited about being able to lead the people to worship the Lord. While I was speaking I saw some people bowing their knees and I feel the Holy Spirit bringing a feeling of respect and honour. During that time I led all the people outside of the building and I guided them to a river.
We were on a bridge above a small river and the river seemed not to be flowing as fast as it should. The pathway over the bridge was leading to a mountain. I continued to preach and some curious families stopped to hear. I remember that I asked for a bowl with water. Someone brought me a bowl and I took the bowl and dumped the water in the river, and a mighty sound of streams started.
I was full of the Holy Spirit and then I yelled: “I’m standing before you and before the Tūrangawaewae river. What does Tūrangawaewae mean?
I saw a group of strong young people, men and women, come out from amongst the families that had stopped just to see what was happening, and they answered my question, ahead of the crowd, yelling: Stand!
The Holy Spirit took control at this moment. The strong sound of the waters added to the loud yells and the prayers of the people created a powerful and unbelievable environment. It is difficult to describe.
I remember I kept yelling: Tūrangawaewae! The huge crowd kept yelling: Stand! At some point, it looked and sounded like a responsive choir. And then I said: The Lord is calling us to Tūrangawaewae because He is establishing His Tūrangawaewae!
Then we were back in the church building. I saw some people praying for one another and some were singing. People were talking to each other and opening their hearts about personal challenges. I was not preaching anymore, I was off the stage and many young people came to talk to me. They said they were interested in knowing more about Jesus and how to worship Him. It was an alive atmosphere now.”
After the dream, I couldn’t sleep and I prayed and asked Lord the meaning of the dream. I don’t have many connections in New Zealand and I had never studied New Zealand culture, but I knew that the Maori culture is the original culture in your nation.
I had never heard or seen the word tūrangawaewae. So I started to look for names of rivers and words in Maori. I didn’t know how to write the sound of what was in my mind. So I found the word tūrangawaewae and I discovered this word has a strong meaning to New Zealand and it is one of the most well-known Māori concepts.
Tūrangawaewae means tūranga (standing place), waewae (feet). It is literally translated as “a place to stand”. Tūrangawaewae are places where we feel especially empowered and connected. They are our foundation, our place in the world, our home.
The Spirit of the Lord said to me: The Lord is calling us to Tūrangawaewae because He is establishing His Tūrangawaewae! It means: The Lord is calling us to stand before Him because He is establishing a place where He has the right to stand, a place where only He has rights of residence.
Also, the Spirit said to me that in my dream – the bridge is Jesus, the water in the bowl His Holy Spirit, the mountain is God Father and the river is our lives.
The Spirit lead me to the passage in Acts 7.49 (and that was the final confirmation about the powerful revelation):
Ko te rangi tōku torona, ko te whenua tōku tūranga waewae. he whare pehea ta koutou e hanga ai moku? e ai ta te Ariki: a ko tehea te wahi e okioki ai ahau?
Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me, says the Lord, or what is the place of My rest?
First of all, I believe Lord is calling the older people of the Church to turn their hearts in favour toward, and to cry out for the younger generation. There is a spirit of honour and respect being released amongst the older generations towards the younger ones.
The Holy Spirit is also calling the church to go outside church walls and speak to the people of the communities they live in. Go and speak their own language. I believe that a time to bring young ones to Jesus is coming to New Zealand.
There is a place where the Lord is preparing, empowering and connecting His people for His purposes. He will be on the throne as the King because He has the rights. He is the King and we will be in the house of the King to worship Him.