God’s Mandate

Word over the farm

For the name of the farm in the Eastern Cape shall be Elim. This is according to the Lord. This is the farm God has set aside for His purpose, for His Glory and for His Kingdom. A place where many will encounter the Lord, where many will be restored, redeemed, equipped, delivered, healed and empowered to His Glory.

In regards to the name Elim, it says in Exodus 15: 27 Then the children of Israel came to Elim where there were twelve springs of water and seventy date palms, and they camped there beside the waters.

Before this journey to Elim we also read the following in the same chapter: Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went into the Wilderness of Shur; they went [a distance of] three days (about thirty-three miles) in the wilderness and found no water. 23 Then they came to Marah, but they could not drink its waters because they were bitter; therefore it was named Marah (bitter). 24 The people [grew discontented and] grumbled at Moses, saying, “What are we going to drink?” 25 Then he cried to the Lord [for help], and the Lord showed him a tree, [a branch of] which he threw into the waters, and the waters became sweet. There the Lord made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there [e]He tested them, 26 saying, “If you will diligently listen and pay attention to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and listen to His commandments, and keep [foremost in your thoughts and actively obey] all His precepts and statutes, then I will not put on you any of the diseases which I have put on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”

Before the Israelites came to Elim, they had met the God of power and glory. After all He shook Egypt with the 10 plagues and He parted the Red Sea. They then encountered the God of healing who said the people He will not put the diseases of Egypt upon them if they only obeyed Him. They then came to Elim … the God of power, glory, healing and wonder and the Great I AM showed Himself a God of completeness, perfection, provision, law, order and a God of government. After all, He led them away from Mara – from the bitter waters – away from what does not satisfied to a place (Psalm 23) that does feed and nurture and sustain. Therefore the Israelites knew God in His fullness at Elim.

Elim proved to be an oasis and a reality of God’s Presence. At Elim the Israelites discovered the goodness, greatness and the glory of the Lord.  At Elim, God reminded them of His fullness, at the Red Sea He reminded them of His deliverance and in Egypt He reminded them of His faithfulness.

So at Elim we encounter God. At Elim we encounter His fullness. At Elim we drink from the true waters of His Presence. Eiim is the fulfilment of John 4 which says: 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” Indeed, the waters speak of the indwelling presence of the Lord, made possible by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

At Elim, we encounter God of the impossible, and the Lord who is more than enough and who will never fail. Here we move in His Presence, in His Glory and we drink from the water that satisfies. For John 4 is also the fulfilment of Isaiah 55: “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price.

It is also significant that at Elim we find the palm trees that present a lot of symbolism. God refers in His Word to a number of characteristic aspects of the palm tree such as abundance of especially refreshing fruits, its growth (fast, and straight up) and the ever-green leaves at its top. The most widely used Biblical Hebrew word for ‘palm tree’ is tamar. In the old pictographic script it literally refers to ‘the sign of water/abundance’. The first time this word tamar appears in the Bible is in Exodus 15: 27 when the people came to Elim.

At Elim we read of the 70 palm trees. Seventy has a sacred meaning in the Bible that is made up of the factors of two perfect numbers, seven (representing perfection) and ten (representing completeness and God’s law). As such, it symbolizes perfect spiritual order carried out with all power. It can also represent a period of judgment. Together with the twelve water wells (one for every tribe, with twelve speaking of God’s power, authority as well as serving as a perfect governmental foundation) we find at Elim that the Lord of power, authority, of law and order shall be their blessing and provision.

Psalm 92: 13-16 states: Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, 15 To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

This tree refers to the Palm tree. We also are reminded of Palm 1: Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favoured by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel  of the wicked [following their advice and example], Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of [b]scoffers (ridiculers). 2  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night. 3 And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season; its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity].

Indeed, the righteous, that is the man or woman walking in connection with God, will grow like a palm tree, meaning grow in fullness, strength and abundance. Those who abide in the Lord will grow fast in spiritual maturity, being always fresh like the fronds of the palm tree, and worshipping God incessantly, moved by the wind of God’s Spirit. The result is a rich harvest of fruits – that even continues with age.

It was therefore no coincidence that the Israelites came to Elim. For God showed that in Him – in which all authority and rule rests – is found life, hope, strength, fullness and the power to grow to His glory and for His Glory.

This is also the purpose of the farm – to be like an Elim where people will meet God and grow in His fullness, to His Glory and for His Glory.

The Land and the Altar

Regarding the land (farm), there are several key Scriptures to consider.

It says in Genesis 28: Now Jacob left Beersheba [never to see his mother again] and traveled toward Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place and stayed overnight there because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down there [to sleep]. 12 He dreamed that there was a ladder (stairway) placed on the earth, and the top of it reached [out of sight] toward heaven; and [he saw] the angels of God ascending and descending on it [going to and from heaven]. 13 And behold, the Lord stood above and around him and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your [father’s] father and the God of Isaac; I will give to you and to your descendants the land [of promise] on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants shall be as [countless as] the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and the east and the north and the south; and all the families (nations) of the earth shall be blessed through you and your descendants. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep [careful watch over you and guard] you wherever you may go, and I will bring you back to this [promised] land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and he said, “Without any doubt the Lord is in this place, and I did not realize it.” 17 So he was afraid and said, “How fearful and awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gateway to heaven.”

Elim is a gateway and upon this land there will be continuous spiritual activity. This the Lord revealed in December 2016. It was revealed during the building of a stone altar upon the land. For the Lord spoke that upon this land He will meet with His people, as He met with the people at the Tent of Meeting in the wilderness and later in the Promised Land which once served as the house of God.

Apostle Francis Mildred, upon his visit to the farm in August 2017, confirmed the angelic presence upon the farm in a prophetic word.  He confirmed God will bring people to worship Him on the farm, and to connect with God’s heart. The Apostle saw a huge tent where people will worship the Lord and he saw the land will serve as a fountain of revelation and where people will come to drink from the waters.

In verse 14 of Genesis 28 it speaks descendants that shall be as [countless as] the dust of the earth, for here the Lord spoke about the multitude that will come from far and near to meet with the Lord on the farm. Yes, they will come and encounter the Lord. Again, Apostle Francis confirmed this prophetic word released already at the end of 2016.

It is also written in the same Scripture: 18 Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. 22 And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”

Indeed, the altar that was erected is the pillar. For in this Scripture, the stone with the oil upon it refers to the Rock of our Foundation – Jesus who is the Anointed One. Just so, as long as the farm and the ministry is built upon the Rock of Jesus then there shall be bread to be eaten – spiritual and physical – and there shall be peace, and clothing, and provision and abundance to the Glory of the Lord.

For the Lord in December 2016 called for the building of a stone altar. And the first stone placed was the cornerstone based on 1 Peter 2: 4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

Upon the capstone were placed all other stones, which speaks of how we the church are the living stones being built up as a spiritual house upon the Rock of Jesus.

There were, however, two other rocks also placed after the Capstone. It says in Ephesians 2: 19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. For take note, the farm and the ministry runs upon the apostolic and prophetic which is being built upon the foundation of Jesus?

God has called the farm – Elim – to be a sanctuary, to be a place of supernatural encounters and restoration. It is a place where the apostolic and prophetic will flourish, where God will meet His people and they will know He is God. Glory to God.