Success Lessons From The Final Of The 2007 Rugby Union World Cup Part 14 – England Expects

On Saturday October 20th 2007, England played South Africa for the world cup. The English newspaper headlines quoted the famous order given by Nelson on a distant October day just before the battle of Trafalgar: “England expects!”

“England expects that every man will do his duty” was the full signal sent by Nelson from HMS Victory as the battle was about to begin on October 21, 1805. The victory at Trafalgar gave Britain and Ireland control of the seas.

However, one journalist at least who was commenting on the rugby battle in prospect, felt that England did not so much ‘expect’ as ‘hope’ for victory. Successful people tend to ‘expect’ victory rather than ‘hope’ for it although hope can keep you trying.

The opponents this time were not the French, as at Trafalgar, but the South Africans. Just 36 days after being humiliated 36-0 by the Springboks, could England shock the South Africans and the world and become the first side ever to win back-to-back World Cups?

Laurence Dallaglio, the England Rugby legend, later wrote in his book about the competition:

“In the early days of our preparation, there was a sign on the changing room wall at Twickenham that just said “STW”……Somewhere along the way, the Da Vinci code was cracked and “STW” was revealed as “Shock The World”.

“Everyone thought it was a pretty clever message. Then Andy Farrell tapped me on the shoulder one evening and said: “Know what it should say?” “What?” “SOS,” he said. “SOS?” “Yeah, Shock Our Selves.”

Andy may have been right. Successful teams need to shock themselves, before they can shock the world. You have to shock and amaze yourself first if you plan on shocking and amazing others. Maybe, he also meant that England were in need of outside help! Aren’t we all?

South Africa had beaten England in their last four games but the previous seven had all been won by England. Pienaar, a former Springbok world cup winning captain, was asked if he thought South Africa would defeat England in the Final. His reply was typical of his humility and common sense:

“If South Africa are complacent they will lose. England are a brotherhood; they are fighting for the ball. There is an edge to the team.”

Brian Ashton, the England head coach, was asked: “Why did England beat France? What do you put it down to?” He replied:

“Tremendous determination from a group of players who just don’t want to lose. They were hurt by the defeat by South Africa. We determined that nothing like that would ever happen again.”

No one knows who will succeed for sure in any venture but the attitude that is most likely to succeed is one of whole hearted determination to let nothing stop you from achieving your goals.

Laurence Dallaglio said much the same thing: “The will to win can often beat the skill to win.” Successful people also know that, if they want success badly enough, they can learn the skills necessary to achieve it.

Ashton mentioned the talent in the England team: “England have some top players. No 10 Jonny Wilkinson is one of them.”

Jake White, the South African coach, also understood the value of Jonny Wilkinson: “Jonny doesn’t have to play well. He gives others around him so much confidence.”

Confidence or belief in one’s ability to succeed is a huge factor in any success. The interviewer asked Ashton the sixty-four dollar question: “Are you going to win it?”

“It’s a two horserace now isn’t it? I hope they are going to make millions of people happy in England. ”

Ashton, unlike Nelson, did not ‘expect’. He only ‘hoped’. Trafalgar, after all, was almost a two horse race – England versus the combined fleets of France and Spain.

Of course, to be fair to Ashton, no one can be sure of winning even a two horse race. Little things can change the course of a game. Francois Pienaar, commented shrewdly:

“In a rugby final, it is about the bounce of a ball and an ankle tap tackle. An ankle tap saved England from defeat by France. A bounce of the ball against Ireland sent them home.”

Martin Johnson, the captain of the 2003 world cup winning English team commented: “Mistakes will happen. If they do, we have to sort them out with something good.”

Johnson believes in action rather than words. Don’t feel bad about your mistakes. Do something to make up for them.

One commentator said: “England have nothing to lose and they are beginning to believe. They are beginning to believe.”

South Africa, too, had good reason to believe and to expect to win. They had an excellent record of victory after victory both before and during the world cup.

They also had a balanced team of youth and experience. Ominously for England, they had the best penalty kicker in the competition – Percy Montgomery and a long distance kicker in Steyn.

England kicked off and some of the team almost reached the South African line. A little later, Tait gave away a penalty right in front of the English posts. The writing was on the wall. Montgomery seldom misses. 3-0 to South Africa.

However, Jonny Wilkinson countered with a brilliant penalty kick. 3-3

After fourteen minutes, Moody gave away an unnecessary penalty as he tripped a fast running Springbok. “I saw that!” said the Irish referee, Alain Rolland. 6-3 in favour of South Africa. Pienaar commented rightly:

“Sticking your foot out can cost you the cup.”

Jonny missed a drop kick from a good position. He was not at his best. Montgomery was. Francois Steyn missed a long range penalty. He would make up for this later.

The score stayed at 6-3 for South Africa for a long time. Just before half-time the Springboks were close to the English try line. Rossouw picked up the ball and drove for the line. He was held up a foot short. Sheridan entered the scrum from the side and gave away a penalty which possibly saved a try.

Montgomery did not miss the kick and South Africa were in the lead at half-time by six points. 9-3. In every World Cup final so far, the side who’s been leading at half-time has gone on to win.

However, it would be silly to write England off. South Africa had not shown greater talent or aggression than England but they had not made the same number of mistakes as England and they were dominating the lineout.

Johnson said that England should: “Up the tempo and not go home with any regrets.”

Four minutes after half time, England were not awarded a try which they seemed to have scored. Cueto had gone over the Springbok line close to the corner flag. Tragically for England, he had put his left foot about an inch into touch just before he reached the try line.

Small things change matches and you just have to live with them and not with what might have been. You can only play within the reality of your situation and not with the points you feel you should have gained.

England were, however, awarded a penalty for an earlier infringement, and Wilkinson converted from a tough angle. 9-6 to South Africa but England were catching up.

However, after fifty minutes, hands in the ruck from Corry handed a penalty gift to the Springboks. Montgomery brought his points tally to 12. South Africa 12 England 6.

There was only a converted try between the two sides. England could still win.

After fifty-seven minutes, England were looking dangerous and were starting to take risks. South Africa seemed content to contain them and wait for their mistakes.

Gomarsall sent a kick into the end-zone for Flood to chase but Montgomery got there first. He was rewarded by being pushed by Flood. into the advertising hoarding. He cleared this and banged heavily into a very solid metal camera.

My respect for Montgomery rocketed as he climbed back over the hoarding into the field of play without a single complaint even though he must have been in considerable pain.

After sixty two minutes, England were punished for an illegal block. Steyn kicked the penalty over from 48 metres. 15-6 to South Africa. The Springboks were nine points ahead.

Johnson had not given up: “Let’s keep on going. Something might break. We might as well lose by 16 points as 9.”

Nothing did break and, at full time, South Africa were world champions. They prepared to accept what was rightfully theirs – the world cup.

England had tried hard but had failed to beat a South African side who defended with determination and who punished England’s errors ruthlessly. The Springboks had been the best team in the entire tournament. There were no complaints from the English players and commentators:

Martin Corry: “We played with heart and courage but it is so sad when it is all wasted. To be so close and not do it is so heartbreaking.”

Jonny Wilkinson: “The South African team deserved to win. They’ve been fantastic all tournament.”

There had been no surrender from England but they had just come up short and it hurt. In the end, the final was one match too far. Pienaar, as usual, had a generous comment: “The disallowed try was a huge moment.”

Johnson said: “The back line gave it a go but it just wasn’t good enough. England have done something special to get here. We had a chance to win it but didn’t.”

Laurence Dallaglio wrote later: “It pains me to say this but, given our preparation, getting to the final was a victory in itself and one that reflected great credit on some truly great players. The pain lies in the fact that second place should never be acceptable to an England player. We go to every tournament to win and, if we don’t do that, we fail.”

Fran Tarkenton, a former NFL quarterback, had a different view of success perhaps because he had reached the superbowl three times with the Minnesota Vikings and lost all three finals:

“Success, in my view, is the willingness to strive for something you really want. The person not reaching the top is no less a success than the one who achieved it, if they both sweated blood, sweat and tears and overcame obstacles and fears. The failure to be perfect does not mean you’re not a success.”

As for STW and SOS – England had already shocked the world and themselves by defeating Australia and then France. They were no longer a laughing stock and could leave France with their heads held high.

As usual, several important success lessons can be learned from this game:

Expect to succeed and, if you can’t do that, hope to succeed. Hope will keep you trying.

Amaze yourself first, if you plan to amaze others. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a higher power.

Do not be complacent. Respect the opposition.

Show tremendous determination to achieve your success goals.

“The will to win can often beat the skill to win.”

If you want success badly enough you can learn the skills necessary to achieve it.

Confidence or belief in your ability to succeed is a huge factor in any success.

Don’t worry about your mistakes. Do something to make up for them.

You can only respond to reality and not to what you wish had happened.

Keep on going and something might break in your favour.

Don’t be content with second place. Always aim for first place.

Strive with your blood, sweat and tears for what you really want. Overcome your obstacles and fears and you will be a success whether you come first or not.

After the competition, the winning South African head coach, Jake White, lost his job. The runner up, Brian Ashton, was given just one more year on his contract as England head coach and Eddie O’Sullivan, the head coach of the Irish team who had exited the competition early on, was given four more years in charge!

Brian Ashton, probably, did not receive enough appreciation for his flexible style of coaching which did not suit some of his players who preferred a clearer and more dictatorial style. He described a lesson he had learned from the competition which applies to us all:

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An Insider’s Glimpse Into the Illustrious Career and Lifestyle of a High Goal Polo Player

A “High Goal Polo Player” is a player who has a handicap of 6 and over (regularly scores 6 goals or more during a single match), with a string of “polo ponies”, usually a minimum of 12 but who often have an average of 30-40 horses, that are fit and eager to play. These players are officially ranked by the WPT, World Polo Tour. This ranking is constantly updated; each player is ranked according to his/her performance, during the course of the year, in the main tournaments around the world. Points are accumulated during the year; prizes are awarded to the each month’s best player and to the overall best player of the year.

A professional polo player, like the well-known Nacho Figueras or the highest-ranked Adolfo Cambiaso, is widely thought of as someone who spends all day with his horses, is always outdoors, travels all over the world, enjoys performing in front of a crowd, mingles with celebrities, has a world-traveled passport, attends parties with royalty, is privileged to VIP entrances to all the best parties, meets other sports-celebrities from every sport imaginable, receives bonuses each time he wins a tournament, is paid 4 figures per game, the hero of all polo enthusiasts (ladies included) and has all the most beautiful women in the world as your fans.

While the daily life of these famous polo players may seem quite grand and privileged, there is a serious amount of hard work required by the player and quite a good portion of his personal time and money are dedicated to maintaining his profession: A Polo professional will need to have at least a dozen trained polo ponies to have a competitive string, all fit and ready to play. Each high goal game is at least 6 chukkers (time periods); hence, if you play two days in a row then you will have to have at least 12 horses, not counting the ones that may be just a little sore. Some low goal players will have only 2 ponies and will “double up” to play a 4 chukker game. Most top polo professionals will have a horse they keep to work their timing with pre-game, be it one hour or two before games. On non-game days, pros will take out a few ponies and “stick and ball” them to maintain and improve their skills. The exercise-riders take the ponies out in the mornings in sets (they sit on one horse and have 3 ponies aside) to jog them and loosen them up and keep their lungs and oxygen intake at par for competition. The pro will indicate to the riders which horse needs to be ridden individually to either “blow them out” (let them stretch at a full gallop) or “short work them” (many stops, turns and short bursts of speed). These are usually scheduled the day prior to the high goal game. The best polo pros make it a point to watch each pony played at a walk, looking for soreness, heat or inflammation. The front tendons, hocks and stifles are of greatest concern. The pony is walked until he is relaxed and has his head down, enjoys some grazing and gets sun on his back. The pro is responsible for selecting and overseeing the patron’s string. It is customary for the pro of the team to work with the patron on riding and hitting skills, this is usually done on the patron’s private fields and mostly in the afternoons pre-game. The pro will sometimes work on his strength and endurance – stretching sessions in the morning are most important.

Aside from the endless time spent working with the horses, the professional polo player must also follow a very strict exercise and diet regime themselves. Most polo players have very specific diets with carefully allocated amounts of proteins, minerals, teas, supplements, etc. that they must be following at all times. They also often have personal trainers that keep them lifting weights, doing various types of cardio-vascular activities and monitor their weight and health at all times. The weight of a polo player on a horse, and if it changes suddenly, can greatly affects the way the horse performs.

Aside from the grueling physical work and extreme mental focus required, the professional polo player has to dedicate a vast amount of financial resources as well to keep everything functioning: From the cost of feed and stable maintenance which includes the staff such as the grooms, shoe-ers, trainers, the individuals who transport the horses and more, to the high cost of purchasing so many thoroughbred polo ponies.

The polo pony travels from the barn to the polo fields by van, which can carry up to 15 polo ponies. They are tied to the side of the van prior to the games and prepared. They are then “undressed”, walked after they played a chukker and then tied to the van to relax. The professional polo player buys and sells polo-playing horses for more than 6 figures. Polo ponies are bred in Argentina and broke in Argentina and begin their careers in Argentina before heading to America or England to be sold for a considerable sum of money; however, some polo ponies are bred here in America and are American thoroughbreds that were bred for racing and either never raced or just were not cut out to race. The same goes for the Irish thoroughbred, South African thoroughbred or English thoroughbred. It is largely believed that the Kentucky thoroughbreds make the top polo ponies. Some, however, prefer playing the fillies since they are less muscled and looser, and just more “catty”, which is when a horse is lighter on their front feet and more “scrappy”. The filly polo pony is less timid and much more aggressive in the melees than their male counterparts. On the whole, a high goal polo pony should be short backed, athletic, light in the front feet, strong and wide in the hind, nice withers and short cannons with well-defined tendons. Their hind leg muscles, or “caskins”, should be well muscled and strong and their head low with a well-balanced neck. Their throat should be wide with a nice passage for airway.

The life of a high goal polo player is full of extremes – much glory, much beauty and also at times defeat and loss. While most of the top players were dedicated to riding and playing from a very young age, retirement can come much earlier than in many other careers, allowing for more time to spend with their families and loved ones as often there is not much time left over for them during an active career. It is truly the “Sport of Kings” with all of its beauty, bravery and majesty. Even though it is an extremely dangerous sport, considered the second most dangerous sport in the world, it is said there is no other lifestyle quite as glorious.

For all things Polo, Polo News, the latest matches around the world, photos of the polo players and much more, please visit PoloPony-dot-com.

Written by Patrick Ohannessian.

I’ve been a professional article writer specializing in sports, hospitality and education for over fifteen years. I have been the executive officer and creative director for two international online-based companies for over 10 years: One in the hospitality business: and in the other in sports news (equestrian polo):

My passions – food, travel, writing, horses, cultures, online creativity – all somehow revolve around my ultimate love which is the sport of polo. I began to get involved about 25 years ago, first acquiring thoroughbred horses from England to be trained as polo ponies. I eventually learned how to do everything on my own: breed the horses, break them, raise them, train them for the highest level of professional polo and sell them to professional players around the world. This interest of mine brought me to train and study in such places as the English countryside and Northern Italy for months at a time year after year experiencing the depth and beauty of different cultures in the world (the food, languages, traditional customs of the people, hospitality and more). All of this inspired my online projects to bring international news, sports and customs from around the world to the fingertips of others who have not been able to travel or experience these things themselves first-hand.

Your Guide to a Port Elizabeth Excursion

Settled at the Eastern Cape Province, this exciting city always renders its visitors with something new to explore. It keeps on reinventing itself and thus you will never fall short of places and things to visit and do. Alluring lifestyle, insomniac nature, perfect climatic attributes and beautiful shores of Nelson Mandela bay, gives hundreds of reasons to the visitants of the city, to plan up their holidays at Port Elizabeth. This article takes you on a short journey to this friendly city, which will give you an insight about what all you can do here during your holidays.

Know the history:

Apart from being the water capital of South Africa, Port Elizabeth also has a rich antediluvian past, which excites many travelers towards itself. The city is replete with many museums, heritage sites and art galleries. To name a few, Bay world, South Africa Air force Museum, No 7 Castle Hill Museum and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. There are many travel based online sites which provide cheap flights to Port Elizabeth, you can avail their help if you are planning to spend your vacations in this city.

Go Sporty:

Port Elizabeth is a great place when it comes to adventure. You would enjoy your excursion to this city because of the unlimited and wide ranging options of sports that are offered here. Also known as the “water sports capital of Africa”, this town is a sheer place to be in, if you are a sports lover by nature. One can enjoy a whole variety of sports that are played here, such as: Badminton, volleyball, cricket, horse- racing, roller hockey, golf, jet-skiing, paragliding, rubber ducking and surfing.

Shop till you drop:

The phrase ‘shop till you drop’ perfectly defines the shopping trends in Port Elizabeth. It has a plenty of shops, malls, markets and boutiques to cater the every demand of its visitor. From world renowned brands, to some local labels, to beautifully made jewelry, to home decor items, you would get everything that you are looking for.

Gratify your taste buds:

Finger luscious food and aromatic fragrance is where Port Elizabeth specializes in. Apart from yummy sea food and African dishes, you can also satisfy your sense of taste with Chinese, Thai, and Italian food at the restaurants hither.

The Best Gift Ideas For Christmas

Apart from the tried, tested and traditional Christmas gift ideas, there are wondrous selections of Christmas gifts that are the perfect partners to the South African lifestyle. While the northern hemisphere sighs under the weight of inclement weather and bucketloads of snow, South Africa is rejoicing at the height of its summer season.

Although Christmas is a time for giving, it is also a time when stress levels tend to spike, rushing around searching for that ideal gift for family, friends and colleagues. But instead of dashing from store to store like Santa Claus’s reindeer, cyber-space shopping includes stylish packaging, personalised greetings and free delivery.

Activity gifts ideal for a sizzling Christmas

Instead of force-feeding our favourite friends and family with troughs of lovely nibbles, opt for adventure or activity gifts that could very well prove to be the highlight of just about anybody’s summer.

o Dad will be over the moon with a voucher that gives him a day of golf with a Pro – even though he may at first appear miffed at the suggestion that his game might need a makeover

o If the Christmas dinners of years gone by have propelled the tummy into sheer turmoil and the traditional feasts have become total fiascos, think about a beginner cooking lesson for the hapless ‘chef’ behind the stove

o Help your kids maintain a healthy lifestyle and seduce them away from all those techno tools with paintballing, a day out in the big blue with an introduction to surfing lesson or the promise of an elephant back safari when out in the wilds

o For the speedsters, there is an array of Christmas gift ideas that will get the adrenalin soaring. How about the ‘ultimate Ferrari thrill’ or a Formula One racing experience?

o The ladies in your life need special attention too, so opting for spa treatments, facials and massages will always warm the cockles of a woman’s heart – or go along and enjoy the treat with her on a horse carriage and wine tasting for two tour or a romantic hot air balloon sojourn over the country, champagne flute firmly in hand

Gifts with a traditional twist

But if you’re inclined to follow the herd and need Christmas gifts with a traditional twist, there are masses of colourful hampers, gourmet food stuffed stockings and iconic Christmas decorations to choose from.

Health Benefits of Cricket

Cricket is an extremely popular sport played by thousands of players worldwide who compete in professional competitions, amateur leagues, and local matches. Cricket is useful for its ability to provide social, mental, and physical benefits. It is also a reliable cardio activity that can improve the all-round health and wellbeing. Here are several benefits of picking up a bat and ball and making your way to a local cricket pitch or park:

Fitness benefits

Being more active and taking part in a physical activity or sport like cricket is certain to provide a variety of health benefits. The actions involved in catching, hitting, and bowling all rely on arm strength. It has the ability to tone and gain muscle strength in the legs and upper body. Cricket involves a lot of sprinting for the batsman when it comes to running from wicket to wicket or for the outfield players trying to catch the ball hit by the batsman. Plus, the bowler needs to be fit to complete the regular run ups before bowling the ball.

A typical game of cricket can last a while so both the batsmen and fielding players will be able to build up stamina and endurance from the constant running across the field. Even the occasional player can start to see improvements in their fitness levels after participating in a match of cricket. Flexibility is also improved with a need to keep sprinting and throwing.

Mental and coordination benefits

Cricket is a great physical activity that can help to improve hand-eye coordination. By developing the more efficient hand-eye coordination a player is going to be that much more successful when it comes to striking the ball with the bat or attempting to catch the ball when outfield. Improving coordination is certain to benefit even the youngest child, which makes this game a practical choice for those of all ages.

Social benefits

Cricket has 11 team members per side who must work closely together to defeat the opposition using a variety of strategies. This is a great sport to help build social skills, including cooperation and team camaraderie. Plus, by putting in the effort and being successful a winning team has the ability to build a sense of pride and accomplishment. It is also useful for helping to cope with winning or losing in a group or sport activity. For the adults playing in a team sport, it is possible to build friendships outside the normal day-to-day working environment.

Cricket Uniforms: Created For Winners

Though the game of cricket is known as the gentlemen’s game, yet it requires tremendous efforts and physical agility. The ferocious battle between bat and ball provides an amazing experience to the spectators. Before buying the amazing collection of cricket uniforms, it is necessary to keep certain things in mind. These suggestions will help in providing you better outfits.

The game of cricket involves tremendous physical agility. The bowlers, as well as batsmen, have to suffer lots of hardship to win the game. For better performance, it is mandatory to have cricket uniforms created in the comfy fabric. The cotton is considered as the most popular fabric that is widely used in creating the sports uniforms. The cotton is considered as the lightweight fabric which helps in providing amazing full flexibility during the game.

Another very popular fabric that is being widely used is polyester. This fabric also has a very light weight. The players can wear the outfits developed in this fabric during the game and practice. The flexibility offered by the comfy clothing range influences the performance of the players at the ground. This eventually results in better performance.

The teams and clubs should also bother about the designs and styles. The designs widely play a crucial role in boosting the on-field performance of the players. The better looks help in improving the confidence level of the players. The more you are filled with confidence, the more is the probability of performing better. To attain this objective, the designers are creating their collections in the diverse range of colors. The colored uniforms are basically used for the Fifty – Fifty over the game or in the T – 20 the game. So, to give your team a whole new look, it is necessary to have an impressive collection of uniforms. These cricket uniforms not only help in boosting the confidence level of the players but also help in promoting the team to a new height.

You can easily find lovers of cricket in every age group. The men, women and kids, all just love to play and watch this game. In order to cater the requirements of the players, the cricket uniforms are available in varied sizes. The retailers and manufacturers are offering their collections of men, women and kids. The customized sizes are what the teams are looking for these days. In this, the sizes are created as per the specifications of the teams.

Cheltenham Festival Supreme Novices Hurdle – Betting Preview

The opening race of the 2011 Cheltenham Festival will be the Supreme Novices Hurdle over 2 miles for Grade 1 hurdlers. Cue card is the current red-hot favourite for this race at odds of 9/4 following his impressive win at Cheltenham back in November. With course form such an important factor in previous winners of the Supreme Novices Hurdle, it is not surprising that Cue card is such short odds to emerge victorious in this race.

Cue Card has already won one race at the Cheltenham Festival, when in 2010 the Colin Tizzard trained five year old romped home in the Champion Bumper at odds of 40/1.

Other notable entries in the Supreme Novices Hurdle include 6/1 chance Spirit Son and 12/1 Sprinter Sacre. It is also worth looking out for Irish trained horses in this race due to their excellent record in the opening Cheltenham race.

We believe there could be some value in opposing Cue Card in the Supreme Novices Hurdle despite the horse’s abundance of ability and excellent run last time out. The reason for this is the poor record favourites have in this race, with only two emerging victorious in the last seventeen runnings of this race. The last two winners of the Supreme Novices Hurdle have both won at odds of 12/1, and in 2007 Ebaziyan gave some lucky punters a great start to their Cheltenham Festival by romping home at odds of 40/1.

The Cheltenham Festival is the flagship horse racing event in the National Hunt calendar, consisting of four days of races over one of the toughest steeplechase courses in the UK. Featuring 26 races each hotly contested between the best horses in national hunt racing, the Cheltenham Festival is set to attract over 30 million betting customers in the UK alone.

Film Locations in South Africa: The Film Industry’s Favorite Stand-In

Filming a movie that spans a huge number of different countries might seem to be a huge logistical challenge, especially when those countries cover war-torn or inhospitable areas such as Afghanistan and the Middle East. The producers of international thriller Lord Of War solved that problem in one simple move. They filmed on location in South Africa.

This vast and beautiful country has such a huge variety of terrains, ranging from desert to lush forest, mountain, ocean, rolling hills, expansive plains and so on, that it can double as almost any other country if you find just the right spot. For Lord of War the film production managed to re create scenes from Sierra Leone, Bolivia and Afghanistan to name but a few, as the backdrop to the thrilling chase of Interpol agents tracking arms dealer Nicholas cage around the globe.

The advantages of using film locations in South Africa to double as the actual places, rather than travelling to each and every actual country featured in the movie, are numerous. By keeping the location filming within one geographical area, costs are kept right down, the same crew can be used for continuity, logistics are much simpler and much time and travel is saved. Above all the film production benefits from the well-established infrastructure already existing here, instead of struggling in countries that have little or no established support for the movie industry.

Because South Africa has a long history as a favoured location for film and commercial production, it offers excellent facilities, whether it be the experienced local crew available, the post-production facilities, the local production companies facilitating every aspect, to world-class hotels and transport to keep A-list actors happy!

South Africa has doubled up as many other countries over the years: in Oscar-nominated Blood Diamond, the 2006 thriller starring Leonardo diCaprio, South African locations doubled for the civil war torn landscapes of Sierra Leone. Hotel Rwanda was shot in Gauteng and Johannesburg in 2004 instead of enduring the rigors of filming in the actual country featured.

A very different side of the country is used in children’s movie Racing Stripes, where the green hills and fields around Pietermaritzburg set the stage for a charming tale about a zebra who thinks he’s a racehorse, and double up as the sort of generic rich horse-racing countryside found in several parts of the world. In Dredd, recently filmed in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa’s main cities show their gritty side by standing in for the futuristic Mega-City One of the fantasy comic strip.

The recent major movies filmed on location in South Africa have shown that it is now really on the map as far as big production goes, whether doubling for somewhere else or featuring as itself, in all its glorious scenery and variety.

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China’s Battle for African Uranium

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Sunday night’s revelations that China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) may strengthen its ties to UraMin could represent a broader picture than an ordinary acquisition of a near-term uranium producer.

There is an ongoing global war for energy security, which appears to be politically inspired. China and Russia are the main opponents, especially in Africa, but have rivaled each other, over the past several years, in Central Asia. The goal for both nations is not only energy security but political influence and alliance over their targeted territories.

On May 12th, Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan signed a declaration to upgrade and expand transport pipelines along the Caspian Sea coast directly to Russia. The project relies mainly upon the vast Turkmen gas reserves. This is part of Russia’s growing monopoly of Central Asian gas. Although Europe was shocked by Vladimir Putin’s new arrangement, the Chinese were flabbergasted.

We’ve been following developments in Central Asia, and had reported upon milestone events in both of our uranium publications, and again (with far greater details) in our soon-to-be-released Investing in China’s Energy Crisis.

After more than two decades in power, Turkmen strongman Saparmurat Niyazov passed away this past December. In April 2006, Niyazov had signed a framework agreement on oil and gas cooperation. By August, Niyazov had announced a pipeline, designed to pump gas to China, would be opened in 2009. The deal died with the dictator, it appears.

A few weeks ago, a spokesman for China’s National Reform and Development Committee announced China was unlikely to reach its natural gas target of a 10-percent portion of the country’s energy portfolio by 2010. Increasingly, Russia has shut China out of Central Asia in obtaining long-term, multiple energy sources.

Aside from South America, where China has strengthened the country’s ties with Venezuela and others, Africa is a prime hunting ground for China’s future energy security. China has established a strong foothold in the Sudan for petroleum. But, Africa is rich in uranium deposits.

According to a report published by the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2005, Africa has 18 percent of the world’s known recoverable uranium resources – about six percent less than Australia and one percent more than Kazakhstan. We began coverage on both Namibia and Niger, after Russia sent a delegation to Egypt to discuss the nuclear renaissance. At the time, our research pointed to Africa, particularly those countries, as ripe for future uranium production. Chinese prospectors raced to Niger within weeks after our initial coverage.

During 2006, Namibia became saturated with numerous exploration plays hoping to capitalize on the country’s uranium resources and relaxed environment. Consequently, the Namibian Minister of Mines and Energy closed the country’s exploration window. Since then, Niger has become a new hunting ground. We expect this country to become just as saturated as Namibia has been.

China is eager to capitalize upon the continent’s uranium resources before Russia outmaneuvers them as has been accomplished in Central Asia.

According to an email we received from TradeTech’s Gene Clark, after presenting at the China Power & Alternative Energy Summit on May 18th, he told us China’s official target for nuclear power capacity was ’40 GWe by 2020 and another 18 GWe in the following five-year plan.’ This confirms China’s aggressive plans to acquire sufficient uranium to reach this capacity, and would be foolish to rely on just Australia.

Typically, China has built its energy portfolio through numerous deals across multiple regions. This past October, Yang Changli, vice president of China National Nuclear, said it would seek uranium not only from Australia, but from Canada, Kazakhstan, South Africa and Namibia. In an interview Yang gave during the 15th Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference, he said, “China won’t rely on any single supplier of uranium because of energy security considerations.

Namibia is the First African Focus of Uranium Politiques

On May 14th, Russia’s second-largest bank Vneshtorgbank and Russia’s state-run nuclear exporter Tekhsnabexport announced they were considered a joint venture to operate in Namibia through licenses they directly hold and through investments in other companies which have obtained licenses in Namibia.

In March Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov announced his country was prepared to building nuclear plants in Namibia. Neighboring South Africa had previously warned Namibia to expect reductions in energy supplies. Namibia is dependent upon South Africa for electricity and has forecast an energy deficit of 300 megawatts within the next three years.

On May 10th, Russia and Kazakhstan signed an agreement to set up the International Uranium Enrichment Center, anticipated to come onstream by 2013. As part of this announcement, Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Federal Nuclear Power Agency, said, “Any country can become a member of the center by signing an intergovernmental agreement granting it guaranteed access to uranium enrichment services.” We conclude Namibia may wish to participate in this arrangement.

Enter CNNC on Sunday night. The Chinese company’s deputy general manager for uranium procurement announced to Bloomberg News that CNNC and UraMin will start ‘more formal’ talks this week.

UraMin is a prime acquisition candidate for the Chinese because of its uranium prospects in both Namibia and Niger. The company also has holdings in South Africa and the Central African Republic.

We are now facing a new era of uranium politics or rather ‘Uranium Politiques.’ And there is good reason for this to escalate. Yesterday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration issued ‘International Energy Outlook 2007.’ The report announced, “World marketed energy is expected to grow by 57 percent between 2004 and 2030.”

The most rapid growth in energy demand is anticipated in non-OECD Asia. The majority of this energy demand growth would come from China and India. This was the reference case – the middle ground of growth.

Also on Monday, leading Russian nuclear expert Yevgeny Velikhov, head of the Kurchatov Institute, told reporters at a news conference that the recent surge in uranium prices “may still grow by another order of magnitude.” He believes the uranium price will continue to rise as global uranium demand soars while supplies remain tight. “The global energy market is very turbulent,” Velikhov said. “The uranium price can hit any mark at a time of crisis.” Ironically, both crisis and turbulence have come about because of the Asian and Russian scramble to lock-up the uranium resources of entire countries.

The energy battle in Africa is good news for the two front-runners in Namibia: UraMin and Forsys Metals. We’ve called this a horse race, over the past several months. Both endeavor to become the ‘next miner’ following Paladin Resources in this country.

Yet, both companies are vulnerable to acquisition efforts by Russian or Chinese companies. Or either could be acquired by one or more majors hoping to build up their uranium reserves. In the case of Rio Tinto, acquiring one or both could mean expanding uranium operations in this country.

Acquisition Candidates

Just as the announcement by Energy Metals Corp, regarding a potential sale of the company, fueled weekend speculation as to the ‘next’ takeover candidates, the same could occur this week with African acquisition candidates.

One might be misled into believing China would focus on Niger, where the company has built a foundation, and Russia’s focus would remain in Namibia. However, in a state visit to China this week, Namibian Defense force chief exchanged views with Guo Boxiong, Central Military Commission vice chairman, on promoting relations between the two countries.

In February, Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Namibia to sign an economic deal with Namibia giving the country a grant of US$4.3 million and an interest-free loan of the same amount. Reportedly, some of the money would be used to boost group tourism from China to Namibia. This is the same tactic China has utilized in courting relationships in South America to help develop natural resource deals.

With US$1.2 trillion in foreign currency reserves, China is exercising its financial biceps. In March, the country formed the Huijin Fund as the state’s investment arm. Up to US$400 billion have reportedly been placed in this fund for investment purposes. On Sunday night, the Huijin Fund invested US$3 billion to purchase a stake in about 9.9 percent of the Blackstone private equity firm. Our research suggests the fund is likely to strongly invest in natural resources.

On this basis, we can not rule out a simple carving of Africa. We don’t believe China will quietly step back and focus the country’s uranium acquisition efforts in Niger, permitting Russia to concentrate on Namibia and South African uranium.

In Niger, we covered two ‘early days’ prospective uranium juniors over a year ago. North Atlantic Resources acquired a uranium permit in the 1900-square kilometer Abelajouad in this country. This past April, the company increased its holdings to nearly 3,000 square kilometers. In late April, Northwestern Mineral Ventures announced uranium mineralization in assays from rock samples after a first-pass reconnaissance on its In Gall and Irhazer uranium properties. Both would need to further explore their properties before attracting serious interest from the Chinese.

However, in Namibia both UraMin and Forsys Metals are actively progressing toward mining uranium on their properties. Either could be the first, but we believe both should become winners in the uranium bull market. Because China has carefully aligned with UraMin, or at least shown an inkling to do so, we suspect Russia might begin to look more carefully at Forsys Metals. This is purely speculation based upon our premise of ‘uranium Politiques.’ We do not have any ‘inside track’ on this matter.

Fortunately, we had the opportunity to chat with Forsys chief executive Duane Parnham late last week. His company had announced the completion of the pre-feasibility study on the company’s Valencia uranium deposit in Namibia. We missed the company’s conference call, but were allowed the opportunity to discuss his company’s prospects and future plans during a telephone call.

The company’s pre-feasibility study was prepared by Australia-based Snowden Mining, which used the guidelines of Australia’s JORC code. Subsequently, the Valencia uranium mineral reserve was classified as Probable Reserves. These were calculated at 24 million pounds U3O8.

We asked about production. “We are now modeling 2.4 million pounds per year,” Parnham told us. He expects to payback in less than two years. With Forsys as with all near-term producers, some early conversations have begun about pre-selling the company’s uranium production after production has commenced.

His company’s news release talked about six month of stripping during the initial part of the operation so we started there. “We’ll start when we get a mining license and then looking at production.” When will the company complete its ongoing environmental assessment? “We are hoping to have an environmental decision by year end,” Parnham told us. “We are hoping to have enough data to apply for a mining license in early 2008. If that’s successful, then obviously the decision to go forward will be made at that time.”

For the time being, the company plans to expand its resource. “The pre-feasibility is just the first snapshot of the situation,” he said. “We are finding the pit optimization study is only looking at a very small portion of the overall resource.” Does that mean the resource is actually larger, then? “It’s a heck of a lot bigger,” he told us. “It’s just a function of how much data you have available to punch into the model. Then, how much does the model give you back? The evaluation process is ongoing. You’ll probably see a change in the pit design very shortly because we have the ability to move more resource into the reserve category.”

We talked about his company’s horse race with UraMin. How does it look? “Neck and neck, toe to toe,” Parnham said. “I think it shows there’s opportunity in Namibia, and that’s good that there are a number of us working for a common goal.”

Finally, we asked what has emerged as the key question: Is Forsys a ripe plum for the picking. He offered both sides of the coin. “Where the real opportunity lies is putting a property into production,” he responded. “The operation isn’t all that difficult so it’s not a deposit that our expanding team couldn’t put into production.” And then Parnham left the door open. “Anything can happen. It’s an open market, and we are a public company. But, we are certainly geared toward putting this into production.”

And from what we’ve seen among the recent, significant consolidations, those companies who have commenced production, and those closest to production, are the prime acquisition candidates. Why should companies developing projects in Africa become the exception instead of the rule? Especially when two super powers are both eagerly trying to establish stronger uranium footholds in this continent.

James Finch contributes to and other publications. His focus on the uranium mining and nuclear fuel sector resulted in the widely popular “Investing in the Great Uranium Bull Market,” which is now available on [] and on

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The Reign of the Horses

In the book of Revelation 6:1-8 we read:

“I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven Seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, Come! I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, Come! Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and make us slay each other. To him was given a large sword. When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, Come! I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hands. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures saying, A quarts of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine! When the lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, Come! I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.”

What or who are these strange four differently colored horses going about the earth? One thing is obvious: these are powerful forces for a horse denotes power. I was however surprised when I looked up the Pages of a famous Biblical commentary book that the first horse is described as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, while the other three are reckoned to be evil spirits going about the earth. How off the mark this is!

Well, at a glance, they may seem just that, and yet they are not. The Holy Bible records these words of Prophet Zechariah son of Berekia, the son of Iddo concerning the same horses:
“During the night I had a vision – and there before me was a man riding a red horse! He was standing among the myrtle trees in a ravine. Behind him were red, brown and white horses. I asked, What are these my Lord? The angel who was talking with me answered, I will show you what they are. Then the man standing among the myrtle trees explained, They are the ones the LORD has sent to go throughout the earth. And they reported to the angel of the LORD, who was standing among the myrtle trees, We have gone throughout the earth and found the whole world at REST and in PEACE”(Zechariah 1:8-11).

From the above scripture we realize that the horses represent the ones God has anointed to take the saving gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ throughout the whole world. They are the multitude pullers; and wherever they go, they bring thousands to the peace and rest found only in the Kingdom of Christ Jesus. The Lord in His days on the earth in flesh said: “Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Mathew 11:28). In this tumult world the Prince of Peace declared, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you: not as the world gives, I give you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

Carefully note that the rider of the horse is also described as the man standing among the myrtle trees, and in verse 11, this man is described as the angel of the Lord. Those appointed to serve the Lord throughout the world report to their respective representative angel in the spiritual realm, and the angel in turn reports to the Lord the condition and state of the earth resulting from the effect of the activities of these anointed servants of the Living God. Their mission is clear: to declare rest and peace to the spiritually dark and turbulent world. They proclaim the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ, to the nations; and those who are drawn to Him He grants them rest.

These servants of God Most High are the channel through whom “The true light which lights every man that cometh into the world” (John 1: 9), is revealed to the spiritually dark world in which wickedness has reached alarming proportions and the love of many has waxed cold (Mathew 24:12). Their going throughout the whole world is not simply because the world has become a global village, and communication has evolved much faster than it would otherwise have been envisaged at the turn of the past century; although it is necessary to say that if communication has evolved this fast, then heaven has allowed it for a purpose! Christ Jesus said that, “And this GOSPEL of the KINGDOM will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come!” (Verse 14).

We also read in Daniel 12: 4 that in these times of the end, “Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.” And this knowledge of the truth pertaining to God’s glorious arrangements and plan for His people is of utmost importance to a believer, for it is what sets the people free (John 8: 32). Therefore these horses are preparing the world for the imminent end that is soon coming upon it; and they are doing this through demonstrating the devil’s complete defeat by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and showing the world at large that as a believer in Christ Jesus you too the devil and his legions have been placed under your feet! Because they believe in their caller and commissioner, the Lord Jesus Christ, they have therefore received the glory of God sent from the Father; and have become partakers of the same miracles our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ performed while in the flesh; and even greater works than those they also partake because Christ represents them at the right hand of God the Father (John 14:12).

Through them Christ the Lord is also appointing many more of His servants from every race of the world, through the outreach branches of their ministries which they are establishing where sent in the various parts of the continents. Hence, the differently colored horses following the fiery red one (Zechariah 1:18).

We again gain more insight about these horses in Zechariah Chapter 6 where they are grouped together as chariots – all of them powerful (versus 2 and 3). What makes them so powerful unlike the other servants of our God? In verse 4, we are told that the Chariots are ridden by the four spirits of heaven going out of the standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. It is these very spirits of the Almighty God; also described as the angels of God standings in the four winds of the earth who have responsibility of gathering God’s children in readiness for the rapture (Mathew 24:31). Thus their representation by these four mighty angels of God Most High, charged with the responsibility of gathering the masses to Christ Jesus the Lord, makes them great crowd pullers. From Revelation chapter 6, we realize that the four spirits of God reporting to the Most High about these horses are the four living creatures standing in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne of God (Chapter 4:6). We also know that the four living creatures are the very ones on which God Most High rides while coming down to the earth (Ezekiel 1:5); and they are therefore the four cherubs of God Most High (Psalm 99:1). Thus these horses are ridden not by ordinary angels of the Lord; but by the highest order of the angels – the cherubs of God Almighty; hence the immense power and authority that they yield on the phase of the earth, making Satan tremble before them! Remember Satan was also an anointed Cherub before he rebelled (Ezekiel 28: 16).

We read in Zechariah 6: 6 that, “The one with the WHITE horses is going toward the west; the one with the BLACK horses toward the North Country and the one with the DAPPLED horses toward the South”. It therefore follows that the one with the red horses is going towards the East.

The white horse spoken of in Revelation 6: 2 represent those mighty servant of the Living god with the great anointing to take the saving gospel of Christ Jesus from the western countries to the rest of the world. Of their nations the cherub of God present as the men of great conquest. The ancient Assyrian and the Roman empires are merged into one here and these kingdoms spurn the entire Europe to the North American nations of U.S.A. and Canada. Being men of great conquest power, they were able to colonize the world. Notable horses in this category are the great preachers of the faith like Billy Graham and Benny Hinn in the USA, Reinhard Bounke from Germany among others. Even the disgraced great American evangelist Jimmy Swarggat had been anointed a horse before he transgressed God’s law; for it is written that, whosoever commits sin transgresses, also the law; for sin is the transgression of the law ‘(1 John 3: 4).

On the other hand, the red horse quoted in verse 3 of Revelation chapter 6 represent the great servants of God Most high from the eastern countries. They arise from the nations of the East steeped in perpetual civil strife and spiritual warfare. The notables here include Reverend (Dr.) David Yongi Choo from Philippines and Doctor K. Paul from India. To all these mighty servants of God Most High the sealed secrets of our God are revealed as He instructed Daniel: “But to you Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the times of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.” (Daniel 12: 4). And it is through the ministries given these servants that the wealth, wisdom and strength which Christ obtained at the Cross on behalf of His Church (Revelations 5: 12) is equally given in greater proportions.

Called into the Kingdom of heaven’s harvest at what Christ termed as the
Eleventh hour; the sudden great wealth accumulation in their ministries is based on these words of the Lord:

“For the kingdom of heaven is likened to
a man that is a house builder, which went
out early in the morning to hire laborers
into his vineyard. And when he had agreed
with the laborers for a penny a day,
he sent them into his vineyard.
And he went out about the third hour,
and saw others standing idle
in the market place, and said to
them, Go you also into the vineyard,
and whatsoever is right, I will give you.
And they went their way.
Again he went out about the sixth
and ninth, and did likewise.
And about the eleventh hour he went
out, and found other standing idle, and
said to them, Why do you stand here
all day idle?
They said to him, Because no man has
hired us. He said to them, Go you also
into the vineyard, and whatever is right that
shall you receive.
So when evening came, the Lord of the
vineyard said to his steward,
Call the laborers,and give them their hire,
beginning from the last to the first.
And when they came that were hired
about the eleventh hour, they received every
man a penny!” (Mathew 20: 1 – 9).

That is to say these servants called at the eleventh hour their ministries are blessed in equal proportions as those ministries that have been on the earth for centuries.

When however it comes to black Africa, the ancient Egypt, although the cherub of Most High God presenting her before the Throne is declaring their lands as full of oppression and hunger amid abundance of alcohol; there is something very special though about her; the great anointing and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Revelation 6: 6). Isaiah had prophesied that when the LORD comes to Africa riding in the clouds (Isaiah 19: 1); the condition of her wage earners would be sickness at heart (verse 18). Why would this be? It is revealed in Revelation 6: 6 that his day’s wage can only afford him a quart (about one liter) of wheat. Feeling dejected and frustrated, the majority of the wage earners in Africa, as prophesied, have turned to the easily and cheaply available illicit local brews to drain away their frustrations; and where surprisingly the daily wage affords three times the equivalent amount of food! Most have sought consolation in alcohol where majority of them have drunk themselves silly, even unto death and blindness.

However, despite all these negative traits in this continent, the loving Father consoles this people by raising five mighty servants amongst them, and something very special is given them – five memorable cities of ancient Israel as reported in Isaiah 19: 18. And because of this great anointing and outpouring of the Holy Spirit reserved for the continent of Africa, the two greatest horses described as ‘the two olive branches besides the two Gold Pipes that pour out Golden Oil’ (Zechariah 4: 12 – 14) are raised up from this impoverished continent. The two ‘Gold Pipes’ spoken of here represent God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ pouring out mightily His glory across the world through the two chosen servants.

The world, and more so Africa, has gone through three great spiritual phases in the recent past. 1960s and ’70s ushered in what I may rightly call the bronze era. This was a time of repentance. And most families came to the great light of the Lord Jesus Christ through the missionaries from the west during this period. This gave rise to the silver era of the ’80s and ’90s. This on the other hand was basically a time of prayer, leading to the strengthening and liberation of our spirits. The era also saw high proliferation of Satanism and its related activities increase on the phase of the earth, thus turning the world into one great Sodom and Gomorrah. However, ‘where sin abounded, grace will much more abound.’ (Romans 5: 20). In His great grace, the Living God has brought us into the golden era – the time of God’s glory on the earth! This is the time of the latter rain – where as in the past the Holy Spirit rested in the world on pockets, now is the time of the river of God to wash away the filth on the land, before the imminent dark age of the Anti-Christ finally sets in.

This is the hour of judgment of the wicked, but also a time of restoration of the Body of Christ on earth. “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him!” (Isaiah 59: 19 KJ). Therefore, this is the era when Christians the world over are expected to tap the maximum benefits from the river of God that has come and is flowing freely in the world. It is a time for the three dimensional prosperity; hence abundant increase spiritually, intellectually and materially because ‘eyes have not seen nor ears heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things God has prepared for them that love Him’ (1 Corinthians 2: 9). “For thou shall arise and have mercy upon Zion O LORD: for the time to favor her, yea, the set time is come. So the heathen shall fear the Name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory” (Psalm 102: 13, 15).

The prophet further foretold what would happen to the people of this continent when the LORD rises upon her. “They shall destroy and overcome with sling stones. They will drink and roar as with wine; they will be full like a bowl used for sprinkling the corners of the altar. The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of His people. They will sparkle in the land like jewels in a crown. How attractive and beautiful will they be! Grain will make the young man thrive, and new wine the young women.” (Zechariah 9: 15 – 17). Indeed where sin abounded, grace will much more abound! (Romans 5: 20).

Though the anointing of the Holy Spirit; Almighty God is to make David of Africans; and use them to wage war against the numerous Goliaths standing on the continent; and they will know success in every dimension of their lives like they have never dreamt possible before. Thus, already established in Nigeria under Bishop (Dr.) David Oyedepo we have the city of Shiloh representing where God first made a dwelling for His mighty name (Jeremiah 7: 12) when the Almighty arose in Africa! And to a Kenyan is already given a decree for the establishment of the holy city, Jerusalem; the city of truth and the earthly representation of the throne of the Living God (Zechariah 8: 3).

Three other cities of Israel are most likely going to spring forth each in the Republic of Egypt in the north, Democratic Republic of Congo in the Central Africa; and in either Angola or the Republic of South Africa in the South; and thus completing the extension of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ across the entire African soil. And it is these five commissions of the Almighty God whose activities are to greatly revive and restore Africans to the Kingdom of Christ; and extend this great restoration work to the greater European continent (Zechariah 6: 8) before the Lord Jesus Christ returns to rapture His church.

Soon, more horses will also be raised in the lands of mixed races – the vast continent of South America; and described by their representative cherub as the land of death (Revelation 6: 8); to take the same gospel of the saving grace, through Christ Jesus, to the whole world.

Already notable here is the great evangelist Morris Cerullo. And when they have finished their divine assignment on earth, or while still going through the earth, then the persecution of the Church of Christ will start; and will continue until Christ Jesus the Lord comes to rapture her. This is evidenced by the opening of the fifth seal, after the unleashing of the pale horse through the opening of the fourth seal. Therefore, we read in verse 9 that, “when He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been SLAIN because of the Word of God and the testimony they had maintained.”

The eyes of every Christian must therefore be opened to realize what is going on round about the world. Most Christians believe that we live in a civilized world, and therefore the persecution of the Church is ushered to the dark ages of the Church history. We would all like to console ourselves in this manner, but this is not what the Holy Bible reveals. Hence, some misguided preachers have come up with the false teaching that the rapture of the church of Christ will take place first and then the Anti-Christ will be unleashed by the devil into the world. But how unscriptural this is!

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ warned His church of this persecution when He said that, “Be on you guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. On my account, you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. All men will hate you because of me; but he who endures to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes” Mathew 10: 17 – 23). And the cities of Israel will have been established in Africa before Christ Jesus the Lord comes!

We must understand that this prophecy of our Lord was partly fulfilled during the reign of the apostles. But it is equally important to realize that it will fully be fulfilled in our time under the reign of the Anti-Christ; for to the early Church, Christ never appeared in persons, but only through His angel to John in the isle of Patmos (Revelation1: 1). And Christ added of this generation that has been in existence since 1981 that, ‘I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have been fulfilled’ (Mathew 24: 34).

Therefore know the truth so that you may be free in the phase of the imminent persecution of the Church of Christ! To Daniel this was revealed of the Anti-Christ: ‘The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time’ (Daniel 7: 25). Thus, for three and a half years, all the saints of God must live with persecution in the hands of the Anti-Christ before Christ raptures His Holy Church. This is because whenever the LORD rises to judge the wicked of this world, judgment must begin at His sanctuary! (Ezekiel 9: 6). Apostle Peter therefore writes: “For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the Gospel of God?” (Peter 4: 17).

Stay awake O Christian in the truth!

When it comes to black Africa, the ancient Egypt, although the cherub of Most High God presenting her before the Throne is declaring their lands as full of oppression and hunger amid abundance of alcohol; there is something very special though about her; the great anointing and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Revelation 6: 6). Isaiah had prophesied that when the LORD comes to Africa riding in the clouds (Isaiah 19: 1); the condition of her wage earners would be sickness at heart (verse 18). Why would this be? It is revealed in Revelation 6: 6 that his day’s wage can only afford him a quart (about one liter) of wheat. Feeling dejected and frustrated, the majority of the wage earners in Africa, as prophesied, have turned to the easily and cheaply available illicit local brews to drain away their frustrations; and where surprisingly the daily wage affords three times the equivalent amount of food! Most have sought consolation in alcohol where majority of them have drunk themselves silly, even unto death and blindness.

However, despite all these negative traits in this continent, the loving Father consoles this people by raising five mighty servants amongst them, and something very special is given them – five memorable cities of ancient Israel as reported in Isaiah 19: 18. And because of this great anointing and outpouring of the Holy Spirit reserved for the continent of Africa, the two greatest horses described as ‘the two olive branches besides the two Gold Pipes that pour out Golden Oil’ (Zechariah 4: 12 – 14) are raised up from this impoverished continent.

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