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Prophecies

1st January 2016

‘Rio de Janiero’ Jesus in Coventry

Below is the collection of testimonies of several people who received pictures/ visions of the Rio de Janeiro Jesus in Coventry. It is interesting that the Olympic games will be held in Rio de Janeiro this year so we will be seeing a lot of this image on our screens this summer.

 

31st December 2013 – Meryl Griffiths, CPH team and The Little Chapel, Bedworth

‘I felt I was standing out in the Broadgate square looking towards Holy Trinity Church. As I looked up to the sky I could see a figure reminiscent of the statue of Jesus at Rio de Janeiro coming out of  Holy Trinity Church where the central tower is. The figure was huge and looked out over Coventry and beyond and as I watched I could see it was made up of people. The people then began to move out along light beams, as they moved out other people moved in towards the statue. The people were travelling out to the world then coming back to be refreshed and renewed before going out again.’

12th March 2014 – Abby Rhodes, Holy Trinity Church

‘As I was praying, I had a clear, vivid picture of a huge statue of Christ (like the one in Rio) inside Holy Trinity’s building, towering up into and through the spire from the crossing. I and everyone else in the building couldn’t do anything but kneel in front of it, gazing up in awe at Christ.  The kneeling bit feels very important – the power of Christ’s presence left us unable to do anything but kneel.’

24th September 2014 – Margaret Edmunds, CPH and Meredith Road Baptist Church

‘At Church I believe that the Lord showed me himself like the beautiful statue at Rio de Janeiro with his arms out wide – he was holding a torch which shone brightly illuminating all around him. I believe he spoke of his love and concern for coventry city and the whole world. The image of the statue was bigger than my mind could contain. It was a beautiful and powerful image. Thank you Lord.’

10th October 2014 –  Jane Askew, Cambridge, Cambridge House of Prayer and ASK Network (an international intercessory prayer network).

I (Jo Ognjanovic) was speaking at a gathering for Prayer House leaders (in Stoke on Trent) about the Coventry Prayer House and it’s forthcoming retreat centre and our bid to acquire the long term lease. While I was speaking Jane had a picture of the Rio de Janeiro Jesus. It was absolutely enormous and was coming up out of the centre of Coventry. The statue of Jesus had his arms stretched out wide to encompass the whole nation.

April 2015 – Jo Ognjanovic, CPH and Holy Trinity Church

I created this image on canvas. It is intended to be a visual representation of the testimonies above. It is also an attempt to capture some of what I sense God has being saying to me over the last couple of years since I have been director of the Coventry Prayer House. I have included here my thoughts and rationale behind my depictions within the image. Please do prayerfully weigh my comments and feedback to us at the Coventry Prayer House. Also, you may sense God saying something to you through my image which I haven’t considered or noticed myself. In which case, please do write it down and get in touch.

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The image of Jesus ‘Christ our Redeemer’ rising up through the roof of Holy Trinity Church and in Hill Top is a reminder of the vastness of our our Lord, his strength and his power. I am conscious that the Hill Top area has a long history of Christian spirituality, prayer, worship, hospitality and mission: firstly through St. Osburg’s Convent (c700 A.D.) and, secondly, the Benedictine Monastery/ Priory/ Coventry’s first cathedral (founded 1043). The sense is that Coventry was founded on Christ and may have been established here because of the convent. It is interesting to note that one explanation (of several) for the origin of our city’s name is that it is derived from ‘convent-try’ or ‘convent town’ or even ‘covenant town’. I believe that God wants his church in Coventry to have its foundations firmly on Christ alone today, both for the sake of his honour and glory and to allow God to prepare us to be an effective ‘life boat’ for the rescue of the city and its people in a coming storm. Let there be no ‘mixture’ in the foundations. What is going on in the foundations of our city? In the foundations of the church in Coventry? In the Hill Top area? Let us prayerfully examine our foundations and listen to what God may be saying about them.

Coventry city is depicted beneath the feet of Christ. The city’s spheres of influence and power for good or bad (church/religion, government, banks/business, education, family, media and arts/entertainment), together with some of its issues (poverty, abuse, homelessness, unemployment, fatherlessness, brokenness and rejection), are represented. Christ our Redeemer is sovereign of our city and he is big enough, powerful enough, compassionate enough and willing enough to heal our city.

Christ’s garments are composed of many, many people in the body of Christ representing his whole church in the city actively serving him in unity. I believe that the Church in Coventry ‘dwelling’ in unity, together with an increase and deepening of city-wide prayer, is prerequisite to the extravagant flow of the oil of the Holy Spirit in renewal and transformation of Coventry and beyond (Psalm 133). I am reminded too of 2 Chronicles 7:14: If we, God’s people, humble ourselves before him, pray, seek his face and repent of our sins (and those of our city) God will forgive us and heal our land.

The culverted River Sherbourne beneath the city is depicted as free flowing with clear water (indeed the word ‘Sherbourne’ means ‘clear stream’). This represents cleansing by the Holy Spirit underneath (in our foundations?) and in our city generally, bringing renewal and transformation. The key surfacing in the river represents the lost key to the ancient priory. I believe the key symbolises the reopening of spiritual wells in Coventry, through its ancient Christian foundations, to a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. I think it is a key of authority (like the key of David in Revelation 3:7-8 perhaps) which, when used in the hands of those to whom God gives authority to do so, will cause him to release an outpouring of blessing that will impact the whole city and nation. Then ‘Sent to Coventry’ will no longer be a negative term but one synonymous with Godliness and wellbeing. Being ‘Sent to Coventry’ will be considered a blessing because God is here.

Jo Ognjanovic

 

Words, Pictures and Scriptures

Words, Pictures and Scripture for Coventry on the New Retreat Centre Launch Day 10.10.2015

 

During a time of corporate worship, I had a vision of the Priory ruins beginning to fill up with water, rather like a swimming pool. I sensed that God was saying that the ancient well was now open (I believe that God called me to Coventry in the first place to ‘reopen spiritual wells’ and to ‘re-found’ something in the city at the site of the ancient priory….not that I had any idea how do this except to accept his open door invitation in Revelation 3:7-8 to be here…and pray!). At the same time as receiving this vision (and before I shared it) a prophetic song spontaneously arose from 2 other ladies, the words of which are recorded below (see also Ezekiel 47:1-5 and Malachi 3:10.) Jo Ognjanovic

 

The Flood: Prophetic Song Brought by Debbie Rumsby (guitar) and Cath Henzell (Westwood and Mosaic Churches respectively)

Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain, let it rain, let it rain, let it rain

Let it pour down, let it pour down

 

Oh Lord, we need your blessing, we’re so dry and thirsty

Oh Lord we need your blessing, pour out your Spirit

 

Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow, let it flow, let it flow, let it flow

Let it rain down, let it rain down

 

Pour out your Spirit, Lord, pour out your Spirit

Pour out your Spirit on us, pour it out on all flesh

 

Filling up and running over, filling up and running over

Let it pour down, let it pour down

 

I will open the floodgates of heaven, yes I’m opening the floodgates!

I will open the floodgates of heaven.You cannot contain it!

 

Filling up, filling up, filling up, filling up, filling up, filling up

Filling up and running over, filling up and running over

 

I’m pouring out my blessing on to you, I’m pouring out my power

Rivers of blessing on to you, you cannot contain it!

 

Filling up and running over, filling up and running over

Receive from me; receive from me, receive from me; receive from me

 

Can you feel it coming? Can you feel it getting nearer?

Can you feel it coming, my river of blessing?

 

Holy Spirit power and blessing pouring down on Coventry

We are drenched and we are soaking. We are dancing in the rain!

 

You’re standing under an open heaven. Yes I’m opening the floodgates

I am pouring out power and blessing.You cannot contain it

 

Can you feel it, can you feel it, can you feel it coming?

Can you feel it, can you feel it, can you feel it coming?

 

Can you feel it round your ankles? Can you feel it over your knees?

Rising up around your waist now. Don’t try to swim, don’t try to swim

 

Now it’s over your head, you’re in too deep.Your feet can’t touch the floor

A mighty river you cannot cross flowing from the temple door

 

Time to jump in but don’t try to swim. No, don’t try to swim, don’t try to swim

 

Just lay back and float, lay back. Just lay back and float, rest in me

Just lay back and float, lay back. I want you to lay back and float, rest in me

 

I want you to rest in me, I will hold you up. If you’ll only trust in me I will carry you

I want you to rest in me, I will hold you up. Rest in me. I will carry you

 

 

10th October 2015: A couple from Leicestershire

A couple from Leicestershire came to join us for the retreat centre launch day. They said that their church pastor had given a word to his congregation the previous Sunday (4th October). The word was simply ‘Coventry’ but he didn’t know why. It is interesting that the date, 4th October, is the date in 1043 when Leofric and Godiva are said to have founded the monastery/ priory here in the first place.

 

3rd December 2015

While I was praying this morning I felt that God moved me out of my seat onto the roof of St. James Church, Southam (I was sitting overlooking the church building). The church changed so that I was then on the roof of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry. In the vision it began to rain very heavily indeed until there was so much water that the church building lifted off its foundations and began to float like an ark or a giant ship. As the water rose and the storm raged I began to pull people out of the water onto the ship/church roof. Once people were safely on board they too began to pull other people out of the water. The storm became really severe and the ship/church building was being tossed about in the water like in an epic movie. In the vision I took hold of the ship’s wheel, which was at the east end of the church roof, and the ship/church building turned around 180 degrees to face Broadgate. It turned very quickly despite the ferocity of the storm and the size of the ship.

 

7th December 2015: Mike Holt (Elim)

‘In the late eighties or very early nineties I had a dream, whether it was a day dream or a night dream I know not, but it impacted me more than other experience with God which I have had. I dreamt I was standing in the playground at Wolston High School (where I was a teacher) when I was hit from behind by a wave as if it were the sea. This shook me because Wolston is at least 300 feet above sea level and a good 100 miles from the sea, so I turned to see where it had come from and looked towards Coventry, about 10 miles away. All I could see was water where I would otherwise have seen Coventry.’

 

8th December 2015: Stephen Griffiths (Pastor, The Little Chapel, Bedworth)

‘When Jo was sharing pictures about water and ships at our Coventry Prayer House leadership meeting I remembered that, earlier that morning I had a dream about being on a super tanker. In the dream I was standing on the deck and the huge tanker was turning. The tanks, which were empty, were being cleaned out and I knew they were being prepared to be filled with something other than oil. I recall that someone prophesied over me (during a prayer house leaders gathering in Stoke on Trent in October) that I was wearing a captain’s hat and would know where to steer the ship.’

 

9th December 2015: Meryl Griffiths (The Little Chapel, Bedworth)

‘I had a picture of people who were floundering in water. Others were in boats and at the waterside helping people out of the water. As they came out of the water and were very wet, the ‘wetness’ became as flames. Not destructive fire but constructive fire which purifies. There was then a breeze (the breath of God) and as it blew the fire came off the people as though taking off a coat leaving them shining like pearly crystals.’

 

9th December 2015: First Prayer Gathering to raise and deepen united prayer in the city in addition to the City Praise and Prayer events.

A group of 10 of us from the CPH and Queens Road Baptist Church met at QRBC to pray for Coventry. We were excited by the many testimonies of the sense that Holy Spirit revival is coming to Coventry. The 2 scriptures that struck us during our prayer time were Acts 3:19 ‘Repent then…..that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,’ and 2 Chronicles 7:14 ‘If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn from their sins, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins and will heal their land.’

As a group we decided to meet once a month recognising that prayer for revival, united across the churches, would require us to be very real and humble with one another. We sensed that God wanted us to be like a ‘snowball’ and start praying together as a small group and let others join in over time like a ‘snowball’ gathering size and momentum as more and more of God’s people in the city come together to pray for revival.

 

1st January 2016

I created the artwork below to illustrate the ‘flooding’ of the priory ruins and the whole city of Coventry, together with words from the prophetic song from the retreat centre launch day.  

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Significant Prophecies

No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate.

But you will be called Hephzibah (my delight is in her),
and your land Beulah (married);
for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married.

Isaiah 62:4

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

2 Corinthians 4:7

Come, let us rebuild the walls…….and we will no longer be in disgrace.

Nehemiah 2:17

Our prayer goals

  • A call to be faithful and for the churches to work together side by side
  • First will come the oil of God’s healing on Coventry, and then fire for refining
  • A halving of crime, addictions, homelessness, followed by those things being stopped
  • A great awakening for the church
  • Revival starting in Coventry and spreading to the country

Stoneleigh Bible Week

A word given by Thai preacher, Dr Kriengsak Chareonwongsak, September 1990, mentioned in the Stoneleigh Experience booklet (brought out when Stoneleigh was closing in 2001) when explaining how God had confirmed that Stoneleigh Bible Week should begin.

Here is the relevant extract:

‘In the autumn of 1990, a leaders’ conference was held in the Brighton Centre. On the last day, Dr Kriengsak Chareonwongsak preached. At the end he gave a call for any who felt moved by God to church-plant to come forward. Many surged forward and afterward testified that God also told them the name of the town they were to go to at that time. Then suddenly, we were electrified to hear him say, “Is there a place called Coventry ?” We held our breath in wonder as he went on to describe a vision of a golden funnel that he could see suspended over this place into which God was pouring a stream of power and blessing that was falling like golden rain all around it.

God had confirmed that we were to go to Stoneleigh. We could go forward with faith and confidence, and indeed, we were to experience 11 years of golden rain!’

I believe this vision stands true for the city of Coventry, not just in relation to the Stoneleigh Bible Week. I also think there is more to come, in terms of the level of power and blessing experienced!

Cath Henzell, November 2015