The Cape Flats Soaked in Tears!
by Taswell Alexander
The week after my mother’s funeral I was sick with a cold for the whole week. I couldn’t even prepare myself properly for the sermon that I was supposed to preach on Sunday, 20th October. On Wednesday evening my wife Edwina shared with me that the Holy Spirit gave her a message for me; she said….
“Taswell, the LORD is calling you to the Prayer Closet for three days, because He is going to reveal something to you.”
I then decided to stay off-line for three days; I did not check my e-mail, go onto social media or edit my website for two and a half days and I just prayed until I heard from the LORD GOD Almighty. I know that my wife moves under a powerful prophetic anointing and that is the reason why I immediately obeyed the instruction. I am so happy that I entered into my Prayer Closet, because the LORD gave me a powerful revelation for my sermon….actually a powerful prophetic word for my nation, the Foundation Nation in Cape Town!
The LORD showed me how many times His people the Israelites were forcefully taken out of their own Land and taken into captivity into another foreign enemy Country. The Bible describes the pain, the bitterness, the tears, the awful misery and the utter hopelessness that Israel experienced when they were uprooted from that which were familiar to them into a faraway and strange place with a strange language, a strange culture and a strange cuisine.
(Psa 137:1) There we sat down by the rivers of Babylon; also, we wept when we remembered Zion.
(Psa 137:2) We hung our lyres on the willows in its midst.
(Psa 137:3) For there our captors demanded a song from us; and our plunderers demanded gladness, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
(Psa 137:4) How shall we sing Jehovah's song in a foreign land?
(Psa 137:5) If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget.
(Psa 137:6) If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth; if I do not prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.
(Psa 137:7) Remember, O Jehovah, the sons of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Make it bare! Make it bare, even to the foundation of it!
(Psa 137:8) O daughter of Babylon, O destroyed one! Blessed is he who will repay to you your reward which you rewarded to us.
(Psa 137:9) Blessed is he who seizes and dashes your little ones against the stones.
Psalm 137 tells the story of Israel’s tears in Babylon and how they made a promise never to forget Jerusalem, but the psalm also expresses their hatred towards Babylon for forcibly removing them from their beloved home town. In their pain they could not understand that GOD was with them and that was a prophecy spoken through GOD’s prophets that had to be fulfilled.
For many years after the South African Nationalist Party Government forcibly removed the Cape Coloureds, the Foundation nation from District Six, many of our people are still living with a lot of pain and hidden animosity because of the Government’s Apartheid doctrines of the past. There were other suburbs also where Coloured people were removed under the wicked Group Areas Act of 1950 and the Lands Act of 1913 and 1936. District Six was officially known as the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town. District Six was beautifully located on the foot of Table Mountain with a splendid view over the Harbour of Cape Town. I was the only one of four children that was born in District Six a year before my family was evicted from our home. This was a vibrant and multi-cultural city that was filled with a Coloured community that was very close-knit; children played on the streets until late, gangsters standing on the corner singing old jazz songs and lovely neighbours who knew everyone and who knew everything about everyone!
The day the bulldozers came they not only destroyed brick and mortar buildings, but they also violently destroyed a society’s established foundations! Politicians and policy-makers succeeded in scattering and fragmenting First People communities and spread and dumped them on a crude and largely undeveloped flat plain, which is known today as the Cape Flats. People were suddenly uprooted from their foundations and thrown into an unknown environment. Then the Cape Flats was soaked in tears, because of the pain, the heartbreak and the constant longing back to the “Six” (die “Ses”) as it was more commonly known. I read an online article where one woman said after they were evicted from District Six and brought to Bonteheuwel her mother refused to start a garden, because she did not want to replant any roots in the soil of Bonteheuwel! She like many others still painfully longed back to the sounds and smells of District Six.
I attended Trafalgar High School, which is located in District Six, and I could feel my parents’ pain as I walked over the ruins of the houses every single day, which sadly also testified to the ruins of many people’s lives! This is the pain that I preached about on Sunday the 20th of October, an emotional pain that our generation unfortunately inherited from our parents. It is that pain, that deep resentment and bitterness that raised us; it was unwittingly and unknowingly transferred onto us. It was the vehicle that Satan used to send us running into the embrace of gang structures and prostitution!
Our parents soaked the soil of the Cape Flats with the tears of their pain and now a second and third generation have soaked the soil of the Cape Flats with blood because of that same pain!
The LORD gave me a revelation that even though traditional mindsets says that we were severely wronged and victimized by the Apartheid Government’s forced removals we never understood that all was within GOD’s purposes. GOD allowed us to move from one place to another to raise up an altar of praise and prayer and to multiply where we are now.
Look at these Scriptures:
(Gen 1:28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
(Gen 9:1) And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
(Gen 9:7) And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
(Gen 22:17) That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
(Gen 26:4) And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
(Gen 35:11) And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;
(Gen 48:4) And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.
(Lev 26:9) For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you.
(Deu 7:13) And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
(Deu 8:1) All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.
(Jer 30:19) And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
(Eze 36:10) And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded:
(Eze 36:11) And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
(Eze 37:26) Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
Just recently men have prophesied that GOD says that there is wickedness in His House and that GOD is going to strike Cape Town. The LORD is saying to me that we must deal with the horrible traumatic pain of the past so that we can set our children free from generational iniquity. Through repentance we can release our nation and the Church in Cape Town from defilement and get back into right covenant standing with our Father again. Then we will continue to enjoy the blessing of multiplication and increase in every facet of our lives!
This is the Word that GOD gave to me and even though there may be others that will disagree with this piece I pray that they will come to an understanding. GOD is about to sift His people and a great shift in traditional paradigms are about to take place in conservative mindsets.
Praise GOD for His beautiful grace and endless mercies!