Just before her death in 1981, Van Rensburg’s daughter Anna, made aninteresting remark. She said she remembered her father saying that the countrywhich will win the war in the far future (Third World War) would have to haveGermany as an ally.
A vision Van Rensburg had about a dark cloud coming from the East, creepingover Europe and eventually covering Europe in darkness only became clear long after his death. He told his son, Kallie, this vision had to do with the riseof Communism in Europe.Russia and China are the countries orchestrating the infiltration of Communisminto Europe and the West as well as in South Africa. Until recently South Africawas the only country where Communism was banned in terms of law. The Seer had the following vision which clearly indicated the important roles of Chinaand Russia:
“A red bull rises in the East while more red cattle rise further East. These cattlewant to wage war. They are looking in our direction.” This is the only referenceto red bulls in the book of visions
At this time (1914) the old Boer prophet saw a very strange vision, one that hecould not explain. Shortly after, De la Rey visited him and Seer told him aboutit. At first, though, he spoke lengthily about the Great War soon to break out:“During the past week I often saw darkness descending over the world. It is adarkness in which many nations will be ruined. War is going to destroymillions. But in the aftermath of the war I see a mourning-cloth descendingover the world; a darkness when all nations will lament and pray; I see thesickle of death mowing down millions. It is a terrible disease which will causemore deaths than all the battles of the war.”
(In those two visions he saw the First World War and the outbreak of theSpanish ‘Flu in 1918).
Then he told of the other strange vision: “After that, I saw a sharp sickle on theeastern side of Europe coming in from the west. I do not know what it means.
Two red flags are draped over a fence and two head of cattle are fighting. (Ihave never seen such a sickle or such red flags). Then I spotted my bull, oldPiet—blood was pushing up from inside him and he was angry. Four purpleflags are also draped over the fence and they, too, turn red. Shortly before theGreat War, a fountain of blood flowed from Piet. Suddenly the faces of war appear before me again; blood raining from clouds, buckets of blood. There is amassive fire burning. There is a yellow brick which becomes soft. And then—Isaw a huge red flag moving from north to south. The fire also burnt from northto south. Then everything fades and two red bulls are engaged in battle...” VanRensburg was silent for some time before asking: “What do you think it means,‘Oom’ Koos? For that fire will continue burning long after the war is over.”However, De la Rey had no idea that the sickle represented the Communist flagor the purple flags indicated the Russian vassal or dependent states whichwould fall to Communism; that the melting yellow brick depicted thehumiliation of Japan. How could he know that the red flag and fire movingfrom north to south would indicate the onslaught of Communism throughChina, along the Pacific ocean and South Seas? And the two battling bulls?Authorities agree it can only mean that Russia and China would be engaged in adevastating war before the end of this century.General de la Rey left in sombre mood. Not long after, he again sent Captain Nieuwenhuis to the seer. The message sent back with him was even moredisturbing: “I see threatening storm-clouds piling up over our country. Soon thefuse that will set the whole country alight, will be lit...”
CHAPTER 10.The Rebellion. Nicolaas van Rensburg’s patriotism and unshakeable trust in the love and protection of God lay so deeply rooted in the hearts of his ancestors that theyeven saw God’s leading hand in the course of the Great Trek and two Wars of Liberation. It was He who helped them face the bitter pioneering years andsuffering during the second War of Freedom. Because He led them to bringlight to the darkness of Africa, His blessing hand would be over them and Hewould never forsake them.The peaceful atmosphere prevailing in the Seer’s congregation inWolmaransstad was interrupted in 1914 by World War I and the Rebellion. Nicolaas did not attend Church and Holy Communion in July 1914. His one sonexplained the reason: “My father says we are going to be scattered.” That sameafternoon the burghers were commandeered and this was the start of the Rebellion. The Seer and many men from his congregation joined General Kempto take part.All able-bodied men from the area were commandeered to the railway station atLichtenburg. On arrival there the protesters, among others Van Rensburg,Commandant Izak Claasen, Mr. W. Naudé and General Kemp mounted their horses, galloped away and assembled at Haakbos- laagte.When the Seer appeared, the majority harboured no doubts that he was the‘Messenger of God’ and his voice would take on a profound quality for themthroughout the duration of the 1914 Rebellion.After General Kemp addressed the rebels at Haak- boslaagte, the burghers alsorequested to hear what the Seer had to say. Making a short speech, this was thefirst time he spoke about the ‘blood-flag’ which would be flying over his people: “I see we have our own flag, but there is a bloodstain in the centre...”(Mr. Naudé personally noted down this vision).‘Oom Nicolaas himself believed that he had been sent by God to serve theRebellion with advice and guidance. He knew beforehand what bitter sacrificesit would require; but he felt himself called to personally endure those sufferingsand walk along the road which “God has opened for my Boers,” as he put it tohis nephew.From all the reports, and according to tradition, there is no doubt that with thehelp of his visions, he frequently kept the commando out of the hands of their pursuers and enabled them to avoid various other pitfalls.Commando members often relied more on the Seer’s visions instead of obeyingorders issued by officers, with the result that the officers became prejudicedtowards him. General Manie Maritz once remarked that he would never allow Nicolaas in his commando: “...because he ‘sees’ such strange things which hetells the burgers about and just now they believe him so that my officers can donothing with them.” Once even General Kemp (in whose commando the Seer served) became impatient with Nicolaas and placed the blame for all their misfortunes on his shoulders. Nicolaas participation in the Rebellion also resulted in a rift between him andhis church . The minutes of the ‘Nederduitsch’ Reformed Church indicate that Seer vanRensburg served as deacon on the Church Council in 1895. He resigned as anelder in 1908 and was only nominated as elder again after the Rebellion.However, Reverend S. Vermooten, who was consultant for Wolmaransstad atthat stage, hoped that the Seer would decline the eldership as he was a rebel,which could cause dissension in the church. Meeting by chance at the churchsquare, Reverend Vermooten said to him: “Van Rensburg, I hear you declined toaccept...” to which the Seer replied: “Yes, Reverend, but you did not want me toaccept!”Israel and the Boer RebelsIt is noteworthy how often the Rebels of 1914 compared the journey of Mosesand the Israelites to Caanan with their own circumstances:
1) 600 of our men, poorly armed, had to trek in the same manner as Moses and the Israelites trekked through the desert to Caanan.2) We had our own Moses who performed his own miracles —‘Oom’ Corneliusvan Rooyen—with his built-in compass, who knew the hours of night as well asthose of day. Now he and Nicolaas, the Seer, were together and between themthey advised General Kemp what he should do. 3) It must have been some sight for Government troops to observe the small encampment in the far distance from the high mountain... in the same manner that Bileam could observe the encampment of the Israelites from the mountains.
4) With the help of Seer van Rensburg, General Kemp led us safely through thedesert as Moses of old did.
On commando with KempAn interesting article about the Boer prophet appeared in
(a dailynewspaper) of 8th July, 1940.“Shortly before the outbreak of the Rebellion of 1914, General Koos de la Rey —according to testimony given later—visited Van Rensburg one night toenquire what the future held in its hand. Van Rensburg told the Boer hero thathe saw people moving westwards; they look like commandos moving fromthree points in the country as far as a line (place) where they merge. (GeneralKemp’s Rebel forces).There they met another commando dressed in dull- brown uniforms (ManieMaritz’ and his men). The commando leaders discuss a blue document (thetreaties). Eventually they sign them and the flag is hoisted.”
(As will be seen later on, this vision was literally fulfilled).
The article continues: “On a certain day during the Second War of Freedom theBoer encampment under Commandant Potgieter stood on the banks of the Brak River. They were faced with a predicament as it was impossible to determinethe plans of the British forces.“In the event of the Boers deciding to choose a specific direction, they couldfall into enemy hands. Commandant Potgieter asked Mr. Piet de Villiers to goand find Van Rensburg and ask him whether he was able to ‘see’ what theBritish were planning.“At the time Van Rensburg was with the wagons which had fled from theEnglish. When Mr. de Villiers reached Van Rensburg, the latter told him toconvey the message to Commandant Potgieter that it would be dangerous to tra-vel through between Wolmaransstad and Schweizer-Re- neke, as he had ‘seen’the British troops passing that way. Mr. de Villiers had scarcely returned to hisown commando when a strong British force—exactly as Van Rens- burg hadwarned—passed between the two towns.”In many letters to Messrs Cornelius Borman of Kimber- ley and JoosHaasbroek of Potchefstroom, as well as in the January 1956 issue of
(‘People’), Mr. Boy Mussmann wrote a detailed account of his experiences withVan Rensburg while serving in General Kemp’s commando during theRebellion, when they undertook the arduous journey of approximately 1000 kmthrough the Namib desert. (I am also using information sent to me by MessrsC.L. Hager of Griekwastad and D.J. Esterhuizen of Upington)..
Mr. Hager wrote to me, and he also knew and was on goodfooting with Seer van Rensburg. He told me the story of the Rebellion manytimes:On their way to German West (Namibia) Mr. Groene- wald told me how theymoved out from Kuruman on the Olifantshoek road in 1914 and that he wasriding abreast with the Seer. The Kalahari sand lay before them. The Seer suddenly reined in his horse and asked him: ‘What type of thing is that hammer and sickle I have seen all morning coming down from the north across the skyto Africa? What could it mean?’Mr. Groenewald said he looked up, but the sky was clear. Some time later theSeer said he was also seeing how many, but
blacks were running from the
African countries North of us, to our South Africa, an from here to Europe. VanRensburg added that he wondered what they wanted.During the rest of the journey he continued speaking about the strange hammer and sickle he kept seeing to the north. This greatly disturbed him!
Then he told of the other strange vision: “After that, I saw a sharp sickle on the eastern side of Europe coming in from the west. I do not know what it means.
Two red flags are draped over a fence and two head of cattle are fighting. (Ihave never seen such a sickle or such red flags). Then I spotted my bull, old Piet—blood was pushing up from inside him and he was angry. Four purple flags are also draped over the fence and they, too, turn red. Shortly before the Great War, a fountain of blood flowed from Piet. Suddenly the faces of war appear before me again; blood raining from clouds, buckets of blood. There is amassive fire burning. There is a yellow brick which becomes soft. And then—I saw a huge red flag moving from north to south. The fire also burnt from north to south. Then everything fades and two red bulls are engaged in battle...” VanRensburg was silent for some time before asking: “What do you think it means,‘Oom’ Koos? For that fire will continue burning long after the war is over.”However, De la Rey had no idea that the sickle represented the Communist flag or the purple flags indicated the Russian vassal or dependent states which would fall to Communism; that the melting yellow brick depicted thehumiliation of Japan. How could he know that the red flag and fire movingfrom north to south would indicate the onslaught of Communism through China, along the Pacific ocean and South Seas? And the two battling bulls?Authorities agree it can only mean that Russia and China would be engaged in adevastating war before the end of this century.
According to Micah 2:12, God Himself will gather his peopletogether again:
I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Boz’-rah, as the flock in the midst of their fold; they shall make great noise by reason of
Micah 4:8 tells us the nation will be assembled at the SheepTower, and Micah 4:10 tells us they will have to leave the city to go and live inthe field, for there the Lord will deliver them from the hands of their enemies.The Hebrew word for ‘Sheep Tower’ which is referred to here is
Imigdal, Imigdol or Migdol.
The nation will assemble on the other side of Lichtenburg and be led by aman in a grey (brown) suit.
It is significant that approximately 128 km beyondLichtenburg, between Schweizer-Reneke and Delareyville, there is a farmingcommunity called
For lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as
is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth. All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword,which say, the evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
In 1914 we went through a sieve, but now we are going through a furnace.
The Afrikaner nation went through its first sifting during the Rebellionof 1914, when brother stood up against brother, the second during the 1989election and the third and last sifting was during the April 1994 election. Itseems we are now standing before the ‘furnace of distress.’ Pieter White of Johannesburg writes: “Seer said we are God’s people , and a comparative study between many of his visions and Biblical pronouncements, this is verified.:
It becomes very clear from ‘Oom’ Nicolaas’ actions during the War andRebellion, that God’s protective and rescuing Hand was over the Boers everymoment on the battlefields. The Almighty disclosed plans to the Seer so that he
could lead the Boers and they were capable of cheating, dodging or conqueringthe enemy.
We read in 2 Sam. 5: 23—25 that God Himself fought with Israelon the battlefield:
And when David enquired of the Lord, He said: Thou shalt not go up;
fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees...
David did as the Lord commanded and conquered theenemy.
(19th May 1925):
A fig grove, which I saw in 1910, appeared when the figs were ripe, but now they were just swollen. when they were ripe, I picked some.
Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for
good... And I will give them a heart to know Me... and they shall be my people and I will betheir God...
The tribe of Judah has always been compared with the fig tree. TheJews are the rotten figs and the exiles of Judah the good (edible) figs. (Readalso Hosea 9:10; Amos 4:9; Nah. 3:2; Micah 4:2-4 and Luke 13:6).
grove is standing again, but it seems if the trees are somewhat dry, and there are a few ripe figs.
(Jer 4:2,8; Jer 29:17; and Isaiah 18:5). In the Seer’s vision and thequoted texts, the division between nations is clearly symbolized. Comparedwith the ‘green’ or ‘rotten’ figs which are numerous, only a few ‘ripe’ or ‘good’figs (true believers from the tribe of Judah) are to be found.Concerning the ‘rotten’ figs, God told Jeremiah:
And I will deliver them... to bea reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse in all places... And I will send the sword, the famine and the pestilence...
(17th November 1915)
A friendly Englishman arrived here. I see vinescoming up, but a great flame consumes them.
For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.
(The sprigs being cutand branches being cut down, indicate the division which will occur and whichthe Seer described as the furnace).
He said in the days when everything in the country will be upside-down,the truth will be violated in our churches and the ministers will cling to manywrong things; traditions and rituals which they will have to get rid of.
And Solomon built him an house. Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands... what house will ye build me, saith the Lord... Hath not my hand made all these things? Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost...
...For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Peter white closes his comparative study with these words: Almighty God sentHis servant, Seer van Rensburg to us. those that believe his words and listen tothem, will live in triumph, and those who despise his words, will be thrown tothe ‘fowls of the mountains and wild animals of the earth!’ (Isaiah 18:6).EPILOGUE
(Let us now bow our heads in the same spirit of humility and unwavering faithin God as did Nicolaas Seer van Rensburg as we take our final leave of him inhis last days).
(To his son, Andries, shortly before his demise):
No stig- ma rests on your past,on the past of our nation; place your hope on the future and aim for the best you can achieve. Our nation has suffered bitterly during the years that liebehind us, and that suffering is still not over. I see a black curtain hanging over the future. But rather die in battle than surrender. This was the motto of our fathers, my son; let it be your motto, too. You will only find happiness among your own people.
(the Seer is critically ill):
I see a piece of wood lying across my chest; the flesharound my arm disappears. I think this will be my end which is not far anymore.
His nearing death.
(On his deathbed):
I see you trekking back to South West Africa, and I see theVierkleur flying once again. This is God’s Will, and His Will shall be done. Youwill fight in a different manner from the way we fought, and there will be manymore of you... You are coming to take care of me, but God will take better care...
Symbols—and Their Meanings
Aloe enclosure Government whose time is running outAloe tree A government which will go under Antbear hole Sanctuary or refugeBlack block EpidemicBlack child next to horse Defeat for BoersBlack horseMajor problems with blacksBlack oxen Danger Blue letters Good news for the Afrikaner
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