The Ends of the Earth

At 16,415km, Tauranga is the furthest city (of 100k-plus inhabitants) in distance from Jerusalem. We are the first nation to see the sun rise.

Tauranga thus stands with significance, with being the furthest city from Jerusalem, and is inferred to in scripture where we read ‘from the ends of the earth’. This is part of our identity as a city and a nation. These scriptural promises hold special relevance to us and are promises that we can pray and declare over our city.

A 3,000-year old prophecy recorded in Malachi 1:11 says that from the place where the sun rises, the Lord has declared that there will be incense (prayer and worship) that will arise. The incense that rises is our response to God. Isaiah proclaimed:

“Therefore glorify the Lord in the dawning light, The name of the Lord God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea. From the ends of the earth we have heard songs:“Glory to the righteous!” (Isaiah 24:15-16a NKJV)
We can unite with this decree and lift up our voices from the coastlands, at the ends of the earth: “Glory to the righteous One!” Out of the place of the revelation of the glory of God, we worship Him and make proclamation over New Zealand of this reality.

From the ends of the earth, God has ordained and has declared that from the nation of New Zealand, and the islands around us, we will sing to Him out of this revelation.

We await with joyful expectancy and anticipation of the day when New Zealand, Aotearoa, ignites as one voice with the cry, ‘Glory to the righteous One!’

What follows are just some of the verses that hold powerful declarations from scripture to pray over our city.