Kobus van Rensburg and his Tower of Babel

Kobus van Rensburg - False ProphetIt has come to DTW’s attention that Kobus van Rensburg from Spirit Word Ministries feels it absolutely necessary to pray for the entire area of Stilfontein on a regular basis.  Now this sounds normal to the unlearned, the problem is, Kobus van Rensburg is not a genuine Christian, he is a false prophet, who teaches the doctrine of Latter Rain / Manifest Sons of God (New Apostolic Reformation).  He is a faith healer, that preys on the sick and those seeking a miracle.  He has built an empire from the money that falls into his collection baskets given to him by people who have health issues and seek God through Kobus van Rensburg as their mediator to heal them.

But now it would appear Kobus is not close enough to God, or is having a problem hearing Him and has built a tower to enter daily and pray over the community.

Yes, I will repeat that in case you think I am joking….

Kobus has built himself a gigantic tower on Spirit Word Ministries property in Stilfontein.  From what we can gather the building is approximately 4-5 stories tall, with windows that surround the top.  A nice scenic view of Stilfontein.

Now, in the Bible we have the story of the Tower of Babel:

Genesis 11:1-9

1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

God commanded the human race to  (Genesis 9:1) “increase in number and fill the earth” , but they did the exact opposite.  Instead they said, (Genesis 11:4) ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth”.  The human race thought it best to build a great city and congregate there, and because of pride they decided to build a gigantic tower (which became known as the Tower of Babel) as a symbol of their power, their superiority, they wanted to make a name for themselves, they wanted to be little ‘god’s. God was angry, and in response confused the languages of the human race, that people could no longer communicate with one another (Genesis 11:7).

Does Kobus van Rensburg think that going up into his tower to pray over the community is going to get him closer to God or into the presence of God?  If so does not the Holy Spirit ABIDE IN YOU when you become a child of God?  That is what the bible says:

1 Corinthians 6:19  “19 What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own?”

Hebrews 3:6  “6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.”

Does Kobus van Rensburg think that by building this tower and situating himself high up in the sky overseeing the community and praying, that his prayers will be answered?  Why can’t he do what he needs to to down on the ground?  Is Kobus’ faith not strong enough that he now needs to build himself a towel to try reach God?

Does Kobus van Rensburg think that by building a tower he can increase his spiritual warfare power as he prays out the windows; North, South, East and West over Stilfontein?   Does he not realise that no where in the Bible does God ask of a believer to do these strange spiritual warfare rituals.

Is Kobus van Rensburg displaying the same traits as the people did back in Genesis who built the Tower of Babel?  Is Kobus’ tower actually a symbol of power and superiority over everyone?  I think so.

It seems Kobus is infatuated with towers as he had this to say just 13 hours ago on Facebook:

Prophet Kobus van Rensburg – 13 hours ago

Its time to take God on His word, get renewed in the Spirit of our minds and get the word of God working in our lives for a change, we are destined for nothing but success…

IN A VISION: I saw a tall tower with a steep stairway going to the top, and at the top of the tower was ; SUCCESS, PROSPERITY, JOY, PEACE, MARRIAGE, BETTER CARS, BETTER JOBS, HEALING, ALL THE DESIRES OF GOD’S PEOPLE… and people were walking up this stairway to get to the top, but somewhere in the middle they would slip and slide down to the bottom, some of the people would hang on somewhere in the middle, but no one really got to the top… BUT ON THIS DAY I DECLARE YOU WILL GET TO THE TOP IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS… I BIND YOU TO YOUR BREAKTHROUGH, YOUR SUCCESS, YOUR HEALING, YOUR PROSPERITY, WHATSOEVER IT MAYBE… IT IS YOURS IN JESUS’ NAME… THIS IS YOUR MIRACLE WEEK IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS!!!    [Emphasis added]

Better cars?  ALL THE DESIRES of the people? All righty then…

The Bible has this to say about these people who seek wealth on earth instead of gathering their treasures in heaven…

1 Timothy 6:9-11
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Proverbs 13:7   “7 There is that makes himself rich, yet has nothing: there is that makes himself poor, yet has great riches.”

Mark 10:20-22
20 And he answered and said to him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said to him, One thing you lack: go your way, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

The disciples were poor, weak, hungry, beaten and had no home, etc…

1 Corinthians 4:10-12
10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honorable, but we are despised.
11 Even to this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place;
12 And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it.

Pay attention to this, church of Laeodecia:

Revelation 3:16-19
16 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.
17 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Riches corrupt

James 5:1-3
1 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.
3 Your gold and silver is corroded; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. You have heaped treasure together for the last days.

The Bible is a blue print for how a Christian should conduct their lives, it in it contains the do’s and don’t.  No where in the Bible did any disciples, Apostles, Prophets, or believers build a tower to climb up into too ‘get closer to God’ to pray over their town.  No where in the Old Testament do we find God instructing the people to build a tower, and no where in the New Testament do we find Jesus Christ telling anyone to build a tower to aid them in their spiritual lives.  And no where do we find that one must build a tower with regards to spiritual warfare, as the Bible is clear on what we have to do when it comes to the enemy, and that is put on the whole armour of God.  (Ephesians 6:10-18)
What we do find regarding a tower in the Bible, is the story of the Tower of Babel, where unbelievers built a tower.  The response from God was not a pleasant response.  Now in this day and age, because we are in the last of the last days, God might not strike Kobus van Rensburg with a bolt of lightening for his pride in wanting to be on the same level as Him.  But the time is coming where God’s wrath will be poured out on this world (Ephesians 5:6) because God has reached His limit and can’t bare for one second more to look at all the millions of false teachers that have over run the world, spreading lies and leading millions of people astray – because they themselves have itching ears (2 Timothy 4:3) and seek teachers like Kobus van Rensburg to teach them doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1).
Ephesians 5:6  “6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God on the children of disobedience.”
James 5:1-3
1 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you.
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.
Your gold and silver is corroded; and the rust of them shall be a witness against youand shall eat your flesh as it were fire. You have heaped treasure together for the last days.
Test the Spirits

1 John 4:1  “1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (Jer 29:8; Matt 24:4; Eph 5:6; Col 2:18; Matt 7:15-16; 1Cor 14:29; 1Thess 5:21; Matt 24:5; Matt 24:24; 2Pet 2:1; 2John 1:7)

Notice that in the bible the disciples WORKED for a living and NEVER requested money from anyone to preach the gospel.

1 Thessalonians 2:9   “9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: for laboring night and day, because we would not be chargeable to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.”

Those who seek after signs and wonders and miracles, Jesus has this to say to you:

Matthew 12:39-40
39 But he answered and said to them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection is your MIRACLE people.  Jesus Christ saves us from our sins, and from the penalty of death.  Have you trusted in Him, in His death on the cross of Calvary for your sins, and His resurrection from the dead, so that you may have eternal life?

Please open your eyes and have faith in the GREATEST MIRACLE of them all.


Pictures of Kobus van Resburg’s Tower of Babel (pictures courtesy of Robbie and © to DTW)










In Islam, most mosques have a tower called a minaret, where the Adhan is sung out from or they put the speakers on the minaret to recite the Adhan.   The Adhan is a very special Islamic call to salat (prayer). The one who recites it is called a Mu’azzin. He stands up there and sings his lungs out, praying, worshipping Allah and calling everyone to stop what they are doing and come to the mosque as their prayers will start soon.

When I first heard about Kobus’ tower, I immediately thought of him standing up there on his tower praying like a Mu’azzin.  I mean honestly, Kobus follows a false gospel, so he may as well build himself a tower and pray over the community, like the Muslims do.

Strange that Kobus’ tower bares an uncanny resemblance to some very historic Islamic mosque towers.

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Deborah Ellish is the author of the above article. Discerning the World is an internet Christian Ministry based in Johannesburg South Africa. Tom Lessing and Deborah Ellish both own Discerning the World. For more information see the About this Website page below the comments section.

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Shocking, to say the least… But then again, I shouldn’t be shocked.


This type of preaching is absolutely disgusting…a con-man delux…a wolf in sheeps’ clothing…the sheep are are being led to be devoured.

It’s really hard to believe that people that want the truth can be so naive…obviously they cannot be bothered to read God’s word.

They are themselves lusting after the material things of the world and this false preacher knows this…keep tithing brothers and sisters…leds build “Gods” kingdom on earth…you will reap a hundredfold! I have noticed in Benny Hinn collections that they no longer use collection bags or plates but plastic buckets.

I think God must have the hottest seats in Sheol for these shysters.


>>>”Strange that Kobus’ tower bares an uncanny resemblance to some very historic Islamic mosque towers”<<<

Now that is exactly what I would think. Can't wait for the finished product… if they make it to the top. Hope they've installed a lightning detector this time?

But seriously, We shall not cease to pray for this flock… and its flockist – ?


This boy’tjie must have “fallen” from the tower and now “suffers” from “tower-concussion” . . . ;-)

Kobus van Rensburg yesterday (Mon 5/11/2012) on Facebook wrote:
Its time to take God on His word, get renewed in the Spirit of our minds and get the word of God working in our lives for a change, we are destined for nothing but success…
IN A VISION: I saw a tall tower with a steep stairway going to the top, and at the top of the tower was ; SUCCESS, PROSPERITY, JOY, PEACE, MARRIAGE, BETTER CARS, BETTER JOBS, HEALING, ALL THE DESIRES OF GOD’S PEOPLE… and people were walking up this stairway to get to the top, but somewhere in the middle they would slip and slide down to the bottom, some of the people would hang on somewhere in the middle, but no one really got to the top… BUT ON THIS DAY I DECLARE YOU WILL GET TO THE TOP IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS… I BIND YOU TO YOUR BREAKTHROUGH, YOUR SUCCESS, YOUR HEALING, YOUR PROSPERITY, WHATSOEVER IT MAYBE… IT IS YOURS IN JESUS’ NAME… THIS IS YOUR MIRACLE WEEK IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS!!!


This this Koos has very good foresight for the not too distant future and is a man of insight to be building that minaret. The religion of the NAR has most certainly enlightened him to make appropriate plans for the future – brilliant stuff this!

As Islam is infiltrating South Africa he can quickly adapt to lodge the Mu’azzin and so gain favour with the Imam and prosper in this life as he preaches while the rest of the saints are being slaughtered for their steadfast unwavering faith and faithfulness for King of Kings.


The NAR excel in absurdity with their grand decrees as they pretend to ramify all over the “heavenlies” and “earthly realms.” If their work was not so deadly to the unsuspecting, they’d make caricatures suitable for comic books.

If this tower is also supposed to mean that Kobus is closer to God, it is interesting that the Bible never speaks of being closer or nearer to God, that is, using those words with the “er” suffix. We are either near or far. Once we have drawn near through repentance toward God and faith in Christ, there can be no greater access to God. God does not have anyone who is closer to him than another, that is, as far as access goes. This is because it is Christ alone who purchased the access we have. No one can add to it or have a greater amount of it. We all have the right through faith to approach confidently and freely to the Throne of Grace. The “closer” idea comes from mystics among whom are the NAR. They wish to create the illusion of super-saintliness in order to win over men’s admiration so that they will gladly part with their $$ and often even their women. As Paul said of the Corinthians, they gladly receive false apostles who put on airs or slap them in the face.

True shepherds watch over their flocks and protect them from wolves. Of course, that means they’re not hirelings or wolves themselves as too many are. May the Lord raise up shepherds to care for His flock (Jeremiah 23:4).



My volk gaan ten gronde as gevolg aan ‘n gebrek van kennis. Ai.


in die kol Linda. Blindes lei die blindes.
Probleem is… BEIDE val in die put.


Just something my wonderful Dad says: A minister should have a job, a real job, during the day and preach the Gospel during his off time. This usually keeps him honest and without time to think up schemes…HAHA
Further, a minister should get enough money to only cover his costs related to his church work.
Dad recons a minister getting no money spends all time with God,
if he gets a little money he spends 90% of his time with God,
if he gets lots of money he spends 0% time with God…because he has to figure out what to do with all that money…and that takes A LOT of time and planning!

I always think about that when I see Benny Hinn…

Riaan Kasselman

1st things first: I do not belong to Mr Van Rensburgs church, I’ve heard many testimonies from it, and against it. i know that the church of Christ will suffer persecution. And this is what this sound like to me.. I’m not English so bare with me.

I Think you should check yourself….
You complaining about the sick showering him with money? When Jesus was asked by which power he healed he answered: Mar_3:24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.(Go read it fully, and in context). My goodness, If i were sick and somebody was healing people in Jesus name, then i would recon they are sowing into blessed ground. i would sure well not mind paying my tithing to a man God used to heal a loved ones Cancer , or have leg grow that was causing lots of back pain.

As for the tower: If you are going in to war. Efs 6,then you need to get the high ground, its a old war strategy. I have not researched it, but if as you say he wants to make it a prayer house. I think it is a brilliant idea. The devil has been using the power of the tong proclaiming it into the airwaves for centuries from foreign faiths-towers with load speakers.They even get together on mountain tops. Fight back, take it back in the spiritual realm. Calling it the tower of babel…. sho sho sho… I’d be very careful speaking such words. The tower of Babel was built out of pride and man thinking they can be like God or better. This sound like the work we have been ordained to do…Pray for the sick, heal the land…
Now if there is one thing i’v learnt it is to never speak against a anointed from God. Even King David had to repent after he cut the seem of Saul’s Prayer Taliet. And we all new that Saul had by that time already lost the plot. Yet David still respected him for being a Anointed, and repented before God for disonering him.

To sum up my story: When last did you heal somebody in Jesus Name? Did Jesus not say We will do greater miracles, Lay our hands on the sick, and make desiples for Him.
If you are in dis agreement with that teaching, then so be it

What is DTW?

Riaan Kasselman

Sorry, DTW: Discerning the world. I should have read.


one question i will ask u again is this does the get higher than the skycrepers in the us,china and other countries?im glad u said its just a 4storey building.in all ur writings i have not seen u tell us how many people God has used u to heal or set free.u are just one of those doing nothing in the kingdom but only lazying around looking at other peoples work.


@Smuggler :Isa 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall NOT return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall PROSPER in the thing whereto I sent it. (KJV)
Luk 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a TOWER, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Luk 14:29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
Luk 14:30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.(KJV)


Linda, you have an English name but posted in Dutch. So this is a translation I found for the readers (I think it’s right), “My people perish for lack of knowledge. Amen”


Well done Kobus you are a real prophet!
Keep on doing what you do this people realy do not know the Bilble!


This goes back aways to Oral Roberts who was sort of a “pioneer” in the word faith, NAR, with his “seed faith” nonsense. He built a Prayer Tower on his ORU campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I remember visiting that campus while in my charismatic fog many years ago and thinking it was all good.

Here is the link: http://www.oru.edu/prayer_tower/

This is a clever mix of truth and error. It all sounds so spiritual until one digs deeper to see the false teaching and hypocrisy of Roberts and his ilk. The thought that a particular tower is a preferred place to pray is so unbiblical. Maybe others will pick up on other things in the video presentation. I just thought that the tower connection to this article was interesting.


Are we not suppose to stand up for God, praise Him…together.

Why are these people standing up for Kobus and praising him…he is just a sinner.


Debs,which Michael is this…this is certainly not me…and I do not see any vulgar and obscene comment like this??? Too many Michaels…shows that it is just not in a name alone but the correct identification…she like the WOF have a false Jesus and not the true Jesus of the bible.



you say >>> I have not researched it <<<

I earnestly suggest you start with the Word. Your references are totally out of context and it will take a rewrite of most of DTW's postings to try and explain to you the deception concept.

I am sure you will find the answers to all your questions here… WITH correct scriptural references AND in context.

Stick around and read a little. Angus features here too. (if you are interested in the context of "healing land"


Posted a comment but I had a wipe out.

The question to all the prosperity pounders is this…are you either so blind or blantantly greedy and evil…your lying and false doctrine stems from one verse in 3 John 1:2
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
This is purposely taken totally and utterly out of CONTEXT to satisfy your weak consciences and lack of integrity and honesty.
And…what’s more it’s just ONE verse ( Not sure…I think it was either Roberts or Hagan that latched on to money making scheme) compared to the MANY references in the bible mentioning the evil of greed and the love of money…too numerous to quote here.

There’s none so blind as THOSE THAT WILL NOT SEE.

The problem is they DO NOT WANT TO SEE…they serve MAMON NOT GOD.

There is nothing wrong in being well-off provided you have worked hard for it…(the philosophy of working smarter than harder is also evil because there is ALWAYS somebody that pays a huge price and it is usually the ignorant and poor) IF it fulfills a need not greed…excesses destroy the soul.

Jesus told the rich young man…
“sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.”

I wonder if Kobus or Benny Hinn or Joyce Meyer was confronted by the Lord in those days hypothetically…what they would have done.

I have absolutely no doubt they would have gone the same way as this young man.


Cartoon…may I post this link…lol

False preacher – Oral Roberts Picture

[edited by DTW – that is funny!]


Yes it is funny…on the otherhand what he did to very ignorant people certainly was criminal and not funny.

I really cannot grasp how absolutely stupid people are…it is definitely a very dark spiritual force.

Oops just posted another…Another WIPE OUT?

Debs is that lost? One does not know if they go through or not…I am obviously a bit computer doff here. Computers belong to younger outjies.

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