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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Kan iemand vir my die stuk op sit waar hy die tabernakel en 2 kliptafels breek in sy kerk. Al wat ek se hy maak geld uit die mense en die grap is hulle val daar voor want hulle is almal honger vir die waarheid.


There is something wrong with youtube Debs. As soon as it has cleared. I have seen it too.
EK sal help soek KoVen..


He is a false prophet. The last time I heard about him, he was battling cancer (I think I read it on here). Also there seems to be a media black out concerning it. I was involved in the NAR movement for about 6 years – I did the whole spiritual warfare, mapping, demon this demon that – to be honest – it was very exhausting and all it gave me was a sense of pride. I have since left all of that and have found myself a bible based church – which preaches Christ crucified. What a relief to be re-introduced to the real Jesus again.


Yes, Prophet Kobus has cancer why because God is going to give him new life new blood new body why? The last enemy to be subdue and abolished is death. 1 Corinthians 15:26; so if you are God’s child our business is to chase death away; remember that death is the first thing happen disobeying God. Our faith, our motto, our goals is God’ ; I thank God for Prophet Kobus that he opened our mind to understand that we have right to have dominion over everything upon the earth. I don’t car even one but I need it but to have wish to have better car is not sin if someone else have it it sin and wrong if I need it is there anything in this world that spiritual people not to be have. Kobus is very spiritual but we just look him outermost.

Thank you Prophet Kobus I pray and command the cancer in your body to leave in Jesus Name

But be careful to those that just persecute those who say the truth. Be every thinking and (………………) into you according to your word.

Blessed are those who seem know nothing but just believe what God want them to be



I mean this with utmost sincerity. For the couple of years that I have been following this blog, I can still not understand the arrogance of persons bashing the door down, pulling guns with NO bullets and escaping through the back door again. I call them hit and runners.
On the other hand, more than a few have spent time reading what is written here and compared it with Scripture. Many of them are still here and that includes myself.

I stopped paying a pastor to read the Word of God for me and voila, suddenly I see…

Did you know that the richest man in the world rode a donkey? He denied all those earthly treasures and towers offered to Him by the prince of this world, yet “profits” like Kobus gathers all.

There is a lot more about Kobus to read here. Put your pride aside and dig into Scripture to compare whether what you are told by Kobus is indeed so. (like a good Berean).

My favourite pastors of 30 years ago are of the most wanted by watchmen today. JUST because I learnt to test what they said with Scripture – LIKE the Bible instructs!!. Oh yes, I double and triple checked because most of all my pride was wounded AND – I was WRONG about the true Gospel.

Now I go straight to The Father… and it is free.


I have read most of the comments, and would like to add my personal opinion.. DTW, I cannot agree more with you regarding the unbelievable false preachings fed to people who genuinely needs guidance, but are misled by opportunists for the sake of money! It breaks my heart to see people actually defending these false prophets, which is a clear indication of the influence they have through the power of deception. To my mind it’s the worst crime ever, since they literally orchestrate mass murder worldwide…and needs to be stopped and exposed for what they really are. I can think of no other reason than being “in on the act” if someone defends this ridiculous “prophets”, or if not they must surely be very, very disturbed… Thank you for exposing what I call”christian entrepreneurs” as someone should have the guts to do so..well done and keep up the good work. I might be ridiculed as a result, but thankfully….I know where it comes from…



I would like to ask from unbiased standpoint…

I have heard of Kobus frequently asking people of different views to come and chat/expound/debate on air. Deborah, I personally would love to listen in on such a meeting. I believe it would be beneficial to the Church Body. Relatively speaking, few people read this blog in comparison to millions watching the broadcasts and the repeat broadcasts. As of writing this, 1756804 people have viewed this blog to date. You could have double or quadruple that in one debate show! I believe 150 000 000 + watch live. It would be a GREAT opportunity for you to share with the greater body of Christ! [By greater I mean audience].

You could prepare your scriptures and arguments and speak face to face. If your calling is as you say, to discern the WORLD, why not use a WORLD audience and platform? Your blog comes up in a Google search in the shadow of all his sites, info and channel.[I mean in no way to sound disparaging or humiliating]. Confront one another directly “in the face” of the people who need to hear this most as not many see this blog. Jesus and His apostles always drew big crowds. Why not find the biggest you can if what you say has value?

I am sure he will repent when you show him wrong among his TV followers. He has invited people to challenge him publicly, live and from his pulpit after all… please do.

[I do not want to get into a theological debate or debate of any kind. I am looking to the Holy Spirit for guidance and am discerning my world too.]



I understand “he has heard the truth” you have. The people watching should hear what you have to say if it is the truth for the nations…. No one has actually taken the challenge to speak in the open with him! Jesus publicly challenged the pharisees, scribes and sadducees who were wrong in his day. He went into the synagogues and temple and rebuked them there where they were! It doesn’t even need to be live. It can be recorded and broadcast I suppose.

I have even read on this site that he has struggled with cancer and is repeatedly close to death. In spite of his sickness and not being well, he has made a continuous effort to and has continued to appear on TV to preach what he believes. I am very that sure in comparison to this, you are well enough to speak with him? Even the apostle Paul went through more extreme hardships. I would even go as far as to say that if you have the word of the Lord for the body of Christ in this day and age, I would gladly help sponsor your flight or whatever for you to appear on TV with him.

Again, I mean in no way to sound disparaging. I wouldn’t say the Holy Spirit led them all. Google did. I’m sure the majority of people found this blog only by googling his name or ministry because of hearing a good report of what is happening there. Not to find evidence against him. For example, I only found you low in my search results while looking for him. This is all the more reason for you to give your message to the people and especially those who watch the channel.


Reply to MX #45

Your offer is a generous one, but even if if were possible, public debates are rarely productive.

What is needed here or with ANY false teacher is people to spread the word and alert their friends and family. If one person is reached, and that person informs their circle of influence and presents the facts, THAT is the way to combat a false teacher. He would go away if he did not have an audience.

Most loyal followers will probably not listen as they prefer to follow a man rather than God and are content in their delusion. But some WILL listen and be snatched from the fire.

Deborah is doing her part, what God has called her to do and does so at great sacrifice given the challenges of her medical condition.

Now that you have discovered this information, please seek the Lord’s direction as to what He would have YOU do with it. Take the baton and run with it. Certainly it is no “coincidence” that you came upon this information. You can pray for Deborah as she exposes false teachers and pray for others who are caught in the snare.

You can direct them to this blog and then follow the discussions and post supportive comments.


Ek vra net: Het julle al sy DVD gekyk “Jem blikke, vis blikke, drie by drie”? Dit is net so erg as die een waar hy die Verbondsark stukkend slaan!!!!

Truthful Conversation

The LORD uses WHOM He wills, when He wills and HOW He wills.

Back in Paul’s day there was no internet. Also, in todays world, because of the Apostasy and false teaching, those that defend the TRUE faith, are few and far between. Debs would have to spend a fortune on travel and accommodation, and since she does NOT CHARGE for anything, and does not ASK FOR MONEY/DONATIONS, where would that finance come from? Anyway, travelling and speaking publically is not the ministry that God has given her, and it is not for anyone to judge how God has chosen to use Debs. The only important fact is that she is exposing lies/liars.

The platform that Debs has on DTW is the best for her, and for what the Lord wills for others lives. People do not come here by accident, I know that to be true.

Someone like Kobus is not interested in truth, and until/if he ever repents, you could debate him all day long and he will continue to twist the scripture.
God will enable those that are TRULY seeking truth, to find the truth, through His word, most importantly. Unless someone comments, we do not know who passes through and there are many that will be presented with Biblical truth, maybe for the first time in their lives. Whether they choose to ‘listen’ is between them and God.

Jonathan Lewis

For you people that are so offended by Kobus destroying the replica of the covenant – Please go read Jer 3:15-17 and be set free from your notion of holding on to something that are no longer relevant.

Debora maybe you should attend a healing service at Kobus’ place and be healed. Then you can debate and stop hiding.Maybe he can also pray over you and brake that Jezebel spirit controlling you.

Maybe then you can also repent, as I recently have, for speaking against a man of God.


Debs, re your comment to MX #46 you said: “I try my best to keep this blog going – in fact, it’s Jesus who keeps this blog going, because when I am gone for ages at a time the stats keep going up… so I praise Him for this is His blog :)”

The older I get, the less I have to offer God and the more he has to work with…it is always surprising how little we have to offer him, but he takes it and multiplies it. I can relate with the word “debilitating”. God takes our weakness and by his power, performs his greatest works. Where then is boasting? It is excluded….


Deborah, Ek het Kobus van Rensburg in 1998 geken toe hy nog ‘n nederige pastoor was en hy het toe die Woord suiwer verkondig, maar toe gaan hy vir ‘n onbepaalde tyd Lagos in Nigerië toe in ± 2000 om daar by die vals profeet te gaan leer. Daar is hy hande op gelê en hy het teruggekom ‘n ander man. En dit is van toe af wat hy met sy trix begin het. Ek dink hy het met al Lagos se demone teruggekom.


En dit is presies wat die woord se.

Mat 24:11 & 12: En baie valse profete sal opstaan en baie mense mislei. En omdat die ongeregtigheid vermeerder word, sal die liefde van die meeste verkoel.

Daar is ‘n paar pastore wat ek na geluister het klomp jaar terug en tot nou onlangs. Die roeping het ‘n beroep geword en dit kos geld om die narre op die verhoog te hou. EN die skare betaal vir hiedie vermaaklikheids bedryf.


To expand a little on my comment #52.”The older I get, the less I have to offer God and the more he has to work with…it is always surprising how little we have to offer him, but he takes it and multiplies it.”

Hopefully for the encouragement of others who are experiencing difficult days and asking at times, the question…”how exactly do these days bring glory to the Lord?” I offer the remedy for despondency…the prayer of faith….

The following are some thoughts on the subject of our days in the light of our afflictions:

What are we offering to God today on the altar? Superior intellect? Powerful energies? Astonishing competency?

Isaiah 57:15
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Romans 12:1
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Having been stripped of my own works, health, wealth…I can only offer him my availability. My prayer? Use me today, Lord in your service. Some days our faith is weak, our spirits low but if are we willing to offer ourselves alone to God, he can take nothing and make something. In fact if I am offering something apart from submission and sacrifice to him…it may suffer loss in order that my prayers can be a sweet incense to the Lord.

Afflictions can produce some interesting choices with subsequent results:

We can turn our eyes to earthly concern for our well being and we wallow in our losses

We can be consumed with emotions, sadness, regret, anxiety, anger

We can continue to pretend that it’s God will that everyone should be healed, even though in reality, they are not

We can look heavenward, pray in earnest and…do the next thing, leaving the results with God.

In retrospect, when we look back a bit, isn’t it astonishing what God can do with a bit o’ nothing? What we thought was useless and unworthy, God has taken and made something out of it. He takes people from the dust heap and transforms them as they walk along the path with him by the light of his Word and the Power of His Spirit!


The prayer tower is ten (10) stories high.


I have been watching Kobus van Rensburg for +- 7 years and have grown spiritually. He loves God and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. He is lead by Holy Spirit and preaches the unadulterated WORD OF GOD. The tower of prayer that is being built is not for Kobus alone but for everyone who wants to pray, do not make up stories about this, remember you will eat the fruit of your lips. God is Good and I love Him so much.


You people are so futile and pathetic. Pharisees attacking Jesus. You are going to look so stupid when you have to face Him and where will your father the devil be to help you then?

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