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THE VISION

Please read down to the bottom of the page… also please note that the photos I have been able to find to TRY to illustrate to you what I saw by NO MEANS do the vision justice, they are but a very poor representation of what I was shown, to try to get the urgency of it all into your mind and, more importantly, into your heart…




In the year 2000 up in Zimbabwe the LORD gave Graham Ries a vision of huge manmade edifice with a very, very large gate in it. Inside that gate was a portcullis - the big black gates that one sees in medieval castles all over Europe - and that portcullis was slowly lowering towards the ground.




Reaching across from where Graham stood to this gate
was a massive bridge, or walkway.



On this walkway were thousands and thousands of people rushing to get into whatever lay behind that gate. There was a sense of urgency as these people crossed over this walkway but what caught Graham’s attention was the fact that none of the people crossing over had any colour - and yet he could see them. Where the colour came from was the garments they were wearing - oh the colours! The colours were absolutely STUNNING, and there were colours that he’d never seen before, but SOMEHOW recognised as colours. He later learned that these were the Garments of Praise spoken of in Isaiah 52:1-15 & 61:3.






Something that Graham thought was odd was the fact that each persons head appeared to be shining, like golden balls or something were on their heads. Being relatively new to the Christian faith at the time he didn’t know what these were, so he asked the pastor in whose presence he had the vision, what it meant. He was told that these are the Crowns of Glory that each of us will receive, as recorded  in scripture in Corinthians 9:24-25 and 1 Peter 5:4, as well as other scriptures.




As Graham watched from his vantage point some distance away, he suddenly became aware of the fact that the portcullis that was dropping so fast represented TIME. And TIME was running out fast. But there were still a great many things that he did not understand about the vision…




As time went by, he spoke to lots of different people about this vision, pastors, teachers,and no one appeared to be able to explain it to him or to tell him what it meant - but the sense of urgency prevailed, and remained with him for years, as it does still to this very day…





Then one day he was looking at a poster that his ex-wife had brought him from Jerusalem and he recognised the gate… it was the Damascus Gate leading into the Old City of Jerusalem! Graham nearly fell off his chair!

The vision was very CLEARLY about getting people - all people - all races - all faiths (converted to Christianity) - into the SAFETY and SECURITY SUCH AS MANY HAVE NEVER KNOWN of the walls of the NEW JERUSALEM as soon as possible because TIME is RUNNING OUT for the LORD’s return! And how does one do that? By creating a unity between people that spreads across the City and encompasses EVERY MAN, WOMAN and CHILD in Port Elizabeth and every other location planet-wide!
(But The Paul Project is, certainly initially, only concerned with the brothers and sisters of Port Elizabeth!)


There have since been SEVERAL stunning confirmations of this vision from Precious Father God…

Introduction HOME

IN A NUTSHELL, the Paul Project is a vision that was given to Graham Ries whilst in a small home church service one Sunday up in Zimbabwe many, many years ago.


In this vision Graham saw a huge wall and in this wall he saw a gate. In the gate was a portcullis, [those HUGE BIG black gates that are common to medieval castles] and the portcullis was slowly descending towards the ground.


Hundreds of thousands of people were rushing across a bridge into the safety of the castle like structure. The part that impacted Graham as he stood in a lounge watching all of this play out in front of him was that the people themselves had no colour. There were no black people and white people and brown people and yellow people - there were just people - and where the colours came from were the garments they were wearing!


The colours! Oh LORD the colours were so incredible! They were iridescent, almost ALIVE they were so beautiful!


It was very clear to Graham that the portcullis represented TIME, and the fact that this huge gate was descending to the ground showed him that time was RUNNING OUT - as indeed it is!


In an amazing move of the LORD, Graham received a DVD from JOY! Magazine called ‘Messianic Jews…why should I care?’ And in it was the scene on the right. This image is a s till grabbed from that DVD. It is about as close as he can get to illustrate what he saw…


Many years later, now down in Port Elizabeth in South Africa, Graham was seated at his desk in his study when all of a sudden he was very aware of the LORD standing behind him, and he was aware of the words, “This is what I want you to do”. Without even giving it any thought, he immediately began working on a PowerPoint Presentation showing a city where the divorce rate was almost at zero, the crime rate the same. A city where women could walk in absolute safety and children the same. A city completely at peace with itself. And he knew that the ONLY way to achieve this is through Jesus Christ.


There is NO WAY that man could develop to that level of love for his fellow man by himself. Mankind has gone too far - we are too near our own destruction. The ONLY hope for us now is in Jesus Christ - and a united church working side by side with the same mandate in mind - to reach out to the lost before it is too late - before that portcullis has fallen and locked itself into the ground - before TIME HAS RUN OUT COMPLETELY.


Graham is so certain that this is a vision from PRECIOUS FATHER GOD ALMIGHTY that he has dedicated the rest of his life to making THE PAUL PROJECT a reality for the people of Port Elizabeth and prayerfully, in time, the rest of South Africa.

Live for JESUS hour by hour in the Power of the Holy Spirit!

THE PRINCIPLE is a simple one. It is found in many places in the Bible.


It is the principle of reciprocity.


You’d like people to love you, right? Well, love them first…


Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.- Ephesians 4:1-3 (New Living Translation)


Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. - Ephesians 4:12-14 (New Living Translation)


“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began! - John 17:22-24 (New Living Translation)


THE PAUL PROJECT absolutely loves the way Mother Theresa put it:


People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.


IF you are a genuine believer, what else is there to say?





AVOIDING TRUTH


There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument, and which cannot fail to keep men in everlasting ignorance.


That principle is condemnation before investigation.

Edmund Speer

To answer before listening-- that is folly and shame.


(Proverbs 18:13)

If people can see the Spirit taking part in Matthew Lunches, brick building exercises, church building exercises, school building exercises - they will want to know Him. So Now we need an army of pastors…all with the same vision…