PART 2 of 4 — WHEN WILL NIGERIA MANIFEST HER GLORY?
PROPHETIC MESSAGE TO THE NATION
Thursday 8th October, 2020
By Segun Olumide
Last week, we began to look at what God is saying about Nigeria.
And someone asked me if Nigeria will divide or split.
God has already spoken about that. And by the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses the truth shall be established (2 Cor 13:1).
So, kindly follow each of the 4 messages this month because I am going to touch on that before this month ends, God willing.
I have modified the message a little bit.
LAMENTATIONS OVER THE SICKLY CONDITION OF OUR NATION
“How the gold has lost its lustre, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at the head of every street. How the precious sons of Zion once worth their weight in gold are now considered as pots of clay, the work of a potter’s hands!
Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert. Because of thirst the infant’s tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth; the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them.
Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those nurtured in purple now lie on ash heaps… they waste away for lack of food from the field” (Lam 4:1-5, 9, NIV).
“Remember, O Lord, what has happened to us; look, and see our disgrace. Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens, our homes to foreigners. We must buy the water we drink; our wood can be had only at a price. We submitted to Egypt and Assyria to get enough bread.
Our fathers sinned and are no more, and we bear their punishment… We get our bread at the risk of our lives… Young men toil at the millstones; boys stagger under loads of wood… Because of this our hearts are faint, because of these things our eyes grow dim" (Lam 5:1-2, 4,…
…6-7, 9, 13, 17, NIV).
In spite of how rich and blessed Nigeria is, most of her citizens live far below the poverty line. While the rich are becoming richer, the poor seem becoming poorer in many quarters.
Corruption has become a norm. The Church now celebrates corrupt leaders so long as we get our fair portion of the loot. Corruption is no our problem, but a strong symptom of it. We can only fix this by getting to the root of the tree.
Sadly enough, many could hardly get food to eat on a daily basis. Decent accommodation is now reserved for a fortunate few. Marry promising youngsters have kissed quality education goodbye.
We pay highly for electricity which we are scarcely supplied with. We greatly endure rather than enjoy the services provided in some of our ‘health institutions,’ which are nothing but ‘death institutions.’
Also a great number of police officers have now become ‘authorized armed robbers.’
A nation is definitely sick when public officers who should assist the citizens freely as friends turned themselves to friendly enemies.
Many so-called Christians are apostles of bribery and corruption in their work places, in schools, in the markets, in Church offices, in Church activities and projects, and so on.
Don’t forget that some of these things are the signs of the end of the world. In spite of these, the darker it becomes in the world, the brighter our light can shine as Christians (see Is 60:1-3).
So both the agents of corruption and the agents of change are fulfilling Bible prophecies (see Mat 24:10-13).
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MESS?
After God had put Adam and Eve in the garden, he told them what to do and what not to do. Then Satan decided to pay them a visit.
Unfortunately, they got themselves into a big mess.
So when God came down at the cool of the day, he simply asked Adam, 'Where are you?’
God didn’t throw his first question at Eve. Rather he threw it at the man who was the head of the woman.
But Adam quickly shifted the blame to Eve. Then God threw another question. This time it was targeted at Eve: “What is this you have done?” Without wasting time, she laid the blame on the serpent!
Have you ever asked yourself, “Why was it that God did not ask the couple the same question and at the same time?” It’s simple.
Adam was the leader while Eve was the follower. Remember the husband is the head of his wife. Eve could be said to be a type of the church of God while Adam could be the human leaders set in the Church by the Lord.
Thank God he has given men as gifts to all. He gave us apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to be leaders in the Church on earth.
That means should anything go wrong on earth, God will first ask the leaders of the Church, “Where are you?”
Then he will turn to the Church and ask, “What is this mess you have brought yourself into?”
In other words, the leadership of the Church in Nigeria as well as the entire Church in Nigeria is responsible for this mess!
Sometimes, we tend to blame Satan and his children (unbelievers) for the sickly state of our country (1 John 3:10-12, John 8:44-47), but the saints are to blame.
God judged Adam, Eve and the serpent accordingly!
Jesus told his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on the hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Mat 5:13-16, NIV).
Salt is used to give good taste to food as well as to preserve some food items from decay, corruption or perishing.
So, Jesus was saying when there is corruption and moral decadence in society, don’t blame such evil vices rather challenge the salt of the earth − the saints.
Also light dispels or overpowers darkness. In fact, the thicker the darkness, the more glorious the light can be.
I believe Jesus was saying if darkness permeates our polity, economy or society, don’t blame it but rather challenge the light of the world (the saints) to shine forth.
Jesus appeared to Kenneth E. Hagin in America in 1979 and told him,
“… I told you back in 1970 to pray for the leaders of the nation. What happened (Watergate and so forth) isn’t the fault of the man who was then president.
“I am going to hold the Christians of this nation responsible. You are the ones who allowed what happened to your nation. If you had prayed, it never would have happened … You would not have had the riots. You would not have had the political disturbances.
“Your president would not have made the mistakes he made. In fact, I am holding the church responsible for his mistake.”
So he began to weep and cry, “Oh, God!” Then the Lord continued, “Yes, I am holding you and the Church responsible. When you tell that to some of the Christians, they will laugh.
But when they stand before my judgment seat and receive condemnation rather than the man who was then president, they won’t laugh (see Mat 12:36-37, 2 Cor 5:9-11).
“If Christians had done what I told them to do in the Bible − if they had prayed for the leaders of their nation − they would have kept the evil spirits from operating.”5
Jesus wept over Jerusalem the same way he’s weeping over many cities, nations and continents today.
Isn’t he even weeping over Nigeria in our day? When he arrived that city, he went to the temple and began to purify and cleanse it.
It’s a Biblical principle that if the city or nation is in a mess or about to become a mess, then the temple (the Church) should be addressed or challenged first (please read Luke 19:48).
In the midst of a horrible famine in Samara, some cooked and ate a boy. When the king heard that, he tore his robes and declared Prophet Elisha wanted! He believed he was responsible for the mess.
As Elisha was holding a conference with the leaders of God’s people, a messenger arrived from the king to cut off his head and he delivered the king’s message, ‘See, this evil is of the Lord.
Why should I wait for the Lord any longer (when he had given authority to his prophet to effect a change in the land)?’
Immediately, Elisha phoned the headquarters in heaven and began to speak what God was telling him. Within 24 hours, God intervened. So where are the Elishas of God in Nigeria? Where are the elders, too? (see 2 Kings 6:24-33; 7:1, 2, 17-20).
THE SINS OF THE FATHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN
“The Lord hath been sore displeased with your fathers … Be ye not as YOUR FATHERS, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the…
…LORD. YOUR FATHERS, Where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever? But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets did they not take hold of YOUR FATHERS?
and they returned and said, like as the LORD of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us” (Zech 1:2,4-6).
“When you tell these people all this and they ask you, ‘Why has the LORD decreed such a great disaster against us? What wrong have we done?
What sin have we committed against the LORD our God?’ Then say to them, ‘It is because YOUR FATHERS forsook me,’ declares the LORD, ‘and followed other gods (of money, of fame, of power, of sex, of success, and so forth) and served and worshiped them.
They forsook me and did not keep my law. BUT YOU HAVE BEHAVED MORE WICKEDLY than YOUR FATHERS. See how each of you is following the stubbornness of his evil heart instead of obeying me.
So I will throw you out of this land into a land neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you will serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favour” (Jer. 16:10-13, NIV, see also Isaiah 65:6-7, Eze 2:3).
God has a major problem in Nigeria. That problem is the Church in Nigeria. The Church in Nigeria, in turn, has a big problem, which is her leadership. [Kindly request our free article: "WHERE ARE YOUR FATHERS?"]
Thank God for the remnant church in Nigeria and even for the few Christian leaders that have refused to bow to the evil prevalent in the land.
Many of the Christian leaders here have defiled themselves with the things that will soon perish with the world. They have compromised the standards of God. They laugh at what heaven is weeping over. They tolerate what God is judging.
Moreover, they have desecrated the holy place. They have turned the church building into a centre of celebration of ill-gotten wealth. As political, economic and social leaders loot the nation’s treasury, they bribe some of the Churches with their tithes and offerings.
Sad to say, the issue in some Churches is, “How much money do we have?” It isn’t, “Where does this money come from?”
God rebuked his people through Malachi the prophet, “Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar!
I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands… In every place incense and PURE OFFERINGS will be brought to my name…” (Mal 1:10 -11, NIV).
These evil leaders celebrate shady dealers and assure them of their continuous prayer cover. They reward these thieves with positions and titles right in the sanctuary.
As some defraud the companies they work with or make unclean money at the expense of God’s Word and drop their quota towards so-called ‘Church Growth,’ so the pastor quickly ordain them as deacons and deaconesses or patrons and patronesses.
When some of these people are confronted, they counter, “What’s new in it? Everybody is doing it; why should we act differently?”
But have they forgotten that the Bible teaches that we should not follow multitudes to do evil (Exo 23:2; 1 Tim 5:22; 1 Thess 5:21-23)?
Even Peter wrote that we are a HOLY NATION, A PECULIAR PEOPLE, … to radiate God’s glory (1 Peter 2:9-10).
The word 'peculiar' means 'completely different from others.'
Can’t we be like Daniel who refused to defile himself with the king’s provision (Dan l: 8)?
Another great sin of leaders is that they have locked away in the prisons of their ministries God’s people, especially those who have crucial roles to play in liberating the nation.
These leaders threaten, frustrate and discourage them. But God is saying now, “Let my people go that they may serve me.”
Some other sins include building their own empires, not God’s kingdom; misleading people through doctrines of men and of devils; merchandising the anointing; buying and selling titles; refusing to confront evil in different forms in our land as God directs, and so on.
Do you know that some ministers now counsel, teach or prophesy to people for money? So they now charge consultancy fees in the name of God (see Micah 3:9-12).
CORRUPT CHURCHES TRYING TO FIX A CORRUPT NATION
Jesus said about the Church in Sardis, “…I know your reputation as a live and active church, but you are dead. Now wake up! Strengthen what little remains − for even what is left is at the point of death. Your deeds are far from right in the sight of God.
Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly and turn to Me again. Unless you do, I will come suddenly upon you, unexpected as a thief and punish you.
Yet even there in Sardis some haven’t soiled their garments with the world’s filth; they shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy” (Rev 3:1-4, TLB).
He said about the Church in Philadelphia, “Note this: I will force those supporting the cause of Satan while claiming to be Mine (but they aren’t – they are lying) to fall at your feet and acknowledge that you are the ones I love” (Rev 3:9, TLB).
Also he rebuked the Laodicean Church saying, “I know you well − you are neither hot nor cold; I wish you were one or the other! But since you are merely lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say, I am rich with everything I want; I don’t need a thing!
And you don’t realize that spiritually you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked” (Rev 3:15-17, TLB, see also vs l8-20).
A little while ago, I had a night vision in which God gave me an instruction. I saw it written down, “If you will align the Church with God’s purpose …”
I think most churches today are preoccupied with their own selfish interest and carnal pursuits. They’ve lost sight of God’s purpose.
Prophet Wale Olagunju of the Divine Seed of God Ministries in Ibadan gave some prophecies along this line months ago: “God said ninety percent of churches in Nigeria are for the devil.
He said he will visit these churches with mysterious death because they are corrupt in his sight.”
Also he wrote, “While alone with God wondering about the situation in Nigeria, God revealed four monsters like human beings to me …
“I saw the four monsters moving at a high speed seeking to destroy those who are not on God’s side. The monsters have concluded to kill those pastors who are not on the side of God between now (2008) and 2011”6 (please read Exodus 32: 19-24, 25-29).
We need to realize that a corrupt Church cannot fix a corrupt nation. God’s purpose is that a holy and authoritative Church will stem the tide of corruption in our land.
Thank God for those men of integrity and women of virtue, some of whom are non-Christians being used of God in different sectors in this land.
Since the things we don’t see control the ones we see, God’s people are designed to be the guiding light. As long as the things we don’t see are more real than the ones we see, the church stands at the vantage point of national transformation of any society.
A FRESH WAVE OF JUDGMENT IS COMING: IT WILL BEGIN IN THE HOUSE OF GOD
I tell you the truth, I do not lie in the Holy Ghost; not too long ago, I saw the hand writing on the wall of a ministry in this nation. It was on a thick sheet of paper hung on the wall.
It read, “A KINGDOM FALLS AND COMES TO AN END. A KING RISES.” (I believe many man-made empires within the Church of the living God will collapse sooner than expected).
I was also shown that some ministers, specifically apostolic figures will be brought to the balance sheet.
I read this on a scroll or script of judgment. I even sensed the scales of judgment in that same experience, but couldn’t see any.
The news I have for unrepentant ministers is this: “God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. Your kingdom is divided and given to…” (Dan 5:26-28, NIV).
Years ago, I was involved with a Church. Then God gave me Hebrews 10 in a night vision.
So I shared it with the leadership of the Church.
Some months later, I saw God’s fire of judgment coming upon the Church. So I told the senior pastor what God had showed me but he seemed to gloss over it as minor.
Then after I had left that Church, I saw a house literally shaking as people ran out of it to escape. It was a terrifying experience but I kept praying.
The last thing I saw about that Church was that it was like a house built on a wide pit full of human shit.
Of course, you know what that meant. It was not founded on Christ, the Rock but rather on a filthy foundation and was bound to collapse.
Unfortunately, about ten years after I had given Hebrews 10 to their leadership, they came heavily under God’s judgment. It was very devastating. I’ve come to realize that sometimes prayer may delay God’s judgment but repentance may avert it!
Let’s look at Hebrews 10:30 -32 as a timely warning for us today: “For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Ezekiel once had a vision in which the LORD called a man to go throughout the city and destroy the people apart from those who grieved and lamented over all the detestable things that were done in it.
Then God said, “Begin at my sanctuary.” So judgment began with the elders who were in front of the temple (see Ezek 9:1 -11).
Brothers and sisters, judgment is coming upon this nation and it will begin in the house of God. It will start from the pulpit to the pew.
Unless we repent, we will likewise perish for God is no respecter of persons.
Interestingly, Peter wrote, “For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
And if it is hard for the righteous to be saved what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” (1 Pet 4: 17-18, NIV).
[As a matter of caution, Paul wrote: "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ" 1 Corinthians 11:1 KJV.
Personally, I try as much as possible to follow some of the fathers in the faith, but as long as they follow Christ. I have hence stopped following some people these days.]
To be continued next Thursday, God willing.
- Tunde Bakare, Opening the Womb of a Generation, a message preached at the Light Chapel (Egbe, Lagos, November 8, 1993).
- Moses Aransiola, Nigeria Prays, (National Praise and Prayer Handbook), p20.
- Emeka Nwankpa, a message preached at the Evangelical Christian Union (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, November 2003).
- Mark A. Beliles & Stephen K. McDowell, America’s Providential History (Charlottesville, VA: Providence Foundation, 1989), p185.
- Kenneth E. Hagin, The Art Of Prayer (Tulsa, Ok: Faith Library Publication, 1992), p190-192.
- Wale Olagunju 2008: A Year of Surprises, Motivation Magazine Vol 6, No 1, Prophecy Nos 13 and 32 or http://www.seedofgod.org
- Enoch A. Adeboye, New Year Message, preached at the Redemption Camp (January 1, 2004).
- Jonathan David, a message preached at the Latter Rain Assembly (Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos 2003).
- Tunde Bakare, Discerning The Spirits Of The Nation, a message preached at Youth For Change evening, LR160504.
- Same as No 2 (p19).
- S. G. Elton, The Battle For Nigeria.
- Same as No 1.
- Same as No 6 Prophecy, Nos 28 and 42.
- Same as No 4 (p172).
- Dave Meyer, Let The Righteous America Arise (Life In The Word Magazine, Joyce Meyer Ministries, March 2002), p 9.
- Cindy Jacobs, Possessing The Gates Of The Enemy (Grand Raphids, MI: Chosen Books, 1994), p 59.
- Leadership As An Index Of Growth (The Punch, Friday, September 21, 2007), p13.
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