here are indeed both synchronic and diachronic angles at the same time in the realms of both the physical and spiritual, to the rescue operation led by God Almighty to free Adam's children and fix Satan once and for all, aftermath of the misbehavior of our First Parents in the Garden of Eden. War was inevitable (Revelation 12: 6; Mathew 4: 3). The war began in the spirit realm after Satan and his hordes of rebels were flushed out of the heavens, then Adam and Eve came into the picture and Satan and his demons caused another war this time for control of the earth and the telo-cosmic war had been resolved in God's victory. Casualties were recorded; the first infanticide in human history took place on earth as a glimpse of this war (Mathew 2: 16 ) Satan pulled all the stops; he unleashed all his fiendish arsenals to kibosh a Deistic rescue operation but at the end, Satan and his demons were routed, disgraced and humiliated by God Almighty, Hallelujah! Most people may not know that kidnapping is a capital offense in the Bible punishable by death (Exodus 21:16; Deuteronomy 24:7), and so the death penalty was the appropriate punishment for Satan-he and his demons were already cut off eternally from their Maker anyway-so the rescue operation was another affirmation of Satan's just desert as a rebellious angel. The rescue operation carried out by God Himself is one of the most spectacular and heart-warming stories in the Bible, which human beings have not appreciated. That God Almighty Himself came to the earth and lived like one of us, did everything that the human flesh was susceptible to and eventually died a physical death was one of the several mysteries of our Great God. Immanuel-God with us-for it is unyielding and unchanging love for His children lost to kidnappers but rescued for His name sake. This is why no matter how pious a human being, a religious organization or any spiritual activity, it is still self-effort if it ignores this rescue operation conducted by God Almighty Himself on Calvary to bring us back home. No one could have done it; not an angel, not self-effort but by His rescuing and redeeming Hands only and only.
Why is it incredulous for some people to believe that God Almighty came in the flesh like one of us in order to save us? If God Almighty would and could not turn Himself into a human being as the naysayers are insisting, why are these same unbelievers applauding that God Almighty is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient? If God Almighty could be at different places at the same time-He is the only One with this unique attribute-Satan and his demons are not omnipotent and omnipresent and omniscient because they are creatures-only the Creator can possess these three unique attributes and there is only One Creator-The Lord God Almighty. The fact that Only God Almighty can be Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient prove that God Almighty can and He did manifest Himself as God Almighty sitting in His Throne in heaven, while He was the same Jesus Christ on earth and the same speaking via the Holy Spirit in River Jordan "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased." (Luke 3:22). Because God is Three in One-the Trinity-which we have explained in previous discourses in this column, He has the untrammelled power to show Himself and appear in several places at the same time and yet He is One. The same God in heaven as the Father was and still is the same God in the Son on Calvary and the same God today in the God of the Holy Spirit, Hallelujah! If you can't fathom that mystery, believe it. There are many things the finite human mind cannot fathom but we see and believe anyway. For example, on what does the Creator hang the earth? How do the sun and the earth operate? How does the human sperm fertilize into embryo to bring forth a human soul? These and many more are some of the mysteries of life unknown to the finite human mind.
In fact, God Almighty had been coming to the earth in several ways and in physical forms at various times before He chose to appear like a human being in our Lord Jesus Christ for the rescue operation of his kidnapped children-the human race, Adam and Eve's children - you and me. For example, He came down to inspect the Tower of Babel ("But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the sons of men had built"-Genesis 11: 6). ; He spoke to His friend, Abraham as Three Men ("Genesis 18: 1-2); He appeared to Jacob; He spoke to Moses in the burning bush and even told him that He had appeared several times to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob "I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them," (Exodus 6: 3), this was Jesus Christ as Lord speaking to Moses here. There is only one Lord and God in the Bible and both are One, period. Throughout the Holy Bible, this Triune God is talking to us-His creation-and He is the only One making history; the rest of us are just passing by as historical actors, period. The director, writer and producer of human history is this Awesome and Great God. This power of God Almighty to appear in human form is called Theophany and throughout human history, this Awesome God has been appearing to His children who trust, believe and obey Him. This page will not permit us to list the names of great walkers with God in our contemporary time, who have spoken to and have seen this Great God in different forms: from Kenneth Hagin, Oral Robert, Orimolade, Kat Kerr, Choo Thomas, Enoch Adeboye, Rebecca Brown, Marilyn Hickey, Angelica Zambrano, Paul Crouch, Pat Robertson, to Yong-Doo Kim, Bill Weise, Mary Baxter, Anna Rountree, Rick Joyner and many more including yours sincerely. He knows what each of His children needs to build their faith in Him and so He appears to each and every one of us based on His terms and how we can hear and understand Him. It is His prerogative to choose the form of appearance to manifest Himself to any of His children by His Grace and not by special qualification based on the individual assignment. For His children who believe, it is nothing strange to believe that the Sovereign Lord of the heavens and the earth sojourned on this human planet for 33 years 2,000 years ago to share part of our humanity so He could rescue us and feel us in a demon-infested world polluted and hijacked by Satan and his foul spirits. Because there is nothing too impossible for our Lord, we do not think it strange our Creator is so near us and became like one of us, for in the final analysis that has been His eternal plan all along: "Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of the great street of the city and on each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads," (Revelation 22: 1-4). Paradise regained at last, and finally, the children of Adam and Eve rescued and the great kidnapper, Satan is dead forever. Then what God Almighty said ab initio in Genesis 1: 26 and 28 eventually came to pass: "Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground," and "God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
There should be a caution here: Satan too also has the power to manifest himself in human form and portray himself as God Almighty-we shall explain how to check out Satan's fraud in subsequent articles in this column. The point we are making here is that; God Almighty has been and is still showing Himself on earth physically today among us so it should not be surprising that He came 2,000 years ago to rescue kidnapped human beings from the den of Satan. Now we turn our attention to how the rescue operation took place; the defeat of Satan and Satan's death and paradise regained and restoration of power, authority and dominion to the human race.
THE DEADLY RESCUE OPERATION: Adam and Eve had sinned and thus cut-off from their Maker-that is the meaning of death in simple language. But God said Eve would give birth to a child that would come and rescue the children of Adam and Eve from Satan. That meant, an angel could not have come to perform this task. It was and still the human race that sinned and only one of their own in their form and likeness must rescue them, period. God Almighty cannot change the rules of the game mid-way. We have established it here over and over again that God is God of Justice, even to Satan and his demons so the human race must be saved by one of its own. That rescuer-known as redeemer in the Bible-must be born like a human being, go through all the motions of life, eat, sleep, cry, etc. but must not do one thing: sin. To be sinless means that the rescuer must also be opened to all those things that each and every human being is susceptible to but unlike Eve, the rescuer must overcome. God Almighty had three options for this rescue operation and Satan and his demons were waiting and prepared for counter-offensives. First, dispatch one of the high-ranking angels; Mathew or Gabriel to carry out the operation. There is a risk in this; a war had just been fought in heaven and Michael had just defeated Lucifer so why re-litigate? Besides, these guardian angels were not human beings so Satan could protest and his protest had validity; why send an angel when it was the head of the human race that you-God- gave instruction to-Adam and Eve-and they disobeyed you? Besides, angels are supposed to minister to human beings and not to be worshipped (Hebrew 1:14). Second, God Almighty could use Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Solomon, etc. or any of those guys, but do you notice one thing about all these guys? They were like Adam and Eve too: liars, deceivers, adulterers, murderers etc. and sinners too. Put any of those guys forward for this rescue operation and Satan would have a home-run, I bet you (Romans 3:23).
The God Almighty opted for one and most credible and pre-ordained option: come down and fix Satan Himself. The last rescue plan was put into motion but there is a snag; God Almighty must come as a human being; He must be born like the rest of us, pass through everything and fix Satan. One, out of several of the mysteries of God Almighty in this rescue operation that Satan and his demons are still debating and can't understand till today is; where and how did God Almighty get the human physical body to come here as a child in a virgin's womb after cursing the ground? God the Son, who elected to carry out this daring operation, now told God the Father; "Prepare a body for me and let me go down to offer the blood that would atone for the disobedience of Adam and Eve," (Hebrews 10: 5). Between the period Adam and Eve fell and were driven out of the Garden of Eden and Our Lord Jesus Christ's Birth, God Almighty had to choose another man like Adam (Abraham) another woman like Eve (Sarah); a nation (Israel), a family (Jacob of which Judah descended) and a virgin girl (Mary) through which He would come in a physical human form to carry out this rescue operation (Mathew 1: 23; Luke 1: 30-35). Then He suspended the law of reproduction-procreation-the first and last time such temporary freeze was effected-and then began the rescue operation. Since Adam named Eve the mother of all living which literally means; "Life," and Adam wasn't deceived by Satan, God removed Adam's input in the rescue operation as He earlier stated in Gen 3: 15. Satan zoomed in almost immediately and fought back (Mathew 2: 16). Then the blood was offered on Calvary once and for all (Mathew 26: 28; Mark 24: 14; Luke 22:20). Then God the Son went into the Netherland and seized the keys of Death and Hades and set free Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Aaron, Joshua, Samuel, David etc. the billions and billions of human souls held captive by Satan and his demons from the period of Adam and Eve's disobedience and led them to heaven (Colossians 2: 14 & 15; Luke 4: 18; Psalm 24: 7-10; Ephesians 4: 8 & 9). Rescue operation completed, rescue mission accomplished, Hallelujah!
THE DEFEAT OF SATAN: Satan was defeated but like all sore losers, he and his demons would not admit their defeat on Calvary. In this game, Satan and his demons have convinced themselves, they need large dosage of lies and tissues of deception to sustain them. "There are many human beings who are ignorant and fools, lets broadcast to them that no war was fought and no defeat took place," and incredibly many human beings have fallen for Satan's deception and today, they are chained, deceived, hoodwinked and are continually been bamboozled by Satan and his demons. Pity! Hitler spun the same lies throughout the dying days of the Nazi atrocious regime during WWII. In spite of the overwhelming defeat and disaster welling up at such an astonishing speed for the Third Reich at the height of WWII, Josef Goebel (1897-1945), the Nazi's minister of propaganda was still boasting that the Allied Forces would be defeated. Remember that guy who was always on CNN as Saddam Hussein's information minister, Mohammed Saheed al-Sahaf telling lies to the world that Saddam Hussein was firmly in charge and the Coalition Forces would be routed out of Iraq in 2003? Recall how Muamer Ghaddafi and his spoilt-rotten boys were thumping their chests that no Jupiter would uproot them from Libya few days before their father's head was bludgeoned inside a bridge tunnel in Misrata in October 2011? Now remember how another misbegotten child of Satan, Bashir Al-Assad of Syria is boasting he is the last man standing in Syria, in spite of the overwhelming evidence of his days that are numbered? Satan is the father of lies, and his followers are children of perdition, they are liars, thieves and killers and by their fruits we shall know them.
Satan and his demons are going about today among those human beings who refuse to search for the Truth to perpetuate lies and deception about the defeat and humiliation they suffered in the Hands of God Almighty on Calvary. Yes, it was and is done! He who the Son of Man-Jesus Christ-has set free-from the kidnapped lair of Satan-shall be free indeed. Are you set free or have ignorantly chosen to remain under Satan's enslavement? Thank God I am set free, I was once blind but now I can see; I was once lost but now I am found, I was once heading to Satan's abode-hell but now I am a child of the living God. Praise Jesus for rescuing me and all those who have chosen to believe the rescue operation has been successfully carried out.
PARADISE REGAINED AND NOW WHAT? There are consequences for the defeat of Satan and the Triumph of God Almighty. As we have pointed out in previous discourses here, war victory and defeat have consequences for the various actors; both the victory team and the vanquished squad. Throughout human history, wars have always been used to re-organize human society, build alliances and reconstruct relationships. Wars have proven to be the most potent and greatest weapon to assert power and authority. All great civilizations have crested to the apogee of global leadership through war victories. There are five powers in the world throughout human history namely: intellectual power, economic power, political power, physical power, and spiritual power.
Every human being that has been born, and will ever be born will, and must crave for one, or more of these power domains. But of all these five powers, one is the most potent, effective and endurable: spiritual power. Try as anyone may deny it, when all else fails, everyone who possesses the other powers seek for spiritual power. No matter how brilliant you are, or a genius, no matter how rich in material acquisitions, and a billionaire, in spite of your political conquest and your political status; no matter how physically strong you or a nation are; spiritual power torpedoes them all. In fact, some have to look for a way to acquire the spiritual power first and soon, they are able to acquire the others. No wonder, politicians, heads of state and presidents keep spiritualists; the genuine and fake in their inner advisory council. Some rich people consult spiritualists either to have wealth or increase the wealth they already possess. No wonder boxers and wrestlers, powerful and militarily-strong nations are not content with their physical power and arsenal of warfare and military tanks and resort to prayers and spiritual powers when preparing for wars and battles. Just name any human activity under the sun that is not influenced, directed, affected or controlled by spiritual power; either remotely or indirectly. This is why spiritual power is the pivot on which all human activities rotate, believe or ignore it but this is the reality of human life. The reason is simple: all the other powers are transient; earthly and ephemeral but the spiritual power is both for now and the hereafter-it is eternal and to these we shall turn to from next week. Satan and his demons might have been defeated on Calvary by God Almighty in Our Lord Jesus Christ, yet he and his demons are still around and powerful in the affairs of human beings today. Why are they still powerful in some people's lives? Why are most human beings insouciant to this reality of human and heavenly affairs that spiritual powers control all other powers today? Why is intellectual power so attractive? Why do majority of people run after economic power; many crave political power, many are obsessed with physical power? Why is spiritual power, which controls the other powers is not attractive to most people in the world, yet all those who have the other powers run after spiritual power when they are in trouble, looking for answers, or are plainly ignorant?
Next week, we will examine each of these five power domains and how God Almighty has allowed the human race to operate in all these five power dimensions, including the lessons He wants to teach us through His eternal powers. In addition, we will see the reasons He allows Satan and his demons to still hang around here after their defeat on Calvary, instead of taking them out once and after all and dispatch them to hell-their inevitable eternal abode. Our series on Satan's kingdom, demons and demonology begin next week starting from March. How does Satan operate in the world today after his defeat on Calvary? What are demons, witches and Satanists and how do they operate? Join me to unearth the kingdom of darkness as exposed to me by my personal experiences way back in Africa and here in the United States and what the Holy Spirit showed me about the activities of children of perdition. You won't like to miss these series beginning in the month of March, my birthday. The expositions are not meant to elicit your curiosity rather for you to appreciate the power of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ and what He delivered us from. You don't need to be needlessly enslaved by Satan; we have been set free, Amen.
WORLD PROPHECY: This is huge! Something of global importance, an earth-shattering event and a cosmic occurrence is in the offing in the world. I don't know what it is but the Holy Bible has predicted it and we shall all see it with our very eyes soon. This event is part of end-time prophecy and it's about to take place very, very soon in the next 12 to 24 months. I don't know what it is; I repeat again, I wasn't shown what it is but again, it's HUGE. The whole world will be shocked; from the rising of the sun to the setting of the sun; from the East to the West; from the South to the North, the planet earth is about to witness a catastrophic event. The Divine Hand of God Almighty, the Creator of the heavens and the universe, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is about to intervene in the affairs of humanity. The world media, the commentariat, the scientists, the astrologers, the men and women of earthly wisdom and their ilk will be talking their heads out but will not be able to explain but those who know the True God will be unshaken and unperturbed. What is it? I wasn't shown but was only told (Luke 21:11 & 25).
ISSUE OF THE WEEK: I have been bombarded with email and letters from fellow Christian brethren asking if President Obama is the Anti-Christ. It began few years ago in 2009 during his first term and after the Obama Care-the president's health care policy was passed into law and affirmed by the US Supreme Court-another wave of email and clarifications began. Now there are rumors that the 666 mark of Satan is part of Obama Care. Folk, President Obama is not the Anti-Christ. The Anti-Christ would not come until after the Rapture and not before the Rapture (II Thessalonian 2: 1-12). We who are truly of the Lord would have to be evacuated first-that is the meaning of Rapture-and those left behind will face the wrath of the Anti-Christ. By 2015, Mr. Obama will be out of office and with the system we have in place in the United States, I doubt if the Anti-Christ can emerge here. Many Bible scholars predict it should be in Europe but I haven't asked the Lord and I am not interested I the Anti-Christ anyway, because I won't be around and left behind so it is none of my business what the Anti-Christ does to the remnants. I think we as Christians should rather be waiting for our return home rather than be expecting the son of perdition. Everything is set in motion now anyway for the emergence of the Anti-Christ and we know what is restraining him: God's Grace and the church which is the body of Our Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. Once the church is led triumphant and the Holy Spirit raptures the believers-you and I-the Anti-Christ will be ushered in and Satan will take over as the scripture foretold and you now the rest.
LETTERS OF THE WEEK:
We are blessed and what an exposition of your Christian conversion like that of John The Apostle in the Island of Patmos. I read your conversion story here few weeks ago. When Apostle John was commanded to take the scroll and eat because he would prophesy again and your own calling was typical of his experience in that island as yours in Abacha's Gulag in Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria and you read the Bible from cover to cover for two years. What an adversity and what an experience! Revelation 11: 1 speaks of your preaching to the world and feeding the flock with the Word. Please, you have created a hungry flock and our hearts pang for your and our God who has called and anointed you (Isaiah 60). This is the result both for the church and the gentle flock that will henceforth seek the glory and wisdom of God. Read Isaiah 60: 3-5 and if possible the whole chapter. You don't know what your calling and backing up has done for me. Through your articles, God has been more real to me. The precision, accuracy and explanations of your articles are amazing and praise be to the Good Lord for His anointing on you---Brother Abraham Shehu, Lagos, Nigeria
Thank you Sir and big brother, all the praise and adoration belong to Him. These gifts are His and we are just mere vessels for Him to reach the unsaved, no matter where they are in the world. He has commanded us His children to spread this good news because Satan and his demons, including their human agents do not want this good news to be preached so God Almighty is raising up many of His children in all walks of life to spread His Word. Thank you for your kind words and please continue to pray for us.
Good day Sir, I greet you in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Well done on your articles and especially the one regarding the issue of Adam and Eve last two weeks. You really hit the nail on the head according to the Bible and say remain blessed in the Name of Jesus…Mr. Olaleye Jesee Honorshuagbe, Freewill Innovations Nigeria Limited, Iju Ishaga, Lagos, Nigeria
Thank you very much Mr. Honorshuagbe.
Good job Bro Fayeee.. Proud to know you are on the Lord's Team now. Grace to you, be multiplied in His Mighty Name, Amen….Pastor Akin Adebiyi, Deeper Life Church, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Dear Pastor Adeniyi, Thanks. I have been on His Team since 1987 but the Christian Walk is a journey. Thanks for the encouragement.