THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Sunday, August 18, 2019|
Cameron, Texas, USA
here are many born-again Christians, scores of believers and billions of human beings on Earth who do not know there are differences between prophecy and prophetic words and utterances. When a prophet says or writes something, as I do here in this column for example, such ignorant people do not know when a prophecy is delivered from when what is written here is a prophetic utterance or word. So let's feed you with solid spiritual food as Apostle Paul exhorted the early believers in Corinth (I Corinthians 3:1-4)and stop dishing out spiritual milk which many believers are still content with which is not healthy for spiritual growth and maturity. While prophecy and prophetic statements, utterances and words are dyads of the Holy Spirit, yet there are differences between the two.
Prophecy is a message passed unto a prophet of the Most High God by the Lord God Almighty concerning the future of a thing, person, place or group of people. When an angel of the Lord appeared to Daniel in Babylon during the Exiled Years, future events concerning the people of Israel and the world in general were delivered to him (Daniel 7:1-28; 8:1-27). The prophecies came to Daniel in forms of visions and dreams. Similarly, when Apostle John was held in the Island of Patmos in today's Island of Arkoi in Greece in the Aegean Sea for his Christian faith, the angel of our Lord Jesus Christ showed to John certain future events of people, places and the world codified in the last book of the Bible known as Revelation or Apocalypse (Revelation Chapters 1-22). The two-third book of the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation could be described as prophecies.
Prophetic utterances and words on the other hand, are words and or writings spoken or written by a prophet called by the Most High God representing his or her views about people, group of people, places or things which are in tandem with the Will of the Lord God Almighty. In other words, prophecy emanates directly from the Lord God Almighty (Job 33:12-24) in seven ways: dreams, visions, trances, open visions, by inspirations, through His Words-the Holy Bible-and through angelic visitations. When prophecy is delivered and or written, the prophet must credit its origin to the Source of sources; the Almighty God Who gave such message. Example was when I wrote in this column on Monday December 25, 2014 that then Presidential Candidate of the All Progressive Congress-APC-General Muhammadu Buhari would win the 2015 Presidential Election at a time the election had not been held and no single vote had been cast. (https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/122914.html
To underscore it was a prophecy from the Lord God Almighty, an open letter was written to then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday December 17, 2014 that he would lose the presidential election (See the link to the open letter here:- https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/121814.html).
While prophecy is a direct message from the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; prophetic words, utterances and messages on the other hand, emanate from a prophet and allowed to be fulfilled by the Lord God Almighty, because that prophet is a representative of the Lord God Almighty. Examples of prophetic utterances were our prophecies of 2016 and subsequent ones published here on Saturday January 02, 2016. https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/010216.html) Or our prophetic utterances and words of Sunday January 14, 2018 as the link below shows: https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/011418.html
There are a slew of prophetic words and utterances in the Holy Bible. When Isaac called Jacob and blessed him for instance, he uttered certain prophetic words into his life which are still being fulfilled today (Gen. 27:27-29). When Jacob called his 12 boys/children who became the patriarchs on his death bed in Egypt and uttered prophetic words to their lives, those weren't prophecies but prophetic words which were about their futures and all were fulfilled as he uttered them (Genesis 49:1-27). This was how he started his prophetic words: "Then Jacob called his sons and said; "Gather around, and I will tell you what will happen to you in the days to come-meaning future." When Prophet Elijah said it should not rain for three and a half years in Israel during the reign of King Ahab and it was so, it wasn't the True Lord God Almighty that passed the message to Elijah. It wasn't prophecy, but prophetic words and utterance. Hear how Elijah said those words: "Now Elijah the Tishbea in Gilead, said to Ahab; "As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word." (I Kings 17:1). Years later, Apostle James reticulated Elijah's prophetic utterances/words thus: "Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again, he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops." (James 5:17).
When Joshua commanded the sun to stand still at Mt Ajailon and it was so, it wasn't the Lord God Almighty that sent a message to Joshua to prophesy to the sun; rather, it was Joshua that uttered prophetic words on behalf of the King of kings and Lord of lords and it was established( Joshua 10-12). In exercising prophetic powers, certain rights and privileges have been given to us prophets of the Most High God, because we are genuinely called and ordained by the Lord God Almighty. Prophecy is one of the four-fold ministry ordained by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the rest three are; pastor, teachers and evangelist (Ephesians 4:11). There are few genuine men and women of the Sovereign Lord God Almighty that are called to these four ministries. You can't be called to the four and so when people send words to me that I should come and become a pastor, I politely decline. These four are ministries, but in exercising one or two of these offices, the Holy Spirit must develop nine qualities in you first which are collectively referred to as the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). When precious souls ask me why it is difficult for them to know the will of God for their life, this is what I ask them to look for first before they can discover God's will and purpose for their life. The Holy Spirit will not direct your life to His Will and Purpose until He has taken residence in your life through the manifestation of His fruit. Who builds a house first without buying a land; and who competes in a race, if he or she hasn't been trained and who harvests a crop as a farmer, if he hasn't planted a seed and no nation allows you to fight in the battlefield in defense of the nation, if you haven't been trained? (2 Timothy 2:3-6). So it is with being a prophet, teacher, pastor or evangelist of the Most High. I went for my spiritually training on Friday February 14, 1997 (See link here as reported by the Department of State of the United States of America and world media:- (https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/eoir/legacy/2013/06/07/hrp97nigeria.pdf)
When a prophet of God utters a word or writes anything about a person, place or thing under the direction of the Holy Spirit, the Sovereign Lord God Almighty sees that prophet as His Ambassador, so He will tell that prophet of His, just as He told Moses: "And the Lord said to Moses: "I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name" (Exodus 33:17). There are copious references to these Ambassadorial Rights and Privileges of Prophets-ARPP- made known to us by the Holy Spirit. For example, it wasn't the True Lord God Almighty that told Prophet Nathan to tell King David to make young Solomon his successor. Read the entire succession battle carefully with the Holy Spirit as guide in I Kings 1:1-40. Adonijah was indeed the rightful successor to the throne according to tradition being the first son aftermath of the tragic death of Absalom for his rebellion. But Adonijah made a costly mistake; he forgot or deliberately decided not to invite Prophet Nathan to his self-coronation and he lost out to his younger brother, Solomon. There was an incident like that few years ago. The True Lord God Almighty used us to put a certain individual in position of power. As soon as the man got into office, he became swollen headed and unreachable. He thought he didn't need the prophet who God used to put him into office. My wife was flummoxed and asked me what to do. I told her the man would be removed and disgraced so he would know he didn't get to that power on his own. That was exactly what happened. He was surprised. After he leant his lesson, we asked the Lord God Almighty to restore him to his former position and He did. This is not boasting folks, the prophetic utterances and words of the prophet of the Most High must be fulfilled, because; "The spiritual man or woman judges all things, but he or she is not subject to anyone's judgment" (I Corinthians 2:15).
Every prophecy from the True Lord God Almighty passed on to His Prophet must always and surely take place, because; "God is not man/human, that He should lie" (Numbers 23:19; See also Psalm 89:35, Luke 21:23Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:8). Although the prophecies of the Most High God may not be fulfilled as at when and how we human beings expect it, especially in our world of instant gratification and instant-this-and instant-that; but as He told and assured the Prophet Habakkuk: "For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end of it shall speak and not lie; though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come, it will not tarry" (Habakkuk 2:3).
How Do We Know A Spoken Or Written Word Is From The Lord God Almighty?
There are seven characteristics prophecies from the Most High must contain so hearers and readers can be assured the True Lord God Almighty is indeed speaking directly to His genuine and truly-called prophet, teacher, evangelist or pastor namely:-
When It Comes As a Warning: Because we are fleshly and most often want to be self-dependence, the Almighty God always and almost humbles us to look unto Him rather than ourselves. "He guards the steps of His faithful ones, but the wicked perish in darkness, for by his own strength shall no man or woman prevail" (I Samuel 2:9).
When It Condemns Sin and Unrighteousness: - The Sovereign Lord God Almighty sees every human soul that has given his or her life to Him as work in progress. Consequently, when He talks to us; He comforts us so we can be part of His family in conforming us to the image and likeliness of His dear Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).
When It Glorifies the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: Every word, either spoken or written as emanating from His Throne on High isn't meant for self-glorification, but for His Onerous Glory and Praise, because " I am the Lord; that is my Name! I will not give My glory to another or My praise to idols" (Isaiah 42:8).
When It Is Not About Food, Clothing and Shelter: Prophecies from the True Lord God Almighty doesn't talk about supplying our elementary needs of food, clothing and shelter. He has already told us not to worry about those three things in Matthew 6:25-34: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body…" If He has told us not to worry about something, He doesn't turn around again to show us vision of food, clothing and shelter. Never! Please let that spiritual truth sink now! If your pastor tells you the Lord God Almighty will give you a job, promote you, give you your husband, wife, a new car etc, that is not a prophecy; that is a prophetic utterance or word, period! It may or may not be fulfilled.
When It Is About Saving Sinners and Propagating the Good News: Saving of souls is God's Number One Priority and depopulating the kingdom of Satan is His focus. His prophecy anytime and any day must be geared toward these twin objectives, thus, evangelism is His heartbeat. "For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them…" (Luke 9:56) "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations…." (Matthew 28:19).
When It Calls for Revival, Prayers and Intercession: The spiritual warfare we are called to wage is intense, dangerous and extant on earth today. It has been on since the Fall of Adam and Eve, consequently, if you are indeed a true believer, you either fight the spiritual warfare or perish. There is no middle ground to it! But here is the cherry news: It is Victoria Acerta, Hallelujah! We are fighting from the twin positions of strength and assured victory. Consequently, every prophecy of the Lord God Almighty exhorts, encourages and nudges us to revival, double our prayer efforts and intercede on behalf of one another. "Fight the good fight of faith" (I Timothy 6:12; See also Ephesians 6:12; Mark 15-20).
When It Announces the Soon Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: This spiritual truth must always be at the back of our minds in our Christian Journey, because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is Coming Soon. "Behold, I am coming soon…"(Revelation 22:12).
Prophetic utterances and words or writings on the other hand, are not most times based and concentrated on the above seven fundamental objectives. For example, I, as an Ambassador of Christ Jesus on earth can say or write prophecies on a person, group of people, places and things, for good and or for bad (which is a curse), if my spirit says so and is under the direction of the Holy Spirit ( See 2 Kings 2:24: "From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. Get out of here, bald head man, they said. He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys…" Why did the Lord God hearken unto the utterance of Elisha His prophet here? Simple: "Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm"-including by the way, insults, harassment, assault etc" (Psalm 105:15). Just as the Ambassadorial Rights and Privileges of Prophets-ARPP that the Almighty God has given to us His genuine prophets can be used for correction and protection; so they are mostly used for good and beneficence. My wife is always amazed how people treat me or go out of their ways to render assistance to me most times for free without demanding payments; either at the mall, doing printing or photocopying, at the airport, waiting on the line to be attended to, inquiring of information, checking into hotel, asking for directions and so on. When we first got married, she was always surprised but now she takes such Gods Favor as normal. When I say to anyone; "The Lord God blesses You" or write a letter or send an email with the concluding greetings: "Remain blessed in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen," they are not just ordinary words but are powerful prophetic words, which you must appropriate by faith.
Why Do Some Prophetic Utterances and Writings of Prophets Fail or Unfulfilled?
But unlike prophecies which must surely and certainly come to past, prophetic utterances, words and writings may be off-the-mark at times for the following six reasons:-
When It Is For Revenge:- The genuine prophet of God should not say or write any prophetic utterance or word solely for revenge sake, because He had warned us thus: "Vengeance is Mine…" (Deuteronomy 32:35; See also Romans 12:17-19).
When It Is Uttered Out of Anger: Whatever prophetic utterance or words, spoken or written by a genuine prophet of the Most High out of anger will certainly and definitely not be fulfilled, because "He or she who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he or she who rules his or her spirit is better than he or she who takes a city" (Proverbs 16:32).
When It Is For Personal Aggrandizement and Self-Glory:- If you want to show the world you are something, then you are nothing before the Lord. Any prophetic utterance or words, spoken or written to show off and boost your ego and self importance is fraught with spiritual dangers and highly calamitous. A genuine and truly-called Man or Woman of God; prophet, pastor, evangelist or teacher who is not humble to know that: "He-the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ must Increase and I must decrease" (John 3:30) cannot finish well and shine spiritually for His Utmost, Praise the Lord! Folks, it is not about me, but about Him, period! This is a frightening banana peel for many men and women of God and I am perpetually prayerful in this regard.
When It Is Selfish: The goal of this Good News is love for others and the works of the King and not about our selfish and egotistical massages. In today's Christendom, especially on the social media, motivational words and messages have morphed into the Good News. We are told to ask the Almighty God for big and latest automobiles, large and expansive mansions, yachts, airplanes, etc and those who have all these earthly wealth are blessed by the Lord God Almighty. Wrong. "What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight" (Luke 16:15)
When It Is Outside God's Will: Ask the Lord God Almighty first about His Will on that person, place or thing or matter before you utter your prophetic words, because " This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us" (I John 5:14). So how do we know the Will of God in all matters, over a thing or person, or people? His Will is contained in His Word: the Holy Bible. Read it and then ask Him for confirmation, period!
When It Is Over-Ruled: Some of the times I have been over-ruled in my prophetic utterances and words by the Greatest Boss; the Holy Spirit. He does this as He told me; to humble me, to let me focus on Him rather than on me and also to train me so I will know I am still human just as …a messenger of Satan was sent to Paul to buffet him, lest he should be exalted above measure (2 Corinthians 12:7).
NEXT WEEK: We shall look at the differences between Speaking in Tongues and Praying in Tongues.
Pastor Eugeme Ohams and his wife, Sister Ruth Chioma had been praying for the fruit of womb for more than half-a decade without success. Then Pastor Ohams sought the Face of the Lord and got in touch with us. We told him what he and his wife should do on the Unction of the Holy Spirit and they welcomed their bouncing baby girl on October 11, 2017 in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Eastern Nigeria. Brother Toye Odubiro and his wife, Sister Abiodun had been married for 12 years without a child. They read about what the Lord God Almighty did to others through The Jesus Christ Solution Center Texas and contacted us. We told the couples what to do and they obeyed the instructions of the Holy Spirit. On April 12, 2018, the couple welcomed their first baby girl in Springfield, Illinois to the Glory of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They brought the baby here at The Jesus Christ Solution Center, Texas for christening April 12, 2019 to fulfill their vow to the Lord.
Space will not permit us to chronicles the monumental breakthroughs and miracles the True Lord God Almighty has used The Jesus Christ Solution Center in the precious lives of many souls looking for jobs, promotions, health, immigration, settling down to God-given husbands and wives, seeking the Face of the Lord for ministry, business success, political offices and public service etc. The Holy Spirit has directed us to host select few precious souls for His Utmost here at The Jesus Christ solution Center, Cameron Texas next year tagged: Breakthrough 2020. Be a part of us:-
ONDO 2020 AND SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
On Monday May 18, 2015, I disclosed in this column that the True Lord God Almighty had approved my request under Ambassadorial Rights and Privileges of Prophets-ARPP-to make an Owo person the governor of my state, Ondo State. It was granted and I announced in this column after the grant thus: "As I have noted in this column few weeks ago, the Lord God Almighty has given us the power to decree on who becomes the next governor of my state. I have received some name suggestions and after scrutinizing the names, the man who tried it last time and nearly made it is now positioned to become the next governor of Ondo State. I am talking about Mr. Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN and the defunct ACN gubernatorial candidate in 2011. If he hasn't made up his mind yet, he should let us know, but if he wants to become the governor in 2016, he should declare it now" (Here is the link to the prophecy: https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/051815.html
(See also May 20, 2015 for prophetic words as published in Accra, Ghana thus:- https://www.modernghana.com/news/618785/1/gods-prophetic-gift-sidling-up-with-healing-powers.html
Now that Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is about to complete his first term as governor, the grant of four years is still available for Owo, but the possibility and chances of Mr. Akeredolu making it for another four years are slim. Here is the prophetic utterance and words as far as Ondo 2020 is concerned; if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) listens to what the Holy Spirit is telling us to disclose to them and the party leadership in Ondo State is humble to listen carefully and with humility do all that the Holy Spirit tells us to tell them, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu will lose the 2020 governorship election as my prophetic words and utterance declares. I will explain in detail here next week what the PDP in Ondo State should and must do to win the Ondo State Governorship Election next year.