With the many Prophets in Nigeria and different messages they deliver from the same God, one wonders if they really hear from God.
The Holy Bible, in the book of 1 Thessalonians, Chapter 5, verses 20 and 21 says: 'Do not treat prophecies with contempt, but test all things. Hold fast to what is good.'
Even before the good Apostle Paul wrote the letter to the Thessalonica brethren, the children of Israel were led by the Prophets who gave them injunctions directly from God. They lived by the tenets of the Prophets and obeyed and respected the words coming from the mouths of the anointed.
Prophets were revered and held in high esteem because they heard directly from God and never added or subtracted from what God gave them to deliver to the people
To show how much God relied on the Prophets of old to deliver His messages and lead his people, he gave an injunction in Deuteronomy Chapter 18 verses 18 to 21 thus:
"I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.
I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name.
But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.”
In Nigeria today, we cannot say the same of the so-called Prophets and men of God who claim to hear directly from God and give out frightening prophecies that speak of doom and gloom.
For them, the deadlier and scarier the prophecy, the more they will be looked upon with reverence and awe. They have different levels of prophecies with the ones for the politicians and elites different from the ones they dish out to the ordinary Nigerians, making people wonder if God thrives in confusion.
At the beginning of the year or on a monthly basis, many of these modern-day prophets and seers come out with some prophecies, some of them far-fetched and mere figments of their imaginations.
And they make it seem like it is the same God who gives them the messages. Or is there any way God will give one seer a prophecy on one issue and give another a different one on the same issue?
This confusion was accentuated a few days ago when Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele, the founder of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church, released his yearbook of prediction entitled 'Warning to the Nations: A Collection of Divine Signals.'
In the book, Primate Ayodele claimed that Nigeria will be broken up into five countries in 2032, and that two of such nations will be greater than the other three.
He went on to predict that Biafra will be actualized but not through Nnamadi Kanu, the famous leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB].
In the same book, Primate Ayodele disclosed that the name Aso Rock and location of Aso Rock will change as there will be shootings and death in the Villa.
“The voice of God says the name Aso Rock will be changed in the nearest future and the location may also change. Let us pray to rebuke death and shootings in the villa.
I foresee that from 2032, Nigeria will not be one country again as I foresee five nations coming out of Nigeria. Two of the nations will be stronger than the other three.
I foresee that Biafra will be actualized but not now. Biafra is going to battle with Nigerian forces for they have done a lot of underground works.
The current leaders clamoring for Biafra now may not be the ones that will make the dream come true. Nnamdi Kanu may not be the one to actualize this dream. I foresee that he will have problems due to his activities in relation to the bail granted him.”
However, another renown man of God, Prophet Emmanuel Omale, the General Overseer of Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministries International, heard something different from the same God when he prophesied that Nigeria will not only remain united but will also be prosperous again.
Prophet Omale told his congregation during a crusade that God told him that those agitating for Nigeria's breakup would transit to the world beyond within the next few years and that Nigerians should have no fear of the possibility of another civil war anytime soon.
In his words, Prophet Omale said:
“The Lord told me to tell Nigerians that Nigeria will not divide; I saw it and I sat with Jesus one-on-one and I fell on my knee and I asked, is Nigeria going to divide? and He said no.
Nigeria will not divide; Nigeria will come together and we will become one strong nation that will feed the whole world. The Lord told me: 'Don’t join the people that want Nigeria to divide because those people in the next few years, you will not see them again.
They will join their ancestors. The Lord told me to tell the whole world that Nigeria will not divide, there won’t be war."
With this dissenting messages purportedly from the same God to different prophets, does that mean that God is trying to cause confusion in Nigeria?
Does God say one thing to one prophet and another thing to the other prophet? Do they really hear from the same God or does God send different angels to deliver these messages differently?
How do we really decipher the truth in these diverging messages being given to Nigerians by different men of God who both claim to hear from God at different times?
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