By John Abiola
Join us on the 1st of October, our National day of fasting, repentance, and prayer for revival in Nigeria. Let’s all seek the face of God by crying in prayer, fasting, and repentance for a New revival in our land.
I had an encounter with God in 1997 during a period of fasting and prayer for the pulling down of all oppositions, confrontations, and strongholds of the enemy. I was praying that the kingdom of God would come to Africa, for the revival fire of the gospel to penetrate through the lands of Africa. I was praying for souls to be won into the Lord’s kingdom and for both those in government and in the church.
While I was on my knees in my room in soul-crying and passionate longing prayers, God gave me a Prophetic word from Ezekiel 36: 35-38, of a great revival coming to Africa from Nigeria. This prophecy according to the revelation can only be fulfilled through persistent and consistent prayer.
To understand God’s love, His loving kindness, and mercy on us for the promised revival, let’s read Ezekiel 36 from verses 24 to 38.
24 “For I will gather you up from all the nations and bring you home again to your land.
25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols.
26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.
27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.
28 “And you will live in Israel, the land I gave your ancestors long ago. You will be my people, and I will be your God.
29 I will cleanse you of your filthy behavior. I will give you good crops of grain, and I will send no more famines on the land.
30 I will give you great harvests from your fruit trees and fields, and never again will the surrounding nations be able to scoff at your land for its famines.
31 Then you will remember your past sins and despise yourselves for all the detestable things you did.
32 But remember, says the Sovereign Lord, I am not doing this because you deserve it. O my people of Israel, you should be utterly ashamed of all you have done!
33 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When I cleanse you from your sins, I will repopulate your cities, and the ruins will be rebuilt.
34 The fields that used to lie empty and desolate in plain view of everyone will again be farmed.
35 And when I bring you back, people will say, ‘This former wasteland is now like the Garden of Eden! The abandoned and ruined cities now have strong walls and are filled with people!’
36 Then the surrounding nations that survive will know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruins and replanted the wasteland. For I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do what I say.
37 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: *I am ready to hear Israel’s prayers* and to increase their numbers like a flock.
38 They will be as numerous as the sacred flocks that fill Jerusalem’s streets at the time of her festivals. The ruined cities will be crowded with people once more, and everyone will know that I am the Lord .”
The only solution to the spiritual catastrophe in our nation is revival. The relevance of revival can not be overstretched, and my heart is gladdened because I know it has started already. Nevertheless, my prayer and desire is that the fire that has sprouted out will engulf the nation and the world.
( Please click the link: From my prayer room: Jesus’ message to the church By John.. https://www.churchtimesnigeria.net/prayer-jesus-message-church/
We are at the end of time, and because of this there is a high level of Satanic deceptions and lies that has blindfolded so many people and are sweeping millions of people to hell every day.
Our only assignment and responsibility as Christians (2chronicles7: 13- 14) is to fast and pray in sober repentance for the purpose of a personal revival in our nation.
There is hope for Nigeria and Nigerians! There is hope for Africa and Africans! There is hope for an incipient mighty work of evangelization of the whole of Nigeria and Africa!
There is hope, that Nigeria would rise from her slumbering state and begin a global work of harvest of souls into God’s Kingdom before the imminent second coming of Jesus Christ!
But for our hope to come into manifestation, certain work has to be done to pave the way for such a mighty move. One of which is to repent, fast, and pray, paving the way for God to move in an unprecedented manner in our midst.
*Nigeria in Bible prophecy by Yusuf Rufa’i*
Yusuf Rufa’i revealed a shocking revelation from the Bible, Prophet Isaiah’s prophecy about the Nigeria nation even before its existence thousands of years ago (3228 years).
This is thoughtful, insightful, and educative, “God’s commentary on Isaiah Chapter 18″. Hidden in it is God’s blueprint for bringing in the Global Harvest at this End Time. I have written this commentary based on two premises:
1. When I read scriptures they speak of nations or people like Lud, Put, Egypt (Mizrain), Libya (Cyrene), and Ethiopia (Cush) I know it is referring to Africa and Africans or Blacks of the world. In this light, over time I have studied and meditated on these scriptures thoroughly. Isaiah 18, 19, 20 are some examples of such scriptures.
2. I have had two visions from the Lord in which the Lord told me or revealed to me that:
(I) Isaiah Chapter 18 speaks of Nigeria and her destiny from God.
(ii) And that Isaiah Chapter 18 speaks also of a man of God, an Evangelist, a Prophet, and a Teacher also from Nigeria. Please read Psalms 68: 31 – 33 and Zephaniah 3: 9 – 10.
Isaiah Chapter 18 is loaded with allegories, symbols, and mysteries. When the prophecy was initially given and for hundreds of years it remained a mystery but now the mystery has been unraveled.
When the prophecy was given to Isaiah, Nigeria as a people or Nation was still in the loin of Ethiopia or Egypt as Africa was then known.
This prophecy is messianic and speaks of the End Time and the close of this present Age. This prophecy speaks of the greatest work of God to be done on earth in a short time since the Church Age began before the return of Jesus Christ.
If anybody is important or worth his salt in the Kingdom of God on earth then he or she should pay close and serious attention to the prophecy in Isaiah Chapter 18 and the country Nigeria and also look out for the Man of God whom God has designated as a personification of Isaiah Chapter 18. Let’s look at the verses one by one slowly and meditatively.
When Isaiah gave this prophecy in Israel, Ethiopia was down south of the land of Canaan or Palestine. “Beyond the rivers of Ethiopia” means deep into the heartland of the African continent
A “land of whirring wings” means a land of active, traveling people. The word whirring means a constant sound from the continuous movement of a machine or the wings of a bird.
“Which sends Ambassadors by the Nile, in vessels of papyrus upon the waters!”
This is purely a symbolic language. This means the massive and regular sending off of Ambassadors, that is, Ministers of God, bearers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“In vessels of papyrus upon the waters.”
This refers to the transportation of these Ambassadors to the Nations. The waters or sea in the Bible is a symbol of many peoples.
“Go you swift messengers to a nation, tall and smooth, to a people feared near and far, a nation might and conquering, whose land the rivers divide.” These lines speak of the black African people receiving help from the Angels of God as they do the work of God (Heb. 1: 14, Matt. 13: 30, 39).
The last two lines qualify and give the identity of the country in reference. Because of the Boldness, Resilience, Intelligence, and strong character of Nigerians wherever they go, others can’t help but acknowledge and reckon with them.
Nigeria is Africa‘s giant and a mighty and conquering nation, in the sense of her size, population, resources, achievements, and accomplishments – which is actually her edge and blessing. It is the only country in Africa whose land the Rivers Niger and Benue divide equally and form a confluence in the city of Lokoja.
The Y symbol on Nigeria‘s Coat of Arms, a national insignia represents these rivers and the dividing of the country.
“All you inhabitants of the world, you who dwell on the earth, when a signal is raised on the mountains, look! When a trumpet is blown, hear!” This means a message will go forth or an event, physical or spiritual will occur that will signal the beginning of this massive and compelling work of salvation among the nations. “Raised on the mountains” refers to the Church or the presence of God among His people.
This means the sovereign Lord who declares the end from the beginning, who rules in the affairs of men and who orchestrates all things will behold the earth from His dwelling in heaven as His will is executed with no one, no power, no force or spirit stopping or hindering it.
Before Harvest comes blossoming and after Blossoming comes harvest. Harvest denotes gathering in. In the Bible, Harvest means the salvation of souls or snatching away or Rapture of the Righteous or Saints and also the collecting of Evil ones for punishment (please see: Matt 13: 30, 37 – 39; 25: 31 – 33; 24: 30 – 31, Rev. 14: 14 – 16).
Blossoming refers to the Revival Awakening and preparation of a people for God. For the Blossoming must come to a conclusion for the Harvest to occur because the flower has become a ripening grape.
Then the Church of God would have been ripe for plucking when God will say to her “Come up hither.” Hallelujah!
“He will cut off the shoots with pruning hooks, and the spreading branches he will hew away.”
This means all pretenders, hypocrites, the unfaithful, infiltrators, and children of Satan among the blossoming will be removed by God (please see: Matt. 13: 27 – 30, 40 – 42; 25: 31 – 33, Rev. 14: 17 – 20).
This means the “cut off the shoots” and the “spreading branches hewn away” will be lost forever and will become prey to the curse of God. A determination for those who reject Jesus Christ and disobey or are unfaithful to God.
This means Gifts, that is, saved and sanctified souls will be brought to the LORD of Host to Mount Zion, that is, the everlasting presence and Church of God (Heb. 12: 22 – 24).
These great feats will be inspired and carried out in the world by majorly the activities and effort of the “people tall and smooth, from a people feared near and far, a nation mighty and conquering, whose land the rivers divided.” And that nation is Nigeria and the people are called Nigerians. Whoever has eyes and ears let him see and hear what the Spirit is doing and saying. Keep the Flag flying and the Oil burning”.
Having read through the revealing prophecy of NIGERIA, brethren this is a time to, bring into fulfillment the manifestation of the great Destiny of Nigeria.
Wherever you are, join us on the national day of fasting, repentance, and prayer for national revival in Nigeria, our Nation which will take place on Independence Day, Sunday, October 1st, 2023. Let’s lay the foundation of a new Nigeria through, repentance prayer so as to expect a major transformation and reformation for the Nation.
Location: wherever you are in one, two, or more groups in our homes, churches, meetings, etc. You can break your fast at any time that is convenient for you.
*Special invitation* to all the spiritual fathers, General overseers, General superintendents, prophets, pastors, priests, intercessors, missionaries, mission agencies, leaders of prayer groups and movements, and leaders of other Christian institutions…
You are cordially invited to participate in a special prayer for our nation. Please clerics, ministers, and heads of churches in Nigeria and around the world, kindly give a minimum of 10 minutes to lead your people in personal repentance prayers for National sin and on prayer revival. Let’s do it for our Lord Jesus’ glory who initiated this prayer movement.
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You can check out the links below for past and similar prayer articles and you can also pray the prayers there:
Prophetic & Strategic Prayer for National Revival”. https://churchtimesnigeria.net/prophetic-and-strategic-prayer-for-national-revival-by-john-abiola/amp/
Prophetic prayer for national repentance and a New Nigeria https://churchtimesnigeria.net/prophetic-prayer-for-national-repentance-and-a-new-nigeria/amp/
October 1 day of fasting, prayer, repentance, and the force of change in Nigeriahttps://churchtimesnigeria.net/october-1-day-of-fasting-prayer-repentance-and-the-force-of-change-in-nigeria/
Fasting and prayer time: 6:00 AM -6 PM.
This is an annual event, our constant goal has been to raise 100 million Nigerian
Christians from all backgrounds and denominations across Nigeria and around the world, raising up their voices to God in lamentation and repentance for our sins, asking for mercy and forgiveness and visitation of God’s revival blessings in our personal lives, churches, communities, and Nation and also among Nigerians around the world.
*More reason for you to join us in the National Day of prayers and fasting:*
Central Nigeria Massacre – International Christian Concern www.persecution.org › 2023/06/02 › cen… Radicalized and armed Islamist Fulani have killed tens of thousands of Christians and left more than three million homeless in a 20-year …
Nigeria Rises on 2023 World Watch List for Christian …www.mnnonline.org › news › nigeria-ris…2 Feb 2023 · Nigeria moved up to sixth place on the 2023 World Watch List, which ranks the top 50 countries with the worst Christian persecution.
Nigeria accounts for 89% of martyred Christians worldwide http://www.icirnigeria.org › Nigeria-accounts-f…NIGERIA accounts for 89 percent of Christians martyred worldwide, according to the latest report on global Christian persecution.
Furthermore, I appeal to our brothers and sisters in Christ who are non-citizens to join us in this National prayer and fasting for the country of Nigeria wherever you are in any part of the world.
While I was concluding this message, I suddenly thought of millions of souls sliding to eternity in hell like ripe pawpaw on a daily basis, it came heavily in my heart, and I couldn’t control it, bursting out in tears for the lost and perishing souls that are perishing.
It’s an opportunity of us all to join in this divine mandate for mercy and revival for the lost and perishing souls.
I urge you all to please join in this National day of fasting and repentance and also prayer for revival in Nigeria so God can move mightily and cause a movement among us and among the lost ones.
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