by Pastor Toks Oshokoya
Someone said, “Evil will thrive when good people keep quiet.” And I dare say that evil will thrive when you or I keep quiet. But I have made up my mind that I am not going to keep quiet. There are only two reasons why you keep quiet and it is because you either do not know what to say or that you are afraid.
The widespread evil of miracles where people are messed up in diverse manners all in the name of deliverance or healing prayers is happening as prophesied in the scriptures. With the Gay rights been passed into law, many recognised men of God have not been able to make their stand for the truth known. So God has to allow Louis Farrakhan, a civil rights activist and a sworn Muslim, to tell the world what they need to know. And in saying this, he sounded more like a Christian than a Muslim, and asked “are you saying that God does not have the right to tell you how to live in the life He gave you? You can say this is modern times, but it is only modern for you, not for God!” Christians, wake up and regain your position, else someone else would take your place!
When evil comes who will stand for Jesus? When you are rebuking and reproofing evil, the devil tries to play a trick on you by asking you, Aare you better? Are you perfect?” But if you fall for it and shut you permanently, God is going to ask you.
Many people don’t understand the parable of the talents in Matthew 25 where the Master gave different amounts of talents to his servants according to their several abilities. Why did he give the last servant one talent even when he knew the servant would do nothing with it? He wanted to prove that he loved that servant, even though he knew the servant’s ability was zero. But that servant failed and instead of addressing his failure, he attacked his master. Everything he complained about his master was correct except that he saw it from another perspective. Those qualities in his boss were there to make him a better person, but he turned it negatively against him. Are you like that, do you attack the preacher when a message affects you? It is the content of the message that matters.
I want you to know that many of the so-called miracles we see are actually stage-managed. But how do you prove that most of these miracles are false and counterfeit? Most people have been deceived to believe that those miracles are from God.
Isaiah 8:17-20 “And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion. And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
From this scripture, we understand that the people of God are for signs and wonders. If you move with the multitude, then you are not a sign from God. Every child of God has two birth certificates, the day of physical birth by a mother and the day of spiritual birth by the Holy Spirit.
The famous Pastor T. B. Joshua was asked if he was born again and he said he got born again in his mother’s womb. That simply shows that something is wrong. If you get born again in your mother’s womb, it means that you were born once. When he was asked about his spiritual lineage—what was your church, who was your pastor, who led you to Christ? All his answers were no. such people are called bastards in the Bible. And to crown it all, he names his church The Synagogue Church of all nations. Synagogue and church are all places of worship, but it is very foolish for any Christian to call his of place of worship a synagogue. Because synagogue was the only place of worship in the Bible that God did not ask for. The Jews started synagogue worship during their dark ages when the Spirit of God did not communicate with them in about four hundred years while they were in captivity. And when the New Testament church began, they stared as fellowship and churches, not synagogues. They would go to the synagogue, preach and release spiritual captives and then take them to church. So how can someone in our twenty-first century merge synagogue and church together, and people love it so? Anytime you see any so called true man of God tries to authenticate his power or to counter the power of the devil, hardness of heart usually occurs.
Satan tempted Jesus but it was not beyond Jesus to do all that the devil asked Him to. The devil wanted Him to prove Himself, but He refused. God is not going to prove Himself because of your need, He would prove Himself just because He loves you. If the written word of God cannot settle a matter, then nothing else will, not even miracles. Why was Pharaoh’s heart hardened even with all the miracles God demonstrated in his land? How can South African still be in delusion after twenty years of the gospel in that land, yet they go about accepting all manner of devilish miracles to entertain people and continue in evils such as xenophobia and the rest? The power of the gospel is to change hearts and if it does not do that in their land, then they have no gospel. Therefore, you cannot and should not use signs and wonders to authenticate your ministry, if not you are playing into the hands of the devil.
I may fail in any other thing but I have zero tolerance for error, as we see the day of the Lord approaching.
The Day of the Lord
What is a day?
Genesis 1:1-19 says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day”
William Marion Branham used to say, “The spoken word is the original seed.” The original seed for seasons, events and occurrences is ‘day’. The day was to be for signs, for seasons and for years. So there are days that you can add together and group them. And that is why the Lord called some time “Last Days”, because it is a continuum of seasons, occurrences and time. There is a time called the last days, are that time is not like other days. All times are not the same, as the Bible has rightly declared in Ecclesiastes 3. But there are some days that the Bible calls the last days.
We can see that from the beginning of time God designed time and times to be divided, characterized and grouped by days. There is a phrase repeatedly used in the Bible called “The Day of the Lord”. The day of the Lord is not 24 hours, or a single season but much more than that. It refers to a continuum of days characterized by peculiar events and succeeding seasons. Within the day of the Lord there are several seasons and occurrences, yet it is still the day of the Lord. If you don’t understand what it means you would not know the importance of the last days.
What is the day of the Lord?
Isaiah 13:6, 9 tells us, “Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty… Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.”
These scriptures show that the day of the Lord is about destruction; it is also characterized by anger and judgment of sinners.
Verse 13 says, “Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.”
Isaiah 30:26 also says, “Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.”
Notice two things from this scripture: one is positive, the other is negative. What period of time is this scripture referring to? We need to find out when is the beginning and the end of the day of the Lord.
Joel 1:15 says, “Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.”
This confirms that it is a day of destruction.
Joel 2:11, 31 also says, “And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?…The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” So there is a period of the day of the Lord which even the Bible asks “who can stand it?”
Joel 3:13 says, “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.” This also tells that in that day of the Lord people would be in situation where they would have to make decisions that would determine their destination, and your job as a child of God during that time is to shine the light so that people can take the right decisions.
See also Amos 5:18-20 and Zephaniah 1:7-18, these scriptures tell us that the day of the Lord is a period that would be very terrible. And that means you cannot say because evil is happening all around, you now settle on your lees, you must do something for God; you must take responsibility.
In Psalm 73, David himself concluded that the wicked are making progress in life, but why? Just take a glance at the newspapers, you’ll see them, their necks are fat and their children are the one graduating from Oxford University. You’ll see their four and six year old children, riding on first class air line just for summer holidays, while they do not even know how to make one naira.
A white man once said to me that he noticed that every typical white child is meant to do so form of work during holidays, but African children come to the white man’s land during holidays, just to play about and spend money that they cannot earn. So what is the problem with us? Is it that the white man does not have money to spray on their children, no. It is just that they teach their children the value of money.
There is a bastard generation now that does not know what fatherhood is all about. But I want you to know that in these last days, the Lord would send Elijah the Prophet to reconcile the hearts of the fathers with sons and the hearts of the sons to their fathers, so that He would not bring a curse upon us.
There is a terminology called the last days, and depending on the writer it could be “these last days” or “these latter days” or “end times”. The last days are a subset of the day of the Lord.
2 Peter 3:1-4 “This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.?
2 Timothy 3:1 says, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”
The Greek word translated “PERILIOUS” is ‘chalepos’, and only occurs again in the Bible in Matthew 8:28 which says, “And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.”
That word chalepos is the same word used as ‘exceeding fierce’ in this scripture. The word perilous means “idea of reducing the strength, difficult or (by implication)”, and it has synonyms like FURIOUS; FIERCE; PERILIOUS”
According to Apostle Paul, reasons for these fierce times as prophesied in 2 TIM 3:1 are due to deterioration of human character, deterioration of human ethics, deterioration of human morals, and people loving pleasure more than God. The cause of these moral deteriorations will be based on the “me” philosophy or self love and the prevailing attitude of the end times or perilous times is the “this is what I want” mentality, and the “I don’t care what you want, I know what I want and I am going to have it” mentality
This self love problem of humanity has led to the breakup of marriages, friendships, associations or Partnerships, and even the breakup of churches and the total breakup of society in general. we must understand that there is no remedy to this downward free fall in the state of humanity, there is no stoppage to the deterioration, no halting except the “birth pangs/labour pains” for this earth we live in because the word of God has already declared it in Matthew 24: 7-13 “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
This “labour pains” that the earth is going through is actually to bring the kingdom of God upon the earth. But who will be part of that kingdom? The Bible tells us that there is only one way to kingdom of God as declared by Jesus in John 3: 3, 5 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
See also Hebrews 1:2 and James 5:3.
What are the signs of the last days?
1 Timothy 4:1-4 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the
faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:”
Note that the faith as written in this scripture does not say that some shall depart from faith, but that some shall depart from the faith. There are several faiths. Moreover, the some who shall depart does not tell us whether they will be many or not. They will give heed to seducing spirits, why? Because it appeals to them, it attracts their attention towards doctrines of devils. And I want you to note that any where you see the word ‘doctrine’ in plural, it is of the devil. Throughout the entire Bible, no doctrine from God is pluralized.
One of the signs of false prophets and teachers is that they speak lies in hypocrisy. I watched one of them in South Africa where he told his congregation to eat snakes. He has also told his followers that he would turn a rat to food and they would eat it. But the people that televised the show zoomed in on the rat and found out that the rat was still alive and breathing. Can you imagine a man of God saying that rat was dead and making his members to eat it? He knew the rat was still alive, but he spoke lies in hypocrisy.
Secondly, they will not have natural affection. Any normal human being would have pity on that tiny rat, but not him. Thank God that this particular so-called false prophet has been arrested. Many of these false prophets are the grand children of TB Joshua. Imagine one of them making babies in the womb to dance? Is it not clear that he has already invoked a spirit on those babies? I wonder how some men would be so foolish as to stay in such a place with their wives where a so-called man of God would be making their babies in the womb to dance! Many of them were even wearing shirts with the picture of the so-called prophet on it.
If you attend any church where you are obligated to be associated with the picture of a man, either on your shirt, on your wall or whatever, you are already walking under a curse. Because one of the Ten Commandments says you shall not put up any image nor worship them.
False prophets also have seared consciences. Imagine a so-called man of God jumping on a woman all in the name of conducting deliverance? If the woman were his mother, would he jump on her? Can you imagine what would happen to the spinal cord of that woman? These are all signs that tell that all such show of anointing is wrong.
Bear this in mind, the Spirit of the living God does not humiliate or decrease your human dignity. If He does then that is contrary to the scripture that says, “What is man that thou art mindful of him and the son of man that thou visits him?” When Jesus delivers anyone, He always told people to clean them up and dress them well. Jesus would never have put His legs on anybody to deliver them.
All these false prophets are just practicing witchcraft on people in the name of deliverance, because there is no anointing released from heaven that allows man to control another person; that is witchcraft, and it is illegal authority. Manipulation, domination and intimidation are all illegal authorities and can also be termed as “veiled witchcraft” Those are authorities that are not within what the Holy Spirit gives.
Thirdly, when these false prophets deliver people, they tell them to either shout or run or do some form of show. If it is the Holy Spirit that is working through these so called prophets, then something is wrong with the Holy Spirit because HE would not tell you to have self control if He does not have. And if the Holy Spirit tells you to have self control, should He not have self-control? So what kind of Spirit came upon those who were being delivered that they have to start misbehaving? That cannot be the Holy Spirit. Some of them forbid to marry, and that gives a hint about homosexuality.
2 Timothy 3:1-8 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.”
Another sign of the end time is that people become despisers of good things. And that spirit is very subtle that you may not know it’s in you. Are you a despiser of good things? Do you look for a way to remove the shine from anybody who seems to do well?
Notice that most of the people in these false churches are women; silly women who are looking for all kinds of miracles. They have been told what the salvation of God means but they can never come to the understanding of justification. They have a form of godliness but they deny the power thereof. They want to receive the miracle see their fellows receive, but they forget that God does not need the motivation of what He’s done for someone else to do yours for you.
The Christian race is full of ups and downs, but you and your children are for signs and wonders. Be strong and of good courage.