– by Tayo Faloye.

As 2019 came to an end and a new year, 2020, begins in earnest, Nigerians are once again getting inundated with a plethora of predictions and permutations veiled as prophecies from some of our so-called clerics especially pastors about the new year.

It has become a disturbing trend a number of churchgoers do not look forward to have anymore. My admonition is for the impressionable minds stuck on their credulity to stay guided and desist from being deceived by these yearly rhetorics. God is not an author of confusion who speaks to multiple persons giving them conflicting messages to pass to the people. Neither is He bound by a new year’s timeframe before making revelations known to mankind. Your life in a year will yield to what you make of it. “I will bless the work of your hand,” say the scripture.

More unsettling is that a high fraction of these prophetic projections aren’t without political undertones garbed in biases. The supposed divinity oracles in their veiled hunt for relevance become amnesic to the fact that the major building blocks for electoral success of any individual are his/her sociopolitical network (STRUCTURE), problem solving knowhow (IDEOLOGY) and grassroot mobilization capacity (NUMBERS), not soothsaying. I call it the SIN metrics. They lose cognizance of these obvious crux in their fixation on politicians to use the forecasts as a bargaining chip.

This is in no way to trash all Pastors and their prophecies. Indisputably, God speaks to man and prophecies come to pass but He’s consistent at it. The birth of Jesus Christ foretold is an instance. The narration of His birth is vividly captured in the new testament, the books of Matthew & Luke, to be precise. However, prior to the birth of Jesus, His coming had been revealed in different prophecies in the old testament. Never were there inconsistencies by the prophets God used for the revelations. Below are some bible quotes on the coming of Christ.

“What I saw in my vision
hasn’t happened yet.
But some day, a king of Israel
will appear like a star.” – (Numbers 24:17).

“…Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah, but out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel, whose family line goes back to ancient times.” – (Micah 5:2).

“But the LORD will still give you proof. A virgin is pregnant; she will have a son and will name him Immanuel.” – (Isaiah 7:14).

Now, let’s compare the above prophecies to the gale of permutations we have today. The following are clashes of prophecies for 2019 by pastors, being the year of Nigeria’s general election. They left me with goosebumps…

“Let me say, as a matter of fact, that Buhari does not need an alfa or prophet to deceive him that he would win the election, for as God lives, he would lose to Atiku”
– Bishop Wale Olagunju.

“Atiku Abubakar will win the 2019 Presidential Election.”
– Pastor Chris Okafor.

“Among Atiku and Buhari and those who you think are influential, God said He had withdrawn power from them. None of them will get on to the seat of power”
– Prophet John Ogundele.

“I see Atiku win the 2019 Presidential Election.”
– Apostle Suleman.

“The Lord said Buhari’s tenure is once and not twice… If he makes a mistake to campaign for elections, before they vote, he will die.”
– Pastor Samuel Akinbodunse (South Africa).

“Atiku Will Win 2019 Presidential Election”
– Prophet Isa El-Buba.

“God revealed to me that the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is not given the grace to govern Nigeria for a second term”
– Pastor Simone Akorede.

“I was on a mountain and saw Buhari on the right and Atiku on the left. I asked God what the vision meant and it was announced that Atiku has won the presidency… Atiku had been ordained Nigeria’s President since 2012”
– Prophet David Babalola.

“God told me that the new occupant of Aso-Rock come 2019 is Atiku Abubakar.”
– Bishop Oyedepo.

“Atiku/Obi would have a landslide victory in the poll. His govt would heal the wounds of the country and it would be better than all past government.”
– Prophet Daniel Udoka.

“The election will be closely contested between the two leading political parties but I see Muhammadu Buhari winning.”
– T.B. Joshua.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is God’s mandate for 2019. God said he is giving President Buhari another opportunity to make History…”
– Apostle Chris Omatsola.

Father Mbaka, on his own, gave two different prophecies on same election, initially saying Atiku was going to win before making a U-turn to say Buhari would emerge victorious.

Aren’t we in interesting times? What could be more indicative that the end time is here with these widespread prophetic controversies every year? Who is he that speaketh when the Lord has not commanded?

Ezekiel 22:28 states:
“And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord God, when the Lord hath not spoken.”

Jeremiah 14:14 reinforces the above: “Then the Lord said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.”

Hence, Christians must endeavor to study their Bible and put into use their “Grey Matter” for the purpose it was bequeathed on them. They must be discerning so as not to be a prey to pastoral prophecies and doctrines that sound good but are inherently manipulative and mischievous. They are the architect of their destiny. Mould it. God is free, open and accessible. Connect with Him. Pastors are only a means to an end, not an end in themselves. Desist from deifying them. Develop a personal relationship with God and He will make straight your path.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” – John 14: 6


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