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Testimony of Uganda Visit

On 11th January I received a call from Brother Akpan Nice, asking me to go with him to Uganda. He had received a word of prophecy from a sister in the congregation concerning the need to visit the country. I told brother Nice that I was still saving up money for the air-ticket cost for my April visit to Asia and so I could not afford going to Uganda by flight (Going by road was not an option as it would require me to apply for leave days from my work. It takes about four days to travel by road to Kampala and another four days for returning. Adding the three days I was supposed to be in Uganda would require me to use up about 11 of my leave days; days which will be so much needed for the Asian itinerary). When brother Nice insisted that he would pay my way, I realised the importance of the visit. I decided to set some time in prayer and fasting to seek the Lord’s will and guidance over the matter.

On the second day of my fast when I reached home from work, I went into the bedroom to have some time of prayer and reading the Word. This was on 16th January, 2019. As I prayed a verse of Scripture dropped into my heart – “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” ( Isa. 55:11). The word “prosper” got my attention. I stopped praying and began to meditate on how God’s word can be accomplished in someone’s life but yet not prosper in the thing for which it was sent! I was led to read through the book of Ezra to see how the prophecies of Jeremiah (29:10) and Daniel (9:25) got accomplished and prospered. Furthermore various events in the book of Ezra were a good type of difficulties that the five-fold ministry is currently going through in building the ‘house of God’.

After writing the thoughts I continued praying. In my prayer that late afternoon I kept supplicating saying, “Lord, let your Word prosper in the thing for which you sent it for in Uganda”.

After an hour of praying, I received the following text message from Sister Bree in USA:

I wanted you to know I am in prayer for you and the trips you are about to take the end of the month. I have set aside some time of prayer and fasting to that end. I pray the Lord will prosper His Word and encourage believers as well as call His elected to repentance while there is still time!

My heart was uplifted when I saw those words – “I pray the Lord will prosper His Word”. When I told her about the experience I had that afternoon concerning Isaiah 53:11, Sister Bree asked: “Are you aware that Brother Nice is this very minute using those same scriptures in his message? I’m watching him over YouTube.” Well, the Lord confirms his speaking to us in various ways and I could see the leading of the Lord in it all.

I flew to Uganda on 30th January, arriving there around 01:00 AM the following day, on Thursday. Brothers Charles Obwoon and Joshua Nice received me at Entebbe Airport. (Brother Joshua Nice, Brother Nice’s young brother who is also a minister of the Word, had arrived earlier in the week with brothers Akpan Nice and Christian Uzoukwu).

Left to Right: Brothers Akpan B. Nice, Joshua Akpan Nice, Andrew C. Phiri, Christian Uzoukwu, Charles Obwoon

I was taken to stay with the family of brother Ambrose Omal.

The Word confirmed with Visions & Dreams

On Wednesday, the day before my arrival, I was told of a great service the believers had when Brother Christian Uzoukwu  had ministered. A vision had been given to a sister during the service. On 1st February, I was scheduled to preach in the evening service. I took the believers through the book of Ezra, looking at types of what the Church of Christ is going through today.

It was an atmosphere filled with the joy of the Lord and a positive reception of the Word being ministered.

At the end of the service I kept hearing local ministers excitedly saying “It’s a Gideon-anointing!” I didn’t understand that until Brother Ambrose excitedly started narrating to me about a dream he had in 2018:

I had a dream the night of 30 – 1st of May 2018… It looked like I was attending a convention or crusade in a place I didn’t know and I realised it was pastor Andy of Ghana who was preaching but I was the one reading the scriptures on his behalf and then as it was going on Pastor Andy gave me a letter which was sent by Pastor Tay of Ghana to the congregation, and he gave me the letter to read to the congregation. I opened and I started reading. The only words I remember were:  “CONTINUE TEACHING THE PEOPLE ABOUT THE BOOK OF EZRA”. And then the spirit moved me to another place and I found the foundation of the church…was being dug and the workers were digging the foundation pits. I stood right there inside the foundation and the voice spoke to me saying, “GIDEON IS COMING”. The voice repeated, “GIDEON IS COMING”. I pointed my figure right inside one of the pits and drilled the pit with my finger like it was drilling machine. And then the spirit took me to another place which looked like it was a sugarcane farm. The farm was well fenced and I realised it was my cousin brother’s late farm. I entered the farm but there was no one inside. I saw nice and well maintained sugarcane plants all over, with no unkempt grass. There were only special and unique species of sugarcane that I have never seen before! So I toured the whole farm and as I was coming back through the same gate where I passed while entering I saw an armed soldier approaching me. He asked, “Who are you?”  I had a metallic sword in my hand that looked to have been made of aluminium steel. I replied to him that I am the brother of the owner of the farm and he said, “okay, fine, I thought you are an intruder”. He started conversing with me normally…escorted me to the gate and I realised they were two armed men. Then I woke up in the dream. As I was laying on my bed meditating  about the dream all of sudden I was caught up in a trance or vision… again the voice clearly spoke to me and said in two different languages, English and Kiswahili, saying “CATCH THE REVELATION, MAWOMBI”. Meaning, catch the revelation and pray. I woke up. Straight way I called my pastor and narrated to him this dream.

Yes, I taught through the book of Ezra showing the believers three troubles that have hindered the building of the ‘house of God’ – the Samaritans, false unity, and claims of one-man ministries. For the constraint of time, I could only

teach on the first two things. When brother Nice on 2nd February ministered, his message was “A good song sung Wrongly” and it hit so hard against claims of some ministries to have succeeded the Seventh Church Age messenger’s ministry. Brother Nice began his message by admonishing believers against the FEAR to stand up against error. It was such an anointed service and I knew that that was ‘Gideon’ speaking to them. We read in the Bible how Gideon separated fearful men from the brave ones who were truly ready to fight! My spirit rejoiced at the working of the Holy Spirit because on the previous day, unknown to brother Nice, brother Ambrose had shared to me a dream which exactly confirmed the message brother Nice preached! It was so uplifting to know that God was in our midst.

I took up the Sunday morning service and the joy of the Lord continued in our hearts. At one point as I preached I saw a brother in the audience looking awestruck as he listened with great attention. He then puzzledly exclaimed, “I can’t believe this!

From the pulpit I straightway left for the airport after bidding each other farewell with Brother Nice. I felt sad parting with him and the other ministers, leaving them on the field. On the way to the airport I asked brother Patrick (who was driving me to the airport) to stop the car so I could have a sight and take a photo of Lake Victoria. It is the largest lake in Africa and chief reservoir of River Nile. It lies mainly in Tanzania and Uganda but also borders on Kenya.

I wait to hear more testimonies of God’s grace for the remaining itinerary. I am now preparing for Asia. We earnestly covet your prayers. From Asia there is another call to visit Malawi and Nigeria. We can only pray that God’s grace may lead us. “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev.22:17).


Letters 

We continue to receive letters of testimonies of the Uganda meetings. My sincere thanks goes to Pastor Charles Obwoon who received and kept us. Heartfelt thanks to brother and sister Omal who accomodated me in their house.

8 Feb 2019 10:53 am

Shalom my precious brother.

I want to register my sincere thanks to you for accepting to follow  the  leading of the Lord for you to pay us a visit one Kampala.  Though, it was rather a very short visit, it was very sweet and I and the church  were specially  blessed by your humble ministry.  

It left sweet memories and I trust God will grant us another opportunity to fellowship together.  
Best regards 
God bless you richly. 
Brother Charles Obwoon 
4 Feb 2019 9:23 am
Hello Pastor Andrew,
God bless you .
Did you reach back home safely ?
I was blessed for the great ministry the lord has given you.
My soul was delivered and my eyes opened to see deeper spiritual things .
May my God I serve and keep taking you around the world delivering his children from bondages.
Best Regards 
OG

Sermons preached in Uganda

The following were the sermons preached by brother A Phiri (Troubles of the Ministry & Through the Fire) and brother A Nice (A good song sung wrongly):

Troubles of the Ministry

A good Song sung Wrongly

Through the Fire

God still gives Children to the barren (Testimony)

We were in a remote village in Mozambique, near the border of Malawi. The people who gathered for the meetings were quite poor in material things  but yet so rich in respecting the ministration of the Word.

Their faith was virgin – they simply believed whole heartedly the simple message presented to them from Scriptures.

After ministering, the hosting pastor asked us to pray for a woman who desired to have a child. They brought the woman forward, in front of the church. “Every time she has a preganancy it ends up in miscarriage” they explained.

If my memory serves me right, the woman had over five miscarriages and upto that time had no children! The poor woman’s face was covered in tears as I started to pray. The words of the prayer are still vivid in my mind because they turned out prophetic: “Lord, the next time I will be in this place may I hold this woman’s child.”

When our mission was done and were back in Lusaka, we received news of the different

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testimonies of healings that had occured among the people.

But there was this one testimony that is the purpose of this sharing: After a year we were invited to visit the village again. It was such a long stressful drive – from Lusaka to Chipata, then crossing into Malawi and on into Mozambique. (The Lord has sustained my small car to move these long distances over the years and it is still strong today!).

One wonderful thing about village folks is that they are hungry for God’s Word and they are eager to listen to the Word the very day you arrive. So, there was no time to rest and unwind. That evening as we were ushered into the church and I was called upon to minister, before I could start speaking, the host stepped forward saying. “We have a testimony...” He then signaled to a woman carrying a child to step forward. God answered the prayer! We rejoiced knowing that God still gives children to the barren.Only believe, All things are possible. Amen.

[The photos in the testimony above were taken on our first trip when the woman was prayed for. We seldom take photos during mission journeys. The above photos were sent to me yesterday by a brother who had accompanied us for the mission. On the next mission when the testimony child was presented he wasn’t around and none of us took any photos. Even so, our hearts have forever stored the album of the joyous services we had in Mozambique].

 

Chipata Mission Report

Report by

Jesse

Jesse M. Nzima

(in the picture  with wife, Moudy)


We had been praying for the mission for quite some time. We thanked the LORD that he finally provided the way for us to travel to the Eastern Province of Zambia, which is about 570km east of Lusaka, to a remote village called Mnukwa.

We set off from Lusaka at 5am on Friday 25th May.  The team that travelled comprised of four brothers and their spouses. After about nine hours on the road, we finally touched Chipata. This city is the provincial headquarters of the Eastern Province.

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Taking a rest after so many hours of driving

We had the opportunity of meeting Chief Mnukwa at his residence in town. He welcomed us. He made us feel at home. He was delighted to finally meet the Nyali Mission team in person.

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With Chief Mnukwa

(Earlier brother Phiri and his wife had been travelling to Chipata to request for land where a church and a school can be established. We have called this project Nyali Mission. Nyali means Light and it is our desire to see the light of God shine in this region. Chief Mnukwa explained that he was looking forward to the establishment of the church and its various activities that will help transform people’s lives spiritually and physically. It is important to note that this is a rural place: schools are scarce and the few that are there are below required standards. Medical facilities are very few, and people have to walk long distances to access them. People are extremely poor and families depend on farming activities. It is for this reason that when Brother Phiri first visited the arean he saw the need to both preach the gospel and teach people literacy skills. He drew inspiration from what the early European missionaries, like Dr David Livingstone, did when they came to Africa. So great were the sacrifices of these missionaries, that one wonders what courage they had to leave the comfort of Europe and come to settle in a strange land which was a bush populated by people whose languages they did not know!).

Upon arrival in Chipata we first visited sister Phiri’s aunt who had been involved in an accident which left her very sick.  Her x-ray showed a crack in the spine. She was in pain and lay down in the centre of the living room as we sat on the sofas.  She had not slept previous nights because of intense pain. She explained how costly the required medical treatment would be. She spoke in tears out of the physical and emotional pain. Some spiritualist religious people visited her and gave her ‘anointed’ water and honey to eat for her healing. They spoke about prophecies of her impending death, to occur on a specified date in June. They said that this would be caused by some people who used evil spells on her. But brother Andrew Phiri read from the book of Jonah chapter Jonah 2:8  – “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy” and encouraged her to believe on the Lord Jesus. He testified about how his mother got supernaturally healed and became a devout believer. At the end of the sharing we held hands in faith praying a prayer of faith. A day after this prayer, the following day, we were surprised to see her walking, looking bright, with a strong voice, and she was able to sleep soundly that night! She happily testified and after two days we passed through the house and she still looked better and stronger than the earlier time. We can only pray that her heart stays steadfast on the promises of God.

On Friday, after praying for the patient we proceeded to Chatama, another village under Chief Mnukwa, where the mother of sister Phiri lives. She farms and rears animals. We arrived at night and were warmly welcomed.

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We arrived at the village around 8 PM

Before going to sleep the family gathered to listen to a preaching. At the end of the sharing we presented various prayer requests which had been given. At the end of the meeting brother Phiri distributed bro Branham’s book –  “Discerning the Body of the Lord”, to all people who were present.

Saturday was the day that we were scheduled to see the land allocated for our ministry.

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In the morning set to go and survey the land the church has been given

That morning there was a request which came from a woman at a nearby home, asking for prayers over her family. She desired healing in her legs which are experiencing pain and prayer over her children. When we arrived there, some more women and children gathered. Brother Phiri preached about the Lord Jesus and how He came to set the captives free. The people were attentive and expectant. After the sharing we had prayer for the sick. We also prayed for the children.

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After a short service we were ready to proceed with journey

We finally said good bye to the people and I looked at the brothers and told them that we had offered prayer and they had received us and heard us but they still needed financial and educational assistance. The people have heard the preaching but they can’t read!

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A nursery school!

We finally proceeded to the area where the piece of land was. It was beyond our expectations. It is so beautiful, so large, very near to the road, and has a stream flowing through it. The local headman showed us the whole area. The land is approximately 400 metres by 160 metres. After finalizing the tour of the place we drove back to town and spent a night at a lodge.

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We hope to establish the ministry on this land.

In the morning, at the lodge, before going for church service, brother Phiri took us to sit around under a tree-shade. He took the opportunity to remind us on various important aspects of leadership that we should always be mindful of as leaders in our local assembly. He admonished the brothers to watch the ways of their homes in ensuring that their wives were also versed in the Truth of God’s Word.

Brother Phiri ministering to us

He stressed that leadership was not merely a position but a life to be lived. He admonished us to be ahead in prayer, to be ahead in studying the Bible. He admonished us to live a life worthy of a leader, full of integrity and devoutness. After a word of prayer we got into our cars and proceeded to  Chipata Christian Tabernacle.

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Chipata Christian Tabernacle

Brother Phiri preached an inspired sermon titled The Way of Life (watch video below).Our spirits rejoiced being in anointed atmosphere. When the sermon ended the pastor of the assembly was enthused at how the message preached reflected what had been mentioned at church the previous week. He desired for us to return there as often as we can to help strengthen the church of Christ. (watch the sermon on the link provided below).

From the church service we started off to Lusaka and arrived in Lusaka around 10:30PM. To God be all the glory.


Way of Life

Preached at Chipata Christian Tabernacle

 

And the Books were Opened – P1

Day One of Gospel Campaign

Kalundu, Lusaka

“AND THE BOOKS WERE OPENED!” A little drama here we can use to illustrate the Truth of God’s Word. The books were closed before they could be opened. The first man, Adam, was first created a spirit being and then later enclosed in a body. In this body our thoughts, imaginations, anxieties, and fears are concealed. But Him whose eyes are like fire sees us ‘naked’ as we are. There is nothing that we are that is hidden from God.

Man lives in constant fear of the death of the body. However, that death only separates one’s soul from his body. When the Soul leaves the body, feelings and consciousness leave the body. However, the soul – wherever it goes  – will still be conscious because it will still have the spirit of life.

Every day of your life you are writing a story. We are books but “written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God” (2 Cor.3:3). You have the ink of life and are writing a story on the pages of time. But you own neither the ink nor the pages.

The Author of Life has power to separate life from the soul. When that happens, one would cease to exist. His consciousness would simply disappear! Should that happen then all that a person was and had achieved would be a waste! That is what constitutes the Second Death, and one, above all things, should dread such a loss! Like the Lord admonished, “fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mat.10:28). Yes, the “sword” of man can only kill the body of flesh, but only God’s Sword can pierce through to separate the spirit of life from a soul – “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb.4:12). The Word is that Sword which shall come out of the mouth of the Christ, for “out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword”(Rev.19:15).

What story are you writing? Remember that you don’t own the ‘pen’ or the ‘pages’ on which you write. It would be foolish to write your own story before you are told by your maker what story to write. Your prayer should be, “Show me your will Lord”. (Listen to the sermon below).

Building project

We are so very happy to finally start the construction works of the place where believers will be gathering to study and hear the Word. I am also glad that I bought my house plot just next to the one for the church (the house is on the right in the picture below. We have often saved up finances for keeping foreign visitors in hotels). Even so, that has not gone without the blessing of the Lord. However, finally there is a place that will be called home with no cost. If the Lord tarries, it is my desire for this to be a house of prayer, love and fellowship for ministers and believers. All this reminds me of the time when our fellowship had just started as a very small gathering in the living room of my mother. She was Catholic then. But one day the Lord healed her of her disease and she got baptised in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and  ever since she has been a faithful member of the fellowship.

Back in the years when I used to be in Pentecostal Holiness Church, the church owned their building and it was always wonderful for individual christians to go there at their convenience to pray, fast, and study.Thats the time when I spent so much time alone in prayer and seeking the Lord. Those years will forever be remembered as the time I developed a closer relationship with God. Over the years, after Believers Assembly started, gathering in a classroom has been quite an inconvenience. But to God be all the glory who has supplied all our needs according to His riches in glory. Now we have a place where we have started our construction works. The place is in a good, well-planned and serene area.The building will have a library, Bible study and fellowship hall. We are also glad that our recordings for the YouTube channel will be clearer in sound quality. But all this is only how far our eyes and desires can see. But we are comforted with words of Martin Luther – “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

All the works havent been an easy process, but it is so amazing to  see local believers so zealous and determined to see the structure completed as soon as possible.

As we build this structure we are careful not to get obsessed with the physical block-work. There are spiritual ‘blocks’ we must look for and establish in the Faith.

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It is “living stones” which will constitute the building of the Holy City, New Jerusalem. On 1st, 2nd and 3rd December we will be having a crusade around this area where the construction works are taking place. Join us in prayer for the Light of God to reach out to that ‘stone’ which is still lost in the dark.

Amen

 

Chipata Mission Report

We are back from Chipata, located in the Eastern Province of Zambia. It’s about 7 hours drive. Thankfully the road is perfect. Often I have to keep singing and listening to hymns and sermons to keep my mind awake. However, the stress of such a journey is all forgotten when I think about the successful mission we had.

We had a good time of fellowship at Chipata Christian Tabernacle where I taught on “Discerning the Lord’s Body” before proceeding to Muuma Village which was the purpose of our mission.

Like all other villages in Zambia, Muuma of Chief Mnukwa is away from the luxuries and noisome activities of cities. My wife and I stayed there for three days. We lived in a nice thatched house. With no conventional electric lights anywhere, the night is quite dark in this village. However, this made us enjoy the beautiful sight of the sky dotted with stars and spruced with a brightly lit moon. Later in the night, from a distance is a din of the beating of African drums. Some for entertainment and others for revering spirits.

In a village like this, one gets to experience lost cultural values of family and friendship. Sitting and reading under a tree-shade, different passers-by would wave or bow in greeting. Back in city people hardly greet even in closely compacted rooms of elevators.

The sad state of Villages

Great missionaries like Dr David Livingstone had left Europe to come and preach and also teach us how to read.

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Today we can read and earn an income but sadly very few have thought about taking the Light of Life to the rural places.  Young people are mainly obsessed with building and investing in the city. Meanwhile old folks are left to break their backs in the hot sun of the villages. What is more, we now have a new breed of missionaries who care less about simple basics of the Gospel of helping the needy of the world. Modern missionaries are market researchers given to search for niches where they can siphon out the little that people earn, promising them God’s blessings in exchange. Their revivals thrive on people’s superstition and ignorance. Thus rural areas have remained impoverished. There are no decent schools. I was so appalled to see one dilapidated school (watch a brief video report at the end of this report). There are no churches (except for a few traditional ones. Clearly in such places there are no people with the ‘seed’ to sow in the ‘Give and Prosper Ministries’!)

Meeting the chief and headmen

On the morning of going to meet the chief and headmen to secure land for a church and mission school, we closed up ourselves with my wife in a beautiful thatched room where we prayed, calling on the Light of God to shine over the village. Ours is a mission to pick up from where early European missionaries left from.We managed to meet the chief, after going through the protocol of conversing with his security personnel. We presented an official letter of our request and then went on to discuss the goal of our mission. He was very pleased. “Giving land to a church is top on our priorities because through that our people will be helped spiritually as well as physically.” I knew what he meant by “physically”. In the village a person will do very hard work in exchange for a simple shirt to wear. Many families work for salt, a rare commodity in the villages. After being assured of a wonderful size of land, I was so grateful in my heart and I said to myself, “Kuyere!” (Let there be Light).

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Office and Residence of Chief Mnukwa.

Just as we were leaving the palace, walking towards our car, two women rushed to come and greet us. “Do you remember us?” They asked. They went on to explain and testified of how we once prayed for them at a home revival meeting and how great the revival they experienced. That was as if something was beckoning to say, “Come, this is a ripe field for the Lord’s work.”

At this time we are planning crusade activities and are working on a project to construct a church building in Muuma Village. Pray with us, and if you feel led, your financial support will be of much help. God bless.

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Butuan Meetings

Day 1 of Butuan Convention – April 13, 2017

It was wonderful to see believers from different places gather for worship. There are some believers I have met before when I was here last time, others I have come to know them through social media and I was glad to now meet them in person. But2.jpgThe believers here are so welcome. The family of sister Sarah has been so caring, making me feel at home. All around me are white-skinned people. I guess am adding a little colour to their environment. Well, what I see around me are not Filipinos but brothers and sisters united by that precious blood of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. No wonder there is love, peace and joy. They shall come from the East and West and sit down at the feet of the Lord, one song says. And the good old book says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!“ (Psalm 133:1).

In the first message I introduced a series that I would be speaking on during the meetings titled “WHAT TIME IS IT?” We went back to the beginning of Time when God created the immense Universe out of which came  galaxies and planets and all the stupendous works that Science has tried to reach and elaborate on. The sharing was later narrowed down to the tiny speck of dust called “Earth” on which we human beings live.Day1ButuanConvention.jpg If there is God – why did He create us? Why did He set the fundamental laws of the Universe in such precise order? Was it for us just to wake up, eat, work, grow old and die? Surely not. He had a purpose! And science tells us that our galaxies are in motion. The Earth is also in motion around the Sun. Yes, We are on a great big ‘Bus’ called Earth which is moving through the road of Time. The question is: What are you doing on this bus? What is your destination?  Until a man wakes up to the revelation of Purpose, he or she hasn’t yet started living. One must be Born Again and see (perceive, understand, comprehend) God’s work!

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newredDay 2 of Butuan Convention – April 14, 2017

Before travelling on this mission, together with believers of my local fellowship in Zambia, we set two days to abstain from food to seek the Lord for His guidance. It was my desire that the Lord would one way or the other speak  like He had done during an earlier mission to India (November, 2016). Well nothing happened. I decided to have another two days of prayer and fasting. This time around our weather in Zambia became so hot. I became very hungry and weak until the condition triggered a terrible migraine headache. I wasn’t discouraged. It was on the morning of 14th April finally when I experienced what I know to have been a spiritual dream.

A dream

It was around 3 AM when I was awaked by an evil presence in the bedroom. I started praying, thanking God for the blood of Jesus Christ through which we have our salvation and protection. The evil presence left, and I felt peace. I decided to play a sermon by brother Branham – Is this the Sign of the End Sirs? I started listening to it until I fell asleep. Later around 05:00 AM a dream came:

I was on my way to a building where there was a gathering. The gathering was situated on the upper floor of the building. I was about to get into the elevator when I saw the wife of the bishop of the Pentecostal church I used to go to also heading to the venue of the gathering.

Upon arrival into the building I found a large crowd of people seated. Someone was preaching. He preached so hard that it seemed to make people in the audience uneasy. He wasn’t preaching in the usual style of standing in the pulpit. He walked into the audience as he spoke to the people. His appearance and voice was so austere. Then I saw two Catholic persists clad in their white priestly garments. They were walking to leave the hall when I realised the man preaching was brother William Branham. He looked at the two men and pointing at them said: “You shall not stand in the presence of God with filthy man-made garments.” I was awestruck with his fearless indictment on the two men. The men first stood still to hear what brother Branham spoke. As soon as he finished speaking they continued walking. Even so, strangely, people in the audience seemed not concerned about the stern message of the prophet. The dream ended and I immediately woke up to hearing these words from the sermon which had been playing: “…And, friends, don’t look to me. I’m your brother. Don’t pay no attention to me, because I’m just a mortal. I have to die like everybody else. Don’t you listen to me; but listen to what I’ve said. What I said is the Message. Don’t pay any attention to the messenger; watch the Message. Keep your eyes, not on the messenger, but on the Message. What It said, that’s the thing to look to… And I’ve got a word, THUS SAITH THE LORD, to Brother Shakarian, too. Uh-huh. I don’t know what he’ll do about it, but I’ve got the word to tell him. I don’t know what he’ll do. It’s up to him. Did you notice the last Voice? It’s supposed not to be an organization, but they declared their creed. An organization, then I’ll drop away. I’m out of such.”

These words took me in deep thought. The bishop’s wife unmistakably pointed to the denominational  church systems which missed God’s work in this day. Denominations, especially Pentecostals, desired to be entertained by man-made ministries rather than what God had sent. Next I thought about brother Jackson’s dream which brother Branham had gone at length to narrate in the sermon IS THIS THE SIGN OF THE END SIRS? I remembered that in that dream the people had been told to fix their eyes on the rock. But when Brother Branham left, people became frantic as they started asking “Where did Bro Branham go?” People went in different directions and FEW remained to look at what the prophet had said. It was refreshing for me to think about those words of admonishment when I woke up – “ What I said is the Message. Don’t pay any attention to the messenger; watch the Message. Keep your eyes, not on the messenger, but on the Message. What It said, that’s the thing to look to…MessageNotMessenger.jpgHave Endtime Message believers given heed to this warning or have they idolized the Messenger? What is the Message that the prophet emphasised we need to look at instead of looking at the messenger? It is important to note that brother Branham preached so many sermons – over 1,100! – however, he only preached ONE MESSAGE, and that message was “BACK TO THE WORD!

The sermon on the second day of the convention

That morning I asked believers what the signs of the last days are. Is it just about “nations rising against other nations” or hearing “wars and rumours of wars”? Everyone seems to know about such signs! Pick a dead drunk person and he will be able to quote those words of Scripture to you. Denominational movements preach about such signs. However, what we see in the Bible is that before a significant prophetic event occurs God gives SPECIFIC INSRUCTIONS TO HIS ELECT. That’s what happened before Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed; Abraham was told about what would happen. Before the flood came, Noah was given specific instructions on how to build the boat which would save him and his family. Similarly at the time of the First Advent of Christ, there were a select few who knew about the imminent appearing of the Messiah. There was Zachariah and Elizabeth. Concerning this couple the Scripture says “they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” (Luke 1:6). There was Anna the prophetess who “departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day (Luke 2:37). Then there was Simeon, “the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25). To this man was revealed that “he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (v.26).Looking at these precedents it is very clear that before the appearing of Christ in the Second Advent there should be definite signs that will make the Elect aware of something about to happen. No, these won’t be generic signs of “wars and rumours of wars” but specific spiritual encounters that will begin to signal something to God’s Elect. One of the most important signs which has already occurred was the appearance of the Forerunner in this Age. And now, if there was a ministry to prepare people in the First Advent there shall definitely be a ministry to forerun the Second Advent.

Strangely what happened in the ministry of the forerunner for First Advent of Christ, John the Baptist, is repeating itself today. They thought John was the Christ, and today some people think Branham was Christ! For many, for a preaching to be right it has to be  flavoured with “Brother Branham said”. Once in Namibia I had preached at a large gathering and it seemed everyone was happy and excited until one person, a Congolese, approached me. Our conversation was dramatic:

I am disappointed with you brother” he said to me.

What is it?” I asked.

You only where talking about the Scriptures and never said ‘Brother Branham said this and that’” He pointed out.

Oh, but what I preached is what brother Branham preached!” I answered, not wanting to go into futile arguments.

No.You are supposed to say, ‘Brother Branham said’ inorder to show that you acknowledge him’”

What is ‘1+1’ sir?” I asked him.

2!” came the resounding answer.

You are wrong because you haven’t said, ‘Professor Right said it is two’ ” I dismissed his answer.

Imagine a son who has been taught that “1+1 =2”  and when another person asks him what is “1+2” all he says is “I only say what daddy says, and daddy has never said anything about 1+2”. Surely no daddy would be with such. Such a child has not ‘learned‘ but only been ‘tamed‘. It should be simple to see that if the desciples of Christ were quotists, they would never have produced Acts 2:38 out of Matthew 28:19!  PrayingForChildMany tried to identify with the ministry of John but with lives that were not manifesting the fruit of receiving the Word, and the same has happened today. Many have only got new exciting knowledge about the Original Sin, about Church Ages, about the Seven Seals but yet live lives which are void of Christ. Lives which bring reproach upon the cause of Christ. Lives which do not bear the fruits of repentance. It is said that one should not jump higher than he lives. Many take pride in identifying themselves with the prophet but yet cannot exhibit the simple life of humility and consecration that he lived. John declared to the Abrahamites: “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham” (Luke 3:7-8).

TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY


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