In the age and time we live in, it may be hard to believe that God still speaks and that he still has prophets by whom he speaks and brings his will to pass on the earth. Some others have queried the relevance and efficacy of prophecy in our daily lives. They ask, is prophecy really important or relevant in our days? However, if there is one thing we can be sure of, it is that God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and if he spoke in times past, he is still speaking today.
Amos 3:7 shows and proves to us the reality of prophecy, “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
The authority on the earth has been given to man by God. This is why God can do nothing on the earth without having to work through a man. God could not even solve the problem of sin without having to send Jesus in the flesh. Why? Because God will do nothing without his servants the prophets.
Now, let us consider a recent example that proves the power of prophecy and its necessity in our lives today.
On Sunday the 9th of August 2020, during a service which was aired LIVE from Lagos Nigeria to viewers from over 40 countries around the world, the man of God Dr. Isaiah wealth rendered a word of prophecy regarding a train which would derail in the United Kingdom.
In his words, “We have to pray for the UK because I see a train that will derail. I saw this train: two different cabins but one cabin had fallen off. I am seeing that cabin off, and I am seeing another cabin had hit something, I don’t know what it hit, but from the shape I can see that it had hit something, and this cabin is disconnected. I can see the news and I can see like three people dead but many injured, this is the United Kingdom. Let us pray.”
Take note of the key details of the prophecy;
- The man of God gives a location – United Kingdom
- The man of God specifies the means of transportation0 n- The Train
- The man of God describes the condition of the train, which he sees as being derailed.
- The man of God went further to speak of the condition of the derailed train, saying that he sees one cabin off track.
- The man of God speaks of another cabin deformed as though it had hit something.
- The man of God mentioned that he sees one of the cabins disconnected.
- The man of God gave a glimpse into the news headlines reporting the incident, citing three major casualties.
- The man of God gives the age group of one of the casualties in the train accident.
- The man of God also speaks of many persons being injured in this train accident.
- The man of God gave insight into the authority that governs the location where the accident will occur, which is London.
Nearly 72 hours after this prophecy rendered by the man of God, at about 10am on Wednesday 12th of August 2020, news headlines were flooded with the news of a passenger train derailing around Stonehaven, a city in Scotland, United Kingdom, leaving three persons dead and several others injured as prophesied by the man of God.
As a sign of God’s intervention, this passenger train was said to have stopped its trip to Glasgow where it was to pick up passengers. The accident happened as it retraced its steps to a station it had passed before, meaning that the accident would still had occurred at the same point on his return from Glasgow but with hundreds of passengers aboard.
What a prophecy! How can one speak about a future occurrence with such a vivid description of what would happen, where it would happen and how this train accident would occur if it was not revealed by the LORD? What other explanations would suffice as to how the man of God knew these exact details and how it was able to come to pass with several lives saved from the calamity?
Indeed the prophetic is real and this confirms that God is still speaking today as he spoke and is still speaking through the man of God, Dr. Isaiah Wealth.
NB: This prophecy and others from the man of God are available for viewing on the YouTube Channel: Isaiah Wealth Ministries.
THE FEAR OF GOD
The revelation of the fear of the LORD is an integral requirement for entering into a season of revival, because we cannot claim to desire an outpour of God’s Spirit unless we truly know Him and honour Him as God. However, in these days when the term ‘fear of God’ is scarcely understood or often mis-interpreted, it would be beneficial to look into scriptures to understand what the fear of God really is?
It begins by acknowledging God
Before we begin defining what the fear of God is, I want us to first clarify that there would be no need to speak about what does not exist. There can be no such thing as having or developing the fear of God if God does not exist. The Bible stresses that those who come to God must first acknowledge that He is.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
The key reason many in the world find it difficult to live in the fear of God is because they reject the thoughts of God. They say in their heart that there is no God. Hence, they live according to their own will and desires without a regard to the will of God. It is for the repentance of such that a revival is even the more necessary.
The Two States in the Fear of God
There are two different states that a man may be in with regards to the fear of God. These are the No Fear of God State and the Fear of God State. Let us consider them quickly for a fuller understanding of what it really means to fear the LORD.
1. No Fear of God state:
There are two categories of people in this category.
There are people who do not believe in the existence of God. In their reasoning, they hold the belief that since God does not exist, then there is absolutely nothing as living in fear of Him. They say, ”Since there is no God, why should I fear Him?” The Bible refers to this thinking as foolishness.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. - Psalm 53:1
The second category of people in this state are those who claim to believe in the existence of God, but whose lives do not reflect this reality, as their actions are not aligned to the will and commandments of God. These also do not have the fear of God, and as such live an ungodly life. The Bible refers to such as the wicked.
The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. - Psalm 36:1
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes. The wicked live a life of sin because there is no fear of God in their heart.
2. The Fear of God state
In this second state, are those who have varying measures of the fear of God in their hearts based on their degree of reverence for God, understanding of who He is, and their experience of His terror. It is important that we understand these three possibilities to be able to develop and grow in the fear of God so we may be able to bring down the revival of God.
- Reverence: This is the beginning of developing the fear of the LORD.
- Common Regard: In this state, a man acknowledges that God exists but does not worship Him as God. Instead he merely regards or acknowledges Him and fears His wrath. Such a man may have a fear of dealing with God or anything that has to do with Him, but he does not follow God's ways.
- Worship: Worship is more than just a song, it is the state of our heart that elevates God. A man that fears God worships Him even in his day to day activity. In order words, a man who fears God moves beyond the level of mere regard for God to living a life that pleases Him.
- Understanding: Beyond the mere desire to please God in our day to day lives, there is a level of seeking to have a revelation of who God is so that you may worship and fear Him as you ought to. In this state, you acquire the fear of God by understanding of his word. Through the study of the Word, prayer and intimacy, you begin to learn to fear him. When you gain an understanding of the fear of God, then you can attract the spirit of the fear of God.
And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears. - Isaiah 11:2-3
Whenever your heart is set on seeking the understanding of who God is, you attract the spirit of the fear of the Lord and thereby grow in the fear of the LORD by understanding.
- Terror: Beyond being a loving Father who loved the world so much that He sacrificed His Only Son to save the world, God is also a judge. In fact, the Bible describes Him as being terrible.
For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: - Deuteronomy 10:17
God is not a President, He is the Maker of the universe, Controller and Possessor of realms, the First and the Last. There is absolutely nothing to compare him to, neither is there anyone like Him.
Many believers are yet to experience God at this level because they have not yet encountered the manifest presence of God in His terribleness. Remember what happened to the children of Israel when God came down at Sinai. Their hearts failed them.
And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
How can one see and his terribleness and not be in terror of him?
As we learn about the Love of God, His forgiveness, His gifts, His spirit and all the goodness that are associated with His person, we also need to learn and inculcate His fear in our hearts, as a believer or a church that does not understand the fear of God cannot bear His power. And without the power of God on display on earth, how would we bring the world to repentance before Him?
The measure of the power of God required to bring a revival on the earth will only be attained when the Church begins to live in the fear of God and thus be endued to make known the terror of the LORD. But first, it takes a deep level of understanding of God that only his fear can give to be able to wield the height of power that is required for worldwide revival and it begins with one Christian at a time.