ONLY ONE REMAINS – Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Daniel 11:36-37 KJV

And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

[37] Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

Sometimes I wonder if any other prophet saw more dreams and interpreted visions as much as Daniel did, especially dreams pertaining to politics and political power.

Decades come and gone, many who have sought for power have loved it, and would have loved to live forever so they could enjoy what they had. This caused some to be fooled into thinking their reign could be extended into spiritual dimensions though they were mere men, wanting to take command of spiritual heights, declaring themselves gods and imposing the worship of themselves on their people.

Such are what Daniel saw in his own visions. But you and I can testify that no matter how much some of these ancient kings etched their memoirs in history, some will still never be remembered. Bible scholars believe Daniel’s vision in 11:37-45 referred to King Antiochus. You may want to check him out later and connect the dots in these prophesies.

All power and all things will definitely come to an end. This thought must constantly guide our pursuits all day, so we don’t end up toiling in vain. In the end, only His Word will remain.
Stick to what will remain, till the end of time.

Have a blessed day.
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THE MORE YOU KNOW – Wed, Dec 04, 2019

Daniel 5:18,22 KJV

O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:

[22] And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;

I have always believed that God judges man based on how much he knows, what is available to him and what his motives are.

I came to this conclusion after studying God’s reaction to some bible characters who did similar things and yet got contrasting verdicts. See the accounts of Mary, mother of Jesus, and Zachariah, father of John the Baptist, for instance. One comment from the priest and he went dumb, though Mary made the same comment; “How can this be?”

We see a similar thing in today’s text: Daniel 5, when King Belshazzar disrespect the holy items his father, Nebuchadnezzar, had looted from Jerusalem’s temple. Other kings had done worse, but God was particular about this because King Belshazzar knew more (see v12).

This is probably why Jesus expected more from the teachers of the Law.
In the same way much is expected from you and I reading this. God knows we know more, and that comes with more responsibility than those who know nothing. We have more exposure and He expects us to make that count. Contribute your quota to the expansion of His kingdom. You know more, and He knows you know.

Have a blessed day.
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STILL RULES – Tue, Dec 03, 2019

Daniel 4:17-18 KJV

This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

[18] This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen.

The account of Nebuchadnezzar has so many highlights that makes studying very interesting.
First point for me is why God would be so interested in a pagan king.

As history would have it, God had already pronounced judgement on His own people, the Jews, and would still need some human agents to carry out his decree. This is where it doesn’t matter who God finds fit for such a purpose. He administered dreams, not once, and other experiences that some pious men could hardly chance upon (See chapters 1- 3).

So that even after all the experiences, when Nebuchadnezzar still wouldn’t submit to His will, He would take him through another wilderness experience to hammer home the point, “the Most High rules in the affairs of men…”

Alas, Nebuchadnezzar came through, but he learnt the hard way. His experience is a good one for you and I to know that indeed God lifts whomever He will, and exalts the lowliest of men to high places.

Have a blessed day.
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SECURED GATES – Fri, Nov 30, 2019

Ezekiel 48:31,35 KJV

And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel:

[35] It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there.

At the last Habitat Fair I attended, I spent the most time at about two exhibition booths, whose businesses focused on security doors and gates. Though I did not own a house, for some reasons I just couldn’t leave those stands.

I could tell others were equally interested, by the kind of questions they asked.
Gates and doors are by far the most basic form of security any house must have. In as much as they keep the unwanted out, they also grant access to the wanted. Gates are not limited to physical structures alone, they carry a significant role in spiritual matters as well.

It is not for no reason that in Prophet Ezekiel’s final visions of the post-exile era, he saw the names of the sons of Jacob (Israel) on all twelve gates of the new city, and the name of the city is JEHOVAH SHAMMAH, the Lord is there.

God will reside in the soul whose gates are well secured. The soul whose gates are re-inforced and won’t be compromised by the pressures of this life and the lusts of the flesh.
Your gates may be totally blown away but He can help you put them in place, so He can live peacefully with and within you.

Let’s begin to work on our gates, so we can keep sin out and entertain the saviour of our souls.

Have a blessed Friday.
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AS MUCH AS YOU CAN – Wed, Nov 27, 2019

Ezekiel 46:11 KJV

And in the feasts and in the solemnities the meat offering shall be an ephah to a bullock, and an ephah to a ram, and to the lambs as he is able to give, and an hin of oil to an ephah.

One concept that cuts across most religions or beliefs is that of *Giving.*
In local parlance we have heard many times that you never visit a chief with an empty hand, which is also scriptural. (See Deut 16:16c)

The Law actually encouraged the Jews to give even beyond what was mandated, according to how each man was blessed… that’s some equity!

So in Ezekiel’s vision of the post-exile era, He saw the Lord still instructing the continuity of that act… that act of giving beyond what should be given. Many times, in this chapter alone Ezekiel repeats the phrase “as much as one is able to give.” This kind of giving is a game changer, because the weight of what you give is just between you and the Lord.

He alone knows what you truly have, so He knows what you are or not able to give. You can’t go wrong on this one because it is just between you two. Give unto the Giver a good measure, as much as you are able to. As you scatter your seeds abroad, you will find a tree useful to you or another someday, in this life or the next.

Have a blessed day.
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FIRST AND BEST – Tue, Nov 26, 2019

Ezekiel 45:1 KJV

Moreover, when ye shall divide by lot the land for inheritance, ye shall offer an oblation unto the Lord, an holy portion of the land: the length shall be the length of five and twenty thousand reeds, and the breadth shall be ten thousand. This shall be holy in all the borders thereof round about.

I had a colleague in Junior High School who advised me that whenever I was in doubt about which answer to choose in an objective exam, I should always go for my first choice, the option that occurred to me first before the doubts settled in.

His dad had taught him this and it had worked for him more often than not, according to him. Though he didn’t have any empirical proofs to show, since he was a good student, I bought into his philosophy.

In his visions of the post-exile era, Ezekiel gave very clear instructions about how the land was to be divided. A first portion was ALWAYS supposed to be dedicated to the Lord. This principle was one that put the Lord first in everything one did, a practise meant to instill and cement the place of YAHWEH in ones life.

No wonder Jesus would admonish us to seek His Kingdom first in all our dealings (Matt 6:33), a great recipe even for material prosperity.

Placing God first in all your endeavours sends a clear message to the Heavens. Give the first and best of your money, your time, and your love to God, you won’t regret it in this life or the next.

Have a blessed day.
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THAT ALL MAY LIVE – Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Ezekiel 33:11 KJV

Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

On many platforms, I’ve seen people ask a lot of comments that question the love of Father. Many have a picture of God as the one who takes delight in executing judgement on people and only waiting for us to fall, so he can punish.

It reminds me of the feeling we had as students, about some of our teachers or lecturers. We always thought they took delight in marking us wrong, so they could whip or cane us. Come to think of it, some of them had a reputation for lashing 😅.

Fortunately, this is no where near the Father’s love. His desire in not for any to perish at all! He made this statement to His prophet, Ezekiel, so the people could know that for a fact. “Say unto them, as I live…”
This is why he made Ezekiel, and by extension, you and I, watchmen over the souls of men, in this field of souls.

Our will to save souls is in His divine Will and that makes us His partners. This is one of our cardinal mandates as believers. Help save a soul, help save a soul, help save a soul. He needs the souls to live. Knowing this is not enough, do something about it!

Have a blessed day.
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