Changes That Have Already Taken Place
The Man Who Saw God Face To Face
Raphael Okechukwu Nweze
God is ready to effect many corrections.
The Changes That Have Already Taken place. Sometimes Imperceptibly
The changes will be such that religious leaders
cannot prevent or control.
For the past 20 to 30 years, the following changes have quietly taken place in Christianity. The changes were introduced by Spiritual Churches and Prayer Houses, who we considered wrong. The changes were before regarded as abominations or irrelevant. Today, they are signs to everybody that both religion and church could be wrong, especially when prophecy (Guidance of the Holy Spirit) is not allowed. Today, the church and public bear witness of the numerous advantages the societies have gained through the changes. The long time it took to introduce the changes show you how mankind do unnecessarily delay their spiritual progress.
- Singing and clapping
"O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph." Psalm 47:1
"Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together." Psalm 98:8
- Praises and dance during worship
"Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp." Psalm 149:3
"Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs." Psalm 150:4
- The use of gospel music and band in worship
- Giving of testimonies
"And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God."
I Corinthians 2:1
"Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD." Psalm 122:4
- Wearing of white clothes for funeral
13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?" And I said unto him, "Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Revelation 7:13,14
- Sweeping crusade
- Spiritual anointing and possession
"But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." I John 2:27
- Speaking in tongues
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; Mark 16:17
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:" I Corinthians 12:10
Trough dreams, vision, trances, etc. It is now a common occurrence in home videos: a clear evidence of its reality and wide acceptance. Wonderful revelations about the lives of people, with very good results (solutions to problems) are being made.
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:" Joel 2:28
- Mobile evangelism
Passengers now happily sing, clap, pray and receive sermons in the buses. This happens irrespective of the denomination of the person leading the session.
- Intensification of prayers
including midnight prayers, chain prayers, evening prayers, fasting etc. Catholic churches are now expanding their chapels or building bigger ones to accommodate the increasing number of faithfuls.
"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." Luke 21:36
Many of the people who were once worldly are now turning to the Lord. They include musicians and actors.
- Inter-religious association is growing.
This is as a result of better understanding.
- Geat Awakening
Christians have woken up from slumber. Before, they were persecuted. Later, the witches and cultists manipulated and frustrated them. Today, Christians have learnt to fight back, and claim their possession, using Holy Spirit Fire.
"I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?" Luke 12:49
"Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. " I Corinthians 3:13
- More and more people now read the Bible on their own.
"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."
- So many books that explain spiritual realities are being written.
"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." Daniel 12:4
- Healing and deliverance is now common.
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." Mark 16:17, 18
- Divine consultation and solutions to problems,
to such an extent unprecedented before.
"Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer." I Samuel 9:9
- Evangelical outreach,
using handbills, stickers, posters, banners, brochures, etc.
"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates." Deuteronomy 6:6-9