02Jun20 - Preacher Diary
On two occasions of the recent national prayer calls, I have cautiously passed the message that I have the discomfort to repeat again here; a message that has nudged me since the beginning of the year; a present national message that seems reasonably captured in the following ancient scriptures:
1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he PROCEEDED further to take Peter also.
4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after EASTER to bring him forth to the people.
5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made WITHOUT CEASING of the church unto God for him (Acts 12:1-5).
Guided by meticulous sorcery, Haman the Agagite took a date for the planned nationwide gruesome killing of all Jews in the Kingdom of Persia where he seemed the larger-than-life Prime Minister over (rather than under) an apparently manipulated king. Haman’s date was “the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar”; the month of Adar in the Hebrew ecclesiastical lunar calendar generally corresponds to our March/April solar calendar (Esther 3:7, 13). Passover was the fourteenth day of the following month, the first month, the month of Abib. The plot, it seemed, was to negate and mock the coming Passover with widespread deaths just one full moon before that full moon of Passover. The death that the Jews had escaped in Egypt was at last going to catch up with them in Persia about a thousand years later.
Then came Herod, another king with a date marked against the spiritual Israel, the Church. Herod’s date fell in the same general period as Haman’s – Easter, when the priestly blood of Peter the frontline disciple should further stain the land, because a previous gruesome death of James had gone without significant protest, and it had pleased ‘the people.’ “He proceeded further…”
In 2020 Nigeria, Herod has picked his date again - a bloody Easter more widespread, the Haman scope. In the past few weeks, I have received at least three other corroborating messages from other prophetic sources, which troubles me further, the “two or three witnesses” seeming to stress an urgency about the short window of time between the opening of the year until about Easter 2020 (Matthew 18:16).
In Peter’s story, despite Herod’s date, the Church prayed “without ceasing” and God turned the plot around. By the end of that chapter, Herod had died in a shameful public way. In the story of Esther also, there was continued prayers for a duration of three days. Haman was the one that died at last. It may be that God is going to use the season and the bloody plots to lay a snare against the very Plotter. Perhaps Haman has merely marked the date of his own death at last. Perhaps Herod’s date of Appointment with the Maker has come. May I therefore kindly make this ‘ceaseless prayer’ call: may churches and other leaders in Nigeria (and beyond) kindly occupy the dates from March 1 to April 15. At least get volunteers to each take one of those days, until all the days are covered, fasting and praying, pleading the Passover Blood of mercy against the bloodthirsty gang (Revelation 16:6). That way, on every day from March until after Easter, someone would be fasting and praying, tearing up Herod’s bloody calendar and enforcing Passover for the God’s people and against the first borns of Oppression. For partners of The Preacher, kindly send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or SMS to +234(0)8035115025, stating your preferred date. You may also sign up for the ongoing 24/7 prayers on the Christian Social Movement of Nigeria (CSMN) website at https://csmnigeria.org/ nigeriarepents. This could be our Passover, Haman’s waterloo in his own gallows; Herod’s hell before his select cheering audience. Amen.
From The Preacher’s diary,
February 20, 2020.