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ZION, NIGERIA AND THE NATIONS
(week 39/16)
OLUBI JOHNSON

Isaiah 18:1-2 KJV: Woe to the land shadowed with buzzing wings, Which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia(2) Which sends ambassadors by sea, Even in vessels of reed on the waters, saying, “Go, swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth of skin, To a people terrible from their beginning onward, A nation powerful and treading down, Whose land the rivers divide.”

Isaiah 18:7 KJV: In that time a present will be brought to the LORD of hosts From a people tall and smooth of skin, And from a people terrible from their beginning onward, A nation powerful and treading down, Whose land the rivers divide— To the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, To Mount Zion.

Zephaniah 3:10-14 NKJV: From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, the daughter of My dispersed ones, Shall bring My offering.  (11) In that day you shall not be shamed for any of your deeds In which you transgress against Me; For then I will take away from your midst Those who rejoice in your pride, And you shall no longer be haughty In My holy mountain.  (12) I will leave in your midst A meek and humble people, And they shall trust in the name of the LORD. (13) The remnant of Israel shall do no unrighteousness and speak no lies, Nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; For they shall feed their flocks and lie down, And no one shall make them afraid.  (14) Sing, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!

These scriptures speak prophetically of a spiritual people: tall and of smooth skin—symbolically speaking of great spiritual stature and smooth or pure character that will be living in a physical nation beyond the rivers of Ethiopia that will be divided by rivers.

We can see the ‘tall stature’ and ‘smooth skin’ symbolizing the perfect church in

Ephesians 4:12-13 KJV: For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  (13) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Ephesians 5: 27 KJV: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Also we can see that this church will be a powerful, militant church that will overcome all its enemies this is shown symbolically in

Joel 2:2-3 NKJV: A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, the like of whom has never been; Nor will there ever be any such after them, Even for many successive generations.  (3) A fire devours before them, And behind them a flame burns; The land is like the Garden of Eden before them, And behind them a desolate wilderness; Surely nothing shall escape them.

Only Nigeria and the church of Jesus Christ in her that is growing into the perfection and fulness of Christ: spiritual Zion fit this unique prophetic description.

The rivers Niger and Benue divide Nigeria.

The church in Nigeria that is growing into the perfection and fulness of Christ is symbolically called Zion and spiritual Israel—the seed of Abraham through the Lord Jesus:

Psalms 50:2 NKJV: Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth.

Galatians 3:29 AMP: And if you belong to Christ [are in Him Who is Abraham’s Seed], then you are Abraham’s offspring and [spiritual] heirs according to promise.

Now the scripture tells us that in the end-time, before the return of the Lord Jesus that God will shake the nations:

Haggai 2:7 KJV: and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts.

This shaking increased in intensity in 2014 coinciding with beginning of the blood-moon tetrad (April 2014-September 2015) FIRSTLY in Nigeria:

Luke 21:25-28 NKJV:  “And THERE WILL BE SIGNS IN THE SUN, IN THE MOON, AND IN THE STARS; and on earth DISTRESS OF NATIONS, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;  (26) men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for THE POWERS OF THE HEAVENS WILL BE SHAKEN.  (27) Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  (28) Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.

Here, we see a present truth prophetic revelation of what is PRESENTLY happening in the earth and in particular in Nigeria (May 2014).

There are signs in the sun, moon and stars: we are presently in the four blood moon tetrad that includes a total eclipse of the sun, synchronizing with Jewish feasts of Passover and Tabernacles, the Jewish 7th year of release (Deut. 15.1) and the Jewish New Year: the feast of Trumpets (Lev.23.24-25).

The four-blood moon tetrad started on the Jewish feast of Passover on April 15, 2014, this will be followed by feast of Trumpets on September 25, 2014 and then another blood moon on the Feast of Tabernacles on October 8, 2014.  A total Solar Eclipse on March 20, 2015, another blood moon on the Feast of Passover on April 4, 2015, the Feast of Trumpets on 13th September, 2015 and finally the last blood moon on the feast of Tabernacles on 28th September 2015.

As this is happening, the earth is experiencing distress of nations with perplexity from attacks of terrorism: in particular, Nigeria is being attacked by the terrorist group Boko Haram which kidnapped over 250 school girls EXACTLY when the tetrad started on April 15th 2014.

Also we saw the United Kingdom shaken (and is still shaking) in the brexit vote of June 23, 2016.

We currently are seeing America shaking by the unprecedented US presidential campaign of Donald Trump.

These 3 nations contain the majority of the spiritually active vanguard of the evangelical and Pentecostal church in the earth today. So their shaking is reflective of the spiritual battle that is currently taking place in the heavens.

The shaking of the heavens speaks of a spiritual bombardment of the 2nd heavens (2 Corinthians 12.2) where Satan and his cohorts (Ephesians 6.12) have been operating to dislodge them from their positions of dominion over the air (Ephesians 2.2): in particular, in Nigeria and then sequentially (Acts 1.8) over other nations as the church in these nations also begin to ‘shake’ Satan and his cohorts by intense spiritual warfare through consistent, effectual, fervent prayer in the Spirit with all kinds of prayer and travail using the whole armour of God from our SUPERIOR position in the 3rd heavens (2 Corinthians 12:2) seated with Christ:

Ephesians 2:6 NKJV: and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 6:12-13 NKJV: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the HEAVENLY places.  (13) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Ephesians 6:18 NKJV: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

2Corinthians 10:4 AMP:  For THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they ARE MIGHTY BEFORE GOD FOR THE OVERTHROW AND DESTRUCTION OF STRONGHOLDS,

In our article next week, we will see how this shaking is being overcome in Nigeria and the nations.

 

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