This is the time of the year when very important prophets and high ranking priests in Nigeria go to the mountains to fast, to pray and to allegedly collect from god the prophetic words for the nation of Nigeria in respect of events that have been ordained by the gods to happen in the coming new year.
For those Nigerians with good and long memory you will recall that since you were a little child you have been subjected to listen to the same shenanigans from lying prophets who delivered unfulfilled visions and unrealised prophetic messages year after year.
Now that you are a grownup and indeed if you are truly a grownup, truly alive, truly honest, and truly cared to look at the evidence starring at you in the face, you must have come to a painful realisation that 90% of what the prophets prophesied at the beginning of each year never happened as predicted.
Yet, for fear of being called an unbeliever of the conventional national holy foolishness, all of us have refused to query the authenticity or the truth-worthiness of these yearly rituals from lying prophets who claim to hear and to bring down prophetic messages from the gods.
And we have never, as a people, bothered to check if these yearly holy deceptions have any negative link or relevance to our spiritual and physical national development or underdevelopment or non development.
Never mind, somebody like you and me who was fearless and honest had done the job of saying it as it is for us. The man of courage is the Biblical Ezekiel of Ancient Israel. He wrote down a message of truth for you and me about the antics of lying prophets in his Babylonian days.
The living message he left behind is still very much appropriate for our deliverance today from the shameless dishonesty and the consequent spiritual bondage cast over us by our lying prophets.
However, deliverance can only be our heritage if we care enough to reflect and to meditate on the divine message.
Find below Ezekiel’s unabridged message except for the change of name of city and country.
“13 The Lord said:
2 Ezekiel, son of man, condemn the prophets of [Nigeria] who say they speak in my name, but who preach messages that come from their own imagination. Tell them it’s time to hear my message.
3 I, the Lord God, say those lying prophets are doomed! They don’t see visions—they make up their own messages!
4 [Nigeria’s] prophets are no better than jackals[a] that hunt for food among the ruins of a city.
5 They don’t warn the people about coming trouble or tell them how dangerous it is to sin against me.
6 Those prophets lie by claiming they speak for me, but I have not even chosen them to be my prophets. And they still think their words will come true.
7 They say they’re preaching my messages, but they are full of lies—I did not speak to them!
8 So I am going to punish those lying prophets for deceiving the people of [Nigeria] with false messages.
9 I will turn against them and no longer let them belong to my people. They will not be allowed to call themselves [Nigerians] or even to set foot in [Nigeria]. Then they will realize that I am the Lord God.
10 Those prophets refuse to be honest. They tell my people there will be peace, even though there’s no peace to be found. They are like workers who think they can fix a shaky wall by covering it with paint.
11 But when I send rainstorms, hailstones, and strong winds, the wall will surely collapse.
12 People will then ask the workers why the paint didn’t hold it up.
13 That wall is the city of [Abuja]. And I, the Lord God, am so angry that I will send strong winds, rainstorms, and hailstones to destroy it.
14 The lying prophets have tried to cover up the evil in [Abuja], but I will tear down the city, all the way to its foundations. And when it collapses, those prophets will be killed, and everyone will know that I have done these things.
15 The city of [Abuja] and its lying prophets will feel my fierce anger. Then I will announce that the city has fallen and that the lying prophets are dead,
16 because they promised my people peace, when there was no peace. I, the Lord God, have spoken.”
– Ezekiel 13: 1-16 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
I fervently implore all “church-going believers” in Nigeria who have absolute faith and a dogmatic trust in the so-called “men of god” in our midst, to allow the words of Ezekiel to be your guide as we move into another season of religious tomfoolery.
Please read carefully and for the love of your soul and your sanity, bring the above precious words of Ezekiel into remembrance as you subject yourself; as you stifle your common sense; as you ignore your instinct; as you neglect your intellect; and as you silence your intuition to listen once again to another round of tall tales from the lying prophets of Nigeria in the next few weeks.
In the Spirit of Truth
SAM ABBD ISRAEL
11 December 2018