Rev Busuyi Olabode
There were two sets of deliverances God gave to Israel. God brought the Israelites out of Egypt and out of Babylon. Both were not done the same way. Moses, who was like the Son of Man, pioneered the first and God raised leaders for the Babylonian leading. The leaders were scribes and were not radical and strong. But the Israelites have been used to the strong arm of the Lord leading them out. Same is it now as we are saved by Christ’s death. We didn’t know and see it because it was not shown. We knew nothing about it just like Moses came in Egypt to lead them out. They could only see Moses negotiating with Pharaoh and by so doing, bringing more torment. They dint see that it was God’s mighty hand. But God brought them out and separated them.
Same way it is as Jesus came and saved us by His mighty power. But the redemption that will save us totally is not done but that outstretch. The fingers do this. The fingers are the tributaries of the hand of God. You sway using your hand as a paddle, paving the way. God raised His hand once and used His fingers many times.
He will appear again without sin unto salvation. The rescue from Babylon was a second time experience. And mind you, the Israelites wanted to go back to Egypt, because Egypt was still in them. So God took them to Babylon to preserve them. So when a child of God sins, he commits the sin of Babylon. He is seduced to do it against his heart which is the seat of Christ. He sins not unto death because he has the life of God in Him. But how he is saved from this is by giving Him life. And life is given in the Church.
Cry out again, Thus says the LORD of hosts: My cities shall again overflow with prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.
Sometimes the Lord will wait. He will send His spirit, prophets and people to make sure what He has spoken is fulfilled. And God waits and sees that what He has spoken comes to pass. So, His will is enclosed in what he said. He cries ‘ensure that my seed is spread abroad!’
When God talks of abundance, we used to think it was dollars and other material things. But there is nothing here that can be what God says. He has His own materials and His own things. So when God speaks, we should just ask what He means by what He says and we should interpreted these things as He shows. The church in Nigeria is very rich but Zion is not comforted. This implies that the prosperity of the Kingdom is not in money. What will make you robust and do well is not money. Money was created by man and Babylon. God didn’t. But He uses it. When you hold the creator, creatures respond to you. The dominion power is not to call cow brother but to control it, telling it what to do and how to do. Same is it for money. We don’t descend to its level but we control it. We will use many in these last days but we will not make it a subject. If you respond to these words, your natural life will align itself back again. We are children of election functioning under His will and election. We didn’t know before that we are His call, His children.
We may be brought in by varying circumstances. Like you may be from a polygamous home like mine when there is chaos, you run and you run into God. When you get there, you see that He has been waiting to bring you into being a tree of righteousness. It is more than an escape from witches or problems. The mourning and chaos will stir up the release of grace.
While the process of all these was on going, God needed a priest and found Joshua son of Jozedech. The priest is meant to mediate for the people but it was found that the priest was clothed in rags. The whole book of Zechariah is the similitude of redemption. The destiny of humanity is higher than that of a human. God predestined man and did not destine man. It is not about a man, but about Man; humanity. So, you are predestined because you are a human being to fulfill the destiny of humanity. He predestined us to be conformed to the image of His son. So he called, justified and glorified. The destiny is about humanity. So, if the devil comes for one person, he wants all. He cannot be okay with just one. When he came with sin, he came in a way that he can spread the sin. So when he is hitting you, he is hitting all about you. This is a very high wisdom. And God uses it, saving one to save all.
Demons are backward in their approach and they kill body but their father kills souls. Accidents are many in Nigeria, but abroad, they are scarce. The devil deals with souls over there. So, the devil wanted all of Israel and dealt with the soul of the mediator, the priest. Many times, in families, we try to lift our heads up and move up but no matter how much they try, they still land in the same way, because a cast is set over them. This is true for the Israelites too. The filthy garment on the priest disqualified the priest.
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, O Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?” Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.” And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD was standing by.
‘Is this not the one plucked out of the fire?’ Do you how much of investment brought this out? And because of this, the Lord is against the devil because he is against God. We were all part of a bad system but God pulled us out and placed us in a different and better pedestal. A brand was plucked out not for itself but for mediation. When you carry God’s ordination, the devil does a lot to make and paint you bad. We are not afraid. I stand for the deliverance of God’s people and uphold God’s righteousness. Not what is right before man, but God.
When you see a speck, you frown. But a large speck means nothing. This is a so large deformity. The woman caught in the very act of adultery was said to be caught red handed. Not by information. God has to raise a brand out of the fire! Not, Joshua was found wanting and the devil clothed him with a filthy garment in the spirit. Mind you, he, Joshua was leading his normal life. He was found and raised but the devil knew he was the help of Gods people. God ordered a change of raiment and declared victory.
So, God always comes through. The Lord is always for those who are for Him. ‘Take away the filthy garment from him’ God raised him to be a man that operated in the realm of the cherubs. And in this realm, they do not give space for behavior. Every misbehaviour is deftly punished. That is why the Israelites too had to die and be punished for going against the angel that went with them. They are custodians of the testimony and people in this order revolt against a wrong chord. They make sure commandments are followed. These things are things and issues of our life and we must be alive to pursue them. We will excel in our natural things and so does our soul in the spirit. The spirit will give us an excellent mind and an excellent spirit. Light will excite you and raise you up.
There are operations in the spirit that deals with infirmities. From different realms of the spirit, God knows how to operate cleansing. There is an operation that covers sin as it was for the Israelites as the high priest will go in and offer atonement to cover their sins. As the earth is blessed, so are the heavens. When you say the earth is blessed, the spirit is more blessed. When angels are sent down from heaven, it is like you degrade them. There were angels that operate cleansing. And in the pool of Bethesda, in John 5, when an angel stirs up the pool, there is cleansing. When the angelic ministry was given in the Old Testament, He didn’t mention about He opening a pool at Bethesda. But this pool was open for this purpose. God is so rich. God had a cleansing apportioned for the house of Aaron and this made them closer to God. Inequity has to be tampered with to be able to function in this ordination. He cleanses his mouth with a live coal. The seraphim have cleansing; their power lies in their cleansing. Once his mouth was cleansed he ascended into a higher level of prophecy-he began to see the messiah. There are programmes ordained in the Spirit for cleansing.
At this time, God wants to raise many children to ascend to the realm of maturity; making them instruments of perfection. They therefore need cleansing so that humanity will be redeemed. This is a ministration of grace through the knowledge of God. This was what Joshua eventually found after he was clothed with a filthy garment, so that he will be a helper alongside his fellows.
In exchange for our filthy garments, we are going to be clothed. Our sins will be taken away and we will be made to stand as helpers of righteousness. We are not alone; we will serve the testimony and God’s job will be done irrespective of oppositions here and there. We pray Lord that you will help us to serve. Amen.