We need to recognize the voice of God in the ministers who speak in this meeting. We should not replace the gospel with what it is not. Rev. O. Ezekiel has seen awesome dimensions of the miraculous in his ministry. Miracles are meant to be a confirmation of the Word because Jesus said, “These signs will follow them that believe…” (Mark 16:15). There are dimensions of the miraculous that we have not seen but there are criteria to be met before we can come into them. For instance, on Mount Carmel, the water Elijah poured was more than the wood (1 Kings 18). If that order is not followed, the fire will not fall. There is a lot more to miracles than what we have seen and heard. We will begin to see signs that will change courses of nature.This message is not just a message but a message of correction for some of us. The things Rev. Ezekiel have ministered to us will take us to the end. We will not arrive at the end safely if we do not come into labour and into rest. This generation must come into it. I do not know how we will survive if we do not come into it.
The ministry of the Spirit is not of the letter but of the Spirit because the letter killeth but the Spirit giveth life (2 Cor. 3:6). Paul, in Colossians and Ephesians spoke of a power:
Colossians 1:16-17 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Also in Ephesians 4 vs. 18 “18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power”
We need to know this power. What raised Jesus from the dead is the power of His might and without the spirit of wisdom and revelation, you cannot know it. I thank God for signs and wonders, but this mighty power cannot be taken as gifts of the Spirit. We are going to see the manifestations of the Spirit, but what you often see here is the gift of tongues and interpretation. It is the season and dispensation that determines what gifts prevail. Signs and wonders are signs to bear witness to the word of God (Mark 16:17-18). Tongues, however, go beyond something a tool for edification. Paul told the Corinthian church not to forbid speaking in tongues (1 Corinth.14:39). He also told the Thessalonian church not to forbid prophesying, which is the gift of tongues and interpretation (1 Thess. 5:20-21). These instructions were given because the church will be having more of those manifestations in the latter days. This also accounts for the reason much emphasis was not placed on power gifts even though they will be in manifestation also. Hence, tongues will be common because when God begins to unveil His face, there are gifts that are for the unveiling of His face. For instance, in nearly every of Smith Wigglesworth’s meetings, there were tongues and interpretations that accompanied his messages. When you check Kenneth E. Hagin, for instance, it is the same although there were other gifts in manifestation also.
Apart from the manifestation of the Spirit, there is also the demonstration of the Spirit which every minister of the gospel has. The demonstration of the Spirit is embedded in the 5-fold ministry, and we can grow in demonstration as we minister the word. It is the attitude that accompanies the bringing of the word; if the attitude is of the Holy Ghost, will make the word more powerful. The Person of the Holy Ghost preaching can increase and take over the message. Maria Woodworth-Etter raised her hand while ministering and she could not bring it down for 3 days: you can’t call that the demonstration of the Spirit as such is not among the 9 gifts; it is a manifestation of the Spirit. For some ministers, the manner with them was that they could not see for a period of time, while some others could not talk for a period of time.
Some years ago, I had an experience along this line when I wanted to preach but I could not. I could only speak in tongues. There is a difference between “tongues” as a gift, and “tongues” as a ministry. Tongues as a ministry falls under the ministry of helps and its operation is higher than that of “tongues” as a gift. I could only talk in tongues and someone talked back the message in understanding. I tried stopping it but I could not; he kept on interpreting. Then after about 45 minutes, I said, “Let’s share the grace” and that was the time I could speak in English; God took over. We will be taught how to move in the Spirit. Learn to be faithful even when the anointing is not there. Under this atmosphere, there will be manifestations of power gifts. If there’s someone that needs to be healed, he would be. Paul said in Ephesians 1:19-20, “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places” There are powers that are visible but there are powers which are invisible yet active. Your sight needs to be helped to see it.
The power of His resurrection is called ‘His mighty power‘. The gift of the Spirit was not what raised Jesus from the dead, neither was it the gift of faith or the manifestation of the Spirit; God went higher than that and used His own power- that of His throne which is inseparable from the seven Spirits of God in raising Jesus from the dead. The power of His might is used to raise persons not to construct hands or grow legs. Power gifts like the gift of faith that Pastor Richard demonstrated to grow hands cannot raise your spirit from the dead. Do not be confused. What other power gifts are to do is bear witness to the resurrection power which is not easily attainable. Thus, it is not given attention to. The adversary knows that what can take him off is the resurrection power which God used to set Jesus at His right hand.
Ephesians 1:20-21: “Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:”
“Principality, power, might, dominion and every name that is named” speak of beings in the angelic cadre. These beings do not just have might, they are might. They do not just have power, they are power. That power is not gift of the Spirit even though they have word of knowledge in them. The fallen angels have in them a corrupted gifts of the Spirit, but apart from the giftings, they are beings themselves and are entities of strength. Paul said in Colossians 1:16, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him”. Paul’s epistle to the Colossians called might dominion and dominion might.
Ephesians 6:10-12 says, “Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
We need to be grounded and rooted in the power that raised Jesus from the dead. What God did at resurrection is that He made a different Being of might whose class is different from the ones that had made, and that might is Christ. When you are dealing with Jesus, you are dealing with might-personified. Jesus is Might, Throne, Dominion, Principality and Power. This same Man (Jesus) was made flesh and God is interested in building new heavenly earthly cadres and entities after His order. Everything God created are dominion entities; man was made to have dominion because he was a being of dominion on earth. The dominion of Adam was constituted in his image and his likeness – which are fibres of his essence. What Satan did was to break this down and extract the essence of dominion from Adam. In fact, what the enemy did was to sell to us another dominion, which is called the kingdoms of this world. We must be raised according to the stature of the new dominion, might, principalities and every name that is named. To war in the spirit, you must have strength. You have to know the Lord because it is written,
“Those that know their God shall be strong…” (Daniel 11:32).
The knowledge of the Lord will turn you into a being of might and restore the stature of dominion back to you. Knowing the Lord will make you strong.
As we sit to hear the word of God, something is happening to us. I won’t be deceived to think that the time devoted to hearing the word of God is wasted efforts simply because nothing seems to be happening physically. What is happening is that we are being made princes of life who will sit on the throne. Those who will sit are those who will endure till the end. You need to hear the Son till you sit on the throne.
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2. Hath in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds”.
The Lord is speaking to us; the essence of which is to build us. This is not a house built with hands, but with His mouth (and by implication, His words).
“But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence steadfast till the end”.
The hope of our calling is to be built into His house. What we would be built into are beings of “might”. When you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.
Back to what Rev. Ezekiel said, the blind will see, lame will walk and the dead will be raised. Jesus, Who is at the right hand of the father, is into serious business and wants fellows who will also sit at the Father’s right hand.
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand”.
You cannot tell a young Christian to put on the whole armour of God. This weapons are mighty. You cannot wear them outside the jurisdiction of God. You cannot discover them and use it outside God’s surveillance because when you are using them, you are using God.
The prophecy that came earlier kept on saying “might, might, might” and thereafter, “Elias”. Elias will not come until you have learnt Elijah – the Lord who is God. You must learn the name of the Father and you must know the name of the Son “because all the powers in heaven and on earth has been given to me… teaching all nations” (Matthew 28:18-20) – This is not dialoguing with the nations, it is the manifestation of the rod of iron. The name “Elijah” is not an ordinary name. God told Moses He will reveal Himself to Him as Lord. When God was giving the Israelites the law, He said: “I am the Lord thy God, I am jealous…thou shall not have any other God but me” (Exodus 34:14). Elijah means the Lord thy God.
When He wanted to restore back the people of Israel to Himself, He centered on Elijah. That spirit has great ability to restore back the people. The people fell when fire fell upon the altar and worshipped “The Lord is God, The Lord is God” which is Eli – This our Lord is God. In Genesis 1, it started “God” then in chapters 2 and 3 ” The Lord”. These names are not ordinary, You have to follow on to know the Lord. When you follow the Lord, He will introduce you to God. Those who will get to the throne must have developed the stature of the throne. The attacks we receive is to stop the work of our being built. Satan will do anything to stop us from being built because knows what the buildings represent in the spirit. He is a father of lies. ‘Put on‘ means change from being yourself and be rightly aligned. You cannot beat Satan on grounds of brilliance and intelligence. The only thing he has no answer to is the word of God.
Chapter 3 of Ephesians is about the courts of the temple. The whole of chapter 3 speaks of the praise of the mystery presented to Paul. God had an intent. In chapter 3, he bowed his knees so that knowledge will be established,that the Ephesians church will come to the place of might. We do not know love until Christ is revealed. By love is meant loving the way God does. At this point, you will begin to comprehend the various dimensions of God’s love (Ephesians 3:18). I cannot come into this without the provision of God in the five fold. They are there to build us. You need to be built to love your wife the way Christ loves the church. Submission becomes easier when you are built because it is not natural for a man to submit to another man who is his equal.
Satan may even use us at times with scriptures. May we be delivered from Satan’s clutches. It is not easy to be delivered from flesh and blood. Discernment increases when stature develops. I want us to see what we are fighting. A powerful man is one who has all these ingredients. You have to be powerful to war with powers. Before Paul was fully delivered,he had to be delivered from here. When you walk in this light, no one can attack you.
“Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel….”
Israel is a son who has matured, Jacob is a new believer. Even while Jacob was in Egypt, enchantment could not prosper against him. The raising of your spirits is resurrection from the dead but as great as that is, that alone is enough. Staying on the word alone will ward off demonic attacks. Many times, the stunts pulled by demons are just lies to be ignored.
Can you gain might? Why we wrestle is because Satan does not want us to walk with God. He does not want men to war in righteousness. Our war is our walk. As we walk in the Spirit, we wage war in the spirit. What does it mean for spirits to war with you? Spirits do not war with believers if they do not see them as warriors. There is a dominion that these spirits have dreaded and it is the dominion of the Father and the reign of the faith of the Son. We must keep on warring. The provisions for your making are tied to knowledge. Warring turns you into a principality. Sons are about to come. Morning stars are about to arise.
I was coming some days ago and I saw a man standing in the holy of holies and God told me “This is the destiny of every man”. What Satan has done is to bastardize men. Every man is meant for this including those who smoke and drink out there. We are going to access the light of God which is within the veil. This will be our light. Then we would say “You are my light and my salvation…” (Psalms 27:1). This is going to bring us to the banquet of joy.