GOD’S VISION FOR AFRICA

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11 And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling.

12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.

14 Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”

(Dan 10:11-12,14)

When God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning, He clearly must have a reason for doing that. There must have been a vision in His mind, which birthed His purpose of creating man and all other things to sustain him on earth. Being a great and good God, this vision must have been an awesome one.

          But then, the devil came into the world, man sinned, and things began to happen contrary to God’s plan.

          Since God is not one to give up, and His will must be done, His vision therefore remained intact, His purpose unchanged, but He altered His plans accordingly. In God’s new plans, Jesus would come into the world to die for the sins of men; salvation would become available to all through Christ; and people, kingdoms and nations would be raised up and empowered by God to meet the needs of other humans and nations on His behalf. But because of the way some people – and even nations – rise to power and their ineffective management, total mismanagement or outright abuse of this power, people tend to find it hard to see the hand of God at work. Just as God raises men, so also He raises up nations and territories. The rise and/or fall of Pharaoh (Egypt), Nebuchadnezzar (Babylon) and Cyrus (Persia) and the visions of Isaiah, Daniel, and John (in Revelation) concerning the nations, peoples and events of the future (now unfolding in our time) are proofs of these plans of God. They were foretold, like Jesus foretold His death and resurrection, so that when they eventually come to pass, we would know that they are not accidents or evolutionary occurrences, but divine agenda being manifested.

          This is where the vision of God (His plan and purpose) for Africa comes in.

          I have been privileged by grace, through the Holy Spirit, to be granted unusual access into the heart and mind of God. I never imagined or prayed for this; it was part of His purpose, predestinated and predetermined. And the words that now follow explain clearly what have been revealed to me concerning Africa, which is the ‘reason why’ for writing this book.

I hope that by reading the following words, everyone would be given the same grace as I was to fully understand this vision of the Lord for Africa, particularly in this season.

But why should you take this message – or even me – seriously? Why should anyone believe anything that is said here? Afterall, I’m not a well-known preacher, evangelist or founder of a large church. So, what is the proof of the claims I’m about to make?

          The answer to these questions – including the detailed account of how, and why, I came about writing this book; and those things that we need to do next as partakers of this gracious move of God – are presented in the section that comes next – “Therefore Run…

Now, this vision of God for Africa was first revealed to me as a divine assignment – my own life’s purpose – and then, subsequently reaffirmed through biblical prophecies and practical experiences. These are now presented in details.  

  1. The Calling/Assignment

I remember vividly the night God visited me to make this plan for Africa known to me. It was around 3:00am on 11th December, 2013. I had returned home a few hours earlier from the second day of an international Christian convention organized annually by my church, tagged Shiloh. Because the programme usually ran into late evening and I was not mobile, I would sleep on the long sofa in the sitting room at my parents’ house which was nearer the local assembly where I worshipped, until the following morning.

It’s important I state here that at that point in time, I was really struggling to survive and it seemed impossible to have a breakthrough despite all my efforts. I was a civil servant – I still am as I write this – but for years I’ve been putting whatever little money I was able to raise into different ideas, hoping to eventually hit gold with one, and start a business that would help me realize my desire to eventually leave white-collar job and escape the 9-5 routine. Ever since I could remember, I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur. I love the game – the creativity, planning, the pursuit of ideas, control of my time, the joy of accomplishment… and the possibility of creating wealth in the process.

But I was being continuously unlucky. I was losing money and getting further into debts. Many times, just when I would be about to experience a breakthrough, something would happen to jeopardize the entire process. And what would follow was another disappointment. This pattern was so consistent that I didn’t need a prophet to tell me that something was wrong, beyond the natural.

Even after I became serious as a Christian, I was still experiencing the same disappointments. So, I prayed over this and the answer that was coming to me was that, rather than trying several ideas randomly, I should ask God for His purpose for my life – find that one thing that God had purposed for me to do and which would prosper in my hand, and then commit to that one venture. Whatever resources I’d commit to that, I would have the assurance that in the end, I would recover it. 

And so, at that year’s Shiloh, my number one request was to find God’s purpose for my life. And I did. But it was not what I expected.

On that night of Wednesday, 11th December, 2013, I was sleeping on the couch in my parent’s home. I’ve been asleep for a while when I felt the presence of a ‘man’ standing over my head – He was physically present in that room – and I heard Him say to me:

“Can you lead my people? Can you get them to the promised land? You are a motivational speaker.”

I can’t say specifically now if what happened next was a trance, but I can remember vividly sitting up in the chair right after those words, facing the ‘man’ who had spoken to me, as He sat in the chair adjacent to the one I was sitting on. I couldn’t see Him of course, but sensed His presence. I remember speaking out my confusion at His telling me I was a motivational speaker. I remember saying: “You promised to make me great; then why are you asking me to be a motivational speaker?” I complained that people would laugh at me, because this was a time when people had lost faith in motivational speakers and were seeing them as pretenders who were just giving others fake hope and expectations.

And I remember clearly as He asked me how the people reacted when He asked my spiritual father to preach prosperity; I replied that they mocked and criticized him, even from the pulpit. And then He asked: “And now?” Again, I replied that now everybody wants to preach prosperity. And then God told me: “If you do what I asked you to do; very soon because of you, everybody will want to be a motivational speaker.”

I woke up later that morning and remembered that encounter clearly.

In later encounters and in answers to my questions, God would show me motivational speaking by prophets in Scriptures and how (and why) He purposed to use this medium to get His people to their promised land. He would also lead me to understand that by ‘His people’ as far as my assignment was concerned, He means Nigerians first, and then all of Africa.

Since that night in 2013, I have committed to that vision of God to take His people to the promised land. It is my calling, my divine assignment, and my life’s purpose.

And as God will not send a man without equipping him to prosper, God has kept me in the wilderness of preparation. The past seven years has been for me… well, what a wilderness experience would be like! But during this experience, He has shown me secrets and given me the keys of the Kingdom for exploits: righteousness and prayer to walk with God; faith and absolute trust to be more than a conqueror; wisdom and grace to excel.

Visions are appointed for a time. And I believe that the vision I was given for the regeneration of Africa, was appointed for this season. Which is why I have been led to write this book at this time.

Towards the end of last year (2020) I started writing the book “Rebuild Africa” which also inspired a podcast with the same title. I had the intention to finish that book this year or early 2022. But then I had to suspend the writing of the book, to communicate this message first to God’s people.

Bottom line: God does not joke. He would not appear to a man, sit with him, and send him to lead His people to the promised land, if He was not determined to lead such people to an already prepared place. There is a promised land for Africa – it is the place of positive change, good leadership, patriotic and responsible citizenship, quality education and healthcare, economic advancement, high standard of living and good quality of life. And God is taking His people there! Amen.

  1. The Prophecies

The Bible, besides being the written expression of God’s revealed will, is a book of prophecies.

After God revealed His purpose for me, this – the prosperity of Africa – became my life’s purpose. I not only began to learn to be as good a motivational speaker as possible, I also began an extensive study into the history of the world, to learn how and why nations become prosperous and advanced or remain poor and backwards. And I tell you, there is a lot to learn in this direction. I am still learning.

I learned that historically, the countries that have, at one time or the other, dominated world affairs and become known as world powers or superpowers have, broadly speaking, five major characteristics, namely: large population; economic capability; military might; large territory; and political stability and competence.

A country may rise to, and exert its, power with one or two predominant characteristics but it must also possess all other characteristics in good measure if it would attain and maintain its superpower status for long. This is because it takes a combination of all these characteristics to consistently influence the opinions, and subsequent actions, of most countries of the world. This is why not all advanced countries with significant impact in the world have attained the status of a world power.

Of course, there are other important characteristics like natural resources (which determines a country’s sources of wealth creation), culture (a people’s way of life that is progressive, as against regressive cultural beliefs, will aid a nation’s growth) and demographic (the population of the country that can significantly contribute to its growth; a large youth population is generally favoured). During my search, I also came across the work of an American pastor-teacher, John F. MacArthur of the Grace Community Church, California and Grace to You media organization, who had amazing insights into the biblical prophecies about world affairs, according to the visions of Daniel. His series of teachings on this subject, taught in late 1979, explains the rise and fall of kings and kingdoms in bible times with possible interpretations of prophecies concerning this present times. His works were the first to significantly open my eyes, or rather reawaken my consciousness to the reality of bible prophecies and its direct relationship to the unfolding world affairs.

An important point of note here:While God has ultimate rule over the affairs of the world and of times and seasons, He however did not ordain evil or suffering for humanity. For the sake of freewill, God permits humans to manage their own affairs to a great extent. And the quality of their hearts determines to a great extent the outcome of their lives. For example, God told Abraham that his seeds will be in slavery in Egypt for four hundred years, but they ended up spending four hundred and thirty years in slavery. Also, even though God purposed, and promised, to take the liberated children of Israel to the promised land, yet He eventually killed that generation in the wilderness after keeping them there for forty years (and remember that that wilderness experience was designed to last for just four months; God extended that for so long, patiently waiting for them to get better). Their sins, disobedience, and mostly unbelief, made it impossible for them to see the promised land. But their children did, in fulfillment of God’s promise and purpose.Please keep this very closely to your heart!

And yet another discovery I’d made during my search was that there had been six countries/empires that really attained superpower status in the history of the world, from bible times to date. Of course, like every historical or academic work, there are different versions of this list, but looking closely I was able to see that they are mere variations of one another.

I studied the different variations and found out the six that most scholars and writers on the subject seemed to agree upon: Persian empire; Roman empire; Mongol empire; British empire; Soviet Union; United States. These six were/are not just advanced, but their hold on the rest of the world at different times was so strong and spanned at times hundreds of years. They also mostly emerged from obscurity and rose to dominate other nations, including existing world powers. The emergence of these were well prophesied in the bible, in visions of Daniel, Isaiah, and John in Revelation.

Interestingly, the rise of the first empire to truly attain superpower status – Persia – was birthed by the great king, Cyrus the Great. And do you know the secret behind the rise of Cyrus the Great?

28 Who says of Cyrus, “He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.”‘

1 “Thus says the LORD to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held–To subdue nations before him And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut:

6 That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other;

5 I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me,

4 For Jacob My servant’s sake, And Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me.

3 I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the LORD, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.

2 “I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron.

(Isa 44:28,45:1,6,5,4,3,2)

If you truly believe that there is a God who created everything and that the bible is His Word, the written expression of His will, then you should need no further convincing to accept that God has plans and that He controls events of the world, according to times and seasons, to bring to pass His purposes. For the sake of Israel – to bring the people back from captivity in Babylon to their own land, after seventy years – God raised up a Persian king Cyrus, to defeat Babylon (then the reigning world power), overtake greater kingdoms, and reign supreme. In the verses above, you can see God repeatedly saying: “though you have not known me” because Persia at the time was a pagan land and did not know the God of Israel. Think of that again: God used a king who did not know Him, from among a pagan people who cared less about Him, to liberate His people, and in the process mightily prospered that king and his land. Truly, God’s ways are beyond human understanding.

What can this God not do?

Now, back to Africa.

These fulfillment of prophecies in the bible – which are proofs of God’s omnipotence and majesty – further assured me that the rising of Africa is not only possible, but guaranteed. The rising of Persia and other great kingdoms were according to God’s plan. God purposed it, said it and did it! The same unchangeable God spoke to me concerning His purpose for Africa. I have absolutely no doubt that He will do it. Come what may; come the activities of the devil or the wickedness and schemes of men for their selfish reasons; God’s will, will be done!  

“Therefore say to them, “Thus says the Lord GOD: “None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done,” says the Lord GOD.”‘” (Ezek.12.28)

        I understand if anyone finds it difficult to believe this prophecy. Even I, if I were to simply judge by the state of the continent of Africa, would have discarded the message long before it took root in my mind. But I’ve known better. I’ve had an earlier experience with a biblical revelation concerning the country Nigeria which I was supposed to share as a message with the people, but I treated this only half-heartedly, because the circumstances then were contrary to the revelation. I was afraid of being wrong and laughed at. At a time, I even began to feel ashamed of having done the little I did; it seemed I was wrong and would be ridiculed by those who saw the message. But now, looking at the situation of the country and how much help my message could have been to God’s people, I wished I had done more in spreading that message. I am not going to make the same mistake again, by the grace of God.

God’s visit and message to me revealed His plan for Africa, and the certain fulfillment of prophecies of the bible gave the assurance that the breakthrough of the land will also happen as purposed by God. 

I believe that without an iota of doubt!

I hope you do too.

  1. The Unfolding Realities

Let’s start this section by looking again at the five main characteristics and the other important qualities of a superpower. The goal is to see if Africa has any (and if so, how many) of those characteristics to even be considered a contender for this race among nations. In other words, let’s consider from a human perspective, how close we may be to what has been promised by God.

It’s quite important to state here that I’m not declaring that Africa will emerge a superpower. I have not received any such instruction and it is way beyond me to assert such. Although I believe, given what I know and which I’m about to share here, that if the nations of Africa come together to form a single empire, then that empire has the potential to emerge a true superpower. Again, whether or not God plans to make Africa a superpower and how He will unite Africa if that’s the plan, I honestly don’t know. And it’s not my place to worry about that. God is able to bring His purposes to pass.

But since the divine purpose is for all of Africa, the idea therefore is to try and consider the possibility of the region – either collectively or as individual nations – to emerge a significantly advanced and prosperous land in our time. Importantly again, irrespective of prevailing circumstances and what we make of them, God’s vision will ultimately prosper. This is only been done to discover emerging proofs, that God’s vision for the continent is gradually coming to pass. We must believe and run with the vision, so that we may emerge as partakers in this glorious work of our God.

Now, the characteristics.

Large population: Do your own research; Africa presently has the second largest population in the world, and the fastest population growth rate, meaning the continent may soon become the most populous continent in the world. By United Nations estimates, Africa’s population may rise to 4.28 billion by 2100, about 39% of the world’s total. Imagine a continent with a population almost half of that of the entire world; if such a continent wakes up and decides to assert itself in the world, what will stand in its way. And while this population may seem like a challenge now, due to mismanagement, corruption and other internal problems, the real blessing behind it will be seen when these problems are resolved. And they will be.

Large territory: Again, Africa is the second largest continent in the world, covering about one-fifth of the total land surface of Earth. To become a powerful region, the nations of Africa don’t have to travel far to conquer territories; they only need to come together and easily become the largest empire there ever was.

The above show that Africa presently has two of the five main characteristics required for a superpower status. And how did we accomplish this? We need not answer that, because we did not do anything. God did!

God has freely given us the two most difficult characteristics to acquire: large population and territory. The rest three (economic capability; military might; and political stability) are comparatively easier and faster to accomplish; they only require the right mindset, right policies, right institutions and the commitment to work to build a great society. And all of these become easier to pursue and accomplish when the people share a common vision.

That vision: the vision of a united, committed people who will create the next big thing to happen to the world (as I describe Africa’s emerging greatness) is what I’ve been asked to share with you in this book. And how refreshing and assuring to know that this is not just the vision of men, but that of God Himself.

And what about the other important characteristics?

Natural resources: Which continent of the world has the greatest concentration of natural resources? If you didn’t know, just google it. There is not a single divergent opinion or theory to the fact that Africa is the richest continent in the world, in terms of its mineral and natural resources. That is the gateway to true wealth. A lot of the advanced countries of the world today either borrowed, bought or outrightly stole the ideas, seeds, or other natural or mineral resources to build their wealth from Africa.

Demographic:Not only does Africa have a large population, but it also has the largest percentage of youth population the world over. That is, most of Africa’s population can significantly contribute to its growth and development, if properly guided.

What about Human Resource generally? If the stories from all over the world are anything to go by, then Africans also have some of the brightest minds available to humans. Everywhere Africans truly commit to something, they excel! That is a fact, not motivation. What if those minds become committed to the vision of rebuilding Africa and making her the pride of the world? Your guess is as good as mine.

And what if the Almighty God is now willing to put His weight and wisdom behind those committed minds in the pursuit and actualization of that vision?… Honestly, I chuckled at that thought. You will too, out of sheer joy and excitement, if you know what that truly means. 

Culture: The African way of life has not always been progressive. That is not to say that it has been totally regressive; only that there’s a lot that needs to change in the thought pattern and belief system of Africans (particularly in these modern times), because these determine the way we act. This is why Africans seem to succeed more when they travel to countries with different cultures or value systems than our own. A paradigm shift is required. And creating that paradigm shift is one of the objectives of this book.

But even then, core traditional African values – like communal spirit i.e., the spirit of one for all and all for one, respect, diligence, and patience – will go a long way in helping the continent, not only to create a well-advanced society, but one that also engender better humanity.  

I believe this is one of the reasons why God has inspired the writing of a book that shares the vision of a better society: To reorientate and refocus the mind of the people, because this is the beginning of true restoration.

And look at the happenings in the world today. I don’t know about you, but I can see the feats being recorded by Africans everywhere, and I have the feeling that this is just the beginning – greater things will continue to come.

          Our music in all genres and categories are experiencing greater recognition and winning world-renowned awards. I mean music produced in Africa by Africans, both secular and gospel. And this is happening across our entertainment industries generally.

          Africans are designing the latest models of super-luxury cars, winning international educational prizes and championing causes for social changes across the globe.

          African voices are being heard globally. People of African descents all over the world are beginning to proudly declare their African heritage; many are returning to Africa to settle; others are finding different creative ways to support the development of Africa. This brings to mind the return of the Jews from where they had been scattered all over the world for 2,500 years, back to Israel in 1948, in fulfillment of bible prophecy (Deut. 30:1-5, Isa. 11:11-12, Jer. 29:14). All this goes to further prove that, what God says He will do, He will certainly do.

The unfolding realities show that Africa is the next big thing to happen to the world. In a way, it seems like our world needs a fresh start; and Africa holds that promise. The land is still green, compared to other continents. Its vast array of natural resources is yet to be significantly tapped. A larger percentage of its population is young, vibrant, with great possibilities. And that generation is also waking up to its responsibilities. And there is no doubt about it; all the wealth of the land stolen by corrupt individuals will return to the land and be used in its restoration. That is the word of the Lord (Proverbs 28:8). Just a matter of time.

An important point of note here:I believe – and there are preceding prophecies by other great men of God – that Nigeria will take a leading role in the development of Africa. Nigeria has the largest population of black people in the world; it also has one of the greatest deposits of natural and mineral resources the world over. And her people are one of the brightest anywhere. Many scholars and presidents of African nations have asserted that when Nigeria wakes up, Africa will wake up. In 2020, in an unprecedented manner, tens of thousands of young Nigerians took to the streets across the states of the country for days, to demand the end of police brutality particularly, and government highhandedness generally. Millions joined from across the globe. This is a sign of the awakening consciousness of the youths. It is a sign… and now it is only a matter of time!Please keep this very closely to your heart!

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