MAY MONTH OF SIGNS AND WONDERS: POWER TO CREATE DESIRED FUTURE
'And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose'(Heb. 2:4). Only believe' (Luke 8:50). That's the door that opens up the spiritual realm, which that brings all the miracles and all the signs and all the wonders. God wants us to believe like the saints of old, and He wants to release miracles like we see from the beginning to the end of the Bible. After all, this is the inheritance of His sons and daughters! Therefore, God wants to challenge our belief system and our level of faith because He wants to make the supernatural natural and common place. Date line: Thursday 1st May 2014, my Pastor and Mentor, David Ibiyeomie during HOLY GHOST MORNING SERVICE at Salvation Ministries, Port Harcourt, Nigeria declared the Month of MAY 2014 the Month of SIGNS AND WONDERS. Speaking from Genesis 1:1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 31 he declared as imitators of God (Eph. 5:1) how as co Creators with God we can create the desired future by 'saying' what we desire that we make us 'see' what we 'say' (Mark 11:20-23),
What are Miracles, Signs and Wonders? Events which unmistakably involve an immediate and powerful action of God designed to reveal His character or purposes. Words used in the Scriptures to describe the miraculous include sign, wonder, work, mighty work, portent, power. This point out the inspired authors' sense of God's pervasive activity in nature, history, and people. Old Testament The two Hebrew words most frequently used for 'miracle' are translated 'sign' (oth ) and 'wonder' (mopheth ). They are synonyms and often occur together in the same text (Exodus 7:3; Deuteronomy 4:34; Deuteronomy 6:22; Deuteronomy 7:19; Deuteronomy 13:1; Deuteronomy 26:8; Deuteronomy 28:46; Deuteronomy 34:11; Nehemiah 9:10; Psalm 105:27; Isaiah 8:18; Jeremiah 32:20; Daniel 6:27 ). 'Sign' may be an object or daily activity as well as an unexpected divine action (Genesis 1:14; Exodus 12:13 , RSV; Joshua 4:6 Ezekiel 24:24 . The basic nature of a sign is that it points people to God. 'Wonders' describe God's supernatural activity, a special manifestation of His power (Exodus 7:3 ), but false prophets can perform actions people perceive as signs and wonders. (Deuteronomy 13:1-3 ). Wonders can serve as a sign of a future event. Signs seek to bring belief (Exodus 4:5; compare Exodus 10:2 ), but they do not compel a person to believe (Exodus 4:9 ). At times God invites people to ask for signs (Isaiah 7:11 ). The signs He has done should make all peoples on earth stand in awe (Psalm 65:8 ). They should join the Psalmist in confessing that the God of Israel 'alone works wonders' (Psalm 72:18 NAS).
New Testament The phrase 'signs and wonders' is often used in the New Testament in the same sense as it is found in the Old Testament and also in Hellenistic literature. (Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22; John 4:48; Acts 2:43; Acts 4:30; Acts 5:12; Acts 6:8; Acts 7:36; Acts 14:3; Acts 15:12; Romans 15:19; 2 Corinthians 12:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Hebrews 2:4 ). 'Sign' (semeion ) in the New Testament is used of miracles taken as evidence of divine authority. Sometimes it is translated as 'miracle' (Luke 23:8 NIV; Acts 4:16 ,Acts 4:16,4:22 NAS, NIV). John was particularly fond of using 'sign' to denote miraculous activity (see John 2:11 ,John 2:11,2:18 ,John 2:18,2:23; John 3:2; John 4:54; John 6:2 ,John 6:2,6:14 ,John 6:14,6:26; John 7:31; John 9:16; John 10:41; John 11:47; John 12:18; John 37:1; John 20:30; Revelation 12:1 ,Revelation 12:1,12:3 ,; Revelation 13:13-14; Revelation 15:1; Revelation 16:14; Revelation 19:20). 'Wonders' (teras ) translates a Greek word from which the word terror comes. It denotes something unusual that causes the beholder to marvel. Although it usually follows 'signs,' it sometimes precedes it ( Acts 2:22 ,Acts 2:22,2:43; Acts 6:8 ) or occurs alone (as in Acts 2:19 ). Whereas a sign appeals to the understanding, a wonder appeals to the imagination. 'Wonders' are usually presented as God's activity (Acts 2:19; Acts 4:30; Acts 5:12; Acts 6:8; Acts 7:36; Acts 14:3; Acts 15:12 ), though sometimes they refer to the work of Satan through human instruments (Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 13:11-13).
Destined to Carry a Supernatural Anointing: We are living in an exciting time! It's the last days- the only days that each of us has to serve the Lord. And what happens in the last days? God pours out His Spirit on all flesh! 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass that whoever class on the name of the LORD shall be saved.'' (Acts 2:17-21). 'Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.' Does this refer to a day yet to come or a day that is here? I believe we are living in the outpouring of God's Spirit right now. He is releasing prophecy, visions, and dreams to his people today: 'I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh.' Sons and daughters are prophesying, young men are having visions, and old me are dreaming dreams.
God's ultimate purpose is that we all will prophesy and have dreams and visions. What we are seeing now is progressive; it's a process. I believe that this divine promise is available today for anyone who is ready to receive it. A day is coming for the church when all flesh will come into the dimensions of visions, dreams, healings, and miracles. This calling goes way beyond the dimension of commonplace prophetic words, the still small voice, impressions, words of knowledge, prophetic exhortation, or even 'thus says the Lord' prophecies spoken in the first person (as if God was speaking the words)/ For instance, today, every believer should be having profound, detailed, accurate words of knowledge for their server in the restaurant. Every believer should be having visions and dreams. Every Christian should be participating in healings and miracles. These experiences are available to all of us now. All of us have an opportunity to participate in the release of this prophetic dimension which will come with signs and wonders. We are destined to carry that supernatural anointing, to walk in the reality of the spirit of wisdom and revelation and to have the eyes of our heart opened to see into the heavens. This is our inheritance. According to Scripture, God endorses ministry through signs and wonders: 'Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know'(Acts 2:22).
This scripture speaks of the days when God confirmed and endorses Jesus' ministry whit miracles, signs, and wonders. According to John 17, we are just as loved by the Father as Jesus is; we are just as much a child and just as much a joint-heir. Jesus asked this of the Father: 'that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me' (John 17:23). The Father wants to endorse ministry in North America with miracles, signs, and wonders - He wants us to reach for this inheritance. We need to say, 'Thank You Lord that it's mine.' The supernatural needs to become a part of our consciousness, part of our everyday thinking. We need to think about open heavens, angels, visions, and dreams. We need to talk about miracles, power, and healings. We need to thank God for angels and for the prophetic. Yes, we are living in an exciting time! God wants to anoint you for prophetic vision and to give you spiritual eyes. As the Lord opens the eyes of your heart, you will come into the reality of the spiritual realm. God wants to make you naturally supernatural. It's time for you to launch into new realms of the spirit. Did you know your destiny is to be a sign and a wonder? We were created to see them and we were created to be them. SO let's delve deeper into this passage: 'Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel' (Is. 8:18). Now look what happens if we are not for signs and wonders: 'And when they say to you, 'Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,' should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?' Is. 8:19). Listen! When we're not for signs and wonders people go to wizards, mediums, and dead gods. They consult the dead on behalf of the living, rather than consulting the living God. So we need to live out our spiritual inheritance and be signs and wonders; then the world will turn to the church for revelation. We need to understand the reality of the supernatural, open heavens, and the heavenly glory. We should be reaching for the place in the spirit where supernatural signs and wonders take place. That is the anointing that God wants to release. Are you ready for that?
Signs and Wonders testify to God's Kingdom: The apostle Paul was ready! He said that he had fully preached the gospel because his preaching was accompanied with signs and wonders by the power of God (Rom. 15:17-29). We need to chew on that for a while because if we haven't preached the gospel with signs and wonders then we actually haven't fully preached the gospel. In the context of the gospel presentation, we should always see the manifestation of God's power. 'Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.' (Matt. 9:35). Notice that Jesus preached the gospel and healed every sickness and disease. In every reference where Jesus proclaimed the gospel, we see the demonstration of the kingdom. In our Church, Salvation Ministries, Miracles, Signs and Wonders are common features of our services through my Pastor, David Ibiyeomie. The Church needs to see a demonstration of God's power and so does the world outside of the church! And so God, in His great mercy, backs up the salvation message with signs, wonders, and various miracles (Acts: 2:22, 5:12, 14:3; Heb. 2:4). That is the gospel message. As I've said, Jesus didn't just preach the gospel to the poor and stop at that (Matt 4:23, 9:35); He set an example of what we should do. We are the generation that should enter into 'greater works than these' (John 14:12). In the church today, we have limited the gospel to only preaching, but it shouldn't be isolated from these other kingdom manifestations. According to Jesus and Paul, preaching, healing, and miracles are a package deal. Therefore, if you want to know if the kingdom has come to your life or your church, just ask this question. 'Do the lame walk; do the blind see; are AIDS suffers healed; are the dead raised; and do the poor hear the gospel?' Look for the signs and wonders of the manifestation of His kingdom.
Reaping the Harvest with Miraculous Signs: God is about to reap a great end-time harvest. ''Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe'' (Rev. 14:15). I believe that healings and miracles are the sickle which God is going to use to reap the end-time harvest. The world is hungry for the supernatural realm. Unfortunately, to the world, the church has no power. That's why all the psychic hotlines are busy and the New Age movement is growing dramatically. However, although it looks as though the church is weak in comparison to the works of darkness, this is a false impression! God spoke to me from scripture that by His great power He is going o eat up the devil's counterfeit sings and wonders just like Aaron's rod did when it turned into a serpent and ate up the sorcerer's rod (Ex. 7:8-12). The world today is looking to false religions, cult leaders, and ungodly doctrines. Bu the true God is going to send His 'serpent' into the world to eat up the counterfeit. There will be such an outpouring of God's healing power and prophetic words that the false will be eaten up by the true signs and wonders of a victorious church. The world will know that healing for their body is in the church. In some places, hospitals and clinics will close. The spirit of truth will be seen overcoming the spirit of error (1 John 4:6), and the world will finally know what is true and false. I see leaders of occult movements turning to the truth of Jesus Christ because of the signs and wonders taking place in the church. They will see, like Simon the sorcerer saw, that we flow in real power (Acts 8: 17-19). This outpouring of power will be so great that the Baals of today will be shown up by the genuine miracles of the church like Elijah on Mt. Carmel. Let's remember that the power of God came because the fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16). Let's pray fervently that this same great anointing of boldness and power would rest upon God's people today.
The Signs-Prophets: Signs-prophets are those who carry two dimensions: first, their whole life becomes a sign and they live out the message that God has called them to illustrate God's relationship to His unfaithful people (Hos. 1:2). Second, these prophets carry with them the reality of miracles, signs, and wonders. If you watch the news when people come to town, quite often you'll see a change in the weather patterns - freak storms, floods, tremors, plagues, or other signs and wonders. Today, signs-prophets are again beginning to partner with God in fulfilling this verse: 'I will show wonders in heaven above and sings in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke' (Acts2:19). I believe that God is releasing this signs-and-wonders dimension in the earth today to validate the visions and dreams of the prophets. He is increasing the authority of true prophetic words in the midst of all the prophetic fluff, and He is granting signs through true healing ministries. For example, in Salvation Ministries, a testimony of how God arrested a former adherent and one of the kingpin of Olumba Olumba Obu Brotherhood Cross and Star was aired live during our Church service on Sunday 27th April 2014 for about 30 minutes, testifying about ongoing wicked activities of so called Olumba Olumba Obu who is dead now operating through the son Rowland Obu. This former member/leader in the satanic cult Olumba Olumba Obu now born again testified how for 42 years held captive was only delivered after several failed attempts to attacked God's Servant Pastor David Ibiyeomie, the Church Salvation Ministries in the headquarters and Yenegoa Satellite Church. He confessed about the deceptions and wickedness in Olumba Olumba Obu and the authenticity of the power of the miraculous working Pastor David Ibiyeomie and Salvation Ministries. If in doubt l invite you to come to the headquarters to get the video recording and hear the power of God at Salvation Ministries.
Sometimes the Lord calls us to roar just as He does (Joel 3:16; Hos. 11:10). At God's leading, we can release a roar by fait just as we would a victory shout (Josh. 6:5). A roar like this often releases a holy indignation within our spirits, as a declaration to the enemy that 'enough is enough!' Roaring not only looses promises that have been tied up, but it also tears down demonic principalities. When we roar like a lion, something happens in the spirit realm. Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and sometimes He causes His Spirit to rise up in our hearts with a groan or a roar of judgment on principalities. 'The Lord told Charlie there would be an earthquake after he left Indonesia. Six days after he left, on December 26, the earthquake and tsunami struck. God was judging the seas! They called Charlie and said, 'It's true. Every word of the prophecy is true!' When the tsunami hit, the entire world said, 'Destruction! Oh God, why? Why would God allow this to happen? Three-hundred thousand lost their lives.' But listen! The crest of the wave in my vision said REVIVAL! Who would have thought revival would follow a tsunami and an earthquake? First, we must realize that God does not cause natural disasters. However, when God wants to bring change or to release revival, there will always be spiritual war in the heavens as demonic principalities in the second heaven resist God's advancing plans. When there's war, there are causalities. We don't always understand why people get hurt. When Jesus cast the demon out of a child in Luke 9:42 [NAS], the devil threw him down, and tare him.' In the same way, when God deals with demonic forces in the heavens, a tearing takes place in the spiritual realm which sometimes manifests in destructive ways on earth. The enemy desires to bring destruction and to prevent God's plan for revival. However, in spite of the battle, God's plans will always come to pass.
From 2001 to 2011 the Lord through Pastor David Ibiyeomie declared dead and extinction Olumba Olumba Obu Bethel in GRA Port Harcourt and it came to pass. The decree has been extended to Bayelsa State to Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom States. Soon all Bethels of Olumba Olumba Obu will be deserted the judgement has gone forth. Today, in Indonesia and Malaysia, there is tremendous expectancy among the churches in the nation that God is about to do something powerful. God is sending signs of revival in Christian meetings in the form of gold dust, diamonds, and feathers, and the people are growing in the passion for the Lord as well as faith for the wave of revival that is coming. What does all of this mean? We need to understand that God's judgments are released as answers to prayer to ultimately bring blessing and to fulfill His promise. God reveals future events-secrets- to His friends and to His prophets (Amos 3:7). As a result of repentance and travailing prayer by God's people, the Lord will judge demonic principalities over areas. Often those supernatural judgments are manifest in the natural through disasters. Let's remember that in the shaking-in earthquake in Japan and in the disaster in Indonesia- God is saying: 'REVIVAL!' The Lord is making His name known against His adversaries and releasing blessings on His people in those areas. He wants us to have an idea about what He's doing, so He gives us signs on earth of what He is doing in the spiritual realm. These prophets may walk in a greater dimension of power than most believers, but we are all called to start living in the supernatural realm in these end days. All of God's children were created for signs and wonders, not just the signs-prophets. We are to be sign, a living epistle, and a prophetic picture in the earth. We are to be a manifestation of the supernatural realm spilling over and breaking into the natural realm everywhere we go-the marketplace, work, business, school, the mall, or the hospital. We should be carrying signs and wonders because we carry the reality of the kingdom of heaven within us (Luke 17:21). Though I am on the earth, in my mind I am in heaven. I am operating in that realm in the anointing of the spirit of wisdom and revelation.
On how to create your desired future as signs and wonders in the month of MAY 2014, Pastor David Ibiyeomie said to create every beginning has to be created. God in His word said, Hebrew 11:3, 'Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear'. How God did brought into existence things that we see from the unseen? He spoke the word because the word carries life. 'It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life' (John 6:63). You can turn any situation around with the word of God. When you speak in faith as God's Child no devil can stop it. God require us to take charge of our day, week, month and year. Job 38:12-13, 'Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; 13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?' God expects us to frame, create the kind of day, the month and the year that we want. Good talkers are good takers. Anything you have not seen is what you have not spoken. 'And God said' before 'And God saw' (Genesis 1:1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 31). You are not entitled to anything good until you speak it into existence. God is watching over our world to create. You don't speak base on what is happening but you speak your expectation base on the word of God. There is power in the word of a king (Eccl. 8:4). We are ordained Priest and Kings unto God (Rev. 5:10). God confirms the words of His servants (Mark 16:20). With Isa. 44:26-27, '26That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof: 27That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers' Pastor David Ibiyeomie led the congregation in prophetic prayers declaring and create desired future in the month of May 2014. From Isaiah 57:19, 'I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him'. He warned we should be careful what we say. These declarations anchored by the Holy Spirit through Pastor David Ibiyeomie was sealed with anointing of the Holy Spirit that enveloped and empowered the ministration cum service (Eph. 1:13). You have the rein of power to frame, create the future you want in the month of May 2014. You are blessed for life. Have question, you may call: 08033399821 or write: [email protected] Stay blessed.
Written By Dr. Lewis Akpogena