In the previous article, it was established that Nigeria would be dead (and stinking) before the Lord would intervene in her situation. But we need to establish what kind of death she would die (or already has died). Will some of her citizens just begin to fall down and die? Or is it the inefficacy of those things that make her a nation worthy to be reckoned with? What exactly is this death she has to die? What will help us know this is what her end will be, according to prophecy, which is righteousness.
The scriptures say that “Righteousness exalts a nation…” (Prov 14:34). Other words for exaltation are elevation/lifting/raising/resurrection. This means that sin makes a nation beneath/low/corrupt. The Bible’s exact words are “sin is a reproach.” A reproach means blame/stain/contempt. When something is blamed, it is faulted and cannot come into a particular function or be used for the exact purpose for which it was made. Such thing will rather be relegated to a lower or substandard purpose or be totally discarded. Matthew 5:13 gives us a clear picture of this thought. “...but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
We must know that the terms ‘exaltation’ and ‘reproach’ were both being mentioned in Proverbs in relation to God’s life. When one is living according to God’s standards of righteousness, such is being exalted, that is, he is being brought up to God’s level of thinking or judgment. We can absolutely tell what the opposite of that will be – no righteousness, no exaltation; rather, there will be an estrangement from God’s life which is known as ‘death’.
Pa. Elton prophesied: “Nigeria and Nigerians will be known all over the world for corruption. Your name - Nigeria - would stink of corruption…We understand now that this corruption is a state of being estranged from the life of God. How come we will be known all over for this? Our name will stink according to the prophecy. Why is Nigeria being made such a spectacle? And if we say it is the life of God that she is dead to, how come everyone everywhere will know this, including those that don’t know God?
The truth is that no nation is free from this debased position that Nigeria is in. In fact, many other nations are worse – it would take a learned man in the spirit to see this. The Bible says, “...the whole world lieth in wickedness.” Only God can really smell and tell the wicked stink of the whole world. But God, in His sovereign wisdom, will allow Nigeria to be seen as corrupt/wicked from an unlearned man’s point of view.
If we know how active God has been in Nigeria’s case, we will all repent. He has allowed her (government, economy, people) to be a failure in the eyes of everyone so she can be known everywhere for this. We should not be ashamed. We should be glad, rather, that we are being singled out as the worst; for there is a higher purpose for this – a purpose beyond any man’s thought or imagination. When the tables turn and we begin to show forth something better than what we have been known to be, we will be wondered at and God will be praised.
Nigeria’s death (and subsequent resurrection) is a sign in the spirit – a sign of something new that will begin to happen on the earth. For no one “…putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles. (Mark 2:22). This is what God wants to do with us. The old Nigeria will be gone and the new will emerge! This is because something new (righteousness) will be in the new Nigeria. 2Pet 3:13 says that “…we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” So, what makes these two entities new is righteousness. Righteousness will make Nigeria new.
Pa Elton’s prophecy was indeed accurate, for the NEW PHASE was named the phase of righteousness – ‘…but after a while, a new phase will come - a phase of righteousness. People from the nations of the earth would hold a Nigerian and say, 'We want to follow you to your nation to learn righteousness'. We mentioned earlier that we will be known for something better. Good roads and constant power supply are good and God may eventually make us have them, but they are common. They are of men; they are not new. What is new is of God– what will make a nation wondered at.
There is a wonder the world has not yet seen – it is the wonder of resurrection. Nigeria wil be raised/exalted by righteousness. Nigeria is a sign and would be a wonder to many. She will change her raiment from grave clothes of corruption to garments of righteousness. Nigeria will become a MIRACLE. It is a new day, a new season. Let hope arise!
Knowing this, we must therefore stay strong in faith, praying and believing for our nation. The enemy would have us lose confidence in God, but we must not fall into his trap of despair and evil speaking of our nation, as many do. Martha said to Jesus after hoping Jesus would have been present to save her brother before he died, “But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee” (John 11:22). This is the time for our hearts to be fully persuaded that as degenerated as the situation is, whatsoever we ask of God would be granted. And now we know what to ask – that righteousness will invade and prevail in our nation. “Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again” (John 11:23). Hallelujah, Nigeria will rise again in righteousness.
“Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world” (John 11:24-27). The power of resurrection was unlocked in this seemingly ordinary conversation. We should know that the Father would have us reach the point where we know that though death has reigned, life would reign much more. And like Martha and many others that were present at the scene of Lazarus’ death, we would come to the height of believing and knowing the Son of God – the True Righteousness of God.
The righteousness of God will reign in Nigeria. People’s judgment will be raised far above corruption. Now we know that this is beyond the embezzlements, bribery, and socio-political problems of the nation; rather, it is the deadness of men to the life of God. Nigeria will be the answer to this deadness that has plagued humanity, for this corruption has found its way into the souls of all men. Men’s souls will begin to awake to righteousness in Nigeria – they will know He who is the Ressurection and the Life Himself.
“And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.  And he that was dead came forth…” (John 11:43). With a loud voice, the Lord called forth he that was dead. In recent times, the Lord’s voice has become more profound, so profound that it has changed the air over Nigeria. Declarations of the mysteries of righteousness have heightened. Some people have been helped to witness this firsthand and many more will still hear it. Just as Lazarus had been dead for four days and stinking, Nigeria who has stunk of corruption/unrighteousness would be called forth. She who was dead is coming to life again. She who was once blind would begin to see, for great light would visit her. She who was weak will be made strong with an everlasting strength. Resurrection power is going to be seen at work in Nigeria – hallelujah!
It is time to believe that the atmosphere over Nigeria has changed. Power has changed hands in the spirit. A new order of government has been established in the spirit. We should not look at the physical/economic/political happenings but rather unto the Lord. A new phase is here – a phase of everlasting righteousness. We would see it, not many days from now. Our nation would be known for everlasting righteousness.
“Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him” (John 11:45). And many people from all over the world would see what the Lord will do in Nigeria and Nigerians, and would believe unto life everlasting. This is what the Lord will do – hallelujah!
For: EGFM Editorial