His name may sound unpopular, but he is without doubt a good worker in the vineyard of God. Brother Louis Bassey okokon is a fisher of men and any reporter’s delight .
But before then, I had studied metrology, talking of the weather and I have another degree in Agric-Extension. My wife is a Chemical Engineer; she graduated from the old College of Science and Technology now University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt.
Before I left University of Ibadan, the Lord began to train me, I was the Leader of the Jesus revolution Voices in the campus and during our time, we spent weekends going out ministering to quite a lot of people. But there is this missionary in town, Pa Elton, he was living at Ilesha and he was moving from campus to campus ministering to students and he happened to identify me when he came to the University of Ibadan, because I was leading the musical group then.
Often before the ministration, we, the musical group will come praising the name of the Lord and that was how I knew him, the extent I knew him. Until when there was a mystery, when I started the move with the musical team in University of Ibadan, the Lord began to train me since 1976 and I always like to drop this piece of information.
The Lord came into my room, taps me and took me to the spiritual realm.
We are still coming to that, Sir, for how long have you been into this calling?
I told you that in 1976 when I entered the University, that was when the Lord trained me, he woke me up and took me to the spiritual realm. The Lord asked me to look down and I saw multitudes of people, they were all praying with their hands and legs chained, but they were crying and calling on the name of the Lord, I said Lord, who are these people?
Then the Lord said, these are my people, I said these are your people, why were they chained? He said because my people perished for lack of knowledge, because they have rejected knowledge, I will also reject them and they will bring no people unto me, I said Lord you must do something to deliver them, they are calling on your name, the Lord told me, now that you are here, call on my name and see the power invested in my name.
My Dear, when I call on the name of Jesus, the power that erupted from the four corners of the earth removed the chains, grounded the chains to powdery form and wide wind came and blew everything out of the surface of the earth.
I said Lord, how come that just mentioning your name once and the power did this type of job, while some people will be calling the name of Jesus severally and nothing will happen.
Then the Lord said when you come into this realm of spirituality, you call my name once and heaven will answered, I now said Lord, please make me get there and that was the journey of my spiritual realm.
Your encounter with Jesus?
While I was schooling at the University of Ibadan, as the Leader of the musical group, we normally have rehearsals on Saturdays for Sunday ministration.
During one of our rehearsals, the Lord told me a sister had a problem, her father has just been knocked down by a moving vehicle and he has been taking to University College Hospital (UCH, Ibadan) but by the anointing on my palm, I should lay my palm on her palm and let her take that anointed palm of hers father and place it on her father’s head and her father will be made heal.
I stood bold making the altar calls, nobody came out, I couldn’t believe it, I said Lord I heard you well, I came out of the auditorium and called a brother to continue with the session.
I was moving up and down where we are having the rehearsal, not knowing that the sister had come, she was right in front of me there, instead of her to listen to the altar call I was making, she was praying for her father’s fractured head and she was not concentrating, so, after we finished the rehearsal, she later explained that she came late due to the accident of her father, before the problem, the solution was already there, I said the Lord gave me this anointing to place it on your palm for you to take to your father and you didn’t hear.
So, I followed the instruction and she went to place it on her father’s head, the next day, she came with testimony that her father was healed.
As a Leader of the group, because of what happened, I became a thin god, then the pride in me was so much that the Lord have to break me down, because you cannot manage pride with anointing.
Immediately I was moving on the road, I started saying Lord you have disgraced me, later I quickly started pleading that, Lord I am sorry, immediately I heard a voice and he said, I will appear to you, I was not myself again. Then, I had a Ghanian roommate, whenever I come early enough, I will be on the bed, while if he came in early, I will be on the floor that is how we have been living.
I came in early enough, I was on the bed still apologetic to God, I don’t know what is happening when my friend from his dream world started saying father thank you for the anointing and I saw Jesus walk in straight, the door was shut, then, sat on my bed, I said Lord, I am very sorry.
He says, raise your hands, like I did to Moses, I am doing to you this day, he lays his hands on my hands, he said, I have called you as an Apostle and a teacher, you will go for me, go and do a special work for me, then he told me to open my mouth and there was a cloud in his hands, he said this is the unction of my spirit, I will speak through you and I have experienced this severally.
I will start ministering to people over 10-20 hours, I am not the one talking and my ministrations have often been interesting, questions from anywhere, I am always set to provide answers to it, people are wondering what manner of man is this, I am not the one talking, but someone inside of me is talking.
The first time he came to me, it was face to face, the second time, he said I want to show you the three dimensions, I didn’t see him but I will be hearing his voice, the third one is his fullness, I will be speaking through you inside, I will be taking a permanent residence in you and that is why when I speak, I am not the one that is speaking and so he lays his hands on me.
One of the controversial issues among the Christians that is currently hitting and hijacking the airwaves is the enforcement levied on tithes and offerings, sir what is your take as regards this?
Can you carry the bomb, the bomb is greater than Boko haram, and Boko haram is just a child’s play, what I want to give you if you carry it, then you are blessed because, it is going to wreck and close the churches down. If you have the mind to carry it, carry it word for word.
I am going to give you word for word, not what I learnt from the theological school, it was revealed to me by the Lord Jesus Christ so that we would begin to have a proper understanding of what tithes and offerings are all about.
When Jesus was about discussing on tithes, he came to me and said “the people I sent to come and minister to my people, they are now after their bellies. They are telling the people that I the Lord need their money, will you go for me? I said Lord; I am ready to do whatever you ask me to do. He said, how can I need their money, the earth is the Lord and the fullness thereof”.
For example, all the things inside this house now belong to me, do I need them again, it is not possible because they are all mine.
So, if God owns everything, you don’t need to tell the people that the Lord needed that thing again, it is already the Lords, that is point one.
Point two, when the Lord said the people are after their bellies, I said Lord, what are you talking about, Malachi chapter 3 verse 10, that is what we call the Almighty formula.
“ Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it”
After I finished quoting it and the Lord looked at me and the Lord said my son, I have the old and new testaments. The Old Testament talks about the Nation Israel, natural Israel but you are a natural Nigerian and a spiritual Israelite.
When you are born again spiritual filled, then how can you take a natural food and feed a spiritual man, it is not possible; it is natural to natural, spiritual to spiritual. Now because the Nation Israel are still there, nobody can extinct them, the power I have given to them I used it to write the entire scriptures for the whole world and that is why they are ever my people, no Nation can crush them, as little as they are, I am with them, but because they are natural, they are using natural weapon to fight, I am backing them because they are using natural weapon.
You that you are spiritual, if you use natural weapon, I will not back you up, your weapon must be spiritual.
The bible says “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but they are mighty through God to be pulling down of every stronghold”; you are meant to fight with spiritual weapon, not with natural weapons.
Therefore, those laws I gave to the children of Israel, no one can take it from them, I will guide them, hence, the whole of old testaments must be interpreted spiritually before you feed on it. If you take it as natural, it is as later as it is, that is why Jesus said “for the later killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
That is to say, if you take the Old Testament as raw as it is and applies it to your life; it would kill you because you are a spiritual entity in the sight of God. Therefore, you must look for the Holy Spirit to translates, to give you the interpretation of the Old Testament; you can now apply that to your life as a spiritual entity.
And I said okay Lord, can you give me the spiritual meaning of Malachi chapter 3 verses 10 since I cannot take it as natural as it is and apply to my life, He says yes,
“ Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse”, tithes is 1/10 not 2/10 or 3/10 as it is been requested for these days by some ministers because of their greediness. They tell people bring 2/10, 7/10, 9/10 all is lie.
He said tithe is 1/10 and it was meant to be directed only to the Le-vit-i-cal Priesthood. Jesus further explained that the Nation Israel has 12 tribes out of these tribes, he chooses the Levite to be the house of the priests, then he commanded they were only to attend to priesthood duties.
When they were dividing possession they divided it to 11, but the Levites did not have any possession, but God said all you 11 tribes pay your tithes, 1/10 of your shoes, clothes, sheep’s, farm produce to the Levites, they were only to attend priesthood duties, he did not say 1/10 of your salaries.
Now these generations of ministers have transformed their own Bible to feed their appetites. At this junction, it is even good to go back to where tithes started.
It started from Abraham and Mel-chi’e-dec. Mel-chi’e-dec was a Priest of the Most High God; he was a physical man on earth, but a Priest and a King. And during Abrahamic era, Abraham was about going to fight the 4 Kings that were troubling Lot and he came and consulted Mel-chi’e-dec when he returned; Mel-chi’e-dec gave him bread and wine instituting the new covenant.
Mel-chi’e-dec was a prototype of what is about to come. Now as he gave bread and wine to Abraham, Abraham gave him one tenth of his spoils.
Mel-chi’e-dec was a Priest and King, while Abraham being the great grandfather of the Levites was lower than King Mel-chi’e-dec, the Bible did not tell us that Mel-chi’e-dec pays tithes to God.
The Priest and King order do not pay tithes to God, we are excluded because Jesus has lifted us from the Le-vit-i-cal Priesthood to the Mel-chi’e-dec Priesthood through his death and resurrection, therefore, the Priest and King order cannot pay tithes to God, since Abraham paid tithe to Mel-chi’e-dec, but Mel-chi’e-dec do not pay tithe to God and we are Priests and Kings we cannot pay tithes to God (1st Peter chapter 29 verse 9)
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light”
Revelation chapter 1 verse 6:
“ And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
Jesus has lifted us from the Le-vit-i-cal Priesthood to the Mel-chi’e-dec priesthood.
What the ministers are doing is that they left the new covenant where Jesus brought us into and drew us back into the old covenant.
For the laws, if you practice one law, you must practice all, so if you pay tithes and offering you must be ready to sacrifice sheep’s and lambs for the forgiveness of your sins, get ready to divide your congregation according to the 12 tribes of Israel, even ministers, you become the Le-vit-i-cal Priesthood that they should be paying because the Bible says “when you follow the law, follow all the laws, you break one, you break all, therefore, Priests in this order of new covenant order, we are not suppose by any reasons to pay tithe.
(Mathew Chapter 23 verse 23).
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”
When Jesus came, that was when grace started that is why he said “I didn’t come to destroy but to fulfill”. After Christ came, no more practices of the laws, meaning that, even during this dispensation, tithe was even a lesser matter, it was not a major thing, ministers of God are now moving around making it as if, if you don’t pay tithes, you will not make heaven, abomination!
Galatians Chapter 3 verse 10
“For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”
So, if you pay tithes and offerings, you are under the curse and not blessing. As far as the law is concern, you don’t pick one and drop others, you must do all. The ministers have constituted themselves a spiritual nuisance, giving the people falsehood information.
“If tithe is of the Lord, no man is justified by the law in the sight of God”. In this dispensation we must live by faith, ministers of God continue to preach faith from morning till night, but they don’t have faith in the one who sent them to do the job, I have faith in God, for good 36 years in the ministry without tithes and offerings, do I look like a pauper?
If you insist that God sent you to come and preach the word, why are you not preaching the word, did God sent you to look into the peoples’ purse?, we are not of the old covenant but the new covenant.
Galatians Chapter 3 verse 12-13
“The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, The person who does these things will live by them. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written. Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole. He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit”.
But the ministers are taking us back to the curse through compulsory tithe.
Hebrew Chapter 7:
“ 1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by which we draw nigh unto God”
Some ministers even said Mel-chi’e-dec was Jesus, it is a lie, Jesus came once into this world through Mary. The law of paying tithe must be changed.
Jesus came from Judah not from the Levites, He is among the 11 tribes that pays tithe, He is into the business of giving and not business of receiving. So, your tithes are not paid to Jesus as claimed by the ministers. People who go around paying tithes are just wasting their time.
Our churches had failed from their expected responsibilities, they are busy buying jets, building universities, what has that got to do with God. While most of them even abandoned their calls for politics.
Leadership must be firstly addressed spiritually before physical, because it is the spiritual that controls the physical. They also rushed to the Presidency organizing night vigils so that they can collect brown envelopes, while the people are dying.
We must not misinform the people because, when Jesus comes, He would be looking for a perfect church.
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