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TOPIC: THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOUL, BUT ISHMAEL SHALL NOT PREVAIL
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”
1776 Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” These words were written in a pamphlet entitled: “The American Crisis” —
THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated” Thomas Paine
The opening paragraph was written by Thomas Paine during the beginning of the Revolutionary War. He was calling to arms those who loved freedom and hated tyranny. We have reached a similar junction in the road we now are faced with in this age of technology and the upheaval that it has caused to allow our government to intrude on every portion of our lives,. The problem will only strengthen as the days grow more treacherous and dangerous as we continue this journey to the end of the days of man’s rule upon this earth.
Today Nigeria is indeed in a time of crisis which would determine our future for generations to come.
I believe those words “These are the times that try men’s souls” could be applied to our country today, for our Nigeria is engulfed in an unprecedented crisis — which is being waged for the heart and soul of the country.
From all outward appearances, it looks like the battle is being lost, on multiple fronts. Many of us might also say that we personally are in “times which are trying our souls.”
JUST IN ONE DAY ALONE IN NIGERIA
Islamic jihadists kill DPO, eight policemen and two vigilantes in Kebbi state
Nineteen people killed in Igbariam Anambra state by GUNMEN Suspected to be FULANI HERDSMEN TERRORISTS.
Abductors kill two more students of Greenfield University in Kaduna state making it five students so far killed since they were kidnapped by the islamic jihadists.
Hoodlums attack Lagos state university and destroy several vehicles.
Gunmen kill nine persons around Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University
Gunmen attack soldiers at Amasiri, Ebonyi state, hoodlums burn down federal high court Abakaliki.
The police Area Command in Okigwe South was attacked today, burnt and five policemen killed
NIGER state governor said that Boko Haram have hoisted their flag in Kaure, Niger state and that they are barely two hours away to ABUJA the federal capital territory.
Boko Haram kills an officer and some soldiers in Mainok as they raze several military camps.
Gunmen kidnap hotel owner, his wife, three children, five guests and a staff
Islamic jihadist Terrorists take charge of Bornu’s ungoverned spaces and highways.
Gunshots everywhere in Ama Hausa and Douglas Road Owerri, Imo State where many Northern Muslims are living.
Another security formation attacked in Rivers state, about 15 soldiers feared killed
Sunday Igboho’s house in Oyo attacked in IBADAN, Oyo State.
Gunmen suspected to be FULANI HERDSMEN TERRORISTS kidnap several students of University of Agriculture Markudi
Hausa Motorcyclists and Yoruba youths fight in Iyana-iba Lagos, score wounded
Palace of Igwe Ifitedunu in Anambra state burnt by unknown gunmen
Yesterday, gunmen shot the Imo State Commissioner for Entrepreneurship and skill acquisition Iyke Umeh on the leg, and others
Nigerian Air force allegedly fires at several land troop soldiers fighting against the murderous islamic jihadists terrorists by ‘mistake’, killing over 30 Nigerian officers.
This is just a glimpse of what is happening in Nigeria almost on daily basis and the cause is not far fetched.
BUHARI, NIGERIA’S PRESIDENT IS WORKING TO HAND OVER NIGERIA TO HIS FULANI BROTHERS.
Read the news below.
BUHARI IS WORKING FOR FULANI TO TAKE OVER NIGERIA, THIS CAN’T CONTINUE -GOV. ORTOM
Innocent Peace April 27, 2021 2 min read
This Cannot Continue,’ Ortom Accuses Buhari Of Working For Fulanis To Take Over Nigeria.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of working for the Fulani tribe to take over Nigeria.
He made the allegation on Tuesday in reaction to the recent killing of residents allegedly by herdsmen in parts of the state.
“What is happening now, to me, is very clear; Mr President is just working for these Fulanis to take over the whole country.
“His body language is what is being played out,” the governor alleged while condemning the activities of herdsmen in the state.
He added, “The body language, the action and inaction of Mr President shows that he is only the President of Fulani people; I have known this.
“We are becoming a banana republic, if we have a president who gave the security agencies order to shoot at sight, whosoever is having AK-47 and the Minister of Defence came out to say that they cannot shoot at sight… so who is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces?”
‘This Cannot Continue’
Governor Ortom insisted that the activities of herdsmen in the country must be condemned while the people should come together to hold the President to account.
He decried that no fewer than 70 people have been killed in the last two weeks in three local governments of the state.
This, he noted, was in addition to the recent attacks that left six people dead, while one of the several injured victims later died in the hospital.
According to the governor, the people of Benue are being overstretched and running out of patience due to the incessant attacks on their communities.
“Mr President must rise up, he is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and over the 250 nationalities that are in this country; Mr President is their President, we all voted him.
“He has taken oath of office to secure the country and provide security for lives and property; this is unacceptable, this cannot continue,” the visibly worried governor said.
He added, “Mr President must rise up to address the nation himself, not Garba Shehu or any of his assistance. Mr President must tell us where we are going in this country, this is too much.”
WHO IS ISHMAEL?
When Abram was seventy-five years old, God promised him that through his “seed” the nations of the earth would be blessed. But as yet, the patriarch had no offspring. A decade rolled by and still no child blessed the home of Abram and Sarai.
Finally, Sarai suggested that a child be produced by a union between Abram and Hagar, Sarai’s Egyptian handmaid, for such was an accepted custom in those days, as reflected in the Code of Hammurabi (146).
When Hagar conceived, she flaunted her proud condition before the barren Sarai. Infuriated, Abram’s wife drove the slave out of the camp.
As Hagar travelled toward her homeland, she was visited by the “Messenger of Jehovah,” himself a divine being (Genesis 16:7, 13). The Messenger informed Hagar that she would bear a son and his name would be Ishmael (“God hears”).
Prophecies Regarding Ishmael
Within this general context, a number of remarkable prophecies were made regarding Ishmael and his descendants. Some consideration of these matters should be of interest to Bible students in these days of political conflict.
It was foretold that lshmael would be:
“a wild ass among men; his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell over against all his brethren” (Genesis 16:12).
Later, it was said of Ishmael that God would “multiply him exceedingly,” and that he would be the father of “twelve princes” and a “great nation would proceed from him” (17:20).
These prophecies have been stunningly fulfilled. Note the following historical facts.
Ishmael grew up, married an Egyptian woman, and begat twelve sons who became princes over their respective tribes (Genesis 25:12ff) — exactly as prophesied (17:20).
These people inhabited the territory between Havilah (probably in NW Arabia) and Shur (near the Egyptian border), and were one of the several peoples who were the ancestors of the Arabians (cf Genesis 10:7, 25-30; 25:1-4, 13-16).
Today, Arab-dominated territories are much more extensive even than in Bible times.
Ishmael, A Wild Ass
Ishmael was characterized as a “wild ass.” What is the significance of that expression? Several ideas have been suggested. Hamilton contends that the habitat of the wild ass is in the waste places (cf. Job 39:5-8), hence, the idea is that of a life of nomadic existence (454).
Anderson/Freedman thought that the figure hints of a “forlorn and friendless” existence (505; cf. Genesis 21:20). Baur/Harrison suggested that the wild ass was a creature proverbially skilled at escape — only a hunter of “obvious prowess” could capture him (Bromiley, 905).
All of these descriptives are traits of the bedouin tribes of the Arabian peninsula.
His Hand Against Every Man
Of special interest, though, is the foreboding indication that the descendants of Ishmael would be a fierce people — “his hand against every man, every man’s hand against him” (Genesis 16:12).
Moses wrote that the Ishmaelite “abode over against all his brethren” (Genesis 25:18; cf. 16:12b). Many scholars believe that this language reflects a hostile disposition (cf. NIV).
William Beck’s, An American Translation, renders the phrase: “They fought with all their relatives.” E.A. Speiser argued that the language depicts the attacks characteristically made upon the Ishmaelites’ various kinsmen (188).
History has amply illustrated the warlike temperament of the Arabian people. Thomas Newton, who traced the bloody history of the Arabs with precision, said these people
“live in a state of continual war with the rest of the world … they have been such enemies of mankind, it is no wonder that mankind have been enemies to them again” (23).
ISHMAEL SHALL NOT PREVAIL
“And she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”
The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.
But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring[a] will be reckoned.
This bible passage is a clear indication that ishmaelites are on the losing side in this their fight against the People of God and as long as the Almighty God has pronounced it that it is through Isaac the people of God will be reconned ISHMAEL SHALL NOT PREVAIL.
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