Pastor Series1: Tunde Bakare-Prophet of Church Revival and National Rebirth

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - Tunde Bakare is among the most controversial gospel ministers in Nigeria-this man who goes by title of a pastor, is obviously, by calling, a prophet of church and national revival. Tunde Bakare, a former legal adviser in Deeper Life Church, later became a pastor in Pastor Adeboye's Redeemed Christian Church of God until he left under controversial circumstances. Bakare is not the type of prophets who sees visions of colour of women's underwear and the bank details of his congregations in GTB, UBA or even Chase Manhattan Bank. His prophetic prediction is sometimes faulty due to poor analysis of pieces of spiritual information- even Apostle Peter misinterpreted the time of the coming of Jesus Christ; therefore, a prophet who is in a hurry to release information of global nature might misinterpret the vision. This is the problem with Bakare's prohecies.

 

Tunde Bakare is not an acclaimed seer, he obviously is not gifted in Words of Wisdom or Words of Knowledge, the type you may see when Adeboye ministers in Redeemed Christian Church of God or Odukoya preaches in Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry, however, this man has an unusual understanding of the times and seasons ( like the sons of Issachar) and as such through the tones of his speech, one can discern the mind of God concerning the nation and the church.

 

In March 1999, Tunde Bakare told a stunned nation that President-elect Olusegun Obasanjo would be killed by the military before the May 29th handover date. According to the prophesy that was credited to him, Bakare said that "In a vision I eavesdropped on the conversation going on in heaven. I saw Jesus on the throne called the seat of Governor and the subject they were discussing was Nigeria. This was what came out of the lips of the Lord. 'Rejoice not oh land, or your joy is temporary. For I am bringing your judges and your rulers, your priests and your prophets to my threshing floor. I will judge Saul and his comrades and after I have finished, I will restore to you a permanent joy. Obasanjo is not your messiah. He is King Agag and the prophetic axe will fall upon his head before May 29.' And I asked Lord, how are you going to judge Saul and what has he done? God said: 'I sent him on an assignment to overtake, to recover, and to demolish but he didn't. He spared the fat calves, he spared the big sheep and he brought Agag back to Jerusalem. I will judge Saul and his comrades and after I have finished my purging, then your joy will be permanent."

 

Eventually, Obasanjo was sworn in on the 29th of May 1999 and was never assassinated until he handed over to late president Umaru Yar'adua. However, I do recollect that following Pastor Bakare's prophecies, Obasanjo set up two groups of prayer teams in Otta Farms, a women's exclusive group and a general group, all interceding that the transition to civil rule be not truncated by soldiers. During the same period, Obasanjo ran to Pastor Adeboye's Redeemed Camp for spiritual fortification. He also ran to Primate Olabayo to deliver him from Bakare's prophecies and there are reports that he also embarked on a seven day fast. At the end the military were eased off without bloodshed.

 

Was Bakare's prophecy false- I do not think so? I believe that his interpretation of the vision and implications was faulty. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and declare the judgments of destruction from God on the inhabitants, the Ninevites repented at the preaching of Jonah and God told his prophet that He has averted the catastrophe He intended for that nation- and this u-turn made Jonah very angry. I believe that Bakare had understanding that something evil is about to occur in the land but while he foreclosed the possibilities of redemption, other prophets, pastors and prayer warriors heeded his warnings and used the power of intercession to avert the calamity.

 

However, earlier in 1993, he prophesied on Abiola's death, asking sarcastically, "Is there no old man in MKO's house to restrain him because once he begins, he will not come out alive?" Some pastors in Sokoto still remember that he prophesied the humiliation of the caliphate in 1995 when he first visited. According to Bakare ''1995 is the year of the unprecedented humiliation of the Sokoto caliphate. Its influence in the sociopolitical setup of Nigeria will not only wane, it will die. This (the then) Sultan will not be there by the end of the year'' In that same year, General Sanni Abacha deposed Dasuki as the Sultan of Sokoto.

 

Tunde Bakare is a prophet of national and church rebirth. He is angry for the state of Nigeria just as prophets Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah cried for the spiritual fallen state of Israel. They also challenged the Governments of the day and condemned evil in the land. Therefore, Bakare is fulfilling his calling. He is in the forefront of a new generation of pastors who are no more ready to tolerate profligacy that has brought poverty on the nation. This is the prophetic ministry dimension of Tunde Bakare. Listening to his TV program, a pattern of a prophet burdened about the fallen state of the church and the corrupt state of the nation is easily discernible. He tries to educate his audience on the demands of integrity and leadership with a view to changing the mindset of a generation from consumption mentality to productive mindset.

 

Tunde Bakare has only one church, Later Rain Assembly, Lagos; however, it is discernible that hundreds of thousands of Nigerians listen to his Television preachment from all walks of life, including Muslims. He seldom dwells on prosperity, rather Christian maturity, responsibility and leadership seems to be the central theme of his message, with occasional bashing of the government of the day for ineptitude. Therefore, a drifting state like Nigeria needs the prophetic irritating voice of the likes of Bakare in order not to fall into a state of Armageddon.

 

 
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