1. Prophetic Options 

Can God truly say something to one person different from what He says to another person about the same matter?  Would it still be God when His prophets seem to be at variance in their declarations on the same subject?  Can God be so uncertain of what to do with a nation as to leave an open door of multiple (sometimes opposite) options?  Are some prophecies so determined that no prayers may change them, and others variable, so that they might be amended by human response? 

Lately, on Nigeria’s national nightly online prayer platform, it was announced that, scanning the landscape of prophecies about the nation, a number of options seemed open: elections, a disruptive military intervention, and interim governance.  Even with the elections, prophets were not unanimous on whom the Lord could be sending.  Having been praying against disruptions, however, it was stated that we could practically look in the direction of the elections, while continuing to trust ourselves to the Omniscience.  That raised a few sincere concerns.  Was God so confused about what to do with the nation that He would give options?  Or was it we who were confused?  Should everyone align with that counsel when what they were certain that God had revealed to them was different from what leadership was presenting? It was important to seek valid scriptural answers. 

It is possible for God to confront a people with prophetic options any of which could become the ‘fulfilled’ word, but a ‘fulfilment’ determined by the choices of the people rather than by the omnipotence or predestination of God.  In Deuteronomy 30:15, for example, God says, “See, I have set before thee this day lifeand goodand death and evil.”   

That God is the speaker in that passage, is not in doubt.  That options are presented, is very clear; and one does not need a university dictionary to understand the nature of the options.  Altogether, the verse presents two pairs of four possibilities, some of them opposite in nature, but all emanating from the same God: life and good, death and evil, which could be explained thus: 

  1. Life – long life, preservation from premature death, existence. 
  2. Good – blessings, health and wealth.  It is one thing to have ‘life,’ and another to have the ‘goods’ of life. 
  3. Death – a short life, with all the tragedies by means of which it can come about: wars, accidents, sicknesses and diseases, etc. 
  4. Evil – troubles and tribulations of life, culminating in the determined death (or deaths).  Combined with Option 3, this would be a calamitous short life lived in pain and sorrow.   

A group of intercessors had a consultation with a respected friend and prophet of God, Brother Isaac, who has had profound encounters with the Lord. He said to us, according as God had revealed to him, that there had been options before God on how He would address Nigeria’s case, depending on how the Church acted: a coup, natural disasters, military intervention, international intervention.  However, that the house should judge what he was placing before us.  Commendable spiritual maturity that was.  Some of the options were not good at all, so it was clear that we needed as a nation to penitently plead further with the Lord.  

Can multiple options, some of an opposite nature, possibly emanate from the same God?  Does God always act in that manner?  Is human agency sometimes a factor in such cases?   


From The Preacher’s diary,
January 26, 2023. 

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