NATHANIEL BASSEY’S ONE HOUR HALLELUYAH CHALLENGE HITS TENS OF THOUSANDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
Revolution or revival as Nathaniel Bassey’s one hour halleluyah challenge surpasses 50K mark on Instagram and Facebook live.
One of Nigeria’s most Influential Gospel Music Ministers Nathaniel Bassey, whom of course has become a household name over the past few years, with such great songs like This God is too good, Onise Iyanu, the evergreen Imela (Thank You) and so many other great songs, is currently trending massively on social media with his halleluyah challenge and has notably acclaimed the hashtag #OLOWOGBOGBORO (The Mighty Hand Of God). The music minister did not just come out the blues with this thought, judging from reports by some of his dedicated followers, it is said to have begun with a 10 mins morning devotion the music minister held for about 8weeks, and then advanced to a midnight One Hour Tongue Challenge 12am-1am, that generated over 7,000 views on instagram and facebook in the month of May, Nathaniel Bassey then followed up the trend by continuing with The One Hour Halleluyah Challenge, to last through the month of June. This has so far gone viral and has been able to register about 68,000 views on social media.
In this short while though two school of thoughts have risen concerning this. First school calls it a revolution; a break away from the norm accruing that its a move that Nigeria needs. Second school calls it a revival, which limits it to spiritual effects alone.
Let’s observe definitions
“A revolution is from the Latin word revolution which implies “a turn around” it’s a fundamental change in political power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time when the population rises up in revolt against the current authorities.”
“a sudden, radical, or complete change: a fundamental change in political organization; especially: the overthrow or renunciation of one government or ruler and the substitution of another by the governed”
an improvement in the condition or strength of something.
“-an act or instance of reviving, the state of being revived: such as renewed attention to or interest in something
-a new presentation or publication of something old
-a period of renewed religious interest
-an often highly emotional evangelistic meeting or series of meetings
-restoration of force, validity, or effect (as to a contract)”
Paying very good attention to the event and also definitions of both words, it will do us much good to be observant and not allow one take the place of the other.
Hallelujah Challenge is a spiritual event, which is very advantageous to boost our spiritual sensitivity and accuracy. You find this Halleluyah Challenge very effective, everyone is alerted at the importance of spiritual activities, all and sundry, regular people and superstars alike have viewed online, i mean with Funke Akindele, Rita Dominic, Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Pato Ranking and many other Nigerian celebrities tuning online. Some notable gospel artistes had this to say concerning the challenge
Femi Okunuga; the “Only You” crooner “This is a chance for everyone to rise and pray, for us to come together in the faith, everyone is joining in as one, government officials, actors and artistes. It’s a great example to set and a great way to come together as a community of God’s people”
Odunayo Aboderin – “My wife told me about after her first few views and encouraged me to join in and it has been of immense blessing ever since, its an awakening, such a great devotion to God built in people”
Obiora Obiwon – “The Azusa Street Revival is the exact type of movement I believe is happening with the Halleluyah Challenge . It’s a great time to be alive. Historic“
Nosa S. Omoregie – “I saw this wave coming. Didn’t know it would be so soon and so close to home (home actually). God used Nathaniel Bassey to birth something, beyond just praising Him. The walls are coming down. But the Church and the Kingdom remain strong.”
Nathaniel Bassey himself took to twitter yesterday, 13th of June 2017 “aint nothing stopping us, we will declare his praise in the midnight hour. Angels on guard, Heaven on standby, Hallelujah”
But on the other hand can this be called a revolution? Can this solve Nigeria’s problems, is this Nigeria’s needed Revolution?
We have to draw the line and understand that a country is not run by “an online worship/prayer meeting”. The spiritual controls the physical, we pronounce our reality in the spirit and change how things turn out for nation but remember this, Politics would always be politics and church would always be church. We would do well to place things in order and not mix apples with oranges. Understanding the difference between a revolution and a revival would help us know that we are not to expect God to do what he has placed us to do here on earth.
The One Hour Halleluyah Challenge is a REVIVAL. A gathering which can be best described as a “non-denomination, inter-religious, inter-belief” prayer gathering where anyone and everyone joins to pray for anything. Individuals from different parts of the world have joined, people who naturally would have been an element of a “judgemental pulpit sermon from a pastor” have joined, business moguls have joined, people with other religious ties have joined, even mobile telecommunication companies such as MTN NIGERIA have created a special package for people to subscribe for a cheap data plan to enable them be a part of this prayer time out, and the power of revival is spreading through social media like wild fire.
Without any preaching on giving Tithe and Offering (these messages are not wrong), people are getting healed, saved and blessed, and testimonies are been shared.
Check this testimony out:
“God has done something great for me. My girlfriend introduced me to the midnight praise challenge and I participated for the first time on Sunday morning. Now, I’ve had this case against me in court where I was wrongly accused of assault. A conviction would have left me with a criminal record and subsequently affected my immigration status as I currently reside in Canada. During the praise session you told us that whatever Egyptian (problem) we see today, we shall see them no more. You also asked that we write whatever we want God to do for us on a piece of paper and dance over it. That was on Sundays morning. Today Monday (June 12) is my trial date and just like that, the mighty hand if God worked wonders. I came out victorious as the lady involved changed her statement and I wasn’t found guilty nor did I get a criminal record. The Lord is indeed the greatest. Thanks to God for using you to be a blessing to his people. God bless you abundantly.”
If you have ever thought this exercise is a waste of time, then think again. If you claim Nigeria needs a revolution, a REVIVAL “the move of God” is better and by the way, the years of protesting and carrying of placards have never seen the Nation to a significant progress.
Our advice is simple, do what you can and invite as many friends as you can to join and pray. Thinking this is a waste of time, buttresses your urgent need for prayers.
Hallelujah One Hour Challenge with Pastor Nathaniel Bassey continues till the end of June, between the hours of 12am – 1am.
Join in on:
Facebook: Nathaniel Bassey
You can also follow on twitter: @nathanielblow
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