By Wilson Adekumola
The expansive auditorium of Sacred Cherubim and Seraphim Church, El-Bethel Shilo Cathedral, Lagos District Church Council Headquarters, 68, Ipaja Road, Oke-Koto, Agege, Lagos was filled to the brim as families and friends converged to mark its 75th adult harvest and thanksgiving service on Sunday, November 28, 2021.
It was a time of praise and a great celebration for the congregation as the event was observed low-key in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown that shocked the whole world. They all sang and danced to the rendition from the cathedral choir which was on hand to make the event colourful.
Conference Supervising Prophet of Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church Worldwide, Ayo Ni O, who flew in from Abuja to minister at the event, The Special Apostle, Prophet, Dr Zacchaeus Abioye Emmanuel, delivered a spirit-filled message while discussing the theme: ‘Harvest of Restoration’ and told the participants that they were the generation of end-time saying they should be prepared for the harvest of souls in the second coming of Jesus Christ.
He said, “Today is the day of harvest and harvest is a season, nobody celebrates harvest every month. Harvest is a time that is reminding us of the harvest of the whole earth. We are the generation of the end time and I want to tell you that God does not change His promise, Jesus is coming back. What is He coming back to do? He is coming back to harvest the world. So, let us prepare ourselves for the harvest of souls when Jesus comes back.
Emmanuel, who quoted copiously from the Bible, stated that that harvest was divided into two – the good and the bad ones. He then charged the congregation to be of a good harvest.
“How many people are ready to be harvested? I want to let you know that harvest is divided into two places, the good and the bad ones but everybody will be harvested because all of us will die and face judgment. We owe ourselves a duty to be of a good harvest.”
“As you know, harvest is common with the farmers, they plant the seeds and wait for the harvest time. Those who planted a seed in the heap and those who did not plant in the heap will reap accordingly.”
While noting that some planted the seed of discord and conspiracy, he declared that whatever one sowed one would reap, “but is it all of us that gathered here today that planted a good seed? All of us will want to harvest joy on the day of harvest but not everybody planted the seed of joy. Whatever you sow you will reap.”
He added further that it was through this some inflicted pains on themselves. He, however, urged people who had yet to give their lives to Christ to go back to seek original God in order to experience a great restoration.”
The Minister-In-Charge and Chairman, Lagos Joint District Council, His Grace, Senior Elder Apostle, Dr Adebola Odubela, who spoke with our correspondent on the sidelines of the harvest, said what the society needed was love to sustain our unity. He added that without love, our harmonious coexistence would be in danger.
“My message to the people today is that let love for one another be made paramount in order to sustain our unity because if there is no love, our harmonious coexistence is in danger. Let the corrupt elements in the society have a change of heart. The Lord says if we can repent from our sin and call on Him, He will have mercy upon us.”
Odubela, who could not contain his joy for the success of the harvest, said, “God has been marvellous to us, we cannot say we had a harvest in 2020. It was just a small thanksgiving; we were disturbed by the coronavirus pandemic lockdown when the whole world was turned into chaos, but words are not enough to describe my joy today for the tremendous crowd that gather here to felicitate with us. It is awesome. I bless God today that the coronavirus has been curtailed. We have every reason to glorify God, to thank Him for what He has done so far in our lives. You can see the turnout, it is very impressive and the members celebrated the harvest with everything they have. So, I pray that God of harvest blesses everyone bountifully in Jesus name.”
Asked why the church that was established about 95 years ago was just observing its 75th anniversary, Odubela, who unveiled the church signage during the harvest, affirmed that, ‘the church was founded in 1926, about 95 years ago to be precise, but when the church was established, the membership was not much, hence they did not think of having a harvest until 75 years ago when the elders put their heads together to start celebrating the annual harvest.’
“The juvenile harvest, on the other hand, also started in1960, so that was why we had 61st juvenile harvest this year. That is the situation. We started counting from when we started celebrating,” he revealed.
On what informed the theme, he divulged, “ During the pandemic, quite a number of people lost so many things and the scriptures let us know that it is only God can restore anything we lost. It is only God through His divine intervention that lost glory can be restored. That is why we believe that after the pandemic, a lot of people lost so many things that we cannot even quantify, but when there is life and you solemnly involve God in all your endeavour, there is always hope of restoration. Our hope is in the Lord who has granted us an opportunity of seeing another year and we believe by the special grace of God that it will be a celebration galore next year because the expectation is high. There will be a restoration after this harvest.”
The harvest, which commenced on September 12 with a series of activities ranging from family harvest to empowerment programmes for the needy, witnessed the presence of some dignitaries in the society. These include the Supreme Head of Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria, His Most Eminence, The Most Elder Apostle Prophet Dr Solomon Adegboyega Alao (JPil) and his wife, Special Father of the day, Supt. General Apostle, Hon. Dr Dave Salako (JPil), and the Chairman of Orile-Agege Local Council Development Area, who is also a pastor in Redeem Christian Church of God, Hon. Johnson Sunday Babatunde, among others.
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