Dr. D. K. Olukoya

Mathew 23:37-38 says, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not. (They refused to be gathered). Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

This was the Lord’s final prophecy on Jerusalem. Those who read news stories and follow world events would discover that there has never been peace in Jerusalem. Jesus said that peace would not come until that day of His appearing and they would say, “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

Very often in Jerusalem people put bomb in their own bodies, not minding to die. Sometime ago, a man walked into a market place in Jerusalem where there was a large crowd, ignited the bomb in that large crowd, and destroyed himself and many others.

Jesus had already said it, “I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathered her chickens under her wings and ye would not.”

The Lord’s care is compared to that of mother hen for her young chickens when they are in danger. It is the wonder of wonders that sometimes people choose to abandon the cover of the wings of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” It can be a terrible thing when someone now moves out. The Psalmist says, “Be thou my strong habitation where I may resort continually. Thou hast given commandment to save me.”

The Lord cares for us but sometimes, as foolish chickens, some will not hide under the mother’s wings. God’s people are always safe. All His saints are in His mighty hands. The hand of God is a place of safety and nothing can hurt a person who has made God his refuge. Whether it is famine, flood, riot, fire or war, nothing shall hurt the righteous. Psalm 71:3 says, “Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort; thou has given commandment to save me: for thou art my rock and my fortress.”

Though this earth may be rocking beneath the feet of man and the heavens are rolling up and the firmament is passing away, God’s people need not fear because they shall be saved. If they cannot be saved under the heavens, they shall be saved in the heavens. If there is no safety for them in time of trouble upon the earth, they shall be caught up in the air. That is why it is said, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”

God may tear His enemies like a lion but would protect every one of His children. As long as you hide under the cover of the blood of Jesus, you are saved. The enemies may fire their arrows but God will always spare His people. The reason God spares His people in time of calamity is that He sees the mark of the blood of Jesus upon their