HOW APOSTLE OBADARE BECAME BLIND AND WHY HE WAS STILL ABLE TO STUDY THE BIBLE

Apostle Timothy Obadare
Apostle Timothy Obadare


Even in death, the memory of Apostle Timothy Obadare remains large among his church members, and even beyond. His spiritual gifts as a prophet made him one of Nigeria’s most notable and highly sought after man of God.
It is a well-known fact that the Prophet Obadare founder of Christ Apostolic Church World Soul Winning Evangelistic Ministry was blind, yet his visual impairment was not a limitation, but it became an opportunity for God to prove his supernatural abilities and to demonstrate the authenticity of his calling to the life of Prophet Obadare.


Apostle Obadare was not born blind. His loss of sight resulted from an outbreak of illness in his home town of Ilesa, Osun State, whereas he was only six years old. A chronic minor pox epidemic caused the eye problem, which ravaged his entire community and cost him both eyes to use. This made completing his primary education at Apostolic Church Primary School, Ise-Ilesa, impossible for him.


His parents’ efforts to save the situation and help restore his sight proved unfruitful. He was later taken to a missionary hospital in Lagos, where the hospital’s missionary doctors confirmed that his eyes were damaged beyond restoration, but suggested that God had provided him with invisible eyes sharper than ordinary human eyes.
This sounded prophetic and turned out to be what it was. This unfortunate incident became a challenge that propelled young Timothy to seek divine intervention, as a consequence of which he met God at the age of seven. In February 1949, he received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.


His son revealed in a recent interview about the assurance that Apostle Obadare had received from God concerning his eyes, “He knew that God could do it so he prayed that he would restore his sight. It was then that God told him He had a task to do His work for him. Either he regained his sight or accepted the manner in which he would do his will. He chose the latter, “declared Pastor Obadare in a recent interview.


But despite his visual limitations, Apostle Obadare was still able to do almost anything that any other person could do, including going to the airport when he needed to travel abroad to preach and even read the Bible.
Pastor Paul noted that the ability of his father, despite his blindness, to study the word was a divine intervention, adding that God did a surgical work to allow him to study the word. “They are divine. He also takes care of one’s limitations whenever God calls on one. God also ensures He has a more complete understanding of His word. When my father was studying His word and praying, God did a surgical work on his eyes.
In 1953 Obadare began his career in the Apostolic Church of Nigeria as an evangelist. No doubt his father who was a pastor with the church influenced the denomination’s choice. Brother Paul and Dr Thomas Whayad, church ministers, had organized a revival, which continued until mid-April 1953.


Obadare challenged at end of the revival,felt God needed more vessels to carry His message. Thus, first and foremost, Obadare made himself available to God and challenged God, despite his physical disability, to make use of him. However, he was aware that any man of God needed the Holy Spirit as the most essential weapon for spiritual exploits; and so this is what he decided to pray most doggily.

He forced his mother to lock him up in a room where he embarked on an extended session of fasting and prayer to seek God’s power, as the church’s two evangelists had shown. On the fifth day of this prayer session the Lord appeared to Him.
On the seventh day, coming out of the room, he went straight to the church where he preached at 10 a.m., for a period of four hours. By 2 p.m. This led to the first of the miraculous events of Obadare’s ministry: by his ministry God miraculously healed nearly 350 people suffering from a cough epidemic that had broken out in Ilesa at the time.


Pastor Paul, speaking further on the supernatural exploits of his father while he was alive, recalls an incident that remained fresh in his mind. “One day, a man came to Akure, Ondo State which he wanted to see him. People told him there were plenty of people waiting to see God’s man and he should wait. He persisted, and did not listen to the advice. My father listened to him, and asked what was going on. When a man insisted on seeing him was told he told them to let him come to him.
“When the man saw him, he said he heard that God had been using him mightily, even though he could not see. He told him he wanted him to tell him what type of clothes he was wearing and what colour. Baba said he would compel him to make his request after he spoke, so he could know that his god is koseunti (God of possibility).


“Even beyond his request, he described exactly what he was wearing. The man was visibly astounded. He also told the man that it didn’t mean he could see the fact he had two eyes. He said the man’s eyes would naturally see only natural things but the inner eyes, as divinely programmed, could see both inner and outer things. The story remains with me to this day. I was especially moved that day, as God showed His supremacy further.


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