Today marks the death anniversary of the late great Nigerian revivalist, Joseph Ayo Babalola.
Babalola passed away on Sunday, 26 July 1959.
Babalola lived an extraordinary life, and the Lord had many healings and miracles wrought through him.
He was a man of bold faith, and this was reflected by how he dealt with a demon-possessed tree:
Babalola received a revelation to burn down a big Iroko tree in front of the King’s Palace. Inside the tree was traditionally believed to be the meeting place of witches and wizards. The demonic tree was greatly feared and sacrifices were usually made to appease the resident spirits in it. The people were very nervous for this bold act that they believed would result in the instantaneous death of Babalola since it was expected to irk the gods. But to everyone’s amazement, he did not die. That single evet was said to have made eve the Owa of Ilesa and important people in the town to fear and respect the prophet. (“Great Revivals Great Revivalist” by Abi Olowe)
Babalola’s death was no less extraordinary, and we report it in our article: Godly Christians Know When They Are Going to Die