Anointed and Appointed to be the Son of God in these Last Days
Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy
The Purpose of His Anointing
By Editorial Team
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“Gamiton ta ka” (or I will use you) — three (3) words in Cebuano that changed the course of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy’s life.
There were just a handful of people – a few families, some younger ones who were single and alone. They were a ragtag group of mountain folk having one remarkable thing in common. They all witnessed the extraordinary event that took place on March 20, 1974.
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God chooses a young man…
More than 30 years ago, the Father Almighty called a young man from the mountains of Davao City.
Though he was from a poor family, without the kind of education that most would think as promising, he was a young man of extraordinary mettle and devotion. He was 22 years old.
At this age, he was already a young preacher, an evangelist, with a powerful way of preaching, which he enjoyed immensely. Even while still in Bible College, his mouth was like a spout from which the Word of God flowed. And his heart, like a wellspring of words that could only be divinely appointed.
“I did not know where it all came from,” he said. “It just came from inside me and I had to get it all out because I felt like I would explode if I kept it all inside.”
So, he roamed the countryside, all over rural Mindanao and through the Visayas, preaching as much as seven times a day. He walked most of the time because he was too poor to afford a car, or the places he got to were so far away, there was no way to get there but to walk. But he loved what he did. He believed in what he did. He was willing to sacrifice for what he did.
God saw all this. In him, God saw a young man that He could call for a special mission. A young man who would be dedicated and committed, and would not give up, or turn back no matter how much fire he had to go through. Simply because he believed. And in his heart was a bone-deep longing to know God.
And so, one day, God began to make Himself known to this young man. His name is Apollo Quiboloy.
Three words that broke his world…
And so there he was — in Seoul, South Korea for the International Youth Corps gathering — the only black-haired, brown-skinned delegate in a sea of blond-haired white young men and women. He was there to represent the Philippines.
After two years of preaching all over the country, Apollo Quiboloy was the most promising preacher to come out of the United Pentecostal Church. With fervency and zeal, he had single-handedly changed the pace of conversion in rural Philippines.
He was a treasure the missionaries were truly proud of. Around him, they built grand plans.
Apollo knew what his immediate future was to be. He was to be sent to the United States of America to get more Bible School training, and then he was to be paired off with a young woman who would be an asset to his evangelistic career. In fact, he had already met her, and she was very, very pretty. They corresponded frequently with long perfumed letters.
For a young man of poor background in the Philippines, this was something people in his small village only heard of in stories. A blue-green opportunity that would secure his future and help his family out of poverty.
But with three words, all these crashed down.
Gamiton ta ka.
He heard it spoken on the last day of the conference, inside the hall where there was an intense revival taking place.
The voice was loud and clear, but it was in Cebuano, which was strange. He was the only Filipino in that gathering of the Youth Corps. Gamiton taka meant “I will use you.”
Then he heard it a second time, “Gamiton ta ka.”
Who could be speaking? Everyone was on their knees — praying and weeping. No one was even looking at him.
Could it be God? But what did God mean? Was God not already using him? He had been preaching for two years without rest. If anyone was being used by God, it was him.
Gamiton ta ka. Three words that changed the trajectory of his life. It led him to leave the sweet plans his denomination had mapped out for him, and to follow that singular audible voice. To know the meaning of those three words.
Gamiton ta ka.
The Anointing happened that night…
They remember it well. For who could forget those miracles and visions they witnessed 46 years ago? The stars, the miracle rain, the overwhelming fragrances, the sighting of angels – these miracles held them captive, comforted them, and helped them to believe in the young man whom they followed.
There were just a handful of them – a few families, some younger ones who were single and alone. They were a ragtag group of mountain folk having one remarkable thing in common. They all witnessed the extraordinary event that took place on March 20, 1974. In that small chapel in Tamayong, Davao City, angels had come and anointed Pastor Apollo’s head with oil.
They were the lucky ones because they believed. It was faith that opened their eyes to see.
There were many in the chapel that night, listening to the young pastor as he preached about the fruits of the spirit, but not everyone saw, not everyone felt the heavenly presence, not everyone smelled the heavenly fragrance called Spikenard.
“The night was unusual because even before the service began, we felt the cold breeze that brought the heavenly scent with it. There was rejoicing; there was overflowing gladness. We were all jumping for joy. And when Pastor Apollo started to preach, the fragrance became even stronger, filling the whole chapel. But there were those who were not able to smell the heavenly scent. We knew because they were not rejoicing with us.Sis. Amy Odevilas (Witness)
His late sister, Sis. Brilla Quibololy, who had stayed with her youngest brother through it all, summoned up all her memories in an interview a couple of years before her passing.
She describes, “I remember asking, ‘Where is that scent coming from?’ And then we realized it was coming from Pastor. Up on front, I saw a very cold white pillar where Pastor stood. “What is that?” I wondered. Pastor told us, “Come, line-up and walk towards the pulpit.
“It was a very mysterious experience and I closed my eyes to savor it all. As I moved forward, my elbows bumped into other people, but when I opened my eyes, I found I was alone in front. Pastor told me that those I had felt were angels,” she remembers.
“But they who did not smell the scent were not happy. They felt awkward when we were all praising because of the miracle that they could not see,” she said.
Now, Pastor Apollo frequently teaches, that unless the Almighty Father opens up your eyes of understanding, you will never comprehend the spiritual things that God has prepared for those who love and believe in Him through His Appointed Son.
“Who would not be astonished to see heavy rain pouring inside a closed sanctuary? What could be more unbelievable than seeing nothing of the rain we collected in a bucket? Nothing could be more suprising than realizing it was not even raining outside.”Sis. Edel “Toding” Macato (Witness)
Those were years of miracles. Years of extraordinary visions and incredible manifestations of the Almighty Father’s glory through His Appointed Son.
In those five years of Pastor Apollo’s Tamayong experience, the Father poured out revelation after revelation upon him. He poured out His Words and His Will to His anointed, who is the heir of all things. He showed him visions, spoke to him in an audible voice, gave him dreams, and brought him to the high heavens, to complete the message that Pastor Apollo will bring to the whole world.
He said, “I will send you to all the world. I have many children. They don’t know you, you don’t know them, but when they hear your voice, they will follow you for My sheep know My voice.”
And here were are, millions of sons and daughters across the continents of the world, born again in the spirit of obedience to the Father’s will, the finished product of that message delivered through God’s Appointed Son, which is the message of genuine repentance.
What is repentance? It is the decision to say, “Father, from now on, not my Will but thy Will be Done in my life.” It is the sundering and the surrendering of the serpent seed, which is the spirit of disobedience to the Father’s Will from within us and receiving a new spirit, a new life, and becoming a new creation in the sight of God.
We thank the Almighty Father for those early years following that historical day of March 20, 1974 — the day of the Son’s anointing. He was anointed for the purpose of humanity’s salvation. We thank the Almighty Father for all those dreams and visions that are all part of the Appointed Son’s message today — the completion of the Father’s salvation work through His Son.