Nigerian Pastor TB Joshua has signalled his readiness to virtually offer prayer for COVID-19 patients in isolation centres around the world. In a special announcement posted to Joshua’s YouTube channel Emmanuel TV, the cleric called… More
“As a medical doctor, I would like to advise the nations all over the world – do not panic in the face of this coronavirus. GOD HEALS! He is the same yesterday, today and forever! Move close to anointed men of God – they will pray for you, God will be glorified and this COVID-19 will become a memory!”
Dr Kameni Pierre, a Cameroonian gynaecologist and obstetrician, was in quarantine after being medically confirmed positive to COVID-19. Whilst in isolation at the hospital, he called in to the Emmanuel TV Studios and received prayer during the ‘Distance Is Not A Barrier: Interactive Prayer Session’. The healing power of God touched him right in the hospital ward and Dr Kameni began to uncontrollably vomit poisonous substances and sweat profusely! Just days later, a rejuvenated Dr Kameni went for another test and was confirmed negative to the deadly virus! Be blessed as you watch his faith-building testimony!
“Never a sickness Jesus cannot heal! Never a disease Jesus cannot cure! To God’s power, NOTHING is impossible… Let us run to God to put an end to this crisis and panic that has enveloped the world.” – TB Joshua
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The outbreak of COVID-19 has “brought this nation to its knees,” Dr Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, admitted on Tuesday.
According to Redfield, who spoke during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, America was likely going to spend about $7 trillion “because of one little virus.”
“We’ve all done the best that we can do to tackle this virus,” he stated, confessing coronavirus had humbled the entire nation.
Redfield’s words appear to be in correlation with the prophetic declaration of Prophet TB Joshua almost a decade earlier.
On October 16th, 2011, Joshua prophesied about a looming crisis that would bring every nation “on their knees.”
“Everyone will be humbled,” he explained. “There is something God wants to achieve concerning this – God wants to achieve humility to the core. He wants everyone to be on their knees, every nation to be on their knees. After that, the solution will come.”
Three years earlier on December 28th, 2008, Joshua had warned in a ‘long-term’ prophecy about a worldwide ‘economic crisis’ and called on countries who “rely on mineral resources like oil” to “quickly look beyond oil”.
“It’s coming and it’s everywhere. You will be forced to be humble,” he clearly stated, calling on people to prepare for such a time.
On the eve of 2020, Joshua declared it “the year of humility”, stressing that God would “humble us with our challenges”.
“This year will be a year of HUMILITY. This year, the Lord will humble us with our challenges. Challenges can be affliction.… Let us move closer to God,” he stated on December 28th, 2019 after an extensive time of prayer at an undisclosed ‘prayer mountain’.
Last month, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus equally echoed TB Joshua’s prophecy, stating that the coronavirus outbreak pandemic is teaching the world humility.
“If this virus is teaching us anything, it’s humility. Time for humility. For all the economic, military, and technological might of nations, we have been humbled by this exceedingly small microbe,” the former Ethiopian Minister of Health said, whilst addressing the World Health Assembly.
Similarly, USA Chief Justice John Roberts told graduating seniors at his son’s high school last month that the coronavirus has “pierced our illusion of certainty and control” and turned the world upside down.
“Humility. The pandemic should teach us at least that,” Roberts said in a seven-minute video message posted on the website of the Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut, where his son, Jack, is a senior.
In the first week of May whilst delivering a message titled ‘Get Ready for Life After COVID-19 Lockdown’, Joshua had prophesied his words would soon “become a point of reference”.
“By the ending of June to the first week of July, this will begin to become a point of reference: ‘This man said this; that man said it’ – but it is God that said it,” he stated.
Supporters of the cleric on Facebook were quick to point out the timing of these statements from Redfield, Ghebreyesus and Roberts coincided with the specific dates he mentioned.
A video recounting their statements was published to the YouTube channel of Emmanuel TV, which has nearly 1.7 million subscribers and 600 million views.
Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian writer…
Working in the field implies that the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, is going to the real natural environment rather than in a theoretical way, or controlled pulpit conditions for evangelism. In this era, many have taken to the internet hoping to promote the gospel of Christ or to promote self and their ministries. For instance, in SCOAN the prayer line service, the work being done by Emmanuel.tv and Partners, conducting National and International Crusades, going from home to home giving and preaching, living out the spirit-filled Christ-like life amongst the population, are some examples indicating that TB Joshua Ministries are working on the field. Every Christian ought to get out to the field and work because that’s where the work is and the harvest is becoming more plentiful but field workers are few. According to (Jeremiah 6:16) we must ask for the old paths, the good way, and walk therein, and we shall find rest for our souls and the job would seem very light.
The numerous problems confronting the church have only recently been exacerbated by COVID-19 pandemic which seems to send people away from church congregations to grow the home churches and the advent of private internet ministries. The internet could easily be polluted by messages from self-serving ministries. Apostle John in (1 John 2:19) describes erring ministries as “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us”. Whereas God may also be speaking to the need to increase the ministry, to improve the interpersonal living and caring for one another, and preparing everyone for the coming Jesus the Lord of Host. Any ministry practising envy, abuse of other ministries, attack on public officials or church leaders, is not representing Christ and they are own self mission. The Holy Spirit has the power to regulate and humble every ministry that goes contrary.
For example, a certain disciple of Jesus named Ananias was in Damascus at a time Jesus needed him to restore Saul of Tarsus. The Lord Jesus told him in a vision to arise, and go into the street which was called straight, and to enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus. Saul who later was also called Paul had encountered the Lord Jesus whilst on his way with authority from Jerusalem to come for more persecution of the church in Damascus. Jesus had made Saul a chosen vessel unto Himself, to bear His name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel but Ananias must go out to heal and anoint this new apostle Paul. The detailed story is in Acts 9: 10-18. This is a clear example of fieldwork, but we must wait for a call, empowerment and instructions from God.
All believers constitute the body of Christ, and members in particular, (1 Corinthians 22:27). What we see in SCOAN, is not just the demonstration of the power of Jesus but also the unity of the Church. That through faith in Christ Jesus prayer can go out from a messenger of God from Ikotun Egbe Lagos Nigeria to any part of the planet and heal, deliver and set free is describing the unity in the working of this Jesus and His Church. The Lord Jesus is allowing this, “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”, (Ephesians 4:12). God is willingly showing unto this generation some of His divine attributes and promises to the saints. Therefore in Christ Jesus is the anchor of our soul, that is both sure and steadfast, and which shall hold us securely. This Jesus is our High Priest forever and ever after the order of Melchisedec. Emmanuel
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
God desires that every human being lives as God commands to receive His gift of salvation to become a part of His family and Kingdom. This vision is and should be, the World Order for all God’s children, according to (1 John 2:1-11). In the world we live in today, we have two groups of people living together, namely, the children of obedience and the children of disobedience. Apostle John was clear in his mind when he said and encouraged us to sin not. He also says that if any man sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous and the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. If we obey Him we shall be healed because we’d have internal life.
Anyone who believes and keeps this commandment, of faith in the atoning power in the name of Jesus Christ and walk daily in it, is a child of Light, the obedient God’s child. All others, no matter how morally good, are children of darkness and the disobedient children. The Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, is motivated by this and has set for itself, through its obedience to the Word of God, the task of making sure that everyone understands this message of Jesus, to obey it, and to daily walk in it.
Jesus has said that we shouldn’t worry and fret over our physical needs and challenges but to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). This, then, should be the priority of every Christian; to pursue God’s Kingdom through living as He commands. This pursuit leads to a life of great meaning and purpose, free from fear, filled with personal enrichment, one with absolute faith in a future that is wonderful beyond anything we can imagine. As we enter into the period of humility, prophesied by Prophet TB Joshua, the whole world we presently know is filled with chaos and trouble, different levels of inequalities and discriminations, causing panic, anxieties, pains, or sleepless nights. But children of obedience ought to know the Rock on which they stand, the Anchor holding their sailing ship that is being tossed about by unrelenting storming winds.
The World governments in its wisdom and desperation, following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, for example, shut down national and global economies, locked down states, communities, and including Churches. The consequences of such a panicking action, not driven by vision, is the creation of bigger problems for the entire world than caused by COVID-19. The campaign from SCOAN, led by its Bishop, Prophet TB Joshua, is the “Fear Not” approach but trusting and holding on to God. Because God is still on the throne and expecting Presidents and Heads of governments to listen and obey instructions from above sent through His holy prophets. If in future individuals or nations relate amongst themselves mostly by internet connections, staff working from home, large Church congregations are denied, the expected friendly brotherly interactions and economic recovery may not receive a good outcome. It is true according to SCOAN that distance is not a barrier for the move of God but we cannot push aside the effect of intimate interpersonal interactions, bilateral relationships between nations, national and international crusades, the meeting together of thousands of people praying in one accord.
God gives His prophets the wisdom of the prudent to understand His way. But there is a way which seems right unto a man (of science), but the end thereof may be the ways of many deaths (Proverbs 14: 8-12).
Therefore, and although we are praying for nations and individuals in various homes and congregations, there is still a need to better engage God’s prophets for God intervention in public affairs like COVID-19, growing world unrest and insecurity, the need for a more scientific breakthrough, combating feminine and displaced populations, etc. It is not cowardice or laziness doing so but the actual recognition of the sovereign God who promised to be with us every step of the way, even to the end of the age. Failing to recognize the supremacy and the unique position of the King of kings in public life can only lead to more sins and more painful consequences. God desires to indeed bless the world He creates, enlarge every coast, and remove every pain and evil from further circulation. Emmanuel.
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
The Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, is engaged in the mission whereby Jesus is making all things new in the life of individuals. It is a mission that is changing lives and transforming nations and the entire globe through the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Prophet TB Joshua leads in this holy mission as the hungry are fed, water for the thirsty, and deliverance for those in the dark world, and giving everyone the vision of the God who cares about their soul and their vocation. In this COVID-19 pandemic era, people still need Jesus more than ever. They need a complete Jesus, not an incomplete one.
Seemingly COVID-19 crisis has impacted significantly on the Church including on SCOAN and its way of service and worship. The crisis has attempted to change the Church as we know it. SCOAN has become a very big family, consisting of visitors from all over the world and regular worshippers, it is one of the megachurches, holding services lasting 6 or more hours at a seating. Hence, if this crisis won’t seemingly change the church as we know it, or put an end to those who seek refuge in this church, or destroy the megachurch, how will it potentially change or affect the church? We can only continue to pray and wait on God the Author and Finisher of our Faith.
In the first place, Prophet TB Joshua has prophesied a time like this over a long period. Therefore it hasn’t come on the Church unaware. We shall join him, praying for more revelation of how the pandemic would end. From science, there are just two options. These are namely, total eradication of COVID-19 and return to the old normal or living with COVID-19 with medication or vaccine and return to a new normal. We shall assume that the Church will be living and operating in a new normal and hence prepare for that. The Church of Christ is built to function in all conditions. In Philippians 4:12 Apostle Paul said, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want”. Therefore it is our various governments, everywhere in the world, that have refused to carry the Church along in their search for solutions. Without the Church of Christ, the world will be living in total darkness.
SCOAN is under the jurisdiction of the Lagos State Government of Nigeria where worship centres are still locked down. Lagos State is the epic centre of COVID-19 in Nigeria as at present time, with the highest numbers of infections and deaths. Nevertheless, even in Nigeria, there are states where reopening and re-emergence of life are taking place. Some people are going back to work, buying in the markets, and even gathering together with the church. All of them are doing so with new policies and procedures that seek to protect each other from contracting the virus. This is the new normal era.
For those of us with a primary interest in the Church, and especially the SCOAN, the impact of COVID-19 can be viewed in the short-term and the long-term approach. The short-term being from now to sometime in 2021 whilst the long-term starts thereafter. Covid-19 is going to have its waves and probably repeat cycles, within the short-term period. There is already a disruption to our normal way of doing things in SCOAN, despite the prior existence of Emmanuel.tv that has become so valuable.
Over the last three months our world, nation, economy, communities, churches, and our lives have been completely disrupted. How we were living before mid-March came to a complete halt. SCOAN was attending to the physical and spiritual needs of people from all backgrounds hitherto. In the short-term, it is hoped that regular prayer line service, in front of the Church in line with COVID-19 rules, maybe conducted and people could be prayed for without touching them. All of us must join our faith together with our prophet and his team on how the ministry is conducted and even the evangelism mission Jesus has graciously given us. The church must be part of the rebuilding of our communities and continue to seek help for the hurting and broken in hearts, the vulnerable and marginalized people of the world. Emmanuel!!!
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
It is never a simple task to dissect a global spiritual personality such as Prophet T.B Joshua. You need to be in a higher etereal realm or be graciously given the grace to do so.
TB Joshua as fondly called is a prophet of God with uncommon Christian lifestyles. Such a being cannot but generate some controversies. By his divine gift and endowment, he operates on a higher pedestal with an incomprehensible yawning spiritual gap between him and his generation.
He is the known but unfathomable divine envoy on earth. He has remained an enigma, a gigantic puzzle, a bundle of God’s inexorable and inexplicable mysteries to which mankind must simply and humbly accept their limitations.
The most persecuted, the most vilified, the most grossly misrepresented and disdainfully maligned in his country of birth, TB Joshua has continued to pray for his adversaries like his Master, Jesus Christ: ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do’.
In today’s firmament when Christianity has become a mockery in many quarters, TB Joshua remains a shining light in darkness and has clearly shown to the world that “by their fruits you shall know them”!
One incontrovertible great fact is that The fate of TBJoshua cannot be different from his divine predecessors especially His Master Jesus Christ who out of spiritual blindness, rigidity, ignorance, crude envy, fear and unbridled jealousy was maliciously crucified in the most excruciating and agonizing manner by the same people believed to be most respectable religious authority of his time. What an irony!
TB Joshua must necessarily drink of that cup and joyfully too because of the grace of his Father.
There is something extraordinarily peculiar to TB Joshua. This is the UNCONDITIONAL LOVE he radiates like the soothing moonshine in the sky. He cannot be offended. As a human being I doubt if he can allow any offence with him for five minutes.
It is love without discrimination and this is reflected in his joyful superlative giving, charity, activities and humanitarian and selfless services.
Unlike some other churches where you will be turned back if not in compliance with their physical and religious appearance standard, TB Joshua is home to everyone. Whether you are a Muslim, pagan, occult groups, lesbian, gay, idol worshippers just name any, TB Joshua is a friend to all.
“ I am interested in the salvation of their souls. Jesus does not hate sinners what he hates is sin. If Jesus came for the salvation of sinners who am I not to welcome sinners in love and bring them to knowing Jesus Christ my Master and our saviour”? He would enthusiastically appear publicly with them like one who has just found a new lover. I could remember when a group of herdsmen in their rusticity visited him. He welcomed them like VIP, sat along with them and even collected their traditional caravan gourd which they all usually put their mouths in to drink water to also use the same thing to drink the water inside with them!
Because of human spiritual banality and pedestrianism, TB Joshua has oftentimes been maligned with outright chimerical tales and concocted lies by his superficial observers who could not decipher the Spirit of the Father working in him.
“I must necessarily experience all these. Who would I then resemble? Rejoice because every temptation and every situation is meant to draw you closer to God if you have been called by Him and maintain your focus, He would continue to strengthen you because God would never forsake His own”.
To talk of TB Joshua’s God’s endowed towering spiritual power in him is like dipping a cup into the sea to fetch water. The power radiates as he walks or talks with countless diverse healings and miracles beyond human imagination. There was one occasion when armed robbers waving fiery guns and shooting sporadically were operating in the upper street during the church service. The suffocating miasma of their operations extended to the church area. In holy anger TB Joshua fiercely came out of the service to confront them and collected their guns from them! The armed robbers were reduced to vegetables by the TBJoshua’s superb Holy Spirit power. It is not surprising to find Ogbonis, witch doctors, idol worshippers, psychists, Hindus, just name them – all forms of esoteric practitioners, confessing their sins and surrendering their satanic instruments by the fire of Holy Spirit engulfing them and accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior in Synagogue Church Of All Nations SCOAN through the God’s nature in TB Joshua.
Nothing is done in secret in SCOAN. Everything is open and transparent. It is not a place of spiritual manipulation. Any wonder then that foreigners are trooping into SCOAN in droves and the church has to be overwhelmingly checkmating requests of intending pligrims and yet countless others will find their ways to Nigeria through back doors thus causing a lot of embarrassment in the enviroment beyond the church expectations.
“It is not everybody that can come here” says the Man of God. “Only those God calls will come here”.
TB Joshua is humility personified. Ordinarily he is very shy. He is indeed the biblical broken vessel in the hands of God.
TB Joshua has made the physiognomy of Christianity real and Jesus and His mission on earth clearer with discernible understanding of that narrow path to the Luminous Heights.
One of the most shockingly admirable things in TB Joshua’s life is his in-depth knowledge of Bible and the words of God. Here is a person who never went to theological school, mentored by anyone or really educated in the real western sense. Yet he is a teacher of teachers with strikingly penetrating power into your spirit. He opens your eyes and hearts at every teaching with profound spiritual transformation for eternal yearnings in the listeners! It is usually a moment of spiritual rediscovery. You cannot ignore his messages. Simple, nonoratorical or colourfully/attractively presented, it carries fire and power with uncommon insight and revelations.
You cannot be going to SCOAN and be engaging in sinful lives. TB Joshua will see all you are hiding secretly in your house or any immorality you are committing which you think has been successfully covered. He would compromise indiscipline and immorality. He is stern and firm!
I have severally witnessed instances where such members are called out except he doesn’t come across you.
“In this church, you are coming here and you are still living in this sin”? Whatever is saying is confirmed, no quibbling or mincing words as such sinners will immediately fall down crying to Jesus narrating the circumstances that led him or her to it asking for God’s forgiveness. You will be shocked when he exposes all the details of what you did!
SCOAN is not a place for ‘bigmanism’. Whatever you are from outside cannot be carried inside the church. You must be humbled! Have you ever seen where a big man or woman is asked to go and join sanitation group where they do cleaning or what you can regard as menial jobs? Yes, TBJoshua would tell you: ‘go and join them, God will hear your prayers’. In most instances it is like the case of that army General Naman the leper in the Bible who in arrogance felt how could he go and wash in a particular river directed him to go by the prophet when there were other better rivers he could go. But the grace of God saved him by listening to his servant and eventually was made whole as he washed himself in the very river.
One crucial lesson you learn from TB Joshua regarding prayers and fastings is that when they are not done on the precious arms of the Holy Spirit it is a balderdash. “ You can pray and preach wonderfully. Once you have not been adopted by Holy Spirit, people may hear you and even clap for you but God will not hear you. You can call yourself born again but as long as you are not adopted by Holy Spirit you are simply wasting your time”.
He has made worshippers in his church realise that your faith must be genuine, your meditation in God’s Word and making it the standard practice in their lives as NOT NEGOTIABLE for their Christian lives not be a failure and for them to have rewarding faith. To live in pure love to all your neighbors regardless of their religion or who they are, holding no offence against anyone and be a blessing to others for you are blessed to bless otherd. “O Lord give me love enough not to see the mistakes of others” is one of the prayers
Hear the Prophet:
“God cannot entrust you with His power if you do not have UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. This is because you will begin to use it for the benefits of those you want and then against your enemies. Look at this church, can you see any member of my family holding any positions? It’s God’s church and He knows what to do even when I am no more”!
TB Joshua is not competing with anyone. He has no faculty for looking into the affairs of any other churches or what anyone is doing or saying anywhere. His focus is on God. His only pain is the disunity in the church of Christ.
On several occasions when people from other churches received landmark healings and miracles he won’t allow them to do any Thanksgiving in SCOAN. He would tell them: “go back to your church and do the Thanksgiving there. We are working as a team. It is the prayers you have been praying in your church that also brought you here. Go and remain in your church and be worshipping there”.
That is TB Joshua for you. He is the embodiment of Jesus Christ himself. In SCOAN no soliciting for fundraising, sowing seeds, donations or Thanksgiving. Even payment of tithes or offering is completely voluntary. “Take your tithes or Thanksgiving money to the needy; look for poor pupils to give scholarship; look for the sick and all others you see in hardship to help. When you do that God will hear your prayers”.
Hear him again:
“Have you ever seen me printing envelopes here asking for donations? No! When God truly give you an assignments He would also put in the hearts of those that would assist you on the assignments”.
Today TB Joshua has brought back the early church of the apostles with Christian revival for a better understanding of worshippers to worship God in truth and in Spirit.
Speaking with a spiritual elder who prefers anonymity, he said: “There is no other person like him today in the entire world. It’s usually one at a time. He is on God mission but unfortunately God’s design did not permit many who ought to know from recognizing him. Do you think if he is fully recognized in Nigeria there will be any space in Nigeria for other people in the world to come?
Hear him: “You can see he is not establishing branches like others. He has kept absolutely to God’s directives and agenda and not to human opinions.
“God really loves TB Joshua. Some did not know that it was out of God concern for him to fulfill his mission that his last prophecy on American election did not click. If it had clicked there’s every tendency for some people to turn him to God which will affect him. God has brought him for the rise and fall of many. I only pity those in ignorance of his origin and are using their mouths unconsciously to jeopardize their own eternity”.
Adejumo is Lagos based journalist and public affairs analyst.
What a chosen generation we are and what a glorious God we serve. By whom the bountifulness of His Mercy and Grace has made us a witness to the reign of His humble Servant, Senior Prophet T.B. Joshua. Through whom He has continued to demonstrate the evidence of His Love, Grace, Power and Sovereignty overall.
Blessed be the Name of Our Lord, who has chosen us – this generation – the offspring of Abraham to witness this uncommon time.
What a glorious era we live in. The period when the Prophet reigns and dwells amongst us.
He was chosen not of man, but by God to stand in the gap for this faithless generation. Favoured with a direct channel to God and bestow with the Graced to see deep into His plans and bring it to our hearing.
What an uncommon phenomenon of God’s power! An era when the power of God is so visible amongst men. The unbelievers are in awe and even the sceptics are saying, this must be the hand of God. For they could witness the blind, sees, the demon possesses, delivered, the sick, heal and the broken-hearted, restored.
What can be said of His Mother…? Blessed be the womb that incubates him and the breast in whose milk his infancy was nourished. Through her, a Prophet came into this world. That alone is a precious destiny…….READ MORE
On Friday, June 12th 2020, Prophet TB Joshua will turn 57 years old! Here is an important message (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVgf3jeCdIY) on how God wants us to mark this occasion:
“Viewers all over the world, good morning and win today! Happy 57th birthday – June 12th. Birthdays are a time to reflect on the memories of yesterday, the joys of today and the dreams of tomorrow. Viewers, I want to thank you for your prayers and your love.
Many waters cannot quench love. Viewers, what does this love I am talking about look like?
➡️ Love that has feet to move to the needy, to move to the sick ones, to move to the hungry ones.
➡️ Love that has hands to help others without expectation.
➡️ Love that has eyes to see misery and want.
➡️ Love that has ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
Happy Birthday, my friends! The only way to have a friend is to be one.
⭐ Many T.B. Joshuas are orphans. Let us father them.
⭐ Many T.B. Joshuas are homeless. Let us shelter them.
⭐ Many T.B. Joshuas are sick. Let us care for them.
⭐ Many T.B. Joshuas are lonely. Let us be their companion.
My friends, let the feelings of others matter to us. ‘Will these children not go to school? How can these people be lonely and homeless?’ There are many sick ones, hungry people, widows and orphans in our communities. Let us care for them.
Let me leave you with this word of exhortation. Matthew 25:40 – “And the king will tell them, ‘I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ ” Viewers, what does this mean? Whatsoever you do to the least one, that you do to God. Happy birthday!
Let us pray. Viewers, by the authority of the Scripture, I proclaim a mighty blessing upon your life! I proclaim a mighty blessing upon your now! I proclaim a mighty blessing upon your future! In Jesus Christ’s name we pray. Amen!
Lord Jesus, as we celebrate according to Your instruction, give us the vision we should have for our lives. Give us the faith and the courage to dream big, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen! Happy Birthday!” – TB Joshua
Prophet TB Joshua of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), is a remarkable man. I think that every one of us who have met him on any occasion is always inspired and challenged by his life. He carries grace, humility, simplicity and love. He was born in Arigidi Akoko, a remote part of the present Ondo State of Nigeria at a time that part of the country was in the Western Region Nigeria. He was to be known, not because he has rich and famous parents, or because of some academic achievement in science, but because of what he has been able to single-handedly achieve in human restoration and reformation through faith in Christ. The average life expectancy in Nigeria (before COVID-19 set in to further reduce it) is between 53 and 54 years. Hence TB Joshua at 58 has lived above the average age of people of his country, despite his arduous missionary work confronted by opposition from multiple directions, visible and invisible. It has only been possible by God’s grace protecting him; Congratulations for a Happy Birthday with all our Best Wishes to you and your lovely family.
At age 58 God might still not have answered all the prayers of Prophet TB Joshua in the way that he might have hoped but we know that God has used him to reach people in many communities, prisons, orphanages, hospitals and many nations. He had laid hands or hugged thousands of people across the globe in the process of ministration, praying and setting them free from the grip and shackles of Satan. God overlooked any limitations of our prophet and invested him with the ability to uplift hearts and encourage people’s spirits. They got up from wheelchairs, threw away walking sticks, the blind seeing, deaf hearing, all saying “Thank You, Jesus, Thank You, Jesus”.
It has been the grace of God upholding the man of God whilst the entire society remains only carnal, saying things they ought not. Unfortunately, there exists amongst the various sects envying, strife, divisions, and many so-called men of God but living and walking as natural men. While some groups say they are of Paul, others say they are of Apollos. But neither is he that plants nor he that waters anything, but God that gives the increase, (1 Corinthians 3:3-7). Prophet TB Joshua has been teaching on Church unity rather than campaigning against others. Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh and the weapons of our warfare carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. Do you look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so, are we Christ’s. (2 Corinthians 10:3-7). It is the mighty grace of God that is protecting every true man of God.
The people of God depend on the grace of God. Mother Teresa wrote, “I don’t think there is anyone who needs God’s help and grace as much as I do. Sometimes I feel so helpless and weak. I think that is why God uses me. Because I cannot depend on my strength, I rely on Him twenty-four hours a day. If the day had even more hours, then I would need His help and grace during those as well.” Similarly, Apostle Paul expressed this dependence when he wrote about the thorn in his flesh. Three times he pleaded with the Lord to take it away. But God said to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”,(2 Corinthians 12:9). His grace is not only amazing, it is “sufficient”. It is enough. Prophet TB Joshua also said that “we need God to sit, to stand, to take each step, etc”. Our prayer is Psalms 90:12, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”.
Happy 57th Birthday to Prophet TB Joshua, the man at the Synagogue, Church of All Nations. Emmanuel.
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
As we celebrate the 58th Birthday of the Man in the Synagogue, Prophet TB Joshua, many of us already know him as a Prophet of the Lord. Today, just as in the days of King Ahab of Israel there are many self-acclaimed prophets in every town. Remember that Jesus Christ is the Forever Prophet and He has appointed some prophets for our time too.
In 2 Chronicles 18, we read a very interesting story about King Ahab and his guests. The king of Judah at that time was Jehoshaphat, very wealthy and greatly respected. Jehoshaphat had made an alliance by marriage with Ahab, and after several years went down to visit Ahab in Samaria. Ahab slaughtered many sheep and cattle to honour Jehoshaphat and those who came with him. He persuaded him to join in an attack against Ramoth Gilead. King Ahab of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to attack Ramoth Gilead?” Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, “I will support you; my army is at your disposal and will support you in battle.” Then Jehoshaphat added, “First seek an oracle from the Lord.” So the king of Israel assembled 400 prophets and asked them, “Should we attack Ramoth Gilead or not?” They said, “Attack! God will hand it over to the king.” But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there not a prophet of the Lord still here that we may ask him?” The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man through whom we can seek the Lord’s will. But I despise him because he does not prophesy prosperity for me, but always a disaster. His name is Micaiah son of Imlah. Jehoshaphat said, “The king should not say such things!” The king of Israel summoned an officer and said, “Quickly bring Micaiah son of Imlah”. As it turned out the first 400 prophets were false, prophesying only property, what people want to hear, but prophet Micaiah was a prophet of the Lord.
As of June 12, 2020, the number of self-proclaiming prophets from various Christianity sect alone operating in Lagos State, Nigeria, Africa or globally is unknown but could be in hundreds of thousands. The king Ahab in various State headquarters worldwide raised many of them and paying them. In Daniel chapter 1 we come across Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, who built a house for his god, created a King’s College to train his eunuchs, people skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace. Daniel was among them. Every generation needs prophets of the Lord. A prophet is a person who receives a divine message and speaks to other human beings on behalf of a deity. They are called by God to serve God, they are humans like others though may have their unique areas of interest and characteristics. In the order of hierarchy, we have as topmost the God Head (where Jesus belongs), the Holy Angels of God, fallen angels (where Satan is head), the Holy Prophets of the Lord, then the Apostles, etc. We don’t know where to classify the fallen angels since the Holy prophets have power over them and can cast them out. We witness Prophet TB Joshua of SCOAN doing this casting out and pulling down the gates of darkness. He does his own in a scale that resembles the days of the early Apostles. People who work close to him are taping in the anointing.
How did King Jehoshaphat of Judah recognise that they needed to hear from a prophet of the Lord after listening to 400 prophets of King Ahab, his in-law? How can we recognise the prophets of the Lord today? Jesus said in Matthew 7:16 that, “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles?”
We are celebrating TB Joshua because he is a lover of people, a helper to the helpless, a preacher and teacher of the Word, and so on, including the fact that he is a Prophet of the Lord of time. Anyone may wish to study the number of very difficult cases TB Joshua had solved for many individuals, between families, within and between nations. We think that if he had been appointed a national chairman of eg COVID-19, like Joseph who solved a famine for Egypt, or like Daniel who interpreted dreams with solutions, or Elisha who helped a widow overcome her debt, Prophet TB Joshua could solve such national problems. Being a prophet isn’t just future telling or forecasting and predictions that are done in mathematical sciences using models, but hearing from God and telling the public what was heard. Science may be wrong many times because the underlying conditions on which our models are built can change, but the prophets of the Lord are always right. EMMANUEL!!!
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
The Emmanuel TV, of the Synagogues Church of All Nations (SCOAN), was launched on March 8, 2007, with the slogan, “Changing Lives, Changing Nations, Changing the World”. Hitherto in the late 1990s the ministry of Prophet TB Joshua, the founder of SCOAN, began to gain international attention especially through video cassettes showing Prophet TB Joshua’s early ministry in miracles and charity. At that time SCOAN was airing its programmes on State Nigerian televisions. But under the instruction of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo (President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999-2007) the Nigeria National Broadcasting Commission banned Ministries showing miracles on TV in 2004. Thereafter SCOAN broadcasts were taken off the air. This created a necessity for the emergence of Emmanuel TV on March 8, 2007. All along, either through the cassettes, state televisions, or now Emmanuel TV, SCOAN has always broadcasts Christian programmes, with the singular mission to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ to all mankind.
The purposes of general broadcasting and Christian Programmes broadcasting in particular in our contemporary days are numerous. Otherwise, why would Prophet TB Joshua, right from its inception, keep his Ministry works in cassettes, broadcasting them on paid National TVs and now owning a whole Emmanuel TV with all its huge attendance costs? The need to inform, educate all people about Jesus Christ in these last days implies we leave no stone unturned. In the case of SCOAN and Prophet TB Joshua, the opposition comes from every direction and to counter a few of the people have to see the work in SCOAN openly. Of course, believers also need some inspiration and a positive sense that Jesus is alive and remains the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Also, so many fields in the world are difficult terrains for one-on-one evangelism. The Scriptures are disallowed from entering such societies or from circulation. But Emmanuel TV Channel, in addition to its YouTube Channel, and slogans such as, “Distance Is Not A Barrier”, “Pray Along’ with Prophet T.B. Joshua”, “Touch the Screen”, is reaching every corner of the globe with resulting testimonies.
The SCOAN Chapel in Ikotun Egbe Lagos is a most-visited Christian or religious centre worldwide of our time and Prophet TB Joshua the most renowned living prophet of this generation according to http://www.Ranker.com survey of 250 million votes worldwide. The Emmanuel.TV Channel cannot show all that happens in the Chapel because many of the “Big Time Visitors” choose not to be recorded on tape or come at Nicodemus night time. But one thing everyone should know about Prophet TB Joshua is his humility and ability to keep our secrets. When Prophet TB Joshua is in the spirit and you’re fortunate to sit around him he knows all about you. He knows whether you are a thief, a fornicator, a witch, a liar, a Christian that has been struggling but failing, and he also knows about the way out. This unique hiding characteristic of our prophet makes him stand out from all others. Emmanuel TV is not created to promote him but to expose the work of Satan and promote the Lord Jesus Christ and His coming kingdom. The world needs the Emmanuel TV Channel.
Some Christians had thought that broadcasting the Gospel of Jesus Christ on Radio or Television was the devil’s work. However many ministries, including TB Joshua’s Ministries, have turned that around to mean that a world on fire needs the flames of the Holy Ghost to quench those evil flames and that there is no hiding place for such evil spirits. Emanuel TV Channel is sending some Holy Ghost flames to quench thirsty souls and feed stomachs that are empty with the Living Word. We don’t know what Paul and Silas would say about TB Joshua’s Ministries but they wouldn’t classify him as one preaching another gospel, or building on a different foundation. Today, unfortunately, many popular ministries are built on different foundations and promoting a different Jesus Christ and yet they are too quick in castigating others. Emmanuel TV has come to improve on Christian Broadcasting in such a way that people in distant places still feel the power of Jesus Christ touching them. Through the Channel words of exhortation go out with power to,”…warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, encouraging none to render evil for evil but to follow what is good. . .”, (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15).
Has Emmanuel TV arrived at its peak? No, but it is growing with Prophet TB Joshua who launched it 13 years ago when he was 45 years old. Nevertheless, all of us in the SCOAN family, including every Emmanuel TV Partner, need to keep working to build and improve the Channel so that the rest of the World will Keep Watching it to stay in faith with Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Therefore it is not all up to TB Joshua alone working to improve our world in this age of decadency when a harlot would command an imperial king to give her the head of a John the Baptist, (Mark 6: 24-25). On the contrary, we are working so that such kings in the midst will have the courage to install Emmanuel TV in any part of their palaces. By watching Emmanuel TV people see the evidence that there is more to life than wickedness and brutality, that there is a need for good governance, that Jesus is the only King, and much more that with God all things are possible, (Matthew 19:26). EMMANUEL!!!
Prof. R.A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
The Lord Jesus Christ had used those words when He called Peter, Andrew, James, John, the tax collector Matthew to be His disciples (Matthew 4:19-20, 9:9). “And immediately they left their nets, and followed Him”. These disciples immediately detached themselves from personal interests and attached to Christ. Implied in the call of Jesus was a turning from sin to Him in order to be saved. Again after Jesus had risen from the dead, while the disciples were on a fishing trip, Jesus told Peter, “Follow Me” (John 21:19). These words were not just for the twelve disciples; they are also for us today. Discipleship means following Jesus in a personal way, and it is a call to obedience, not a mere invitation. The early disciples came to Jesus straightway, at all cost, without a question. They also came to quit old habits, to follow their leader without stipulation or reserve; they came in an act of simple trust in Christ. It is impossible to follow Jesus without trusting Him. If we do not follow we are not committed to Him. We are following our own goals or someone else’s. The call to follow Jesus also means to submit to His lordship, to come and die with Him, to deny self and take up our cross and follow Jesus. “….For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it” (Matt. 16:24-25). Hence will you follow Jesus today in a life of obedient faith?
Why would Jesus say “Follow Me”? When Jesus saw “Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt 4:18-19). Therefore following Jesus means to drop everything and follow Him, no matter what it costs. That doesn’t mean you quit your job and leave your family, but that does mean you seek first the kingdom and His righteousness (Matt 6:33), and that is found in the King of the kingdom, Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). The call is to join the army of King Jesus to build a new kingdom of righteousness and truth, faith and love, a kingdom for the redeemed.
Jesus expects total loyalty and obedience from His followers. Jesus calls us His disciples but we call ourselves Christians. Today being a Christian has become a fairly generic term. For some, it might simply mean that “I’m not a Jew”, “I’m not a Muslim”, “I’m not an atheist”, etc. Satan loves that people think living a Christian culture equates to living as a Christian. Therefore consider the young man that came to Jesus asking, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16-22). Jesus said unto him, (and unto us), “If thou will be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shall have treasure in heaven; and come and follow me”. The young man went away sorrowful because he had great possessions.
The call to follow Jesus is always ringing to every ear and a few people are responding to the call in their different ways. Some after receiving this invitation from Jesus will retreat to a prayer mountain for further instruction and strength from the Lord Jesus. Right there on the mountain, Satan is there too. At that high mountain, some of these would-be followers of Jesus would be shown endless stress of forest and they may start to pray so that the endless forest can be turned to a cluster of modern cities, with mansions of worshipping centres across the globe and golden streets. A few others would ask for the Promise of the Father and His power. Jesus was equally tempted by Satan when Satan carried Jesus to an exceedingly high mountain to show Jesus all the kingdoms of the World and the glory of them. Others may refuse the invitation to follow Jesus. Abraham sent his servant to look for a wife for Isaac his son in his former country. The servant asked Abraham, “Peradventure the woman will not be willing to Follow Me”. Abraham said, “Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again”, Genesis 24:5-6. We can’t force people to follow Jesus but we must not go back to them to live our old life again.
Prophet TB Joshua teaches frequently that faith shouldn’t be based on immediate physical improvement after prayers. Rather whether Jesus heals or not, whether the ministry has the largest congregation or not, whether the call is to serve in the city or the rural area, as long as we have the promised presence of the Holy Ghost, our ministry will be a success. Further, Prophet TB Joshua has reduced all the existing “Christian Ministries” to two; those who follow Jesus but using today’s carnal language and those who use the Bible spiritual language. Everyone should self-assess how he or she is following Jesus and what provisions needed from Jesus. Jesus will provide all our need, according to His riches in glory, to everyone He calls to the field.
As we anticipate the 57th Birthday of Prophet TB Joshua June 12, 2020, our aim is not to further promote SCOAN or TB Joshua, but to let us pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to equip us to follow Jesus in the fullness of his power. The prophet also had prophesied that the work of God would suffer after the ongoing COVID-19. Nevertheless, we know that Jesus left us with a passing glorious Promise saying, “But ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost comes upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me …, (Acts 1:8). Hence Jesus is calling us to be partaking in changing individuals, nations and the entire world. This mission is the same motto that the Synagogue Church of All Nations of Prophet TB Joshua has set for itself. Emmanuel!!!
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
During my prophecy for 2020 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6aJLBVG96c) released on 28th December 2019, prophecy number four concerning America was given as follows: “Approach to the security issue will affect the candidates and swing voters in the next election.”
President Trump, this is what is happening now. Another one is coming. President Trump, wake up to checkmate this. It will go beyond this. Another one is coming, starting from the ending of June. Where there is no vision, people perish. During your regime, the name of Jesus has been given more honour. What glory! Let us look beyond our palace for God’s authority. With God, all things are possible! Let us act now. It is not all up to God; we have a role to play. More appeals to the people and security are required – in a language that will douse the tension and stop this situation – so we can then commit the future one into God’s hands.
In the Bible, Jesus Christ was always in the Synagogue, teaching, healing and delivering people that were brought to him; people afflicted with all manners of evil spirits. People who had the opportunity to listen to the teaching of Jesus were astonished at His teaching because His message had authority. But one day Jesus found a man possessed by an unclean spirit that had been described as “The Man in the Synagogue”, on his right. “In the synagogue, there was a man possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon. He cried out in a loud voice, “Ha! What do You want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God, (Luke 4:32-34). Ordinarily, a Jews Synagogue was probably only a ceremonial and a canonical routine worship Centre every Saturday. Jesus who was always there taught with authority, healed the sick and performed miracles. It was a radical departure from routine teaching that we should worship God in Spirit and Truth.
Today there are still many Jews Synagogues all over the world but the SCOAN, founded by Prophet TB Joshua is the most popularly known Synagogue of our time. The man in the Synagogue is Temitope Balogun Joshua. Only the name Balogun is his family name, Temitope (mine case merits praise) was his mother’s response to the miraculous deliverance of her son at his naming ceremony, and Joshua his prophetic calling. Jesus has many names beyond Jesus Christ and they are all prophetic. The prophet will soon be 57 years old this June 12, 2020, and our motivation is that more people should know him. His teaching is quite radical to a generation that wants to address and worship God in the comfort of their fleshly today’s language; prosperity gospel peddlers. Today’s language, though a crowd puller, is empty and lacking spiritual powers and only motivating the worldly celebrating audiences.
When we say that Prophet TB Joshua of SCOAN is a man of God, we are equally saying that he is totally sincere and allowing God to completely have His way in his ministry. He has a genuine commitment to humanity believing that to claim to love God is to also express same love for one’s neighbour.
We are not surprised that Prophet TB Joshua has much opposition especially from the so-called other Christian Ministries and even the Christian Association of Nigeria. These are places where you rise by promotion through the ranks using academic qualifications, years of service in the Temple, and similar parameters. A number of the Bishops in Ministries that teach about the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church of Christ love silently to be able to do what TB Joshua is doing in SCOAN but only find their ministry opening more branches and having more members. Many congregations give no room in the church for any prophecy, speaking in tongues, performing miracles, or the Ministry of the Holy Spirit. This group puts more emphasis on avoiding false teaching, which the Bible warns us to do, but hesitating to read that by their fruit everyone would be known, if they are of flesh it would fail, or the counsel of Gamaliel. Gamaliel said, “…Refrain from these men (TB Joshua and his team), and let them alone. For if their counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought”, (Acts 5:34-38). For the last thirty years prophet, TB Joshua has been consistent and growing in the Lord.
If we emphasis Church Unity so that the entire Christ Bodyworks in one accord, that call is not that TB Joshua faces less persecution or be more acceptable in some quarters, but it is that Jesus Church and the Holy Ghost is fully manifested in the Church. Satan may want the different congregations to work in opposition to each other but every true apostle of Jesus should resist the devil and look for the promise of the Father to grow their ministry. Prophet TB Joshua, the man in the Synagogue, is a blessing carrier, a healer to the sick, a teacher to the new generation, and a blessing for our generation. We shall continually pray for him and pray along with him even as he grows in age. Emmanuel!!!
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
The coronavirus global pandemic is not a new virus. It has been around for a long while causing fluid and other diseases. It is most likely to remain in public circulation spreading from human to human. Through the virus’ ability to transform its activities from causing fever, dry cough, tiredness, headache, etc. The global community must anticipate a fact that the coronavirus may in future appear in a more destructive position than the ongoing COVID-19. Hence COVID-19 must be quickly dealt with to reduce its damage on the economy, the society and the Church.
The Church is a major stakeholder in every community in the areas of human restoration, reformation, rehabilitation, and providing hope and comfort to souls that are in despair, sick, fearful, or restless. The goal of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), led by Prophet TB Joshua, is to freely serve the world in times like this and such capacity as God will direct. Covid-19 is what we can see today, and because the world has followed its instinct, and has largely neglected the more important spiritual aspect, there is confusion, fear, rejection in the society.
Whilst some governments have given guidance on how Assemblies ought to conduct self, others simply hang to the total lockdown approach. Of course, it is still vital that the necessary hygiene and social distancing precautions are kept in place to protect the hospital workers and save lives. Similarly, no pastor would want to be quarantined because members who visited their church later tested positive to COVID-19. All this is still at the human level. In every society, the Church members remain the most discipline set of people, more organized than market traders.
The action of Mary Magdalene in John 20:10-16 is very commendable if we must desire to see what others fail to see. She had the singular honour to have anointed the body of Jesus before the crucifixion. Later on, the other ladies brought their oil to the tomb but it wasn’t useful because the tomb was empty when they arrived. Now see her unique devotion and character again. They all ran to the tomb but while the disciples went away unto their own home after a while Mary stood around weeping. As she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, she saw two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Eventually, Jesus Himself appeared to her and she became the first to see Jesus and hence by inference the first that Jesus would send as a missionary to others immediately after the resurrection.
The best of the world politicians are like Pilate, or at the very best the disciples, always in hurry, not looking deep enough, fearful of what the public would say. On the other hand, we may liken Prophet TB Joshua and the Church to Mary who painstakingly has told us before the advent of COVID-19, and also still telling us some future events, hardship and humility that shall follow. The entire Church of Christ should be in one accord, listen to him as many are doing across the world, confederating with Emmanuel.tv partners in charity giving globally. His prayer and encouraging words are going to be more effective in our common attempt to get people back on their two feet and prepare them for the next battle. More importantly by his teaching, using his various ministries, he is raising the Church of Christ to the right level, making the global community conscious of the coming Christ and preparing new prophets and evangelists for the mission. Covid-19 that has taken the world’s attention in the last five months is not going to be the last battle nor the most difficult. The world would henceforth need the Church of Christ to lead in the hard battles ahead. Emmanuel!!!
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria