It is very hard to imagine any act of nature that would be greater than a worldwide flood that occurred in the time of Noah. The details of the story are in the Bible (Genesis… More
Across the world today Sunday 22, March 2020 the gathering of different peoples from the diverse religious and ethnic background is being missed at the Synagogue, Church of all Nations (SCOAN). The cost to the international community is huge because of the healing, teaching, prophecy, counselling, fellowship, etc, that goes on at the SCOAN Arena of Liberty. Distant viewers, sick people in various hospital beds, prisoners, families and other communities, especially where open evangelism is disallowed, have combined as a great overflow Church under SCOAN. We must attend to them and Emmanuel.tv partners must note this area.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has locked down cities, nations, and their economic, causing fear and panic, creating new social concepts like social isolation and social distancing, is responsible. Prophet TB Joshua has taken to educating the public on the pandemic a lot earlier and prophesying its eventual end. But a faithless and unbelieving generation like our generation would prefer to think that they are in charge to run our lives. The result of government orders, without putting the opinion of God as a basis, can often be misleading, creating fear, panic and killing more people.
There are various Sunday Assemblies, religious and non-religious gatherings around the world today. For example, Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans in January 2013 in London, England founded a non-religious Sunday Assembly gathering mostly for people who want a similar communal experience to a religious church. They probably hated the Church and wanted their world. In Nigeria and many other communities, Muslims gather on Sunday. These gatherings should be affected by the coronavirus following government orders. We know that our prophet TB Joshua is law-abiding and would normally comply with Civic orders excepting those directly affecting our faith in Christ Jesus like in the days of Daniel.
Nevertheless, the Sunday Gathering is not man-made but very scriptural. For example in 1 Corinthians 16: 2, “On the first day of the week, each of you should set aside some income and save it to the extent that God has blessed you so that a collection will not have to be made when I come”. Even concerning the so-called coronavirus, many hands are working to eradicate the pandemic. The prophets, pastors, and others must be allowed to pray along. Those of us in mathematical sciences we are studying the model of transmission using an index to locate those with direct or indirect contacts. Perhaps it is the Church that should play its role in the society for which many governments have lost trust in.
For Prophet TB JOSHUA and SCOAN, we expect normality in service but without the usual crowd where the entire world will be their overflowing assemblies. The point is that people in the society have placed more confidence in SCOAN of TB Joshua than on their respective governments. A “Live Service” may help the sick, the fearful, the lonely, the rejected and the hopeless. The point is that there is power backing the Word coming out of the mouths of holy men and women working in the SCOAN, and of course in all living Church of Christ. We must work consciously on these overflowing gatherings that put their faith on Christ through SCOAN, whether or not there is a coronavirus.
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
After Prophet TB Joshua’s declaration on Saturday 29th February 2020 that showers of rain would fall to wipe away all fears of the unknown, heavy rain fell in the following days across China and specifically in Wuhan – where the coronavirus outbreak started.
Today, Thursday 19th March 2020, China’s National Health Commissioner announced that for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak started, China has reported no new domestic transmissions of COVID-19, a major milestone in the global fight against the pandemic!
Remember that during a question and answer session with Prophet TB Joshua on Tuesday 17th March 2020, he re-emphasised: “The real coronavirus is gone. What we are seeing now are the remnants.”
REJOICE – because the noise of coronavirus will be silenced by the end of March 2020!!!
PROPHET TB JOSHUA SPEAKING ON CORONAVIRUS
➡️ Questions & Answers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNCrsVXTd5k
➡️ Prayer Against Coronavirus – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqtx_bSgHJw
➡️ Rain Is Falling – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeiuiRWUQI0
➡️ Prophetic Declaration – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAlpIRY4FTs
The prophet has answered some question concerning his declaration on the coronavirus epidemic, he stated that people are profiting from the situation at hand and that the effect of the epidemic will be felt throughout the year.
Below is the transcript on the questions and answers released on the SCOAN official social media pages:
QUESTION – Prophet TB Joshua, what shall we call this period we are in – where you cannot give your neighbour a handshake, you cannot cough in public, travel to Jerusalem or Mecca for pilgrimage has been prohibited, people no longer share the Holy Communion cup, Pope Francis is performing Mass through video, many churches are holding services online, universities such as Harvard have closed, in many countries there are no gatherings of people more than ten and even President Trump said the situation is “not under control”. What can you say?
ANSWER – Don’t forget what Jesus said to His disciples, to Simon Peter in Luke 22:32 – “I pray your faith will not fail.” It is a prophetic word. Jesus was prophesying about what was to come – a time like this. He knew something was coming that would challenge our faith, that would take the faith from many, that would stop people from worshipping. But I don’t see anything to panic about because Jesus said in John 16:33 – “In this world, you will have tribulation – but cheer up; I have overcome the world.”
Don’t forget what I said at the beginning of the year – “Work of God – people will be getting tired this year because the work of God is not by power and might; because of so many challenges, tribulations and burdens they will not be able to bear.” Real faith thrives on a test. If there was nothing serious in the past to test our faith, here is something to test our faith in a unique way – a real situation. What an opportunity to grow in faith, in our relationship with God! What can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39)? Can the coronavirus? Can death? Nothing! As 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear.
QUESTION – You said the voice of the coronavirus will be silenced by the end of this month but President Trump said it may linger until July or August. For re-emphasis, we want to hear from you again because there is so much fear and panic.
ANSWER – I say again – it is the remnants we are seeing. The real coronavirus is gone. What we are seeing now are the remnants. But what the coronavirus has caused – economic backlash, fear – will linger until the end of the year.
QUESTION – How do we overcome fear?
ANSWER – What is fear? How do you define fear? Fear means you are not in line with God, you are not with God. Fear exposes the level of our relationship with God. Fear exposes the kind of relationship we have with our Creator – God. Fear exposes who we serve, who we believe. Fear means we are not serving God with all our hearts. Fear means we are not such in heart. The opening of the eyes of our faith will be the silencing of our fears.
QUESTION – What are we to expect at the end of this month?
ANSWER – I have said it! How many times do you want me to say it? How many times do you want to hear it?
QUESTION – But are we to continue with the coronavirus?
ANSWER – The name of God has always been used for possible things – but faith is for impossible things. We are using God’s name for possible things, not impossible. People’s lives have been like this. This coronavirus has only exposed us. Our challenges determine where we are spiritually. Challenges reveal the true condition of man’s heart. Challenges reveal where we belong. Remember, faith is for impossible things.
QUESTION – If I may be clear, you said the voice of coronavirus will be silenced by the end of this month. Are we right?
ANSWER – Well, I will not blame you, because you live by what you see and what you hear. I am telling you what is to come. Thank God you cannot change it, because people are profiting from the situation at hand.
SOURCES: TB JOSHUA MINISTRIES
This is an official message from The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) regarding US President Donald Trump’s announcement of a travel ban on visitors from European countries to America over the coronavirus outbreak.
On 28th December 2019, TB Joshua released his prophetic message for 2020 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6aJL…). He said, “This year will be a year of humility. This year, the Lord will humble us with our challenges. Challenges can be affliction, disease, sickness etc. To humble us with these is for those things to destroy us or expose us. Let us move closer to God.”
The same message said regarding the world economy: “Agriculture will help the economy because the economy will have a backlash….”
Specifically, concerning America, he said: “America should invest more in agriculture because their economy will be affected. The economy they see today will be affected, so they should invest in agriculture and encourage the farmers.”
The prophecy was given in parables, with the wisdom of God. What is affecting the economy today? COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The same message said, “Many sicknesses and diseases that leaders have been treating privately will surface this year.”
According to the US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, China had this issue for several months and had been treating it silently. He said, “Unfortunately, rather than using best practices, this outbreak in Wuhan was covered up…. This probably cost the world community two months to respond.” Today, it has surfaced – as TB Joshua predicted.
The prophecy continued, “They will become bedridden and many will not make it.” Indeed, this is exactly what is happening.
The same prophecy said, “Pray for unity and understanding among the British Royal Family – because of what I am seeing.” Days later, Prince Harry announced he was stepping down from his duties in the Royal Family.
The same man – TB Joshua – is hereby telling President Donald Trump: “This travel ban on flights from Europe will cause a backlash. It will affect the American economy the more and also the world economy. It will also affect the forthcoming election in America – in one way or another. The travel ban is not the best way to stop the spread of coronavirus. The initial measures America put in place are the best way – they just need to be reinforced. Coronavirus is fear and fear lingers in the air. Fear does not need to fly to America or any other country on a plane before being contracted. In conclusion, we are on our knees praying. The noise of coronavirus will be silenced before the end of this month – March 2020.”
After Prophet TB Joshua’s declaration on Saturday 29th February 2020 about showers of rain falling to wipe away all fears of the unknown, rain fell in the following days in Wuhan, China – the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.
After this supernatural shower of rain, several encouraging new developments have taken place within China. Firstly, Chinese health officials have declared that by the end of March, there will be no more new COVID-19 cases in Wuhan. Secondly, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the city of Wuhan as China closed all 14 of the emergency hospitals they built to attend to victims of the outbreak. Lastly, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that over 70% of victims infected with coronavirus have fully recovered as life begins to return to normalcy across the nation.
REJOICE – because these showers of rain are wiping away all fears of the unknown – for example, coronavirus!
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A Form 2 high-flyer Naomi Higgins, who passed her Junior Certificate Examination (JCE) with flying colours, has received a tertiary scholarship from Nigerian televangelist Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly known as Prophet TB Joshua.
Higgins joins thousands of students worldwide who have received scholarship ranging from primary to tertiary education sponsored by Prophet TB Joshua, founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) and Emmanuel TV partners.
The 14-year-old brilliant student will be the second from Botswana to benefit from the same initiative following Mary-Jean Nleya who was sponsored by Prophet TB Joshua and Emmanuel TV partners to pursue her Bachelor of Laws and attained Magna Cum Laude at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
Nleya was also sponsored by Prophet TB Joshua to pursue her Master’s Degree at Harvard University under the Harvard Law School and was also given an opportunity with the help of the Prophet to get an internship at International Criminal Court at The Hague in the Netherlands.
Higgins, who is currently doing her Form 4 at Selebi-Phikwe Senior Secondary School (SPSSS) was the only student at Nxakato JSS who attained grade A even though she sat for JCE whilst doing Form 2.
In an interview with Mmegi, Higgins said that words were not enough to describe her happiness when she received an invitation to SCOAN by Prophet TB Joshua.
She said that during her first encounter with Prophet TB Joshua she was shivering and all in tears.
She added: “Prophet TB Joshua is a holy man and everything at SCOAN was godly. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet him in person.”
Higgins further said that she was still shocked that everything that happened to her in the past weeks started off with a small achievement of her passing JCE.
She hopes to be a cardiologist and said that to her surprise during her one-on-one with Prophet TB Joshua, he offered her a tertiary scholarship to study what she wants when she finishes her BGCSE.
She also said that Prophet TB Joshua also appointed Nleya to be her mentor, role model and contact person for the prophet. Higgins clarified that: “Nleya was the one who showed Prophet TB Joshua the article.
She is the same person who is going to assist me to apply for Harvard University or any other university, which is best in Cardiology across the globe.” She added that the scholarship would cover everything including tuition fees, living allowance and accommodation.
She also mentioned that Prophet TB Joshua gave her $3, 000 (about P33,000) so that she can purchase educational material to help her prepare for the BGCSE final examination. The intelligent girl was so determined to study harder at school because there was no way she was going to miss an opportunity to go to Harvard University.
About her stay in Nigeria, Higgins said she was over the moon because it has been her long term goal to be part of the congregants at SCOAN. She said that she would always cherish the moment because she was treated like a very important person (VIP) and accommodated in an executive suite just like in a five-star hotel.
The brilliant student described their experience at SCOAN as something out of this planet especially, the part where they visited the spiritual prayer mountain. The ever smiling student said to make the journey to SCOAN even memorable was the part where she had to board on an aeroplane for the first time in her life.
She said that she would always thank God for everything, day and night, for making her dream come true earlier than expected. Higgins’s mother Ruth Higgins, who was equally elated, thanked Mmegi for writing an article about her brilliant daughter.
She said it was through the article that her daughter was discovered by the Prophet TB Joshua who offered her the tertiary scholarship. She further said that if her daughter finishes her Form 5, provided she performs well, she will go to any University of her choice and Prophet TB Joshua will wholly cover the scholarship.
Ruth added: “I don’t know how to describe the feeling as it is out of this world. The ball is in her court now to work extra harder in order to pass her BGCSE.” The delighted mother said that the bursary gives them assurance as parents that their daughter ‘s dream of studying Cardiology at Harvard University would come true provided she meet the University entry credentials. Ruth was certain that her daughter would pass BGCSE with merit because she is a hard worker and well-disciplined girl.
She expressed gratitude to Prophet TB Joshua for awarding Naomi the tertiary education scholarship and to God for giving her abundance of blessings. Ruth also thanked one of the beneficiaries of Prophet TB Joshua’s education bursary Nleya who discovered her daughter.
She shared that they learnt that Nleya also received scholarship from Prophet TB Joshua and Emmanuel TV partners years back when she was just an ordinary visitor at SCOAN. She also described Nleya as a guardian angel who made her daughter’s dream turn into reality. Naomi’s father, Kenneth Higgins said that he was extremely overjoyed of his daughter’s achievements. He said that his daughter’s achievements have brought admiration to his family.
Kenneth said: “This is what all fathers dream of and this is what we want for our families. I give all the honour and glory to the almighty God and Prophet TB Joshua for this grace from God. I am very much humbled by the kind gesture.” He said that Naomi’s achievements would go a long way in motivating her fellow peers on the importance of taking education seriously and to aim high and reach great heights.
Source: Mmegi – Botswana Newspaper – Mmegi Online
We are standing in one accord on Christ our solid Rock, Lord and Savior to say, “Happy 14th Birthday to Emmanuel TV”. It has been many years of bringing the Apostolic Gospel of the Church of Christ to every corner of the world and hence part of our joy. It can only be God, using holy men to write His scriptures in prints or broadcasting.
Prophet TB Joshua, the Founder and Bishop of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, has a clear purpose, mission and vision and this is why his life has had a great meaning to the entire world. In the early stages of his ministry, there was almost no media coverage. The prophet had to pay for short airtime slots in the few available governments owned media houses, most of which didn’t go beyond their states. Due to the poor media coverage, the early day’s detractors capitalized on that to misinform the world about the person of Prophet T. B. Joshua and the ministry. Unfortunately, many who had criticized his ministry whilst still on their two feet are now being wheeled to the SCOAN Arena of Liberty to be set free. Again it is the work of the Holy Spirit using Emmanuel TV to reach out to people in their need. Emmanuel TV, through the Holy Spirit, is fishing out people from different parts of the world every Sunday; their national flags indicating how far they have come.
To be fair to Prophet TB Joshua’s critics, miracles are not what we see in every ministry. Besides, there is a major misconception and confusion on which direction to propagate the Great Commission of Jesus, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone”; Mark 16:15. Each ministry needs to wait on the Lord for His direction. Many prefer opening up new meeting points within every community or building the biggest assemblies, or other methods. True and specific miracles, prophecies, giving, teaching, and all Love Bedrock of Prophet TB Joshua and his kind of ministry are scarce in this generation. The devil is also not leaving any stone unturned. With 14 years behind ineffective broadcasting, Emmanuel TV may look back and do its self-assessment and move forward from there. As its motto, “Better isn’t good enough, the Best is yet to come”. We shall keep expecting a full and running over a cup of blessing from the Lord Jesus as we pray and keep watching Emmanuel.tv
Happy 14th Birthday Emmanuel TV.
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
Last week, Miss Lucienne Esteve, from France, was among those who received prayers in the mighty name of Jesus Christ during The SCOAN Sunday Service. She had difficulty in walking due to osteoarthritis, a condition that made it difficult for her to do most things by herself, including bathing, despite her knee braces. After the prayers last week, Lucienne had risen to her feet and glorified God for healing her. Today, she returned to church to testify about the permanence of her healing. No longer does she need to use here knee braces. “I immediately felt light after the prayers,” she told the church. Wearing high-heeled shoes, Lucienne advised people to see Jesus as the Real Healer.
Last Monday, Ms Kate Harris, a Liberian, was one of those who kept their destiny appointment with God Almighty during The SCOAN Living Water Service. Born into a polygamous family of idol worshipers, Kate was constantly fed with food meant for the gods, her parents having decided that she would be devoted to the service of the gods. She was given a name that implied that she was thrash. Consequently, after her parents died and Kate fled from her hometown, the demons running her destiny followed her there. She got married and had kids but one day her husband said she looked like a dog and walked out of the marriage right away. She then moved over to Achimota, Ghana, where she was encouraged by a friend to go into prostitution. In the course of sex work, Kate faced many dangerous situations, including beatings from men. In one experience, a male client took her into a Ghanaian forest, where she had a frightful episode with the man. She was later to learn that the man had died three months previously. Desperate to fend for her children and educate them, Kate sank further into prostitution, which took her to different countries, including the UAE, China, Vietnam and Cambodia. Every time she invested in a business it collapsed, although she was able to see her children through high school from the proceeds of prostitution. It was in Cambodia and Vietnam that she had persistent dream encounters with Prophet TB Joshua, whom she had never met. In the dream the man of God had told him his name after she had asked why he had been asking her to desist from her wayward lifestyle. Along the line, Kate had developed body and chest pains as well as headaches. In her bid to make maximum use of her body for prostitution, Kate had been fond of preventing her menstrual blood from flowing out by inserting loads of cotton into her private part. To the glory of God, during her time on The SCOAN Altar, Kate fell under the power of the anointing and the evil spirit in her confessed its atrocities in her life. Afterwards, she returned to her hotel and her menstruation returned. “The Living Water is real,” she said. She had drunk the Living Water on behalf of her tuberculosis-afflicted sister in Dubai and the sister had vomited the evil deposits in her system. She advised men to care for her wives and children. She also advised people to “sit on the right bench in church” by opening their heart to God’s Word.
During the Living Water Service last Monday, Mr Ngozo Mamadou, from Central Africa Republic, had vomited four stones while Prophet TB Joshua was addressing congregants. During the war in his country he had lost both parents and he had decided to move over to Cameroon. Along the line his sister died from the gunshot wound that she had sustained during the war. His brother then took ill and in search of a solution to the brother’s health problem, he had gone to a Nigerian witch doctor. Eventually his brother died despite all the money Ngozo had invested in trying to save his life. Now in debt, Ngozo did not know what else to do and asked the witch doctor for help. The witch doctor then promised to help by initiating him to the occult and introducing him to the goddess of money. Series of rituals were performed at the riverside, including a ritual birth and the swallowing of four eggs. The instant Ngozo swallowed the eggs, the so-called goddess of money appeared to him and requested that he supply her “mercury”, that is, human blood. He was asked to supply another person’s blood or give his own life. Unwilling to pledge allegiance to this demon, Ngozo tried to kill himself. While trying to take his own life, Ngozo ran into a woman who advised him to visit The SCOAN. Unwilling to visit the church owing to his different faith, the troubled young man declined but the woman offered to pay his transport fare. Last week, Ngozo made his way to church and the Spirit of the Lord took over. First, he began to feel a churning in his stomach and throat and he eventually vomited the said four stones as the man of God climbed on the altar for his ministration. After coming to himself, he realised the stones must have been the four eggs he had swallowed. Before ending his testimony today, Ngozo said that he now feels much better and is able to use the toilet with ease. He can also sleep peacefully, without having any nightmares. He advised people to avoid seeking help from witch doctors.
Mr Hammed Okas came to The SCOAN Living Water Service with the problem of cervical spondylosis for five years. This terrible problem rendered his life so miserable as his activities were largely restricted. He could not turn his neck to the right or to the left as the pain was so terrible. In search of a solution, he visited several hospitals and prayer houses but to no avail. The only help he got from the hospital was a cervical collar and medications which could only ease the excruciating pain. Tired of ingesting medications and moving around with the cervical collar, he decided to come to The SCOAN Living Water Service last Monday. When he climbed the Mountain of Prayer, prayed and took the Living Water, he felt instant relief and that is how he got his healing from that horrible condition. Turning his neck from left to right with ease, the Ogun indigene advised people to trust in God as He is the answer to all fundamental issues of life.
As the coronavirus outbreak threatens to seriously dent global growth, the fear that has emerged in its wake is already taking its toll on the American economy.
Despite the emergency rate cut announced by the Federal Reserve on Tuesday intended to give businesses and households a boost, the Dow posted its fifth-worst single-day point drop on record.
CNN reports that the travel industry, which is crucial to the global economy, is facing its worst crisis since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States – as citizens minimise their travel to avoid the disease.
These economic repercussions of the coronavirus outbreak were clearly foretold by Prophet TB Joshua in his viral 2020 prophecy, which has been viewed nearly 600,000 times on YouTube.
“The economy will have a backlash,” Joshua revealed, calling on people globally to “invest in agriculture” to “help the economy”.
Specifically referring to USA, he said: “America should invest more in agriculture because their economy will be affected. The economy they see today will be affected.”
The cleric equally announced 2020 would be “a year of humility” in which “the Lord will humble us with our challenges”.
“Challenges can be affliction… To humble us with these is for those things to destroy us or expose us. Let us move closer to God,” he declared.
With even world superpowers such as USA and China buckling under the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, 2020 is indeed turning out to be “a year of humility”.
Ihechukwu Njoku is a Nigerian journalist
On Saturday 29th February 2020, Joshua declared that “showers of rain that will wipe away the fear of the unknown” would fall as a sign the days of the disease were numbered.
In the days that followed, rain surprisingly fell in cities around the world, including in Wuhan, China – the epicentre of the disease and location of most of its fatalities.
For many communities in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa, the rain that fell was the first of 2020, prompting celebration and relief from residents.
Some of Joshua’s followers on social media even testified that they received ‘healing’ after entering the showers of rain.
“Immediately, my menstruation that had stopped for seven months started to flow – it’s a miracle,” wrote Mary Morris from Bayelsa State, Nigeria on Facebook.
“I had a terrible flu,” wrote Janet Machiya from Zambia. “As it started showering around midnight, I woke up with my children and we went outside to have a touch from the rain and boom – I was healed instantly!”
In France, rain fell throughout the nation – a rare occurrence in March. Additionally, there were reports of rainfall in Italy, South Korea and Japan – three of the countries most affected by the outbreak.
In recent days, the number of reported cases of coronavirus has significantly dropped in China, with residents once in ‘lockdown’ starting to return to their normal lives.
The outbreak of the disease commonly known as coronavirus or COVID-19 – which started in Wuhan, China but has since spread to 82 nations – sparked worldwide panic and resulted in severe economic decline.
After the first case of coronavirus was diagnosed in Nigeria last week, fear was rife that Sub-Saharan Africa would struggle to cope if the disease were to spread.
However, Joshua called for calm and ‘prophetically declared’ that the end of the disease was in sight.
“By the end of this month – whether we like it or not – it will go the way it came,” Joshua declared on Sunday 1st March 2020 during his sermon aired live on Emmanuel TV.
This corroborated his message on January 4th 2020 – before the virus came to public attention – when the cleric declared that the fearful events of 2019 would end in March 2020 according to “God’s timetable”.
“The reason why I am here today is to clear the air, to let you know calmness has returned. So, there is no cause of alarm,” he counselled congregants in only his second public appearance during a Sunday service in 2020.
Within his much-publicised ‘prophecy for the year’, Joshua had termed 2020 a “year of humility”, adding that there would be a worldwide “economic backlash” – a declaration that has already been proven accurate in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.
Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerianjournalist…
In the United States of America, USA, the year 1933 was called “The Year of Fear” because of the then anticipatory rise in crimes. Government prohibition had led to a precipitous rise in crime, and some of the nation’s most infamous criminals engineered a string of mayhem and lawlessness such as America had never seen. When prohibition was repealed that year, these criminals looked elsewhere for quick sources of easy cash. They set their sights on kidnapping and government agents were given authority to chase kidnappers across state lines. The fear became distributed evenly between criminals and government agents. When Prophet TB Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, declared the year 2019 as “The Year of Fear”, the mind of some historians went to the USA of 1933 expecting a significant rise in all classes of crime, diseases, fire outbreaks, plane crashes, and other disasters. The prophet made it clear on a live service that the FEAR would continue till 27 March 2020 and when his prophecy of a following “Year of Humility” would follow.
His prophecy of the year of fear has been confirmed as we can all observe. The coronavirus or Lasa fever episodes are just the most recent sources of fear. In line with this is the prophet’s prophecy of rain and many reported cases of rain were heard same yesterday, March 1, 2020. The prophesized rain was for a blessing and to signal possibly the beginning of the end of the fear. The prophet spent a great time encouraging his viewers not to fear as Christians. It is the Lord’s doing and it makes our heart glad. Prophet TB Joshua together with his Emmanuel.tv broadcasting station is now becoming a global authority for the world to pay significant attention. It may not look scientific, or logical, but the information therein is profitable for living a successful and correct life.
In the Bible prophets of old were known for describing periods and years with tagged names. For example, year of rest Levi 25:5, Jubilee Levi 25:13, release Deut 25:9, tithing Deut 27:12, recompenses Isaiah 34:8, redemption Isaiah 63:4, visitation Jere 11:23, drought Jere 17:8 liberty Ezek 46:17, or the year of the Lord Like 4:19. Hence we are probably passing through “The Years of Prophet TB Joshua”, whether we know it or not. They are going to be called years of revival, years of persecution, or years of controversy and religion competition, depending on who you are. For me, Prophet TB Joshua has brought the Apostolic age of evangelism, redemption and renewal of the Christian faith across the globe. Again this is God’s doing and we are very glad.
Assuming we all successfully end the year of fear this March, according to the prophet, then what will the year of Humility bring? We either humble ourselves or the Lord will humble us by Himself. All the powers in heaves and on the earth are in His hand, hence we can’t possibly negotiate our way out. Therefore according to Acts 20:19, our option is to “serve the Lord with all humility of mind along with many tears and temptations”. We may expect more persecution of the Church and the persecution of Christian leaders that are effective. In all that we ought to be like 1 Peter 5:5 by saying, “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble”. The prophet may need to teach us more on the subject of “Year of Humility”, as we enter it. Meanwhile, the prophesied year of Fear is ending. Thanks for this knowledge, but those who lack this knowledge would perish.
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
Saturday 22nd February 2020 is set to go down as a historic date in South Sudan as a unity government between once bitter rivals President Salva Kiir Mayardit and opposition leader Riek Machar finally comes to fruition.
“I want to tell the people of South Sudan that all the changes that are taking place right now are to bring peace and not changes that will bring conflict again because we are tired of conflict,” Kiir announced as he officially appointed Machar as Vice President, one of five to be appointed to the new government.
For months, the government and former rebels were at an impasse over the number of states in South Sudan as Kiir unilaterally increased the number to 32 during the recent civil war, which resulted in the deaths of over 400,000 people.
After failing to meet the two previous deadlines to form a unity government, fears of a resurgence in violence were palpable.
However, Kiir chose to compromise “for the sake of peace” and reverted to the original ten states, paving the way for the unity government’s formation.
This historic settlement, a huge step towards lasting peace in the world’s youngest nation, was ‘prophesied’ during the recent visit to Juba by Nigerian Pastor TB Joshua on November 12th 2019.
“I am here to prophesy to the nation. If I am a prophet, this will not go without fulfilment,” Joshua boldly declared in a national address at the Presidential Palace, broadcast live on South Sudan’s state television.
“This country is going to enter a new beginning – whether you like it or not, whether I like it or not,” he continued, insisting that “your agreement does not matter to what God is about to do” and “you cannot stand in the way of the Lord”.
With Kiir and his entire cabinet in attendance during the address, the cleric stressed that “peace has no price” and counselled leaders to overcome all divisions and differences.
“Time has come for us to put our differences behind us. Our leaders, we should overcome our divisions and agree to work together – for the good of this country,” he declared, before leading the leaders in prayer for peace.
Social media in South Sudan was awash with news of Joshua’s visit, with many citizens insisting his prayers and prophetic message were pivotal in the peace process.
“It is the high time South Sudanese should embrace Prophet TB Joshua for his prophecy has come to pass about our nation,” wrote Gum Thany on Facebook.
“Imagine our leaders made historical concessions for the first time just for the sake of peace and this is being coupled with showers of rain in Juba in the middle of dry season,” he added.
Numerous attempts in the past to bring peace between Kiir and Machar proved unsuccessful – including the time the duo were received by Pope Francis in Vatican City where he famously kissed the warring leaders feet.
South Sudanese citizens are hopeful that the new unity government will usher in an era of peace, development and stability.
Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist…