If all of us are subject to one another in true love and being clothed with humility then the prophecy of prophet TB Joshua of SCOAN ought to be good news because our God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
It is said that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and before honour is humility. If this is also our social condition then we know humility will produce promotion and honour. A year of humility will turn out to produce the best in us, growing us in God’s designed path and plans for our different communities.
It is, therefore, becoming very clear that prophet TB Joshua is talking about a change that comes from being humbled; a humbling change forced down on a proud community of people. The society will be humbled and individuals will be humbled to produce the desired people God would want. A change that is directed by God may not be an easy path to travel in a society walking and living on a path of impunity. In the Bible people were in their comfort zones and all of a sudden, God brought about a humbling change that guided their lives onto a completely new path.
Noah was asked to build a huge ship in the desert, Abraham was asked to leave his comfort zone to an unknown destination, Joseph forced out of the warm arms of his loving father into slavery, and countless others including Peter asked to abandoned his fishing profession to becoming an Apostle of Jesus Christ. It’s only God Himself that can lead us through by enforcing His divine will on a society bent only on self domination.
For people not familiar with prophecy, and confusing same with scientific prediction or forecasting, a little-noted may be needed. The purpose of both prophecy and prediction is the same. Each goes out to tell what will happen in the future. However, their source of authority for this information is very different. Whereas prophecy relies on the authority of God-given information prediction is based on man’s ability to determine what may happen in the future. Prediction is sometimes right but often wrong because it depends on men and the volatile environment. On the other hand, a true prophecy is never wrong because it always carries the authority of God’s truth and character. We appreciate prophet TB Joshua for being concerned in a world where people don’t seem to care nor value things of God such as praying, teaching or prophesying.
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria