In (Luke 9:28-36) Jesus took Peter, James and John, and went up into a mountain to pray. As Jesus was praying, the fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was white and glistering. There talking with Jesus were two great men of history, Moses and Elijah. These men appeared in glory, to speak of the death which Jesus should accomplish at Jerusalem. Unfortunately, Peter, James and John were deep in sleep, as many Christians are today. In (Hebrews 6-11), it says, “We will never know some things because of tired eyelids, we will never know some things because of carnal thinking”. They couldn’t see or record everything for us because they went to sleep. When they eventually awoke, they saw Jesus’ glory and the two men that stood with Him. Peter said unto Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tabernacles. One for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias”. While Peter thus spake, there came a cloud that overshadowed them. They feared as they entered into the cloud. A voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son: hear him”.
In many similar ways, we receive the word of God from Prophet TB Joshua, the man of God in the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN. God is using him and God is working out what He purposes us to be if only we will obey God’s word. One significant point being missed by many people in Nigeria, and across the globe, is the lack of appreciation either to God or even to Prophet TB Joshua for providing a holy arena like SCOAN for worship, healing, restoration, blessing and renewal of faith. Since the advent of covid-19, I have run out of the calculation of how many people should have visited Nigeria across the globe through SCOAN and be healed. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, an avenue to reach out to rescue the perishing and the dyeing was opened to SCOAN tagged “Distance is not a Barrier”. It can’t replace canonical mass worship, corporately praying together, or climbing the SCOAN altar in multitude with faith and joy of the Lord, or going to Prayer Mountain with other Christians all over the world. We miss SCOAN and like Peter, we are truly saying, “It is good to live in SCOAN”.
To Peter, it was a titanic stupendous occasion that three of them were privileged to be part of, out of the twelve. Those three men were privileged and chosen and set apart and allowed to be in a little portion of what took place on that mountain top. Peter recorded it that he was an eyewitness of the Majesty of Jesus Christ when they were with Jesus in the holy mountain (2 Peter 1:16-19). We are praying along with Prophet TB Joshua and looking forward to a time of Fellowship together in SCOAN the in the Arena of Liberty. Emmanuel
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
The man of God and the General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) Prophet T.B Joshua dropped a hint on the outcome of the United States America (USA) on the eve of its presidential elections. Although the Prophet had held back from directly stating who the winner of the polls would be, but he gave enough graphic description of the outcome and accompanying events. All of this is unfolding as the prophet said.
This is one prophecy that has shifted the position of news media from its harsh criticism of Prophet TB Joshua to more positive comments and approval. Those of us privileged to have firsthand knowledge of the man in SCOAN are not surprise of his accurate prophecies. We know that prophet TB Joshua is a Prophet of God and according to (2 Peter 1:21), “No prophecy ever came by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke, being moved by the Holy Spirit”. This is what is going on but our generation still thinks they can pick and choose amongst God’s prophecies.
Many online and print news media carried this prophecy positively whilst they had criticized the 2016 prophecy. The point here is simply to thank God for not leaving us in darkness but has given us a prophet like TB Joshua. We shall keep praying for our prophet and praying with him in a generation that can praise Jesus today but nail Him the next day. Thank you Prophet TB Joshua, more of God’s anointing on you. Thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Emmanuel.
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
What is God saying about the upcoming Presidential election in America? Listen to the vision God gave to Prophet TB Joshua at the Prayer Mountain:
“What is happening in the American election is as a result of the power in the tongue. The word we speak determines the life we enjoy (Proverbs 6:2). The tongue can either work for us or against us – death and life lie in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).
We Christians would have loved it to go the way we wanted. But the Bible says it is never proper to base our faith on our improvement after prayer. We should not worry. The joy is that the new Supreme Court Judge, Amy Coney Barrett, will be an instrument of check.
Finally, let us learn how to believe that God hears us when we pray – it is a much greater blessing. There is likely going to be pockets of resistance here and there but nothing will change. Let me reserve what I am seeing until the inauguration of the new president.”
Here are excerpts from an interview which Prophet TB Joshua had with some journalists several weeks ago at The SCOAN Prayer Mountain. It was published today in This Day Newspapers.
QUESTION: What motivated the vision to create this Prayer Mountain, a ‘wilderness’ in an urban area?
ANSWER: This is where I started. I must have a library and a place where I can enjoy nature, not the air condition or fan, just nature as God created it. So, having nature around you is very good. God is nature Himself and without nature, you cannot understand the Bible. Because the Bible is not history; when you are reading the Bible, you are reading the Holy Spirit. So, if you don’t allow nature when you are reading, you will be reading history. You need some places like this – where you leave everything outside and come and hear the cocks’ crow. But outside of here, whatever they are doing, you can’t hear because of the noise. So, this place is very important to me – this is where I live, this is where I sleep and do everything.
If I want to meet people outside of here, I go outside. There is a time for that because the Bible says that there is time to rest and a time to work. Time to rest is time to receive from God and time to work is time to give what you receive from God. When you talk of time to rest, this is the best place to rest, not in the midst of technology or going to New York or travelling about but you rest in the midst of nature.
QUESTION – How did this Prayer Mountain start, given that this place was once a swamp?
ANSWER – This swamp is the rejected stone. God spoke to me and brought me here. I have been following God’s vision, God’s mission. When I am out of God’s mission, I am finished. That is why you cannot see me outside of here; you cannot hear me.
God’s time is the best and I always follow God’s time. So, I have been following God’s time; that is why you will not see me preach every Sunday or go on television to preach every day. I must hear from God before saying anything. Every time can be good for you and every time can be the best time for you but for me, I must have a corresponding grace or power because the Holy Spirit must suggest what to do before I do them. If not, I will not be able to have God’s result.
This is why you are not seeing me out there – at weddings, social occasions, coming to your offices to grant interviews. This is the only church – The SCOAN here in Ikotun. There is no other branch anywhere else in the world but it touches everywhere in the world. I am waiting for God to let me know if there will be branches or not; the important thing is that we should focus on building the people and not the church.
QUESTION – Why don’t you open up this place for tourists?
ANSWER – The people will soon get to know about it. We are just waiting for God’s time. There are many things to be done in this place. We are at about a 70 per cent completion rate. So, if people should know about this place now, we would not be able to complete this job because it will cause distraction. When we are at about 95 per cent completion level, we will let people know. It is going to be by grace. It is not something you pay money for; you can come and see people moving and praying. So, people will get to know; we are waiting for God’s time.
QUESTION – What do you have to say about your family and their involvement in the ministry?
ANSWER – I am very happy about this question. I have a wife and I have children. My first daughter is doing her PhD and my second daughter is doing her master’s degree. In all, I have three daughters. The last one is still in secondary school. I would have loved my wife to be like me but I cannot make her what I am; it is God. I can’t anoint her; God is the one that anoints people. This is not a biological issue; it is an inheritance from the saints – being a partaker of the inheritance from the saints. So, therefore, I should not use anything in my biological life to stop my spiritual life.
As for my divine nature, I am a partaker of the inheritance of the saints. This is an apostolic ministry; it is not a ministry where you read the Bible, go to theology school, get your certificate and you start preaching! No. It is purely divine. So, it is so difficult for me to display my wife, she has to be ready for God. As much as you are ready for God, God will display you.
QUESTION – How do you take such criticism that your ministry has faced?
ANSWER – It is always good if at the beginning they don’t see what is good about you. If they don’t see your journey at the beginning, they will criticise you. It is good for you in the end. So, if they praise you from the beginning, it is not encouraging. If Nigerians have been accepting me right from the beginning of my mission, I think that would have affected my mission to the world.
I have gone all over the world. I am the first minister of God that went to Nazareth, Israel where Jesus was born and organised a revival there and the news was carried in newspapers all over the world. After the crusade, a certificate was given to me by the State of Israel. That is the greatest joy for any minister of God!
QUESTION – But why was there so much controversy about the Nazareth Crusade?
ANSWER – Because it happened to Jesus, I cannot be greater than my Master. A tenant cannot be greater than his landlord. If the landlord is criticised, who is a tenant? That is exactly what happened to Jesus. They said no. The Muslims were on the streets protesting along with Christians, Catholics and all. But I let them know that God sent me to do the revival in Israel. And top Israeli government functionaries came. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also sent his representative.
Fifty-one Nigerian deportees from Algeria, Libya and Niger unexpectedly thronged The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations on the 16th of October, 2020, seeking refuge after nearly losing their lives on a dangerous illegal journey to Europe for greener pastures.
Among them was Abdulrazak, a Law degree holder from Kano State who described his ordeal during the journey. According to him, after seeing the lavish lifestyle of the rich and famous on television, he decided to leave his nation believing that once he arrived in Europe, his problems would be solved. He sold everything he owned to make the long journey by road but even that was only enough to get him to Algeria. It was while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach his final destination that he and his colleagues were rounded up by the police.
Consequently, their journey ended in a deportation camp. Having lost virtually everything, with no means of survival, the returnees made their way to The SCOAN and upon learning of their arrival, T.B. Joshua blessed them with a total cash gift of ₦3 Million. With their hopes rekindled, shouts of joy filled the air as the unexpected cash gift was announced and handed over to them. As Christians, we are called to respond to all human needs for that is what love entails.
The President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit has dispatched a special invitation to Prophet TB Joshua to come to his country for the prophetic intervention of peace.
The invitation is coming on the heels of the brokered peace in the once war bedeviled country in which TB Joshua prophetically intervened last year and from that encounter, the hopeless rebellion and chaos engulfing the new nation which regional and world organizations had tried to mediate without success dramatically took a turning point.
According to Mayardit, the world organization tried to negotiate peace but where human wisdom failed, God has the final answer.
“As you have prophesied that it shall be a new beginning for the nation and we the leaders should overcome our divisions and our differences and come back to develop our youngest nation in the world.
“Hence we, the Government and the opposition have come together to implement the revitalized Peace Agreement and now the nation is at peace followed by the formation of Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGONU), which signifies a new beginning indeed.’For I am the Lord, I speak and the word which I speak will come to pass, it will no more be postponed’. Ezekiel 12:25
“Secondly, based on the above-mentioned reference, I want to take this opportunity to invite you again to the Republic of South Sudan to harvest what you planted. The whole nation of South Sudan is ready to receive you once again.”Being confident of this proverb, He who began the good work will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6” Pls accept, Dear man of God, the assurance of my best regards,” he said.
Mayardit further thanked the Prophet for his love and humility for coming on his prophetic and historic visit on 13th November 2019 when the Nation was in a desperate situation whereby the country was experiencing civil war violence for many years.
“The world organization tried to negotiate peace but where human wisdom failed, God has the final answer,” Mayardit adds.
The single remedy that cures every case in this world emotionally, physically or spiritually, and which has never been known to fail, is the Lord Jesus Christ. Exodus 1:26 says, “I am the Lord that health thee”. Jesus continues to use His healing power as an effective entry point to helping us to understand His Good News Message of Salvation and freedom from sin power. Even whilst Jeremiah (22:18) was questioning his people saying, “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?” Jesus has always been the Balm in Gilead and the Healer. Before He ascended into heaven, He spoke to His followers that “they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:18). This anointing was so strong on the Apostles that “many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles . . . believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed, (Acts 5:12-16). God’s will is for us to walk in divine healing and health, physically and spiritually. The Ministry of Prophet TB Joshua of the SCOAN Lagos Nigeria represents the Apostolic Ministry of our day, tapping into the promises of God. Jesus is making Healing a component of SCOAN’s teaching and activities across the globe.
Who are the people getting healing from Jesus in the Bible? One of them was a woman having an issue of blood for twelve years, (Luke 8:43-48). The woman had spent all her living upon physicians but couldn’t be healed of any of them. She came behind Jesus and touched the border of His garment. Immediately her issue of blood stanched. At that level, she obtained what we want to described loosely here as physical healing. But Jesus questioned, “Who touched me?” All denied and Jesus said, “Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me”. Eventually, she came trembling and falling before Him, she declared unto Him before all the people for why she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. Jesus said unto her, “Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace”. She was brought to the full knowledge of Who Jesus is. Knowing Jesus is the spiritual aspect of healing. If Jesus had allowed her to go back to the crowd she might have run away with the impression that Jesus is also a super physician in town, whereas He is our Saviour, our Healer and by His stripes, we are healed. It is a complete package of emotional, physical and spiritual healing that we get from Jesus and which must be maintained by following Jesus.
Jesus also heals a Man Born Blind as another example of the people receiving this divine grace. “As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth”, (John 9). This healing was done so that the “works of God might be displayed in Him” (verse 4). Also to reveal the person of Jesus, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world”, (verse 5). The blind man’s faith and obedience must be acknowledged. He had never known or heard of Jesus before, but somehow believed and obeyed Him. The Pharisees investigated the healing only to display their spiritual blindness.
Incidentally, many people coming to SCOAN for healing belong to one or other groups; such as, “I don’t go to church”, “This is my first time in SCOAN”, “I have been to all over the places for healing to no avail”, “My pastor discouraged my coming earlier”, “I have been watching Emmanuel.tv”, etc. The Lord Jesus and His followers ministered healing even to those with little or no understanding of the things of God. Hence healing and all other God’s divine interventions in our circumstances must be that “His mercy brings both miracles and salvation”. This mercy healing is available to everyone. On the other hand, religious leaders are confused thinking of getting to the Healing Ministry by some rigorous academic research, going to a College of Divinity for a PhD degree programme, etc.
We perceive that this generation, like every other before it, consists of different minds when it comes to Who Jesus is, His disciples and the teaching of healing. In particular, the contemporary society is filled at one end with men and women of simplistic minds thinking that all there is are the only things their eyes can see. On the other end are the spiritualists, the rituals, the demons, the cultists where many religious leaders probably belong. Our Lord Jesus Christ heals because He is full of compassion towards mankind and He knows that healing belongs to God’s children. Jesus heals us from all our infirmities to fulfil God’s promises and to glorify His heavenly Father. Furthermore, Jesus heals to confirm His Word, demonstrate the power in His blood and to expose the devil’s defeat and the devil’s failure. Peter explained to Cornelius that “Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil”, (Acts 10:37-38). Jesus knows all our needs even the number of hairs on our heads, (Matthew 10: 29-30), even our infirmities, and weaknesses.
We recall the parable of Lazarus and the unnamed Rich man told by Jesus in (Luke 16:19-31). Lazarus was described as a beggar with sores, looking for what to eat and dogs coming around him to lick his sores, whereas the Rich man was in luxury every day. The time came when Lazarus died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s bosom. The Rich man also died and was buried in Hades, where he was being tormented; he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side, (verse 24). Lazarus reclined at Abraham’s bosom, a position for the guest of honour at a banquet. We read in the gospels that John had that position next to Jesus, (John 13:23). Those who trusted in God’s Word were promised to be with Abraham in God’s kingdom. This is spiritual healing and our hope.
Hence as we continue to watch and pray with Emmanuel.tv, with Prophet TB Joshua and his SCOAN team, with other Christians, or individually, for healing, for blessing, for a breakthrough, the sole aim should be to encounter Jesus Christ and His awesome power. It is a big privilege and God’s divine mercy to be healed either through prayers, medication, diet or exercise. It becomes spiritual when it leads to the source and the Healer. In this generation, we have been blessed to have a Prophet like TB Joshua who is not just doing miracles but can live by the Word that leads to salvation. TB Joshua’s Ministry is “Healing the Christian World” today, turning it from serving the god of Marmon, the god of raising supermen who can build so many branches and raise so many funds but the people are not edified and made to encounter Jesus. TB Joshua often says that reward is not necessarily the result of faithful prayer. Lazarus must have prayed but his result came to him when least expected in the bosom of Abraham. What Prophet TB Joshua and his Ministry have contributed to how the public should see Christ is in the “Returning to the Apostolic Age” rather than the “Transaction Christianity Approach”. The Transaction Christianity Approach is to claim that because you sow an amount of seed you reap so much because you pay your tithes you are blessed more because you fasted for seven days you are blessed more than when you fasted only three days, you pay so much and you are prayed for that much. TB Joshua and SCOAN have left such schools through the power of Jesus, and now seeing Christ as He is. Of course, we need to pay our tithes and labour for Christ every moment. Nevertheless let us know that by grace we have been saved, through faith and this is not from ourselves. It is the gift of God and not by works so that no one can boast, (Ephesians 2:8-9). Hence be healed physically and spiritually in Jesus’ mighty name. Emmanuel!
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
In Matthew 2:1-12 we read about the wise men that came from the east to Jerusalem saying, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” When they saw the young child Jesus with Mary His mother they fell on there kneels, and worshipped Him and presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. In Luke 2:43-50, Joseph and Mary the parents of Jesus had to turn back again to Jerusalem, seeking and looking for their son Jesus because they had disconnected from Him. Some people who love Jesus may have got disconnected. They ought to turn back to restore their relationship. You’d probably find Jesus in the temple, sitting amid the doctors, hearing them and asking them questions. But be very careful because in the temples today some are merchants, fame-seekers, religious leaders who wouldn’t enter into Jesus’ kingdom nor allow others. In Sunday school, we had been routinely taught to find Jesus through confessing our sins, repenting from them, praying and reading the Bible. Yes, we can also find Jesus in the scriptures, the Bible.
Nicodemus a Pharisees and a ruler of the Jews also came looking for Jesus by night. Nicodemus probably had watched Jesus, (as many have been watching Emmanuel.tv all over the places). He would have listened to His teaching and His power and came to the conclusion that “no man can do these miracles that thou does, except God be with him”. Jesus taught us many lessons from this night visit. Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”. We need a rebirth and that God loves the world and gives His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Jesus should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Zacchaeus a Chief Tax Collector also wanted to see who Jesus was. Zacchaeus being a short man in status could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus since He was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed Jesus gladly, (Luke 19:1-10). The religious leaders mocked at Jesus saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up to the call for repentance and becoming a changed man.
Today many other individuals or groups of people are looking for Jesus, but each for very different reasons. Most of these are looking for Him for the very wrong reasons. Just like in Jesus’ day, the Jews were looking for Jesus so they could kill Him. Jesus spoke in very simple but authoritative language, He reached out to hurting people. He was also known to be a friend of sinners. Jesus’ basic message is “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand”. We are supposed to, “Keep ourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life”, (Jude 1:21). Instead of that, the teachings of Jesus irritated the Jewish leaders and they regarded Him a threat and a Public Enemy Number One. They got Him arrested and nailed Him on a tree. Today, some people also hate Jesus Christ, and by extension true Apostolic prophets like Prophet TB Joshua of SCOAN. The teaching coming from SCOAN is very simply, bringing people out for confession, deliverance and receiving a new life in Christ Jesus, almost always immediately. SCOAN’s altar call is unique, effective, excellent and real and not a ritual of it.
Another group of people was looking for Jesus because of the great signs He had performed. They sensed that something big was about to happen. But it was not what these people thought. They thought Jesus would free them from the tyranny of Rome. Whilst Jesus came to conquer sin and death this group thought Jesus had come to conquer Rome. He did not come to make war with Rome; instead, He came to make peace between God and man. These people misunderstood His mission. They were looking for Jesus, but they wanted Him on their terms. Many groups are in this class looking for Jesus they can use quickly as magic or charm, prosperity gospel teachers, measuring rewards as answers to prayer people. Yes Jesus is rich but He will tell us to “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”, (Matthew 6:33).
The Christmas Jesus seekers can also form another class of their own. At Christmas, many people will celebrate Jesus’ birth with decoration and funfair, but live the rest of the year as though He never came. They want God in their lives, but they want Him on their terms. They are looking for the plastic Jesus they can hang around as part of the furniture in the house. When they lose their Jesus the police can assist them to recover such property. Christmas also brings high sales to some people and the only reason to look forward to it.
Peradventure we are still undecided about who Jesus is and need to read more of Him in the scriptures. Jesus has many names and many titles, each for unique purposes and His roles. For example, in Revelation chapter 1 Jesus is Christ, the Faithful Witness, the First Begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty, the First and the Last, etc. He is also called The Word of God, the KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS,(Revelation 19:13, 16). That Jesus “being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself. . . God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”, (Philippians 2:6-13).
Hence, beloved, you need to work out your salvation with fear and trembling by looking for Jesus to follow Him. God shall work in you both to will and do of His good pleasure. In John Chapter 6 a great multitude followed Jesus because they saw His miracles which He did on them that were diseased. Jesus also fed them. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, “This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world”. Jesus perceived that they would come and take Him by force, to make Him a king. Hence He departed into a mountain Himself alone. The people of this world are looking for a champion, a leader, a celebrity, a worldly figurehead to build another city, to fight their wars, to rescue them from the consequences of their own mistakes, etc. Some others asked Jesus, “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said unto them, “This is the work of God that ye believe on Him Whom He hath sent”. Jesus is the one looking for us. He told Apostle John, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him and will sup with him, and he with me”, (Revelation 3:20). Emmanuel!!!
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
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.”
I am not the public relations officer of Prophet T.B. Joshua neither am I the communications director of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations, SCOAN. Above all, I am neither a Yoruba, which TB Joshua is, nor a member of his church, SCOAN.
I am just a Nigerian who must speak out when it is necessary for him to do so. A Nigerian, who, out of the fear of God, must always speak out on matters of national importance, rather than hide under the facade of innocence to allow things go wrong.
That said, I want to use this opportunity to advise all those Nigerians, including some so-called men and women of God, who criticize Prophet T. B. Joshua and SCOAN unjustly and jealously, to shut up their dirty and stinking mouth and ‘face their warrant.’ NO APOLOGY, WHATSOEVER!
You may be wondering why I am talking tough or hard. I’ll tell you why.
I have been observing, listening, and reading the funny and false stories that some jealous people, especially Nigerians, peddle about the person of T. B. Joshua and his church, SCOAN, without anybody cautioning them.
Meanwhile, the same persons cannot watch and listen to other people talk bad about Pastors E.A. Adeboye, W.F Kumuyi, D. K. Odukoya, Chris Oyakhilome, David Oyedepo, among others, without them standing up to condemn or fight for their idols in their absence.
Does anybody think that T. B. Joshua’s silence on the negative things people say against him is a sign of cowardice on his part? It is not! Instead, it is a proof of his wisdom from above. Anybody who thinks otherwise, should better have a rethink or have his or her head re-examined.
I think it is high time I said something concerning the way some Nigerians speak evil about T. B. Joshua and his church, SCOAN. I am going to say it without looking at faces. This is not a matter of being disrespectful, but a matter of the understanding of the leading of the Holy Spirit.
The first time I heard about T. B. Joshua was in 1994 or 1995. Then, he was just starting out his church at the Agodo area of Egbe, near Ikotun. Then, yours sincerely was living on Thomas Animashaun Street in the Aguda area of Surulere, Lagos.
The gentleman from whose mouth I heard about T. B. Joshua for the first time, said so many unprintable things about the man. He also lied that T. B. Joshua buried so many human beings alive in his church in order to get the power he was using to perform those rare miracles, whose news are everywhere in the world.
Because of those stories, which I later discovered to be baseless, I swore never to go near T. B. Joshua, let alone attending his church. Even when some of my cousins, who were members of his church invited me to come with them to the church, I refused to accompany them there.
In 2015, something happened that forced me to attend SCOAN. By that time, Prophet T. B. Joshua had relocated his church to its present permanent site at Ikotun, near Egbe.
The younger brother of a friend of mine, who was based in Europe, visited Nigeria for an important mission, but could not return to Europe, even when he made every attempt to do so. The reason for his inability to return to Europe, he didn’t know.
After watching Emmanuel Television, owned by SCOAN, the frustrated young man decided to visit SCOAN, without anybody preaching to him or forcing him to go there. He got there and got exactly the solution he needed to solve his problem.
On the day of his testimony at SCOAN, he invited me to accompany him there, and I obliged him. I went there not because I wanted to please him, but to satisfy my curiosity of all the evil stories I’ve heard about the place.
We got to the church premises at some minutes past 4 A.M. and were directed to the Overflow Church. We waited there until some minutes past 6 A.M. when we were ushered into the main auditorium of the church.
I was afraid when I stepped my feet into the main church. I was afraid because I thought that those negative stories, which I had heard about the place might come after me. Unfortunately for those rumourmongers, who were bent in destroying the good image of T. B. Joshua and SCOAN, that never happened.
After my friend’s younger brother had returned to his base in Europe, I decided to visit SCOAN on my own. I went there six times on my own, making it a total of seven times that I went there.
In all my visits and research about T. B. Joshua and SCOAN, I am yet to find them wanting in any of those areas that they were constantly accused of. Instead, I have been blessed for going there, more than most other righteous churches have ever blessed me with.
SCOAN is the church in Nigeria that cares about the poor and other less-privileged people more than any other church in Nigeria. Keep your proofs while I keep mine, until the time to show proofs comes.
SCOAN is the only church in Nigeria with the largest heart of advertising juicy job vacancies for everybody, including unbelievers and members of other churches to benefit from.
SCOAN is the only or the first church in Nigeria to be recognized by the United Nations, UN, in terms of providing employment and helping the poor and other less privileged. I was at SCOAN on the very day some UN representatives visited the church to thank T. B. Joshua and SCOAN for creating jobs and for caring for the poor and other less-privileged people of our society, without partiality.
SCOAN is the Nigerian church where miracles, signs and wonders take place more than in any other church in Nigeria.
SCOAN is the last bus-stop for Christians, from all over the world, who have gone to other churches for solution to their problems without success.
SCOAN is the only church in Nigeria where the giving of offering and paying of tithe is not sang as a song, as is done in most other churches in Nigeria. Apart from forcing people to pay tithe, some churches in Nigeria even keep registers of tithe-payers. What a joke!
SCOAN is the only church in Nigeria that you’ll attend without being ashamed of not giving offering or paying your tithe, when it is very glaring that you don’t have to give or to pay. This is because nobody would bother you or look at you as the poorest man on earth.
SCOAN is the only church in Nigeria, which does not waste its members’ offering and tithe on printing fliers, banners and billboards, yet hundreds of thousands of people, from all walks of life, find their way there to worship.
SCOAN is the church that has the highest number of worshipers from other countries of the world, every Sunday.
SCOAN is the church in Nigeria that promote the tourism policy of our government more than any other church, and yet, does not ask for payment or to be appreciated for doing so.
SCOAN is the only or the first among the few churches in Nigeria, where their pastors would say to their newcomers: “Get what you came here for and go back to your church and worship God there.” Pastors in other churches would do everything to make sure that every newcomer that comes to their church does not return to the church, where he or she came from.
SCOAN is the only or the first among the few churches in Nigeria that does not advertise or fight for members, yet its population keep increasing, day after day.
SCOAN is the most popular church in Nigeria, in the eyes of people from other nations of the world. If SCOAN is the most popular Nigerian church in the eyes of billions of people from other countries, who are the few millions of Nigerians that would think otherwise?
SCOAN is the only or the first on the list of few churches in Nigeria where pastors do not criticize pastors of other churches unjustly or jealously.
SCOAN is the only church in Nigeria where you can be for several hours without getting bored and hungry to go home. This is unlike most other churches in Nigeria, where worshipers tell their pastors when to end the service and where worshipers are free to leave the church before the end of the service, on account of boredom.
Which one will I say and which one will leave out? In spite of all these pluses in favour of SCOAN, many uninformed Nigerians still call it a place of occult and fake powers.
The most annoying part of this is that some men and women of God, whose only job in Nigeria and in other places where they have branches, is to collect offering and tithes, also have the guts to speak evil of T. B. Joshua and SCOAN; the church that change lives and change nations.
In case you’re not a man or woman of God, please, help me ask those men and women of God who run their mouths like a faulty faucet whenever T. B. Joshua and SCOAN are mentioned, what they have done for Nigeria and for humanity in general. If any, let them list them just as I have just listed those of T. B. Joshua and SCOAN above.
I am not surprised that some Nigerians can say what they say about T. B. Joshua and SCOAN because the Pharisees and other unbelievers say worse things about Jesus, the Saviour of the whole world. If they could do that to God Himself, who then, is T. B. Joshua and SCOAN?
The most annoying thing about all this is that most of the people who speak evil about T. B. Joshua and SCOAN have never stepped their feet into SCOAN nor conduct a research about T. B. Joshua and SCOAN. Why, then, do they choose to die in ignorance?
Why would a reasonable man and woman, including the educated, believe and go about saying “Dem say, dem say?” Isn’t it shameful on their own part?
Why were they sent to school? Is it not to use their brains better than those who had no opportunity of going to school? Why then, are they disgracing and advertising their ignorance?
I can never tell you what I did not see or hear. If I have not seen or heard, I’ll tell you so, instead of peddling rumours and falsehood.
So, those people speaking evil of T. B. Joshua and SCOAN should first visit SCOAN before talking rubbish or they themselves would become the rubbish that they speak.
I don’t want to get angry and start mentioning names here. But since T. B. Joshua is the only house of occult in Nigeria, how many other men and women of God, who claim to be saints or most-righteous, are sure to make heaven, with all the noise that they and their members make?
For those of us who are not ‘professional’ pastors, why do we allow some of these ‘professional’ pastors who live on us and who claim to be the best deceive us? Why? Why? Why?
I challenge anybody, including other ‘most righteous’ men and women of God who feel that T. B. Joshua is a devil to do one-fiftieth of what T. B. Joshua does. If they can do it, Nigeria and indeed, the world, would be a better place for all of us to live, because poverty and the high rate of crime would go down.
Can the whole world be wrong about T. B. Joshua and SCOAN, while only a few Nigerians are right about them? If NO, why all these sorts of destructive criticisms?
Finally, I have an advice for all those Nigerians, including some men and women of God, who talk dirty of T. B. Joshua and SCOAN: Why not remove the log in your own eyes first before attempting to remove the speck in T. B. Joshua’s eyes.
Lest I forget, why are you not ashamed of yourself? You have been talking bad about somebody for several years now and the person seems not to be bothered by what you say about him. Isn’t that enough for you keep your dirty and stinking mouth shut and ask yourself: “Is all that I have been saying about T. B Joshua and SCOAN really true?
A word, they say, is enough for the wise. Those who have ears let them hear.
The concepts of deliverance and healing may not be new to Christians who have quite a significant knowledge of the Word, the breath of God. The notion of becoming born-again (a spirit of newness and radical transformation) is derived from the experience of deliverance. And every Christian wants to be seen as being delivered; born of water and Holy Spirit and become anew in his/her relationship with God. Deliverance has to be perfect; it should be a new experience which comes when a man is separated from unholiness and impurities of life. It is generally understood as a process of separation between light and darkness; it brings about a distance between light and darkness. It has to do with renewed cordiality with Jesus, the symbol of light, who must quench the ignoble traffic of blindness, evil, darkness, and spiritual terrorism in people.
Delivered and free
During a recent Sunday service, Prophet T.B. Joshua had tried to explain in detail what deliverance means. He said the spirit of darkness has to engage the world that it is obvious that it has become an object of worship to some. It is in recognition of the power of darkness that deliverance must be practically potent. Darkness is responsible for bad leadership, family disunity, greed, insubordination, immorality and attachment to the idols, to name a few instances. Most kids involved in cultism, rape, stealing and drugs are propelled by forces of darkness, but so are the elders, the parents who have polluted the political, economic and social space in society. People are in bondage today as seen in marital unhappiness, lack of innate peace, and quest for satanic powers; many people are jobless, hopeless and helpless because they are trapped.
One point which Prophet Joshua made clear is that it is quite possible for a man to confess God and still be in bondage, unless a permanent deliverance occurs in the life of such a person. The knowledge of God is not sufficient for man, but the ability to have God’s Spirit. He has said repeatedly that “not only must we have God’s Word in order to be born again, or to become a pastor; we must have God’s Spirit”.
This seems to be a response to the fact that most people who claim to have been delivered, and have become born again, are in truth very far from the orientation. Their deliverance has been most suspect, hollow and spiritually inconsequential. Such deliverance happened by words of the mouth and lacks spiritual potency and celestial grace. Most pastors who engage in delivering and healing people these days are themselves in need of the same process – they are gripped and menaced by the devil. Satan is cunning and hypocritical, and has his own ways of instilling his presence in the lives of people. For the Kingdom of Light to have impact on people, their spiritual life has to be operated upon, to remove the filths and impurities planted in them by satan. This is the essence of deliverance.
This is why Prophet Joshua speaks often that there are two kinds of pastors: there are those who commit the words of God into memory, and teach and preach with same (most of the modern pastors belong here as they have the ability to quote extensively without the necessary authority to achieve their mission). The second group is for pastors “who can move mountains”; those who commit the Word into their hearts (by making same an integral part of themselves). They know of God’s ways; they act with God, and know His opinion about themselves and others. And “when something is part of you, it dictates to you; it is your director. When you memorize, you will confess but not from your belief”, the prophet has said.
He also established that before something becomes one’s belief, it must become an integral part of the person, as “our faith is in our heart”. He said in a contest between light and darkness, light must have victory, which is what deliverance is. He said that these days “people are not sure of themselves again”, for they may be in the arms of evil forces and yet proclaim the almightiness of God. This is true, as seen in the examples of many pastors (with ministries or churches) who had negative, influencing spirits coming to The SCOAN and other living churches to receive deliverance.
He said while 20% of the people are ignorant of such evil forces, 70% of them are aware. However, the problem has always been how to combat same. Most deliverances in many places are not thorough, sincere, effective and God-inspired. Indeed, not all those who call the name of the Lord, and do His will, will enter the Kingdom of God. Deliverance is therefore, an integral part of belief; it is the preamble to the exercise of that belief. Without it, belief is sheer dramatics. He said: “Our lives are not what we confess” as we often confess blessing but experience poverty; confess breakthroughs but experience stagnation and failure. Words said without adequate form of deliverance are a package in empty encounters. He said: “No one can say, Jesus is Lord genuinely unless he is genuinely delivered”, and that “our God is Spirit; those who confess Him must do so in Spirit and truth”.
Deliverance is associated with the use of power because as Prophet Joshua said, “Divine nature must be of holiness”. You have no control of your divine nature”. In other words, “If you yield to light, light takes control of your divine nature”; no man can use the power given by the Holy Spirit at his own will; it has to be by the will of the Father. And such power will have to be original, and not a photocopy. The use of original power must lead to true deliverance because “if you are praying and not delivered, it’s like you are calling your father at home,” said Prophet Joshua.
The problem, nowadays, is that rather than recognizing the different graces bestowed upon each other, denominational difference are rather projected in Christianity. As such occurs, love is killed, faith is brutalized and deliverances become hollow and impotent of effect. Some Christians have seen churches as running a race; they speak of the number of worshippers rather that those being truly saved. Yet, the apostles of Jesus worked as one; they acted in oneness to achieve great effects as recorded in the Holy Bible. Joshua preaches today that the gifts of God may be enjoyed if churches are interdependent and pastors believe in collective approach to God through true deliverance. Today, people are departing from the way of the Lord, and “people should avoid being wasted”, he emphasised.
“God deserves our best because He gives us His best. Therefore, what we cherish most becomes our best offering in terms of time, effort, strength, knowledge, money, love and every good thing the Lord has given us. Abraham gave his best and God continued the supplies. The widow gave her best and God continued the supplies. Making sacrifice means considering God first, from whom all you have comes, before self because whatsoever you do to the least of your fellow brothers, that you do unto God (Matthew 25:40).
“Our union with Christ is the basis for our unity with one another. Do to others as you would want them to do unto you. What are you doing to others? Remember, what you are doing to others, that you are doing unto God.
“The poor widow said in 1 Kings 17:12, ‘I swear in the name of God that I have nothing but the little for my son and me’. She really had lost all hope of further provision. But Elijah said to her, ‘You can still spare out of it for me’ (1 Kings 17:13). This means, nothing is too small to share with others. This means, every man has something, big or small, to plant.
“When we plant, we reap more of whatever we plant. It can be in the form of love, favour, money or any material thing you need to live for God. The poor widow planted something her life depended on, something she cherished. It took her boldness to step out and take God at His Word. I mean, it took her faith to meet such a situation. You who say you do not have enough to spare, remember the poor widow. You don’t receive because you don’t give. When you give, you don’t receive because you give wrongly (James 4:2-3). How do we give wrongly? We give wrongly when we give unworthily, when we give only to be seen by men.
“If you give to people because you expect them to give you in return, you give wrongly. When I give out worn-out shoes, that is not sacrifice. When I give out what I do not need, that is not sacrifice. When I go to a place at a time I really do not have any serious business to attend to, that is not a sacrifice. When you have a serious personal matter to attend to and you leave that aside to attend to your friend’s matter, that is a sacrifice.
“As people sit down in the church today, to many, they are sacrificing their time. But I tell you the truth, if someone had received a phone call this morning inviting them to come and collect a cheque for the contract they had earlier executed, such a person would give priority to that rather than going to the church. Many go to church because they really don’t have any serious personal matter to attend to.
“People of the world believe that there is more gain in receiving than in giving because they want clear gain – clear gain in terms of naira, dollars, pounds. For example, if you are telling people of the world that coming to church would bring the peace of the Lord, once that peace, to them, cannot be quantified in terms of naira, dollars, pounds, it means nothing to them.
“Let us not forget that Jesus knows our heart and the motive behind our giving. He knows when you give for God’s sake. He knows when you give only to be seen by men.”
Hopeless. Depressed. Immobile. Confined to a wheelchair. This is the description of Mrs Caroline Onyeneke’s past 10 years. What started as an innocent domestic accident ended up placing an enormous burden on the Onyeneke family. Formerly an active woman who enjoyed cooking for her grandsons, her son and running the household, Mrs Onyeneke was confined to the use of a wheelchair and was bound to laying on her bed. After multiple visits to various hospitals, she was not given any permanent solution; instead an operation was recommended. With nowhere else to turn, Mrs Onyeneke decided The SCOAN would be her final solution-ground.
Last week Sunday, Mrs Onyeneke came with her son – Mr Reginald Chibueze Onyeneke – to seek prayers from Prophet T.B. Joshua. During a quiet moment as everyone listened attentively to Prophet T.B. Joshua’s sermon, Mr Onyeneke cried out: “Man of God, have mercy! My mother is on a wheelchair, help me!” Prophet T.B. Joshua moved by the plea responded: “If it is the will of God for your mother to receive her healing today she will”.
During the mass prayer, Prophet T.B. Joshua instructed the son to go and pray for his mother. “I followed the man of God’s instructions and prayer points word for word. First he told me to kiss and hug my mom. He later gave me the prayer point: ‘Every damaged organ – begin to function!’ Suddenly my mother stood up!” Mr Onyeneke gleefully said.
Mrs Onyeneke said she can now walk freely, move up and down the stairs, cook for her family and do the things she could not do for the past decade! She advised everyone: “Have faith and believe in the Word of God!”
People of God, have your circumstances ever pressed you to doubt God’s promises? Have you ever been tempted to ask, “Does God hear me? Does God love me? If God loves me, why do I have all these challenges?”
The lives of believers in both the old and new testaments testify that being faithful to God does not eliminate adversity. That you are a Christian, a pastor, an evangelist does not mean you will not be exposed to things that are not consistent with God’s Word. There will be a time to laugh, a time to cry, a time for war and a time for peace, a time to face temptation and a time to overcome. What time are you in? It is necessary for your forward movement in Christ.
In Romans 5:3-5, the apostle tells us, “…we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance and perseverance, character and character, hope. now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us”.
There can be no victory without a battle. There can be no harvest without planting. There can be no resurrection without a death. Remember, when times are stable and the sea is calm and secure, no one is really tested. Pass your test and move on, in Jesus’ name!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, grant me grace in accepting adversity and enduring every pain so that I may learn what I should know, my grief to turn to gain.
BEYOND OFFENCE, Evangelist Annette urged Christians all over the world to rise above the mundane strictures of holding on to offence. Citing the story of Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers yet did not hold a grudge against them even when he became Prime Minister of Egypt, she admonished all to embrace forgiveness and look up to God, beyond offence. “Beyond offence, there God is,” she submitted.
She described offence as a terrible tool used by satan to imprison God’s children. “Offence is a trap, an effective instrument used by satan to trap you, imprison you and make you a bond servant.” Concluding, she called on Christians to be on their guard and follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ who chose forgiveness even when He had the power to curse those who tormented and murdered Him on the cross for no offence of His own.