Our knowledge of the Bible must be broad and holistic. Don’t make the Bible say what you want to hear. Don’t bring in what you think you need to hear. This is about what God has to say to you. Respond to Him in dialogue. That means it is as much about listening as it is about speaking. Open your eyes and your heart to hear His voice. You can read and think and pray all day but unless you live in God’s Word as well, you will miss the point. The Word helps man walk with God, receive from God and fulfil God’s will on the earth.
Those people who choose the Scriptures they want to live by are not eager about such other areas as holiness, consecration, evangelism, judgement and the love of God. However, these other areas and the love of God work in concert to develop man spiritually. But all that they want is merely to receive from God. They often pray – ‘God, give me, give me…’ It is true the Word of God talks about receiving from God. However, we cannot give out to others until we ourselves have received something from God.
We cannot rely on bits and pieces from the Bible to develop into strong, mature Christians. We need the whole counsel of God – all the bits strung, fastened and laced together in our lives – for us to develop into a strong spiritual man. Faith is important to our spiritual development because the Bible urges us to live by faith (Romans 1:17). However, we must also live a life of love because faith works by love.
Nigerian Pastor TB Joshua has spent four days at an undisclosed “prayer mountain” to “present the nations” to God in prayer.
The cleric was notably absent from the usual Sunday broadcast from Emmanuel TV’s studios on Sunday 26th April 2020 but clips of him ‘crying unto God’ amidst a large expanse of rocks and trees were shown.
“In the name of Jesus, we present the nations, the world at large to You, Lord. Forgive them their iniquities. Forgive them their wrongs. Forgive them their sins,” Joshua prays with his face pressed against the rocks in supplication.
“Jesus, by the authority of the Scripture, help the world at large! Cure them of fear, Lord Jesus,” he continued.
The cleric then made a bold statement of prayer concerning the end of coronavirus, the deadly pandemic that has practically brought the world to a standstill.
“COVID-19, this is your end! Lord Jesus, You have done it before; do it again,” he declared, further praying for “sin’s power” and “every influence of COVID-19 all over the world” to “be broken”.
Joshua went further to pray for world leaders. “Give our leaders wisdom and understanding to guide their nations,” he appealed, insisting they needed Divine help in this “critical time”.
The prominent cleric then turned his attention towards fellow “ministers of the Gospel”, decrying the division that has infiltrated the “house of God” and asking God to bring “fresh anointing” for unity.
“Without anointing, no one can do Your work. Without anointing, our challenges will overwhelm us,” he bluntly stated, asking God to “refill” and “remould” ministers of God.
Joshua, who is well-known for the ‘miracles’ he regularly broadcasts on Emmanuel TV, also prayed for healing for those “on the sickbed”.
“Whatever sickness in your body, fluids, organs, whatever name they call it – COVID-19, whatever affliction – receive your healing, in the name of Jesus,” he declared.
Joshua then prayed for healthcare workers who have been in the heart of the battle against coronavirus, asking God to “use them to restore the health of sick ones”.
“Let them sense the presence of God… Lord Jesus, guide the surgeons’ hands,” he prayed.
The cleric, who was barefoot throughout the clip and simply clad in a long garment, showed where he slept outdoors for the duration of his stay at the ‘prayer mountain’.
QUESTION –TB Joshua, can a real Christian contact COVID-19? I am asking this because I have read on the internet that true Christians cannot contact it. I know many are worried about this because there are many people they know as Christians and pastors who have contacted the sickness—and some have even died. I am worried about this, whether they are Christians or not.
ANSWER –Capital YES! Christians, do not make the mistake of thinking that you are ‘out of touch’. God often uses ‘anything’ to preserve us and to strengthen our desire and determination for God. Whatever your situation as a believer, it is all for your obedience to God (Hebrews 5:8).
A Christian can contact COVID-19; it is just like any other affliction. A Christian can be sick in body and yet be a friend of God or a candidate of Heaven. Don’t let your situation mislead you and cause you to start doubting your Guard. That should be the reason to look deeper, pray the more and dream of other ways you might have ignored.
Do not measure your Christian life by your situation. The rich should not concentrate on their pain or riches and the poor should not concentrate on their pain or poverty because a man may be afflicted or poor and yet be a candidate of Heaven. As a Christian, what you see as COVID-19 or affliction—God may sometimes allow it as a trial.
Oftentimes, we run from the very things that will bring strength to our lives, such as trials, affliction of any kind, all of which are meant for our spiritual benefit. They are to test your maturity. A true Christian is tested by his ability to face situations and deal with difficulties.
Take note: As a Christian, if you contact COVID-19, don’t begin to misjudge yourself by worrying, ‘Am I really a Christian? Why me of all this? Why me of all that?’ As a Christian, you are not out of touch. Don’t worry about whatever people say. If truly you are a Christian, God wants you to pray the more and know what He wants you to know because what we see as a disadvantage in our lives can be turned into an advantage. God is still saying something!
Starting twelve years ago, Prophet TB Joshua gave a series of prophecies concerning the current economic crisis, specifically mentioning how the price of oil “will drop drastically” On December 28th 2008, he said: “There will be economic crisis. You are to cut your coat according to your size… It’s coming and it’s everywhere. You will be forced to be humble. There will be economic war. Countries that rely on mineral resources like oil – they should quickly look beyond oil. I am telling you long time prophecy, not immediate. You can begin to prepare yourself now. Remember, trial is the soil in which faith flourishes. As a faith man, there is no fear.”
On October 16th 2011, he said: “The war the whole world will face now is economic war. You will see every nation, every country will come out, going on the street protesting. Everyone will be humbled. Those who rely on oil, they should look beyond. There is something God wants to achieve concerning this – God wants to achieve humility to the core. He wants everyone to be on their knees, every nation to be on their knees. After that, the solution will come. That is what God wants to achieve. Whatever you have now – cut your coat according to your size.”
On December 29th 2013, he said: “Cash flow – forget it. People will be broke; countries will be broken. A single person can be richer than a country. Your oil – you will drink them. Whatever your country has discovered in terms of mineral resources – and it has been a source of income, causing corruption, causing fights, people living flamboyantly – those things, nobody will buy them. The price will drop drastically.”
The main thing about Christianity is not the work we do but the relationship we maintain and the atmosphere produced by that relationship. There are supernatural gifts of the Spirit given to the believers to minister to one another. These are received from the college of God, as God’s will. These are separated from man’s natural talents, ability and education. These elements which are obtained from man’s earthly college are used by satan to win the souls of men, and this affects the church in modern times.
Man’s natural ability, talent and education cannot be exercised in the church of the Holy Spirit without being sanctified. Man’s natural ability, talent and education must be obedient to God’s will before it can receive God’s blessing. Today, many people do not know the difference between God’s supernatural gifts and man’s natural gifts. These are the challenges we face in the church today. People use natural gifts for God’s work.
For example, a person has the ability to teach, preach, pray, fast, organise a church – these are man’s natural gifts. The Holy Spirit speaks, teaches, prays, organises as He wills. These are supernatural gifts of God. A person has the power to decide. The Holy Spirit has the power of choice. These are the challenges we face today. Jesus did not ask Peter if he was a gifted speaker, a talented leader. Jesus did not ask about Peter’s seminary training or Bible knowledge. These things are important but they are not the issue. The issue is quite simple. The basic qualification for lasting ministry is found in Jesus’ question: “Do you love Me?” In other words, ‘Do you have a relationship with Me?’
The SCOAN Choir echoed the real essence of Easter with the above lyrics from one of the many soul-lifting songs they delivered during the Sunday Broadcast live from the Emmanuel TV studios in Lagos, Nigeria. They enjoined believers all over the world to declare, with great thanksgiving, God’s love upon their lives, for blessing them with the most precious gift – the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who‘went to the Cross of Calvary to purchase pardon for our sins’. The powerful worship session reminded us at this crucial time that Jesus Christ died for us, reigns in power for us and is still praying for us.
Prophet T.B. Joshua explained that the resurrection of Jesus is a source of joy to Christians, his friends. Reading from the Book ofTitus 3:3-6, the man of God pointed out that the redemption of mankind through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ did not happen because of any righteous deeds on the part of man but rather because of God’s mercy. He observed that many people call themselves Christians for different reasons, forgetting the only reason that actually qualifies them as such. “You can attend church and not be a Christian. You can read the Bible and not be a Christian. You can eliminate bad habits and try to be a moral person and still not be a Christian. All these habits are good but the actions alone do not make a person a Christian”, he said.
Continuing, he gave the definition of a Christian: “A Christian is a person whom God has forgiven through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross”. Referring to Apostle Paul’s encounter with a law enforcement officer in the Book of Acts16:30-31, the man of God also declared that Christianity is all about the things Jesus Christ has done for us: “Being a Christian is not about what you do; it is about what Christ Jesus has done”.
Prophet T.B. Joshua went further to shed more light on the knotty issue of sin and its effect on the life of a Christian. Against all holier-than-thou assumptions that a Christian who commits sin is condemned, he offered a different but Biblical perspective: “When a Christian sins, he does not lose his place as a son but loses his fellowship”. In other words, a Christian is temporarily disconnected from God when he sins. However, he can be reconnected to God, if and when he repents and seeks forgiveness from his sins. “When we make a mistake, we run to God; we do not run from God. When a tree is cut down, the root will still be there. Our faith may fail but not utterly… We always come to repentance each time we miss the mark; that is a true Christian”, he said.
The man of God preached love and forgiveness, adding that they are the real essence of Easter. “Your neighbour can be someone who does not share the same faith with you – love them all. Love your neighbour as yourself. In this way, you will continue to win and win big!”, he added. He stated that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is to bring back to life peace, comfort, joy and good health which COVID-19 has stolen!
In conclusion, he prayed for viewers, calling on God to restore whatever they had lost. “Whatever that has been taken from you – be restored, in Jesus’ name!”, he declared. He also shared some of his health-boosting habits with them. “We were created to do everything as an exercise”, he said. The man of God discouraged a sedentary lifestyle and urged people to engage in physical activity or exercise.
He explained that inactivity breeds many sicknesses and diseases. “Without moving around, without stretching our bodies, we are giving room to a terminal disease”, he said. He encouraged people to develop the habit of doing house chores rather than leaving them for their maids to do. He also encouraged caring for the weak, the disabled, the vulnerable and the less-privileged, stressing that this is more rewarding than financial assistance in this period when the world needs love.
Earlier, Prophets Racine and Chris as well as Prophetesses Yinka and Angela had called on Christians all over the world not to be overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused a global lockdown.
They observed that even though the world is on a lockdown, our faith as Christians cannot be locked down. They enjoined viewers to see Easter as a time to forgive and let go of all forms of grudges, no matter how painful they are. They also called on Emmanuel TV Partners all over the world to use this Easter period to show love and care to the needy, the poor and less-privileged just as God showed love and mercy to us by allowing His son to die for the remission of our sins.
QUESTION – TB Joshua, what can you say about the issue of coronavirus? Why are ministers of God not praying for coronavirus patients?
QUESTION – TB Joshua, what can you say about the issue of coronavirus? Why are ministers of God not praying for coronavirus patients?
ANSWER – Coronavirus is an issue of the governments; its real origins have to do with mistakes in critical international research. Since their body language is understood, we have to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s (Matthew 22:21) – that is the position of ministers of God.
In today’s world, warfare is no longer about physical weapons; this is one of the silent but devastating weapons of the contemporary world.
During my last address on 5th April 2020, I mentioned that this was an error in advanced technology. It is all about error. That nature is involved can be no excuse, as this has led to the deaths of many innocent people all over the world. It is an attack on the nature of God – the air.
Thank God that nature is fighting back; nature is eliminating it in its own way. It is getting to its peak and is coming down. Naturally, it will go the way it came.
This is one of the things the Bible says will happen in the end time – perilous seasons when fear will rule the land. As I said, I see it as an error in advanced technology. In the nearest future, expect this kind of error – in retaliation. Let us pray to avert this.
In all, it is coming to an end!
Finally, ‘hardship virus’ is more dangerous than coronavirus. The presidents of the nations should open up the economy. The more we delay in opening up the economy, the more we will face a worse situation afterwards. Thank you. This is a prophetic message for the world.
God’s providence often contradicts His purpose; His divine wisdom tends to contradict the course of natural events. When God is executing His plan in our lives, He designs and arranges events which continue to unfold until His purpose is revealed. When we look at the way and manner God designs and arranges events in the life of His servants, you would discover this truth. Take Joseph as an example. Because Joseph was to be a blessing to his people, he had to taste poverty. Because Joseph was to be a source of freedom for his people, he had to taste imprisonment. What are you going through now? Remember Peter. Because Peter was to be a blessing to his people, he had to taste hardship, disappointment, setback, failure and want.
God often brings good out of evil and promotes the designs of His providence, even by the sin of men. For an example, the young Joseph had to go through a lot of tribulation and affliction for the purpose of God to be revealed in his life. His brothers’ intention was to starve him to death in the barren pit, whereas, God’s purpose for his life was to use him as an instrument for providing food for his brothers in times of great famine. God overruled his brothers’ evil designs in order to serve His purpose of making Joseph an instrument to save many people. Joseph said to his brothers, ‘As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good so that many people might be saved’. The persecution we suffer in the hands of our detractors causes us to be to be known. Therefore, no trouble, no matter how great the trouble is, should prevent you from praying.
TB Joshua answers question on the present challenges the world is going through:
QUESTION: Sir, why do we have a terrible time like this?
ANSWER: “You know I am not a politician. I just have to give you as the Spirit gave me because I received this message four days ago from the Holy Spirit. World leaders and scientists know what they are doing; they know what is happening. That is why they keep promoting fear and panic. Before coronavirus, there were deaths – but they never mentioned the number of deaths to us. Now, we begin to count the number of ‘death’ instead of counting the number of ‘life’.
“They know the gravity of the situation. The whole thing has to do with error in advanced technology. You know, I am not a scientist. The whole thing has to do with error, mistake in advanced technology. Now innocent people are dying, especially the elderly. Nothing is worth the blood of innocent souls, innocent people. There is no acceptable excuse for doing this.
“Now we have seen what it means to be locked down in a ‘concentration camp’. This is an opportunity for our world leaders, our scientists to look at the trouble spots in the world, e.g., Syria so that the displaced people can return to their countries. If not, I am seeing God’s anger. Let us abide by what the Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:14. I am a minister of God; I am not a politician. I should not go too far from my profession. I should not speak what God has not asked me to say. I will leave the rest but I will let you know what is to come.” – TB Joshua
The unshakeable confidence in the reality of the yet unseen world.
The certainty of God’s yet unfulfilled promises.
The evidence of things hoped for.
A firm expectation that God will perform all He has promised to us in Christ Jesus.
Remember, this world was not built out of what is seen, but out of what is unseen (Hebrews 11:3). If God had relied on what is seen, He would have had nothing to build on but what God relied on was faith in Himself – which was unseen. In other words, what is seen today came into being from what is unseen. Faith therefore is a product of the unseen world, which the Bible defines as the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). If we must have a relationship with the unseen world, we must have faith in God because God is unseen. With faith, God created the universe; it was His faith that found expression in the spoken Word which He used in creating everything.
What is unseen is therefore the basis of faith. If you must have faith, you must learn to hear God’s Word (Romans 10:17). Through hearing, belief comes; through believing trust comes; through trusting, confidence is established. However, this process is not automatic but gradual. Those who refuse to take these tiny steps cannot trust God and understand the basic truth about faith. This means, faith is not a feeling. Sometimes people base their spiritual experiences on emotions and feelings. Problems arise when feelings change. When we base our spiritual experiences on feeling, we cannot be constant – that is, we would lack the quality of being stable.
If we don’t take the basic steps, we cannot trust God, in Whom we believe. This is faith that would last. When we stand on this kind of faith, we would be standing on a solid rock. I mean, the unchanging Word of God.
Prophet TB Joshua of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), has prophesied this period we are in as a year of humility. What is the meaning of humility? Why should we be humble? It is very important for the Church, and indeed the world at large, to listen to this prophet. The cumulative effects of the “Fearful Year” he predicted are still with us. The epic of the fearful year is probably the ongoing COVID-19 that is ravaging the entire globe with no respect for any class of person, race or gender. The prophet had been correct all along, after all.
Humility is often characterized as genuine gratitude and lack of arrogance, a modest view of one’s self. It is a critical and continuous emphasis of godliness, as we are called upon to be humble followers of the Lord Christ and trust in the wisdom and salvation of God. Proverbs 22:4 gives us a deeper look into the scriptural meaning of humility. “Humility is the fear of the Lord,” as a very precise definition. Not only does being humble consist of trusting God and following his will, but furthermore fearing the consequences of neglecting God’s commands for truth, love, work ethic, mercy, and beyond. Humility is recognizing the magnificent power of God and the potential retribution He will condemn upon us if we do not aim our purpose towards righteousness. The prophecy for this period may also consist of meekness and a life of service and giving to humanity.
As an example of humility, we may recall the late Mother Teresa who was a teacher in a school in India. All her needs were met in the convent where she lived. However, she chose to give up her life in that convent to live with the poorest of the poor on the streets of Calcutta, taking care of the very sick and dying. She took care of people with whom no one else wanted to bother. The Missionaries of Charity is the name of the religious order Mother Teresa started. Women who join this order give up their possessions and live a life of great simplicity. When they find people dying in the streets and the slums, they take them into their hospitals, clean them up, give them medical care, and if they cannot recover, provide a clean and sanitary place to die with dignity. Similarly, Prophet TB Joshua has a Ministry of Giving as part of SCOAN regular activities around the globe. This was his first activity in many low neighbourhoods in Lagos from the late 1980s to 1990s. In this COVID-19 pandemic era, the Church has been praying and encouraging the public not to fear or panic but to be humble.
The world has indeed been humbled and brought to a low position where nations with high technologies in warfare are helpless before coronavirus. The Church of Christ will remain strong as one body of Christ, but many individual congregations may go underground or merge with others. It is a new revolution and everyone will be humbled, except we manifest the fear of the Lord. The new World Order will emerge after the year of humility to redefine the new international relationships and economic cooperation. No nation will be too strong to fail henceforth but those who rely solely on Jesus Christ will survive. Philippians 2:3-11 says in part, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. ..”.
As we struggle through in this new era of humility, (because humility is not natural to man in the flesh full of ego), let us remember what the scripture says in 2 Chronicles 7:13-15, especially verse 13 that is very popular. “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence (COVID-19) among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attend unto the prayer that is made in this place”. Our prayer is that God will continually put His word and message in the mouth of our prophet and those who are going to teach on this subject of humility until we all become like Christ Jesus.