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Known by Love and not by the Multitude of Persecutors

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The entire State of Israel is called “the Holy Land” probably because of many prophets that God raised from that Land, because of God’s Promise to Abraham through to David, to Jesus of Nazareth, or the tombs of many prophets adorning the State. We think the State of Israel should be called the Holy Land because of people walking in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth. Nevertheless, in June 2019, the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) met in Nazareth for an International Crusade that was led by its Bishop, Prophet TB Joshua. It is only men like Prophet TB Joshua that could have countered the different classes of opposition that erupted aiming to prevent the International Crusade from holding. It was a highly organized opposition that faced the crusade because of the person of TB Joshua, not just because he was coming from Nigeria or Africa. Openly they called Prophet TB Joshua, and the entire SCOAN team, many unprintable names. By now we had expected Christians or none Christians to have known Prophet TB Joshua or some of the numerous people working with SCOAN. The Nazareth event nevertheless unearthed the experience of our Lord and Saviour Jesus of Nazareth. We know that Jesus would have been provoked beyond measure before He spoke to those who were wrong, but thought that they were right, when He said to them, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous . . . Serpents, a brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that on you may come all the righteous bloodshed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. . . (Matthew 23:29-37). On the contrary, Prophet TB Joshua was able to promote Jesus Christ of Nazareth, he promoted peace and love to the different peoples of the State of Israel and peoples of over 100 nationalities that went. It was glorious.

Jesus told His disciples in (John 1518-21) that “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you . . . If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake because they do not know Him who sent Me. Apostle Peter also said, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified”, (1 Peter: 12-14).

Therefore, who are prophets of God of our days and how do we recognize them? It is too cheap and lazy labelling everyone as false. In Philippians Chapter 4 the Bible teaches us to “Beware of false teachers, false prophets, false bishops, etc.” This warning is cardinal to every people looking for the second coming of Jesus in an era where greedy and self-promotion rule. God’s Spirit specifically tells us that in later days there will be men who abandon the true faith and allow themselves to be spiritually seduced by teachings of the devil, teachings given by men who are hypocrites, whose consciences are as dead as seared flesh. Of course, anyone will be doing its right duty as Christ’s minister if they remind their church members of these things (false teaching), and also prove themselves as ministers who owe their strength to the truth of the faith in Christ Jesus, living by His Spirit and His Word only. Every Christian should take time and trouble to keep self spiritually fit, and especially avoiding ideas, philosophies, and teachings contrary to Jesus and His teaching. Jesus said in (Matthew 16) that, “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles?” By their love, we shall know them. Prophet TB Joshua said repeatedly that whatever we do in secret will reflect in the open and determining how much we can achieve in the name of Jesus. Jesus said His Words are “Spirit and Life”. This Word of Jesus is close to His Prophets, even in their mouths, in their hearts, that is the Word of faith which they preach every day, (Romans 10:8). This Word spoken to us by Jesus makes us and His prophets clean (John 15:3). Motivational speakers may draw large crowds because they speak sweet words. Even if they are incantations such words would not produce godly outcomes at the end.

This generation is most likely passing through the said last days, the very perilous times Apostle Paul was telling Timothy (2 Timothy 3:1-7). Whilst every Christian should be on the watch for “Jesus’ Coming” because our Lord is coming, it should be pointed out that Jesus loves His Church and therefore will not deny us of His true Godly Teachers, Prophets, Bishops, Church Workers, and the Holy Spirit for the propagation of complete sound doctrine for our salvation. However, amongst these may also be the false ones. The parable of the “Wheat and the Tares” can be found in (Matthew 13:2-30). Jesus said, “But when men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way”, (Matthew 13:25). Therefore every congregation is likely to be infected by these false teachings, false prophecies, false claims and people falsely accusing others but never able to correct themselves. Their zeal, driven by jealousy, greed and ignorance, is of the flesh and not from the Spirit of God. Emmanuel

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THE UNSEEN HAND!!!

God sometimes uses foolish things to confound the wise. For example, an unpleasant situation can serve to keep us for a new level in life. If Joseph had not been in the prison, he would not have met the link that saw him to the throne (Genesis 41:9-39). To the wise, imprisonment is a foolish thing but God used it to accomplish His purpose in the life of Joseph in particular, and the nation of Israel in general. If Hannah had had a baby earlier, she may not have had any reason to stay close to God. The Bible says, she was a woman of prayer (1 Samuel 1:1-17). If the circumstances surrounding the birth of Moses were normal, he may not have had a cause to go to Egypt where he finally became a blessing to his nation, Israel. He would have stayed and grown up with his biological parents and that would have changed the course of history (Exodus 2:1-10).

If Daniel had not been thrown into the lion’s den, he would not have had the opportunity to prove his God; his God would not have been known (Daniel 6:25-27). If Meshach, Shadrach and Abed-Nego had not encountered the great trial in the blazing furnace, their God would not have been a state God (Daniel 3:28-29). If Peter had had the desired catch of fish at the seaside, he may not have encountered Jesus – the Redeemer. His disappointment at the seaside served to move him to a higher level in life – ‘A fisher of men’ (Luke 5:1-11).

What the eye could not see in all these examples was the unseen hand, the divine driver of our fortunes. There is God’s appointed time for everything under the sun – a time to be happy, a time to be sad, a time to grow and a time to die (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). Take note, there is an unseen hand, an unseen plan of God in the affairs of men. When something happens, whether positive or negative, it would be too soon to despair, complain or jubilate without finding out what God says about it because there is an unseen hand in everything that happens under the sun.

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ACTING ON WHAT GOD HAS SPOKEN!

The problem of believing is made simple when we know that it is acting on what God has spoken. The wise man is the doer of the Word. The other hears but does not act upon it. He is a sense knowledge hearer; he is a mental assenter. He responds to reason instead of the Word. If he has faith in anything, it is in man, what man has done, science, works and organisation. We may know the Word. We may be familiar with the original Greek or Hebrew. We may know the history of the Word but that is all wasted energy if we do not live the Word and practise it. If we do not live the Word and practise it, we cannot bring Jesus on the scene.

Prayer is a reality. We are not talking into the air. Here, the name Jesus is always honoured. What a grave danger of deluding ourselves. What a danger if there is no corresponding action! If we say in the name of Jesus without corresponding action, it oftentimes leads to destruction. It is the doer of the Word, the man who practises it, lives it, walks in it, that builds it into his own life. It is the doer of the Word that receives things from God. Idle words may entertain men but they do not reach God.

Ephesians 3:20 – “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Note the word, “do” in this text. We are doers of the Word, but you say, “How can I do it?” It is going to be according to the ability of God that is at work within us. As we begin to do the Word, He begins to do in us and through us (1 John 4:4).

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Jesus Said, Come Follow Me

The Lord Jesus Christ had used those words when He called Peter, Andrew, James, John, the tax collector Matthew to be His disciples (Matthew 4:19-20, 9:9). “And immediately they left their nets, and followed Him”. These disciples immediately detached themselves from personal interests and attached to Christ. Implied in the call of Jesus was a turning from sin to Him in order to be saved. Again after Jesus had risen from the dead, while the disciples were on a fishing trip, Jesus told Peter, “Follow Me” (John 21:19). These words were not just for the twelve disciples; they are also for us today. Discipleship means following Jesus in a personal way, and it is a call to obedience, not a mere invitation. The early disciples came to Jesus straightway, at all cost, without a question. They also came to quit old habits, to follow their leader without stipulation or reserve; they came in an act of simple trust in Christ. It is impossible to follow Jesus without trusting Him. If we do not follow we are not committed to Him. We are following our own goals or someone else’s. The call to follow Jesus also means to submit to His lordship, to come and die with Him, to deny self and take up our cross and follow Jesus. “….For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it” (Matt. 16:24-25). Hence will you follow Jesus today in a life of obedient faith?

Why would Jesus say “Follow Me”? When Jesus saw “Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt 4:18-19). Therefore following Jesus means to drop everything and follow Him, no matter what it costs. That doesn’t mean you quit your job and leave your family, but that does mean you seek first the kingdom and His righteousness (Matt 6:33), and that is found in the King of the kingdom, Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). The call is to join the army of King Jesus to build a new kingdom of righteousness and truth, faith and love, a kingdom for the redeemed.

Jesus expects total loyalty and obedience from His followers. Jesus calls us His disciples but we call ourselves Christians. Today being a Christian has become a fairly generic term. For some, it might simply mean that “I’m not a Jew”, “I’m not a Muslim”, “I’m not an atheist”, etc. Satan loves that people think living a Christian culture equates to living as a Christian. Therefore consider the young man that came to Jesus asking, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16-22). Jesus said unto him, (and unto us), “If thou will be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shall have treasure in heaven; and come and follow me”. The young man went away sorrowful because he had great possessions.

The call to follow Jesus is always ringing to every ear and a few people are responding to the call in their different ways. Some after receiving this invitation from Jesus will retreat to a prayer mountain for further instruction and strength from the Lord Jesus. Right there on the mountain, Satan is there too. At that high mountain, some of these would-be followers of Jesus would be shown endless stress of forest and they may start to pray so that the endless forest can be turned to a cluster of modern cities, with mansions of worshipping centres across the globe and golden streets. A few others would ask for the Promise of the Father and His power. Jesus was equally tempted by Satan when Satan carried Jesus to an exceedingly high mountain to show Jesus all the kingdoms of the World and the glory of them. Others may refuse the invitation to follow Jesus. Abraham sent his servant to look for a wife for Isaac his son in his former country. The servant asked Abraham, “Peradventure the woman will not be willing to Follow Me”. Abraham said, “Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again”, Genesis 24:5-6. We can’t force people to follow Jesus but we must not go back to them to live our old life again.

Prophet TB Joshua teaches frequently that faith shouldn’t be based on immediate physical improvement after prayers. Rather whether Jesus heals or not, whether the ministry has the largest congregation or not, whether the call is to serve in the city or the rural area, as long as we have the promised presence of the Holy Ghost, our ministry will be a success. Further, Prophet TB Joshua has reduced all the existing “Christian Ministries” to two; those who follow Jesus but using today’s carnal language and those who use the Bible spiritual language. Everyone should self-assess how he or she is following Jesus and what provisions needed from Jesus. Jesus will provide all our need, according to His riches in glory, to everyone He calls to the field.

As we anticipate the 57th Birthday of Prophet TB Joshua June 12, 2020, our aim is not to further promote SCOAN or TB Joshua, but to let us pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to equip us to follow Jesus in the fullness of his power. The prophet also had prophesied that the work of God would suffer after the ongoing COVID-19. Nevertheless, we know that Jesus left us with a passing glorious Promise saying, “But ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost comes upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me …, (Acts 1:8). Hence Jesus is calling us to be partaking in changing individuals, nations and the entire world. This mission is the same motto that the Synagogue Church of All Nations of Prophet TB Joshua has set for itself. Emmanuel!!!

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Questions et réponses avec TB Joshua sur les masques faciaux

QUESTION: Ma mère et mon père âgés ont commencé à porter leurs masques faciaux de façon permanente par crainte de contracter COVID-19 et de ne les retirer que lorsqu’ils veulent manger, car ils doivent utiliser leur bouche pour manger. Je crains que cela ne soit dangereux. Comment puis-je les conseiller?

RÉPONSE: Conformément aux directives sanitaires mondiales pendant cette période de COVID-19, le gouvernement insiste sur l’utilisation de masques faciaux dans les lieux publics – ainsi que sur l’éloignement social et le lavage des mains. Les masques faciaux peuvent être une très bonne chose, mais ils peuvent également être dangereux lorsqu’ils ne sont pas utilisés correctement ou lorsqu’ils ne sont pas fabriqués avec le bon matériau.

Le gouvernement vous a demandé de porter des masques faciaux lorsque vous êtes dans des lieux publics, au milieu des gens, dans la rue, dans des véhicules lorsque vous n’êtes pas seul. Le gouvernement fait cela pour vous aider. Ils ne vous demandent pas de le porter 24 heures sur 24. Il devrait y avoir un moment à la maison lorsque vous le retirez. Mais certaines personnes portent leur masque facial pendant de longues périodes. Respirer et respirer le même air ou ne pas avoir assez d’air en respirant – tout cela peut affecter votre santé, provoquer des maux de tête, de la fatigue et aggraver les problèmes de santé existants.

Alors, faisons attention à la quantité de temps que nous portons le masque facial et aussi au type de matériau dont nos masques faciaux sont faits. Pour beaucoup, les produits chimiques utilisés pour fabriquer ces matières peuvent être dangereux à inhaler. REMARQUE: Le masque facial est votre masque personnel. Il doit être propre et fait d’un matériau approprié. Cela nécessite votre discrétion, téléspectateurs.

En ce moment, prions. Tout ce qui affecte votre discrétion – raisonnez bien, au nom de Jésus-Christ! Raison selon la direction de Dieu, au nom de Jésus-Christ! Raison conforme à Dieu, au nom de Jésus! Les téléspectateurs, parfois des difficultés peuvent influencer notre raisonnement. Parfois, le chômage peut influencer notre raisonnement. Parfois, la peur peut influencer notre raisonnement. Parfois, la pression peut influencer notre raisonnement. Maintenant, commencez à bien raisonner, au nom de Jésus! Commencez à raisonner en accord avec Dieu, au nom de Jésus! Commencez à faire la bonne chose, au nom de Jésus! Faites la bonne chose, au nom de Jésus! Au nom de Jésus, nous prions!

Nous aimerions profiter de ce temps pour saluer notre gouverneur de l’État de Lagos, le gouverneur Sanwo-Olu. En effet, il est unique en son genre. Si vous regardez son activité à ce moment critique, elle peut être comparée au gouverneur de New York qui est toujours sur les actualités nationales pour informer le grand public et les éduquer. Notre gouverneur veut voir son peuple et il veut le voir bien vivre. Nous prions que Dieu augmente sa capacité à faire plus, au nom de Jésus!

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Our Shelter is in the Name of the Lord

Regular worshipers at the Synagogue, Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Lagos, Nigeria have come to the understanding that they have “A Sanctuary” that is their “Arena of Liberty”. We hope and pray to return to normal worship therein soonest. That is a place where people find refuge, protection, healing, deliverance and justice. They make confessions and they are immune from arrest. Whether the depth of their freedom is completely clear to those making this claim is one thing, but once they arrive SCOAN they often understand that they experience freedom from evil spiritual attacks. They enjoy peace of mind and a great level of security from fear or anxiety.

This may be why several people across the globe, watching Emmanuel.tv, ask Prophet TB Joshua if a Christian can even be sick let alone be attacked by a coronavirus. Remember in Matthew 4:6 Satan asked Jesus to throw Himself down to prove that He is the Son of God. At the crucifixion, the robber on the left (representing the spirit of Satan) similarly asked Jesus to prove Himself as the Son of God by saving Himself and two robbers. When Christians think like this they must be careful not to assume that they have arrived in heaven where there’d be no sickness. Instead, we should come to Jesus like the penitent thief on the “Right”, recognising Jesus, pleading for Jesus’ mercy and seeking refuge. A Christian can’t be self-righteous because we are all saved by grace. In Proverbs 18:10 we read that “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it and is safe.” Hence, at SCOAN’s Arena of Liberty, the strength of the building and its walls are not the measuring parameters of level security but the name of the Lord Jesus and His presence therein.

Prophet TB Joshua’s teachings and conducts are excellently profoundly accurate, even when they look simple. It is delusion and false teaching that if you follow Jesus everything will be trouble-free and without care, without sickness. Jesus is our rock and fortress in desperate times. SCOAN is resting on the word of Jesus which says, “Come all who are weary and heavy-laden and I (Jesus) will give you rest”. All who seek Jesus’ shelter, and cling to His to everlasting promises of truth and unconditional love that never runs dry, find safety and peace.

This isn’t to underestimate the immeasurable protection we enjoy under the name of Jesus anywhere we are. For example, Taipei 101 is considered one of the safest and strongest buildings in this modern era. The tower is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. It is a cultural icon of technology in Taiwan. But even with all of these features, it pales in comparison to the strength and security that’s found in the one who abides in the Lord Jesus and His precepts. When the trials of life come like a tidal wave to consume us we can take refuge in Jesus. His strength is made perfect in our moment of weakness. He does not cause the sickness or the storms but He can use them to shape our resolve in His ability to provide whatever is needed to overcome them. Jesus is our Saviour and our Lord in all our situations, a very present help in our troubled times. Emmanuel!!!

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THE HEAT OF TRIALS!

Our situations are tests to mature us. As a Christian, what situations are you going through? Don’t let them wear you down! They are to mature you. Don’t allow any situation to control, mislead or overwhelm you. Stay and cope with hard and good moments. Remember, in times of merriment, prosperity and success, even the wicked man will seem kind and generous but immediately the heat of trials and tribulations come, his wicked behavior surfaces. Sin easily hides where there is no heat of trials and afflictions, just as impurities hide in gold, until it goes through the process of the furnace.

No matter how much we master the Scriptures, without true obedience to what we read, we still wear spiritual diapers. Christians grow in character through obeying the Word of God in the midst of circumstances, e.g. hardship, persecution, trials, tribulations and temptations. Therefore, Christians should see situations such as these as God’s way to strengthen their faith, character and resolve to serve Him.

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Spirit Economy: TB Joshua Answer Question on US – China Relationship

QUESTION – I was watching international news and saw US President Donald Trump threaten to cut off ties with China. Prophet TB Joshua, what would happen if America truly cuts ties with China?

ANSWER: “America’s concentration is on big things while China concentrates on small things, e.g. manufacturing and agricultural goods – what developing nations need. Remember, 70-80% of the world are developing nations. What they need to grow, to live and to improve is what China is concentrating on. I think America should learn this lesson. This is what they should turn to.

China is using all these little things to get money from developing nations – and that is making them the richest in the world. It is trade by barter. It has made developing nations to see China as their hope. For example, a product in America may cost 500 and last long, because it is durable. The same product in China may cost 100 but not last long. However, developing nations will still choose China’s products because such products are within their reach. That makes many nations to become debtors to China – even America.”