In the past week, the UK has experienced violent riots and looting in most of the major cities. As with most major news events, SCOAN has now released a video claiming that TB Joshua predicted the whole thing.
In typical Emmanuel TV fashion, they’re not exactly brief in the telling of this simple story, so to save you time – here is a brief summary of his prediction:
- There will be a fire on a very large establishment
- The name of the place begins with “EN”
- Fire will be gushing out
- He sees a multi-storied building
- The fire will be in a place where people gather, and people buy and sell
- The fire disaster will cost millions of pounds
The Emmanuel TV broadcast relates this to the fire at the Sony Distribution Centre (large establishment) in Enfield (begins with EN). They show footage from the original prophecy (undated), followed by news footage of the apparently predicted event, then a repeat of the prophecy.
At first glance, given the way the prophecy is edited together with the news footage, there appear to be an impressive amount of accurate details predicted, although there is no indication how long ago the prophecy was made, nor details in the prophecy of when the events would happen (or even where, besides “EN”). The message may contain many details, but most of them are just stating the obvious. The essence of the prediction is that there will be a fire in a large building in a place beginning with EN in the United Kingdom. The rest of the details are inevitable given the main facts (a large establishment will almost certainly be multi-storied, and is almost certain to be located near shopping facilities (where people gather, buy and sell). A fire disaster at a large establishment will obviously cost millions of pounds). Even the essence of the prophecy is hardly impressive. Wikipedia lists 49 places in the United Kingdom beginning with EN, it was unlikely to be long before there was a fire at one of them.
The impression that we’re left with is that TB Joshua throws out these vague prophecies from time to time, then Emmanuel TV wait until a world event takes place which could arguably fit with the prophecy so they can edit together a video as testament to the “Prophet’s” ability.
As we can see, the veracity of the prophecy is seriously questionable, but it can’t be denied that some of the details do seem to match recent events. What are we to make of this? In 2 Samuel 8, Saul consults a fortune teller, who accurately predicts his imminent death. In Acts 16 we meet a slave girl who has a spirit which enables her to tell the future through supernatural means (Paul sets her free from this spirit). It is clear that the ability to tell the future cannot be seen as an endorsement from God.
But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. (1 Cor 14:3)
The purpose of true prophecy is to strengthen, encourage and comfort. What aspect of this prophecy does that?
The prediction focused on the destruction of a building owned by the multinational company Sony, why focus on this instead of the many small family businesses destroyed by the fires?
What good does it do bringing this up after the event? What does it achieve besides promoting SCOAN and TB Joshua? (off the back of a tragedy!). A sympathetic reading of this would conclude that the purpose was prayer; foreknowledge of this event allowed people to be praying, and had it not been for these prayers, it could have been much worse. This interpretation is not one SCOAN offers through the video, but even if this was the case, what is the need to show off about it afterwards?
Does God get glorified for these predictions, or is it TB Joshua?
If you are a SCOAN supporter, feel free to tell us in the comments what you believe is their motivation behind the release of videos like this.