SCOAN have recently released and widely publicised a video claiming that TB Joshua predicted the worldwide protests we are currently witnessing. This is how SCOAN summarised the content of the video:
On October 16th, 2011 during a Sunday live service at the SCOAN, Prophet TB Joshua gave a prophetic message concerning an impending economic crisis where in every country, people would come out on the streets and protest. He advised people to cut their coat according to their size, live modestly and to come to God in humility. Full Video
First, we should say we complete endorse his advice to live modestly and come to God in humility. This economic crisis would probably have been averted if more people had been living in that way (though it does seem strange coming from a man worth $10 – 15 million).
SCOAN are presenting this as clear proof of TB Joshua’s prophetic power. Supporters are chastising Nigeria for not heeding his prophecies more than they do. The trouble with this prophecy is not that it doesn’t quite closely resemble the truth, the problem is when it was delivered.
The prophecy was delivered on the 16th of October.
On the 15th of October, Reuters reported that tens of thousands of demonstrators staged rallies in hundreds of cities around the world, including Auckland, Sydney, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, São Paulo, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, and many other cities.
Sorry TB Joshua, while your advice is good, the prediction of worldwide protests doesn’t count as prophecy, it’s just news reading.
At this point, his supporters will be quick to point out that he also mentioned protests in his home land of Nigeria, and those have only recently started. However, when taken in the wider context of worldwide protests spreading country to country, and the economic and political climate Nigeria was already in, it would be more remarkable if street protests didn’t happen!
If he had mentioned the fuel crisis (the issue that ignited the Nigerian protests) – that would have been remarkable.
If he had mentioned the worldwide protests months before they started, that would be remarkable.
If he had mentioned precisely when the protests would start in Nigeria, that would be remarkable.
As it is though, when taken in the cold light of day, there really is nothing remarkable about this word at all.