On the very same day that a gunman opened fire on a cinema crowd in the US, killing 12 people, SCOAN released a video that claimed that TB Joshua prophesied the shooting.
Such ‘prophecies’ are nothing new, but what amazed us was the sheer speed with which SCOAN grabbed the opportunity to exploit this awful tragedy. Did the SCOAN media team stop for one second to think about those who lost their lives, their grieving families, the dozens of people injured and the hundreds of people left traumatized?
This video illustrates two cheap tricks that TB Joshua relies on for many of his so called prophecies.
1) It’s another fake ‘cut and paste’ prophecy
Notice how, in the video above, TB Joshua’s words come in short chunks, accompanied by sudden changes in camera angle? This is because like the Indonesia crash video, it was edited to remove the parts that didn’t fit.
The original prophecy, which TB Joshua gave on June 10th, mentioned several details that were later deleted. He prophecied that the gunman would be from the military and the shooting would happen near a barracks. Compare the uncut video below with the edited one above:
“I see near or in a barrack a member of the military whether it’s navy or what but he will shoot many people before he gets arrested,” TB Joshua said. In actual fact, the gunman was NOT a soldier, he was a university student. The shooting happened nowhere near a barracks. So as usual, these parts were cut out of the video as if they never existed. (If you want to go back to check out the full video of the Sun 10th June service, you will find that SCOAN has removed it from the official archive on Youtube- luckily someone else uploaded the relevant clip)
2) It’s a predictable prophecy
I’m seeing a man carrying a gun, in a gathering of people. And begin to shoot people, and a lot of people will be killed before the man is arrested.
In the video released after the shooting, we hear TB Joshua predict a mass shooting in the US. How often do mass shootings happen in the US? Unfortunately, pretty often. In fact, a quick google search can tell you that on average 20 mass shootings take place in the US every year.
This means that there was a very high probability that within a few months, TB Joshua’s ‘prophecy’ would be fulfilled. This is no more impressive than predicting snowfall in Norway some time in January. If he had mentioned a cinema, that would have been slightly more impressive (though still pointless, unless he could pinpoint exactly where and when in order to avert the tragedy). But he didn’t. He said a gathering of people. That could be anywhere. (of course, we now know he did specify but it was wrong)
Another example of this is his recent prophecies regarding a plane crash in Indonesia. Like this time, as we demonstrated in our video, TB Joshua needed a little bit of help from his editing team with some of the details. However, a quick internet search for airline safety records can reveal that Indonesian airlines are notoriously accident prone and there have been dozens of crashes in recent years. So again, a prophecy like ‘a plane will crash in Indonesia’ is sure to be fulfilled sooner or later.
Anyone with an internet connection and some basic googling skills could compete with TB Joshua in many of his prophecies of world events. But only TB Joshua has the shamelessness (and the international TV channel with accompanying editing team) to pull it off.