On Monday the 14th April, dozens, if not hundreds of people lost their lives in a massive bomb attack in Nigeria’s capital Abuja. For most pastors and religious leaders, this is a time of mourning. A time to reach out the bereaved to comfort them and pray for them. Not so TB Joshua. For TB Joshua, even a tragedy on his own doorstep is fair game for exploitation. Hours after this horrific attack, SCOAN edit together a video proudly claiming that TB Joshua had predicted it. In the video he claims (to audible gasps of horror): “Listen to me, my people in Nigeria. Once again, take note of this: Our security should be vigilant. I am seeing a very big strike — explosion. They should take care of Abuja — capital.”
We have managed to track down the unedited version of this prophecy, given on the 10th November 2013. As usual, a critical aspect of the prophecy has been edited out (see the bold text).
Listen to me, my people in Nigeria. Once again, take note of this: Our security should be vigilant. I am seeing a very big strike — explosion. Towards the end of this month, or the middle of next month they should take care of Abuja, capital.
Based on this, the bomb was meant to happen towards the end of November and the middle of December. It happened on the 14th April.
But he predicted a bombing in Abuja, and one happened! Isn’t that enough?
No! Prophecies are words from the all knowing, all powerful, omnipresent, omniscient God. Real prophecies are not 5 months wrong with their dates. Real prophecies glorify God, not the prophet. Real prophecies bring people to repentance. TB Joshua’s prophecy does none of this, and due to the current situation in Nigeria it was certain to “come true” given enough time. This “prophecy” was given on November the 10th. Just one day before on November the 9th, Reuters reported that “Intelligence available indicates that the terrorists were in the process of finalizing plans to carry out simultaneous suicide attacks in Abuja and Kano” (source). As usual, all TB Joshua was doing was reporting the news, dressed up as prophecy.
It’s time Nigerians stop standing for this nonsense. This man is making a mockery of a national tragedy and exploiting it for his own gain. As Deuteronomy 18:22 says “If the prophet speaks in the LORD’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the LORD did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared“. TB Joshua does not need to be feared, he needs exposing.