In 1995, Prophet Akin Adewole of the Celestial church of Christ was approached by three journalists who came to ask him his opinion on the controversial “man in the Synagogue” TB Joshua. At this moment, according to Adewole:
“our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to me from the Altar in my office on a golden, very beautiful and mighty chair. He commanded me not to join fake, jealous and envious prophets to say blasphemy against a fellow messenger of God: ‘The Man in the Synagogue is mine. He is your spiritual colleague. He is not fake. His power is not mixed. I do as I please. You are all working for my glory on earth. Do never disown or desert him. Truly he is young in age, but my spirit in him is pure and great. His grace is special. Many will fall through him, while others will rise through him also. Advise him always like a son, friend and colleague and do not judge him at all because God is the only judge. I reveal this to you because you fear, adore and do my wish always. I love you’” ¹
Thanks to a tip from a reader, we can reveal that Adewole made a very similar statement about another man:
“At about 3 a.m. this morning our Lord Jesus Christ personally appeared to me in my dream. […] Jesus told me that Rev. Sun Myung Moon is His. He, Jesus Christ, lives in Rev. Moon. `He (Rev. Moon) does nothing on his own, but through me (Jesus). I anointed him because I love him, because he loves all mankind and has suffered for me more than anybody else in the world. There- fore, whoever loves him (Rev. Moon) loves me (Jesus). and he that rejects him rejects me. Join hands with him. Heartily propagate and disseminate the good news to the nations. I bless you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.’” ²
Who is this Rev. Sun Myung Moon? He was a Korean religious leader, the founder of the Unification church, and a self-proclaimed messiah. According to Wikipedia (sorry) “The Divine Principle, the main text explaining Moon’s theology, blends Bible-based Christianity with Eastern philosophies like Confucianism and Korean shamanism. It makes the core statement that Moon was sent from the East to be the messiah and finish Jesus’ mission.”
Does this sound familiar? Someone who blends Bible-based Christianity with African traditional religion and shamanism? Someone who is said to be sent by God to finish Jesus’ mission (TB Joshua is the “last prophet of the last days”)?
I expect most readers will agree that it wasn’t Jesus who revealed to Adewole that Rev. Sun Myung Moon was his, so who was it in his vision endorsing TB Joshua?
¹ The full quote comes from the (unofficial) TB Joshua Blog, but the same prophecy is also mentioned on the official Emmanuel TB Blog “Distance is not a barrier”
² This quote comes from page 10 of “Unification News – January 1998“.