Yes, right on cue, TB Joshua (the man who “cured Ebola“, released the Boko Haram girls, found MH370 and predicted the Sinai plane crash (but thinks Egypt borders with Ukraine)) releases a video bragging that he predicted the attack in Paris last Friday. The video claims that on “Sunday the 19th January 2013” (sorry SCOAN, the 19th of Jan was a Saturday, not a Sunday, but never mind) he said “there are some strange people, they have some strategic places inside France, they should pray against suicide bomber, or an attack of any kind”. This was just a couple of months after a large Islamic terror cell was discovered in France, and not long after the school shooting in Toulouse. It was well known back then that Islamic terrorism was a concern to the country. Since 2012, there have actually been 8 terror attacks in France, it hardly takes a “prophet” to predict “an attack of any kind” with no location (besides France), time or date.
At the beginning of the full original video, TB Joshua says something quite interesting. He says “The purpose of prophecy is to review the [intrics?] and strategies of satan, and stop it by coming together to pray”. Scripturally, prophecy has nothing at all to do with seeing into the satanic realm, it is a gift meant for encouragement, exhortation and comfort of the church (1 Corinthians 14:3-4 ). However, even if we judge his prophecies by his definition, they completely fail. Was this attack averted? By their own admittance, no! In fact we’ve seen before that he’s not in the least bit interested in averting these events, all he cares about getting a “prophecy fulfillment”. For example, back in 2014 he predicted a bomb blast in Abuja he said “this coming Thursday and Friday, people should be in an attitude of prayer for the nation that whatever was going to happen on Friday, God would avert it”. Nothing happened that Thursday or Friday, but a few weeks later a bomb did go off, so they edited out the link to “this Thursday and Friday” and released a prophecy fulfillment video. If we assume prophecy is what TB Joshua says it is, this prophecy could be heralded a success because nothing happened the day he said it was (prayer averted the disaster), but instead they have to release an (edited) video to claim it was fulfilled, but if it happened – the whole thing was a failure!
His supporters will say that if more people took him seriously, more people would pray against these attacks and they might not happen. You might have a point if his track record was any better, but think about his many failures.
If you use violence and death as a means to promote yourself – you’re no better than the terrorists (you just let them to do the dirty work). The only thing a Christian pastor should be doing in response is devoting themselves to prayer and peacemaking.