By Ayo Kehinde
Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua, frontline Nigerian preacher, televangelist, popularly known as Prophet T B Joshua has died, aged 57.
The founder of The Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) who achieved global follower ship in Christendom for his miracles, philanthropy and prophecies, died in Lagos on Saturday evening, according to a statement by the Church.
Social Media Reactions:
The passing of my brother TB Joshua saddens me deeply. At 3.00am this morning I was told by one of his daughters that this was fake news & I tweeted as much. Sadly I was misled. 5 minutes ago the same person called me & confirmed the story. @GazetteNGR was right & I am in pain. pic.twitter.com/g6C1XhPKLB
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) June 6, 2021
In 2012, my coach jokingly told TB JOSHUA he doesn’t have a car, he travelled that night to Dubai , I was to join the team few days later because of my passport issues, the man of GOD gave me 3k dollars to deliver ….
— IG »»» officialzeez (@iamzeezaga) June 6, 2021
Prophet TB Joshua was indeed a man after God’s heart
He fed the widows & Orphans
He trained people’s children in school
He helped people acquire skills
He gave money to help people start their dream business
He gave thousands Jobs
He never supported any evil Govt
Rest in Peace
— Chlorpheniramine #EndSARS 🇳🇬 (@VictorIsrael_) June 6, 2021
This what TB Joshua prophesied before endsars..the revolution is gonna happen..Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/GKNLRlAWCz
— The game changed a bit (@Emoolympic) June 6, 2021
A man that cared for the masses, a man that provided people’s daily needs, a man that will forever be remembered.
Rest In Peace TB Joshua 💔 pic.twitter.com/AU5zGnYXHL
— Ọlámidé Ọmọreghà (@Officialregha) June 6, 2021
I remembered how the holy water at TB Joshua church worked for me as a young boy in some decade ago I won my first contract… THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO SIR Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/t7iCV2F08u
— ArizonaLFC (@ayodejiarizona) June 6, 2021
We’re all sad right now.
Brief Profile of his life and works:
Joshua, born and raised in Arigidi Akoko in Ondo State, Nigeria, was known across the globe as a miracle worker and fiery preacher on television who used his platform to attract many in search of healing from across the globe. Many prominent individuals, including presidents, celebrities and politicians visited his church headquarters in Lagos for prayers and, also, to seek the face of God, according to The Gazette.
Continuing, the paper said Joshua was known for his humanitarian works, he also provided charity and scholarships to many from far and near. Emmanuel TV, an organ of SCOAN, is one of Nigeria’s largest Christian broadcast stations with global reach via digital and terrestrial switches.
Joshua was steeped in controversy as many doubted not only the genuineness of his faith but also the source of his healing powers, which he attributed to Jesus Christ. In 2014, his church was at the centre of a controversy and multi-national investigation following the collapse of a section of his church headquarters in Lagos, which left at least 115 people dead, 84 of them South Africans and many more injured. However, the highly respected man of God denied allegations of negligence. A trial was still underway prior to his death.
Still, many also believed he was a genuine man of God, what with his miracles, prophecies and humanitarian works. Aside from the healing powers of his prayers, they claim to have been healed through ‘anointing water’ that he had prayed over and given to those who are unable to physically attend his church in Lagos. Others claim they were protected from deadly incidents because they had the water with them.
In 2013, four people died in a stampede in a Ghanaian branch of SCOAN when an unadvertised service where the water was being distributed drew huge crowds far beyond the churches capacity, bringing Ghana’s capital city Accra almost to a standstill.
Joshua also stirred another controversy when he claimed his anointing water could cure the deadly disease Ebola. He subsequently sent 4,000 bottles of the water alongside a cash gift of $50,000 to Ebola victims in Sierra Leone.
Joshua was not only controversial as a miracle worker, but also his birth and childhood was tinged with unusual circumstances. He said in his biography that he spent 15 months in his mother’s womb and narrowly escaped death after a quarry explosion near his house sent rocks through its roof, just seven days after his birth. It is also alleged that his birth was prophesied 100 years before it occurred.
Below is the statement by the Church confirming his death:
PROPHET TB JOSHUA – JUNE 12th 1963 to JUNE 5th 2021
“Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” – Amos 3:7
On Saturday 5th June 2021, Prophet TB Joshua spoke during the Emmanuel TV Partners Meeting: “Time for everything – time to come here for prayer and time to return home after the service.”
God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will. His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for and died for.
As Prophet TB Joshua says, “The greatest way to use life is to spend it on something that will outlive it”.
Prophet TB Joshua leaves a legacy of service and sacrifice to God’s Kingdom that is living for generations yet unborn.
The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations and Emmanuel TV Family appreciate your love, prayers and concern at this time and request a time of privacy for the family.
Here are Prophet TB Joshua’s last words: “Watch and pray.”
One life for Christ is all we have; one life for Christ is so dear.