Another tragedy, and another claim by Nigerian "prophet" TB Joshua that he predicted it.
According to Myjoyonline reporter Dorcas Efe Mensah, on January 19, 2013, Mr Joshua gave his prophecy of the April 15 bombing in America.
He reportedly said he had seen a “massacre in a gathering of people in America” and warned that such gatherings should be avoided or be “well-secured”.
“I want you to fast and pray for that nation, America. I see bombings roaming inside [the country]…” Ms Mensah said Mr Joshua told his congregation (How bombings roam is mother matter).
Question: How come we never heard of this "prophecy" on January 19?
Answer: Because there was never any such prophecy on January 19.
This is all an elaborate scam perpetrated by Mr Joshua and the video department of his church with the complicity of "journalists" like Miss Mensah.
The strategy, you see, is rather quite simple. Wait for a tragedy to happen and then make a video claiming to have prophesied it. For good measure, you can backdate the video digitally, and since the vast majority of people the don't know how these things work, you have nothing to worry about. In other words, you can stamp "January 19, 2013" on a video that was produced in August 2013.
The marketing department then goes to work, loads the video on YouTube and the church's website and then contacts its network of hustlers to use the likes of Miss Mensah with all manner offinancial and other inducements to promote the story.
To handle the backlash that always follows from critical minds, the church deploys people to defend Mr Joshua against any criticisms. Their favorite strategy is to quote Chronicles 16:22 - "Touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no harm."
But they forget another Bible quotation, Matthew 24:24: "For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God's chosen ones."
These cyber defenders may have names like Kofi or Kwame, supposedly to show the popularity of Mr Joshua in Ghana. Na lie. They are Nigerians operating from Lagos, a religious 419.
So, here are my two challenges:
1. If Mr Joshua truly believes that he is a prophet, let him tell us today when and where the next world tragedy will occur. He shouldn't mock God by speaking in generalities.
He should speak with the same details he once described a crashed airplane, where he supposedly predicted the color of the plane, the number of dead, their nationality, etc. (that of course was after the fact).
If not, then stop exploiting the tragedies and pain of families around the world. You can go to hell for that.
Question for Myjoyonline and TB Josuah: What was the recent clash between the Nigerian Army and Boko Haram in his own backyard not "prophesied" but he can prophesy things that happen all the way in America.
2. Myjoyonline should investigate Ms Mensah for possible financial influence (that's putting it mildly) from the TB Joshua posse. I assume of course that those who would do the investigation, like the editors, have not themselves been compromised.
This is important to protect their integrity.