Controversial Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua released an intriguing list of prophetic messages in his church service on Monday 31st December 2012, subsequently re-posted on his official Facebook page, ‘TB Joshua Ministries’.
Joshua, who has a large repertoire of past prophecies that have come to pass, predicted bad tidings for politicians who ‘failed to reward those who helped them succeed’ and declared that farming was an anointed occupation for 2013 which would yield financial success.
The expectation in the service for Joshua’s prophetic vision for 2013 was palpable, especially with the news that he had just returned from a three day period of fasting and prayer at an unknown ‘mountain’ in Nigeria.
Testimonies preceded Joshua’s arrival, including that of Hon Ken Emeakayi, a politician from Anambra State, who recounted how he was miraculously rescued from hired assassins after ministering ‘Anointing Water’ someone had given him, despite his disbelief and skeptical impression of Joshua’s ministry. Similarly, Chief Chika Okpala, a veteran Nigerian comedian popularly known as ‘Chief Zebrudaya Okoroigwe Nwogbo alias 4:30’, testified with his family how his brother’s wife was released from kidnappers after he had visited Joshua’s church for prayers and used his ‘Anointing Water’.
Dr Joseph Ayoola explained how he was saved from a severe form of depression and suicidal tendencies through Joshua’s prayer and prophecy followed by a subsequent regeneration in his medical career and re-accreditation of his hospital that had closed down due to his problems. Then, an American ex-military man who travelled from Germany to Nigeria explained how he had been mysteriously paralysed from waist down for nearly a year before coming to Joshua for prayers. He walked in the midst of the congregation, testifying that he had received a ‘miracle’ from Jesus Christ as doctors had told him he would never walk again.
Loud applause heralded Joshua’s arrival in the service, and he went straight into the prophecy for the year, stating that people wished to hear the mind of God for the upcoming year. “2013 is a year of surprises. I am seeing many great, famous, popular and rich men and politicians will become helpless and in need of help in matters of sickness, disease, finances, death, etc,” he said in the service broadcast live on the popular Christian station Emmanuel TV. “One of the causes: They have failed to reward those who helped them to succeed. This is the year of judgment, especially for politicians who use youth to support their political ambitions without reward after winning power.”
Joshua then proceeded to celebrate the future of farming, claiming that providence would favour those who engaged in it this year. “Those in the foodstuff business will have a field day this year. Farming and agriculture will be the order of the day and will help greatly to be the source of solution this year. People engaged in it will be greatly blessed.”
Joshua, speaking to the thousands who had gathered in his church to usher in the New Year, counselled young people who spent vast resources of energy, time and finances in the pursuit of foreign travel to rather invest in agriculture. “They will achieve greatness by transacting in agriculture and foodstuff and become successful in export and import business.”
He further advised couples dissatisfied with their current occupations to allow one of them to pursue a career in agronomy. “Those who have been working for many years and have never been satisfied with the job and salary they receive, the little limited resources at their disposal should be invested in foodstuff business or agriculture, especially those already married. They should divide themselves in such a way that either the husband or wife should step down from service where they receive salary and face agriculture.”
Joshua was emphatic in his conviction that such actions would reap great rewards, stating it was a secret God had revealed to him. “Foodstuff business and agriculture or farming are anointed businesses this New Year, to revive the world from economic depression. This is the secret of God revealed to you today. Quote me; you will not regret doing it. My name is T.B. Joshua.”
Additionally, Joshua predicted that natural disasters would continue to abound, alongside accidents on land, sea and air. He proclaimed that faithful Christians would receive answers to prayers, especially in the area of couples seeking for the fruit of the womb. Joshua called on people to engage in charitable activities, especially in provision of scholarships to deserving young people. “Share their pain and share their joy. This year, there is great reward in doing this if you do it with all your heart.”
He concluded by advising people to stop the habit of praying against enemies. “Stop praying against those who hurt you. This year, you will see clearly that God is God of vengeance. Instead, you should pray for them.
Joshua stated that he would be revealing further prophetic messages for the international community and world leaders in subsequent services. He then prayed for the congregation, including the thousands who had gathered in huge overflow tents outside, decreeing that 2013 would be a year where ‘new dreams come true’ for genuine Christians.