In response to our recent articles portraying TB Joshua as the last days messiah as was prophesied in scripture dozens of questions have poured in from our readers, some of which we deem worthy of response as we herewith present. A question was asked by one of our readers who goes by the name Ruth. She asked;
If a man is the messiah why should he heal and deliver in the name of another?
Answer: Remember how Jesus went to be baptised to fulfil all righteousness, not because it was necessary for him to. If you can recall, one of the earliest accusations against TB Joshua which estranged him from other ministers was that he doesn’t mention the name “Jesus” when performing his miracles, So if you’re willing to accept it, it’s all to help our faith – to ease our process of believing, he had to come down to the level of mortal men who need mediation. A lot of those who would believe his works would doubt his source if they didn’t hear the name “Jesus” on his lips, and he wouldn’t want those he came to save to slip into unhealthy doubt over something he can so easily do, though it’s not a requisite for him because the spirit of Jesus fully Indwells Him. The same happened to Jesus whose reign was amongst the Jews who regarded Moses as the messiah. Moses gave them the law and stipulated regulations to cure skin diseases like leprosy which they judiciously followed. Jesus who Himself is the healer and did not need to go through all that process to cleanse lepers had to do a little of what TB Joshua does today (by using the name “Jesus”) when he told a man full of leprosy he had already cleansed, to still do what Moses stipulated for lepers cleansing (which was unnecessary) and go show himself to the Priests as a testimony to them, so that perhaps with their testimony of healing by Him (Jesus) supposedly through Moses, he would be believed. (Luke 5:14).However there’s a prayer point used in SCOAN in which TB Joshua releases His name to be used in prayer with exceptional results following. Subsequent posts might address the implications thereof.
This question was posed by quite several people which in summary goes thus;
Jesus strictly warned us saying; many shall come in my name saying I am the Christ, and shall deceive many. Isn’t this a warning against people like TB Joshua?
Answer; don’t be deceived, the context of this warning includes an explicit statement from the lips of the imposters, not an implied supposition which leaves much room for debate. “they shall come in my name saying; I am the Christ“ Jesus assured of the false Christs unreserved and blatant proclamation of themselves as the Christ, but which to this day none has record of TB Joshua explicitly saying, neither is there any prospect of him admitting such in future, a fact to which even his fervent critics on “TB Joshua watch” testified saying:
“If you’re waiting for a video of TB Joshua explicitly claiming to be the Messiah; it won’t happen”.
So TB Joshua does not fit this criterion; “they shall come in my name saying; I am the Christ”. The deception of the false Christ centres on the outspoken claim to be Jesus or an incarnation of the Great GOD Himself. These they did and would do forgetting that a true Messiah NEVER bears witness of Himself, but rather allows his works bear witness of Him, (if I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true…the very works that I do bear witness of me John 5:31, 36).
You can call ‘bearing witness of themselves’ one of the “prohibitions” for a true messiah, they always leave mortals speculating about their true spirit nature. Jesus was also very secretive about his messianic status on earth and made no open claim of it, but kept saying and doing things only possible for the messiah, this led people to begin speculating; “Some say you are John the Baptizer, others Elijah, and still others say that one of the prophets from long ago has come back to life.” luke 9:19.
But the High Priests who knew that Jesus was implying being the Christ by his words (like “I came down from heaven”) and deeds (like “forgiving sins”), but got no explicit admittance from Him, had to charge him under oath by the living GOD to answer if he was the Christ, not that they might believe, but that they may hear it from his own lips and charge him for blasphemy. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God (Matt 26:63) Yet he only replied “you yourself have said it.”
So forget about getting this confession of “who he really is” out of TB Joshua. It’s his best kept secret, little Wonder His latest message on the SCOAN official Blog is: “KEEP YOUR MYSTERY” because that is what he’s in fact doing. When many testifiers on Emmanuel tv are about to refer to him as the “messiah of our days”, he cuts in and prevents it. You don’t see any of it on emmanuel tv, the ministry’s official blogs and sites? (The best mediums to propagate these if he wanted it) All of which to this day still portray Jesus Christ as the messiah and not TB Joshua. If you would have us state it clearly. TB Joshua himself doesn’t want you to know any of what is written here Just as Jesus instructed His disciples to tell no man that he was the Christ till His mission was completed Matt 17:19. We do this as a way of letting you know who he really is, that you may value him the more, benefit from his Grace and honour him as He honours Christ before his departure.
Regarding the nature of the second coming of Christ, some readers quoted this portion of scripture to support the theology of an open coming of the messiah seen and noticed around the world.
Matt 24:27, for as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Answer; This text seems at first glance to mean someone coming out of the sky like a flash of lightning, and is thought to be exactly so by numerous Christian faithfuls worldwide, but how true is this popular belief in Christian circles? Knowing fully well that it was Jesus design to speak in parables to fulfill the prophecy, “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world. (matt 13:35)
The text is evidently one of the strongest supports for the theology of Christ falling out of the sky to earth on his second coming. But If you’re willing to accept it – this is what the parable means; The lightning that comes out of the east and shines even unto the west is the Glory of the last days Messiah whose splendour would spread all over, far beyond the boundaries of where He originates from, (Just as lightning is experienced far from where it originates) …that it would attract pilgrims from all over the world, which was why Jesus continued …For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Christ was in a sense describing His last days Glory as honey which insects would definitely seek and find, or carcasses which birds of prey always seek and find, meaning that pilgrims would seek and find him on his return from the farthest corners of the world, just as it was during the days of His First earthly Ministry.
If your eyes are good, you’ll observe that this is what is happening in the SCOAN today, People of all Nations, Pastors, Prophets, politicians, the rich, the poor, small, great, popular and obscure flock to TB Joshua’s synagogue to find rest for their souls and receive life in abundance. So great is their number that it has to be restricted by asking them to wait for invitations before coming else there’ll be total chaos because there would be no ground to contain the influx of people. So many are those who borrow money to fly down to the SCOAN from other countries and continents of the world, others who aren’t so fortunate to get loans journey by road and sea and foot for months just to get to the Scoan from their country, Just as it was during his first earthly ministry. Because He saw their needs and met them; filled with compassion when he saw people without faith and hope as He still does even today.
So for our friends at tbjoshuawatch asking for a biblical prophecy TB Joshua fulfilled this is one fulfilled in your hearing today – if you’re willing to accept it that is.
To be continued…
Please note; Questions should be plain, civil, direct and concise - a collection of entire bible chapters as a question will put your question(s) out of consideration. Thanks.