"The road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say"
- J.R.R Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Of Prophet TB Joshua, prophecies and associated dramas.

Some time ago in one of my posts, The days of our Lives, I referred to a prophecy made by a Nigerian prophet concerning the death of an African leader.Two days later, the then president of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika left us to join the ancestors, leaving those who believe in TB Joshua delirious and those who don't shaken to the bone.

Some were quick to point out that old people die all the time and it is hardly prophetic to say one of the old guys will kick the bucket sometime. Others were more outspoken and accused TB Joshua of being part of a conspiracy to murder Bingu wa Mutharika. The majority believed that "the man of God" had, indeed, seen the death in his visions.

After the initial excitement and the celebrations in Malawi died down- wa Mutharika was not well loved, and his demise sparked jubilation- I forgot about the Prophet and prophecies, that is, until last week when he made another prophecy about the UEFA champions league final (Chelsea need more prayers than Bayern). As if that was not enough, we heard that the Prime Minister had invited TB Joshua to come preside over a "National Day of Prayer" on the 25th of May.

The news was received with mixed feelings, with other "men of God" here rushing to brand TB Joshua an agent of the devil and others coming to his defence. Politicians have also jumped into the fray, after all, TB Joshua is linked to one of the political parties here. The rest of us don't care either way, and I for one would be happy to see all these "men of God" square of and prove their truthfulness.

It seems most of the politicians are afraid the prophet would make an especially dooming prediction of their political careers or lives. The Prophet often sees death in his visions and who knows, he might see one when he comes here. There are also reports from one camp that the Prophet wants to use the platform to "anoint" the Prime Minister as the next President of Zimbabwe.

I find that ridiculous because we are going to vote for our next leader, unless, of course, there are some who are afraid of elections.

Temitope Balogun Joshua is a very controversial man and it seems like he can't keep from the headlines. After reportedly prophesying the death of Michael Jackson, Zambia's AFCON triumph and Bingu wa Mutharika's demise, he went further and foretold some deaths in Argentina and Germany and also "saw" Chelsea's match in his visions.

I don't set much store by prophets and their prophecies but I think TB Joshua should visit some of Europe's best betting houses and make himself some money from the Chelsea-Bayern Munich match.

That, at least, will be legitimate- we've heard so much about how he came to be a millionaire.

I am an African Youth.

TB Joshua- Can't stay out of the headlines.


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