T.B. Joshua storms Israel again!

Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua has been spotted in the ‘Holy Land’ of Israel, meeting several prominent local politicians.

In pictures uploaded to Joshua’s official Facebook page, the Nigerian cleric is seen in a meeting with the Muslim Mayor of Nazareth, Ali Salam.

“What a blessing meeting with you, Prophet T.B. Joshua,” Salam is quoted as saying whilst warmly embracing Joshua. “We can’t wait to have you for a revival in Nazareth. We are ready.”

Nazareth, the capital and largest city in the Northern District of Israel, is known as the childhood home of Jesus Christ and is a popular destination for Christian pilgrims.

Joshua also met with MK Ayoob Kara, Israel’s Minister of Communications, who described the Nigerian cleric as “my friend”.

In previous visits, Joshua has met with a host of dignitaries including Israel’s Minister of Tourism, Yariv Lenin, the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau, the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat and the Founder of ZAKA, Rabbi Yehuda Meshi Zahav.

Last year, news of Joshua’s impending relocation to Israel sparked an outcry with prominent government officials and statesmen pleading for the clergyman to stay in Nigeria.

According to statistics from the Nigerian Immigration Services, Joshua accounts for 60% of foreign visits to the West African nation.

Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance writer

I’m leaving Nigeria,’ says Prophet T.B. Joshua

Prophet T.B Joshua

In a bombshell announcement that shocked congregants and viewers of Emmanuel TV alike, Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua declared his intentions to leave Nigeria and relocate his ministry to the nation of Israel.

Speaking to a rapt multi-national audience at his church service on Sunday 30th April 2017, Joshua disclosed that he had just returned from the ‘Holy Land’ after holding meetings with three prominent Israeli mayors of Jerusalem, Tiberias and the Jordan Valley.

According to the cleric, they offered both land and facilities in an area around the biblical site of the Sea of Galilee for the Nigerian Pastor to organise meetings for international pilgrims.

“This is where my Father in Heaven came from – it’s non-negotiable,” Joshua explained, adding it was not a decision he undertook lightly.

“It’s the best place for you to meet Prophet T.B. Joshua. After your healing, blessing and deliverance, you can move around all the spiritual monuments which will establish your faith,” he further clarified.

Joshua said his decision to leave was not connected to the “persecution” he endured during his ministry.

However, he hoped the move would help people to “appreciate” what his ministry had been contributing to both the local economy and Nigeria’s international image.

“This is the most persecuted ministry in the world. Who are the people persecuting the ministry? My people, Africa,” Joshua bluntly stated, adding that this ‘treatment’ had led him into a life of virtual isolation.

“That is why I choose to live a lonely life. If you want to see me, come to this church. I don’t go out. It has not been easy – because I don’t know who is a friend or who is an enemy. If you learn T.B. Joshua is not around, I am in a revival. I live in the church here. I don’t have a house outside.”

“Anytime you pray, remember Africa in prayer,” the cleric solemnly continued to an audience which included over 3,000 foreign nationals who flew into Nigeria to attend the church service.

“Many heroes and great people have been chased out of Africa. There are many geniuses in the Western world who are originally from Africa.”

The cleric pointed to the example of heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua who was allegedly turned down by Nigerian sporting authorities when he wanted to represent the country.

“What happened to me from the beginning of my ministry is enough to chase me out of this country – but I am still in your midst. Upon the persecution and hatred – I decided to follow the path of love. You show hatred; I show love. When I go for a revival, you will see the stadium full but I am not carried away by that. I leave where I’m celebrated to live where I’m persecuted.”

The cleric then advised congregants: “Where you are not celebrated is the best place to stay, to get strength. When you are in the midst of a battle, you are building yourself. That is why I decided to stay where I am not celebrated here in Nigeria. When the grace of God is amid challenges, it gets stronger.”

According to the cleric, the invitation to Israel came due to the growing popularity of Joshua’s television channel Emmanuel TV, which is especially known on YouTube.

“Your life can preach a better sermon than your mouth,” he exhorted the congregation, stating that the Israeli officials had observed his ministry from afar before inviting him.

No timeframe for the move was specified in the service and it was not clear whether activities in The SCOAN’s Ikotun-Egbe base would cease entirely.

Joshua concluded by counselling people: “Don’t destroy your relationships beyond repair because the person who fights you today can be your saviour tomorrow.”

The shock announcement will come as a blow to Nigeria’s religious tourism industry.

Statistics from the Nigerian Immigration Services revealed that six out of every ten travelers to Nigeria go to The SCOAN, with countless local businesses and hotels in the area relying on the church activities for their sustenance.

Ihechukwu Njoku – freelance Nigerian journalist

What Nigeria’ll lose if TB Joshua yields to Israeli calls to relocate to Galilee in Israel

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

There are fears that Nigerians and Nigerian government may be in for serious shocks should the founder and Senior Pastor of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet T B Joshua finally heeds to growing calls and pressure from the State of Israel to move and relocate the entire church to any portion of land he may like around the respected sites around the Sea of Galilee or Nazareth.

The church is currently located at number 1, Segun-Irefin Street, Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos, Nigeria.

The man of God paid a visit to the State of Israel and toured several monument sites last week and came back within the week.

Breaking the news of his invitation to relocate yesterday during Sunday Service live broadcast from Ikotu, Lagos, Nigeria, he said “I have been officially invited by the three Majors of strategic religious sites in Israel including Nazareth, Jordan valley and Jerusalem to come and take lands, build and operate SCOAN considering the true work of God he has been doing in Nigeria”.

Business Hilights investigations on what Nigeria stands to lose as a nations showed among other things that international visits to SCOAN alone remains the single largest pull factor and attraction force of foreigners visiting Nigeria for tourism either religious or otherwise in the last 10 years.

Though efforts to get real international visitors traffic at the church failed at press time, checks at both Abuja and Lagos Airports showed that majority of mass traffic by foreigners are for the church.

A source very close to the church told Business Hilights on phone that SCOAN welcomes a weekly tourists traffic of not less than 200 international visitors.

Going by this statistics, it means that the federal government alone earns first of all, five per cent Passenger Service Charge infused into the way back ticket of each and every one of them through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). This tax is statutorily collected by the airlines and remitted to government through the NCAA.

Whereas this collection runs into billions of naira on a quarterly basis, it is also on record since the beginning of insurgency in the North East, the federal government introduced what can be called Air security tax used to deepen security systems at the airports which is $20 per air passenger. This tax too, is embedded in the air fare, collected by airlines and remitted to the federal government.

Statistics also show that over $1 billion dollars are now in the dedicated account for the tax and further investigations show that visitors’ to SCOAN make over 78 per cent of the air travelers visiting Nigeria weekly.

Tb Joshua healing Peru Dora FranciscaWhat the Lagos State government had been gaining, a visit to Ikotu, the current location of the church showed massive rise in hotels developments by private investors within the radius of the church.

Whereas the hoteliers rake in foreign direct cash from the visitors who lodged in their hotel rooms, the state government deepens its tax basket by several taxes paid by the hotels.

At the community level, several supermarkets and eateries within the axis also enjoy their own chunk of the gains of the church location in Nigeria.

Besides, the Local Government also has a way of raising income from the presence of the church in the axis.

On other business opportunities’, there has been a rise in number of jobless youths who are now engaged in Airport taxi, Airport shuttle services and even Okada riders stationed at Cele and Airport Road Junctions making their daily bread by moving international visitors to and fro the Church.

Finance analysts who have put together all the economic multiplier effects of the Church’s location in Nigeria say the gains are unimaginable; stressing that any attempt to move out of Ikotu or Nigeria in particular will lead to the closure of several businesses and possibly turn Ikotu a mini ghost town after all.

Giving more insights to his challenges and unfolding developments during yesterday’s Sunday Service monitored by Business Hilights team of editors in Lagos through the live telecast, Prophet Joshua said in parts; “Image I relocate the Ministry to another country what will happen to Nigerian investments in hotels around Ikotu and environs, Taxi drivers who move visitors to and fro the Airport”.

But these are the things our people don’t take to consideration and they want TJ Joshua’s head at all costs.

“If you are a man of the people, you have their affairs in your heart. You will be able to know how your people are doing, how would they succeed, eat and all that and I consider all these.

“So when I was there four days ago, they took me to a hall, (Please can you play that again, show them the hall); They took me to the hall, and they said, Prophet TB Joshua, if you are ready, we are ready to assign this place for your mission.

“So, Ehm, I looked at myself, I said haa!, Nigeria.

Thousands of hotels, hoteliers, where would they go? What will happen if I relocate?

Unemployment, taxi drivers, out of eight to 10 people coming to you as a taxi driver, eight of them from Synagogue.

“And, I know that Israel is where my father in haven came from. This is not negotiable. I said not negotiable.

If it were to be any other country, I will negotiate, but Israel is the land of my father in heaven.

TB Joshua 4“I was taken to four strategic places to make my choice on location of the Church in Israel. They include Sea of Galilee; a land direct to the Sea of Galilee. They said if I don’t want that hall and want to build mine, this is land behind the Sea of Galilee.

“The three majors came together. These are the key places religious tourists go in Israel-: Nazareth, Capernaum and others are under them.

The three majors are in charge of the key religious tourist sites.

You hear what they are saying? They want me to come over.

“That showed that they have watched Emmanuel TV so much. Why, because what is happening is exactly what they hear about our father in Heaven.

Imagine somebody on the wheelchair at the pool of Bethsaida got healed; the record will be back if I relocate.

I can see the reason why they would encourage the Ministry of TB Joshua to come and stay in Israel.

I take it back again, where would all these big hotels here in Ikotu and environs go? Where would they go and the best place to meet TB Joshua will be Nazareth, Galilee. Israel is the best place to meet me.

“After your healing, you now move round to see all religious tourist places, spiritual monuments, to establish your faith, it’s the best place.

TB Joshua Israel award

TB Joshua receives award in Israel

It’s the best place to meet Prophet TB Joshua. After your healing or your blessing and deliverance, you now move round all the spiritual monuments, to establish your faith that is the best place.

“But human side of me; is complaining. What human side of me is complaining? All these big, big, big hotels they build around me with trillion dollars, taxi driver, Customs, people coming from all over the world to promote our country Nigeria”.

Any time they come, as they are going back, whoever meets them and say anything bad about Nigeria, they will tell them, no! The country is not as bad as you say because I have been there to see Prophet TB Joshua.

“Because some people believe this country is bad, but when you go back you start to tell them, no no no, it’s good. I have been there. What a wonderful promotion.

Changing people’s impression of the nation.

“Now, if somebody like me will leave Nigeria and live in Israel, what impression will the world have on Nigeria? Many will ask if the man could leave the country, what is happening.

But God is still saying something. May be God want Nigerians to appreciate me and my God.

Yes, may be God is trying to prove something. They do not know what you stand for and what you are doing.

“Ok, let’s go to Israel for two or three month’s revival and see how Nigerians will appreciate what has been happening here at Ikotu, Lagos, Nigeria and Africa in general.

“May be let’s just invite the whole world to meet me for some days at Nazareth and let’s see how things will look like here in Nigeria…I think God want to prove something.

“I want to thank God. Let me give you an advice. If your people are saying good about you, abroad they cannot believe you. They will not respect you. Its better they abuse you and spoil your name. They know that those they spoil their names are those the world respect.

“I grow to know this because of what is happening to me. Because I was shocked in Israel. They did not allow me to explain myself.

“They told me that we know what you are doing. Don’t try to explain yourself. We have been watching you for the past three years. I was shocked…

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Prophet T.B. Joshua visit Israel and Greece Received Awards

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TB Joshua receives award in Israel

After the recent two days South Korea crusade in Sky Dome by Prophet T.B Joshua, the Prophet was suspicious absent from the pastors Conferences organised specifically for the Korea’s Pastors. There it was announced the Prophet will be holding his next crusade in Peru, but since then Prophet T.B. Joshua has not been seen in public nor appear in the SCOAN live Sunday services.

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Certificate Of Recognition Presented to T.B Joshua In Israel

To the amazement of SCOAN members and Emmanuel.tv viewers all over the world, a video was shown of Prophet T.B. Joshua visits to the nation of Israel, where he received an award for his ministry outstanding humanitarian works. T.B Joshua also visited Greece, where he went to the Biblical historic sites including the City of Philippi where Paul and Silas were jailed, and from there the Prophet prayed for viewers all over the world.

TB Joshua picture in Israel

T.B Joshua in Israel

Post on the T.B. Joshua ministries official Facebook page, explains why the Prophet visits those biblical nations, the reasons for the awards and the biblical historical site. The following Statement bellow was posted on the SCOAN official Facebook page:

T.B Joshua Praying Israel

T.B Joshua Praying for someone in Israel

After the recent earthquake in Ecuador Prophet, T.B. Joshua and Emmanuel TV Partners reached out by chartering a cargo plane which carried 20 tonnes of emergency relief to distressed areas affected by the devastating earthquake. Apart from bringing immediate relief aid, rebuilding of a school and other constructions are taking place. An Israeli rescue and relief organization recognized by the United Nations, ZAKA had taken cognizance of this and numerous other charitable deeds done by Prophet T.B. Joshua and the Emmanuel TV Team.

ZAKA’s chairman, Rabbi Yehuda Meshi Zahav came to The SCOAN last week and escorts Prophet T.B. Joshua to Israel to award him for his efforts and to also invite him to partner with them to advance the work of God in the nation Israel.

TB Joshua visits biblical sites

T.B Joshua visits biblical sites

During his visit, Prophet T.B. Joshua held meetings with a number of government officials, including the Mayor of Bethlehem – Mrs Vera Baboun, Mr Ayoob Kara – the Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation in the Government of Israel and his team, Ambassador Ran Ichay – Senior Deputy Director to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mr Rafi Eitan – Former Mossad Intelligence Officer, who hosted the Prophet in his home.

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Biblical historic Paul and Silas Prison

After his visit to Israel, Prophet T.B. Joshua stopped in Greece where he visited Biblical sites including the City of Philippi where Paul and Silas were jailed and released after singing praise to God while in chains. He took some moments to pray for viewers whilst at this holy place. Indeed, for those whose lives are centered on Christ the best is always yet to come.

Biblical history

Paul and Silas prison Biblical history

Also, another facebook post was posted which show Prophet T.B. Joshua receiving a gift from Mrs Vera Baboun, the first female Mayor of Bethlehem with the following statement:

T.B. Joshua with Mrs Vera Baboun

T.B. Joshua receiving a gift from Mrs Vera Baboun

Prophet T.B. Joshua receiving a gift from Mrs Vera Baboun, the first female Mayor of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ!

“This relationship will open the door for Emmanuel TV partners worldwide to visit the nation of Israel for pilgrimage.”

*Photo: TB Joshua Ministries