Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua in a bombshell announcement that shocked congregants and viewers of Emmanuel TV declared his intentions to leave Nigeria and relocate his ministry to the nation of Israel.
Joshua speaking to a rapt multi-national audience at his church service on Sunday 30th April 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 and t hey offered both land and facilities in an area around the biblical site of the Sea of Galilee to organise meetings for international pilgrims.
Joshua said his decision to leave was not connected to the persecution he endured during his ministry.
Joshua explained; “This is where my Father in Heaven came from – it’s non-negotiable, this decision was not 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,”.
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.
He said; “This is the most persecuted ministry in the world. Who are the people persecuting the ministry? My people, Africa,”
“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,”
“Many heroes and great people have been chased out of Africa. There are many geniuses in the Western world who are originally from Africa.”
“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.”
“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.”
Joshua said the invitation to Israel came due to the growing popularity of Joshua’s television channel Emmanuel TV, which is especially known on YouTube, 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.