T. B. JOSHUA'S PROPHECY REGARDING THE OUTCOME OF THE 2016 U.S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
t is all over the news that prophet T.B. Joshua of the Synagogues of All Nations gave a prophecy in which he stated that Hillary Clinton would win the just concluded 2016 U.S. Presidential election by a narrow margin. What was the outcome of the election? Mrs. Clinton won the popular vote by a narrow margin but Mr. Trump won the electoral college and has been declared the president elect. Following that result, the media is full of condemnation of prophet T.B. Joshua. Some people even went as far as saying that he was a false prophet. They simple demonized, humiliated and castigated him.
I submit here that prophet T.B. Joshua does not deserve the vilification and the vituperation he is now receiving from people. A careful examination of the content of his prophecy regarding the election shows that he was 100% accurate. He said Mrs. Clinton would win the election by a narrow margin and that was exactly what happened. If the election had taken place in Nigeria and some other countries where presidents are elected by popular vote or the votes of the majority of the people, Mrs. Clinton would have been declared the president elect. Bare in mind that prophet T.B. Joshua is not an American politician or lawyer and does not know the knitty-gritty of the U.S. Presidential electoral process. He probably did not know that a person could win the popular vote and still not become the president of the United States of America due to the electoral map or college.
Most prophecies are not self-fulfilling.
There are two kinds of prophecies in the Bible: Self-fulfilling prophecies and those that are not self- fulfilling. Self-fulfilling prophecies are predictions that will always and must be fulfilled and can never be changed by prayer or anything or anyone. An example is the Biblical prophecy that Jesus is coming back. Prophecies that are not self-fulfilling are the ones that must be established by fervent prayer or divine intervention or the ones that have conditions attached to them.
In Matthew 6:9-10 NLT, Jesus said, "Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come soon; May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Sometimes the fulfillment of prophecies is delayed or not fulfilled because we do not pray enough to God to fulfill them. Jesus told us to pray that God's will be done on earth, as it is done in heaven. The will of God is not automatically done on earth. We have to pray to establish his will on earth. When God shows us the good things he wants to do for us in visions, we should pray to God to make them a reality in our lives. Those things may not materialize unless we fervently pray them into reality.
When Angel Gabriel announced to virgin Mary that she would be the mother of our savior Jesus Christ. She said, "behold, the handmaiden of the Lord, let it be to me as you have spoken." Luke 1:28-38. In other words, she prayed that the prophecy be fulfilled.
In Daniels 9, Daniel read a portion of the book of prophet Jeremiah where the latter had predicted that the Jews would only be exiled in Babylon for 70 years. He read that book in the 70th year of their captivity in Babylon. He was wondering why a decree for the release of the exiles had not been made by king Darius. He decided to fast and pray and plead with God to release his people from captivity in accordance with the prophecy that prophet Jeremiah gave several years earlier. He knew that if he did not pray specially for the release of his people, they might not be released from captivity despite the prophecy of prophet Jeremiah!
In I kings 18:41-46, Elijah the prophet heard in the spirit realm the sound of the abundance of rain. But there was nothing in the natural or physical to indicate that it was going to rain. He had to fervently pray seven times before the rain was released in the physical. The good things that we see in a vision may not happen in the natural unless we pray fervently for them to happen. In I Kings 17-18, the nation of Israel had experienced lack of rain and dew for three and a half years because God was punishing them for worshipping the Siddonite idol called Baal. Baal was believed by its worshippers to be the source and procurer of rain, fertility and increase. God wanted to prove to his people that those blessings did not come from Baal but from him. Hence, he shut the windows of heaven for those years and there was no rain and dew for those years. Without rain and dew, agricultural activities could not be carried out in the land of Israel. Famine resulted and the economy of Israel was paralyzed. After the contest between prophet Elijah with the prophets and priests of Baal on mount Carmel wherein Elijah called on God to send fire down to consume the watery sacrifice on the watery alter and it was so, the Jews wholeheartedly turned to God and proclaimed that "Jehovah is God." On the order of Elijah, all the prophets and priests of Baal were summarily executed. Because the people of God had now repented from their idolatry and spiritual adultery, it was time for God to send rain to bless them so that they could carry out their agricultural activities and the prolonged famine in the land would soon be over.
A prophecy may not be fulfilled because no prayer is offered for its fulfillment. A prophecy reveals the will of God but does not enforce that will. The will of God is enforced by prayer and obedience. Jesus taught us to pray that God's will be done on earth. So, if we don't pray, his will may not be done. It was probably the will of God for Mrs. Clinton to win the election and become the president. It probably did not happen because people did not pray for it to happen or because Mrs. Clinton did not do everything she was supposed to do. Some people in the United States actually believe that the election was rigged and that Trump could not have triumphed in the election. At least, look at the unprecedented demonstrations and picketing that have resulted from the election. Many people are dissatisfied with the outcome of the election. The United States has not officially declared that the election was rigged.
Mistake is inevitable in ministry.
Assuming that prophet T.B. Joshua got it all wrong, I submit that that does not make him a false prophet. Mistake is inevitable in ministry. Jesus never made any mistake in his own ministry. But his ministers make mistakes in ministry all the time. There is no pastor or bishop or prophet or evangelist or preacher who has never made a mistake in ministry. Peter denied Jesus three times. Yet Jesus gave him another opportunity. Jesus did not condemn him. Several years later, Paul found Peter to be hypocritical on one occasion. Read Galatians 2:11-21. Yet no one in his right mind can say that Peter was a false apostle.
Moses dishonored and disobeyed the Lord in the matter of the waters of Meribah. Numbers 20:2-13. Because of that sin, he was prevented from entering the promise land even though he pleaded with God to allow him to enter into it. Yet, Moses went to heaven after he died. Remember, that he and Elijah appeared to Jesus at the mount of transfiguration. He could not have appeared to Jesus from hell fire. Additionally, the scripture says that he was faithful to God. Numbers 12:7; Hebrews 3:5
Nigerians like to destroy their own great ones
Sometimes I wonder why we like to destroy our own people. I am very surprised that the Nigerian media and newspapers like Guardian and Punch could carry the story of T.B. Joshua's prophecy about the election and let the whole world know that he was wrong. This was a man whom God has used to bring so many honors to Nigeria and Nigerians. T.B. Joshua is a household name in the United States of America, South and Central America, Africa and indeed the rest of the world. Through the ministry of T.B. Joshua, Nigeria has become a religious tourist attraction like Mecca. His achievement has not been paralleled anywhere in the world. When prominent religious ministers give inaccurate prophecies in the United States, their fellow preachers cover them up in recognition of the fact that no minister is above making a mistake. For example, the owner of the popular 700 Club, Pat Robinson incorrectly predicted during a telecast that Gov. Mitt Romney would win the 2012 presidential election. He even said God told him so. Guess what, after the election result showed that President Obama had won his re-election, all the video tapes of the prediction were deleted by his fellow preachers because they did not like to shame one of their own. I have not heard any preacher in the United States refer to the incorrect prediction of Pat Robinson since that time.
When king Saul was killed by the Philistines, David said this in his lamentation over Saul even though Saul had tried to kill him many times before he met his Waterloo:
"How are the mighty fallen! Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice" 2 Samuel 1:19-20
Gath and Ashkelon were two of the five principal cities of the Philistines. David was saying that the fall and shameful death of king Saul should not be publicized and broadcast among the enemies of Israel, i.e. the Philistines lest they rejoice. Unlike David, we like to wash the dirty linen of our pastors and bishops in the public. This ought not to be.
I am appalled at the demonization of prophet T.B Joshua by some Nigerians for making the prophecy. The inaccuracy of the prophecy is really debatable. Let me make this very clear. I am not a former or current disciple or member of prophet T.B. Joshua. I have never met him in person. I have never solicited for his prayers. But I love the work he has been doing for the Lord over the years. I am also a keen observer of his ministry.
I have followed the ministries of some men of God in Nigeria for years. For example, I have followed the ministry of Rev. Dr. Uma Ukpai for years since I first attended his meeting back in Nigeria in the 1990s. I still watch him on YouTube today because I believe in him. I am not an Igbo man but I really love Dr. Uma Ukpai with his scintillating anointing. Looking at the positive global impact of the ministry of the prophet T. B Joshua, I am shocked that anyone can call him false. May God forgive those who are spreading false rumor about him.
Dr. David Akintimoye is the pastor of Upper Room Intl Church in Moreno Valley, California and an attorney at law in the State of California.