Palm Sunday is a day when Christians celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the week before His death and resurrection. At The SCOAN, Sunday school children relived the experience with displays of a donkey rider and Easter songs. That aside, the thousands of worshippers who convened at The SCOAN from all corners of the world, witnessed the power of the Holy Spirit at work as the Lord loosed people from all kinds of yokes and burdens. The man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, ministered at the prayer line where many people were healed of their ailments and delivered of evil spirits. He also prophesied to individuals and nations. The prophet, in particular, addressed a message which was being spread around in Namibia and online media that an earthquake would strike that nation on Monday [April 14, 2014]. He replied, “The prophetess in Namibia may have dreamt but the translation is wrong. There is nothing like that. But it is an opportunity to live as if today is your last day on earth.” Prophet T.B. Joshua was compelled to speak out on the issue after being bombarded with emails seeking his confirmation of the said prophecy despite having not originated from him.
Earlier, Wise Man Harry delivered a thought-provoking message titled: ‘The Way of Obedience’ which challenged people to be spontaneous in responding to instructions of God regardless of conditions. He taught that, while in Matthew 21: 1-11 the disciples of Jesus Christ accepted to go to the village and bring a donkey together with its colt for Jesus to ride on into Jerusalem, the same conditions if given to followers of Christ today, might not be obeyed as Christians are only clever in hearing the message but not always in obeying.
“When your mind is taken up by worldly considerations, you cannot stand for Jesus or obey any of His instructions. The moment you want to follow Jesus’ instruction, your mind would start telling you ‘Don’t do it! They will arrest you!’ Every time you determine to do what is right, something else, something contrary crosses your mind. This is because the mind always resents things that are difficult to master. As a child of God, your mind must be disciplined to become your servant and not your master,” he said.
The service was laced with wonderful testimonies from scores of people who had come to share what the Lord has done in their lives. Here are just a few of the testimonies:
WOMAN REAPS FROM PROPHECY OF AGRICULTURAL BOOM!
When Mrs Rose Uba retired from her life-long career in the education sector, she was not ready to sit on her laurels and count her days to her monthly pension collections. She wanted to be active and productive to take care of her voluminous responsibilities. Yet, she could not decide what really to venture into until God spoke. In 2012 she came to The SCOAN and heard a prophetic message that was to reshape her life. Prophet T.B. Joshua prophesied that people should go into agriculture and foodstuff businesses, saying that they would prosper. She claimed it. Not knowing how to enter into agriculture as she had no land, she prayed with the Anointing Water and felt God inspire her to begin fish farming, a business she had never practiced. She purchased GP tanks, put in the fingerings and sprayed them with the Anointing Water, in Jesus’ name. Her fishery business responded with a boom. The fish she produced were large and delicious. Customers descended on her fishery in droves and eventually encouraged her to open a restaurant alongside the fishery so that people could choose their fish and eat it there. Beaming with joy, Mrs Uba, former secretary to education in her municipality, proclaimed to the congregation she no longer lacks.
“Every day, I have money in my pocket. Whether they pay my pension or not, I am alright. God is providing for me,” she said. Advising people on the importance of honoring a prophet’s words, she said, “Anything that comes out from the mouth of the prophet, key into it. He is speaking from above. Take it seriously and don’t play with it. As for me, this is just a starting point. I know God is taking me higher and higher!”
ANOINTING WATER QUENCHES RAGING OIL INFERNO
Engineer Martins Idoko’s action of faith in anointing items from The SCOAN has become a subject of admiration in his entire community and all echo his belief that God can use any medium to manifest his power. The story of how Engineer Idoko used the Anointing Water to calm and quash flames of fire that could have become a huge catastrophe in the area, is widely told particularly among those in the oil sector. On March 5 this year , someone came to his filling station in the night to collect petroleum products. He, however, told the driver to wait until morning. A few hours later that night, while at home, he received an emergency call that his petroleum station was on fire. Rushing down to the scene, he found the whole community gathered outside his filling station shouting and gesticulating helplessly. Other than break down to tears at the prospect of losing millions, he remembered that he had a weapon of God with him. Exercising his faith, he took out the Anointing Water and ministered it on the flames albeit from a distance, praying that there would be no losses, in Jesus’ name. The fire instantly ebbed and when the fire service arrived, it only finished the job. When he was finally able to enter his property, he discovered that a large fuel tanker, full of fuel, was parked adjacent to the burnt building. He was shocked, realising that if the truck had caught fire, the entire community might have burst into flames from the ensuing explosion. The Fire Services reported to him that they had never seen such a miracle in their time and, when they demanded to know how this had been made possible, he showed them his bottle of the Anointing Water. They agreed that this thing could indeed only be possible with God!
SOLDIER MARCHES BACK TO FULL FITNESS AFTER PRAYER!
What started off as routine escort duty for Corporal Sunday Agada, took a nasty turn when the vehicle he was travelling in crashed in a terrible accident. The young corporal escaped with his life but sustained a severe fracture to the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg. He was rushed to the hospital and after treatment was told that walking properly was out of the question and would have to use crutches for the rest of his life. This was truly a deadly blow to his physical condition and professional career. In desperation, he ran to a herbalist but when they demanded that he conduct a sacrifice, he escaped to The SCOAN, seeking the face of God. After prayer from one of the wise men, the crippling pain left him. He stood up and walked without the crutches – something that would have been impossible a few moments earlier. Proving his perfect healing, Corporal Agada, who came clad in his military gear, performed 10 perfect push-ups and demonstrated his military march in front of the congregation. Thank You, Jesus!
BABY CAME BACK TO LIFE THROUGH ANOINTING WATER
Many couples came to The SCOAN having problems such as barrenness, low sperm count, multiple fibroids and shared their wonderful testimonies with their babies. Among them were Mr and Mrs Joshua Yao Gomado, Mr & Mrs Ezekiel Green and Mr & Mrs Anwuli Malior who after the delivery of their dead baby, ministered the Anointing Water and their baby was miraculously resurrected! Smiling happily, the beautiful baby bounced on Mrs Malior’s knee as she gave glory to God for raising her child back to life.
DEAD BONES RISE AGAIN: MANHOOD RESTORED!
When Bishop Dr Paul walked to take his position before the congregation on Sunday, he had a spring in his footstep – something he had lacked for a very long period. The previous week, he had come to The SCOAN with his own mountain of sorrow. Prophet T.B. Joshua, prophesied to him that they wanted him to run from one woman to another and that this was the third woman. Bishop Paul was stunned at the exactness of the prophecy. During mass prayer the same day, Prophet T.B. Joshua prophesied that there was a man whose manhood was no longer working. He explained that this man had met with a fat woman who had been charmed by her husband and that since then, his manhood stopped working. Bishop Paul stood up and claimed the prophecy. He was prayed for and delivered.
Testifying before the congregation on Sunday, he said that he saw a fat woman in a dream wearing a wrapper and he made love to her. The next day, he physically saw the same woman he had seen in his dream. Just as it happened in the dream, so did it happen in the physical in the woman’s own matrimonial home. His manhood instantly died. Bearing testimony, the bishop’s wife told the church that indeed her husband’s manhood had not been functioning. Bishop Dr Paul explained that, during a shower soon after his deliverance, his manhood rose back to life. Glory be to God!
RESCUED FROM SPIRIT OF LUST, MASTURBATION
What started out of peer pressure for Mr Stevenson Simplice from the Caribbean Island – Saint Martin, grew to become a heavy chain of enslavement that tormented him despite his passion for Christ. Mr Simplice grew up in a broken home and witnessed sexual sins perpetrated by those he lived with when his father and mother separated. He lacked love and was a victim of humiliation and violence. All this took a huge toll on him and he considered himself unwanted. In his desperation to find acceptance and love, he ended up in bad company. He was introduced to masturbation and it developed into an addiction. Two years later, he decided to serve God but was still held by the clawing of masturbation. Even on the way to church, he would turn back home, find himself masturbating and start all over back to church. He later entered the music industry, singing and performing before big crowds and meeting presidents and prime ministers of different nations. Despite all this seeming success, he was still bound down to the spirits of lust and masturbation. He fasted and prayed but it did not work. One day, Mr Stevenson started searching on YouTube for a deliverance ministry when he discovered Emmanuel TV. He realised that there was enough available anointing at The SCOAN to deliver him. He later visited The SCOAN and received prayer from Prophet T.B. Joshua. He also received the Anointing Water. That night, he said, he slept well and woke up realising that his heart was free to love Jesus and the urge to masturbate was no longer disturbing him. Since then, he has never masturbated and his mind is free of guilt and looking forward to a new chapter of life in the service of God. Speaking to the viewers, he said, “We have to get connected to the Anointing of God and be delivered.” Praise God!
FRAUDSTERS CONFESS IMPERSONATING T.B. JOSHUA ON FACEBOOK
Evil begets evil and so it has come true for Mr Ndifreka, 25, and his younger brother Godwin, 24. When Mr Ndifreka finished secondary school and could not find a job, he succumbed to the devil’s deception when he created a counterfeit facebook account to the official SCOAN account using the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua’s name. Little did he know that everything that starts dubiously will surely end dubiously. Confessing his ill-conceived scheme before the congregation, he said the moment he created the accounts; he was bombarded with many people from around the world desperate to come to visit The SCOAN and some looking to get the Anointing Water at any cost. He placed different phone numbers with different email addresses on each of the fake accounts so that people would contact him.
He would also mimic the voice of one of the wise men in his dubious scheme to steal people’s money. Many people were ‘prayed’ for by Mr Ndifreka falsely thinking it was the man of God. In the end, they would be asked to pay money into his account. He said he used the money to meet with harlots. Mr Ndifreka lost all his money to another fraudster smarter than him who had promised to find him and his friend entry into the Police Academy. He was reported to the police by his friend who also lost his money to the fraudster and Mr Ndifreka was put in prison to be later bailed out by his brother who used all his money for his release. Not only that, he started to have nightmares of snakes chasing him and regularly saw the man of God warning him in his dream to stop. Meanwhile, he was hit by a serious case of asthma and decided to come to The SCOAN where he was prayed for at the prayer line and the evil spirit in him spoke out. He was eventually healed and delivered by one of the wise men at the same church he had abused.
Mr Ndifreka’s younger brother, who had learned the trick from him, also told his own story of how he created his own seven counterfeit accounts and duped people of huge sums of money. Like his brother, he lost all his money to pay for his brother’s release from police after he had been arrested for a related crime. They both came to The SCOAN to confess their wrong doing and ask for forgiveness. They both said they no longer wanted to defraud people and use the name of the man of God.
They advised, “Don’t be too desperate and you will not regret. There is only one official Facebook page for The SCOAN and Emmanuel TV. We have surrendered our lives to Jesus Christ. We want Him to forgive us.” They also warned other fraudsters using the name of Prophet T.B. Joshua to dupe people to stop immediately, repent, receive deliverance and give their life to Jesus. He also encouraged the youth to earn an honest living.
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I AM SEEING MY DAUGHTER
When he visited The SCOAN a couple of weeks ago, Mr Elijah Chikwendu, a married father of four, was taken aback when Prophet T.B. Joshua prophesied to him regarding a controversy over a baby. He confirmed the prophecy, stating that he indeed impregnated a woman 14 years ago whom he had promised to marry. However, he abandoned her and the baby who was then two years-old and went to another country where he married another woman. On advice from the man of God, on Sunday, the woman and child came to The SCOAN and for the first time in 12 years, Mr Chikwendu saw his 14 year-old daughter.
“Now I am married, I want the covenant to be broken so this woman can be free,” he said.
The run-away father asked the man of God to help him beg his daughter and her mother to forgive him for his irresponsible action. Addressing him, Prophet T.B. Joshua said restitution was the way out and that he should take responsibility for the daughter and provide for the woman financially.