Popular Nigerian Christian preacher Temitope Balogun Joshua better known as Prophet T.B. Joshua of the Synagogue Church of Nigeria has died at the age of 57, his church said in a statement on Sunday morning.
Prophet TB Joshua died on Saturday, June 5, a few days to his 58th birthday. He was born on June 12, 1963.
“God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will,” Synagogue Church of All Nations said. “His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for and died for.
“The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations and Emmanuel TV Family appreciate your love, prayers and concern at this time and request a time of privacy for the family.”
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PROPHET TB JOSHUA – JUNE 12th 1963 to JUNE 5th 2021
“Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” – Amos 3:7
On Saturday 5th June 2021, Prophet TB Joshua spoke during the Emmanuel TV Partners Meeting: “Time for everything – time to come here for prayer and time to return home after the service.”’
God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will. His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for and died for.
As Prophet TB Joshua says, “The greatest way to use life is to spend it on something that will outlive it”.
There was no indication that the preacher was ill before his death.
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He said on June 3 that it may be “easy” for him to celebrate his next birthday owing to the situation all over the world.
“As things stand, you may have realised it will not be easy for me to celebrate my birthday under the present circumstances,” Joshua said in a Twitter post.
“Some of the people who want to come are troubled by the situation all over the world. We see their fear and worry. I feel their pain; I feel their worry.”
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Prophet TB Joshua’s last words: “Watch and pray.”
“One life for Christ is all we have; one life for Christ is so dear.”
The cause of death was not immediately disclosed, but family sources said his remains had been deposited at the morgue and an autopsy would be performed forthwith.
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Mr Joshua reigned for over three decades as a fiery preacher on television, using his platform to attract a large number of Christians from across the world. Emmanuel TV, run by Mr Joshua’s SCOAN, is one of Nigeria’s largest Christian broadcast stations, available worldwide via digital and terrestrial switches.
In 2014, his church was at the centre of a multi-national investigation following a section of his church headquarters in Lagos collapsed, leaving dozens killed and many more injured.
Mr Joshua denied allegations of negligence and a trial over the incident was still underway prior to his demise.