Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, a frontline Nigerian preacher and televangelist, has died. He was aged 57.
His death has just been confirmed by his friend Femi Fani-Kayode on his twitter handle who claimed he was earlier misled but just got confirmation from the same person that the man of God has passed on.
Mr Joshua, the founder of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), died in Lagos on Saturday evening shortly after concluding a programme at his church.
The cause of death has not been disclosed to but family sources said his remains had been deposited at the morgue and an autopsy would be performed forthwith.
Mr Joshua reigned for several 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.
Reports on the death of Joshua started circulating in the early hours of Sunday but there was no confirmation.
However in a statement on Sunday, the church said he died after a programme on Saturday.
“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”.
“Prophet TB Joshua leaves a legacy of service and sacrifice to God’s Kingdom that is living for generations yet unborn.
“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. Here are Prophet TB Joshua’s last words: “Watch and pray.”
One life for Christ is all we have; one life for Christ is so dear.