As the mystery surrounding Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 continues, Emmanuel TV, an African TV outlet, is claiming that its founder, Nigerian Pastor T.B. Joshua, prophesied the disappearance during a 2013 sermon.
A video uploaded March 8 by the Christian network features alludes to the claim that the pastor foresaw the event -- and then connects the dots between Joshua's July 2013 sermon and news reports surrounding the missing jetliner.
"On Sunday, the 28th of July, 2013, Prophet T.B. Joshua gave a prophetic message concerning an Asian nation -- warning them of an incident, involving a large aircraft, carrying over 200 people, developing a fault soon after take off. He subsequently prayed for the nation," a description of the clip reads.
Students from an international school in east China city Zhuji pray for the passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 by lighting candles on March 10, 2014 in Zhuji, China. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
The video opens with Joshua sharing the purported prophecy, explaining that an aircraft will experience major problems as a result of human error, the Christian Post reported.
"This is an Asian country. I will not mention the country but God showed me the country," he said. "What is the cause of this? It was just about to take off and the fault started. It means they can discover it on the tarmac."
The preacher said that human impatience led to a dangerous oversight, then told his audience that he would possibly write a letter to the embassy of the unnamed country to tell officials to check all airlines as a preventative measure before they leave the tarmac.
"But it is going to be huge almost 200 people inside," Joshua added of the airplane.
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A separate clip uploaded by YouTube user Revel2131 on July 28, 2013 corroborates that Joshua's purported prophecy aired on Emmanuel TV last summer.
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Joshua's prediction is vague, as it cited Asia, the world's most populated continent, and did not name a specific country in the region.
While Joshua said that 200 people would be aboard the aircraft, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 had 239 people on board. These numbers are not uncommon for commercial jetliners.
And since officials don't yet know what happened to Flight MH370, it is premature to assume that a problem on the tarmac led to the jet's eventual disappearance.
Yahoo! News South Africa reported that this isn't the first time Joshua has claimed to predict a plane crash.
Emmanuel TV posted a clip in 2011 that they said predicted the crash of an Indonesian airline -- and used the same prophecy again in 2012 for a second crash, the outlet reported.
(H/T: Christian Post)
Featured image via Emmanuel TV's YouTube page