Who’s next in line to die?
What will the National Democratic Congress (NDC) do now that they “know” their most likely 2020 flag bearer, John Dramani Mahama, is going to die this year as revealed “by God” through his Prophet Isaac Owusu Bempah?
They should be looking for the second most promising candidate among their flag bearer hopefuls?
If the New Patriotic Party (NPP) knows what is good for it, they should by now be helping President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to start looking for a new Vice-President.
Why, because Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is going to die, says Prophet Owusu Bempah.
The party faces double doom because according to the Prophet, former President John Agyekum Kufuor will die in 2019.
Speaking to his congregation during the 31st watchnight service at his church, the prophet stated that “if Ghanaians don’t pray”, John Mahama will be killed by some of his NDC members.
About Bawumia, the prophet said a “national Islamic funeral beckons for which the Vice-President to the sitting President would be buried”.
The prophet also says a former President will die this year. He describes the former President in question as “very tall, dark and has big eyeballs...Some people call him gentle Jack; others call him J.A and belongs to the ruling party”.
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What a prophecy! Leaves no-one in doubt who the cap is meant to fit.
The thing about a death prophecy is that unless as a person you know what death means to you, the fear of its “icy hands” haunts you even if initially you dismiss the prophecy as rubbish.
From the day of the prophecy till the deadline is over, you live in trepidation.
So what will the named personalities be doing between December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2019 during which “God says” they are going to die? If I were any of them, I would start looking for my favourite coffins.
I may go for those “caskets made in America” on sale at Adabraka in preference to those on display at one of the two famous coffin factories in Ghana — the Asafo Market stretch in Kumasi and the Laterbiokorshie-Mortuary Road in Accra.
You may laugh at me and call me names but I have begun frantic attempts to get the phone contacts of the Prophet.
I want to know when I will be popping off.
The moment I get that information, I would, in my last one month on earth, divorce my wife, hug my children goodbye, gift all my wealth to the poor and retire to an abbey or monastery, where I would devote the rest of my life to prayer and fasting.
Who doesn’t want a seat close to God in heaven!
I like prophecy and I like prophets.
Particularly, I like prophets who have the audacity to walk into the king’s court and shock him with revelations of his adulterous relationship with the wife of one of his favourite soldiers.
I like the kind of prophet who is able to reveal the war plans of an enemy king even though those plans were made in the secrecy of his (king’s) bedroom.
My favourite is the prophet who, in the midst of a severe famine — when half an olonka of corn is going for GH¢5,000 — sends a message to the king with a prophecy that “tomorrow by this time”, an articulator-load of corn will sell at GH¢10.
Our problem is T.B. Joshua.
The style of the prophetic ministry in Ghana has changed ever since he stood President (then candidate) Atta Mills in the middle of a crowded Synagogue in Nigeria and prophesied that he would win the 2000 election after three rounds of voting that would stretch into 2001.
It is not unusual for God to reveal deep secrets and the affairs of a country or individuals to a prophet.
These prophecies could include death.
But I know from the Christian Bible that the only time a prophet was told of a king’s imminent death, the prophet walked into the bedroom of the king to reveal this to him personally and to ask him to put his house in order.
So what is the motivation?
Of course, which prophet would not love the situation where the mere announcement of his arrival in a neighbouring country would trigger such exhilarating expectation that the thickness of the welcoming crowd could lead to the death of some of them, in a manner not unlike how sports fans, escaping from police tear-gas, got trampled underfoot in what has come to be known as the Stadium Disaster.
That can be a motivation for a prophet.
But for an unbridled desire for fame, power and glory, what benefit is it to Ghanaians to know that someone is going to die today or tomorrow?
Every Ghanaian should be living in fear by now. But we are not.
Why? Because in 2017, the same prophet uttered some doomsday prophecies, one of which was that “Ghana will bury a first lady”.
As far as Ghanaians remember, we did not lose a first lady in 2018.
Another prophecy was that there would be a coup d’etat in Ghana.
We are still waiting. What qualifies to be called “spreading fear and panic?”
While we expend all energies and resources to build a national cathedral, is it too much to expect the Christian Council and the Ghana Pentecostal Council to make time to engage Prophet Owusu Bempah and other such prophets? What a country!