Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua declared his intention to leave Nigeria and relocate his ministry to the nation of Israel.
Speaking at his church service on Sunday 30th April 2017, Joshua disclosed that he had just returned from the 'Holy Land' after holding meetings with three prominent Israeli mayors of Jerusalem, Tiberias and the Jordan Valley.
TB Joshua said Israel offered him both land and facilities in an area around the biblical site of the Sea of Galilee for the Nigerian Pastor to organise meetings for international pilgrims.
"This is where my Father in Heaven came from – it's non-negotiable," Joshua explained, adding it was not a decision he undertook lightly.
"It's the best place for you to meet Prophet T.B. Joshua. After your healing, blessing and deliverance, you can move around all the spiritual monuments which will establish your faith," he clarified.
Joshua said his decision to leave was not connected to the "persecution" he endured during his ministry.
TB Joshua said the move would help people to "appreciate" what his ministry had been contributing to both the local economy and Nigeria's international image.
"This is the most persecuted ministry in the world. Who are the people persecuting the ministry? My people, Africa.
"That is why I choose to live a lonely life. If you want to see me, come to this church. I don't go out. It has not been easy – because I don't know who is a friend or who is an enemy.
"If you learn T.B. Joshua is not around, I am in a revival. I live in the church here. I don't have a house outside."
"Anytime you pray, remember Africa in prayer. Many heroes and great people have been chased out of Africa. There are many geniuses in the Western world who are originally from Africa."
The cleric pointed to the example of heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua who was allegedly turned down by Nigerian sporting authorities when he wanted to represent the country.
"What happened to me from the beginning of my ministry is enough to chase me out of this country – but I am still in your midst. Upon the persecution and hatred. I decided to follow the path of love.
"You show hatred; I show love. When I go for a revival, you will see the stadium full but I am not carried away by that. I leave where I'm celebrated to live where I'm persecuted."
The cleric then advised congregants: "Where you are not celebrated is the best place to stay, to get strength. When you are in the midst of a battle, you are building yourself.
"That is why I decided to stay where I am not celebrated here in Nigeria. When the grace of God is amid challenges, it gets stronger."
"Your life can preach a better sermon than your mouth," he exhorted the congregation, stating that the Israeli officials had observed his ministry from afar before inviting him.