General News of Thursday, 12 March 2015
Founder and Leader of the Glorious Word Ministry International, Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah, says the opposition New Patriotic Party would have to put in some effort to ensure that his prophecy about Nana Addo’s victory in the 2016 elections is fulfilled.
The man, who has been described by many as a controversial reverend made the latest statement on TV3’s New Day programme in an interview with TV3’s Nana Aba Anamoah on Wednesday.
The reverend, who has gained popularity for his disputable prophecies about Ghana and public officials, had predicted that the NPP’s three-time presidential candidate, Nana Akufo Addo will win the 2016 elections.
Nana Addo lost the 2008 elections to the late John Evans Atta Mills and 2012 elections to President John Dramani Mahama.
Coincidentally, he stated this emphatically on Restoration, a programme that airs on TV3, where he challenged viewers to note down the prophecy. But barely two weeks after that emphatic prophecy, Reverend Owusu Bempah appears to be creating an escape route so to call it, just in case his prophecy fails.
He told Nana Aba Anamoah on Wednesday that although the prophecy has been given, Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP cannot look on for it to manifest whiles they do nothing.
“Nana Addo will win the election and that is what I saw so I will not change it. If one receives a prophecy he or she shouldn’t sit down and do nothing about it. When God told Abraham that his descendants were going to go into slavery for 400 years, it took them 430 years. That’s an additional 30 years. So does it mean that God’s prophecy wasn’t fulfilled? It is the Israelites who didn’t do their things right. God has through Owusu Bempah prophecied that Nana Akufo-Addo will win the elections, but the party has to do their things right. It is just like Jeremiah’s prophecy about the fact that Israelites were going to be slaves in Babylon for 70 years, but it exceeded seventy years. It took Daniel to pray before the prophecy was fulfilled”.
The reverend who claims to have prophesied the victory of the National Democratic Congress at the last election, says Ghanaians will give Nana Addo an opportunity to lead the country for the first time, although there might be some challenges.
Reverend Bempah was livid about attacks on his personality following his latest prophecy about Nana Akufo-Addo’s victory.
“I have even heard people say that because I prophecied that Nana Addo was going to win election 2016, the BNI should come and arrest me. That was a surprise because I believe the BNI knows their job. People campaign on political platforms and say a lot of things about their parties so why won’t those people also be arrested?” he queried.
The reverend who refused to be coloured politically told TV3 he suffered similar insults and criticisms when he prophecied that President Mahama was going to die if nothing was done to avert it.
“I pray very hard for President Mahama to succeed. There are some people around him who don’t like him, but I will admit others like him a lot. When I prophecied that President Mahama was going to die, some of his close allies called me into a meeting and we prayed for him. People really do like him. What hurts me is that those who only want to benefit from the President went on radio to attack me. And they do this without knowing that some of their own people have come to me for prayers for the President. They now go about saying that President Mahama was still alive despite my prophecy. But what they don’t know is that we prayed and fasted about it”.
The reverend denied suggestions that he always sought opportunity to gain publicity for his himself and his church.
“I stood in my church and prayed about it. So it’s not as if I go to radio stations to say these things. Some media personnel come to my church to write about these stories. I personally don’t like the fact that I am always in the public eye with people insulting me. It hurts to be insulted. I wish people don’t even mention my name. But once God has called me to do his work I will speak when God speaks not because I want to be famous. So I don’t understand what it means when people say I am controversial”.