„If we fail to see that there are powers that cause people to be bowed down in bondage, we are going to fight the wrong battle.“

On the xenophobic attacks in South Africa - "How I Predicted Xenophobic Attacks In South Africa - TB Joshua" http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/04/how-i-predicted-xenophobic-south-africa-t-b-joshua/ Vanguard Nigeria (April 17 2015)

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And we'll drink from the Grail
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