Dr. Myles Munroe, 60, and his wife, Ruth Ann Munroe, passed away in a plane crash on Nov. 9. However, a YouTube video has emerged where he claims to have a dream about leadership transitions that would happen in the Bahamas.
The dream, which Munroe had envisioned before his untimely death according to Charisma News, focused on a track and field athlete clutching a baton while lying in a coffin. Munroe claimed that he understood the meaning behind the dream.
"It was about people dying with a baton instead of passing it on," Munroe said. "I was thinking, the young person who's supposed to lead next has to go to the casket, pry the baton out of the dead man's hand just to take it to the next leg."
Munroe then added that great leaders should pass on the baton to a younger generation before they die. He thought that those changes would come to his country soon, given there was a leadership dilemma in terms of politics.
"Hopefully, we will get to see that in the Bahamas."
Munroe also said in the video that "we are at a point in history where transition is taking place," adding that "life is deciding that."
According to the YouTube video posted by user nb12news, Munroe's private plane, which also had nine people on board, crashed on Nov. 9 while trying to land at a Bahamas international airport. Witnesses noted that the plane was flying low to avoid bad weather and crashed in a shipyard, exploding on impact.
Hamil R. Harris of the Washington Post reported that Munroe was headed to the 2014 Global Leadership Forum as a chair. This annual event, which happens for three days, is supposed to bring together experienced and emerging leaders from many fields.
"It is utterly impossible to measure the magnitude of Dr. Munroe's loss to the Bahamas and to the world," said Perry Christie, prime minister of the Bahamas. "He was indisputably one of the most globally recognizable religious figures our nation has ever produced."
Back in 1998, Queen Elizabeth II named Munroe an officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Harris mentioned that Munroe, who was born in the Bahamas, had a bachelor's degree from Oral Roberts University and a master's degree from the University of Tulsa. His fellow Oral Roberts colleague, Rev. Henry P. Davis, said that Munroe had a signature style.
"He always had a smile and those big sideburns," Davis said. "He was just a nice guy who was very easy to get along with."
Even though Munroe was ordained as a Pentecostal minister, Bishop Jamal Bryant said that leaders of many faith groups respected him.
"No box could Dr. Munroe fit in. He wasn't Evangelical, Pentecostal or Word of Faith. He was just Myles," Bryant said. "He spoke in the simplicity of Jesus."
In the days following his death, Harris notes that Munroe received a lot of tributes and remembrances on social media, including from celebrities such as Tyler Perry and music group One Republic.
However, Myles Chairo Munroe, the son of the late minister, says that he will carry on his father's work, according to Denise Maycock of Tribune Freeport.
"We will not allow death to claim any victory, but we celebrate the life and legacy of each individual," Munroe's son said. "This tragedy does not mark the end; the end of life, the end of a vision, the end of a journey, nor the end of a purpose, but it marks the new beginning of a new era."
Chairo added that a "new generation" will carry on the vision and legacy that his parents built. He ended his comments with a famous quote from his father.
"The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but is in dying without purpose," Chiro said, citing his father's words. "We know there is a greater purpose in all of this and we are now the vessels for this new vision and this new legacy to be carried on."