The Lord is angry against the prosperity gospel preachers and their children
Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.
A couple of years back prosperity gospel preachers were doing great business. Since then we have seen many of them fall one after another either by the law of the land coming heavy on the financial assets they have accumulated as preachers or due to their character being exposed by their wrong doings. It was in a short period that two great prosperity gospel preachers were exposed by their extra marital affairs (prosperity gospel does not mean only riches but also those whose concentration is only blessings).
They may be still in business but as the Lord states today their roots have dried for many people are keeping a great distance from them.
Ephraim means "double ash-heap: I shall be doubly fruitful" and the Lord uses this term for people who desire prosperity of this world.
The land promised to the descendants of Abraham, the land beyond the Jordan River symbolized Heaven. The word Jordan means inheritance and it is only after we become sons will we inherit or enter Heaven.
We see the two tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh chose to dwell in the land before the Jordan River and not the land across the River Jordan. It showed the choice of Ephraim and Manasseh to be blessed in this world over their being blessed in the Heavenly Kingdom (no doubt they helped others to cross). Other than those who choose worldly prosperity who will not go to Heaven are also those who do not know or give importance or believe in the promises of God (the name Manasseh means 'causing to forget').
In today's message the Lord is telling us even all those who are (spiritual) children of these prosperity gospel preachers will not be spared. They too will be dealt with very severely. The prosperity gospel preachers have caused us to have chewing gum preachers (preachers who chew a gum when preaching the Word or while worshiping God), big belly preachers (preachers whose physical health is like their spiritual health), celebrity preachers who do more stage show than deliver the Word (the power comes by the cover) etc...
No doubt they are anointed people but one needs to understand their anointing. I did mention on my trip to the recent camp the Lord showed me something awesome. That awesome thing was the difference in the anointing between Elijah and Elisha.
Elisha received a double anointing from Elijah and he did greater things than Elijah yet we see Jesus spoke of Elijah and not about Elisha. Elijah did not get his anointing from any man he got his anointing from the Lord. We also see no Prophet or Man of God from the Bible did as many or greater blunders as Elisha did (even Peter falls short before Elisha).
We read after Elisha died even after many years his anointing bought another dead man to life for his anointing was in his bones. As I wrote before bones symbolize the nature or character of man (therefore none of Jesus's bones were allowed to be broken, also even though man and woman were made identical in spirit yet in the natural woman was made from the bone of man to symbolize relationship of Christ and His Church by the relationship between man and his wife).
Most of today's preachers have the anointing of their spiritual fathers and not from their Heavenly Father. Close your eyes when they preach and you will identity their tone, their words and their style of speaking with their spiritual father.
Anointing is symbolized by olive oil. Oil is a lubricant that eases or helps quicken the working, causes to keep the fire burning (oil causes the twig dipped in oil to burn longer) and olive tree symbolizes the people of God, therefore anointing is the power to easy, quicken or help keep going the work of God towards His people. It is not the power to do but the power to do easily. To do and what to do is given to all accordingly to that person's position in the Body for everyone's mission is different from each other and the callings of all are not the same. Therefore the anointing of one person is not for another person. We can share our experience, our knowledge and even increase the Spirit of God connected to our calling in one another but should not pursue or pass on the anointing of another.
Let us have only one purpose and that being the glory of God's Kingdom. Let us overcome the desires of the flesh and stop being carnal people. Also let us always remember people are messengers or vessels whom God uses or sends, so let our eyes be focused on Him alone and not on His vessels.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You have more than once specified in your teaching that the riches of this world will become the greatest obstacle to our entering Heaven. You also specified each one of us is unique even though many may be the hand or the leg of the Body yet the mission given to each one is different. You are our Father and only provider, we are the vessel but the source is You alone. Lord, let us not glorify ourselves or pursue the anointing of another but receive it from You alone...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
2 Kings 2:9-14
9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.
11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.
13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;
14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.
2 Kings 13:21 - And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.
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