” For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:3 NIV)
Two days ago, I was checking out a popular Christian station and the celebrated preacher was speaking on Ezekiel 47:12. Naturally, I wanted to listen because prophecy is a major interst of mine. He entitled his message “On Demand Blessings”. It was passionately delivered; every phrase met with the sound of the organ. There was a hypnotic atmosphere with a spellbound congregation caught by the camera.
It occurred to me this man was a shyster and a charmer. He claimed the fruit of every believer (who were the trees) would be supernaturally blessed, IF they planted a monetary seed-gift. The preacher requested $47:12, $147.12, and, for a few elect, a gift of $1047.12. He promised for this one time gift that God would bless the giver for a year. Every financial need would be met. He spoke dogmatically as hands were raised to the heavens.
Church-goers are foolish if they accept this without checking the Scripture. According to Ezekiel, the prophet, “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on the banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” (Ezek. 47:12 NIV)
The prophecy that begins in Ezekiel 40 speaks of the Millennial temple and the land that Israel will possess. When Jesus establishes his kingdom on earth, water from the sanctuary will flow into the Dead Sea. This “living water” is the embodiment of the Holy Spirit which brings life where there was none. The Dead Sea, with its high salt content, has little life, yet Ezekiel 47 promises it will be like the Mediterranean and the salt water will become fresh. The trees that yield the fruit are a type of the tree of life which is in the paradise of God (cf. Revelation 22:1-2)
This is a wonderful promise, a vision of the renewed earth. But, if we listen to teachers who misrepresent and spiritualize Scripture, we cheat ourselves of the golden treasure within the Word of God. Wake up! Prophetic truth must be defended whatever the cost. EJ