Where in the Holy Bible did Jesus or any prophet promise wealth and prosperity?
Jesus warned his disciples that life would be difficult if they followed him. Mat 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
Mat 20:24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.
Mat 20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
Mat 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
Mat 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
We must keep in mind that these men and their mothers were seeking positions of power and wealth. The above passage is direct refutation of the doctrines of prosperity. Now either I am reading the wrong Bible or the people claiming this are preaching a devil's lie. I think the latter to be the case. I have come to the conclusion that anyone can stand up on the air and read a script, or read from a teleprompter. The message read does not have to be the truth. If it sounds good or is done with a lot of yelling and screaming the uninformed will take it to be truth.
We have examples left for us by those who walked on earth with Jesus. I think that John gave an account of the events that appear to come from an eyewitness. Joh 19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
Joh 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
Joh 19:18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
Joh 19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
This is the cup that Jesus spoke of in the book of Matthew and this is the Baptism that he was baptized with. I do not get a feeling of happiness or prosperity from that sequence of events. The promise is that in heaven one will have these rewards. Even this is not promised to everyone, only those who obey the gospel and abide or stay in the teachings of Jesus. Many claiming to be preachers of the gospel today are either uninformed or they have chosen to speak a deliberate lie. Even those groups that attempt to teach salvation and promises of prosperity for today from the Old Testament missed the mark. Life was not easy for the children of Israel in Egyptian slavery. Forty years of walking in the Desert did not qualify as good times. Joshua lead a fight for every inch of land claimed. It was a hard life digging a living from the earth. I have experienced this. One could work for an entire year and not produce enough to feed his family. The entire history of the tribes is filled with war and killing. Every other generation wandered away from the teachings of the Law of Moses. Most of the prophets who wrote between the time of Joshua and Malachi wrote from captivity. Very few the people enjoyed abundant life and prosperity. I personally would not leap from a ten-story building because someone told me I could fly. I would certainty investigate such a promise before I even considered it as true. I would certainly cast a cool glance at anyone claiming to be wealthy and seeking my poor penny. It is one thing to be encouraged to be successful it is another to be made a fool of in the name of false religious teachings.
The Apostle Paul was the last Apostle to get the message of the Gospel. On the day of Pentecost Paul was likely busy destroying those who followed Jesus. Paul was well versed in the Law of Moses. Following Paul's experience on the road to Damascus he wrote that he immediately arose and was baptized into the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul saw the light of truth. Read about Paul's life in the book of Acts. Paul was a tent maker and remained so. He used his talent as a tent maker to support himself and others as he preached and established churches in the name of Jesus. For all of his good work he died in prison for preaching he gospel of Jesus. Rightly divide and correctly apply the word of God. Truth is difficult to miss.