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The Sevenfold Anointing

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Pre-Revival Night – Dordrecht, The Netherlands - November 11th, 2016

Everything in the Christian life is built by God, according to the model of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. He is the ultimate example and the blueprint for every Christian. In this study, we’re going to look at the Anointing of Jesus Christ. When it comes to the Anointing, in some circles it has become something exciting. Some sort of gadget. While it can be exciting, it is far from being a gadget. When the Anointing starts to flow, it comes with an expectation. God never gives His Anointing just for fun or to entertain people. The Anointing always has a specific purpose. What purpose that is, depends on the sort of anointing that is being released. The thing that applies to every sort of anointing is that it is meant for service, to minister with or to be ministered with. As a minister, when you sense that the Anointing starts to flow, it means that it is time to act, not to enjoy the moment. The Anointing is always meant for service.

Those who’ve read my book, ‘The Anointed Bride’, know that when we speak about the Anointing, we speak about the Spirit. For the Anointing always is an image of the Spirit of God. Whenever the Word of God speaks about the Anointing, it speaks about the Spirit of God. Being anointed means that the Spirit of God is on you and in you. When we talk about the moment when the Anointing starts to flow, we speak about the Spirit of God, Who wants to act. As a minister, you are the instrument He wants to use. So at those moments, it is very important to pay attention. I’m not just talking about church services and not just about leaders. Every Christian needs to become ready to be used at any place and at any time. We all need to become more sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit. Whenever we have learned to distinguish how and when the Spirit moves, we need to learn to start acting at that very same moment.

When we say that the Anointing is an image of the Spirit of God, that suggests that there is only one anointing, because we’re talking about the Holy Spirit. But when we start reading the book of Revelation, we suddenly see not One, but Seven Spirits of God.

Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne…
Revelation 1:4

Suddenly we’re no longer talking about ‘the Anointing’, but about One of Seven. Are you confused? Don’t be. It will become clear in a moment. There are several anointing’s,  in the spiritual world, as well as in the natural world. Let me start by the different ways of anointing people. This is not yet the Sevenfold Anointing I’m talking about. This is about the way someone is actually anointed. When we’re talking about the different ways to anoint, there are three ways to do that, which all have their own specific meaning. First, let me tell you what these three ways are.

  1. Anointing by sprinkling
  2. Anointing by pouring
  3. Anointing by Mashah

The anointing by sprinkling was not a way of anointing that was used daily. It was used for forgiveness, for cleansing/purification and for the restoration of God’s holiness and glory. For each purpose, there was a different type of sprinkling. They used the blood of the sacrifice for forgiveness, the water of purification for the cleansing and the Anointing Oil for the restoration of God’s holiness and glory. So while it was all done by sprinkling, there were three different things that they used, which all served their own purpose. 

The anointing by pouring was only used for one purpose: to appoint someone. For this type of anointing they only used Anointing Oil. But here there are three types of appointment. The appointment of a king, the appointment of a priest and the appointment of a prophet. So while it was all done by pouring the Anointing Oil over someone, it could have one of three different meanings. 

The anointing by Mashah means to daub, to smear and to draw the hand over. It talks about applying the Anointing Oil to one’s face. Not the thing you see today, as in putting a little bit of oil on someone forehead. That has never been done throughout the whole Bible. Ever. This type of anointing, Mashah, was used by all the people of Israel and by all the Christians, until the 9th century, when the religious leaders of the Church took it away from God’s people. Until that moment, everyone used Anointing Oil and this type of anointing, on a daily basis. In Hebrew, this type of anointing is called Mashah. As you may have guessed, the name Mashiach is derived from the word Mashah. Mashiach means ‘Anointed One’ and is the Hebrew name for Messiah or Christ. So when we’re talking about Jesus Christ, we’re talking about Jesus, The Anointed One. 

Using the anointing by Mashah means to be drawn out and to be chosen. So when we anoint ourselves this way, we acknowledge being drawn out of this world and to be chosen by Father God. But it also means that we believe that His Spirit is upon us and in us. It means that we believe that everything God promised is already done. It is a fact already. We just wait for the results to appear in the natural world. So it is way more than a tool to make our faith grow. It already is an act of faith. More than that, it is a prophetic deed. By doing this, we show the whole natural and spiritual world that we believe that everything God said and promised is “Yes and amen!”. No wonder that satan robbed this daily personal use of Anointing Oil from God’s people. It has an incredible spiritual meaning. When we’re talking about the Sevenfold Anointing, we’re talking about the anointing by Mashah, since these anointing’s are already available. This is so beautiful because this means that these Spirits of God are so close, that They are actually touching our lives. We’re talking about the Seven Spirits of God, the Seven Anointings of Yeshua HaMashiach. In the same way that there are three different ways to anoint by sprinkling and to anoint by pouring, there are also different types of anointing in the anointing by Mashah. These are the Seven Anointing’s of Jesus Christ.

  1. The anointing of YAHWEH (Anointing of the Father)
  2. The anointing of wisdom (skillfulness: physical and moral)
  3. The anointing of understanding (insight)
  4. The anointing of counsel
  5. The anointing of mastery
  6. The anointing of knowledge
  7. The anointing of the fear of YAHWEH

These were the Seven special anointing’s that Jesus was equipped with during His earthly ministry, from before the moment He came into this world, unto this present day. When we talk about all the necessary things to have a relationship with God, to live a successful Christian life and to minister the way God wants us to minister, then those are the anointing’s we need. The book of Revelation mentions the Seven Spirits of God, or the Seven Anointings, four times. Yet in the New Testament, the book of Revelation is the only book that makes mention of Seven Spirits, instead of ‘just’ the Spirit. At the same time, there is also no mention of what or who these Seven Spirits are. The ones I’ve just mentioned can be found in the Old Testament, in the book of Isaiah, where it speaks about Jesus Christ.

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
Isaiah 11:2

The longer you look at it and think about it, the more interesting and exciting it becomes. It is easy to overlook this part of the Bible, but once you see what God is actually giving here, that is a ‘Wow’ moment. Of each of these Anointings, a whole study can be written, and I’m probably going to do that if the Lord allows me to, but for now we’re going for the short versions. Let’s take a look at each of these Anointings.

The Anointing of YAHWEH

Obviously, the Bible doesn’t just speak about “the Spirit of the Lord”, but also the “Spirit of YAHWEH”. That’s what it says in the Hebrew language. Why is that important? Because the name of our God is actually mentioned here. That means a revelation of a part of His identity. Keep in mind that it speaks about an Anointing of Jesus Christ. Now you can wonder what part of the identity of God Jesus wanted to reveal. What part of God had not yet been revealed when Jesus came into this world? There was only one part left and that was the revelation of God as Father. God had revealed Himself as many things in the Old Testament, but never before as a Father. So when Jesus came and spoke about YAHWEH as a Father, that was a huge and new revelation. So this is the Father Anointing of God or the divine Fatherhood Anointing. It reveals God as a loving and caring Father. But it also reveals His views on what fatherhood should be for He is the ultimate example.

And His name will be called… Everlasting Father
Isaiah 9:6

The Anointing of wisdom

When we’re talking about the kind of wisdom that the Word of God mentions, we’re talking about something big again. This is not just about ‘being wise’, but it goes further than that. The anointing of wisdom talks about a special skill set, physical and moral, in order to be able to do the things the way God wants us to do them, to live the life according to God’s perfect will and to have the necessary skills to do so. Examples in the Old Testament can be found in Exodus 31:1-4 and Exodus 36:1-2. In the New Testament, Jesus was the ultimate example of God’s wisdom.

For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 1:22-25

The Anointing of understanding (insight)

Those who know my teachings know that I often say that we are blind until God enables us to see. That is such a deep truth, once you understand it. My understanding of the Word of God has nothing to do with me. Your understanding the Word of God has nothing to do with you. It is God who lets us understand. We show our will and perseverance by asking, searching and knocking, but only God can (and will) open our eyes when we’re really seeking understanding. Without this anointing, you will never understand what God has to say. Basically, you could say that without this anointing, all you have is religion. God doesn’t ask us that we try to understand, He asks us to be obedient. In Matthew 7:7 Jesus challenges us to ask, to seek and to knock. That is our part. It is His part to give, to let us find and to open the door. We don’t have to try really hard, we just have to be obedient, while trusting that He will give us everything we need in the right timing. 

And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
Luke 24:45

The Anointing of counsel

This anointing is mainly about knowing the counsel of the Lord in every situation. The Word of God gives us plenty of guidelines on how to live according to the will of God, but it speaks in general. What about His will for your life? Besides the general guidelines that God gives, what choices should you make? How and where can God use you best? What places should you go? Does God want to use you in a foreign nation, or in your own town? The answers to these questions are different for every person. Yet God wants to reveal His counsel about your life, the personal choices you should make, the career you should go after, or where you should live etc. He wants to be involved in every area of your life. That includes the hard situations you face, when you have no idea what to do next. The anointing of counsel will give you the counsel from the courts of the Lord. His counsel will guide you, defend you and protect you. 

And His name will be called… Counselor
Isaiah 9:6

The Anointing of mastery

Most Bible translations translate this anointing as “Might”, which is, of course, suitable, but I prefer to use another possible translation, which is “Mastery”. I believe that “Mastery” is the right word to cover the true meaning of this anointing. Jesus is the Master of Mastery. Jesus is the Master over everything and everyone. Because of this anointing He is the Master over every sickness, every demon, every fallen angel etc. The title “Master” was also used to acknowledge Jesus as a teacher, as Someone Who is on a higher level of Mastery, knowledge, insight etc. This is the anointing to perform miracles, to heal the sick and to cast out demons. 

And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.
Luke 8:24

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Luke 10:19

The Anointing of knowledge

This anointing goes deeper than just knowing things. In order to understand the aim of this anointing, I encourage you to study Hosea 4:6, where it says that God’s people are being destroyed because of a lack of knowledge. So the release of this anointing automatically means the restoration of God’s people. For where knowledge is restored, His people are no longer being destroyed. Other than that, this anointing can also be described as the Anointing of Awareness, as one who wakes up from a long sleep and becomes aware of his surroundings. This anointing is about knowing God, knowing Jesus Christ, knowing what righteousness and sin are and (because of that) knowing our carnal condition.

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 16:13-17

The Anointing of the fear of YAHWEH

This can probably be called the least favorite anointing of all, especially since the fear of YAHWEH is so misunderstood by so many. Yet it is this anointing that called the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7). It is the last anointing in this list of anointing’s, yet it is the beginning of all. We’re not talking about the fear for YAHWEH, but about the fear of YAHWEH, the fear that belongs to YAHWEH. This has nothing to do with natural fear, demonic fear or fear of man. Literally it speaks about a gut feeling, a fear that flows from the gut of YAHWEH. Basically this speaks about attitude and character. That means that a choice is involved (Proverbs 1:29). The anointing of the fear of YAHWEH can be described as awe, reverence and submissiveness. This became visible in the life of Jesus. He did not come as a Ruler, but as a Servant. He chose to serve. He chose to humble Himself, all the way to the end. This tells us a lot about this fear that is flowing from the gut of YAHWEH. It is His character and attitude. The ultimate example. But we most choose it first in order to be able to receive it.  

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10

Now that we know what these anointing’s are, there is one big question that remains: Are they available to us? Or is this what the Bible describes as ‘the latter rain’ and is this yet to come? Thankfully that question is already answered in the Word of God.

And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
Revelation 5:6

Pay attention to the last part. The seven Spirits of God ARE sent out into all the earth. So they are available already. This Sevenfold Anointing is not meant for a special time or place, it is meant for the ordinary Christian life. To what aim? These Spirits/Anointing’s are being described as stars and as lamps. Now what do stars and lamps have in common? They spread or reflect light. 

These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.”
Revelation 3:1

And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Revelation 4:5

Jesus is the Light, but He also called us the light of the world. So guess what these anointing’s will do in your life? They will help you to spread the Light of Christ in the darkest places for His Kingdom and for His glory. The Anointing is the fuel of the Light. When the Anointing leaves, your lamp will become empty and the light will fade away. 

While thinking about the end-time revival, or the latter rain, God pointed me to the Sevenfold Anointing. But after studying this, I saw this Sevenfold Anointing is already available but that there are many people who are unaware of it. It made me wonder. If this Sevenfold Anointing is not the latter rain, then what is? The Lord replied to that with this: “You’re asking the wrong question. You already have the answer in regard to the ‘what’. In regard to the latter rain, the question is not about what else, but about how much of this Sevenfold Anointing will be poured out.” It is about the measure of it. Because there is a measure that has never been poured out before. It will give the term ‘soaking’ a complete new meaning. It will be temporary, but it will be huge. Beyond every imagination.

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