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“…which He will bring about at the proper time — He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords…” 1 TIMOTHY 6:15 NAS
Most Christians know that the “King” is coming, but did you know the Bible says there are “kings” coming too? Most of the time, when Christians think about Jesus being the “King of kings and Lord of lords,” they’re thinking about Jesus ruling over the natural kings of the earth. But I believe there’s also an inference to the “spiritual” kings of the earth in this scripture as well.
To receive greater insight into the “kingly” anointing, we have to understand that Jesus is King over both the spiritual and natural domains (JOHN 18:33, 36-37). In PSALM 47:2-3, the Psalmist writes, “For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. He will subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet.” In PSALM 10:16, we read, “The Lord is King forever and ever; nations have perished from His land.” There are many other verses of scripture which talk about Jesus being King. Right now, I believe God is raising up “kings” in the spiritual domain who will one day rule with Jesus in the natural domain (2 TIMOTHY 2:12; REVELATION 2:25-27; 3:21; 20:6). Praise God! I want to be one of God’s kings, don’t you?
God Wants To Take Us Into Something Better!
“In REVELATION 1:5-6, John writes: “Unto Him who loved us, washed us in His own blood, and made us kings and priests unto God forever.”
Here we see that Jesus did three things for us; He loved us, He washed us in His own blood, and He made us kings and priests unto God forever. In other words, He took us out of something to bring us into something even better!
The Anointings of Prophet, Priest, and King
In the Old Testament, there were three predominant anointings which operated in the earth: prophet, priest and king. These three anointings have not passed away; they’re still operating in the New Testament Church today. They’re available to the Body of Christ corporately as well as to each believer individually. Before we move into exploring the depths of the “kingly” anointing, let’s look briefly at the comparative characteristics of the prophetic, priestly and kingly anointings in relation to their present-day roles and functions.
The “Prophetic” Anointing
First off, the Church has been moving in various degrees of the “prophetic” anointing since the day of Pentecost (JOEL 2:28; ACTS 2:17-18). The prophetic anointing is made up of three gifts which are referred to by many as the “vocal” gifts. According to the apostle Paul, there are a total of nine gifts given by the Holy Spirit which supernaturally empower a believer for Christian service (1 CORINTHIANS 12:7-11). These nine gifts are generally divided into three separate groups of three gifts each: the “vocal” gifts, the “revelation” gifts and the “power” gifts. I believe that God’s “vocal” gifts; which are made up of the gift of prophecy, the gift of diverse kinds of tongues and the gift of interpretation of tongues; embody the full expression of the prophetic anointing within the Church. The prophetic anointing is the first anointing all Christians experience when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit. In the book of Acts, we find that the ongoing experience of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is always accompanied by one of these three “vocal” gifts (See: ACTS 2:1-4, 17-18; 10: 44-46; 19:6).
During the decade of the 1980, God began to emphasize the prophetic anointing to the Church in a fresh and powerful way. In the 80s, our understanding of the prophetic office was restored, the preaching prophets came on the scene, and the Church began to move into deeper realms of prophetic operation.
The “Priestly” Anointing
We know that the “priestly” anointing is still in operation today because the apostle Peter tells us in 1 PETER 2:9 that God has raised up the Church to be, “a nation of holy priests.”
Through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross, each believer now has the privilege of ministering to the Lord daily and bringing “spiritual” sacrifices of worship and praise before the throne of God. Each believer also has the privilege of “standing in the gap” and offering up intercessions and prayers on behalf of this lost and dying world. These are “priestly” functions. Those who operate in the “priestly” anointing are characterized by the three “revelation” gifts mentioned in 1 CORINTHIANS 12:8-10: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and the gift of discerning of spirits.
Like the prophetic anointing, the priestly anointing has been operating in the Church since the day of Pentecost, but it has also enjoyed a time of renewed emphasis during the decades of the 1980s and 1990s. During this time period, intercessory prayer conferences began to spring up around the world, revelation knowledge began to flow like a river to God’s people, and a powerful new wave of praise and worship music began to “crest” in the Church.
The “Kingly” Anointing
I believe the “kingly” anointing is just now being restored to the Church. As we already saw in REVELATION 1:6, God has made us “kings” before Him forever! I believe those walking in the kingly anointing will be marked by the three “power” gifts mentioned in 1 CORINTHIANS 12:9-10: the gift of faith, the gifts of healings, and the working of miracles.
Progressing Into Increasing Dimensions
In the Kingdom of God there’s a principle of progressive increase, ”First the blade, then the corn, then the full corn in the ear…” (MARK 4:28). This principle is taught throughout scripture. The Bible says we bear fruit, God prunes what we bring forth, and then we are able to bring forth more fruit. Finally, as God’s “prunings” continue and we allow the Word of God to continue to abide in us, we bring forth much fruit (JOHN 15:2-8). So there’s a principle of growth described in the Word of God; we move from childhood, to adolescence, to adulthood (1 JOHN 2:12-13). Growth in God’s Kingdom always progresses in an order of increasing succession.
This same principle is true in the spiritual realm. The prophet Ezekiel spoke about moving into “the river of God” from the ankles, to the knees, to the loins; and then finally; God’s presence becomes a river that no man can cross over (EZEKIEL 47:3-5). I believe the anointings of prophet, priest, and king advance in this same order. On the day of Pentecost, when the believers were first filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues and prophesied, they stepped into God’s river only “ankle” deep. When the Church progressed further and moved into the “priestly” anointing of intercession and ministry unto the Lord, they moved into the river only “knee” deep. The final dimension is the “kingly” anointing. The early apostles moved in the kingly anointing in a powerful way, but the brightness of this anointing was virtually extinguished by organized religion during the “Dark Ages.”
I believe God is restoring this important anointing to the Church right now. In the 80s and 90s, the Church moved back into the water up to our “ankles” and then up to our “knees,” but now we’re going to move in up to our “waist!” In this next move of God, people who have been faithful with little, will be entrusted with much! It’s God’s principle of growth and progression—we don’t start out in deep water, we start out ankle deep! We move from one degree of glory to another—we increase with the increase of God, “here a little and there a little,” just as Bible teaches (2 CORINTHIANS 3:18; ISAIAH 28:10).
Before Jesus returns I believe there’s going to be an abundance of anointed “kings” reigning in spiritual power on the earth! There will be many who have moved into a “kingly” dimension of life and ministry within their God-ordained spheres of appointment. Just as we’ve had prophets and priests, soon we’re going to have kings—hallelujah! May you and I reign as kings for His glory!
We Are Called To Reign As Kings In This Life!
In ROMANS 5:17, Paul writes, “For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
Jesus has called us to reign in life as “kings” through the abundance of His grace and by His free gift of righteousness! In light of the present condition of the Church, I believe it’s going to take an abundance of grace for God’s people to learn how to reign in this life as “kings.” Before we can be entrusted to sit with Jesus on His throne and reign with Him in power over the nations after His return, (REVELATION 2:26; 3:21; 20: 4, 6; 22:3-5), we are going to have to first receive His abundant grace and learn how to reign with Him as kings spiritually—in this life! (REVELATION 1:6; ROMANS 5:17; 1 CORINTHIANS 4:8; 2 TIMOTHY 2:12)
Four Characteristics of The Kings That Are Coming
Over the next several blog posts we will discover that those who walk in the kingly anointing will manifest four distinct qualities: godly character, wisdom, power and wealth. With the Holy Spirit’s help, we will examine each of these four basic “kingly” characteristics and determine how they operate in our lives and in the Church. It is my prayer that as we “peer” into deeper understandings of the kingly anointing, that you and your loved ones will move into greater manifestations of God’s character, wisdom, power and wealth. May you be enlightened, equipped and qualified to be one of God’s “kings” when Jesus returns to set up His Kingdom on earth (REVELATION 3:21). This is my heartfelt and sincere prayer for you! In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, Amen!