The following is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, RELEASE THE RIVER WITHIN YOU: Increasing The Anointing Flow. Follow this link to obtain your copy of RELEASE THE RIVER WITHIN YOU today.
There were three anointings in which Jesus operated during His incarnation here on Earth. He was prophet, priest and king. Today, nearly two thousand years after the return of our Lord to Heaven, all three of these anointings — the prophetic anointing, the priestly anointing, and the kingly anointing — are available to the Body of Christ and to the individual believer.
The first anointing that we receive, as Spirit-filled believers, is the prophetic anointing. The Scriptures declare: “they shall prophesy.”
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. Acts 2:17-18
When we are filled with the Holy Ghost, just as one hundred and twenty believers were on the Day of Pentecost, we move into a prophetic anointing and begin to operate in the three gifts of the Spirit which fall under the category we commonly call “vocal gifts.” All the gifts of the Spirit are listed in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians:
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another PROPHECY; to another discerning OF SPIRITS; TO ANOTHER divers kinds of tongues; to another THE INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
We can roughly divide these nine gifts of the Spirit into three groups of three each. The first of these groups, the vocal gifts, or gifts of utterance (as some refer to them), are speaking with tongues, interpretation of tongues and the gift of prophecy. I believe that these three gifts all come under the heading “the prophetic anointing.”
The prophetic anointing enables us to speak. It gives us voice and enables us to communicate God’s wonders to others. It is “the blade” referred to in Mark 4, the “waters to the ankles” of Ezekiel 47, the “fruit” of John 15, the first degree of anointing in our spiritual lives. It is the place we all begin when we are newly saved and filled with the Holy Ghost.
I don’t know of a single believer who began his spiritual life in the priestly anointing or in the kingly anointing. I have known many, however, who were newly saved and filled, who immediately entered into a prophetic anointing, and I am convinced that this is the scriptural pattern for believers today.
We can see this pattern in Acts 2 with the original outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost:
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4
The same pattern appears again in Acts 10, when Peter preached to the Gentiles in Caesarea and the Spirit was poured out upon them:
While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Acts 10:44-46
The pattern was repeated yet again, in Acts 19, when Paul prayed for some disciples of John the Baptist in Ephesus:
And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. Acts 19:6
From these and other scriptures, it seems apparent that the prophetic anointing is the first anointing that all new Spirit-filled believers experience.
The first flow of the Holy Ghost in our lives makes us very vocal for the Lord. That vocal gift manifests itself in the ability to communicate to others what God has done for us. This begins a prophetic flow that will strengthen and grow as we yield to it.
God spoke to John the Revelator:
The testimony of Jesus Christ is the Spirit of prophecy. Revelation 19:10
When we begin to testify about the Lord Jesus Christ, even though we may simply be giving our story of salvation, a prophetic anointing is unleashed in our lives. If this prophetic anointing is encouraged and exercised, it will grow into an ability to speak for Christ and to preach the Gospel with power.
The gift of prophecy is a further manifestation of the prophetic anointing. Prophecy can be defined as speaking in a known language by inspiration of the Holy Ghost. This is a spontaneous manifestation of the Holy Ghost and is totally unpremeditated. It does not involve sharing from memory, but rather receiving fresh thoughts from Heaven as we speak, guided by the Spirit of God. When prophesying, we say things we had not anticipated saying, because we speak by inspiration of the Holy Ghost. He breathes into us that which He wants us to speak.
It was through the manifestation of the prophetic anointing that the Bible was given to us. Speaking of this gift, the Bible declares:
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:19-21
The Spirit of God moves us to speak to others about our Lord and His Word.
When Peter was first filled with the Spirit, on the Day of Pentecost, he immediately stood up and began to speak to the crowd that had gathered to watch what was happening there on Mount Zion. There was something new and unusual about Peter’s speech that day. He began by sharing a scripture from the book of Joel, but then he declared to the witnesses that what they were seeing that day was a fulfillment of Joel’s promise:
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel. Acts 2:14-16
Peter may have had some knowledge of what he was sharing from Joel, but the fact that it was being fulfilled that very day was a revelation from the Holy Ghost. Peter might not have related this strange experience to the prophecy of Joel, if he had not been under a prophetic anointing.
What Peter spoke that day explained to the people the strange manifestations they were witnessing. It was not easy for them to understand how the disciples could be acting like drunken men when they hadn’t had anything intoxicating to drink that morning, but God’s Word made it clear. “This is that … .”
The experience on the Day of Pentecost was Peter’s initial experience in the prophetic realm, but he would have many more similar experiences in the years to come.
The anointing that was upon Peter that day made a great impact upon the people who heard him speak:
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Acts 2:37
When we are being moved by the Holy Ghost to speak from the Word of God, or from our personal testimony and experience, men’s hearts are touched by the truth of what we speak, and they are moved to respond to Christ. This is the power of the prophetic anointing which God has placed upon our lives.
What you just read is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, RELEASE THE RIVER WITHIN YOU: Increasing The Anointing Flow. Follow this link to obtain your copy of RELEASE THE RIVER WITHIN YOU today.