The Corporate Anointing
Evangelism and the Corporate Anointing
For many years we have been taught that God anoints us all when we are born again in Christ, and this is true. We have been taught on how there are many different types of anointing. By definition an anointing is Godís way of supernaturally equipping one for a specific task. Many people have more than one anointing on their lives. God is the One who calls us and anoints us for whatever tasks. It is ALWAYS our task to find out from God what our task is, then we wait for God to equip us for that task. It usually goes along with some form of training and study.
In the Old Testament we see that there were always a flask/horn of scented oil poured out over those God calls to stand in the office of the Prophet, Priest or King. It was accurate to say that if you were not anointed for that task, you were obviously not called nor chosen of God for that task.
In the New Testament we now see that God calls ALL Christians to be a Royal Priesthood. We all receive an anointing. We are born again and we can tell the world about the awesome love of Jesus. It is part of our calling. But then God raises up from amongst us those who are called to stand in leadership, or to operate in specific gifts, and this is not something you can do by reading or studying books. God has a way to equip you by means of anointing you and calling you for a specific task.
So as individuals we all receive one or more anointing for some task within the local church where we are rooted. In the 1990's God showed me that He deals with us on 3 levels.
I believe Godís anointing follows this same
pattern. God gives personal anointing to individuals as well as a corporate
anointing over local churches and then ultimately to the worldwide Body of
Christ. So why hasnít Godís anointing brought with it broader change to the
Church and the world in which we live?
I tend to agree with Paul Cain that the
Charismatic movement produced an Ishmael, and not Godís promised Isaac. With
this I mean that the Charismatic movement had so much teaching, and
knowledge and the tools and the means to preach the gospel to the nations,
but the revival they expected, hoped for, and waited for did not come. I
believe that it has to do with the understanding of the corporate anointing.
We still act on individual level with individual anointing.
One of Us
We all know this quote and we have heard it so many times.
Deut 32:30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?
This is what happens when the corporate anointing begins to flow. An example of this in action is the invasion of Jericho in the book of Joshua 6. The very first city they took was not as individuals, but with the corporate anointing.
The power of Unity
There are many blessings given to those who Praise and Worship. If you understand the calling and ministry of Praise and Worship, you will know that Judah (one of the tribes of Israel - Judah means praise) is the tribe from which Jesus is born. That is why Jesus is known as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. You will also then understand that God promises unity to those who praise and worship.
Ps 133:1 A song by David for going up
to worship. See how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live
together in harmony!
When the Bible mentions Zion, it is a prophetic reference to the Church, the Body of Christ worldwide. So we see a picture of an anointing over Zion. This is some more "Corporate Anointing" stuff here!
Here we see how unity in God's people is likened to dew on the mountains in the morning, and like oil being poured out on the head of the High Priest, Aaron. We know that Jesus is now at this time our High Priest. Then the Psalm also says there God COMMANDS His blessings. Is this not wonderful? Does it begin to make sense that the corporate anointing begins to operate and flow when we worship together?
I do believe there is much to learn in our churches and in the church worldwide with regards to the corporate anointing. Here in London we have 8 million people. Friends, we are not going to take this city for God with our individual anointing. For that to take place the Church needs to get the vision of the Corporate anointing and only then will we see the revival we have needed and waited for, for so long to our city. With this in mind, can we NOW begin to see that Jesus promised as follows:
Mat 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
This is why Jesus sent the 70 disciples out in groups of 2.We all have the Holy Spirit residing inside us, but there is more to it when we are more in numbers. The power of God increases exponentially! The anointing on us and in us increases exponentially.
The Company of Prophets
A very interesting account is given in the portion of scripture below
1Sa 19:18 David escaped and went to
Samuel at Ramah. He told Samuel everything Saul had done to him. Then he and
Samuel went to the pastures and lived there.
David is running away from Saul. He hides
with Samuel at the "School of the Prophets". When Saul found out where David
is hiding he sent a division of soldiers to capture him, but the Holy Spirit
came over them and they started prophesying. So did the next group Saul sent
and then when Saul himself went there to do the job, he also was overcome by
the Holy Spirit and prophesied. And he never quite managed to get a hold of
A Word Of Caution
Be aware that whatever God is doing in the church,
the enemy is doing a counterfeit out there in the world. I can guarantee you
that as the church begins to flow in this area, the enemy would come against
her in very blatant and powerful ways to stop her. And then it becomes
clearer to us how the conflict between darkness and light will be taken to
new levels and dimensions, but remember that Light will always defeat the
darkness. Remember Saul when he entered into the school of the prophets.
Even he was overcome by the anointing.