The Prophetic Anointing
Les D. Crause
Two Kinds of Anointings
In our study on Understanding the Anointing (In the Prophetic Office Book) that there are essentially two aspects, or two kinds of anointing an external anointing and an internal anointing. We saw that there is basically one difference between the two. The internal anointing is something that is permanently within. If you like, it is the anointing on tap. The external anointing is something that comes under Gods timing at Gods choice, spontaneously and sovereignly as the Spirit of God moves upon us. It is not under our control until God moves upon us.
We saw that the two flow together. I would like to look at that more here as we consider using the prophetic anointing. We have spoken in the Prophetic School concerning prophetic gifts; concerning prophetic listening; concerning prophetic utterance. There are a lot of different subjects that we have covered concerning the use of the prophetic ministry. Now I want to see how we can apply this concept of the external and the internal anointing specifically to the ministry of the prophet, to see how it s and how it operates.
Old and New Testament Anointings
Anointing In the Old Testament
We see that the internal and external anointings on the prophet flow together. In the Old Testament the prophet did not have the internal anointing. They only had the external anointing. So they were totally reliant on God moving upon them and giving them a word. If the word did not come they could not do anything. The prophet had to sit and wait. The Scriptures say, "And the Word of the Lord came to the prophet (so and so)," and God spoke.
We read at times of prophets like Elijah and Elisha who make statements like, "The Lord has hidden this thing from me, that I do not know what is happening." If God did not give the revelation they would not know what was going on. They were totally reliant on the Spirit of God coming upon them spontaneously at the right time for a specific season and for a purpose.
Anointing In the New Testament
Now in the New Testament it still works the same. The external anointing still s the same way that it always does. The external anointing comes spontaneously upon the prophet in Gods sovereign will, in His timing, in the right place, at the right time. It is a ministry of God. It is produced by the Spirit of God. It is not something that comes from the spirit of man. It is not something we produce ourselves. It is gift ministry and the Holy Spirit is in control of that ministry.
External Anointing Like a Rainstorm
But the external anointing, when it comes in a New Testament prophet - not only a prophet, but a New Testament believer when the external anointing comes it creates something else. It causes a surge to take place in the internal anointing. It is like a rainstorm suddenly coming upon a river that has a slow flowing stream or even a dry riverbed. And there comes this sudden rainstorm and it produces what they call a flash flood. Suddenly out of nowhere this dry riverbed becomes a gushing, fast flowing river. The water pours down and causes the river to gush forth.
So you are walking down this dry riverbed minding your own business, and suddenly you see a wall of water coming towards you. It is a flash flood. There has come a build up further down the river of all the waters that were collected from the rain, and suddenly the river gushes back to life and it pours forth. It travels all the
way down the channel that it has cut, down to the sea. It pours its water forth.
Now that is what happens with the anointing. When the external anointing comes upon a person it causes a surge to take place within. That is why usually when the anointing comes upon you, you can feel it tangibly. You can feel it physically. But what you feel more than anything else, is something coming out of your gut. Jesus said, "Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water."
When the anointing comes upon you, you feel your river starting to fill up. It wants to pour out and your stomach wants to burst. Well, it is not really in your tummy. It just feels like it is coming from there. It is coming from the deep recesses of your heart and your spirit. It is coming from deep within. There is a gush taking place within, and it is going to pour forth.
When I first moved into the prophetic anointing and the prophetic ministry the Lord taught me some things about how to use the anointing; about how to bring myself to a place where the anointing could flow.
You see, it is not good enough to have a rainstorm come down and the water to gush forth if there is not a river bed, a channel for the river to flow in. The river must have a place to flow to, otherwise you have floods taking place in the community. You have homes being destroyed. You have cars being washed away. There needs to be a place for the water to go to when it comes.
The Underground Stream: The Internal Anointing
The Lord began to teach me how to go down to that underground stream that flows within our spirits, which is where the inner anointing is. It is like an underground stream. You do not see it from the outside, but people know who know about these things, that if you dig in the right place and you go down deep enough into the earth, you are going to hit a gusher. There is water down there.
If you know the right place to dig, you can get down there and tap an underground stream, and tap into the water that is flowing under there, continuously all the time. You can reach in and draw out from that underground stream. And you can obtain water in the midst of what may be a desert, where there is no water anywhere; where there is no municipal water supply. You may be able to sink down into the ground and tap water out of an underground stream.
The Lord showed me that the Spirit of God within us, the inner anointing, is like an underground stream. We need to learn to tap into that. I am going to be dealing with that a little bit in this study, and I am going to show you how to tap down into that underground stream and how to set it up.Query has failed