The Five-Fold Levels of the Anointing
Ezekiel 47:1-10 & 2 Corinthians. 3:17-18
Every born-again, Spirit-filled child if God has the anointing upon their life. However, each individual is responsible for keeping and increasing the level of anointing. That is why some walk in a greater anointing than others. The Word teaches Christians to be filled and continually filled with God’s Spirit, thus ensuring a fresh outflow of the anointing (Eph. 5:18). It should be noted that after the outpouring of the Holy Ghost recorded in Acts 2, the disciples experienced another outpouring soon afterwards. (Acts 4:31)
The Five-Fold Levels of Ezekiel
Ezekiel’s prophecy gives believers a clear picture of how the level of God’s presence and power can increase in the lives of His people. Water, streams and rivers often refer to the presence and flow of God’s Spirit. The highest attainable level of God’s anointing is represented by the waters which flow from God’s throne to individuals, groups or nations, and is often referred to as the sea. Wherever these water go, they bring healing and life to the needy. Spirit-filled believers have rivers of living water flowing from their innermost being. Because they are the New Testament temple of the Holy Spirit, they are the source of God’s river. Ezekiel gives a clear description of a five-fold level of the anointing upon every Spirit-filled believer.
This represents people who know the way but are unwilling to take the first step of commitment.
But it does indicate an unwillingness to give everything. The waist measures half of the body length, indicating a half-hearted approach to full surrender. This is the point where is Jesus refers to those who are lukewarm (Rev. 3:16) and also those who must make a choice to either submit everything to God or everything to the world ( Matt. 6:24).
They produce Kingdom fruit in their Christian walk and experience a breakthrough relationship with the Holy Spirit.
God told Moses that the anointing oil had to be fresh (Num. 11:8). King David asserts that the anointing of fresh oil upon his life will ensure the defeat of his enemies (Ps. 92:10-12). The same principle applies to the New Testament anointing of the Holy Spirit. Believers who wish to be effective need to receive a fresh outpouring of God’s anointing upon them (Acts 4:31).
The Five-Fold Levels of Anointing on King DavidFrom the anointing performed upon David by Samuel the prophet (1 Sam. 6:1-13), David grew in his anointing and resultant authority and influence.
Pursued by a jealous King Saul, David fled to the cave of Adullam,
where his family joined him along with a number who were distressed, in debt, or discontented. After many years of struggling to survive, during which he refused to kill Saul, David faced his greatest test to stay alive as well as to stay free of bitterness.
The anointed upon his life kept him from harm by the thousands of soldiers in Saul’s army, who were in hot pursuit of him every day.
But at the same time, he moved in the favour and power of God when he pursued the Amalekites and recovered everything and everyone that had been taken. David progressed beyond his first anointing - from shepherd boy to national hero; from the leader of 400 rebels to a warrior able to recover quickly from grief and win back more than he had lost. Along the way, David remained true to God's promise that he would fulfill his divine purpose and Israel and refusing to fight King Saul, even though he had the full mandate to rule when the prophet Samuel poured oil on his head.
Although anointed king by the prophet Samuel, David's initial development in the anointing took place while hiding from Saul. On learning of the king's death, David asked the Lord for direction and was guided to Hebron which was a town belonging to Judah, his own tribe.
Then the men of Judah came to David and they anointed David king over the house of Judah (2 Sam. 2:4).
Although David was no longer a king without a kingdom, his reign was to be a limited, tribal one for the next seven years. Judah was much smaller than the kingdom God had promised him. To David, however, a portion of the kingdom was better than no kingdom at all. After having kept his family and 400 others safe while being hunted in the wilderness, he could keep safe his family and his followers in the territory of his own tribe.
However, this new level of responsibility brought change. Instead of random skirmishes, there was a long war between the dynasties of Saul and David. (2 Sam. 3:1) But as David grew stronger and stronger, the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker because David's house had an anointed king.
Saul's dynasty died with Ishbosheth. All the tribes of Israel came to David after the death of Saul’s son, Ishbosheth and recognised his right to rule, and swore loyalty to him. Acknowledging his past leadership and faithfulness to Saul, they also remembered that, through the prophet Samuel, God had long before chosen him as their rightful king (2 Sam. 5:3).
In just 20 years, David had developed in the anointing, from potential king to nominal king to actual king. He had grown from shepherd to warrior to ruler. He had been recognized by his family, his tribe and his nation.
It is possible to begin ministry as a person with potential, winning small but important victories - as David did over the bear and the lion - without continuing to develop in the anointing. It is important to go beyond the initial empowerment (Acts 2:4) and develop a continuous relationship and intimacy with the Holy Spirit.
God’s anointed followers can and should develop in the anointing by degrees. Experiences in the anointing are progressive and steps to higher levels. David's first steps were the killing of a lion and a bear, and led him to the next level, the conquest of Goliath. Israel's inability to face the giant Philistine was the result of the nation's longtime failure to deal with its fears (Num. 13:33).
Many of David's actions portrayed those of the coming, greater Son of David, Jesus Christ. David's victory over Goliath portrayed Christ's victory over Satan. Since David was a prophet, much of what he said and did was prophetic (Acts 2:25-31). David was anointed three times - the second, among his tribe, and the third, among his nation, confirming the first, which had been among his family. Each was a further, and wider, recognition of David's right to rule.
Although he was anointed five times, David did not have five anointings! The Bible speaks of "the anointing" which is singular in meaning. However, the gifts are plural. One anointing but many expressions.
Level of the Anointing upon Jesus
Jesus functioned and flowed in the anointing. Obviously, Jesus was flowing according to the will of God. He also determined how much anointing to flow in at a particular time and place. Sometimes when God tells Him to flow in a sign, He will demonstrate a sign. In Mark 5, when the woman with the issue of blood for twelve years touched His garment, the anointing flowed out of Him and healed her. Jesus knew that the anointing had flowed through His life. He knew how the anointing came upon His life and how the anointing can flow out of Him.
Jesus acknowledged God’s anointing upon Him (Luke 4:18). He was announcing it. He was telling it to the people using Scriptures from the prophet Isaiah that the anointing was upon His life for the people. It is for the people to exercise their faith, believe it, and then receive the anointing of God into their lives.
In the same manner when people are not sensitive to the anointing of God, they would not know what it is like when it is present.
Levels of the Anointing upon Believers
The fullest potential of the anointing is the anointing without measure which is the same as the anointing upon Jesus’ life. The potential is there, but can only be attained through effective growth.
There have been men and women who have moved into levels of anointing close to the level of Jesus Christ in the office God has called them. Every minister called by God should aspire to reach into that anointing without measure.
God will give a deposit of anointing upon a believer’s life up to a certain level. As they are faithful in it and function effectively in it, then God gives another measure. Then at that greater measure God will tests their faithfulness.
The Corinthians had the gifts of God but they were not operating them perfectly. This shows us that the operation and perfection of the gift depend on us not on God. Paul never question that the gifts that the Corinthians had were not from God. He acknowledged that they were from God but he wrote that he would show them a more perfect way to operate those gifts. The operation and perfection of a gift depends on us not on God. It is our responsibility.
In addition, the Holy Spirit is received in measures. The amount and the level of anointing that operates in a believer can be measured. There are different degrees, different measures of the anointing.
Factors Affecting the Level of the Anointing in a Meeting.
The anointing functions according to the will of God as the Spirit wills. It depends on the will of God whether God wants to manifest supernaturally at that moment in time or not. If there is no need for the anointing to manifest then the anointing will not manifest.
The anointing comes only when there is a need for it. It depends on the will of God to manifest the anointing although the fullest potential is available.
There is a price to pay in anointed ministry, such as waiting upon the Lord, praying, fasting, studying the Word and seeking the mind of the Spirit. There are sacrifices that have to be made in order to walk in God’s fullness. Preparedness affects the anointing of God upon an individual’s life. When God places a call upon a person, he expects total submission. This almost always means turning off the voice of the flesh. Jesus said that He sanctified Himself for the purpose of anointed ministry (Jn. 17). He consecrated Himself because He had such a high mission for the sheep. He gave Himself entirely to the Lord.
Many people were healed when the expectancy was high and the power of God was present to heal them (Luke 5:17). Some people pay a high price to receive their miracle. They may have to push through the crowd like the woman with the issue of blood (Matt. 5:25). Or they may have to shout to draw attention to their plight (Matt. 20:30). Some may have traveled long distances with the hope of receiving a touch from God.