More Aspects About the Anointing

Benny Hinn Conference Notes

Jubilee Christian Center, San Jose, California

January 24-25, 2008

Other Aspects About the Anointing

  1. God will exalt you to a place of authority and power.

Micah 4:1 speaks of the literal Mount Zion (Jerusalem) and people from all over the world making pilgrimages there. Zion is also a prophetic phrase representing the Body of Christ.  Mount Zion shall be the most renowned of all the mountains of the world.

Mountains symbolize high places of authority and power (a positive symbolism).  Mountains can also have negative symbolism depending on the Scriptural passage, (meaning problems and obstacles).  But in Micah 4:1, mountains mean being in high places.

God is anointing many in the Body of Christ to begin occupying positions in high places, such as government and the corporate business world.

Occupying high or heavenly places also speaks of authority and power in the Spirit, authority and power in prayer, knowing who you are in Christ and being seated with Him in heavenly places (Eph 2:6).  God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Eph 1:3).

  1. When the Anointing comes, none will be barren among you.

Song of Solomon 4:2 says, “Your teeth are like a flock of shorn sheep which have come up from the washing, every one of which bears twins, and none is barren among them.”

In the Bible, teeth have various symbolisms depending on the passage.  One of the symbols of teeth in Jewish culture was that it is figurative of having had consumed an abundance of milk (the calcium in the milk keeping the teeth white and healthy).  The milk represents the Word.  The abundance of milk which keeps the teeth white speaks of no lack in the Spirit.  Abundance, fruitfulness.  The twin teeth speak of bearing double – double blessings, double anointing.

  1. Restoration for you and your loved ones.

God imparts an anointing to believe (and not just believe, but take authority in the Spirit) for the salvation and restoration of your loved ones.

Hosea 14:1-9

1 O Israel, return to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity;

2 Take words with you, and return to the LORD.  Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity; receive us graciously, for we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.

3 Assyria shall not save us, we will not ride on horses, nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, ‘You are our gods.’  For in You the fatherless finds mercy.”

4 “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from him.”

5 I will be like the dew to Israel; He shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebanon.

6 His branches shall spread; his beauty shall be like an olive tree, and his fragrance like Lebanon.

7 Those who dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall be revived like grain, and grow like a vine.  Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

8 “Ephraim shall say, ‘What have I to do anymore with idols?’  I have heard and observed him.  I am like a green cypress tree; your fruit is found in Me.”

9 Who is wise?  Let him understand these things.  Who is prudent?  Let him know them.  For the ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.

Verses 1 and 2: God is asking His people who have stumbled to turn back to Him and He will restore their lives.

Verse 3: The Assyrian culture and people were related to Babylon.  Babylon is the place of captivity and confusion.  Turning away from God always leads a person to a place of captivity and confusion.

Verse 4: God promises to heal their backsliding, to love them unconditionally, for He is not angry with them.

Verse 5: The dew is a symbol of the Anointing and God’s blessings.  Dew is also a symbol of unlimited supply and prosperity.  Dew waters the earth, removing barrenness (no lack).  It speaks of being satiated.

Psalm 133 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  It is like the precious ointment (anointing oil) upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s (priestly anointing) beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”

Verse 5: “He shall grow as the lily”, meaning (according to Bible Encyclopedias), rapidly self-propagating, one root often producing 50 bulbs.  Fruitfulness, multiplication.

Verse 5: “Roots of Lebanon” are figurative of the cedars which have roots that go as deep as the height of the tree.  This symbolizes your roots going deep down, so that you are strong and immovable.  Spiritual growth consists mostly in the growth of the roots, which is out of sight.

Verse 6: “His branches shall spread.”  Symbolizes fruitfulness and growth.  Expanding to the right and to the left.

Verse 6: The olive tree is symbolic of the Anointing and being abundantly blessed.  The fragrance of Lebanon symbolizes the fragrance of Christ.  There is a level of anointing when the Shekinah Glory of God fills a room, that often times the room is literally filled with the sweet aroma of the Glory of the Father.

Verse 7: “They that dwell under his shadow shall return”, meaning that those who once dwelled under Israel’s covering, and left it, shall return and be restored to their original dwelling under the covering.

Verse 7: “They shall revive like grain.”  As a kernel goes into the ground and dies, it shall once again spring forth with abundant produce.  A great increase of offspring.

Verse 7: “Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon.”  Israel’s fame.  Also, compare Hosea 14:6 “His smell is like Lebanon” to Song 1:3 “His Name is like ointment poured forth.”  This is talking about the anointing.  The wine of Lebanon was most celebrated for its aroma, flavor and medicinal restorative properties.

Verse 8: “Ephraim” (the double-fruitful one who is grateful for God’s goodness) says, “what more do I have to do with idols” (giving up idolatry to serve God wholeheartedly).

Verse 8: “I am like a green cypress tree; your fruit is found in me”.  Being like an evergreen tree.  Your leaves not falling off in winter seasons.

Verse 9: “Prudent” – an anointing for wisdom and understanding.  Possessing both practical wisdom for everyday living, as well as insights into divine truths.  Discerning the difference between what is righteous and what is unrighteous; what is sacred and what is secular.

Ephesians 1:17-18 says, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him; the eyes of your understanding being enlightened.”

Acts 6:2-3 refers to the brethren in the early church seeking out from among them seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom they may appoint as deacons.  Stephen was one of the seven men.  Stephen’s opposers were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke (Acts 6:10).

One of the Gifts of the Spirit is the word of wisdom (1 Cor 12:8).

  1. The restoration of all things.

Acts 3:20-21 (ASV) says, “That he may send the Christ who hath been appointed for you, (even) Jesus: whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, whereof God spake by the mouth of His holy prophets that have been from of old.”

  1. Obadiah 17 –“But upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.”  The day will come when there will be no bondage among His Church.  The Anointing sets captives free, and the Anointing is protection from demonic harassment.
  1. The Anointing gives you energy.

The Anointing takes away tiredness.  It gives you a desire to want to minister to people.  But you have to flow in your own anointing for whatever God has called you to do.  Exhaustion and poor results may result from trying to operate in an anointing that you are not called to do.

Benny Hinn gave the example that he can minister for hours at conferences and crusades and feel energized.  His anointing is the office of the evangelist – to preach and teach before large audiences, lead scores of people to salvation in Christ, and lead the people into intimate worship which invites the Holy Spirit to flow freely.   But when he used to be a pastor, and having to deal with so many needs of the people, and so many complaints of this person and that person, he became drained.  On the other hand, he has staff who are anointed to spend hours on the phone with someone counseling them, and staff who enjoy walking around in the audience ministering to individuals one on one.

  1. The Anointing will shake the nations.

Haggai 2:6-7 – “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.  I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty.

Haggai 2:8:  There is an Anointing being imparted for financial prosperity.  ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty.

Haggai 2:9:   The Glory (Anointing) of the latter house shall be greater than that of the former.  There is a progression and increase of anointing.  ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”

  1. If the anointing stays locked up on the inside, it will get stale.  It stays fresh when it continually flows out like a river flowing through you.
  1. Isaiah 41:18-20

18 I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, the myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine and the box tree together,

20 That they may see and know, and consider and understand together, that the hand of the LORD has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.

This speaks of the Anointing bringing refreshing and removing thirst and dryness.  It symbolizes the Anointing turning our desert into a place of beauty and fruitfulness, of transforming our wilderness into a garden.  We need the Anointing to break off areas of barrenness in our lives.

  1. Ezekiel 47:9 – God will bring life to others through you.

“And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes” (NKJV).

The old song says:

“I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me, it makes the lame to walk and the blind to see.  It opens prison doors and sets the captives free, I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me.  Spring up, oh well, within my soul.  Spring up, oh well, and make me whole.  Spring up, oh well, and give to me that life abundantly.”

  1. Go in Jesus’ Name.
  1. Elisha received the double portion anointing.  Jesus’ anointing was without measure.

Don’t settle for just the double portion.  Go beyond that and believe for an anointing that has no limits as to how much you can have.

  1. Job 29:6 – Rivers of oil belong to you.  The rivers and the oil represent the Holy Spirit and flowing in His Anointing.  Oil especially speaks of healing, joy and prophetic impartation.
  1. Rivers of oil = fire and power of God.  Rivers of water = cleansing, refreshing.
  1. Ps. 109:18 – Oil in his bones.
  1. Butter – Symbolizes the richness of the Word.
  1. Ecclesiastes 9:8 – Never lack the anointing.
  1. Learn to syphen (draw out) the Anointing.

Deut 32 – suck oil.  This syphening of anointing only happens in the high places (high places referring to ascending in high worship, and being in the atmosphere of the Glory).

  1. Difference between the power of God and the Presence of God:

The Presence IS His Glory (Ex 34).

The Power is released when the Glory comes.

The Presence is KNOWN.

The Power is FELT.

  1. The Anointing is released through surrender.  When the Anointing becomes real in worship, you must syphen it.
  1. Deut 32:13 – Syphen the Word (as symbolized by honey).
  1. Isaiah 10:27 – Bondage broken instantly by the Anointing.
  1. 2 Kings 4 – Anointing cancels debt.
  1. Isaiah 21:5-6 – Anointing imparts gift of faith to you.
  1. Anointing brings blessings to your life.
  1. The Anointing can be transmitted to cloths, clothing, water, oil, etc.
  1. Be careful who you allow to lay hands on you and prophecy over you.  A transference takes place.  Something in them gets on you.
  1. Just the Anointing (Power) will make you blow up.  Just the Word will make you dry up.  Both the Spirit and the Word together will make you grow up.
  1. The Anointing makes your five senses more keen and alert.
  1. In the Glory, no demons can harass you in your mind.
  1. You can be healed of clinical depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar and any other mental illness in the Glory.
  1. Any sickness or disease can be healed in the Glory.
  1. This is a time of transition for many people.  You have left where you were, but not quite entered into the next season.  You feel stuck inbetween.  The Glory and Anointing will transition you to your next season.

Weakening the Anointing

  1. Speaking against men and women of God

When Aaron and Miriam spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman he had married, and spoke against his ministry and anointing as prophet, then a judgment from God Himself was placed upon both Aaron and Miriam.  Miriam became leprous for a short time, and learned her lesson.

The judgment on Aaron was delayed for many years because the Anointing (represented by the priestly garments, ephod and turban), protected him from judgment.  But when Moses stripped Aaron of his priestly garments, he was stripped of the Anointing.  Then the judgment was executed and he died.

Speaking against anointed men and women of God may result in the chastening and discipline of the Lord.

Speaking against anointed men and women of God, especially publicly and habitually and discrediting or slandering them, can even cause pre-mature death in some cases – the judgment of God.

  1. Ecclesiastes 10:1 – The Anointing will stink with flies.  Flies represent evil spirits.
  1. Talking about demons too much.  Giving more attention to demons and their activity than to Jesus.
  1. Dark areas in your life in which demons have an entrance to oppress you.  It may be areas of sin – pornography, sexual immorality, lying, stealing, slander, pride, unforgiveness – any kind of sin; thoughts and mindsets (strongholds that exalt themselves above the knowledge of Christ); hatred; strife; jealousy; being involved in witchcraft, horoscopes, etc.  Having unhealed hurts and wounds of the soul makes one more vulnerable to demonic oppression.  The devil takes advantage of people who suffer with chemical imbalances in the brain and those with emotional wounds.
  1. Distractions
  1. People draining you.  You must set boundaries.  You can’t be all things to all people.

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The Anointing Will Turn Your Wilderness Into a Beautiful Garden

Benny Hinn Conference Notes

Jubilee Christian Center, San Jose, California

January 24-25, 2008

The Anointing Will Turn Your Wilderness Into a Beautiful Garden, by the Spirit.

Isaiah 32:15 (NIV)

Till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest.

Isaiah 35:1-2 (ASV)

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.  It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing; the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon: they shall see the glory of Jehovah, the excellency of our God.

Isaiah 35:6-7 (NAS)

Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb will shout for joy.  For waters will break forth in the wilderness and streams in the Arabah.  And the scorched land will become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.

Isaiah 41:18-20 (NAS)

I will open rivers on the bare heights, and springs in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land fountains of water.  I will put the cedar in the wilderness, the acacia, and the myrtle, and the olive tree; I will place the juniper in the desert, together with the box tree and the cypress, that they may see and recognize, and consider and gain insight as well, that the hand of the LORD has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Isaiah 51:3 (NAS)

Indeed, the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places.  And her wilderness He will make like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and sound of a melody.

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The Anointing Will Teach You all Things

Benny Hinn Conference Notes

Jubilee Christian Center, San Jose, California

January 24-25, 2008

The Anointing Will Teach You all Things

1 John 2:27   “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” NKJV

This Scripture is not saying that we do not need pastors and teachers to teach us the Word and teach us about the things of the Spirit (as that would contradict Ephesians 4:11-12 and Matthew 4:23, and many other Scriptures).

The pattern of Jesus in which He modeled for us in Matthew 4:23 is to:

  1. teach
  2. preach
  3. heal the sick in Jesus’ Name

Ephesians 4:11-12 says, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

When it says in 1 John 2:27 (and xref Luke 12:12 and John 14:26) that the Holy Spirit (or Anointing) will teach you all things, or teach you what to say, it’s referring to:

 

  • The Holy Spirit teaching you to discern between truth and error.
  • The Holy Spirit teaching you things in the Word, giving you insights or pointing out truths in the Scriptures that man did not teach you (because no teacher knows everything).
  • The Holy Spirit giving you wisdom and revelation, illumination and understanding.
  • The Holy Spirit guiding you in the what, how, when, and where in regards to each situation and decision in your life.
  • Many receive the ability to play musical instruments, to learn a particular skill, to excel in business, to prosper financially, to invent something, to have creative ideas by the Anointing teaching them.
  • Words of knowledge and words of wisdom (1 Cor 12:8).  He reveals facts of the present, past and future.  He shows you things to come.  He gives you supernatural understanding about something that normally you would not know.  He gives you strategies and ideas from Heaven.
  • In certain situations where you have to speak or answer questions, He tells you what to say.
  • He brings all things to your remembrance when you need it.
  • He reveals to you the Father and Son.
  • He warns you, prompts you, leads you and at times forbids you to do something or go somewhere
  • He instructs you what to say and what not to say, and how to act and not act, around different people.
  • He is your personal coach.

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Three Anointings of David and in Book of Acts

Benny Hinn Conference Notes

Jubilee Christian Center, San Jose, California

January 24-25, 2008

Three Anointings of David and in the Book of Acts

The Three Anointings of King David

David was anointed with the Holy anointing oil on three different occasions.

The second anointing was a higher level of anointing than the first anointing.

The third anointing was an even higher level of anointing than the first and second anointings.

  1. First anointing – the call into ministry.  This is when David was just a shepherd teenager and Samuel anointed him as King.
  1. Second anointing – becoming king over Hebron (a territory).
  1. Third anointing – becoming king over all Israel (the entire nation).

 

The Three Anointings in the Book of Acts

  1. Acts 2 = endued with Power from on High when the Holy Spirit came to the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost, filling everyone with the Holy Ghost and they all spoke with tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
  1. Acts 2-3 = The Church was born.  3,000 were added in one day.
  1. Acts 4 = Miracles, healings, speaking the Word with boldness, with great power gave the apostles witness.

You can see the progression of the levels of anointing in Acts.  It started with 120 people filled with the Holy Spirit.  Then 3,000 people are added to the Church in one day.

Then the anointing intensified where miracles, healings, deliverances, signs, wonders, the dead being raised, speaking with boldness, and the apostles flowing in great power of the Spirit were taking place in the Church.

Another way of looking at the 3 levels of anointing in the Book of Acts:

  1. Acts 2 = begins with a small number of people (120)
  1. Acts 2-3 = addition takes place (3,000 added in one day)
  1. Acts 4 and beyond = multiplication (great multitudes)

The levels of anointing begin with a seed, remnant or portion.

Then it progresses to addition.

Then it progresses to multiplication and greater multiplication.

This progression of anointing applies to your ministry, to your finances, to your business, to your family and loved ones being saved and blessed, and to your life in general.

You are anointed!

2 Corinthians 1:21  “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God.”  NKJV

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Three Levels of the Anointing in the Life of the Believer

Benny Hinn Conference Notes

Jubilee Christian Center, San Jose, California

January 24-25, 2008

Three Levels of the Anointing in the Life of the Believer

  1. Salvation

At the point of initial salvation, all believers are filled with the Holy Spirit when we invite Jesus to come into our heart.  God anoints all believers to hear from God for themselves, to discern between truth and error and to successfully live the Christian life.

The next step after initial salvation is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is to be “endued with power” from on High (Luke 24:49).

Salvation = filled with the Spirit

Baptism of the Holy Spirit = endued with the Spirit

Both salvation and the Baptism in the Holy Spirit involve being filled with God’s Spirit, although the Baptism is a deeper infilling or level of the Spirit.  A believer who does not believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues is still saved, loves God and has His presence living on the inside of them.  But they could have so much more of God by receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The Baptism is an enduement of power and is the door or entrance to operating in the Gifts of the Spirit.  The Baptism of the Spirit enables the believer to walk in greater victory in their Christian life, to live a life where healings, miracles and the supernatural is a common part of life, and to enter into deeper levels in God in worship, the Word and communion with the Holy Spirit.

  1. Ministry

The second level of anointing is when God anoints the believer for the particular ministry that God has called him or her to do.  Everyone in the Body of Christ is called to be in ministry.  There is to be no competition or jealousies, or comparisons among believers, as each of us is given an assignment from the Master (Jesus) to fulfill.  Not all are called to clergy ministry, but all are called to fulfill a specific ministry assignment that God has given each of us to do.

The believer does not have to go in their own strength to minister, but goes in the Name of the Lord and is endued with the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit to carry out their particular ministry assignment.  God’s anointing for ministry equips them with the skill, ability, wisdom and favor to function in their area of ministry.  God’s anointing for ministry will bring about fruitfulness.

Often times a person called to a ministry involving speaking before an audience literally feels an anointing descend upon them as they begin to minister, and they may even be a changed person full of boldness and authority while under the influence of that anointing if normally they are shy and quiet.  Then after 2 or 3 hours after ministering, the anointing may lift.

The same example could hold true of those anointed to prophesy.  Normally they may be reserved and quiet, but when the anointing comes on them for ministry, they are a completely different person until the anointing lifts after they are finished ministering.

People called to the healing ministry, while under the influence of the anointing for ministry, may feel literal heat, electricity and power coming out of their hands, or may operate in words of knowledge, and be unusually bold.

  1. Authority

Being anointed with authority in the Spirit is the 3rd level that is higher and deeper than ministry alone.  When flowing in this anointing, your words have the power to plant or uproot.  Your words carry weight, and none of your words fall to the ground.  Your words have the power to decree and command (as led by the Spirit and coming into agreement with and repeating what the Spirit is saying, and speaking under the influence of the Holy Spirit. (It’s not from the flesh commanding or decreeing things.  If it’s just the flesh, it will produce no fruit.) When you decree and command, then God backs up what you say.

The anointing for authority also involves the area of declaring deliverance to the captives, and the captives are delivered and chains are broken.

The anointing for authority involves creative miracles – decreeing and speaking things that are not as though they were, commanding them to be, and it happens just as you say.

The anointing for authority involves an anointing for breakthrough.

Authority is the kingly anointing – to rule and reign with Christ and know who you are in Christ.  To make decrees in the heavenly realms, and it comes to pass.  To have authority over demons and satan, and all powers of wickedness.  To cast out devils.  To raise the dead.

Authority also involves taking charge of distractions and people who would mock or cause interruptions in services, which weaken the flow of the Spirit and thus grieves the Holy Spirit.  You must take charge of distractions from people who try to prevent others from hearing the Word, from distractions that hinder people from hearing the Gospel of Salvation and receiving Christ as Savior, from distractions that make it difficult for people to receive their healing and miracle, and distractions that discourage others in regards to receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit or distract the flow of the operation of the Gifts of the Spirit.

Taking authority in this type of situation would involve stopping ministering for a minute and openly telling the troublemakers [those are my words not what Benny said] to either be quiet or leave, and if need be, having the ushers escort them out.  It also involves making it clear that there are to be no cell phones ringing and people talking, no constant talking to your neighbor, whispering, goofing off, constantly going in and out of the sanctuary during the worship and the preaching of the Word unless it’s a dire medical emergency.

The anointing for authority involves situations in which Satanic plants are sent to churches and meetings to try to cause distractions and the demise of the pastors and leadership.

Sometimes people who cause distractions are not a Satanic plant, it’s just that they can be rude, inconsiderate, immature, disrespectful and have not been taught to keep quiet and not talk to their neighbor, or on the cell phone, during the worship and preaching. I’m talking about people who are in the habit of talking during most of the service, and they do this all the time. When I was a child we were taught to not talk or goof off during the worship and the Word. If we got restless we could color in a coloring book or read a book. It seems like today so many parents don’t teach their children to be quiet during the services, and they let them talk and run around.

Sometimes distractions are caused by demons manifesting in people. There’s a time to cast out demons (as Jesus demonstrated in His ministry). Then there is a time when you are to command the demons to be silent (as Jesus also did in His ministry).

On rare occasions, the anointing for authority involves, when directed by the Spirit, pronouncing judgment on those who rise up to try to destroy the work of God, and the Lord backs up your words and He carries out the judgment.

An example is Ananias and Sapphira.  The apostle Peter and other apostles pronounced a judgment on them for not only lying to them, but for also lying to the Holy Ghost.

Another example is when Elijah pronounced a judgment on the young boys who mocked him because of his baldness.  He probably was literally bald, but the Scriptures imply that the mocking was deeper than just making fun of his lack of hair, but mocking the anointing on his life.

In the ministry of William Branham, there was a situation that arose in one of the meetings in which he pronounced a judgment (by the leading of the Spirit) upon a certain man.  This man had come up to the stage in the healing line, claiming that he had cancer and for William Branham to lay hands on him so that he would be healed.

The man lied – he did not have cancer.  His intent was to make a false claim about having cancer, in order to “expose” Branham as being a false prophet (because he didn’t believe that God reveals things to His prophets by the words of knowledge).  The man was out to prove that Branham just “made up” all those words of knowledge about people.  When the man claimed to be sick with cancer, the Holy Spirit told Branham that the man was a fake and was lying, and then Branham told the man in front of everyone there that he lied about having cancer.

Then Branham pronounced a judgment on the man for lying not only to him, but to the Holy Ghost, and told him that since he lied about having cancer, that cancer would come on his body immediately and he would be dead by the next day.  It happened exactly as what Branham pronounced.

A curse and a judgment are two different things.

A curse is a prayer or verbal words intending injury, harm or misfortune to come to someone (usually based on hate, jealousy, and wicked intents of the heart).  We are not called to curse.

A judgment is the discernment between good and evil, what is right and what is wrong, and based on the evidence and situation, making a judicial decision and pronouncing a verdict and the consequence/punishment (if applicable) according to the laws established by God.

The authority to pronounce a judgment is granted to you from a Higher Authority (God). It applies to true God ordained Apostles who walk in greater levels of authority.

The anointing to pronounce a judgment is not the same thing as Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”  In Matthew 7:1, it’s not referring to a judicial decision based on right and wrong, but to be critical and despise someone and their shortcomings, and to be very condemning of others, while you yourself are not perfect.  This type of judging involves pride – of pointing out the faults of others, while ignoring the plank in your own eye.  This type of judgment involves judging others for their actions when you don’t know all the facts and have not heard all sides of the story, nor have been in their shoes.

This differs from a judgment made by a judge and jury in a courtroom, based on discerning and separating the facts and reaching a verdict.

On very rare occasions is a judgment pronounced.  The church, as a whole, is not ready for things to go back to the way it was in the early Church in Acts. The glory of the Lord has the power to heal and bring about miracles.  Yet one can also perish in the Glory by things such as irreverence, profaning the holy things of God, lying to the Holy Ghost, and trying to destroy someone’s ministry or discredit them.

Part 1 – Benny Hinn Conference Notes (www.kathleendeniseriley.blogspot.com)

The Promises of God are YES and AMEN!

The Promises of God are YES and AMEN!

Are you believing God for a baby or to get married? Are you believing for a promotion or breakthrough? This message will encourage you.

Habakkuk 2:2-3  Write down the vision and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

Numbers 23:19  “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”

God’s Word is filled with many promises for our lives. Have you asked the Lord to do something specific in your life and you know deep in your heart that He said “yes” and made a promise to you that He would do it?

He may have quickened a Scripture that pertains to your situation or maybe He dropped a promise into your heart. Perhaps a prophetic message was spoken over you and it bore witness in your spirit that it was of God, and was a confirmation of what the Lord had been speaking to your heart.

What is your circumstance?  What are you believing God for?

When God first promises something to us there’s the feeling of being overjoyed and a sense of expectancy. It seems like the promise will come to pass right away. In some cases it does, but in most instances a period of time elapses between the time God first shows us something and the time it comes to fulfillment.

Many times months and years go by and it still hasn’t happened. And have you ever experienced that feeling of disappointment that just when it seemed like the promise was finally going to come to pass, there was a sudden turn in the road?

Joseph is an example of having been given a promise and yet seeing a reverse in his situation. At a young age God speaks to Joseph in dreams and reveals to him that one day he would be a ruler and his family would bow down to him. Because of the evil actions of his brothers, he ends up in Potiphar’s house in Egypt. He’s been snatched away from his home and family and is made a slave in a foreign land. Then while at Potiphar’s house, he is falsely accused of attempted rape and is thrown into prison for a crime he did not commit. Joseph was a pure man, and now his reputation is damaged. After all of these negative events, he might have questioned God or perhaps thought that somehow he had missed God.

Then there’s the story of Sarah. She had no children because she was barren. God spoke to Abraham and told him he would have a son and would become the father of many nations. Months went by and then years went by and still Sarah did not conceive. She prayed and waited, and prayed and waited but it seemed like nothing was happening. She yearned and longed for a child from her own womb yet was faced with reality being the opposite. As time passed, now she’s not only faced with the fact that she cannot reproduce, but even if she could, now she’s too old and now Abraham is also too old. The Bible says that his body was as good as dead and Sarah’s womb was dead (Hebrews 11:11-12).

Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”

What do you do during times like these when you’ve taken appropriate action on your part and done all you know to do, because James 2:20 says that faith without works is dead, yet it still seems like nothing is happening?

And the reality of your situation seems to be a contradiction to the promise or what you’re believing for?

The devil uses these opportune times in our lives to taunt us with words like: “It will never happen” … “Did God really say that?” … “It’s too late for you”.

God’s delay in answering prayer doesn’t necessarily mean denial. God’s promises are “Yes” and “Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Though the promise tarry it will surely come to pass and not prove false. God wants us to have faith and to trust him.

Romans 4:17 says that God calls those things that are not as though they already were.

Many times God uses the waiting process to refine us. The fire of delayed answers is one of the hottest fires to go through and tests our faith like nothing else can. Depending on the situation, sometimes God needs to work some things out first before He brings a promise to pass. The waiting process develops patience, humility, and a deeper level of trust in God. James 1:4 says, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect [Greek: complete, mature], and entire [Greek: whole], wanting [Greek: lacking] nothing.”

For some, they have been in the mode of delayed promises for 5, 10, 20 or more years. The sands of time have brought about a withering away of hope, and dreams seem to be dead or have little life. But God is a God of resurrection, and in His perfect timing, He will resurrect old dreams and fulfill promises He spoke long ago. Where there were years of disappointment, many tears, and lost hope, He will restore with a double portion of joy.

At the time appointed by God, He woke up Sarah’s dead womb and put life back into Abraham’s body. They named their son Isaac, meaning “laughter”. What joy they must have felt! Now all the years of shame and humiliation was finally removed.

And also suddenly (sometimes God acts suddenly), God intervened in Joseph’s situation and gave him the interpretation to Pharoah’s dream. All at once he was set free from prison, was placed as second in command over all Egypt and was given a wife, and she bore him two sons. God restored to Joseph many times over for all the turmoil and pain he had gone through. God turned Joseph’s affliction into joy—so much to the point that when his first son was born he called him “Manassah”, meaning “He has made me to forget my toil”. He named his second son “Ephraim”, meaning “God has made me double fruitful”.

God wants to do something in our life that’s bigger than us. He wants us to believe for the impossible. He’s able to do miracles, even creative miracles.

Jeremiah 32:27 says, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me?” In verse 17 Jeremiah declares, “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee.”

God is doing creative miracles even now, but in the days ahead creative miracles will increase (as our faith level increases to see God do more creative miracles). We will see or hear more testimonies about God restoring bodily parts that are damaged or not even there.

When Zerubbabel (mentioned in Haggai and Ezra) had faced opposition to restoring the temple in Jersualem and work had been suspended for several years, the situation looked bleak. But God spoke through the prophet saying, “Not by [your] might, nor by [your] power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a [level] plain” (Zech 4:6-7).

We can personalize this for our own lives. Replace the name Zerubbabel with your name or that of a loved one. Declare outloud: “The Word of the Lord comes to _________ saying, ‘It’s not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before _________ thou shalt become a leveled plain.’”

Matthew 21:21 says that if we speak to our mountain and tell it to move out of our way, and do not doubt in our hearts, that it would obey us. What is the mountain in your life that stands in your way and tries to intimidate or taunt you?

Luke 3:5 speaks of Jesus, saying that He would cause every valley to be filled and exalted, every mountain to be made low, every crooked path to be made straight, and every rough way to be made smooth.

God wants us to keep our focus on Him, and see Him as powerful and mighty and awesome. Who else is like unto Him? Who else can do what only He can do? There is none like Him!

Hebrews 11:11 says that Sarah received the promise because she considered Him faithful who had promised. Like Sarah, we need to believe that God is faithful to fulfill everything He said He would do even before we see it happen.

In Psalms 37:4, God promises to grant us the desires of our hearts. Even though there may be a delay in those desires coming to pass, the Lord wants us to keep delighting ourselves in Him.

The Hebrew word translated “delight” in Psalms 37:4 is “anag”. Although the definition of the word “delight” is inclusive of “taking pleasure in”, or “enjoying His Presence”, in this particular passage, the word “anag” is used. It is defined as: “being soft and pliable” (or in other words, allowing the Lord to be the Potter and mold us and have His way in our lives; keeping a soft heart). In the next verse, vs. 5, God promises that if we commit our way to Him and trust in Him, then He would bring our desires to pass.

In God’s way and in His timing, He will fulfill every promise. This is a year when many of God’s prophets and ministers are hearing the Holy Spirit say that this is a season when God is going to fulfill many promises He spoke to people long ago. It’s a season of leaving the wilderness and crossing over into our promised land. There are giants there (new challenges and new devils to contend with), but God will conquer every giant. Although the old can be miserable, it’s familiar. The new seems scary because it’s a place of the unknown.

God has a “promised land” for each of our lives (a place of blessings, joy, abundance and fulfilled dreams). The Lord will lead us there if we take His hand, and be willing to leave the past behind.

Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she [he] that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her [him] of the Lord.”

The Promises of God are YES and AMEN!

 

Part 2 – Zerubbabel – Set Free From Bondage and Captivity

Zerubbabel – Set Free From Bondage & Captivity (Part 2)

Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads. They shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away (Isaiah 51:11, xref Isaiah 35:10).

The first siege of Jerusalem occurred under the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. His successors after him also attacked Jerusalem, carrying away captives to Babylon, and finally destroying the temple.

Seventy years had passed since the first siege of Jerusalem. The prophet Jeremiah prophesied that the captivity would last for seventy years and then the Jews would return to their homeland.

God moved upon the heart of King Cyrus of Persia to grant favor to Zerubbabel, Prince of Judah, to lead the exiles out of Babylon back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. Approximately 50,000 people left Babylon on the first exodus out of captivity under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Jeshua, the high priest.

Zerubbabel’s task was the rebuild the foundations of the temple, restoring the Altar and the daily sacrifices and worship.

Based on the true events that Zerubbabel and the exiles encountered, there is spiritual and prophetic application to our lives today.

SPIRITUAL AND PROPHETIC APPLICATION

Kingdoms of This World

Babylon is not only a literal geographical place, but it represents the kingdoms of this world. We live in a Babylonian society, with anti-Christ spirits and agendas that war against righteousness.

Jerusalem represents the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned, the world was taken into captivity by Satan. Ever since that time, everyone has been born into captivity (sin). We live in a world filled with ungodliness and evil all around us.

Sin brought captivity—such as disease and sickness, poverty, oppression, etc.

The ultimate captivity, which sin leads to, is eternal captivity in hell.

The great news is that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to earth to become the Lamb of God that would take away the sins of the whole world. Animal sacrifices temporarily covered sins, but sacrifices had to be repeated over and over again. Jesus shed His blood in order to redeem us back from the devil and sin. He saved us from everlasting imprisonment and torment in hell, and He is the door to Heaven. He is everlasting life to all who will receive Him.

Even though we live in a Babylonian society, we have been redeemed out of darkness and into light. We live in a different kingdom than that of the world. The principles of God’s kingdom is based on the precepts in His Word. God’s kingdom is at constant war with the kingdom of Babylon.

Babylon Represents Areas of Captivity in the Life of the Believer

I wish that I could say that as soon as a person accepts Christ as their Savior, then everything in their life is perfect from that day forward. However, that is not how it is. For one thing, now we have a ruthless adversary (the devil), and we continually have to be on guard to resist his attacks.

Second, our spirits were saved at the point of salvation, but our bodies and souls are in the process of being sanctified and redeemed. Most attacks against Christians are in the areas of the soul (mind, will, emotions), the physical body and finances.

Opponents came against Zerubbabel and the Jews when they began to make progress in rebuilding the Temple. That’s a picture of how the enemy tries to make attempts to sabotage, hinder and stop our progress in what God has called us to do. However, the positive news is that we have the Greater One (the Holy Ghost) living on the inside of us, and He is greater than he that is of the world. We have been given power and authority over all the wiles of the enemy, and given armor to wear, faith as a shield, and the Word of God has an offensive sword.

Many Christians are in captivity, suffering with physical sickness and disease. God wants you completely well. By His stripes (scourging of 39 lashes), you WERE healed (according to 1 Peter 2:24). Our healing is already paid for in full. We just have to receive it by faith.

Many Christians are in chains of captivity in the area of unhealed memories and damaged emotions. Many suffer from oppression and depression. Many battle with a spirit of rejection and ongoing mourning. Many believers are bound to their past, or to guilt and shame. Jesus came to set us free from all these bondages.

Many believers are in bondage to various addictions and vice, ranging from alcohol to pornography to compulsive gambling. An addiction has control over a person. It drives a person to the point where the person cannot live without it.

A believer could be held in captivity to rage and anger, being abusive, filled with jealousy, envy, hatred, bitterness and strife.

Fear is a debilitating bondage that God wants to set us free from. He wants to fill us with His perfect love. Faith cannot operate properly when fear is present. Fear causes doubt and unbelief, and faith and unbelief are two opposites.

Many Christian men and women are bound in sexual immorality (lust, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography) and have a struggle getting free. Christ does not condemn, but He does convict because He wants people free and He is a holy God and is looking for holiness. The Bible says that no immoral person can enter into Heaven or inherit the Kingdom of God (Galations 5:19-21, Jude 7, Revelation 21:8), unless one repents with God’s help and grace.

Sometimes believers are not in bondage to sin issues necessarily, but their experience of captivity could be in the form of enduring very difficult situations, or remaining in unhappy, troubled relationships in which they feel entrapment.

In some situations (such as marriage when there are no Biblical grounds for divorce except for adultery and abuse), the Biblical thing is to stay and not leave. Other situations (such as unhealthy friendships) may call for the Lord leading you to cut off unhealthy soul ties. In situations where there is no way out, God can free you on the inside and give you grace to endure, filling you with His peace.

Being in the midst of confusion and chaos is a form of captivity. The definition of Babylon means “confusion”. Sometimes there is chaos all around us—at home, at work, etc. But God can step in and bring peace and clarity to the situation. God has given us authority to speak to the winds of confusion and chaos, and say “Peace, Be still!”

Jesus Christ wants us free from every bondage in our life. The Blood Atonement of Jesus is not only for our salvation (which is the greatest gift), but the Atonement is also for the here and now on this earth. There is healing in the Blood Atonement (healing for the body, mind and emotions). There is provision in the area of finances, for Jesus’ blood redeemed us from the curse of poverty and lack. Christ’s blood paid for freedom from any kind of addiction, sin or bondage. His Blood breaks all generational curses. The Blood of Jesus contains power to heal, restore and deliver. Satan is afraid of the Name and Blood of Jesus, because of the power in that Name and Blood.

Jesus, our Mighty Deliverer, wants to set us free and lead us out of our exile. He wants to set people free from the tormentors (demons that harass, oppress and afflict). He wants to restore the foundations of our lives. He wants to give us freedom in areas of our lives where we have been bound in chains.

Psalms 146:7-8 says of the Lord, “Who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord looses the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord raises them that are bowed down. The Lord loves the righteous.”

The anointing of the Spirit of God lifts burdens and removes yokes. Isaiah 10:27 says, “In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because of the Anointing.”

Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”

Part 2 – Zerubbabel – Set Free From Bondage and Captivity (www.kathleendeniseriley.blogspot.com)