In 1997 I wrote a book entitled He Cutteth Out Rivers, describing the difference between the Prophetic, Priestly, and Kingly anointings, and how believers can flow at all levels. Since that time, God has been speaking specifically about the Kingly Anointing that has been released upon the Church and with greater detail regarding characteristics of this particular anointing.
OUR POSITION AS KINGS
First of all, we should understand that all believers already have the status of a “king” according to Revelation 1:5-6, which says, “Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us Kings and Priests unto God and His Father…”. Jesus is called the “King of kings and Lord of lords” in 1 Timothy 6:15. The “other” kings and lords mentioned in this verse happen to be those who are “in Christ” and already have the positional status mentioned. We must now learn how to actually live out this positional truth in our everyday lives by renewing our minds to the Word and acting accordingly in thought, word and deed. Glory to God! We are who He says we are, we have what He says we have, and we can do what He says we can do!
OUR FUNCTION AS KINGS
Current apostolic revelation emphasizes kingdom government concepts, which are the truths that Jesus will run the universe by for eternity. We are just in the “training for reigning” and “schooling for ruling.” Part of our training and schooling includes the nature and role of kings in the kingdom of God. The truths regarding the nature and role of prophets and priests have been restored to us in recent moves of God, and now is the time for kings to understand their function and biblical role in the restoration of the church.
Apostle Paul told us in Romans 5:17 that everyone who receives the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness “shall REIGN IN LIFE by one, Jesus Christ.” It is kings who reign by exercising dominion in all realms of life and ruling with character, wisdom, power and wealth. There is a kingly anointing that has been released upon the restoration church, and we are seeing apostolic leaders raised up with a generational blessing upon their lives because they have become sons and daughters of the house, having learned to serve those with an Elijah anointing upon their lives. It is time for these “sons and daughters” to partake of the next level of anointing that God is pouring out upon us by receiving the revelation being given and following those who are walking in it.
THE KINGLY EXAMPLE
The Gospel of Matthew is written mainly to the Jews to prove that Jesus was indeed the awaited Messiah who fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies regarding the coming King. This gospel portrays a King teaching others how to be kings. “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He that is born KING OF THE JEWS? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.’ ” (Matthew 2:1-2). Jesus shows us in this gospel how to live and reign in this life as a king in the kingdom of God. He totally ruled over the kingdom of darkness through apostolic power and authority. He also established rule in the hearts of men by love and servant-leadership that would make any sacrifice for their welfare. He won the confidence of those he served by his kingly character, wisdom, and power. He demonstrated the unlimited resources available to a king ruling under the authority of Omnipotence.
A POOR KING?
According to tradition, “poor Jesus” was born in a stable to “poor parents” who were turned into the night when they showed up at the door at the inn “begging for lodging.” According to the truth or the Gospel, Joseph went to the hotel to “rent lodging” because he could afford it, but the hotel was fully booked for the night, so they went to the stable because Mary was about to deliver the Christ. Shortly after the birth of Jesus, wise men arrived and “opening their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11). There is a principle demonstrated here whereby one always entered the presence of a King bearing gifts in honor and respect. This not only occurred at Jesus’ birth, but also during His life and ministry (see Luke 8:1-3). Jesus walked in the wealth of a king while on the earth and never had shortage. Have you ever seen a poor king?
It is the kingly anointing that is attracting wealth these days. We should not be after the “loot” but after the “root.” We must develop the character and wisdom of kings, and then the power and wealth will follow. The message of the Kingly anointing is for those who are ready for maturity as saints. We can see from the Old Testament that the kings who ruled without character and wisdom failed and led people to destruction, but those who ruled with Christ-like qualities had long and successful reigns that glorified God and blessed people.
OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS KINGS
I believe the kingly anointing is for the apostolic church which has embraced responsibility for the advance of the Kingdom in this present age. It is obvious from the past behavior of many Christians that a person can experience prophetic anointing and minister to God as priests at the altar while still living fleshly, self-centered lives. However, the kingly anointing will flow through character and wisdom produced in the lives of those who have decided to “wholly follow the Lord” in all the restoration truths given to us up until now in the Church. The kingly anointing was given to His disciples (those who “left all to follow Him”). We are the people who live in this tremendous time of restoration of all things, so let’s determine to “be all” and have all” that God provided and desires for our lives, so that we can demonstrate the authority and power of the Kingdom of God in this present age.