The pain of the past is our preparation for the future. That is the expression I heard from the Lord in a visionary encounter a few years ago. Like Joseph, we must reconcile ourselves with the past in order to make our future more fruitful.
Though many aspects of the past season may have been unpleasant and difficult, they were nevertheless necessary to prepare us to function as both Kings and Priests. The agony of captivity clearly equipped Joseph for the ascension to the throne of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. Joseph demonstrated this truth in the naming of his sons.
Genesis 41:51?52— Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, “For,” he said “God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household. He Named the second Ephraim, “For,” he said “God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”
A new mature and extraordinarily fruitful priesthood is emerging in these Last Days in the order of Melchizedek. In order to posture ourselves for this we must reconcile in our hearts and minds the past season, no matter how difficult or trying, in order to be ready for what is coming.
As the Scripture teaches, the Melchizedek priesthood consolidates the two offices of King and Priest. This Presence driven ministry will take us from Church Age into Kingdom Age, removing the leaven of human reasoning and tradition.
The Church Age was a season of earnest or down payment but the Melchizedek priesthood is the promise for fullness. This grace is assured to God’s people to usher in the great harvest and the Lord’s coming. Part of that anointing is “godly jealousy” producing and unwavering devotion to God and His Word.
In the Order of Melchizedek
The concept of the Melchizedek priesthood is simply God as the Living Word fully occupying His people, the body of Christ. (John 1). Revelation 5:9 identifies a company of people who sing a “new song.” In it they declare that the Lord is the only One worthy to take the sealed book and open it for His people.
Those described in Revelation 5: 9 are an overcoming bridal company positionally placed to function as both Kings and Priests. As I began to ask the Lord about the qualities these will possess one of the key attributes that has been highlighted to me is being jealous for Him.
A Loyal Priesthood like Phineas
As A. W. Tozer once wrote, “within the fold of Christianity there are to be found increasing numbers of persons whose religious lives are marked by a growing hunger after God Himself. They are eager for spiritual realities and will not be put off with words, nor will they be content with correct “interpretations” of truth. They are athirst for God, and they will not be satisfied till they have drunk deep at the Fountain of Living Water.”
There is emerging today those that Tozer prophesied about who are desperate for God with a holy jealousy. This reality is typified in the Old Testament figure of Phinehas. This loyal priest received a divinely issued covenant of peace because of his jealousy towards the Lord and his commitment to the Word.
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned away My wrath from the sons of Israel in that he was jealous with My jealousy among them, so that I did not destroy the sons of Israel in My jealousy.
“Therefore say, “Behold, I give him My covenant of peace; and it shall be for him and his descendants after him, a covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the sons of Israel. –Numbers 25:10, 13
The Bible teaches that God’s dealings with Israel are given as an example. The lives of the patriarchs and faithful men and women of old are adopted for our instruction in the ways of God and the different aspects of His Person and anointing. We see this truth especially exemplified in the life of Elijah and the anointing resident in his life that will also characterize a company of people in this generation
Likewise, many will begin to emerge in this hour with the “anointing of Phinehas” and enjoy personal covenants with the Lord. These will be priests providing to God’s people inspired revelation of the Word by calling upon Him that He might show us great and mighty things which we know not.
They will bear a heavenly “jealousy” and integrity by rightly dividing the Word of Truth without mixture or compromise. This anointing will produce in many a healthy ardor and “Zeal of God” for the Spirit of Truth; Furthermore, they will not shun to declare the whole counsel of God nor tremble at the fear of man. (Acts 20.27)
Mouth of Brass
The name Phinehas means “mouth of brass.” This is a depiction of those who will begin to “judge and discern the thoughts and intents of the heart” and help others identify the entanglements that so easily distract them. (Hebrews 4.12) When the Living Word is present, all things are open and laid bare before the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Nothing is hidden. This is not something to fear but embrace to facilitate maturity and purity of soul to access Heaven.
The Bible depicts the revelation gifts unveiling the secrets of the heart so those who observe it will fall on their face and say, “surely God is in this place”. (1 Corinthians 14:24 -25) This manner of revelation is not rooted in suspicion, but genuine insight from the Lord and disclosure of divine secrets ministered in charity and faithfulness.
This work of the “Phinehas anointing” will usher the Fear of the Lord back into the Church and pave the way for divinely granted repentance leading to the knowledge of the Truth. This will produce a more righteous body with whom the Lord will become intimate and share His mysteries and power.
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; love therefore is the fulfillment of the law. And this do, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.
The Anointing Released
There have been two specific occasions in which I have witnessed this anointing being imparted to leaders. The first occasion took place several years ago during a MorningStar conference. On this unique morning, Bob Jones was taken into the realm of the Spirit.
In the experience an angel approached who had been sent from Heaven with a unique commission for a specific individual. He disclosed that he had been released with the “anointing of Phinehas” to be imparted to one of our close friends, Bobby Conner. Bobby later confirmed that an angel visited him that morning and imparted to him “the spear of Phineas.” Clearly, possessing jealousy for God is evident in the life of Bobby.
On a separate occasion, Wanda and I were involved in a conference in Louisiana and were instructed by the Lord to release the “anointing of Phineas” on a specific leader chosen by the Lord for this region. Since that time, this brother has told us that he is specifically aware of this anointing when it comes upon him.
In his ministry, this anointing assists in releasing a quest for purity and righteousness among those being groomed for a significant release of anointing and authority..
Eleazar—A Faithful Example
In giving true expressions with a heart of jealousy towards God, we will then begin to ardently obey the doctrines of Christ.
According to John 14:23:
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
All those willing to make this commitment will begin to be adorned in fresh garments and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts and anointing. These will then be delegated a commission like the one given to Eleazar.
Eleazar, the faithful servant of Abraham, was sanctioned with the great responsibility of obtaining a bride for Isaac. He was given notable gifts, jewelry, clothing and oil to take to the one set apart to be the chosen bride of the promised son. In like manner, the Holy Spirit desires to impart to us the gifts, anointing and the Spirit’s manifest Presence to prepare a bride for the Royal Seed of Abraham, the Lord Jesus.
In order to flow in this great responsibility, we must also possess the faithfulness that characterized Eleazar. Great was his devotion and loyalty in the presentation of the gifts. He made certain that Rebekah fully recognized they were not from him but from the one by whom he was sent.
Speak the Truth in Love
Whenever we speak the Word of truth in love, it will have significant effect and will not return void. The present work of the Holy Spirit is to cleanse and nurture a body of people to faithfully represent the Living Christ to this generation.
Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. –Ezekiel 36:25?27
We are being delegated with a new heart fully devoted to God with jealousy. That will enable us to speak the truth in love allowing our words to be galvanized with charity. As the scriptures point out, love never fails.