A New Prophetic Anointing
1 Chron 12:32 “And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do;”
The last few weeks of summer are upon us as the Autumnal Equinox approaches (September 23rd) when the earth’s northern hemisphere will begin once more to tilt away from the sun, so shortening the hours of daylight resulting in the onset of fall and the coming of winter.
Nature is in a state of change. Ripe grains and fruits are ripening ready for harvest, everywhere nature is busy preparing for the coming seasons when the plentiful abundance will cease to be available. Though few of us live in an agricultural environment, we still see the signs and our mindset begins to change as we anticipate the change that is approaching.
The Men of Issachar were uniquely Prophetic among the Nation of Israel. They were men who “had understanding of the times”. It is one thing to sense, feel or even see that you are in the midst of a season of change, it is another thing altogether to understand what is taking place. God wants a Prophetic Church, a Church that lives with a Divine understanding of the times, a Church that sees the activity of God and quickly positions itself to join Him in what He is doing.
Understanding is not just related to the present, it anticipates the future. To have understanding in harvest time means that you gather in the abundance around you with an eye on the future, anticipating the coming seasons of lack. To gather and gorge would be foolish and dangerous, so the desire to overindulge is overcome in favor of moderation, which will allow life to continue when the earth is barren and cold. The men of Issachar had understood – and knew what Israel ought to do.
Much Prophetic declaration is incomplete; it is merely the declaration of information. Information alone will not usher the Church into greater involvement with the Spirit as He plans His strategies and executes the will of the Father in the earth. We need the added dimension of understanding. The Church doesn’t just need to hear declarations it needs understanding, it needs to know what it should do. One well-known Prophet said to me, “Frankly I’m tired of being the dog and pony show” and I knew exactly what he meant. The role of Prophets in the Body is not to entertain; it’s to bring the Word of the Lord with the added dimension of understanding.
A move of God may well be around the corner in America. The Church needs the Prophets, it needs the Prophetic anointing. We don’t just need the Word, we need insight and understanding.
I encourage you today, to ask God for a new Prophetic anointing upon your life – even if you don’t consider yourself “Prophetic”. Ask the Spirit to open your eyes to recognize the season that you are in, then cry out for understanding that you might know with certainty what you should do. A new journey may just be beginning.