Month 6:27, Week 4:5 (Chamashee/Teruah), Year:Day 5940:175 AM|
TESHUVAH 27/39, 2Exodus 1/40
Gregorian Calendar: Sunday 21 September 2014
The Three Anointings of David
Continued from Part 26
Introduction to David's Anointings
I am grateful to a brother who yesterday pointed out to me that David son of Jesse, who is a type of Messiah, was anointed by the navi (prophet) Samuel three times. Saul, by contrast, received only one anointing:
The Three Anointing Witnesses
- 1. "Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed [David] in the midst of his brothers (in Bethlehem); and the Ruach (Spirit) of Yahweh came mightily upon David from that day forward" (1 Sam.16:13, NASB).
- 2. "Then the men of Judah came and there (in Hebron) anointed David king over the house of Judah" (2 Sam.2:4, NASB).
- 3. "So all the elders of Israel (all 12 tribes) came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a b'rit (covenant) with them before Yahweh at Hebron: then they anointed David king over Israel. David was 30 years old when he became king, and he reigned 40 years. At Hebron he reigned over Judah 7 years and 6 months, and in Jerusalem he reigned 33 years over all Israel and Judah" (2 Sam.5:3-5, NASB).
The three anointings were made in the presence of three different sets of people:
The Progressive Inclusive Principle
1. His family in Bethlehem of Judah;
2. The whole tribe of Judah (including his family); and
3. All 12 tribes of Israel (including the tribe of Judah and his family).
There is a sacred tavnith (pattern) here that must not be missed that I call the 'Progressive Inclusive Principle' ('PIP'). As the first witnesses are included among the second, and as the second and first are included among the third, so the three anointings of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) build upon and include the ones previous to each other one. Thus the third Sukkot (Tabernacles) Anointing builds upon the second Shavu'ot (Weeks, 'Pentecostal') Anointing, as the second Shavu'ot (Weeks, 'Pentecostal') Anointing builds upon the first Yom haBikkurim (Firstfruits) Anointing. Thus the first is the foundation of the second which is likewise the foundation of the third.
The Three Priesthood Anointings
The same principle holds in the Priesthood. The Apostleship builds upon the foundation of the Eldership which builds upon the foundation of the Deaconate - 'Once a Deacon, Always a Deacon' even if a talmid (disciple) is later ordained an Elder.
A Foundation of Servanthood
The reason for this is obvious: the Besorah (Gospel) is build upon a foundation of Servanthood, and the Shammashim or Deacons are the servants of the Messianic Community.
The Foundation of Rulership: The Ruach Deposit
Likewise the foundation of rulership - in our example, David as King of Judah and then of all the House of Israel - is the infilling of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) which accompanies the one who is born again and spiritually regenerated in the Houses of Emunah (Faith) and Teshuvah (Repentance) from dead works. Though not anointed to be King of Israel at Bethlehem while still a shepherd boy (as Saul was yet King, and remained so, and was honoured as such by David, until he died), nevertheless the anointing was a spiritual deposit and a promise of what would later occur in Hebron on two separate occasions separated by 7½ years. Likewise:
"You also were included in Messiah when you heard the Davar Emet (word of truth), the Besorah (Gospel) of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), who is a deposit ('pledge' - NASB) guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are Elohim's (God's) possession - to the praise of his glory" (Eph.1:13-14, NIV).
A Pledge for a Future Glory
Thus at Bethlehem David received the Ruach (Spirit) as a seal, deposit or pledge of his future kingship, in the same way that the believer received the "Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God)" being "sealed for the day of redemption" (Eph.4:30, NASB). By what mechanism - in what way - is the sealing effected?
The Pattern Revealed
"In [Messiah], you also, after listening to the message of emet (truth), the Besorah (Gospel) of your salvation (deliverance) - having also believed (by emunah, trusting), you were sealed in Him with the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) of promise" (Eph.1:13, NASB).
The Divine Promise, sealed by the Ruach (Spirit), unfolds according to the tavnith (pattern) hidden up in the annual festivals, into the fullness as we individually make teshuvah (repent) by getting the leaven of sin out of our lives (as represented by Chag haMatzah, the Feast of Unleavened Bread), enter into the B'rit (Covenant) of Shavu'ot (Weeks) and receive the Second Anointing, and as we continue working out our salvation corporately as Messianic Israel, making a complete and total teshuvah (repentance) as we approach the final judgment of Yom haKippurim (Day of Atonement) so that we are ready for the Third and Final Anointing of Sukkot (Tabernacles) which finally seals - making good the "deposit" or "pledge" us as the fully married allegorical Bride of Messiah. But we must come up to the spiritual fulfilment and realisation of the moedim (appointments) with Yahweh and collect it.
David as Type of the Three Anointings
King David is therefore a type not only of the Sukkot (Tabernacles) Anointing but also of the two before it. And that is why he was anointed three times unlike Saul, who failed and fell, and was only anointed once.
Denial by Believers of Multiple Glories
Those who have no intention of making a full teshuvah (repentance) expect no more than the first or second anointings and more than likely do not even acknowledge the existence of a third one. They almost certainly likewise only acknowledge the existence of one heaven, and not three; and one resurrection glory, and not three:
The Choice to Be Deluded
"There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead" (1 Cor.15:41-42, NKJV).
Thus they are sent, and therefore believe in, their desired delusion, "that they might believe what is false" (2 Thes.2:11, NASB) and will not be persuaded otherwise no matter how convincingly you show them the actual teaching of Scripture. For we are only deceived as much as we want to be.
Just as we cannot force someone who does not want to believe in Elohim (God) or His Son or the Plan of Salvation, so likewise we cannot force a Christian or Messianic to believe in something he or she does not want to. Having made one witness of the emet (truth) to them when prompted to do so by the Ruach (Spirit), so that their blood is not on us for having failed to witness, we can do no more to leave such souls in their chosen delusion. And it would be wrong - a sin - to do more.
Division in the Body
Christendom is weighed down not only by false doctrine but also an absense of life-saving and spiritually-edifying true doctrine. We are divided and separated from one another by Heaven because of our willingness to either know all emet (truth), some emet (truth) or no emet (truth) at all. And that is why there are three heavens  so that believers and unbelievers can inherit as much as they choose to believe in or not believe in.
Deceived by the Flesh
Ignorance is not bliss at the final accounting, and especially not in times of great danger such as we face in the world today. The vast majority of believers have no idea what is going on in the world, nor can they discern between emet (truth) and error. Most haven't even been born again at Yom haBikkurim (Firstfruits) - they choose to believe some proposition but they have not themselves been changed or revitalised within to become witnesses and servants. Theirs is an arm-chair religion of the intellect or simply some tradition they picked up because of the way they were raised or schooled. Others who believe in their mind may be very passionate about their religion, but it is not unto chayim (life) - it is simply emotionalism without spiritual renewal. They are steered by counterfeit spirits that don't even bring them up to the First Anointing, let alone the Second or Third, though some may have had some kind of 'experience' which they have been deceived into believing is the Ruach (Spirit) but which is in reality of the flesh.
Conclusion: The Necessity of Knowing the Truth
Having an awareness that three anointings are required for a talmid (believer) to qualify as the Bride, as witnessed by King David's own triple anointing, should make us search diligently to find out what they are and what it is we must do after our initial trusting and rebirth. Pentecostals and charismatics will indeed testify of a second anointing but have no idea what it is, claiming falsely that without it (the speaking in 'tongues') there is no evidence that the believer has actually been born again and that he is by no means saved. But tongues is not the evidence of the New Birth, the fruits of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) are (Gal.5:22-25). No, the Second Anointing follows the one who enters a corporate Messianic Israelite covenant (Bar Mitzvah) to obey the mitzvot (commandments) of Torah and consists of a spiritual endowment of one or more of the many giftings of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) (1 Cor.12:4-11), with some (but never all - 1 Cor.12:27-30) receiving the gift to speak supernaturally in known foreign languages (not gibberish) for witness and evangelism on behalf of the unsaved (not for oneself). The Third and final Anointing is the fullness of ahavah (love) that the corporate Messianic Bride has for the Bridegroom, our Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus), and for all the qodeshim (saints, set-apart one). And as the Israel David was anointed King over at Hebron was on a greater scale than the Judah he was anointed King over 7½ years before, so the spiritual endowment at Sukkot is greater, and on a larger scale, than the endowment at Shavu'ot. These, then, in outline, are the Three Anointings, and those who are of the elect seek them with all their hearts, and are willing to make a complete teshuvah (repentance) from sin to realise them in their lives. Will you? Amen.
 Paul cites the case of one of the brethren who was caught up into the "third heaven" (2 Cor.12:2) and though he doesn't say exactly what it is, there must of necessity be a second and a first one too on lower levels of glory
Continued in Part 28