“Dear Christian Friend, did you know that there is a difference between having the anointing of God and possessing the nature of God? Are you aware that most believers today cannot tell the difference between the two? What about you? Do you know the difference? If not, please take a few moments to read this pamphlet. . . . . . . “
“Not knowing the difference between anointing and life not only hinders us from hitting the mark and obtaining the prize—as if this wasn’t bad enough!—it also puts us in a vulnerable position regarding the delusions all around us. Jesus warned us that the end of this age will be marked by incredible deception, both inside and outside the Church. He warned us that these deceptions would be overpowering and so close to the truth, everyone except the elect would be deceived.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
Jesus predicted the coming of false prophets and told us that they would look like sheep. But though a wolf can make himself look exactly like a sheep, he can never be a sheep. As long as he has the nature of a wolf he will always be a wolf. No amount of external transformation can change what he is on the inside. This is why Jesus told us to look past all the external appearances and manifestations, to look past all the gifts and the anointing, and discern what kind of fruit is coming forth from the individual.
Satan is a fallen cherub who has great power. Jesus overcame Him at Calvary but he remains the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2.2). In addition, God is going to give him great authority at the end of this age (Rev. 13:6-7). He will be given the power to duplicate and counterfeit every kind of supernatural experience and miracle. He will even be allowed to replicate the anointing. There is only one thing Satan will never be able to counterfeit—the nature of God. This is the fruit Jesus told us to look for.
Speaking of these days, Jesus said false Christs would appear. Most of us automatically think of false prophets when we read this passage. But Jesus was talking about something much deeper. Why do people run after false prophets? Because they are seeking the anointing. They only follow men because these men have the power of God.
The Greek term “christos” (khris-tos’), from which we get the English term “Christ,” simply means “anointed.” It comes from the Greek root-word “chrio”(khree’-o), which means, “to smear or rub with oil; by implication, to consecrate to an office or religious service.”
The term Christ has become synonymous with Jesus, God’s Messiah. So when we read that “false Christs” will come, we think of someone claiming to be God’s Messiah. But this was not what the Lord was referring to primarily. He is talking about the anointing. He is warning us that in the last days men will come into the Church possessing a very real anointing and power. But that anointing and power will not have originated with God. This is what He meant when he said they would come in “sheep’s clothing.” The sheep’s clothing will be the anointing that cloaks them.
Jesus said, “if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.” He also said, “if they shall say unto you, behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.” What did He mean? Was He merely telling us that in the latter days there will be a bunch of religious kooks running around saying they are the Messiah? No! It is much more serious than we imagine.
When He said not to run to and fro looking for Christ, He is talking about the anointing. He is warning us not to chase after gifts, ministries, or supernatural experiences because a day is coming when Satan will produce a counterfeit anointing that will both look and feel like the real thing. An hour is coming when counterfeit gifts will look like real gifts, when counterfeit ministries will look like real ministries, when counterfeit signs and wonders will look like real signs and wonders.
There is coming a time when only those who have the life of Messiah worked in them will be able to tell the difference between the true and the false. Unfortunately, most of God’s people will not be in that secret place of the Most High. They will have spent their whole lives running after ministers, after gifts, and after external blessings and experiences. They will not have allowed God to do that deep work of crucifixion that is so necessary. They will not be able to tell the difference between anointing and life. They will continue to think, as they do now, that the anointing is life. They will not be in a place to recognize when Satan’s counterfeit anointing begins to replace God’s true anointing.
The power of Satan will be greatly increased in the last days. He will be allowed to fill the churches with people who are ministering under his false anointing (Christ). Many will come in Jesus’ name and say, I am anointed (Christ). I am anointed to preach and prophesy. I am anointed to receive and transmit revelations. I am anointed to show great signs and wonders. They will say the Lord anointed them and sent them to minister to the house of God. Because they will look exactly like sheep and possess a real anointing, the majority of believers will end up following them.
The Lord warned us and told us to be alert. Is anybody listening? The wolves who are coming today are extremely dangerous people! They move in an anointing that looks and feels like the real thing. They are not Mormons or Humanists or Jehovah’s Witnesses or Satan worshipers or fly-by-night charlatans with smoke and mirrors. None of these things would fool God’s people. They look exactly like sheep. They look just like Baptists; they look just like Pentecostals; they look just like Charismatics. They carry a real anointing that overwhelms all who come into their presence. These people have real power. They preach wonderful sermons and prophesy, they receive great revelations and heal the sick. They talk about revival in the vernacular of whatever religious group they operate in—all in the name of Jesus. But the anointing, power, and presence that covers them is not from God; it is a counterfeit! This is why it is so essential that we get our attention off of gifts, off of ministries, off of sensual religious experiences and supernatural manifestations. . . . .
“God is lifting His anointing off the self-centered, pleasure-seeking, Western churches. At the same time, He has granted great power and authority to Satan, who is even now producing perfect counterfeits of the things of God. Those who continue to run after the anointing, after external blessings and manifestations, are going to be deceived.
We must get our lives focused on being changed internally. We need to fix our eyes upon the transforming work of the Spirit in our lives. We need to yield to that work more than ever so the life and character of Almighty God will come forth in us. That life is the only thing Satan will never be able to duplicate. That life is the only thing that is eternal. It will never pass away because it is the more excellent way.
The only safe place to be in this hour is hidden in the life of God. So let us not be like the foolish virgins who had beautiful lamps (anointing) but were caught off-guard and had no oil (life). Let us be faithful stewards and use the talents (gifts) God has given us to bring Him increase (His image in us). Let us not remain spiritual children our whole lives, lest we find out too late just how foolish we were. Selah.”
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