He had gone to Tiberius Church in Indonesia and seen how the anointing oil has made a difference to the Christians there. The senior pastor of Tiberius Church, Pastor Yesaya Pariadji, had been led by the Father to get his church to use the anointing oil radically. He had a vision of a biblical quotation when he was still not yet a Christian - he had no idea what it was. When he became a pastor, he finally understood what it meant. He felt very led to get his church to use anointing oil so they went ahead and used it; their testimonials are plentiful and amazing.
Pastor Prince being a huge believer in Sola Scriptura, decided to discern further, pray about this and read up on the scriptural references on Anointing Oil before telling us to use it. He believes in doing things biblically - meaning we can be radical in our faith (for example our church's Holy Communion practice has drawn criticisms - we take Holy Communion over our health and when we face challenges in life to remember Christ's victory and perfect work on the Cross - all these are founded biblically as well) but it must be scripture based. His care in ensuring that this is rooted in the Word of Christ and the many faith filled testimonials from the Christians in Indonesia is a great testimony to the power of the anointing oil of Jesus Christ.
Some testimonies from Tiberius Church and Pastor Prince himself when he first tried the anointing oil out -
There was a believer in Indonesia who anointed his house. He lived in a particularly jialak area where there were often riots and attacks on Christians. Once his area had a big fire 'coz some muslim radicals had set fire to the area but the fire just stopped short of his place.
Another Indonesian believer anointed his car and when he was attacked by highway robbers who used the axe on it, the robbers not only could not break the windshield with their axe, they literally bounced off the car each time they tried.
Pastor Prince anointed his daughter's balcony after sighting of some bees that had scared her. The next day, the cries of their maid got them running over to the balcony. The bees had died, lined up in a straight row at the balcony. It was as if they could not get past a barrier and had fallen dead.
Personal testimonials from care group members and my family
A care group brother's friend, A, had broken his foot doing sports. Whilst A's friend was trying to help him out, he slipped and fell on A which aggravated the injury. On the way home, A's foot was further hurt by an enthusiastic cab driver that tried to massage and pull the bone into place.
When he went to the hospital, the bone had become somewhat deformed and he had to go for an operation. After the operation, the doctor initially told him he would take 2-3 months to heal, the next visit saw the doctor extending the duration to 3-4 months! It was getting worse. Our care group brother asked A if he would be ok about having the anointing oil used upon his foot. The former explained to him what the anointing oil is about - not a superstitious item but an outward manifestation of tangible blessings that we use in faith in Christ. He gave him NT scriptural references - the disciples used anointing oil even when Christ was around and after Christ was risen (Mark 6:13, James 5:14 for example). He also gave him the relevant CDs from pastor's recent sermons on the anointing oil. A agreed to try it out 1 or 2 days back. Yesterday afternoon, A called our care group brother and told him that he had started on physiotherapy. The doctor had also reduced the healing duration to 2 weeks! Praise God! His healing was expedited by four times! Hallelujah! Woo Hoo!
Personal testimony - Kae's HFMD scare and tummy pains (see an earlier post on my blog). The anointing oil got rid of all lying symptoms (ulcer and painful sore-like thing on his hand) and pain upon usage and we also took Holy Communion over Kaelen. He was perfectly fine when he awoke the next day. When I suffered from stomach discomfort, I drank a bit of anointing oil and after that I kept burping and burping until my stomach stopped hurting! I burned myself whilst cooking and applied anointing oil. My burned skin was perfectly ok after a short while!
So what does the anointing oil represent? (Scriptural references.)
- Reminder of Christ's finished work
- Honours God (saying we believe in His finished work) and Men (we set men apart for God when we anoint them).
- The act of doing it is an act of faith in Christ. ( An outward demonstration of our faith in Christ)
- Anointing of the Holy Spirit that protects us and aids us to receive divine enablement.
- Declaration of Christ's Victory!
- To be in Christ - we are smeared perpetually by the oil of gladness and goodness.
When Samuel anointed David, he was a ruddy face young boy, a shepherd. After the anointing, this is how he has been described in the bible -
- speaks forth wisdom
The anointing oil brought upon David divine grace, power and enablement. Anointing a king is equivalent to crowning him; in fact, in Israel a crown was not required. Anointing ourselves is reaffirming whose we are - we are the sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father, crowned by the grace of Christ! More than conquerors in Jesus and reigning with Him at the right hand of the Father!
Psalm 92 talks about being anointed with "fresh oil". "Fresh oil" means a daily, continuous anointing. Ian and I anoint each other every morning - confessing every blessing of God over our day and our family and our lives. =D God is so good to us and loves us so much!
In fact, the title Christ/Messiah means literally covered in oil, Anointed!!
OT references to the anointing oil paints an image of Christ -
The holy anointing oil described in Exodus 30:22-25 was created from 500 shekels (about 6 kg) of myrrh, half as much (about 3 kg) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels (about 3 kg) of fragrant cane, 500 shekels (about 6kg) of cassia, and a hint (about 4 L) of olive oil.Each vessel of the Tabernacle represented an organ of the body (see my previous post of Leviticus)- these organs also have further meanings and symbolisms. Our High Priest is Jesus Christ - the perfect High Priest. In OT, the success of the sacrifices offered to cleanse the people of their sins and bring about blessings depended on the High Priest. If the High Priest was not clean himself, he would die in the ark and the people would suffer for the period of time till the next High Priest made the next offering. We can depend on our High Priest perfectly so and we are greatly blessed because as He is in this world, so are we!
Myrrh represents the sacred love of Christ (gospel of Matthew)
Cinnamon represents the fiery zeal of Jesus in serving the Father (gospel of Mark)
Cane represents integrity and righteousness of Christ (gospel of Luke)
Cassia represents worship and speaks of the Son of God (gospel of John)
Olive Oil represents Jesus's body that was crushed for our iniquities and also the Holy Spirit.
The oil was used to anoint the vessels of the Tabernacle in Exodus 30:26 and the High Priest, and is traditionally regarded as the oil used by prophets to anoint Saul, David, and other kings of ancient Israel.
Other mentions of Anointing Oil or the act of anointing -
Oil was used also for medicinal purposes. It was applied to the sick, and also to wounds (Psalms 109:18; Isaiah 1:6).
The expression, "anoint the shield" (Isaiah 21:5), refers to the custom of rubbing oil on the leather of the shield so as to make it supple and fit for use in war.
It was the custom of the Jews in like manner to anoint themselves with oil, as a means of refreshing or invigorating their bodies (Deuteronomy 28:40; Ruth 3:3; 2 Samuel 14:2; Psalms 104:15, etc.).
I got this prayer from my Care Group Leader last night and it is copyrighted by New Creation Church (July 2008). Just sharing it with all of you. You can buy a bottle of olive oil, and pray over it in faith with these words...
Prayer For Anointing Oil
In the Name of the father, of the Son Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, I set this oil apart to be the holy anointing oil.
This oil is the holy anointing oil with the power to cast out demons and to heal the sick based on Mark 6:13 and James 5:14.
This is the anointing oil which sets us apart unto God and makes us more than conquerors and over comers.
This is the anointing oil which honours God and man, and brings Glory to Jesus Christ.
This is the anointing oil which gives us gladness and empowers us for service unto God.
This is the anointing oil which speaks of the finished work of Christ and gives us protection from all evil.
This is the anointing oil which blesses us and gives us complete victory in Jesus Christ.
I hope that you will be greatly blessed by the above testimonials, information and prayer as we have. All glory to Jesus! All glory to the many blessings of Jesus Christ and His most amazing grace. =)
A humorous end note:
The day that we were all asked to bring a bottle of olive oil to church for pastor to pray over, Carrefour ran out of olive oil and the pharmacies too!
I thought it was just a joke by our Pastor (who can be a real jokester =D ) until my care group member spoke about how she had gone to Carrefour and there was absolutely no olive oil left! Belonging to a blessed church with more than 20,000 members- our membership has grown from 15,000 in Dec to 17,000 in January and during that day when olive oil was prayed over, the membership hit over 20,000 - I am not surprised, because we are so well fed by the Word of God and the Grace of Christ Jesus here. =D Well, Carrefour must have felt exceptionally blessed that Sunday too and their cashiers must have been completely amused! In fact, the week after the olive oil sold out, Carrefour decided to put their house brand olive oil on sale. Ian was joking about how they might be puzzled as to why when the olive oil was not on sale, it flew off the shelves. And after it was put on sale, they did not. Lol.