ANOINTING

When studying the proper way to anoint, we need to stop and think a minute. All the early New Testament Church had to go by were the Old Testament examples, along with what they had actually seen Christ do. So with that in mind, let us look at the proper Biblical method of anointing. We will start in the Old Testament.

Exodus 28:41 shows us how Aaron and his sons were set apart and anointed, with more details in the surrounding verses.

Exodus 28:40 And for Aaron’s sons thou shalt make coats, and thou shalt make for them girdles, and bonnets shalt thou make for them, for glory and for beauty. 41 And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

This could easily be assumed that the coats, girdles and bonnets of verse 40 were being anointed. The key is in the last part of verse 41, “that they may minister unto me.” Coats, girdles and bonnets don’t minister.

This procedure that Moses had to follow continues in Exodus 29:7. In this anointing were two steps: (1) pour and (2) anoint:

Exodus 29:7 Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.

“Anoint” in Exodus 29:7 and Exodus 28:41 (above) is Strong’s # 4886 = “to rub with oil, i.e. to anoint; by impl. to consecrate, also to paint:—anoint, paint.”

Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the Old Testament says this primary verbal root means “to rub with oil, besmear, to anoint…”  “Besmear” means “to spread or daub, to smear.”

“Pour” is Strong’s # 3332.  The primary meaning is “to pour out.”  Notice this example of the two step process.

Leviticus 8:12 And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.

“Anointed” here again is Strong’s # 4886: “to rub with oil, i.e. to anoint; by impl. to consecrate, also to paint:—anoint, paint.”

Continuing with Strong’s # 4886, in 1 Samuel 9:16 Saul was rubbed with oil:

1 Samuel 9:15 Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, 16 To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.

David was also anointed by Samuel. Here again, “anointed” is Strong’s # 4886 meaning, “to rub with oil.”

1 Samuel 16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

“Horn” is Strong’s # 7161 and means, “a horn (as projecting); by impl. a flask, cornet…”

To get enough oil on David to rub it in, did Samuel not have to pour the oil? I doubt that he put it on him drop by drop.

Genesis 28:18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

In Genesis 28:18, “poured” is Strong’s # 3332, “to pour out. By impl. to melt or cast as metal; by extens. to place firmly, to stiffen or grow hard:—cast, cleave fast, be (as) firm, grow, be hard, lay out, molten, overflow, pour (out), run out, set down, steadfast.” This is the same word used in Leviticus 8:12, above.

Genesis 28:18 does not give the whole story. It continues in Genesis 31:13 where he “anointedst,” Strong’s #4886 which means to rub, paint, besmear. So the oil was poured and rubbed on the pillar by Jacob.

Genesis 31:13 I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.

Here are more examples of Strong’s # 3332 & 4886, pouring and rubbing.

1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?

Here again, you have pouring and rubbing. In 1 Samuel 10:1, “poured” is Strong’s #3332.  Review the definition above.  “Anointed” is Strong’s #4886, same as Exodus 29:7. “Vial” is Strong’s # 6378: “a flask (from which liquid mayflow)…”

2 Kings 9:6 And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel.

In 2 Kings 9:6, you have the two step process of pouring and rubbing again. “Poured” is Strong’s #3332.  “Anointed” is Strong’s #4886. Review the definition above.  Here is another meaning of “anointed” in Psalms.

Psalms 28:8 The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

In Psalms 28:8, “anointed” is Strong’s #4899.  This is from Strong’s #4886 (Exodus 29:7), #4899: “anointed; usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint); spec. the Messiah.”  The bottom line is that New Testament apostles and elders only had Old Testament examples to go by, along with what they had actually seen Christ do.

Now let’s look at the New Testament’s instructions to us when we are sick.

James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

In James 5:14, “anointing” is Strong’s #218: “to oil (with perfume):—anoint .”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says “to rub, to cover over, greasy. Contrast #5548, anoint, pertaining to the sacred and religious. #218 is used indiscriminately in all actual anointings, whether with oil or ointment. See Matthew 6:17 and James 5:14.”  Remember  that the primary meaning of Strong’s # 218 is “to oil.”

If we oil a bearing, isn’t it covered over? What about the internal parts of an engine like the crankshaft?

Consider some uses of Strong’s # 218 in the following verses.

Matthew 6:17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

Would you just pour or put something on your head and not rub it?

Mark 6:13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

How was this accomplished? Did they just pour or dump it, and leave the oil without rubbing it?

Luke 7:38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

How was this anointing of feet done if it was not rubbed? Was it just piled on?

Luke 7:46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

John 11:2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick)

Here again, if you were doing this anointing of Christ’s feet with ointment, would you just apply it in a pile and leave it or rub it in?

Another word for “anoint” in the New Testament is Strong’s # 5548.

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

In Luke 4:18 “anointed” is Strong’s #5548: “prob. Akin to #5530 through the idea of contact; to smear or rub with oil, i.e. (by impl.) to consecrate to an office or religious service:—anoint.”   Notice the use of Strong’s # 5548 in the following verses:

Acts 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

2 Corinthians 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;

Hebrews 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Look at how Strong’s # 218 (meaning to oil, to rub, to cover over, greasy) is used in John 12:3. This is the same word used in James 5:14 for “anointing.

John 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

James 5:14  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

Did Mary just make two piles of ointment on Christ’s feet and leave them or did she rub them in?

There is another word for “anoint” in Revelation 3:18:

Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

In Revelation 3:18, “anoint” is Strong’s # 1472: “to rub in (oil), i.e. besmear:—anoint.”

Do we rub or apply a spot? Does it indicate to rub in and cover the whole eye, not just a portion? Doesn’t it take the whole eye to see properly?

In 1 John 2:27 (below), “anointing” is Strong’s # 5545: “an unguent or smearing, i.e. (fig.) the spec. endowment (‘chism’) of the Holy Spirit:—anointing, unction.”

1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

Webster’s New College Dictionary says of unguent: “a healing salve or smoothing salve.” Would God give us one drop of the Holy Spirit in our foreheads? You would have to think it is certainly more than that.

In Mark 14:8, “anoint” is Strong’s # 3462: “to apply (perfumed) unguent to:—anoint.”

Mark 14:8 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.

Wouldn’t this perfume be poured or heavily sprinkled and then rubbed? It’s hard to imagine that it would be poured or heavily sprinkled and left that way.

In John 9:6 and 9:11 (below), “anointed” is Strong’s # 2025: “to smear over:—anoint.”

John 9:6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

John 9:11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

No question here. The definition is “to smear over.” It had to be rubbed.

Sprinkling:

In the following verses are a couple examples of the anointing oil being sprinkled. In Exodus 29:21, “anointing oil” is made of Strong’s # 8081 & 4888. In Leviticus 14:16, just the word “oil” is used (#8081), not “anointing oil.”

Exodus 29:21 And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: and he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him.

Leviticus 14:16 And the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before the LORD:

Strong’s #4888: “from #4886; unction (the act); by impl. a consecratory gift:—(to be) anointed (-ing), ointment.”

Strong’s #8081: “from #8080; grease, espec. liquid (as from the olive, often perfumed); fig. richness:—anointing, x fat (things), x fruitful, oil ([-ed]), ointment, olive, +pine.”

Setting someone apart—notice how this was done in the following verses:

Strong’s # 4886 (the first definition covered in this Bible Study on page 1) means: “to rub with oil, i.e. to anoint; by impl. to consecrate, also to paint:—anoint, paint.”  Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the New Testament says this primary verbal root means “to rub with oil, besmear, to anoint.”   “Besmear” means to spread or daub.

Strong’s # 4886:

Leviticus 8:12 And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.

1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?

1 Samuel 16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

Exodus 40:13 And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

Exodus 40:14 And thou shalt bring his sons, and clothe them with coats: 15 And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.

In the five examples above, “anoint” (Strong’s # 4886) means “to rub.” In 1 Samuel 16:13, could you get enough oil from a horn without pouring? In Exodus 40, we have to infer that it was poured if there was enough to rub or sprinkle very heavily.

Things in the tabernacle were rubbed with oil, #4886:

Exodus 40:9 And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the vessels thereof: and it shall be holy.

Leviticus 8:10 And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them.

What can we say? If we are to anoint properly, we will have to pour and rub.

Another example of something being anointed, rubbed with oil, #4886.

Numbers 6:15 And a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, and wafers of unleavened bread anointed with oil, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings.

Let’s consider the instruction in James 5:14.

James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

In James 5:14, “anointing” is Strong’s #218: “to oil (with perfume):—anoint…”

Zodhiates’ says “to rub, to cover over, greasy. Contrast #5548, anoint, pertaining to the sacred and religious.  #218 is used indiscriminately in all actual anointings, whether with oil or ointment.”

If you oil a rusty bolt, knife blade, gun, etc., don’t you cover it entirely with oil? Don’t you have to rub it in, unless you stick it in a bucket or can of oil? We could hardly anoint a human by sticking their head in a bucket.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The scriptures known by the New Testament Church included the ones on anointing. We will just use Exodus 29:7 as one example. The Old Testament examples were their only information on proper anointing, other than what they actually saw Christ do.

Exodus 29:7 Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.

In Exodus 29:7, “anoint” is Strong’s # 4886: “to rub with oil, i.e. to anoint; by impl. to consecrate, also to paint:—anoint, paint.”  Zodhiates says this primary verbal root means “to rub with oil, besmear, to anoint.”  “Besmear” means to spread or daub.

Notice that the oil was poured and rubbed. Re-read the verse: “Then shalt thou take the anointing oil and pour it upon his head and [rub] anoint him.”

Going back to James 5:14, “anointing” is Strong’s #218: “to oil (with perfume):—anoint.”

Zodhiates says of this word: “to rub, to cover over, greasy. Contrast #5548, anoint, pertaining to the sacred and religious. #218 is used indiscriminately in all actual anointings, whether with oil or ointment.”

If I oil a rusty bolt, I put oil all over it. Zodhiates says we are to rub or to cover over, so the instructions are clear. How can we argue that it has to be poured and rubbed?

Exodus 29:7 says it was poured upon his head. So do we not have to pour enough oil on the head so it can be rubbed to cover the head?  Why not rub the foot or arm?  The brain of a human is in the head just under where the oil is rubbed, that is why. The brain is where the Holy Spirit dwells. This is what makes us what we are as humans.

Do we not need complete covering by the Holy Spirit, which the oil represents, when we are sick?

Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Christ is Holy Spirit. He gives us this complete coverage through what he did in His Passover sacrifice for us—for each one of us individually. We should look at His sacrifice as a personal sacrifice for us—a complete covering for forgiveness as well as healing.

Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

These two verses show us how Christ yearns to take us under the cover of the Holy Spirit (remember, He is Spirit), but we won’t let Him. If Christ is Holy Spirit and we are under His wing, so to speak, won’t we be completely covered by the Holy Spirit? Did you ever see a mother hen hovering over her chicks? We are so far from the land anymore that most people have never seen this act of nature that Christ uses as an example.

Notice some Old Testament scriptures on this idea of being covered by the Holy Spirit:

Psalms 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalms 36:7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

Psalms 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

Aaron was anointed with so much oil that it ran down on his beard and clothes:

Psalms 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

If we are in the shadow of God and Christ, we are completely covered by the Holy Spirit. Is this why we are to pour the oil on the head and rub or smear it to cover over the top of the head where the Holy Spirit dwells in (or with) our brains? So we will be completely covered by the oil which symbolizes the Holy Spirit.

Let us take a closer look at James 5:14-16, as well as Paul’s example of sending “anointed” cloths.

James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Notice that if we are sick we are to call for the elders (plural). “Elders” is Strong’s #4245. It means “older; as a noun, a senior…elder (est), old…”

The instructions are to have “them” (plural again) pray—more than one elder would pray. Until we learn differently, it says to me that the sick person would have to be anointed by someone and at least two elders should pray, if possible. It may not be possible in some isolated cases.  Of course, this would be done in Christ’s name. Christ made all this possible:

Psalms 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

James 5:15 says “the prayer of faith shall save the sick.” This word “prayer” is singular, so a minimum of one prayer will save the sick.

James 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Verse 15 plainly says that if the sick have sinned, it will be forgiven through this prayer of faith. I think we elders, as we pray and anoint, should make it a part of the prayer to ask for forgiveness of the sick if a sin is involved. For instance, if a person has a disease that is only transmitted sexually, the need for forgiveness is clearly seen by all involved.

Verse 16 says we should pray for one another, that we may be healed. It sure looks to me like more than one prayer should be involved, if possible.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

We need to understand clearly that there are no exceptions to Matthew 25:5:

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

“All” includes me, and it includes you, until verse 6 happens to us and we receive the cry at midnight:

Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Now, if you are an elder and someone calls on you for anointing, knowing God has given you the ability to pray the prayer of faith, can you refuse to anoint that person? Let us say you know this person personally and you know that their life is full of sin. Can you sit in Christ’s judgment seat and judge that person by refusing to anoint them? This might be the tendency of some.

What if this sick person is still 100% asleep and you are awake? Can you refuse to anoint because of these sins you know about? What if God is using the process of sickness, anointing and healing to wake this person up and you refuse to do your part as an elder because you are sitting in Christ’s seat doing the judging? What will Christ’s reaction be? One thought that comes to mind is that we could be smitten with the same affliction that the sick person has. What about Acts 17:30?

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

It’s God’s job to judge and condemn, or wink at and overlook. He knows the rest of the story—we do not. Show me the permission in James 5:14-16 to pick and choose who we anoint. This is especially true now, as the virgins in Matthew 25:5 start to wake up. It may take a different twist in years to come.

It does say “sick among you” indicating the Church. Remember, the Church will be of ALL nations (Revelation 7:9 & 14) and in all spiritual conditions. Read the message to the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3.

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands………14….And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Could we, in good conscience, refuse someone who came to us off the street and asked for anointing? How could we possibly have complete knowledge of this person’s relationship with God? Maybe they started to repent two hours ago and God sent them to one of His elders for healing? What if God wants the person to live so He can work with them? Did every one in the New Testament times who was healed by the hands of one of the apostles or others become members of the Church? I doubt it.  Be careful, elders!

Continuing in James 5:16, we need to pay close attention to this. Confessing and praying seem to go hand in hand:

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

In some cases, or maybe in most, we won’t know what the cause (fault) of our sickness is. We shouldn’t pass over lightly verse 16 when we are sick. Here is where Philippians 2:12 also has a bearing on what and how we confess our faults:

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

This word “faults” in James 5:16 should be understood clearly also. It is Strong’s # 3900 and means, “a side-slip (lapse or deviation), i.e. (unintentional) error or (willful) transgression...” Zodhiates adds, “fault. Sometimes used in profane Gr. when it is intended to designate a sin not of the deepest nature nor of the worst enormity. In the NT it means purposely stepping over. [#3900] occurs only in Paul’s writings, except for Matthew 6:14, 15; 18:35; Mark 11:25f.; James 5:16 and is often used where pardon is spoken of in Galatians 6:1…”

I do not think that all the dirty linen needs to be dragged out of the closet. I know there are things in my life that no one needs to know about except God and me, so use wisdom in confessing faults.

Now for a look at Paul’s so-called “anointed” clothes.

Acts 19:11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

Where do we read that these pieces of clothing were anointed? There is a point I would like to inset here. A former Worldwide Church of God member challenged me into this whole Bible study. Shortly after the Feast of Tabernacles (FOT) 1999, I developed a problem in my right shoulder that nearly stopped me from working. Through a friend here in Denver, I heard that this man had anointed some people and that they were healed.  I got his phone number from this friend and had my wife call him to ask to send an anointed cloth. He refused and more or less said it was not Biblical and gave some of the Biblical reasons. That is what challenged me into this whole study on anointing and anointed cloths.

The Worldwide Church of God based their practice of sending anointed cloths on Acts 19:11-12.

Acts 19:11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

This man was correct. Where does the Bible say that these clothes were anointed?

“Handkerchiefs” is Strong’s # 4676: “a sudarium (sweat-cloth), i.e. towel (for wiping perspiration from the face, or binding the face of a corpse)…”

The only thing Paul’s handkerchiefs were anointed with was sweat.

“Aprons” is Strong’s # 4612: “a semicinctium or half-girding, i.e. a narrow covering (apron).”

Acts 19:11-12 says plainly that God did special miracles by the hands of Paul and the handkerchiefs and aprons were brought “from his body.” The word “from” in verse 12 is Strong’s # 575: ” ‘off,’ i.e. away (from something near)…” The truth of the matter is that God healed diseases and cast out demons by the use of these pieces of cloth that had touched Paul’s body, through these SPECIAL miracles. There is no indication that they were anointed.

Isn’t the very same thing true of Peter’s shadow, (not his clothes)?

Acts 5:15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.

This verse indicates that Peter’s shadow would heal, although it doesn’t say that directly. Why would they try to get the sick in the path of Peter if they weren’t healed? Verses 12 and 16 add to this theory:

Acts 5:12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.

Acts 5:16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

I think we have been misled again by Satan, with God allowing it, and God is now starting to set the Church straight on this. I am also sure that there will start to be some major healings among God’s people as He wakes up the foundation of His end-time Church—the first “about 120.”

If 1 Corinthians 10:11 is true, Peter and Paul were just prototypes for us. If 1 Corinthians 10:11 is not true, we have no hope of eternal life anyway:

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

My conclusion is that there must be enough oil used to pour and cover the entire top of the head. As it is rubbed, won’t there be some penetration of the oil into the scalp and hair follicles? Is there a human on the face of the earth who does not need a massive penetration of the Holy Spirit into their minds?

There is no Biblical authority for sending anointed cloths. When God, in the future, raises up some Peters and Pauls, we will have to see what special methods He gives them.

The man mentioned earlier prayed for my shoulder three times over the phone. The first time it got worse, the second time there was some improvement, and the third time it started to heal and returned to normal.

I suspect God is making special allowances right now for his sick and dying Church, since anointed cloths are not Biblical.

This part of the paper ended here in November, 1999.

Today is May 19, 2000, as I start an addition to this paper. I have just become aware since the Passover Season there is more to anointing than just walking in and anointing someone. That is not the whole story. That is just half of it. There are two sides to this issue.  Notice Ps. 103:3.

Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Christ is responsible for healing our diseases, “by his stripes we are healed,” 1 Pet. 2:24.

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Christ deals with both sides of this issue.  It is through his power and love for humans that we can be healed.

I covered most of this information in the paper, Demons and Health, but that information needs to be added to the instruction about anointing. Otherwise, the elders doing the anointing will just be doing a partial job, and many healings will not happen.

Go to Acts 19:11-12.

Act 19:11  And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

These non-anointed pieces of cloth did special miracles. “Handkerchiefs” is Strong’s #4676, meaning a “sundarium, i.e., towel (for wiping the perspiration from the face, or binding the face of a corpse.)…”   “Aprons” is Strong’s #4612, meaning “a semicinetium, or half-girding, i.e., a narrow covering, (apron);-apron.”  The verses say nothing of these pieces of cloth being anointed as was pointed out to me by the man mentioned above.

God was doing special miracles through Paul as verse 11 tells us.  Why is healing and casting out demons so closely linked here.  In this verse you can’t separate the two. The same pieces of cloth did both jobs.  Again, we should ask the question, WHY? A disease or affliction caused by a demon requires that the demon be cast out for healing to take place.

A disease or affliction caused by being a human afflicted by all the virus, bugs, degenerative disorders, etc. requires calling upon Jesus Christ’s stripes for healing to take place.  Let us look at demon caused afflictions as spelled out in God’s Word.

See Matthew. 8:16.  Casting out demons and healing all goes with the same breath here.

Matthew 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

In Matthew 8:28, there were two of these men.

Matthew 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

Mark 5 gives more on the account. Notice in verse 15 the results of the legion being cast out. 

Mark 5:15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

Go on to Luke 8.  Verse 27 tells us the life style this man had.  Verse 29 shows us more about how these demons totally controlled this human.

Luke 8:27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. 29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness)

Notice the demon did not obey that instant but started a conversation.

Luke 8:35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

Verse 35 shows the result of the casting out of this Legion (healing, if you will.).  In today’s society, these two men would be locked up in a mental institution.  Would anointing these men heal them? No, the demons have to be gotten rid of first.  It is a good bet that these same demons have some helpless humans locked up in asylums right now, May 19, 2000.

Could medical science in any way determine that evil spirits cause this problem? No, they look for a physical cause, electrical circuits misfiring, mental or physical trauma in childhood, etc.

In Matthew 12:22, this man was blind and mute and was healed by having the demons cast out.  Verses 24-27 make it clear that the casting out of demons healed this man.

Matthew 12:22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

In Luke 11:14, Christ healed this mute man by casting out the demon.

Luke 11:14 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.

Again, I would ask the question, would this inability to see or to hear, caused by demons, be detected by modern science?  No way.  To heal this problem, the demons had to be gotten rid of first.

Matthew 9:32-33 may be the same account as Luke 11:14 or it could be a different account.

Matthew 9:32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. 33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marveled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.

Couldn’t these verses just as well read that when Christ cast out the demon the migraine headaches, the chronic sinus problem, the stomach disorder, the insomnia, the unexplained pain that no doctor could diagnose all went away?  On and on this list could go. Can you start to see what I am saying?  If a demon is causing the problem, the cause has to be removed. Just like having a splinter in your hand, the area will fester and be sore until the splinter is removed.

In Luke 13:11, 16, apparently Satan himself caused this problem.

Luke 13:11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

Luke 13:16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

What would we call this today, degenerative arthritis, or what my mother died of, osteoporosis, the collapsing of the bones themselves.  Medical science in no way could have detected that this was Satan or some other evil demon causing a physical problem.

Would Christ’s sacrifice apply here or would the cause of this problem have to be removed?  Let us be sure to understand that it is through Christ’s power that either the demon could be cast out or the physical cause could be dealt with through Christ’s sacrifice for us and in both cases, the healing could be accomplished.

Either way, Christ gets all the credit.

In Mark 1:25-26 this word “torn” is Strong’s #4682 meaning “through the idea of spasmodic contraction, to mangle, i.e., convulse with epilepsy, rend, tear.”

Mark 1:25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

Notice here that the demon could respond in a negative way, even after being commanded to come out.  In this case, the demon was talking; but if he were not, we would call it a seizure of some sort.  Without knowledge of the spirit world and the health problems they cause, medical science cannot properly diagnose health problems.   The same is true with elders in the church.  Without understanding demons, we cannot properly anoint.

Continuing in Mark 1:32-34, see how closely linked healing and casting out demons are.  Paul knew this. That is why his clothes did both.  That is why we as elders will have to deal with both when we are called on to anoint.

Mark 1:32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. 33 And all the city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.

Notice in Matthew 17:18 “cured” is Strong’s #2323, “to wait upon menially, i.e., (fig.) to adore (God) or specially to relieve (of disease), cure, heal, worship.”  Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the New Testament says it means, “to heal miraculously…”

Matthew 17:18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

Now, study the following account in Mark.

Mark 9:17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.

19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.

20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. 21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.

22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.

23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.

In Mark 9:17, 18, 20, 21, 25, 26, along with the seizures, verse 20, this apparently young man was also a mute, verse 17.  In verse 25 it says he was both mute and deaf.

In verse 26, this demon caused such a violent seizure that the young man seemed dead.  Any elder who does not have his spiritual house in order cannot handle this type of demon, verse 29.

Mark 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

We need to realize that demons can take over very young children and can afflict these children all their lives.  Probably, many cases are very subtle and not as violent as the case described here.  Notice again in verse 25 and 26 the demon can react negatively after being commanded to come out, and I have reason to suspect that in some cases this can happen quite a while later.

There is one thing different in this account than the attitude today.  This man willingly admitted that his son was possessed by a demon, verse 17.  Right now, May 25, 2000, I know of very few people who would even remotely admit that they could themselves could be influenced by a demon, much less have some true elder of God cast them out.  So countless health problems caused by demons are not dealt with because of this vain thinking Satan has gotten us into.  Who in medical science would detect that this deafness, muteness and seizures could be caused by a demon?  If the demon can cause hearing not to function, or speaking, couldn’t he cause your liver to fail or your heart to fail prematurely, or any other physical ailment or affliction that we humans have?

As the end-time work kicks in gear, the elders have to realize they cannot just walk in and anoint someone.  The possibility of demonic cause or influence has to be dealt with first, then the elders can anoint to apply Christ’s sacrifice to a strictly physical problem.

In Luke 9:39-42 this seems to be the same account that we just went over in Matthew and Mark.

Luke 9:39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him.

40 And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not.

41 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.

42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.

In verse 42 Christ rebuked the demon and healed the child.  “Healed” is Strong’s #2390 meaning “to cure (lit. or fig.), heal, make whole.”  Christ makes it plain in no uncertain terms that casting out a demon can heal.  Therefore, it is obvious that casting out demons has to be a major part of healing the sick in the end time church.  This was strongly indicated in Mark 1:34 that we just covered.

As covered in other papers, demons have their recreation by tormenting human beings.

Luke 11:24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.

“Rest” is Strong’s # 372, meaning from Strong’s #373, “intermission, by impl. recreation...”   Matthew 12:43 says the same thing.

Matthew 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

As touched on earlier, Satan has the world so deceived now that we look to physical causes of all our physical afflictions.  Because of all the evolution taught in colleges, there is no belief in a spirit world, either good or bad.  This was not so in New Testament times.  The man openly admitted in the account above that his son was possessed and it was obvious that he was helpless to do anything about it.

Take the case of Mary Magdalene, Luke 8:1-2.

Luke 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, 2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,

Christ and the 12 apostles were traveling. Notice also a group of women were traveling with them.  It says in verse 2, “certain women.” One of these certain women had been healed of evil spirits.  Mary had 7 demons cast out of her and apparently whatever affliction she had was healed.

Today, May 25, 2000, how many of us would not be embarrassed through the floor for the whole world to know that we had been possessed by 7 demons.  Mary apparently did not mind and she is counted among the great womenof the Bible.  Where can we find the account of Mary Magdalene being embarrassed? NO, we have a different mindset today because of the massive brainwashing Satan has given us through the educational system.

Can we start to see why Paul’s clothes did a twofold job of casting out demons and healing?  The two cannot be separated.  If we are to believe God’s word, casting out demons heals just like anointing and asking Christ for his sacrifice to be applied.

What about the power to cast out demons?  Go to Luke 9:1-2.

Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

“Disciples” is Strong’s #3101, meaning “a learner, i.e., pupil:- disciple.”  Isn’t that what we are today?  Is 1 Corinthians 10:11 true or not? Does it still mean what it says?

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.”

Notice that Christ gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases.  He sent them to preach and heal.

Berry’s Greek to English Interlinear translates the word “cure” as “heal,” also.  Here again healing the sick is tied closely with power over demons or being able to cast them out.

“Power” is Strong’s #1411, meaning “force (lit. or fig.) spec., miraculous power (usually by impl.) a miracle itself…”   It certainly is a miracle to be able to cast out a demon.

“Authority” is Strong’s #1849, meaning “(in the sense of ability), privilege, i.e., (subj.), force, capacity, freedom, competency…”

In these two verses, if you are to believe your God, Christ gave his learners the power and authority over demons, to heal and cast out.  From this and other verses already covered, it is obvious that many healings would have been accomplished just by casting out the demons.  As our Christian lives proceed in the end time, we will find out we need this power over demons in many areas of our lives other than health.

Now let’s look at Luke 10:17-20.

Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. 18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Here is the Bible description of the real power Christ gives his “learners” or disciples.

In verse 17, this word “subject” is Strong’s # 5293, meaning “to subordinate, reflex, to obey. Be under obedience, (obedient) put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto) be (put) in subjection (to, under), submit self unto.” This is what the demons have to do at our command through the proper use of Christ’s name.  It is understood that we had better have our spiritual ducks in a row if we expect Christ to give us this power.

Continuing in verse 19, Christ makes it plain he gives us this power. “Power” is Strong’s #1849, meaning “(in the sense of ability) privilege, i.e., (subj.) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or obj., mastery…”  Notice, it is different from the word “power” we just covered in Luke 9:1.  It is the same word used for “authority” in Luke 9:1.

“Tread” is Strong’s #3961, meaning “a path, to trample, (lit. or fig.) tread down under foot.”

So what is Christ saying here?  That he gives us the ability, privilege, etc. to trample, walk on demons.

“Serpents” is Strong’s # 3789, meaning “(through the idea of sharpness of vision, a snake, fig. as a type of sly cunning, an artful malicious person, espec. Satan…”

“Scorpions” is just another word for demon. Notice Revelation 9:3.

Revelation 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

“Scorpions” is Strong’s #4651, the same as Luke 10:19.  Notice these scorpions have “power,” which is Strong’s #1849, meaning “(in the sense of ability), privilege…”

Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the New Testament says of the word “power,” #1849, it is “permissible, allowed, permission, authority, right, liberty, power to do anything.”  This is certainly describing demons, for the physical scorpions of the earth have no power over humans, other than to inflict a painful sting.

Continuing in Luke 10:19, the second word “power” is Strong’s # 1411, meaning “force, (lit. or fig.) spec. miraculous power, (usually by impl.) a  miracle itself…”

Zodhiates says of this word, “power,” “especially inherent power…”

“Enemy” is Strong’s #2190, meaning “(to hate) hateful, (pass.) odious, or act hostile, usually as a noun, an adversary (esp.) Satan…”

The bottom line is if we have our spiritual house in order, we have the power to trample on Satan and the demons, to cast them out, and thereby heal the diseases or afflictions that they have caused in humans. We will have to consider first the potential of a sickness being caused by a demon, because it is impossible for us as humans to determine the source of the illness. First cast out the demons as the probable first cause, and then anoint with olive oil to apply Christ’s sacrifice to a non-demon caused affliction.

As of June 1, 2000, I haven’t had the opportunity to put this new knowledge to the test.  I have just anointed one other person and myself before learning this.  I plan to deal with this in a one, two, three manner.

If the person has three or four afflictions or just one, I will command the demon to come out.  For every health problem, one demon could cause migraine headaches, another could cause irregular heartbeat, and another could cause ulcers, etc., if you see what I am trying to say.  If there is no change after each individual situation is dealt with one-by-one, then I will anoint the person in the proper manner as described in part one of this article.

Today is July 6, 2000, and Friday, June 23, I anointed myself for a little skin cancer that had been on my face for at least a year.  About Wednesday of the next week, the sting was gone out of the skin cancer.  Today, the area, which was about 1/2 as big as a U.S. dime, is 90% or more gone.

I used the above proceeding, casting out or rebuking the demon first, and then proceeding to anoint.  Why did I anoint myself? Because I know of no other elder who really believes God’s word to do it for me.

Published July, 2000

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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