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Kingdom anointing requires a New Jerusalem mindset

1. Introduction

Kingdom anointing is seen in the life of Jesus and exampled in King David and Cyrus, king of Persia. In this study, we will focus on the prophecy over Cyrus, giving keys to moving in the power of God.


2. Loving Kingdom Anointing

If you desire to see kingdom anointing expressed through you in signs and wonders and people entering the family of God, then love God, and also love the anointing by studying it and practising it.


3. Cyrus, king of Persia


A. Temple builder

“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: ‘Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, “The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may the LORD his God be with him. Let him go up.”’” 

2 Chronicles 36:22-23

We know from history that Cyrus was able to defeat kingdoms, so we can learn something from this chosen vessel of God about taking the kingdom of darkness and turning it to the realm of Jesus Christ.

I want to look at the prophecy over Cyrus’ life so you can apply it to yourself to build the kingdom of God.


4. Kingdom Anointing Requires Loving God

The essential requirement to moving in Kingdom anointing is a personal relationship with God, relationship with Jesus and relationship with Holy Spirit.

Cyrus, God’s Instrument
“Thus says the LORD to His anointed,
To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held
To subdue nations before him
And loose the armor of kings,
To open before him the double doors,
So that the gates will not be shut:

Isaiah 45:1

Before you can subdue nations with the gospel or set kings free, there needs to be a holding of His hand. Jesus would often go up into the mountains to pray to spend time alone with His Father.

When we are holding His left hand, He leads us.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Romans 8:14

Some people are keen to get into spiritual warfare when God is not leading them into spiritual warfare. Learning to be led by the Spirit, not by the crowd, is vital in maturity. I have seen Christians burnt by getting involved in a conflict that God did not intend them to be involved in, then wondered why they got sick or faced poverty.


5. Heart for God’s people

Isaiah prophesies about Cyrus 150 years before the Medo-Persian empire conquered the Babylonian empire in 539BCE.

The first thing we learn about Cyrus’s is that they have a good heart for people, the church, the temple of God, and for God.

Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd,
And he shall perform all My pleasure,
Saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,”
And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.”‘

Isaiah 44:28
A. Shepherd’s heart

Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd,

Isaiah 44:28

If you want to have a breakthrough anointing that will bring in the kingdom of God, then you need to have a shepherd’s heart for the people of God.


B. Have God’s desire

And he shall perform all My pleasure,

Isaiah 44:28

If you want to see the breakthrough anointing, then the desire of God will be your desire. Smith Wigglesworth never read the newspaper because he said it reduced his faith. He would say to his Timothy’s, “leave that (newspaper) at the gate if you want to come into my house.” Although it is good to keep up with the information, if you’re going to be noticed by God, and have God answer your prayers, let your mind be on Him and His business – the kingdom. I do not waste time listening to things I do not control because it leads to worry. If it is necessary, someone will be sure to tell me!

It concerns me the amount of time people spent looking for the Anti-Christ and the mark of the Beast when they had already come two thousand years ago. Such people are rarely able to move in the power of God because this is not kingdom thinking. The power of God moving through you comes from realising the kingdom is here now, not in some future millennium. Many people ask me how they can hear God speaking clearly. It’s simple, ask Him about what He is interested in! His Kingdom! It does not mean He is not interested in your needs; of course, He is. He said,

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33

C. Encourage the church

Saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,”

Isaiah 44:28

If you want to be an anointed king, then encourage the true Jerusalem – the church of God:

…For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar— for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children— but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Galatians 4:24-26

Here Paul is identifying the true Jerusalem by comparing the old covenant and the new covenant. Saying that the natural Jerusalem represents the law, while the true Jerusalem is the people of the New Covenant, both Jew and Gentile alike.

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

Hebrews 12:22-24

D. Laying Foundations in the Temple of God.

And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.”‘

Isaiah 44:28

There are two types of temple in the New Covenant – personal:

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

And corporate.

in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Ephesians 2:21-22

To be a kingdom anointed person, your ministry should always point people to God inside of them and the body of Christ.


6. Heart of Righteousness Ensures Kingdom Anointing

Essential to walking in kingdom anointing is righteousness. Not just the gift of righteousness that comes from the covenantal atonement, but walking in righteousness. Here is our definition from the study on righteousness.


A. Defining Righteousness

… He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.

1 John 3:7

A righteous person is he who PRACTICES righteousness! The word ‘practices’ is present tense. In other words, practising righteousness needs an active outworking of being honest in our daily lives. However, the New Covenant GIVES us the nature of God, who is holy and righteous. Being righteous means we can do righteous acts, and therefore are righteous. In ‘righteousness‘, we learnt many humans are considered righteous in His sight but not righteous enough to enter the kingdom of God. Entrance requires belief in the Lordship and resurrection of Jesus.


B. Cyrus as a Righteous Person

Cyrus is such a person and the reason why God chose Him.

I have raised him up in righteousness,
And I will direct all his ways;
He shall build My city
And let My exiles go free,
Not for price nor reward,”
Says the LORD of hosts.

Isaiah 45:13

Historians tell us that Cyrus recognised that Yahweh Elohim was God of heaven:

Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia:
All the kingdoms of the earth the Yahweh Elohim of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Yahweh Elohim of Israel (He is Elohim), which is in Jerusalem.

Ezra 1:2-3 (Hebrew names used for clarity only)

According to these historians, he had a sense of morality, not plundering like those around him. His enemies, the Greeks, respected him for his good ethics and moral leadership.


7. Kingdom Anointing Brings Kingdom Authority

Shortcuts to inheriting the nations are risky. Many ministries fall by the wayside, unwilling to grow in authority or be under apostolic relationship.


A. I Will Give you the Nations

“Thus says the LORD to His anointed,
To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—
To subdue nations before him

Isaiah 45:1

Remembering we are in Jesus and He in us, the promises that apply to Jesus, also apply to us:

Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.

Psalm 2:8

B. Reigning Over Principalities and Powers

“Thus says the LORD to His anointed,
To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—…
And loose the armor of kings,

Isaiah 45:1

This scripture means that if you have this kingdom authority, you will break the protection of principalities.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

C. Responsibility of the Ministry Gift

As you desire to grow in kingdom anointing and authority, God will allow you to come against different principalities and powers that He wants you to get the victory over. You will meet the five principalities assigned against your gift if you have a five-fold ministry.

If you are called to be an evangelist, you will come against the anti-Christ spirit, which hates the anointing of your life to see people born-again.

Being a teacher, then the assigned adversary is deception.

A pastor must overcome the spirit called death and hell, being able to walk in health.

The prophet will undoubtedly meet their Jezebel spirit

The apostle will meet Leviathan at some stage in their ministry.


D. Maturing the Ministry Gift

Now, these are a generalisation because, in reality, you will all meet the different ruling spirits. Different ministry gifts will grow to have authority over those principalities, specific to their call. However, suppose you are walking in righteousness. In that case, God will usually only allow you to face one principality until you have a measure of authority over it. Once you have defeated that adversary in your life, He will then present the next. True apostles will gain victory over all five; true ministry prophets will usually gain authority over four of them. They are different from the other ministry gifts because they are the foundations of the church.

having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,

Ephesians 2:20

Christine and I learnt what it meant to have authority over spirits like Jezebel, Anti-Christ, Death and Hell, Deception and Leviathan. Each of these five spirits strengthens the five ministry gifts through adversity. Growth happens when the ministry gifts are willing to grow in the king’s knowledge, kingdom and righteousness. However, this authority only comes through suffering some adversity before we overcome it.


8. Open Double Doors of Honour

Double doors speak of being honoured into the presence of kings.

“Thus says the LORD to His anointed,
To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—
To subdue nations before him
And loose the armor of kings,
To open before him the double doors,

So that the gates will not be shut:

Isaiah 45:1

In this context, the doors are access to the throneroom of principalities and powers.

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

Colossians 1:16

The authority we have is complete as we grow in faithfulness to the call. Like Cyrus saw many kings fall to his armies, we will also see thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers fall to us in Jesus name. Remember, these are adversaries who God wants you to overcome through kingdom demonstration and walking in righteousness.


9. Plundering the Enemies Camp Through Kingdom Anointing

Once we have opened the king’s throne room door, we can now plunder the king’s domain! Meaning we see people coming to Christ. This ministry is now catching up to 75% of people coming to Christ and 40% healed in meetings!


A. Gates Will Not be Shut

“Thus says the LORD to His anointed,
To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—
To subdue nations before him
And loose the armor of kings,
To open before him the double doors,
So that the gates will not be shut:

Isaiah 45:1

Once you have access to the king’s throne rooms, nothing stops you from plundering his storehouses! Just step out in the rest of faith and preach boldly, expecting a harvest of souls and healing miracles.


B. He Will Go Before You

The going before you of verse 2 relates to the kingdom business:

I will go before you
And make the crooked places straight;
I will break in pieces the gates of bronze
And cut the bars of iron.

Isaiah 45:2

Many times I am amazed at how smoothly things go.

Sometimes we need to go to battle, but other times He will go to war before you. All we need to do is stay close to Him. He is the one who will level the mountains, raise the valleys and make a highway of holiness for you.

All we need to do is keep being led by him, keep praising Him, and walking in righteousness and holiness.


C. Moving from War to Victory

In particular, I love it when the battle is won in the realm of the spirit. We arrive in a region or city and can sense the struggle. We go to war through prayer, prophetic action or preaching. The first healing is often the hardest, but the miracles start to come thick and fast after that. Many people accept Jesus. There is no fight, and God moves in with His angels to heal the sick, cast out demons and open people’s minds to the gospel. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are often the way God wins the battle. For myself, it is usually the prophetic word or the gift of healing.

It is precisely how this scripture says. First, the double doors open into the principality’s throne room. The spirit is de-throned, and then everything else falls. Prison gates open, shackles of sickness, torment come off people, eyes of people’s understanding become opened, and deaf ears hear the gospel.