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2013 – The Joseph Anointing
2013 will be a year the Church begins to experience the release of a Joseph Anointing. This Joseph Anointing will be like the story recorded in Genesis when God called Joseph from a pit to a palace to help Israel and the surrounding nations survive a coming season of famine. God is releasing this anointing upon His people so we can become a supernatural blessing of wisdom and resource for the nations of the world.
Joseph was a pivotal figure in the history of Israel. God called Joseph to stand in the gap for Israel between desolation and their future destiny. Joseph came to this position bringing nothing with him. He was thrown into a pit and left for dead. He was then taken out of the pit and sold into slavery by the very people who should have loved him – his brothers. After being falsely accused of a sexual assault, he was put in prison and stayed there until God raised him up to a place of prominence and authority as second in command to Pharaoh. Through all the heartache and hardship he experienced, God never abandoned Joseph.
In the Book of Genesis, where the events of Joseph's life are recorded, I noticed three components of his anointing – Dream Interpretation, Apostolic Administration and Reconciliation. These components can function through a single person or they can be released through a group of Believers functioning with a common vision.
The Strategic Placement of Dream Interpreters
Dream interpreters will rise in prominence in this anointing. Both in prison and in the courts of Pharaoh, it was Joseph's ability to interpret dreams that gave him audience with those in authority. Some of the people who will have these dreams hold positions of governmental authority and others work in the highest levels of the corporate world where normal routes of access to them are restricted. The dreams of these individuals, and their need to understand them, will become the bridge that connects these dreamers with those gifted with God's interpretation of dreams.
The Rise of Apostolic Administration
There will be a release and recognition of the supernatural aspect of the administrative gift. Some see the gift of administration in a lesser light than God intends for it to be seen. There will be a rising up of Administrative Apostles.
In Potiphar's house, in prison, and before Pharaoh, the administrative gift in Joseph was the gift God used to release his blessing to the nations. The detailed administrative plan Joseph shared with Pharaoh became God's supernatural provision and solution to Pharaoh's dream. It provided the structure that the nation of Egypt and the surrounding nations needed to survive during a famine.
Reconciliation of Nations through Families
After experiencing deep personal pain and rejection, Joseph was willing to make a way for his family to survive the famine. He did not allow his painful personal history to be a roadblock to what God desired to do in his family and as a result the nation of Israel was spared from starvation.
The provision of physical needs was a vehicle God used to bring restoration and reconciliation to Joseph's family and to Israel. Joseph's anointing was able to flow because he was willing to reconcile with those who had wronged him.
One of the greatest hindrances to the moving of God's Spirit in the midst of God's people is the unwillingness to release an offense. Reconcilers take practical and tangible steps towards reconciliation no matter what the cost.
Reconcilers initiate plans for healing and restoration.
Joseph wept as he reconciled with his family – this is the heart of a reconciler. Behind each act of familial reconciliation there stands a city or a nation waiting to be set free. Israel and the surrounding nations endured a severe famine because one man was willing to reconcile with those who had wronged him.
Word of the Lord for 2013
As the Lord processed this word and the coming year with me, He went on to reveal how this anointing would function:
"As I chose to record the works of My servant Joseph in a book about new beginnings, so My presence in you will become a place to birth a new beginning. This anointing will bring a Genesis experience to My Church.
"I am forming in you a place of supernatural provision. I have put My Presence in you to become a silo of abundance resembling a farmer's silo that stores grain for a future planting. Like Joseph, you will come to this place of provision bringing nothing with you, except My Presence. It will be from the depths of My Presence in you that I will draw out this blessing for the nations.
"This anointing will not be a work of addition, but of supernatural multiplication. I will birth this in you like I did when I multiplied the loaves and fish that fed thousands. My provision will flow from what appears to the natural eye to be a place of nothingness. It will become a miraculous provision that will surprise not only those who receive it, but it will surprise My people. You will say, 'Where did this come from? How did abundance come from nothing?'
"I will draw the nations to you as I did to Joseph when I repositioned him in Egypt. They will come for a survival provision, but I have more planned than just their survival. I will use you to bring them into their destiny.
"The Joseph Anointing will turn a famine into a feast; a lack into a gain and a set back into a leap forward. The nations will see that I am in your midst. Set the tables – a feast of provision is coming."
Finally, the trials and issues you have faced in your life have been used by God to position you for the greatest impact. As Joseph spoke to his brothers, the Lord will also speak through you to those who have stood against you in the past. As you are anointed and released you will be able to say, like Joseph:
"God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. So it was God who sent me here, not you!" Genesis 45:7-8
Garris Elkins, Senior Leader
Living Waters Church - Medford, Oregon
Garris Elkins' ministry, Prophetic Horizons, is a ministry of teaching, writing and prophecy committed to raising up a prophetic generation to speak to the cultures of our world with the empowered voice of Heaven. Garris and his wife, Jan, are the Senior Leaders of Living Waters Church in Medford, Oregon, and have two grown children, Anna and David.