The key to being positioned to receive the Issachar anointing has to do with timing and seasons. Those who carry the Issachar anointing understand the times and seasons we are in. They have discernment and knowledge, enabling them to lead well. They seek the wisdom of God through the Word to know what needs to be done. Then they activate the words.
- “From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take” (1 Chr. 12:32, NLT) (emphasis added)
Receiving the Issachar anointing means you not only seek to understand the signs and the times, but you have the heart to know the best course of action to take and know you have a connection to God’s chosen nation, Israel.
Signs, Times and Seasons
God, in His infinite wisdom, gives a calendar of prophetic events to reveal to us signs, times and seasons so that we know the best course of action to take!
There is a pattern of rebirth, reflection, rejuvenation, new beginnings, cleansing and renewal of the covenant throughout the year. It is revealed in the Hebraic calendar. There are appointed times on the calendar when God moves in mighty ways.
These appointed times are the Feasts of the Lord…
- Rosh Hashanah
- Yom Kippur
In between these feasts, there are times and seasons of reflection and remembering. For example, between Passover and Shavuot is the 49-day period called Counting Down of the Omer. This period of time is to reflect on how God brought you out of an “Egyptian” mindset at Passover, remembering and believing for the fresh fire of revelation from the Holy Spirit that will be released at Shavuot.
During the summer months, we can feel spiritually dry. It’s as if we are wandering through the desert as the ancient Israelites did before entering the Promised Land.
The Holy Spirit brings instruction and revelation during these appointed times so you can…
- Have a deeper understanding of the habits and patterns that caused you to adopt an “Egyptian” mindset
- Know the best course of action to take moving forward
- Help you establish godly goals to grow by awakening you to what He is doing and how He is moving
- Release forgiveness to self and others, being cleansed by the blood of the Lamb
- Remember and renew your covenant relationship with Him, growing in intimacy with your Lord and Savior.
When we understand the signs and God’s timing and seasons, we aren’t only positioned to receive the Issachar anointing, we are prepared and empowered to walk in it!
The key to being positioned to receive the Issachar anointing is to start studying, observing, and honoring the Feasts of the Lord!
Then, to walk in this anointing means to receive instruction from the Lord and adopt God’s course of action. The verse above says the best course. Who has the best course of action? The Lord.
- “’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isa. 55:8-9).
Activate the Anointing
God anoints His children for certain purposes during certain seasons. The Issachar’s of today are given this anointing to…
- Communicate what is happening in the spiritual realm beyond what is seen in the physical
Jesus said, “blessed are your eyes for the see, and your ears for they hear…” (Matt. 13:16). It is a blessing to see and hear what is happening in the spirit regarding the times and seasons we live in. But God doesn’t bless us so that we do nothing with that blessing. He wants us to use it. He will multiply what we sow. One way Issachar’s sow is to take what the Spirit gave them—an understanding of times and seasons—and communicate this to others.
- Leverage the anointing to lead well
When you get into the flow of God’s timing, things start to fall into place and, through His strength and power, you can influence and lead well—according to His design. Does this mean there won’t be resistance or challenges? No. But it means that you will have peace because the discernment and wisdom you use to lead is from God, not from man.
- Intercessory prayer warriors: They pray powerful prayers in the courts of heaven for the nations, communities, families and the church.
- Spiritually awake and alert: They do not run and hide when times and seasons are tough. Rather they arise and shine.
- Act when wickedness is released: They don’t sit back but are doers of the Word.
- Radically devoted to the things of God: They carry out great exploits for God.
The Lord is pouring out a fresh anointing so that His people will know and understand the times and seasons—and even the hour—we are in.
While God is pouring out a fresh anointing, the enemy is pouring out confusion. To sift through the confusion and misinformation, you need godly discernment and wisdom.
James 3:13-18 says:
- “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
Observing and honoring the feasts of the Lord is a way to align your mind, body and spirit with God’s so that you can move into the next season empowered, equipped and whole, having peace even when “every evil thing” is causing bitterness and confusion to run wild.
God is calling for Issachar’s in this hour. Are you positioned to receive?
Curt Landry, founder of Curt Landry Ministries, and his wife, Christie, travel extensively, preaching and teaching about the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. Together, their passion is to empower families to live and leave Kingdom legacies and understand their own personal heritage.