Even though that power will flow into people and they receive it, their healing doesn't always happen instantly. Sometimes it would be three to ten days before they could tell a difference — but that power drove the cancer out of their bodies.
Most healing is by degree, based on two conditions:
The degree of healing virtue administered;
The degree of faith that gives action to the power
It doesn't matter how strongly I'm anointed — if there's not faith to give action to that power, there'll be no healing. We can prove this by looking at Proverbs 4:
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the
midst of thine heart.
For they are life unto those that find them, and health
to all their flesh.
If you've got a good reference Bible, you will notice a little number or letter by the word "health." The marginal note will indicate that in the original Hebrew, the word translated "health" was originally the word "medicine." In other words, God is saying, "my words are medicine to all their flesh."
Do you know any medicine that will cure you after just one dose? No, nobody does. You're not going to take just one dose of the Word and be well, either. I know it said He sent His Word and healed them, but He said "my words are medicine."
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Exploring the Realm of the Spirit
Ever since the first night that anointing came on me to abide, as Jesus had promised, the potential has been there all the time. But I've never had the anointing that strong again in these past 13 years. It's been close a time or two, but it took me two hours to get back to the natural that time.
I don't know if you've had any experience in the Spirit or not, but I've had a lot of experience, and I'll be perfectly honest with you: When that anointing comes, you almost get afraid from the natural standpoint, because you're afraid you can't get back.
In August 1982, the anointing came on me so strong out at Fred Price's church, Crenshaw Christian Center, in Inglewood, California, that I couldn't say a word in English, and I couldn't get back. I kept thinking during that experience, 7'm not going to get back. Fm so far out, I can't get back!
"What do you mean 'get back'?" some will ask.
I know exactly what happened to Enoch. He got out in the realm of the Spirit, and he couldn't get back. I want to get back, so I don't get out too far.
We are exploring today in the realm of the Spirit, learning some things we should have known yesterday.
In modern times, men have explored outer space. But they didn't get to the moon the first time; they barely got out of the hold of gravity and over into that other realm at first.
Why? Because they didn't know what was out there. They didn't know the rules and laws that regulate space. They didn't know if they could get back or not! So they barely went out at first, looked around, and then went a
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little farther and a little farther each time. Finally they went all the way to the moon and walked on it.
I think there's a parallel here, because Daniel, years ago, prophesied about these last days. He said, "Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" (Dan. 12:4).
Knowledge has been increased. Some of us have been out there a little on the edge of the Spirit, but we don't get out too far.
(People get baptized with the Holy Spirit, speak with tongues, and think This is it! No, this isn't it. No, no, no!)
There are spacemen and now spacewomen. We're going to be doing exploits out here in the Spirit, while they're doing exploits out there in space.
From this place — RHEMA Bible Training Center — we're going to send out "Spiritmen" and "Spiritwomen."
SECTION III The Corporate Anointing Chapter 15 The Corporate Anointing
I'm thoroughly convinced — although you can neither prove nor disprove it by the Bible — that we as the Body of Christ as a whole have the same measure of the Holy Spirit that Jesus did — but we as individual members of the Body of Christ do not.
The greatest anointing of all is the corporate anointing.
Let's look at some Scriptures in the Old Testament. The Old Testament is full of types and shadows for us.
In Second Chronicles 5 we learn how the Temple of God was dedicated.
2 CHRONICLES 5:11-14
And it came to pass, when the priests were come out
of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were
sanctified, and did not then wait by course:
Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of
Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and then-
brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and
psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and
with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with
It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were
as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thank
ing the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the
trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and
praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy
endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a
When the Temple was dedicated, the building was filled with a literal cloud. That cloud was the glory of God.
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All through the Old Testament, the glory of God appeared often as a cloud and filled the house. We read from the New Testament that the glory of God is the Spirit of God.
Romans 6 tells us Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father. Romans 8:11 tells us, ''But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you ...." It says He was raised up by the glory of the Father. The Bible calls the glory of the Father the Spirit — so that's the Holy Spirit. We call it the anointing.
Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me... ." (Luke 4:18).
The Temple of God in the Old Testament was a man-made building. But God no longer dwells in earth-made or man-made buildings; He dwells in us.
Hebrews 3:6 tells us the difference between the house of God in the Old Testament and the house of God in the New Testament: "But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. "
The whole Church collectively is God's temple.
Now notice First Timothy 3:15: "But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of truth."
He's not talking about a building; he's talking about the Church. The Church of the Living God is the house of God.
First Corinthians 3:16 says, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" In the Old Testament, Solomon's Temple was called the house of God three times. But now we are the house
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of God. The Amplified Bible says, "Do you not discern and understand that you [the whole church at Corinth] are God's temple (His sanctuary), and that God's Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you — to be at home in you [collectively as a church and also individually]?" (1 Cor. 3:16).
I So you can see there is the individual anointing within
us because that Spirit — that anointing — is in us, but then there's also that corporate anointing. We're conscious of His presence in our midst so many times. But why doesn't He manifest Himself more often?
Let's go back to the Old Testament and see what was done to bring forth the visible manifestation of God's glory.
Second Chronicles 5:13 tells us of singers and those playing instruments becoming as one singing praises unto God, saying, "For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever." Then the cloud came in and filled the building so the priests could not stand to minister.
There's something about that corporate body praising God that brings forth the manifestation of His glory. The Pentecostals saw it earlier, but modern-day charismatics don't know too much about it.
Oh yes, we praise God and clap our hands, and that's
scriptural; but God wants to teach us something about
His Spirit so we'll enter into the full manifestation of what
; He has for us. For the corporate anointing is much greater
I than the individual anointing.
* Let's look at some Scriptures in the New Testament
that will parallel the Old Testament Scriptures and will help us.
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And they, continuing daily with one accord in the
temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat
their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Praising God, and having favour with all the people.
And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be
There are three things to note about these two verses of Scripture: first, "one accord"; second, "gladness"; and third, "praising God."
In Acts 4 Peter and John were commanded to preach and teach no more.
And being let go, they went to their own company, and
reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto
And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice
to God with ONE ACCORD, and said, Lord, thou art God,
which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all
that in them is.
There's that "one accord" business again. They (plural) — all of them — lifted up their voices. We have a record of the prayer they prayed. I know they didn't all say the same words, but the Holy Spirit is inspiring Luke to write, and He is giving us what God heard.
The Effects of Praise
Notice when they lifted up their voices with one accord, the first thing they said was, "Lord, thou art God'1(v. 24). They were magnifying Him as God. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken. That prayer brought forth
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a manifestation of God's glory, of God's power, of the anointing, of the Holy Spirit power. The place was shaken — not just the people. The house shook.
Some people get excited because the Holy Spirit moves on people and they shake sometimes, or even fall under the power. But wait until the buildings start shaking! The place was shaken where they were assembled together, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God with boldness.
In the 16th chapter of Acts, Paul and Silas had been beaten. Their backs were bleeding. They were thrust into the innermost prison. Their feet were in stocks. And at midnight, Paul and Silas prayed.
A lot of times people have prayed and prayed and prayed — and I've seen people go down praying. But sometimes you need to "pray AND...."
Paul and Silas didn't just pray; they prayed AND. They prayed AND sang praises unto God. They were doing it out loud, because all the prisoners heard them. Remember in Psalm 22:3 it says that God inhabits the praises of Israel. He's the same God now that He was then. He hasn't changed one iota.
God came down and inhabited the praises of Paul and Silas, and shook that old jail until every door flew open and the stocks fell off their feet. Acts 16:26 tells us, "And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed." But this wasn't an earthquake as we know it, because it just affected this one group. An earthquake wouldn't cause the bands the prisoners were bound with to fall off. It wouldn't cause the stocks on their feet to fall off. But the
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bands and stocks fell off them. Remember Isaiah 10:27 tells us the anointing breaks the yoke.
I can be anointed myself and lay hands on people, and a certain percentage of them will get healed. But the corporate anointing has a greater effect.
One time I was preaching and it seemed like a wind went through the building. Everybody heard it. And that fast, every sinner in the building was saved. Every backslider was reclaimed. Everyone who didn't have the Holy Spirit sat there talking in tongues. Every sick person was healed.
There was a woman who was lying on a stretcher. She had been operated on six times and doctors had said there was no use operating anymore. She'd been given six months to live and four of those months were gone. She looked like the picture of death — just a corpse, wasted away. Nobody had prayed for her or touched her at the meeting, but when that wind went through, she leaped off the stretcher and ran up the aisles healed.
There was another woman who thought she was saved because she was a church member. But when the wind blew through she got saved — she realized she never had been saved before. She sat there talking in tongues. When she got home, all her physical ailments had disappeared. I was back in that place holding a revival later and she said, "Not only that, but I've never touched another cigarette; I have never even wanted one. The thought never occurred to me to smoke."
God wants us to have the greater corporate anointing
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in these days, and we're going to have it. We're not a half step away from it.
In one of our Holy Spirit seminars at RHEMA Bible Training Center, I began to teach about the Holy Spirit within you in the New Birth, and the Holy Spirit upon you in the baptism with the Holy Spirit. One night as we all began to flow in the Spirit, the power of God fell on us and all 3,000 people were dancing. We had an African ambassador to the United Nations there, and even he was dancing in the Spirit.
Years ago in Pentecost I saw people dance in the Spirit — I dance in the Spirit myself sometimes — but I never saw anything like that in my life. We didn't have anything worked up, either. Too many times people try to work up something in the flesh. That doesn't produce any power. It's really obnoxious, in fact.
While we were dancing and praising God, people started getting healed all over the place. Just like you'd snapped your finger, people all over that building were healed as that corporate anointing began to work.
There was a 12-year-old boy there on crutches. He had broken his leg playing football. He laid down his crutches and came running down the aisle. He and my grandson stood on the platform weeping, and he was instantly healed. I didn't have to pray for anybody's healing. You see, we had become one in worship.
The Word of God says to praise God in the dance. Music and dancing belong to God and His people. The devil has stolen both and perverted them.
Did you ever notice the place praise had in the Old Testament? Some will argue, "Yes, but Brother Hagin, that's in the Old Testament."
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I know it. That's just what I wanted you to say.
If praise had such a great place in worship and ministry in the Old Testament when they were operating under the type and shadow of the New, how much more of a place should it have with us?
Let's look at another New Testament example of united praying. Acts 13 tells us:
Now there were in the church that was at Antioch cer
tain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that
was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which
had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy
Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work
whereunto I have called them.
These five men of God ministered to the Lord, and fasted, and it brought a manifestation of the Spirit; it brought forth a revelation.
If we can find out how they prayed, and if we'll pray the same way, it'll produce the same results.
Before we answer that, let's look also at the 22nd chapter of Acts: "And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance" (Acts 22:17). Paul was praying here and was in a trance. His praying brought forth a manifestation of God's power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus appeared to him and spoke to him: ".. .Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me" (Acts 22:18).
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How did Paul pray? I'm sure he prayed in his own language, but he gave us a little clue in First Corinthians 14:18 when he said, "J thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all. "
In writing to the Church at Ephesus, he said, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints" (Eph. 6:18).
Remember, we looked at Acts 4:23,24. I'm sure some of those people were praying with their own understanding, but I'm sure that many of them were praying with their spirits. What we are told about is the interpretation of their voice. Did you notice they lifted up their "voice," not "voices"? I'm sure many of them were praying with other tongues. Paul, when he was praying in the Temple and fell into the trance, prayed in the Spirit as well as with his understanding (1 Cor. 14:14,15). It takes Spirit praying to produce Spirit results.
In Acts 13 when Paul and the others were ministering to the Lord, how do you suppose they did that? They did it in prayer and praise, or in song. Ephesians 5:19 tells us, "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." That's ministering to the Lord, isn't it?
Let's go a step further. Paul, writing to the Church at Colosse, said, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord" (Col. 3:16). He said, "Singing to the Lord." Do you see that? We can minister not only to each other, but we can minister to the Lord. I'm sure that's what they were doing. They were speaking in psalms
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and hymns, and singing to the Lord, ministering to the Lord, praying in their own language and praying in tongues. And as they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit spoke. You see, that kind of praying brings forth the manifestation of God's power and God's Spirit.
As these five ministered to the Lord and fasted, they were praying together. They were worshipping God together. There is something about united prayer; there's something about united praise; there's something about worshipping God in unity. I think the Lord knew what He was doing when He sent the disciples out two by two.
Jesus Himself made the statement in Matthew 18:19, ".. .That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. "
In the 12 years that I pastored, I was only able to bring one church to the place of unity that I feel the New Testament Church should be. It was an ordinary thing for miracles to happen. The supernatural was in manifestation. In those days, 1939 and 1940, we were in the tail end of the Depression. Things were different then. Our big crowds in those days were on Sunday nights.
You see, in 1939 you could go to the show if you had a dime. But nobody had a dime! So the sinners would come to church. They would fill up the building and the church yard. We didn't have air-conditioning, and in the spring, summer, and fall the windows were open. There were more people outside than inside. They would be standing 12 to 15 deep, all looking in. Out in front, all the way back to
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the street, they would be standing solid, looking in.
On Sunday mornings I had a different type of service than I did Sunday nights. The congregation was made up mostly of church members, so instead of an evangelistic service I'd have what I would call a "believers' meeting." Most of that time, over a couple of years, I didn't preach. I would just sit down on the platform and say, "I'm going to turn this over to the Holy Spirit. Whatever you've got, just get up and give it."
I would tell the people, "If you want to sing, if you want to dance, if you want to prophesy and speak with tongues, don't be afraid you'll get it wrong, because we'll straighten you out! We'll help you, not criticize you, but help you in love."
You know, we had some of the greatest moves you've ever seen in your life. Sometimes we'd sing and praise God; then we'd grow quiet. Those meetings would last sometimes until 1:30 or 2 o'clock in the afternoon. There were times we sat there from 45 minutes to an hour and a half — and nobody moved. We didn't have nurseries or Sunday School rooms, and we didn't even have any restrooms in the building.
But I've seen the power of God come in — the Holy Spirit come into His temple — the anointing come in — and there was a holy awe. That doesn't mean a fear like you would be afraid of a rattlesnake or a tornado. But that holy awe would come upon us. Nobody would say a word. Not a child would cry. You could have heard a pin drop. It seemed like you were afraid to move. The glory came in. It seemed like you could have cut a chunk out and taken it home with you.
There was one fellow who was unsaved and he would
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bring his wife to Sunday School and church. Then he'd leave and go off uptown. He'd come back around noon to get her. But one day he drove onto the parking lot next to the church and couldn't hear anything. He got out of his car and came up to the window.
Later he said, "I knew everyone was in there because all the cars were on the parking lot. But I thought, Did the Rapture take place?"
He fully expected to look in and find the church empty. But he looked in and everyone was sitting there. He slipped in and sat on a back pew. We sat there ten more minutes and no one said anything. Suddenly, just sitting there, he started shaking. Then he got up and came down the aisle, shaking all over. He fell across the altar and cried out to God.