The Anointing Oil
First giving all praise and reverence to the Holy One of Israel, Yah YAHWAH, and to all those striving in His Holy Name for righteousness, truth, justice, mercy and love, I greet you in perfect peace with prayers for a blessed New Year in this the season of renewal and new beginnings, Khag Samayahk!
"15 And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto Me in the priest's office; and their anointing shall be to them for an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations." Exodus 40
“ Priests, at the first institution of the Levitical priesthood, were all anointed to their offices, ( Exodus 40:15 ; Numbers 3:3 ) but afterwards anointing seems to have been specially reserved for the high priest, “
“He happened to have pages that listed the date of the first graduation of the Prophetic Priesthood, which confirmed my memory of it being September 8, 1979, but it also listed the date of my departure from the land as the first Anointed Priest in over 2,000 years to do so, as September 29, 1979.
Anointing was not a common event in our people's traditions, simply because anointing is permanent; you cannot go back and "un-anoint" someone! Saul and David were anointed at the same time, but David could not remove Saul from his position, not even Samuel, who had anointed him, could do that. Anointing is for life; I was anointed a Priest, and therefore, even though I do not sit with the Prophetic Priesthood, I am still a Priest. The above scripture makes this perfectly clear.”
The Feast of Tabernacles is the last of the pilgrimage feasts in the Hebraic list of yearly festivals.
“16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before YHWH thy God in the place which He shall choose; on the feast of unleavened bread, and on the feast of weeks, and on the feast of tabernacles; and they shall not appear before YHWH empty;
17 every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of YHWH thy God which He hath given thee.”
In the days of our fathers, these offerings were given to the Priests, whether in Shiloh or later in Jerusalem. If a person could not make the journey to these locations, they presented their offerings to the Priest in their area. Even after the office of the King was instituted, this order was still maintained because only the Priests had authority to receive offerings in the name of the Holy One of Israel. Not the King or any other official could stand in the stead of the Priest.
“8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed; but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.
9 And Saul said: 'Bring hither to me the burnt-offering and the peace-offerings.' And he offered the burnt-offering.
10 And it came to pass that, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt-offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.
11 And Samuel said: 'What hast thou done?' And Saul said: 'Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines assembled themselves together against Michmas;
12 therefore said I: Now will the Philistines come down upon me to Gilgal, and I have not entreated the favour of YHWH; I forced myself therefore, and offered the burnt-offering.'
13 And Samuel said to Saul: 'Thou hast done foolishly; thou hast not kept the commandment of YHWH thy God, which He commanded thee; for now would YHWH have established thy kingdom upon Israel forever.
14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue; YHWH hath sought him a man after His own heart, and YHWH hath appointed him to be prince over His people, because thou hast not kept that which YHWH commanded thee.'
1 Samuel 13
Moses himself did not intrude into the office of his Brother Aaron once he was anointed; Aaron, as High Priest, and the other Priests with him, were responsible for receiving the offerings of the people to the Most High. Ben Ammi as the Anointed Messenger sat in the seat of the High Priest. Now that he is no longer physically in our midst, the offerings that were made to him or to those who sat in his stead, should be received by those Anointed to do so- the Priests.
As we approach unto the High Holy day of the Feast of Tabernacles, in this season of introspection and reconciliation after the transition of the Anointed, Ben Ammi, we must remember that Joshua was not chosen by Moses to succeed him, The Most High appointed Joshua. The successor to Ben Ammi will not be determined by a vote of any council or according to the will of the people, it will be he/she whom has found favor with Yah YAHWAH to be the Shepard over His people, and He will/has anointed that person.
Until that person is revealed, and even after he/she takes up their position, all offerings should come through the Priests anointed to receive them in the name of Yah YAHWAH Most High and Holy.
May the Holy One bless and keep each of you and may you enjoy to the fullest this blessed season of renewal and new beginnings.
Anaviel Ben Eleazer