Anointing of Prophets in the Old Testament

Those who are called to proclaim God’s word and declare his works were anointed with oil as well. Anointing of Prophets in Old Testament was mentioned in 1 Kings 19:16, where it says, “And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.”

God himself declares that his prophets were anointed; in 1 Chronicles 16:22 it says, “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.”

God acknowledged through the Word that prophets are his elect and it is he that had set them apart as sanctified. This important message of “touch not mine anointed” is repeated again in Psalm 105:15. This declaration from the Creator is directed to any individual in which he has shared his word through visions, dreams, and in speech. For they have been appointed to declare his message to their posterity and no one shall hinder it from going forth.

The Prophet's Anointing


In 2 Kings 9:6, the scriptures tell us how Jehu had boldness to carry out God’s directive without hesitation. It says that the prophet arose and followed the youth, who led him into the most recessed place of the house and there poured over his head a ram’s horn full of fragrant oil. The verse reads:

“And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel.”

Any individual that operates with a prophetic calling on their life understands the risks involved in carrying out his word and declaring it – it simply cannot be done without this anointing. It is critical to note that, as scripture has demonstrated this is not a “self-appointed” anointing, but one that is recognized by an authority or elder in the body that can bear witness to this task you have been given. In the case of Jehu (which means Jehovah is He), the prophet spoke briefly in front of the entire assembly and said “I have an errand to thee, O captain.” The message had been addressed to no one in particular, and Jehu naturally asked, “Unto which of all of us?” With the same swift intuition which has often enabled men in similar circumstances to recognize a leader, he at once replied, “To thee, O captain.” Jehu at that moment was appointed to be king of Israel, but also had the grim task of smiting the house of his master Ahab in vengeance for the blood of Jehovah’s prophets and servants whom Jezebel had murdered. In those dark days the sudden appearance of a prophet was usually the herald of some terrific storm.