182: Isaiah 11:2a


365 Prophecies: Prophecy 182

The Messiah shall be anointed by the fullness of Holy Spirit.

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 11:2a … The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 3:16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.


In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit came upon men and women to enable and empower them to do specific tasks, at specific times. The Holy Spirit did not rest on any individual permanently until David. It was the heart cry of David that even though he had committed grievous sins, God would not take His Holy Spirit from him.

Psalms 51:11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Once we arrive at the New Testament, in Acts Chapter 2, we see that the Holy Spirit was poured out upon all those who had received Jesus as their Redeemer. This anointing by the Spirit was continuous and eternal. Although the Holy Spirit could be Grieved, He would never depart from those who had sincerely surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The Holy Spirit was given to each believer according to the will of God for the particular purpose that He has for each person. Every member of Jesus’ body receives a gift or gifts from the Holy Spirit. Only Jesus is described as having received the complete and total anointing of the Holy Spirit, with all of the gifts of the Spirit present at the same time.

Colossians 1:19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ... (NLT)

Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Ephesians 4:11-12 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…

In the prophecy of Isaiah 11:2, we see the uniqueness of the Holy Spirit operating in Jesus—which sets Him apart from all other men. Because He is coming to earth as the Messiah, and is Himself—God, it was the Father’s plan to give Jesus the full measure of the Holy Spirit while acting as the Savior of the world. In the case of all other men or women, the gifts of the Holy Spirit comes to each person by measure. This is to say, each of us has a manifestation of the Holy Spirit in our life, for the express purpose of being helpful and of benefit to all the other members of the church.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

When we come to the Book of Revelation, we see this complete manifestation of the Holy Spirit described as The Seven Spirits. This title is a description of how the Holy Spirit operates—perfectly, rather than a reference to seven literal Spirits. Seven is always used as a representation of completion or perfection. The term Seven Spirits then, in keeping with this principle, would seem to indicate that the fullness of the Holy Spirit, or the completeness of the Holy Spirit, is manifested in Jesus.

Revelation 1:4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne

Revelation 3:1 And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, “These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: ‘I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.’ ”

Revelation 4:5 And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

In the following verse from Revelation 5:6, we see confirmation that the fullness of the Holy Spirit, as described as Seven Spirits, is manifested in Jesus, The Lamb who comes from the midst of the throne.

Revelation 5:6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

A complete description of how these Seven Sprits operate in the life and ministry of Jesus is discussed in Prophecy 183.

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