What is a Nathan calling/ anointing, and what would it look like for today? Nathan had a specific, distinctive, prophetic anointing. The Nathan type anointing has the ability to expose leadership, pride, coldness, rebellion, and lead the body and those in leadership to repentance. It opens the eyes of the people who have lost their first love to return to the Father. Nathan was the prophet assigned to King David. About a year went by after David’s sins of adultery with Bathsheba and the killing of her husband. Nathan is sent to David with a parable.
“Then, the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said,
“There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor. “The rich man had a great many flocks and herds. “But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb
Which he bought and nourished;
And it grew up together with him and his children.
It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom,
And was like a daughter to him.
“Now a traveler came to the rich man,
And he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd,
To prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him;
Rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”
Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die. “He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion. Nathan then said to David, “You are the man!” (II Samuel 12:1-7).
Nathan, like Paul, and many others, had to address leadership. He comes in humility to correct the King. We still have Kings, just as Samuel came to correct King Saul. We still have men and women in leadership.
Years ago, while teaching a class for adults on the Hebrew roots/ engrafting of our faith, the Pastor began to point out each week from his pulpit, people in his congregation who gave large tithes. He made comments that implied; he knew who was righteous in his congregation and why they lived in fine homes. I kept hearing this verse, “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others” (Luke 21:3).
A woman who was a single mother, who had fell on hard times, held her offering envelope filled with change and looked down at the floor. She gave all she had like the woman who gave two coins that Yeshua pointed out in the Newer Testament when men made great noise by clanging their coinage into the trumpet-shaped containers. This woman in the congregation gave out of her poverty. She never wrote her name on her envelope but wanted to give in secret. The pastor had also placed family members in positions of worship in the music ministry.
The leader over the music ministry was his brother-in-law. His daughter, who was around 17, often wore clothing while singing that was very tight, short dresses that revealed her breast and stiletto heels. Many in the congregation were whispering about it. Other issues arose as the pastor was often calling out other congregations, pastors, and elders close by with very condescending words. These issues and other concerns were heartbreaking. I was the prayer director at this congregation and had a weekly prayer meeting. While in prayer, the Father prompted me to go on a fast for three days. It was during this time that He spoke to me to confront the pastor about some of the situations. I did not want to. I was a single woman. But the Father would not relent. When I called the pastor and told him I needed to speak with him about some topics, he was very harsh with me. I said we need to discuss tithing and other issues people are coming to me about. He said, “Well, if those people have a problem, it’s because they don’t tithe. What man is it that’s causing issues?” Before I knew it, out of my mouth came, “You are the man!” After my assignment was completed, I was sent somewhere else, placed into a leadership position, and was again called to correct leadership. It often was not received well at first, but later, shepherds and others in leadership contacted me and told me of the significant change that had taken place in certain areas that were bringing harm to sheep.
A Nathan anointing is often behind the scenes. They are many times correcting leadership unawares. Even though their writings or messages. Some have a Jeremiah anointing that is for a broader audience, and leaders of many nations are called out. We need prophets and watchmen. We need Apostles and teachers. We need the five-fold so all of us can be held accountable and work together. If you don’t like the word, “office” think of it in a different light.
I have shared this before, but Rabbi Sacks gives more enlightenment to the topic.
“The priests wore a special uniform; the prophets did not.
There are rules of kavod (honor) due to a Cohen. There are no corresponding rules for the honor due to a prophet. A prophet is honored by being listened to, not by formal protocols of respect.
The priests were removed from the people. They served in the Temple. They were not allowed to become defiled. There were restrictions on whom they might marry. The prophet, by contrast, was usually part of the people. He might be a shepherd like Moses or Amos or a farmer like Elisha. Until the word or vision came, there was nothing special in his work or social class.
The priest offered up sacrifices in silence. The prophet served G-d through the word.
They lived in two different modes of time. The priest functioned in cyclical time – the day (or week or month) that is like yesterday or tomorrow. The prophet lived in covenantal (sometimes inaccurately called linear) time – the today that is radically unlike yesterday or tomorrow. The service of the priest never changed; that of the prophet was constantly changing. Another way of putting it is to say that the priest worked to sanctify nature, the prophet, to respond to history.
Thus the priest represents the principle of structure in Jewish life, while the prophet represents spontaneity.” https://rabbisacks.org/covenant-conversation-tetsaveh-prophet-and-priest/
While the teachers and shepherds are following the cycles and teaching the people and instructing them on the Torah, the prophet is going about his work too. The prophet is not necessarily giving a new message, but he asks the people to listen to what the Father is showing him for this time. When all these positions work in order, we can listen one to another and learn more about not just the Torah portions and the cycles, but what the prophets may be hearing. The Father uses each part of the Body differently. The office of a prophet is distinct from operating in the gift of prophecy.
The name Nathan comes from the verb נתן (natan), to give: According to Abarim publications, “נתן (natan) means to give in a broad bouquet of senses, from regular giving or bestowing, to setting or putting, to transforming one thing or situation into another. Nathan means gift. A prophet carries gifts from the Holy Spirit, and his or her mouth is to speak the fruit of the lips. All the body can speak and prophesy, but correcting the body is difficult. It is also, at times, difficult for us to hear and be corrected. Peter was corrected in front of the whole group.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a member of it. And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, and those with gifts of healing, helping, administration, and various tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But eagerly desire the greater gifts” (I Corinthians 12:27-31).
We need the whole Body to come together, knowing their IDENTITY and getting busy doing the work of the kingdom that the Father has given them. If you think you may be called as a Nathan to the body of Yeshua, pray and seek confirmation. Remember, the Body will tell you what your gifts are, and your gift will make room for you.