“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” (Revelation 3:11)

            This was the message given to the minister of the Church at Philadelphia. This Church was one of the two commendable Churches among the seven Churches. God commended this Church because it had no fault in it. ‘Philadelphia’ means “brotherly love.” Since this Church was holy and waited for the return of Christ, the LORD said, “Behold, I come quickly.” Even today only few Churches have brotherly love, holiness and longing for the return of Christ. Though this Church was spotless, the LORD warned it not to lose the crown. The LORD also warns us to be careful lest we lose the crown through our carelessness. After our life on Earth, the LORD would give five kinds of crowns namely: the crown of life, the incorruptible crown, the crown of rejoicing, the crown of righteousness and the crown of glory. Since the crown that is spoken of in Revelation 3:11 is in present tense, it talks about the crown that is presently on our head. This crown is the crown of the anointing. “….. for the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him” (Leviticus 21:12). Though this verse refers to Aaron and the priestly anointing, it also refers to us,  as we are the New Testament priests unto God. The LORD who warned the Philadelphia Church to hold fast the Word of God in order to retain the crown, warns us to hold on to His Word lest we lose the crown of the anointing. In the Bible, we read of at least four people who lost their crowns and four who gained those crowns.

  1. ADAM LOST HIS CROWN AND JESUS GAINED IT: “For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour” (Psalm 8:5). Adam was the first man who was crowned with glory and honour by the LORD. The LORD made Adam and Eve the rulers over three kingdoms namely, the oceanic kingdom, the Heavenly kingdom and the earthly kingdom. “God said unto them ….. have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28). As Adam received the glory and honour because of the Crown of the anointing, we also receive glory and honour when we are filled with the Holy Ghost. Since Adam had the crown of power and dominion, whatever he commanded, they obeyed him. If you have the anointing, the devil will tremble and obey you. When Adam disobeyed God and obeyed satan, he lost the crown of the anointing. But when God pronounced the blessing on Noah, He pronounced the same blessing without the word “dominion.” Man lost the dominion through his disobedience. Even today, the common sin that makes a man forfeit the crown of the anointing is disobedience. After the first Adam lost the crown, the second Adam, the LORD Jesus gained it through His obedience. “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). “Jesus was crowned with glory and honour” (Hebrews 2:9). He became obedient to the point of death, even to the death of the Cross. Therefore, God hath highly exalted Him and given Him a Name which is above every Name. Let us obey the Lord till the last breath of our lives and retain our crowns through obedience.
  1. ATHALIAH LOST HER CROWN AND JOASH GAINED IT: “And he brought forth the king’s son (Joash), and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him (Joash) king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save the king” (2 Kings 11:12). When Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal seed. But Jehosheba, the sister of Ahaziah, took Joash, the son of the Ahaziah, and hid him and his nurse in the bedchamber, from Athaliah. Joash was hid with her in God’s house for six years. Athaliah reigned for six years and her cruel nature could be understood, for she was the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel. But she lost her crown because she worked against God’s will and Joash gained it because he waited for God’s will.Even these days, the LORD searches for those who would choose to wait for His will. He takes away the crown from those who fail to fulfill God’s will, and lays the crown on those who fulfill His will. He wants to entrust responsibilities and delegate authority to such ones. Fulfilling God’s will and obedience always go hand in hand. Here among the murderous family of Athaliah, God found one faithful boy of just seven years, who waited for God’s will. “Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoida the priest instructed him” (2 Kings 12:2). If we wait and walk according to God’s will, we shall wear the crown of the anointing. Never desire anything outside of God’s will. Man’s will, will always be against God’s will. When we submit to God’s will, we crucify our will. Before Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary, He died to His self-will in the garden of Gethsemane. Though we may experience suffering, finally we shall inherit the crown.
  1. VASHTI LOST HER CROWN AND ESTHER GAINED IT: “The king loved Esther above all the women …… so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti” (Esther 2:17). King Ahasuerus conducted an exhibition for about 180 days. He had a strange desire of showing off Queen Vashti’s beauty to all the people and the princes. Even so our heavenly Bridegroom wants the whole world to see the inner beauty of our holiness. Queen Vashti disobeyed the king. Naturally we tend to think that Vashti must be chaste and intelligent. The reason for her refusal was that she also made a royal feast for the women. Instead of rejoicing in the king’s feast that he had made, she rejoiced with other women in the feast that she had made for them. Vashti’s crown was taken away from her. The true bride of Christ will avoid family functions on Sundays and honour the LORD by being in the Church to rejoice in the feast that her Bridegroom has prepared. Such brides will be crowned with the anointing. Sunday is not a holiday but it is a holy day. Esther was purified for twelve months. She was entitled to receive whatever she asked. “When the turn of Esther came to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai, the king’s chamberlain, appointed” (Esther 2:15). She submitted herself to Hegai. She knew that Hegai was very close to the king and knew the likes and the dislikes of the king. Hegai is a type of the servants of God who are very close to the Lord. They know what God likes and dislikes. Giving heed to Godly counsel, will help us to receive the crown of the anointing and favour from God. Do not lose your crown like Vashti, but gain it like Esther.
  1. SAUL LOST HIS CROWN BUT DAVID GAINED IT: “So I(Amalekite) stood upon him(Saul), and slew him ….and I took the crown that was upon his head …..have brought them hither unto my lord (David)” (2 Samuel 1:10). Saul was not killed in the battle but he committed suicide. Later, an Amalekite brought Saul’s crown to David and told David that he had killed Saul. His information was half true and half false. Saul lost his life when he lost his anointing. It is really a dangerous thing to lose the crown of the anointing. Why did Saul die? Though there are so many reasons for this, the Word of God specifies one reason why Saul lost his anointing. “Saul died for his transgression against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; and enquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David” (1 Chronicles 10:13-14). When Saul was counseled by Samuel to destroy the Amalekites completely, he destroyed them partially. He obeyed the LORD but not fully. Anyone who does not obey God fully, will lose the anointing. Instead of seeking counsel from the LORD, he sought counsel from the witch at Endor. But David received that crown because, he not only heard God’s words, but also fulfilled them. David always sought God’s counsel. “I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel” (Psalm 16:7). Our LORD Jesus Christ who is our perfect example, obeyed His Father completely and sought His counsel always. Do you want to retain the crown of the anointing? Do not despise the word of the LORD but seek His counsel.

 “Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet Thy God, O Israel” (Amos 4:12).