Tribal Identity

Kari BrowningBlog, Prophetic Words, Uncategorized

We have a God-given desire to be a part of a “clan” and to be a part of a family. Psalms 68:6 says: “God sets the lonely in families.”

There were twelve tribes of Israel. Although they were all part of one nation, each tribe had unique characteristics. Each tribe was blessed by Jacob and later by Moses. Each tribe received a different blessing in accordance with their individual purpose.

The High Priest wore a breastplate that was decorated with 12 precious stones. Each stone bore the name of one of the tribes. There were two shoulder straps that each had a stone with the names of six tribes engraved on each.

When traveling through the desert on their way to the Promised Land, they would travel and camp in a precise formation. The Tabernacle would be in the middle of the formation, while the twelve tribes would form a square surrounding it from all four sides, with three tribes on each side. The Levites would camp in the center, as it was their duty to assemble, disassemble and transport the Tabernacle.

Together they possessed the Promised Land and each received their portion. 

We are going to be drawn to, and choose to identify with, different expressions in the Body of Christ. It is wonderful to find people who “speak our language” and who really understand us. 

Perhaps you will identify with a “tribe” that is focused on grace and mercy, or faith, or prayer and contemplation, or evangelism, or spiritual warfare, or social justice, or prophetic ministry, or ascension and the mystical realm, or inner healing, or our Jewish roots, or teaching the Bible verse-by-verse, or revival and “signs and wonders.” 

The “Cluster” Anointing

In 1998before starting a regional training centerI was given three prophetic words about having the “cluster anointing.” (The late Jill Austin gave me one of those words.) Later, I read that when the spies went into the Promised Land and brought back a big cluster of grapes, the place they found the grapes was called the Valley of Eshcol. The footnote in my Bible said that Eshcol means “cluster.” 

Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. (Numbers 13:23)

In 1994, after moving to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on February 12, both my husband and I saw a vision of a white house with a turret. In 1997, a friend of mine (whose birthday is February 12) and I both had a similar dream the same night. We dreamed of a white Victorian house with a porch in front. 

I had bought a book entitled “Radiant Glory.” After the vision of the house with a turret, the dream about the Victorian house, and three prophetic words about having the “cluster anointing,” I opened the book at random and saw a picture of the house we saw in the vision and in the dream. I was absolutely astonished when I read that it was on Eshcol Avenue (“cluster”) and it was on page 212 (February 12).

The book is about the life of Martha Wing Robinson. It is a biography of a relatively unknown woman who lived at the turn of the 20th century. She was healed of several illnesses under the ministry of John Alexander Dowie.

Mrs. Robinson was granted unusual access to the “mysteries of God.” Her teaching was accompanied by powerful demonstrations of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. She established three “faith homes” in Zion City, Illinois. Thousands came from around the world to the homes in Zion City for teaching and prayer. Healings were a regular occurrence. Martha had a very strong gift of discernment and regularly told people the secrets of their hearts. She often had directive prophetic words for those who came. Many young people came to the home for training and then went to the mission field.

I have been to Zion City, Illinois, on two occasions and was able to visit the house on Eshcol Avenue!

“The New Wine is in the Cluster”

A woman who was living in another country, and who did not know about the prophetic words regarding the “cluster anointing,” was directed to make a beautiful banner that read “The new wine is in the cluster.” After spending months making it, the Holy Spirit told her it was for me! 

At our regional training center, we had a different speaker from a different “tribe” every week for five years. Sometimes the speakers would contradict each other from week-to-week and I would say “the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of Grace Training Center.” I encouraged those who attended to be like the Bereans in Acts 17:11: “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

Although we will identify with a certain “tribe,” it is always good to get out of our comfort zone and cross-pollinate with other expressions. We need each other.