Falling Under the Power
Let me give the natural first before we go to the spiritual. See in electricity there are different degrees of electricity and voltages. If you touch on the power line like the high-tension wires, that will be the last time you ever did so. You may find the next moment you are in heaven. That’s very high voltage. But sometimes even when a lower voltage is released into your body, you may be thrown several feet away. Then some others have a different phenomenon where they touch that high-tension wire and find they cannot let go. Then their bodies slowly collapse. In the natural there are a lot of phenomena. Or sometimes people touch it they just jerk. So if such different phenomena can happen in the natural, how much more in the spiritual realm? It’s an interesting realm. Don’t think that falling under the power must happen in a certain way or style. You wouldn’t expect that of electricity in the natural. You may be flung in a funny position in the natural. You can’t control and say that this is the way to fall and that is the wrong way to fall in the natural.
In the spiritual realm, there are different degrees of anointing. And because of the different degrees of anointing sometimes people get the jerk. And sometimes, people fall in funny positions, some fall forward, some backwards, some side ways and some shake. You cannot standardize the falling into an official pattern. There is no such thing as a common pattern. You cannot make something that is a phenomenon into something dignified. Some side effects remain a side effect. And for that reason sometimes the power of the Spirit is so strong that it could just drop on the whole congregation and hundreds will fall at one time and it is to late to mobilize any catcher into action. You could knock on anything under that power. You could knock on a nail and you get up and are all right. So to a certain extend when there is a high degree anointing, the power will push a person down. Sometimes they could fall several times. But if the power is of a high degree, whichever way you fall, there will be a supernatural cushion. However there is a degree where the power is strong enough to knock you down but not strong enough to cushion you. If you fall, you will feel the full gravitational impact. You could wake up with a sore head or a back pain. You are wondering if this is the power of God, how can this pain happen? Your theology says that if it’s the power of God, when you fall, you should be all right and there is no need for catchers to cushion your fall. If people fall under the power, let them fall even if there are broken glass all over the place.
That was my theology before I met Jesus in person when He taught me on the anointing of the Holy Spirit. But when the Lord began to show me that there are different degrees of the manifestation of power, I began to understand the need for catchers. Because you never know to what degree the power will flow. And some of you may have met some people who fall differently. Some fall and they didn’t feel anything even though the whole church heard a loud thud sound. I have seen some people who have fallen and they knocked on certain objects and there is a wound on their side. How do you conclude? What does theology say? Do we conclude that therefore it’s not the power of God? You can’t say that because there is power. There are people being healed. The answer is in understanding that there are different degrees of power that flow. Sometimes the power is strong enough to cushion you sometimes it’s not. We are talking about anointing upon where there are different degrees flowing.
There are three reasons why we should encourage the use of catchers. One of them is that when a person falls, it could be that the power is not enough to cushion them. And so it’s good to catch them.
The second reason is that there are unbelievers there or a person who is new in the things of the Lord and they keep hearing all kind of sounds. The unbelievers are watching all these falling over. Maybe God wants them to be prayed for. But because they see all these falling over, they refrain from joining the healing lines. But if they see people being cushioned by catchers when they fall, they may be less fearful to come forward and they won’t miss the blessing. So that is the second reason.
Third reason is the usher plays a role as an intercessor. There are different laws that operate on corporate anointing. In my book, “The Anointing of the Holy Spirit,” I have not touched on corporate anointing. But let me touch on it. The corporate anointing has different laws to operate on it. Corporate anointing is affected sometimes by the presence of people around. Kathryn Kuhlman understood that. In her meetings, nobody can sit on the first two rows of front seats except those she has chosen.
Long ago in Singapore there was this man of God. He would walk through the corridor and people would fall right and left. He operates certain law on the corporate anointing. It requires the first two rows to be filled with intercessors to create the atmosphere. I can assure you if the expectancy level there is high and if the intercessory group covers certain spots, when we operate the anointing these spots will experience a heavier anointing than other spots. So that is the third reason - the row of catchers can serve as a buffer zone from unbelief. See the anointing can be affected by people’s presence, especially people who are anti this and anti that.
In II King chapter 3 when Elisha came, he said if it were not for the presence of king Jehoshaphat, he would have nothing to do with the king of Israel. It seems that the presence of certain people affects the anointing. All you have to do to affect a person’s anointing from operating is put in the first two rows a group of skeptics, and anti-Christ kind of people and they will affect the anointing. Is there a solution? Yes. Put an intercessor on either side of the skeptic. If you understand this, you would know how to counter the negative faith atmosphere generated by these skeptics. You give me one thousand intercessors and you have a room full of skeptics and I will place the intercessors strategically around the skeptics. I would put the prayer warriors in the hardest places where the anointing is hard to flow. See the anointing can flow but there could be pockets of unbelief amidst pockets of faith. If there are intercessors in one area, they will pull the anointing to their direction. And when the anointing comes over a particular area, it runs into resistance created by the unbelievers there. That is the third reason why we have catchers. They create a buffer zone. The catchers should be persons of faith who can flow with the Spirit of God and they are there creating the buffer zone. The spirit of unbelief is not affecting the meeting because there is the buffer zone of intercessors and catchers.
In America you have a fourth reason for having catchers. When a person falls and the catcher is there to cushion the fall, they won’t break their legs and sue you. There are so many fellows now suing preachers there because they fall under the power in America that praying over has become an occupational hazard. A catcher’s role is not just to catch. There are certain ways to catch. You got to stand at a proper distance from the person. So a person is six feet tall you don’t stand seven feet away. So when the Spirit shouts, “Timber,” you run forward to catch. Catchers have to be trained. You cannot stand too close or too far. If too far when they fall you catch the wrong part of their bodies. Imagine if we can train counselors, we can train ushers but why don’t we train catchers? We don’t learn by instinct; we learn by being trained. Sometimes when you are under the power you are conscious but cannot move. And we are going to show some scriptures what the effect is like on people. Some people are conscious and if they are disturbed they will wake up. Some people are conscious and cannot move. We see different side effects and people need to be trained in all these things. The falling under the power is just a phenomenon but if you know how to flow with it and co-operate with it, it brings great blessings.
Lets see some scriptural aspects of the side effects that can take place. I enjoy the book of Ezekiel but he is one of those strange prophets. Ezekiel and Isaiah are two prophets I never want to be like but I admire their ministries. Isaiah had a tremendous prophetic ministry. Let me tell you something about Ezekiel. One day God asked him to cut his hair bald. Strange thing. Thank God I am not a prophet; I am a pastor. In chapter one the last verse it says Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking. And He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you.” Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me.
So here Ezekiel fell under the power. He fell forward. The interesting thing is God didn’t keep him falling. God raised him up and asked him to stand. And the Spirit of God came into him and helped him to stand. You have seen falling under the power wait till you see raising under the power. That’s the Spirit of God that raised him up. I believe this was what it was like. It was not that Ezekiel just fell under the power. And then he was under the power lying down before God. And God said stand and he climbed up and stood before Him. No, it didn’t happen that way. I saw in my spirit the way he was lying down and the Lord said, “Stand,” and his body was raised up. Something lifted him up. Something carried him right up. Just like they do in the cartoon. And God started speaking to him. Interesting phenomena.
We have also Daniel as he met the Lord and the angel manifested to him in chapter 8:27 I Daniel, fainted and was sick for days; afterward I arose and went about the king’s business. It’s not the word sick; it’s the word weak. The word sick does not convey the right translation. You don’t get into God’s presence and get sick. You get into God’s presence and you may feel a little bit weak under the power of the anointing. So that power lasted many days. We have seen that happened when people come under the power sometimes for days their bodies feel different. We are look at the different effects of the power of God on people. Some feel weak for some time and they just don’t seem to know what to do but just enjoy God’s presence all the time. There are different effects on different people. Sometimes it can affect just a part of your body. It can either hold your body up or hold your body down. You remember the story in the book of Kings where the prophet prophesied about the altar that was built and he said, “This altar will be destroyed.” The king said, “Arrest him.” His hands couldn’t come down until the man of God prayed. So what held him up? When the power of God came, he just couldn’t move. So the power of God is not only a power that cause you to fall it’s a power that could just render a part of your body motionless.
In the early day in our ministry we used to have a gathering of prayer. At one time we were very deep in the Spirit in Penang. We put a chair in the center and we prayed for a person. This sister sat on it and when everybody finished praying, she could not move. She could talk to us but could not move. The power was so great that she was literally glued to the chair. The power can manifest in different manners and different ways. Sometimes it affects part of your body.
Lets look at the book of Ezekiel again and see some of those phenomena that came upon his life. Chapter 33:21 And it came to pass in the twelfth year of our captivity, in the tenth month, on the fifth day of the month, that one who had escaped from Jerusalem came to me and said, “The city has been captured.” Now the hand of the Lord had been upon me the evening before the man came who had escaped. And He had opened my mouth so when he came to me in the morning, my mouth was opened and I was no longer mute. Verse 22 it says the hand of the Lord had been upon me that evening before. The man came. The man came in the morning and that’s when he could speak. What happened was that one night while Ezekiel was just praying, his mouth fell under the power. Imagine if you came and talked to him and said, “Hello, Ezekiel.” Ezekiel just kept his mouth shut. “Why don’t you open your mouth and say something?” Now you understand why I don’t want to be like Ezekiel. He is a prophet and strange things happen to prophets. It says the whole night. The night before the power fell on him. How would you like to fall under the power with your mouth open? And he had that the whole night. This is the power of God working. He could not talk. His mouth was slain under the power. The next morning when the man came then only he could speak. While Jerusalem was being destroyed that night he felt the effects of it in his spirit. He was a prophet intricately linked to Jerusalem.
The reason we share all these things is some people are very skeptical. So when some things begin to happen in the spirit realm, people tend to doubt it more than to believe it. As a result of it, they shut themselves up from the manifestation of God. I do not say we become gullible so that you just absorb every doctrine that comes from the enemy. But yet I say we have to be opened to the Lord as to not to reject Him when things happen the way He wants it.
Lets look at the book of Ezekiel again this time in the earlier chapters in chapter 4:1-3 You also, son of man, take a clay tablet and lay it before you, and portray on it a city, Jerusalem. Lay siege against it, build a siege wall against it, and heap up a mound against it; set camps against it also, and place battering rams against it all around. Moreover take for yourself an iron plate, and set it as an iron wall between you and the city. Set your face against it, and it shall be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it. This will be a sign to the house of Israel. Now you notice why in Ezekiel 33 his mouth opened. His whole life was focused on prophesying the destruction of Jerusalem and the redemption of God for Israel. His whole life was a picture of the prophecy. Later on in the book of Ezekiel you see how God took away his life. His whole life was a pattern of his prophecy. Verse 4 Lie also on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it. According to the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity. For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days; so you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. And when you have completed them, lie again on your right side; then you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days. I have laid on you a day for each year. Therefore you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem; your arm shall be uncovered, and you shall prophesy against it. He was to lie on his left side for three hundred and ninety days. Even if you sleep on a bed you sleep on different side. Your body has a natural way of adjusting, even in the middle of the night your body can turn and adjust itself. Ezekiel had to sleep on one side for three hundred and ninety days and that is over a year. Now you know why I don’t want to be like him. There is no natural way you can do it. Your body rebels against it. That’s why God told him, “I will put my power there so that you will be stuck there.” It’s not an easy profession to be a prophet. After he finished that God said, “Lie on the right side for forty days.” That is over a month.
This is the verse that I like when God said in verse 8 And surely I will restrain you so that you cannot turn from one side to another till you have ended the days of your siege. That’s where His power locks in him. God’s power is tremendous. Having seen that this is the part that we are going to closely examine. On one part it is him and on another part it’s the Lord.
Let me show you where the scriptures are. Ezekiel 4:4 Lie on your left side. I believe that was Ezekiel; he finished making everything that the Lord made as a symbol of Jerusalem. Having finished it he would probably have wore his robes or whatever. I mean he is going to wear that robe for one year in the rain or sunshine. It says he was the one to lie down. The moment he lies down he was locked in the power. And he was released after the number of days. God doesn’t turn him the power doesn’t catch him and turn him. He was released and then he went to the right side and lie down and then he was locked in that position by the power of God.
What is that saying to us? When the power of God is flowing there is a part that is from us that learn to yield and there is a part that is from God that gives the flow. So when the power of God is flowing, you have a choice to yield or not to yield. Now these are spiritual things. When the power was flowing there is a point of time that you could choose not to let it go. Up to the moment where Ezekiel has not lie down yet he could choose to disobey. He could choose to walk away from his call. He had a free choice. But from the moment he release and obeyed and lie down the power was fully released and locked in. The moment he was locked in there was no way out of that. There is a moment a very thin fine line from free choice into being bound in the Spirit. Paul said in the book of Acts 20 to the Ephesian elders at a place called Miletus he told them I go bound to Jerusalem. He called it being bound. He is being bound by the Holy Spirit. This is the magnetic drawing that he chooses to yield to. Now that he choose to yield to is so strong that it is almost compelling. The same Greek word used for bondage is fully used there but not in a negative sense. He yielded so much that he is now like a bondservant to God. Not only as a servant but a bondservant. In the year of Jubilee, a servant can be free. A bondservant chooses not to be free.
In Matt. 4 and Luke 4 it says Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. That sounds very dignified, sounds very pleasant. But wait till you read Mark Chapter one and the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. There is a point where you can choose and as you choose and choose God understands your commitment, God understands your love for Him. God knows the freedom He can now have with you because you love Him so much and He takes you over. You move into the bondservanthood. As you move towards the tidal waves, you can still back off. But when you plunge yourself into the tidal waves, it is too late to back off. The tidal waves now carry you. By this time, even if you want to choose to come out you cannot. You are flowing there now.
Now this is one possible illustration that you could experience. For example if the power and the presence of God is strong. It depends on the type of that anointing that is manifesting. Sometime I could yield to the power of God that is being manifested. Not all the time but sometimes as I worship God I sense that His power wants to shake my hands. Note this: as I am shaking my hands I have full control and I can stop it anytime. But as I yield to a certain extend it reaches a point where it comes to the level of the subconscious. It can come to the point where I keep on yielding until the movements are more on the subconscious level. I could purposely move my hands this way and that but it is definitely conscious. But as I keep yielding to the anointing more and more, the hand movement comes faster and faster until it cannot be at the conscious level any more. It sends a signal to your brain and say just keep it going. We don’t have these cars here but in America you could just lock your car at a particular speed. Then you don’t have to press the pedal any more. You could press the miles per hour you like and you could just lock it in. And you could take your legs off the pedal. To release it you just press it again. So your brain sends a signal to the automatic department and he locks it. So there is a realm where it goes into the automatic section. But that is under the power of God and not under our voluntary shaking.
Under the power of God there is a certain realm for example the Spirit of God moves into your life where you could chose to yield or not. Then as you yield there is a certain level of yielding where you still can choose to stop. But you could yield so much that you are literally caught in the flow of the current of God. At that point, even if you want to stop you have to wait till the current subsides before you could really stop. There is such a realm in the power of God in the anointing of God.
Let me show with a different illustration here. There was this person who was in the ministry. When the person was yielding to God he reached a point where the power was so strong that the Spirit literally filled the person and possessed the person. The person still has free choice but the flow of it was different. Word for word it was like the Spirit literally speaking through. And he was just a hearer of himself. His free will was still intact. In a demon possession, the person’s free will is gone. The demon just subjugates you. But when the Holy Spirit works, your free choice is intact.
At one time when I was deep in prayer, God gave me an experience that I never ever forgot. Now under the normal circumstances, you pray in tongues when someone lays hand on you. You receive the baptism in the Spirit. What I was doing was I was having my experience with God and I was worshiping God and fellowshipping with my Papa God. And I heard the sound of wind. I felt a ball of fire hit me. And believe it or not the tongues that flowed out were not controllable. I was like on the sidelines and it was like something deep within me flowing out of me. I know what is praying in tongues since I was already baptized in the Spirit. I know it since I pray in tongues six hours, ten hours, forty-eight hours but I knew that was a totally different realm where God knows me so well. He doesn’t subjugate my free will but He knows that I have chosen to be a bond servant with Him where He is free to drive me if He wants. He doesn’t do it all the time but at times He takes liberty.
It’s just like for example I could have a relationship with you and I know you well enough. If I don’t know you well enough before I visit your home I make sure I call you. I don’t want to catch you in your pajamas or when your house is in a mess. I make sure that I don’t embarrass you. If I know you on a normal level, I make sure you know that I am coming. If I know you very well and you gave me the liberty to come to your house anytime, I would do so. So according to our relationship we take liberty. If I really know you very well sometimes I make myself at home in your house. I will be the one who welcome your guests. I go to the fridge and help myself and serve all the food. It is not your house but your friend has given you the liberty to treat the house as your own. So God’s relationship with us is the same since He knows our level of free will.
There are different levels of our free will. And that’s the position where your free will has been surrendered to God and you say, “Lord, do anything you want with me. Send me anywhere; I will do anything.” But yet you need to pray that prayer of consecration and dedication. God sees the depth of your meaning. People pray that but with different degrees of meaning. As God knows your meaning, He takes the liberty at times to just flow through you while you appear to sit at the sidelines. You welcome it and God knows you welcome it. That is why He took the liberty.
That was what I experienced. And I felt someone else speaking through me. It was lovely. After I came out from that experience, the Holy Spirit told me that’s what the experience in the second dimension. That is why I realize that there are different degrees of yieldedness. There is a point where you yield and there is a point where you couldn’t stop it even if you want to.
Another illustration is like when you fall. There is a position where you could lean back a little and you could still get back and don’t fall. But you reached a certain position and you start falling even if you want to get back to standing you cannot get back any more. The gravitation pull is too strong already. There is no way you could resist it. So to a certain extend when we work with the power of God in different degrees, there are different degrees of yieldedness that you could choose to go through. Sometimes the power could be operating at fifty volts but yet there are different types of responses. Although it’s fifty volts yet it’s flowing in some people at fifty, some at forty, some at thirty and some at twenty. The manifestation may be at fifty volts but the degree of resistance in the people prevents the electron of the Holy Spirit from fully flowing through them. So there is what I call the phenomena of falling under the power and if you understand how it operates and what it’s operating you could flow along and open yourself to the things of the Spirit of God instead of closing yourself up. For that reason some people never fall.
Now let me put all the other teachings together. It is not necessary to fall to get a blessing. Sometimes you fall and don’t get a blessing. Sometimes, you remain standing, but you may still get a blessing. Falling under the power as I mentioned in the book has nothing to do with your spirituality. Some people say if you don’t fall you are very resistant to the Holy Spirit. That is why you don’t fall. On the other hand there is another group that says if you fall there is something wrong with you. For that kind of reasoning then the one who remains standing is a stronger Christian. The one who falls is the weaker one.
It’s the opposite altogether. It has nothing to do with that. God’s power as I have illustrated has different ways of working. You have people who fall under the power who are very spiritual people in the bible like Ezekiel, Daniel, Paul. But you have other people who fall who have nothing. When Jesus came out from the Garden of Gethsemane and the soldiers came for Him, Jesus said, “Who do you seek?” They said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus in the gospel of John said, “I am He.” They all fell. Nothing happened to them. They just got up and arrested Him. Their hearts were not changed.
In the book of Acts 26 Paul recounted the incident in Acts 9 where he fell from his donkey. He said he was not the only one who fell. Because in Acts 26 he said we fell. That tells us Paul and his team was going along. And when the light of Jesus came all of them fell but only one got touched and changed. So falling under the power has nothing to do with spiritual level.
But I want to teach this truth on yielding so that we realize. Now you could be yielded while you are standing and open yourself to the power of God. I have a very rare book by Evan Roberts on the “Wales Revival”. In it somebody was with him and he was being persecuted. He was in the street and people were throwing abuses at him and he just walked away untouched. And the person who was a minister next to him said, “How can you go through all these without being affected?” He said, “I close my spirit.” And he said this type of abuse doesn’t touch him at all. So there is such a thing as closing and opening something within us. Just like we could choose to close our mind. We could choose to close our physical hands. You could come to find fault with somebody. Sometimes when you open your spirit and really yield there is such an avalanche of the flow of spirit that you are just taken in and you fully yield to that. I have to learn the truth of yieldedness.
I have to learn yieldedness by learning to obey God in simple things in the natural. I could only share from my experience. I came from a background that is very dignified: we don’t raise our hands. I feel very uncomfortable from the church where I came from to lift my hands. I never really tasted the flow of the Spirit of God. Christianity was more or less a rational intellectual faith and religion as far as I was concerned. Then as I confronted the Charismatic movement for the first time I began to lift up my hands. Then I felt something. Then after some time of embarrassment I learnt to lift my hands high. When you lift your hand high for the first time you feel so conscious that you are the only one and everybody were starring at you. But actually no one was starring at you; it’s your own self-consciousness. When you got rid of that you enter a new realm of the spirit.
Then I joined the Charismatic movement and I was active in it. One day I was ministering in this camp. Then in this camp they were having this presentation. They were singing “Arise children of Israel” and they were dancing the Jewish dance. After singing several times, they called me up to dance. I have never danced before so I just hopped along. That was the first time; it was embarrassing. But something happened; something broke lose in me. Although it was just a simple presentation but something in me broke lose. I felt something flowed to me and I felt a greater freedom from that day onward. Something also broke in my soul. From that day onward I felt a greater flow of the Spirit. As I began to progress on the Lord I was sitting on my sofa and I felt the power of God shaking my hands. I had a choice to shake or not to shake. Mentally I was saying, “If this is of God you better don’t miss out on that.” Then my intellectual mind says you got nothing to lose. And I made a decision to release it. The moment I released it God shook me from the top on my head to the tip of my toe. There I was for some one hour of shaking and I tell you when you come out from there you will never be the same. I felt liquid fire going through me. I felt a greater flow of the Spirit from that day onward in everything that I do in my living, in worship, in ministering, in counseling everything. It was like something was enlarged within me. Before that I was only a three quarter inch pipe that carries the water of the Spirit. Now God had taken it away and replace it with a two inch diameter pipe to carry the water of the Spirit.
Let me say this some of you have never danced in the Spirit. At first some of you only learn how to lift your hands. Some of you began to learn how to dance in the Spirit. It takes a freedom. It takes a losing of your dignity and a dying of self to do it. Don’t think it’s easy for some of those ladies to come up to the altar here to dance in the Spirit. They are not doing it for you. This is what I am going to share. God could be dealing with something in your life. It may not be the same way but in other areas of yielding. He may not be dealing in our life to do it publicly but privately. If He is dealing in your life in the area of dancing and you are not yielding to it, you will never see a greater flow in our life. But the moment you yield to it and you flow along with it something happens. You could be a song leader for example and you are always leading in a very dignified way. But you learn to yield to it not necessarily publicly but privately. People notice something different in how you lead. Although you could lead in exactly the same way but there is a greater anointing flowing through you because you have become a wider channel of God’s anointing.
So there are many ways that God deals with our lives and it works through His Spirit taking a hold in our life and releasing a greater anointing in our life. For example, some of you have never prayed in tongues for three hours. You do it and you see the difference in your life. There are many other realms in tongues, groaning, singing in the Spirit. I mean there are thousand and thousand of ways. I have only named a few. The Holy Spirit is so creative He could invent more things and more ways. Some of you God could be dealing with you to wake up in the early hours of the morning. It takes great effort to yield but the moment you start yielding you may never tell and whisper to a single person in the whole world. And you may go about doing things the same way but yet people who are on the receiving end sense the difference. He has broken you more for it’s through a broken and contrite spirit that the presence of God flows through us.
Falling Under the Power is part of a series called The Anointing of the Holy Spirit taught by Ps Peter Tan, after he had a personal visitation from the Lord Jesus Christ, who taught him on this subject. His website is Eagle Vision Ministry.