This post on Solomon’s Anointing is part of a series. The first two were:
Mantles and Anointing, this is where you should start so you can get a foundation in order to understand what you will read here and
Joseph’s Anointing, which is different from Solomon’s Anointing.
There are some of you that may ask, can I have both a Joseph’s mantle and Solomon’s mantle? Well, anything is possible with God. And, I have seen many people with a “hybrid” mantle which is more than one, sometimes even 3, rolled into one.
However, I believe it is highly unlikely to have these two mantles at the same time. It is more likely you can move from having Joseph’s Mantle to Solomon’s as opposed to having both at the same time. You can have Joseph’s Mantle and Solomon’s Anointing at times, you need to read about the difference between Mantles and Anointing to understand these are not the same thing.
You need a mantle to hold an office but you can operate in a gifting/anointing for an event without having the office. For example you need a mantle of a prophet to say you are a prophet called by the Lord. However, you can prophesy and have the gift of prophecy as an anointing or gift and not be a prophet.
So when I refer to Solomon’s Mantle I mean someone who is holding an office and not someone who used wisdom to make some money in the stock market for a season.
Solomon’s Mantle is a very rare thing in the body of Christ. I haven’t met a lot of people who have this. Maybe only one person where it was mature and in full operation and others where it was still in infancy stage. I believe this gets fought by the enemy so badly that to make it to maturity with this you have to truly consecrated and sold out for Jesus.
Even though the Queen of Sheba heard about Solomon it wasn’t until she actually saw him operating in his anointing and mantle before she was convinced he was the real deal. (1 Kings 10:6-9) We shall know them by their fruit. People should be able to clearly see if this is on your life.
Let’s look at 2 key differences between Solomon’s Mantle vs Joseph’s Mantle:
- Solomon is a king, Joseph is not. There are many things you can do with a kingly anointing.
- While both handled wealth, Solomon was the owner of what he had while Joseph was a distributor of what he had and he didn’t own it.
Solomon’s Mantle is intertwined with a kingly anointing so a lot of what Solomon was able to do was tied to his kingly anointing. There are many people with a kingly anointing that may not have Solomon’s mantle.
Characteristics of Solomon’s Mantle
1. Wisdom. If someone has this mantle they have the gift of wisdom. Solomon wrote the wisdom books of Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. He was also given knowledge and understanding but neither of these work without wisdom. You may know something but if you don’t know when, how and the correct timing of a thing then the knowledge alone is of no use to you. (1 Kings 4:29-34)
2. Wealth. You have to use wisdom to get wealth. Solomon didn’t inherit his wealth from David. While he inherited some what he amassed was on his own because of the wisdom God gave him. (1 Kings 10:24)
3. Humility. Solomon recognized from the very beginning that even though he was wearing the mantle of the king, he was never going to be able to build the temple of the Lord without the Lord’s help. (1 Kings 3:7-9)
4. People Give to You. People with this mantle have others give them things/money/resources/tools/time without even asking for it. This is a part of a kingly anointing (1 Kings 10:10-12). It’s like they are a magnate that pulls people in. David had the same dynamic except his was not with wealth it was with people. People were attracted to David and surrounded him with support because of the kingly anointing. Do you know those wealthy people who say they have no intentions of leaving their wealth to their children, instead they will give it to charity? Well, that is what David did to Solomon he took all of his wealth and used it to build the temple. He actually didn’t give his wealth to Solomon (1 Chronicles 29:3-5). Then again, since Solomon was getting the mantle he didn’t need the money because people would start giving to him anyway. So the only thing Solomon got from David was the plans to build the temple and the building materials. All of Solomon’s wealth came from people giving things to him, freely.
5. Ease to carry out assignments. This one is key and usually the main sign of someone who has this mantle. While you can have wisdom, wealth and people give to you, I know very few people who operate in life with ease. The reason for this is that someone else “dug the trenches” before you. It was either your parents or your grandparents or some relative that handled all the spiritual warfare and generational curses. What I mean by this is, David (Solomon’s father), wanted to be the one to build the temple for the Lord but the Lord said No. Why? David was a man of war. David’s job was to dig the trenches out so that when Solomon got there his job would be easier to build the temple. So David had to get rid of the enemies and fight his way through to the top. Even though David was anointed to be king and he later got the mantle of the king, he still didn’t build the temple because that was not his assignment. It had to be Solomon. Thereby making Solomon’s job in building, very easy. There was an ease to the assignment that David never had. Do you know how many wars David fought through his entire lifetime? A lot! He was constantly on the run and in warfare (1 Chronicles 18)
1 Chronicles 22:8-10 “…the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have made great wars; you shall not build a house for My name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight. Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies all around. His name shall be [Solomon, for I will give peace and quietness to Israel in his days. He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son, and I will be his Father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.”
So David fought about 9 battles, that’s not counting all the running he had to do from Saul or even Goliath. He was always fighting. Do you know how many wars Solomon fought? 0 Yes, zero!
Most people are in great battles tearing down generational curses and doing spiritual warfare. The ones with Solomon’s mantle or anointing are not doing that level of warfare. Their parents did that for them. So they can walk into the purposes of God without having to go through that. The parents dug those trenches and laid the foundation so when they get there all the ground work has been laid and they just need to build, increase, multiply and grow.
When Solomon came into power David had already collected what was needed to build the temple. He also handed the plans of the temple over to Solomon
1 Chronicles 22: 5 Now David said, “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it.” So David made abundant preparations before his death.
6. Deep level of Intimacy with the Lord. There is no way you can walk in this mantle and anointing apart from a deep level of intimacy with God. Otherwise you would go astray very easily with this level of wealth, wisdom, knowledge & understanding. You would become so puffed up with pride. It doesn’t matter how close your parents or grand parents were to Jesus or how devoted they were to Him. You have to have your own level of intimacy with the Lord.
Here is a part of David’s instructions to Solomon…
1 Chronicles 28:9 “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.”
We all know how intimately David knew the Lord and that he was known as a man after God’s own heart. Well, he gave the same instructions to his son.
1 Chronicles 28:19 “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord.
God works with generations so a lot of the things you are praying for your children may be the ones to complete it. God will do it for them. If you don’t have natural children you are a mentor to someone else and they may reap from the work you did.
Enemies of the Mantle
1. Laziness. It would be easy for you to fall into laziness if you don’t have to do much to get ahead. If you had everything handed to you and you had zero warfare.
2. Wrong Alignment. Solomon aligned himself with many foreign kings by marrying their daughters. While this was a strategic move that probably caused him to continue living in ease without much war, these same foreign women pull him away from walking with the Lord. (1 Kings 11:1-8) Instead of him converting them to God, they converted him. It is so important who you are making covenant with because these are the people who have the power to make or break you. None of these women were walking with God. They all worshiped other gods and that’s what led him astray. He willfully sinned against the Lord (Deuteronomy 7:3). Coming back to the laziness, I’m sure he may have thought it would be so much easier to make his enemies family members instead of going to war with them. This may have kept him from war but it ruined him in the end.
3. Forgetting the purpose and assignment. If we have everything exactly the way we want it would we carry out the purposes of God? (1 Kings 11:9-13) While we may not have Solomon’s Mantle, I’m pretty sure throughout our lives God has given us moments of rest from our enemies. Yet, we fail to make progress in building, multiplying and growing in these seasons of rest because we forget our purpose. (1 Kings 9:4-9)
4. Warfare starts again. Once we forget our purpose and assignments and begin to wonder off the path from God and into disobedience, God will lift His hand off us and we end up fighting for our lives again.(1 Kings 11:26-43). Sometimes we pass those wars on to our children. Remember, God is a God of generations so some of the things we did or failed to do falls on our children.
5. Self Reliance. When we have money and power it is very easy for us to use what we have instead of asking God for help. If you can buy anything that you need it would be much easier for you to rely on your own strength and money than go to God. It may look like wisdom but the truth is that it would be so easy to cross the line over into complete self reliance.
6. Greed. We know that Solomon was tasked to build the temple. He received all the plans and the foundation of the temple from his father David which were directly from the Lord. In addition to this, Solomon went on to do and build other things. Were these in the will of God too? Who knows? You can see the other projects he got involved with in 2 Chronicles 8. What happened is that when he married all of his foreign wives he also inherited the towns and cities as dowry. So now he goes and he builds out and restores those places. He used the people in those towns to build and later on when his son Rehoboam was king the people began to complain about the hard labor and heavy taxes they faced at the hand of Solomon (2 Chronicles 10). So Rehoboam instead of listening to the people and lightening the load of the work he decides to become even worse than his father and make it harder. The people then revolted and the kingdom became divided. Did Rehoboam really need more money? N0! Unlike Solomon, Rehoboam actually inherited all his money.
Sometimes people don’t know when they have enough and they just keep going after more and more and more. The problem is they were doing this at the expense of the people.
7. Lust. Lust of the flesh. Lust of the eyes. The pride of life (1 John 2:16-17). If you read the entire story from start to finish it is hard not to see it. (1 Kings 1 – 11 & 1 Chronicles 28 – 2 Chronicles 9)
Everything that I have written here is a really good springboard for you to read the book of Ecclesiastes. Even though I read this book already several times, reading it again right after writing this felt like I was sitting in a room with Solomon himself and he was speaking to me. Try it and let me know if it felt the same to you.
So should you pray to receive this mantle? Well, I’m going to give you some wisdom from Solomon on you..
Ecclesiastes 6:10 Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there’s no use arguing with God about your destiny.
There you have it! I would recommend you find out what God has written in your scrolls about you and go after that.
I want to leave you with one final thought, reflecting on Joseph’s Mantle compared to Solomon’s we have to look at how each of these men ended their assignment. While we may not like warfare, it really shapes and molds us for the future. It builds character and helps us to know where our boundaries are in life. Joseph ended well and I think it was because of what he had to go through in his life. He had a greater appreciation for what he received and knew how to walk with the Lord to maintain it. Solomon on the other hand never had to go through any of that and because everything was handed to him, it was harder for him to stay on track.
I’m saying all this to let you know, don’t complain about your warfare or your trials. Understand that God is using it to shape and mold you so that when you step into your assignment you are not only equipped to receive it but you can also maintain it.
James 1:2-4 New International Version (NIV)
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Romans 5:3-5 New Living Translation (NLT)
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
I pray this has blessed you, please feel free to leave your comments below.