Last night I was shown some things from the lives of different women in scripture. The Lord revealed to me some of the life of Anna the Prophetess.
“Please help me to know about the prophetess Anna of the New Testament. The Lord said she was a virtuous woman who lived in the temple. She was a Nazarite who had taken an oath of holiness from the time that her husband died many years ago. There were certain conditions whereby a woman as herself could take such an oath and she qualified. The people who visited the temple would provide her sustenance (food, water, clothing) and they would be blessed. There were facilities for men and women Nazarites at the temple. She never left, but would pray night and day for Israel and her God.
“Anna was a sighted woman. In her old age she had witnessed visions and angels at the temple. She had prayed and longed for the day when she would behold the child which would save Israel. One particular day she began to see the glory and power of heaven descend upon the temple. Myriads of angels and fire began to pour down, all the angels were facing the same direction as a young mother and man made their way toward the priest with their newborn son. The angels were many and were showing great reverence and celebration as Anna watched. She began to sing in tongues and prophesy as she walked toward the infant. People stood amazed, as it was not customary for Nazarite women, especially of her age, to be so unconventional. She cried out Hosanna to God and kissed Mary and the child. She continued to move around the temple beneath the portico to tell all those present that she had seen the Christ child and prophesy that He would save Israel and bring Heaven on Earth!
Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus silently left without most knowing what had occurred. Many were curious about what had taken place with the old woman Nazarite. Was she crazy, senile, or something else? She died a few years later, having shared many times her witness of what she saw that day.”