Who Was Melchizedek?

This study has been pursued to put at rest, in my own mind, the question of who Melchizedek was. I thank the Lord for His guidance and His grace. I have tested the Scripture in the Holy Spirit and with prayer and am convinced that this study has brought about a correct interpretation from the Holy Scriptures and with the help of some Jewish sources as to whom Melchizedek was and to what "Order" he belonged. Is the word Melchizedek the name of a man, or the son of man, or is this word a Title?

Come along and let us reason together.

Who was Melchizedek? This appears to be one of the many secrets of the Holy Scripture but appearances can be deceiving.

The first mention of Melchizedek is in Genesis the14th chapter when Melchizedek brought bread and wine to Abram, whom had just returned home with the spoils of victory, and Melchizedek, blessed Abram... [Genesis 14: 18-20]. Was this an early ritual, celebrating the communion, and looking to the future death and resurrection of the Lamb of God? I believe that it was.

The next reference we find is when David said as a prophecy in [Psalms 110: 1-4].

The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Following this, the writer of the book of Hebrews said; in [Hebrews 5: 8-10]

5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

5:10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedek.

May the Holy Spirit help us understand this matter in the light of Scripture. In the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN.

Was Melchizedek a pre-incarnate Jesus Christ as many would have us believe?

Some presume that Melchizedek was a pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, as it is written of him, "king of righteousness" and "king of peace" [Hebrews 7:2] and some presume that Melchizedek is none other than the Holy Spirit as it is written of him, in [Hebrews 7:3]; because of the following statement.

Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

But lets look at these scriptures more closely.

It is this writers belief that this passage is cited to prove the "deity of Christ", since the writer says he was "without beginning of days, nor end of life", not to prove that the same was true of this person who bore the title "Melchizedek".

This passage provides a comparison of the priesthood of Melchisedek and the priesthood of Aaron and to show that the Order of the priesthood of Melchisedek (that is Grace by Faith) is far superior to the Aaronic or Lavitical priesthood (that of the Law of Moses). You might say; but the dispensation of Grace didn't begin until the Church dispensation and you would be sorely mistaken.

God's grace was given to Adam and Eve when they allowed Satan to defeat them in the Garden of Eden. So everyone who has ever lived since then, from Adam and Eve on, had God's Grace and the choice (from that side of the Cross of Calvary) to believe that there would some day come a "last Adam" not made of man's seed but the seed of a woman upon the command of the Holy Ghost. The first Adam came from the clay of the Earth. The Last Adam (The Lord Jesus Christ), promised to Eve, would come from the womb of a virgin from Eve's lineage but, Eve didn't know this at the time and so when Seth was born she thought God had given her that child. Eve thought that Seth was the manifested "seed of woman" that would fulfill God's promise to the serpent (Satan).

[Genesis 3:14-15]

3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

4:25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

Four thousand years would pass before the "seed of woman" would be born of a virgin, in a little town called Bethlehem.

Again, was Melchizedek a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ?

The [Hebrews 7:3] reference "Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life"... is not a reference to the origin of Christ but rather to the fact that the genealogical records of Melchisedek could not be found or that those records were not directly at hand so that they might be referenced. This can be seen by the following:

Jesus did have a mother (Mary) and a father (God, the Holy Ghost). (Luke 1:34-35). His family line is the subject of the early chapters of the gospels of both Matthew and Luke. (Matthew 1) (Luke 3).

Jesus' incarnation in the flesh, had a beginning and an end life, in the physical body. After his resurrection, he declared in: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. [Revelation 1:18]

He is now alive "for evermore" since his Father raised him from the dead. (Acts 13:29-30). Praise God!

29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.

30 But God raised him from the dead:

So the above-mentioned reference of (Hebrews 7:3) cannot be a reference to a pre-incarnate appearance of our Lord; for the Word of God has recorded that our Lord Jesus {the man} has a beginning, a  father and a mother and He also died although He was raised from the grave. This is not the description we find in (Hebrews 7:3).

When Jesus said, (while talking with the Pharisees in (John 8), "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad" (John 8:56). He was not referring to the appearance of Melchizedek in [Genesis 14: 18-20]

The Lord was, rather, referring to  [Genesis 22:1-19]. We know this in that Abraham had obeyed God and God had given Abraham a substitute sacrifice, after which, Abraham "called the name of that place Jehovahjireh, meaning 'Jehovah sees'.

Jehovah saw Abraham's faith. Abraham believed that God would one day provide Himself a sacrifice so that Mankind could live and he also had faith, in that - if God had given Abraham a son so that he could be sacrificed unto God, then, God would raise Isaac from the dead, for God had promised "Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him."  [Genesis 17:19]

Abraham believed God!

The reference in (John 8:56), in context, was that Abraham "rejoiced to see the 'the Lord's Day'. This is not a reference to the fact that Abraham did or did not rejoice {which I am sure that Abraham was exceedingly glad when he was blessed with the  presence of our Lord}, but the reference is to "My day" not to that particular visit with Abraham and not on that particular day when Jesus said those particular words to the Jewish leaders. The Lord was  making reference to Abraham's faith. Abraham believed in God's promise. Abraham, unlike the Pharisees was not spiritually blind. Abraham had the future appearance of the Messiah, His Millennial kingdom and a heavenly city not built with hands, in mind.

Christ was and is and always will be, the post-incarnate {not pre-incarnate} physical personage of our Lord, our God.

Jesus, the Christ was pointing this out to the un-believing Pharisees and they would not believe. Everything Christ said or did pointed to the fact that he is their Messiah, but they absolutely refused to hear or see the truth.

(John 8:14) Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

Some also say that Melchizedek was made 'like' the Son of God, but the scripture actually says "made like unto the Son of God" [Hebrews 7:3] meaning that Melchizedek was being used as a 'type' or an 'example' in reference to Jesus Christ whom bears the everlasting title of ' King of Peace - King of righteousness.

The word Melchizedek is a title {not a name} according to [Hebrews 7:2] "...by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;".

None of this has anything to do with Melchizedek other than the fact the Lord our God is the same "most high God" that Melchizedek, himself, worshipped in his day. Did Noah not say it?

(Genesis 9:26)  And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Is there any question that Noah was speaking of the Lord our God when he passed the Kingship, the Priesthood, and the double portion of all that he had to Shem whom would from that time on, bear the title of Melchizedek; {meaning: king of righteousness, king of peace}.

Shem, at that time, was the King over Salem. (Hebrews 7:1-2). Have you ever heard of Jeru-Salem {the city of peace, or literally, "set ye double peace"}? Salem was the name of Jerusalem at that time.





So, since the context of (John 8:56) is not a reference to Melchizedek but is rather a reference to the faith of Abraham in being able to see and believe that there would one day be a 1000 year, "Lord's Day" we can say that Melchizedek was not the pre-incarnate personage of our Lord and Saviour as some have tried to make this verse out to say.

Here is an interesting note: Abraham's great grandfather "Shem" is also in the genealogy of Jesus, the Christ.

Was Melchizedek an Angel of the Lord

Can it be said that He (Jesus, if he was Melchizedek) was created like the angels of heaven? Angels have no genealogy but they do have a beginning, for God created the Angels. However, those who are born on this earth have a genealogy, a beginning and an end. As our Lord Jesus Christ was born in this world, He too has a genealogy as noted above. Therefore, since angels have no genealogy and yet have a beginning they cannot be said to fit the description in (Hebrews 7:3).

The Angels are also not like unto the Lord in another way; for Christ was made lower than the angels (Psalms 8:5) (Hebrews 2:7) (Hebrews 2:9).

So,can we say now, after knowing all of this, that any of this agrees with (Hebrews 7:3)? No, we can't. Why? because (Hebrews 7:3) was not intended to be used as a way of identifying who Melchizedek was. On the contrary, the verse is a statement made by the writer of Hebrews stating that he did not have the genealogy of Melchizedek on hand in order for the writer of Hebrews to reference.

Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

Was Melchizedek the Holy Spirit, as some would have us to believe?

The Scriptures has never mentioned that the Holy Spirit appeared in the flesh (made like unto the Son of God) this has only been said about the Son of God, Jesus, the Christ. The Scripture mentions the following in (I Timothy 3:16):  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Therefore, Melchizedek was not the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit didn't have to be justified in the Spirit or be believed on in the world (as was and is necessary for salvation through Jesus Christ) nor was He (received up into glory.) As Jesus was when God the Father resurrected Him.

So, we see that the description of the Holy Spirit also fails the test of (Hebrews 7:3) and for the very same reasons as given above.

Was Melchizedek without father or mother?

But what about the part in (Hebrews 7:3) where it says: "without Father, without Mother?"

Now, there is another reference in scripture where it is said of a person that they were without Father and Mother. The reference is found in (Esther 2:7) And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.

The scripture here shows that the terms "without Father, without Mother" can and do mean, in this instance particularly, that the parents have simply died, though the father and mother were evidently known to Esther's uncle. What the author of (Hebrews 7) is saying is that he did not know of any records containing the genealogical history of Melchizedek.

The word descent, referring to genealogy, used in (Hebrews 7:3) is ajgenealovghtoß "one whose descent there is no record of, without genealogy". But, just because there is no record of genealogy readily at hand does not mean a record may not be found at a later date or that there isn't already a genealogy in existence, but, not yet found, or known of, by someone else besides the author!

So, Who was Melchizedek?

I personally believe that the records have been found and that Shem - the son of Noah was Melchizedek and that the records (and therefore the genealogy) was not available to the writer of (Hebrews 7:3) at the time of it's writing. The record is in the "Book of Jasher".

The Bible refers to the "Book of Jasher" twice in the scriptures:

[Joshua 10:13]

13. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

And [II Samuel 1:18]

18. Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.

And the Talmud has this to say about Melchizedek: "the title, "Melchizedek", was held by Shem the third born son of Noah."

Please go here{ Priests By Greg Killian } for the reference from the Jewish Talmud.

 For the sake of time and the fact that the Holy Spirit does not make reference the Talmud. but rather the book of Jasher, I will refer you only to the (Book of Jasher at this point. [Chapter 16: 11-12].

11. And Adonizedek king of Jerusalem, the same was Shem, went out with his men to meet Abram and his people, with bread and wine, and they remained together in the valley of Melech.

12. And Adonizedek blessed Abram, and Abram gave him a tenth from all that he had brought from the spoil of his enemies, for Adonizedek was a priest before God.

This is the same description of the events that happened to Abram in [Genesis 14:18-20]. The only difference is that the title of the Priest-King has changed from Melchizedek {king of righteousness/king of peace} to Adonizedek {"my lord is righteous"} and the fact that The Book of Jasher says of Adonizedek, the same was Shem. For some reason this note was left out of the KJV.

Here is the King James text once again in Genesis.

14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

Now we know that The Book of Jasher was not included in the authorized Canon in any other way than as a reference to two historical facts. But, two references to this book was made; therefore, the Holy Spirit has indicated that, for uses such as historical reference, the Book of Jasher is a perfectly valid reference. The number "2", after all, is God's number of witness.

Why is Melchizedek important to the Christian faith?

Of Melchizedek, The scripture says in (Genesis 14: 18):

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

Therefore Melchizedek was not only a King but he was also a "Priest" of God. This priestly 'Order' can be presumed to have existed since the time mankind first ever started to worship God. (Genesis 4:3-7, 26)

4:3
And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4:4  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: The Holy Spirit counted Abel as righteous [Matthew 23:35] [Hebrews 11:4]

And then Adam begat Seth,

4:26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

Seth was the third son of Adam and Eve. [Luke 3:38] says that Adam was the son of God. Enos would have inherited the mantle of a priest after the Order of those priests before him who considered themselves to be priests of the Most High God. Now lets follow this Order of priests and see where it goes.

5:9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:

5:12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel:

5:15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:

5:18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:

5:21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:

5:22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

5:23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

 

[Hebrews 11:5By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

God thought so highly of this Priest of the Most High God that He took him. Enoch was taken alive to Heaven. But Methuselah had already inherited the mantle of this Order of Priests.

Genesis 5

5:25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:

5:28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:

5:29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.

5:32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Why? Because Noah was a believer just like you and I are believers. Like all of the others before him, Noah believed God and therefore, he was righteous in the sight of  God. Noah and Shem and everyone before Christ was looking forward to the Cross of Calvary and from that foundational standpoint they could also see the Millennial reign of Christ.

They were Priests after this Order in that they believed God before the cross. We and everyone after Christ's work upon the cross, are looking back at Calvary having faith that Christ has already died for our sins and arose unto the right hand of God, the Father and will one day rule and reign for 1000 years over the Earth and it's heavens.

Methuselah, son of Enoch, lived 969 years. His life overlapped the life of Adam by 246 years and that of Shem by 98 years thus forming a connecting link between the Garden of Eden {Adam} and the post flood world {Shem/Melchizedek} Methuselah died in the year of the flood. {Haley's Bible Handbook, {Zondervan}, pg. 71, KJV version} {Italics mine} Note: the reference to the flood is reference to the great world deluge of Noah's lifetime.

How would Abraham know the Word of God except he heard the Word of God from someone like his great-grandfather Shem. {Halley's Bible Handbook, {Zondervan}, on page 50, KJV version} says that "Abraham's home town of Ur was a center of literary culture for generations prior to Abraham's day and on page 51 says that "Beyond a doubt Abraham must have received from Shem the story of Creation, the fall of Man, of the flood and the plan for man's salvation."

Since Christians are adopted as children of God through Christ, then Christians are partakers of the promise of God to Abraham through Christ, whom came from the womb of Mary, whom came from the seed of Abraham.

The mantle of Priest-King was passed to Christ Jesus through Abraham by Melchizedek/Shem when Melchizedek blessed Abram "he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:" [Genesis 14:18-19]  [Psalms 110:4] Abraham did not become a priest/king.

This priesthood was postponed until the seed, Christ Jesus, should come. All Christians, therefore, have the potential to become part of this 'Order' of priest/kings through Christ Jesus. How? Because they are in Christ and Christ is the last Adam. 

It is from the body of the last Adam that the the bride of Christ will come - just as the body of the bride (Eve) of the first Adam was formed and removed from the body of the first Adam, (type and shadow).

Let us continue in Genesis.

6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

7:1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

7:5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.

Would that all Christians would do according to all that our Lord has commanded us to do!

7:6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.

7:24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

8:15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,

8:16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.

8:20 And Noah built an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

Note that Noah is the High Priest and obviously the only king/priest over the Earth, at this time and thus would be the one to have the authority in this family of men to build an alter; but, that is soon to change.

8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet Savor; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

Note that God made a covenant with Noah, the High Priest.

9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

9:8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,

9:9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

Does this sound familiar?

9:12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

9:14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

9:15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

9:16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

9:18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.

9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

9:23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.

9:24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

Here, the High Priest has been defiled and now someone, {Shem}, must inherit the Mantle of Priest/King.

Notice: that Canaan is made a servant of servants {to Shem and Japheth} and Japheth shall dwell in the tents of Shem, by this curse. Thus, Japheth and Canaan are now placed under the kingship/priesthood of Shem.

9:25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

9:26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Thus, we see the mantle of this 'Order' of king/priest has now been passed to Shem

9:27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

9:28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.

9:29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

So we see that the priesthood was passed all the way down from Adam {the son of God} [Luke 3:38] to Shem. How do we know that Shem was passed the birthright? Because Noah in his cursing of Ham's grandson Canaan "said: "Blessed be the LORD God of Shem;". Obviously Shem was the only son that was worthy to inherit the blessing of Noah and thus the title of Noah.

Notice what this reference By Greg Killian has to say concerning this Order of priests:

Begin quote:

"In this study I would like to examine the priesthood and how Jesus could be a priest and not be a Levitical descendant of Aaron. Lets start by examining the Hebrew word for 'priest': The Hebrew word for "priest" is 'kohen'. Strong's defines this word as: 3548 kohen, ko-hane'; act. part. of 3547; lit. one officiating, a priest; also (by courtesy) an acting priest (although a layman):-chief ruler, X own, priest, prince, principal officer.

The first use of the word "kohen" is found in [Genesis 14:14-20] When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.

After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King's Valley).Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, And he blessed Abram, saying, "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand." Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Melchizedek means:

4442 Malkiy-Tsedeq, mal-kee-tseh'-dek; from 4428 and 6664; king of right; Malki-Tsedek, an early king in Pal.:-Melchizedek.

This first use of the word gives us a clue as to what God intended a priest to be, and to do. Note that this Godly priest was not a Levite (Levi, Abraham's great grandson, was not yet born). The Talmud has this to say about Melchizedek:

Talmud - Mas. Nedarim 32bR. Zechariah said on R. Ishmael's authority: The Holy One, blessed be He, intended to bring forth the priesthood from Shem, as it is written, And he [sc. Melchizedek] was the priest of the most high God.1 But because he gave precedence in his blessing to Abraham over God, He brought it forth from Abraham; as it is written, And he blessed him and said. Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth, and blessed be the most high God.2 Said Abraham to him, Is the blessing of a servant to be given precedence over that of his master? Straightway it [the priesthood] was given to Abraham, as it is written, The Lord said unto my Lord,3 Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool;4 which is followed by, The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek,5 meaning, because of the words of Melchizedek.6 Hence it is written, And he was a priest of the most High God, [implying that] he was a priest, but not his seed.7

From the Talmud we learn that the title, "Melchizedek", was held by Shem the third born son of Noah. Shem received the birthright which was normally given to the firstborn. We know that Shem was Noah's third born from:

Talmud - Mas. Sanhedrin 69b ...And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah begat Shem, Ham and Japheth; hence [if the order is according to age], Shem was at least a year older than Ham, and Ham a year older than Japheth, so that Shem was two years older than Japheth. Now, it is written, And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of water was upon the earth;8 and it is written, These are the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood.9 But was he a hundred years old? He must have been a hundred and two years old?10 Hence thou must say that they are enumerated in order of wisdom [not age];11 then here too [in the case of Terah's sons], they are stated in order of wisdom."

End Quote from: Priests by Greg Killian

Let us continue in Genesis.

Only a priest, being ordained to conduct worship via Communion to the Most High God by the leadership of the Holy Spirit, would be mentioned, in this way, in our Holy Scriptures. (Notice this ceremony concerning bread and wine) in (Genesis 14):

[14:18] And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

In what sacrament do we use Bread and Wine? Is it not during the celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ during our Easter celebration that we partake of the Bread and the Wine. This "Communion" is a Christian celebration and yet it was obviously first practiced even as far back as the Order of the Priesthood of Melchizedek {looking forward to the cross and Christ's Millennial reign}.

These are some of the first of the Old Testament Saints whom God considered "Righteous". Why? Because of their "Faith". What Faith? The faith that God would someday provide a Sacrificial Lamb for the salvation of all of mankind and that the Lamb of God would become the King of Kings and the Lord of Lord's.

[Genesis 22:8] And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb ........

God did just exactly that when he provided His only begotten Son, Jesus, the Christ of Nazareth, that one final, and perfect sacrifice for all of man's sins. All men from Adam; even unto the last man born during the one thousand year reign of Jesus, the Christ.

Again, how would Abraham know that except he heard the Word of God from someone like his great-grandfather Shem.

Do you think for a moment that Melchizedek would pass the mantle of the priesthood to Abraham's seed without having first taught Abraham all of the necessary knowledge pertaining to that great position in the history of Man, our scriptures and that of the Jews.

[Romans 10:17] So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The bread and the wine was already a symbolic testament to The Lamb of God that would be the final, once and for all, the most perfect sacrifice to end all sacrifices, for the sin of Adam; the Grandfather of all of these king/priests whom had passed their mantles down the Order from one generation to the next for thousands of years.

So we see that after (Genesis 14:18), there really is a great deal more known about Melchizedek than readily jumps out to the casual reader. You see, if Jesus is our High Priest, and He is, then we, as they, (are and were) righteous through His blood; and as Jesus is a Priest/King in the Order of Melchizedek , for God hath made it so, then so are we Priest/Kings in the Order of Melchizedek if, we can overcome, as they overcame!!! The difference is that they are to be 'friends of the Bridegroom and the Bride of Christ' while the Church of the firstborn is to be 'the Bride of Christ'.

[Matthew 8:11] And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

[John 3:29] He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

[1 John 3:2] says: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

[Hebrews 12:23] To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

[Revelation 3:12] Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down (5723) out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

My friend, Christ is addressing the Church there in [Revelation 3:12]. Those whom overcome will dwell in the city of New Jerusalem for eternity, never to go no more out!!! That Bride will never be made to leaved the presence of her Groom.

[Revelation 21:2] And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

[Revelation 21:9-10] And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

[Revelation 21:27And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Hallelujah, Praise the Lord our Most High God. Amen and Amen!!!

Another interesting event happens in (Genesis 25) that gives us pause to ponder the priesthood.

We read in (Genesis 25: 22) thus,

25:22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.

For Rebekah to "inquire" of the Lord, there would have had to have been a priest for {Rebekah} to talk to who would have been able to help her inquire through prayer and there was and his name was Shem for he had received the birthright of a Priest-King passed down from Noah. The Bible actually says how Rebecca went about inquiring of the Lord.

The evidence is found in (Genesis 25:21).

25:21 And Isaac entreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

"Isaac entreated the LORD for his wife." For you see Isaac had been taught the ways of the Lord by Shem and Abraham whom was taught by Shem. You might ask did Shem live that long? The fact is, Shem lived for 600 years, even outliving Abraham by 30 years. Isaac, as Abraham, was not of the order of Melchisedek but he knew how to entreat or get in touch with the Lord through prayer. We are no different than Isaac in this respect for we also know how to entreat our Lord in supplications and prayer.

Now lets review, beginning at Noah.

Now we know that Noah and his sons and their wives and an Ark full of animals were the only ones who survived the flood, so, who was the priest during the time spent on the Ark?

I believe it was Noah and I believe that the birthright of the Priesthood and Kingship was passed on to Shem, although Shem was not the eldest son. Normally the eldest son inherits the birthright of the father, but, for some reason the eldest son (Japheth) wasn't given the birthright. You might ask, how do we know that Japheth was the oldest son? Well, because (Genesis 10:21) says he was.

10:21 Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, .......

Now lets look at the scripture beginning with (Genesis 6:18). God establishes a covenant with Noah and his sons.

6:18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.

So, we see that, one of the first times that God promises a covenant, it is with Abram's great grandfather Noah and his sons. The word covenant is the Hebrew word "tyrb" meaning "treaty, alliance, in league with (man to man)". The covenant God is referring to here is: to never destroy the earth by worldwide flood ever again.

Now the next time God establishes a covenant it is with Noah's grandson Abram exactly 12 chapters later in (Genesis 15:18).

In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

So, the Lord has now established two covenants since Noah. And, notice that both of these persons are in the lineage of Christ and thus this Order of priest/kings.

But, lets look at what God said to Noah in (Genesis 7:1).

And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

God said: "for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation." The word 'righteous' used here is the Hebrew word 'qyddc' meaning just, lawful,

  1. just, righteous (in government)

  2. just, right (in one's cause)

  3. just, righteous (in conduct and character)

  4. righteous (as justified and vindicated by God)

This word (righteous) is usually used today in reference to those who have faith in Jesus as their personal savior with the idea that those whom have believed Jesus Christ as their personal savior and are, therefore, now son's of God by adoption and if son's of God, then heirs of the promise of God to Abraham through Jesus Christ.

The Old Testament Saints looking at the sacrifice of Jesus from their side Cross had faith that he "would" come. He would be their deliverer. And he was their deliverer. According to (Ephesians 4:7-10)

4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

4:9 Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.

So we see that all of these old testament saints have been taken to the Third Heaven and will reside there, in Paradise, until Christ begins His millennial reign.

But we, who have the distinction of having been born after our Savior laid himself down on the cross for all of the sins of mankind (from Adam to the very last human being who will ever be born), look back at that eventful day in faith that Christ Jesus has come and did lay himself down, He did die, God the Father did raise His Son from the dead, three days later (being considered by the Father to be the one and only acceptable sacrifice for the sins of all mankind) and Jesus, our Great High Priest does, even now, sit at the right hand of God the Father interceding for us His children, whom He hath purchased with His own blood.

Notice Melchizedek appears to have two names. The writer of the Book of Hebrews explains that his title Melchizedek means 'King of Righteousness' and his second title 'King of Salem' means 'King of Peace' [Hebrews 7:2].

7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

Therefore, he was not only a priest but also will be a peaceful king ruling righteously. His very title suggests this!

Our beloved Savior Jesus Christ too was given two names. [Matthew 1: 23]

1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

 Further, an angel of the Lord told Joseph, previously, in his dream: [Matthew 1: 21].

1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

These are the meanings of those names, (God with us), and (for he shall save his people from their sins). If God is with us there will be everlasting peace in our lives and if we have received Jesus as our personal Savior we have been saved from our sins? Thus, we are "righteous" and hopefully, will rule in peace in the Millennial Kingdom and in New Jerusalem forevermore. Hallelujah!!!

Let us continue before I get up and start running.

The superiority of the priesthood of Christ

The superiority of the priesthood of Christ is established in the book of Ezra and the Epistle to the Hebrews by the following arguments:

(Hebrews 7:16) states:

Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

This means Christ "has become a priest not according to a legal requirement concerning human descent or genealogy but by the power of an eternal, indestructible life."

And, Christians also have an eternal indestructible life in Christ.

Hence, the superiority of Christ's priesthood - he "abideth a priest continually" (vs. 3); his priesthood is not dependent upon inherited qualifications found somewhere in the bloodline of men. This is why the Holy Bible does not make an obvious emphasis concerning Melchizedek's genealogy.

The reference here is to (Genesis 14:18-20)

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

David thought much the same way about the city established by Melchizedek as Abram did, as can be seen by the following example wherein David took the head of Goliath to Jerusalem for it was now a symbol of peace {Jeru = establish and Salem = peace} and victory by the hand of God. 

[1 Samuel 17:54] And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem;........

David would later on take this city from the Jebusites and establish it as the great city of God, for the kingdom of the Jews. [1 Chronicles 11:4,5]

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"Although their city-state of Jebus [one of the ten nations in Abram's time between the southern limit of Palestine at Wadi el Arish and the northern limit at Upper Euphrates in Syria, [Genesis 15:21] was part of Canaan's Amorite culture, its king Melchizedek was different from other kings.

Under the rule of Melchizedek, Jebus had been renamed "Salem" - 'Peace'. His personal conduct had turned the word 'Righteousness' (Zedek) into a throne-name, a royal title. (Melchi means king). Jebus was the original name of Salem now known around the world as "Jerusalem"!!!

Later in [Joshua 10] we find that the author, of this particular chapter in Joshua, had changed the royal title of the pagan king of Jerusalem to Adonizedek meaning: 'my lord is righteous'. Is it any wonder that God would not allow Jerusalem to remain in the hands of these pagans?

10:1 Now it came to pass, when Adonizedek king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them;

10:2 That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty.

10:3 Wherefore Adonizedek king of Jerusalem sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying,

10:4 Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel.

Melchizedek had led his people to worship the Most High God. This aspect shows in the blessing Melchizedek pronounced upon Abram after Abram had given Melchizedek his tithe.

"Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.
And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand."



David (called a prophet by Jesus) remembered Melchizedek after killing Goliath and later, inspired by the Holy Spirit, announced the future messianic king of Israel as - ... a priest for ever, in the order of Melchizedek." (Psalm 110:4)

In contrast to the inherited Levitical priesthood in the order of Aaron, Melchizedek's priestly recognition was given to him through faith in God and God's covenant! His life, in its context, set a standard, which would be recognized forever and ever through our Lord Jesus Christ.

[John 12: 34 - 37]

12:34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up ? who is this Son of man?

12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

12:36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:

No wonder young David, having faith in the coming Messiah, and in the grip of awed gratitude to God for the impossible victory (a wonderment which he later set down in (Psalm 8), took Goliath's head, to Jerusalem. Melchizedek's ancient city, (originally named Jebus) that city once ruled by Melchizedek."

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Let us continue:

Why should God have made the Priesthood of Jesus Christ after the order of Melchizedek? Is it not enough that He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords through the Cross? Why not a priesthood after the order of Aaron?

The answer is to be found in [Galatians 3] at verse six.

3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

3:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.

3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

3:20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

The word faith is used 12 times and the word faithful is used once in the above scripture. Abraham and his great-grandfather, Melchizedek {Shem}, was righteous because they had faith and they had faith because they believed God!!!

God spoke to Abraham and Isaac, "In your seed, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed" (Genesis 22:18) and (Genesis 26:4). Who was the seed? Jesus, the Christ. Blessed with what? The Kingdom of the Heavens and of God.

As it was the promise of God to bless all the nations of the earth through Jesus Christ, God made His Son a king/priest after the Order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 7: 17-20).

The Levitical priesthood was given through Moses and thus the Law given to Moses, was meant only for the Jews (Israel) for a very specific period of time.

The Levitical priesthood would not bless all the nations of the earth nor would those priests intercede with God for all mankind. The Levitical priesthood did not have the perfection to bring people to God (Hebrews 7:11). But the Levitical priesthood did have its purpose in keeping the "Law". The Law applies to all men Jew and Gentiles alike. But, Jesus was the only man to ever keep God's perfect laws for you see - Christ is God and Man (God in the flesh).

Paul in Romans sets forth this argument in Chapter three beginning with verse 19 we read:

3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

 

3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 

3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

 The dispensation of the Law had to come after the introduction of "righteousness by faith" because it had to be proven to mankind that no man could live a righteous life by the Law of God. The only one that ever could live that perfect a life was God manifest in the flesh, Jesus, the Christ.

[Matthew 5:17-18]

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Once the sin of all of mankind had been transferred to the "Father's Sacrificial Lamb", the way was made for all men to come directly unto the Father forevermore, but, only if they believe, with all their heart, upon His only begotten Son.

The Levitical priesthood was terminated at Calvary (the Vail was rent from top to bottom) for God the Father had sent His only begotten Son to this earth and gave Him a priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek to create the only circumstance by which God the Father would accept fallen man back into his presence; that being "righteousness by faith".

Now our Lord Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of Father in heaven, having been received as the one and only perfect sacrifice by which men can come to God. However, we should realize that we need a priest ordained after the Order of Melchizedek to bless all the nations of the earth, to intercede on their behalf, to stand in the breach and to lead all, to whom will come, to God.

(Hebrews 7:11) says: "if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the Order of Melchizedek?"

We know that we have not yet attained perfection though we will, in the very near future, be redeemed by a shout of Lord Jesus Christ that will be something like "come up hither".

But that does not mean that all Christians will automatically be worthy to escape the hurt of the second death. One must overcome in order to escape the hurt of the second death. [Revelation 2:11]

Please read: The Mystery of the Second Death for a more in-depth understanding of the second death.

The Scripture refers to all those purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ and obedient to Christ, as priests [1 Peter 2: 9]. Our Lord Jesus Christ, too, has the title of 'High Priest' [Hebrews 3: 1]. He (Jesus Christ) sits for us as eternal High Priest (because Jesus is eternal) ,thus, the Order of Melchizedek's priesthood is eternal. [Hebrews 6: 20)

If any saint confesses their sins (in this the dispensation of the Church) Jesus Christ, our Saviour, intercedes with the Father (in heaven) on our behalf . [1 John 1:9] If we are unwilling to confess ongoing sin we lose our ability to ask anything of our Father in Heaven, except our prayer of heartfelt repentance.

We are indeed saved, but, without confession there can be no ongoing fellowship with our God. If we are willing to earnestly confess and are willing to forsake ongoing sin in our lives, (as much as that is possible) God hears us and receives us back into his Holy fellowship immediately.

[1 John 1:9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (Whole Chapter: [1 John 1] In context: [1 John 1:8-10]

Similarly, we need a High Priest after the Order of Melchizedek who is an undisputed authority in Heaven. According to (Matthew 16: 18-19) "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven". If one of our brethren has fallen by the way, the saints of God may pray in intersession for a fallen brother or sister.

My friend, do you want to become a priest/king and belong to the highest Order of priest/kings known to Man, under God?

(Psalm 110:4) The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the Order of Melchizedek.

God has sworn by His own Word that Christ is "a priest for ever after the Order of Melchizedek." and Christ has promised His wise and faithful servants that they may also be "...kings and priests unto God and his Father....." [Revelation 1:5-6]

 This was the prophecy uttered several centuries in advance, by King David who had been ruling the entire Nation of Israel and worshiping the Lord according to the Levitical priesthood.

The writer of the book of Hebrews has written that in fulfillment of this prophecy, the Lord Jesus Christ appeared and offered Himself as the eternal sacrifice and was named by God as the High Priest after the Order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 5: 10). By these records we understand these things to some extent.

Therefore, as the Lord raised Moses as a type of savior from among the Israelites to redeem them from the bondage of Egyptians, (a type of sin and the world), and led them on to the land of Canaan by receiving the Levitical priesthood. Now, in these days too, God has made an arrangement by providing His Son, our Savior and given him a priesthood of perfection (through the perfect sacrifice of His Son) after the Order of Melchizedek (the righteous priest of faith in the Most High God) so that the adopted children of God, during the dispensation of the Church, could attain unto the out resurrection from among the dead {the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.}. [Philippians 3:11-14]

Let us look somewhat harder at the everlasting distinction of the Melchizedek priesthood.

[Hebrews 7: 20-25]

7:20
And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
7:21
(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedek:)
7:22
By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
7:23
And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
7:24
But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
7:25
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

(Jesus), because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

(Hebrews 12: 24) And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

(Abel's sacrifice was that of the fatted Lamb, as was the sacrifices of the Levitical priesthood). They were types and therefore, temporary. The Blood of Jesus Christ {the Lamb of the Most High God) was the provided sacrifice of our God, for the sins of the World, forever.

In much the same way, the Saints who overcome in these last days, too, shall rule and reign as priest/kings or servant kings, forever.

(John 11:26) And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. [Revelation 1:6]
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. [Revelation 5:10]

Another distinction of a priest and a king is that the Levitical priesthood does not offer the right to become a king.

As Jesus Christ, (The future King of Kings,) came from the tribe of Judah, thus, God's children, in Christ, also has the right to become a king through Christ's inheritance but, only if they suffer for the cause of Christ. [Romans 8:17]

Therefore, as our Lord Jesus Christ (our High Priest) has also received the priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek, His children have the opportunity to become both priests and kings. [Revelation 1:5-6]

Therefore, we see that God has pre-ordained the transfiguration of the God-man (Jesus Christ), chosen by Himself to take Him up to heaven, given Him authority at the right hand of God, the Father and to send Him back to the world to rule for 1000 years, with a rod of iron.

Just think about that! Jesus will place The Church of the firstborn, {the overcomers of the church dispensation}, at His side to rule with Him, {to rule after the Order of Melchizedek}, as Priests and Kings.

A person who is not perfect himself cannot lead others to perfection. Jesus Christ did not become a priest after the Order of Melchizedek right after His birth. (Hebrews 5:8-9)

5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

In the same way, God anoints the one who obeys all of the commandments and doctrines, given through Jesus Christ, and who accepts all the resultant sufferings, for the testimony of Christ, rewarding them with the inheritance of a first born son. The reward of priest/king after the Order of Melchizedek. [1 Peter 4:1-19]

And again in (1 Peter 5:10) But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you.

The Apostle John received the following vision of Christ being exalted above all others: (Revelation 5: 9-14)

5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.

5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Beware Deception

Now let us turn our attention to deception, concerning the Word of God, since the time that Jesus preached to the religious leaders of Israel.





There are carnal Christians all over the world. Though they're hearts may have been sealed by Spirit of God, they might interpret the spiritual doctrines of God as interpreted by their own carnal mind and flesh. It is the result of such false interpretations that we have so much confusion in doctrines and divisions within and outside the church. That is why it is so important to search out the truth, as any good Berean would do, from the Holy Scriptures. [Acts 17:11]

God has promised to gather His people as one flock under one shepherd (John 10:1-16) removing such divisions and by teaching them the plan of God correctly. 

10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

10:8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 

10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

10:12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

10:13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

10:15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

The other Sheep Jesus was talking about was the Jews and Gentiles whom would one day be transformed into the Bride of Christ, The Church of the Firstborn.

But, what of Israel, one might ask?

None of our present day ministers of God are empowered to make the people of every tribe and tongue and nation into a single body and prepare them for the coming Day of the Lord. Therefore, God has raised, for Israel, a savior according to His plan.

The following scripture describes what will happen in the middle of the seven years of tribulation upon Israel.

(Daniel 12: 1) And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
This is the 144,000 remnant of Israel spoken of in [Revelation 7]

1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Note: The name Michael is a reference to Michael the archangel. Michael is the guardian Angel of Israel not the Church.

Knowing the plan of God, that the time of first incarnation of our Lord Jesus, the Christ was nearing, Satan raised many persons who claimed to be Israel's Messiah and thus deceived many people.

[Acts 5: 34-38]

5:34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;

5:35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.

5:36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.

5:37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.

5:38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:



There have been many others since that time who has stood up boasting of themselves to be the savior of men, Jim Jones and David Koresh, Marshall H. Applewhite of Heavens Gate, and Adolph Hitler, just to name a few.

Knowing that the time of fulfillment of Lord's promise of gathering all His people as one flock, under one shepherd, is nearing , Satan has raised many persons claiming to be the Ministers of Light; deceiving many.

Ye who are lost

Therefore, ye who are save but have lost the way, if you want to be one of the perfected Saints who are to be taken up at the out-resurrection, and thus, to rule with Jesus as priest/kings forever in the presence of Lord God in heaven, believe ye the words of our Lord Jesus Christ and take up your cross and die to yourself daily. Obey God and fill yourself, heart and mind, with the Word of God, thus, filling yourself up with His Spirit.

Ye who are unsaved

Why do you have a nature to sin? Because Adam and Eve fell from God's Grace and therefore every man (except Jesus Christ) since then, has had the sin nature passed on to him.

In the same way that it is the nature of an apple tree to produce apples, it is our nature to produce sin.

[Romans 5]
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Do you really believe?

The key to being born again unto eternal life is in the first part of [Romans 10:10] "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;". You will believe before ever having uttered a word of confession in prayer or before baptism.

You must have faith and believe in your heart, with all of your heart, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, before your salvation will come.

(Matthew 1:21)

1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.





(John 3:15-18)

3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

[Acts 8]

35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

Why does Romans 10:9 include confession with the mouth?

(Romans 10:9-11)

10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

What are you confessing?

The very first "good work" of any born again Child of God should be to confess his Saviour. Therefore, becoming an instant potential light that can begin to illuminate a darkened world. But let's be careful to understand that confession is not a requirement for being born again of the spirit since it is not of any work of our own (even a confession) that we are saved, but only through that finished work of Christ at Calvary (plus nothing, minus nothing), that is the atonement of Man's sin. 

You are also confessing that you believe that the "Word" of God is True. You should believe the Word is true because Jesus Christ is the "Word" of God and therefore the "Truth" and if the "Truth" then He is the "Way".



[John 14:6] Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (Whole Chapter: [John 14In context: [John 14:5-7]

[Revelation 19]

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

and again

[John 1:1-5]

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

You are also confessing that you have no hope other than Jesus Christ to save you. This means that Jesus is your Master. He died in "your" place and for "your" sins, 2000 years ago. Now, it is up to you to confess that you are turning your life over to Him as his bond slave. You will now let Him lead you in every way. He will rule over your life. You will die to yourself. 

Repentance

The word repent means to turn away from the world and a life of ungodly living and begin to live in a godly way, thus, forsaking sin in as much as that is possible since you will continue to battle your dark soul and your flesh.

Again, this is not meant to add anything to the work of Christ on the Cross either. Repentance, like confession, should come immediately following 'belief'. We should immediately want to separate ourselves from the world. the flesh and the devil.

In [Matthew 9:13] Christ is talking to people who were already saved when he said:

But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
(Whole Chapter: [Matthew 9] In context: [Matthew 9:12-14]

Again, Christ emphasizes the need to repent concerning two cities who had not turned from their wickedness in which many of His miracles had been done.

[Matthew 11:21]

Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
(Whole Chapter: [Matthew 11] In context: [Matthew 11:20-22]

To repent means to turn around and do the opposite thing to that which you have been doing. Such is the way the certain man's son did in the next example.

[Matthew 21]

28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

So what is our remedy? This is the same question asked by the 3000 that believed and repented at Pentecost and it is the same question that every human being must ask if they have any hope at all for eternal {everlasting} life in Christ.

[John 6:47]

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”

Why did God raise Jesus from the dead?

Because God accepted the death of Jesus, His Son, as the only perfect and acceptable sacrifice for men's sins. Jesus has never sinned against God. Jesus is God manifest in the flesh. God does not sin much less sin against Himself.

Therefore, he that believeth on him is not condemned but has everlasting life.

If you are not condemned then you have been given the gift of eternal spirit salvation, you are justified in the Mind of God or in more common terms you have been saved!!!!  Praise God!!!!

What are you saved from?

Eternal damnation in the Lake of Fire. Or to say it another way, being separated from God forever and ever in eternal torment.

(Revelation 20:11-15)

20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

If you have believed upon Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour be exceedingly glad, but this does not mean that you can now sit back and do nothing until Christ returns. For after spiritual rebirth their comes works unto obedience. You have 'spirit salvation', but, you do not have 'soul salvation'. For a more in-depth study of 'soul salvation' please click on the following link. Works and Salvation of the Soul   

Soul salvation is gained by works where spirit salvation is a gift of God and not of our works at all, but rather, by the works of Christ on the cross, alone.

[James 2]

14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

[Romans 6:16] Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
(Whole Chapter: [Romans 6] In context: [Romans 6:15-17]

Our works are manifest by our obedience! We must die to self so that Christ may live through us!

{2 Corinthians 10:5} Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
(Whole Chapter: [2 Corinthians 10]In context: [2 Corinthians 10:4-6]

Works brings us to the end of our faith and thus, to the salvation of our soul.

[Hebrews 10:39] But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

[James 1:21] Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

[1 Peter 1:9] Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 

Notice that the word of God did not say save your spirits or salvation of your spirits in the above texts. That is because your soul body is a very different body than your spirit body!

Soul salvation, is not spirit salvation! Soul salvation is not a gift of God it is a prize for which the saved must attain unto or work for!!! The gift is Spirit salvation.

Look at what the Apostle Paul says concerning works:

[Philippians 3:11-14]

3:11
If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

You must do work to attain unto something!

3:12
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
3:13
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

You must do work to apprehend something!

3:14
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

You must do work to press toward something!

But, don't get confused here after the likes of some have. The scripture of [Philippians 3:11-14] is not referring to being born again, nor is it a reference to the rapture of the Church.

Your works will not get you eternal spirit salvation. It is only the finished work of Christ on the Cross that give us our eternal spirit salvation. It is a gift of God, not a prize.

[Galatians 2:16] Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
(Whole Chapter: [Galatians 2] In context: [Galatians 2:15-17]

However, if you have not believed on Jesus Christ, I encourage you to believe, even now, for there is nothing else that needs to happen, prophetically speaking, that is keeping the Lord from appearing in the twinkling of an eye to remove the church, His body, from this earthly plain. Then the last seven years of Man's rule upon this earth (the seven years of Tribulation) will begin.

The anti-Christ will reign for seven long terrible years and anyone whom the Holy Spirit had called and everyone to whom the truth had been preached, will never have another chance to be saved.

[2 Thessalonians 2]


1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.



God Help! It's serious business!!!

It is my hope that this short study has been a help and a blessing to you.

Your brother in Christ,

Sam Ennis

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