Key Precept: The first Adam began the High Priest-King dynasty / order, of Melchizedek that culminates with the last Adam.
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- Be [as in “let there be light”, this is a command performance, not a suggestion] fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth,
- and subdue it: and have dominion.” (Genesis 1:26-28)
Can we not recognize that this declaration is a commitment, one-sided perhaps, but still, a covenant? And it is not only with the first Son of God, the first Adam made into the image and likeness of God, but to “them.” This certainly includes the Woman cloned from Adam while he was immortal, who exactly shared his image and likeness of YHVH Creator God. But then, as detailed in the post The King is Dead, Long Live the King, the Adams, ate the fruit and died.
The following analysis of the significance of a son for the ancient Hebrews derives from God’s own experience.
Among the Jews to possess a child of one’s own was always considered to be the greatest blessing that God could bestow, and to be without children was regarded as the greatest curse. We see this reflected at Gen 15.2-5 (Yahwist source) in Abraham’s concern to have a son to be his heir. In later Judaism, as noted by A. M. Friedenberg, ‘the Rabbis regarded the childless man as dead’…
Thus when Reuben says to his father, Jacob, ‘Slay my two sons if I do not bring him [i.e., Benjamin] back to you’ (Gen 42.37), he is placing at his father’s disposal the extension of himself and his house through time, something greater than even his own life.
Seen in this light, the death of the Adams incurred the risk of extinction of the entire house of God. Would that indeed extinguish God himself? That’s what Lucifer was trying to do. Would that then, indeed catalyze an implosion of all Being? We can deduce that, if God could not execute his will, he could not sustain his Creation, then, yes.
The above referenced post examines how the Serpent’s attempt to destroy the Adams failed. Pertinent to this discussion, the Serpent’s attempt to dethrone Adam failed when God countered with
- forgiveness – transferring the debt of sin onto himself
- and reconciliation – restoring the severed empowering relationship.
God’s word / oath will not be broken. His transfer of possessions and authority to humanity could not be revoked.
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?…he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.” (Numbers 23:19-20)
Adam remained the Son of God. As covered more thoroughly in the post In Earth As In Heaven: “Among the Israelites a child became a son or daughter…through acknowledgement or election by the father.“
Likewise, the father controls the distribution of inheritance of his children, granting the controlling share of physical and power resources, not according to birth order or maternal status, but to the son who has proven his commitment to the family enterprise, and ability to carry out the father’s legacy as the CEO that he is.
Adam also remained YHVH’s Chosen heir, the individual who is the image and likeness of God.
When we apply these facts to the “the son of Adam, which was the son of God,” we realize that the following statements refer to official legal proclamations, not enforcement of paternal child support by DNA testing.
- “he that said unto him, Thou art my Son – because I bestow this relationship on you,
- to day have I begotten thee – made thee my heir…(Hebrews 5:8)
Then we must also retroactively apply the rest of the passage to Adam.
saith also…Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec…
- first being by interpretation King of righteousness,
- and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;“ (Hebrews 5:8-11, 7:1-2)
“For as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay...the Son of God…was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” (II Corinthians 1:18-20)
How do reconcile the upholding of God’s promise that Adam would continue to be Melchizedeck Priest-King of Righteousness and Peace forever with the record of his death? No, it’s not from holding his breath for thousands of years waiting for the ultimate Melchizedek to raise him from the dead.
Even before Jesus Christ rose from the dead to live forever in his own body, Adam lived on in his generations / his genetics transferred down to his offspring.
“This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him…and called their name Adam…And Adam…begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth…And Seth…began Enos…” (Genesis 5)
God’s grant of dominion to his son Adam made in his image and likeness is maintained by Adam’s son Seth made in his image and likeness. Adam’s dominion over the earth continues through his dynasty, which can be tracked back to God himself, the founder of the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth.
This continuity is expressed in the proclamation “The king is dead. Long live the king!”
“And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:” (Hebrews 7:23)
Oh hold on! you retort. That verse is referring to the Levitical priesthood. In that specific argument, yes, but that induction is drawn from knowledge that holds true for any human royal priesthood.
All references to Melchizedek must apply first to Adam in order [get it?] for subsequent proclamations to apply to later humans as his heirs.
“The LORD / YHVH said unto my Lord / Adoni,
- Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion:
- rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent,
- Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek / King of Righteousness.” (Psalm 110:1-4)
And so God’s grant to the Adams became the Adams’ unchangeable, i.e. last, will and testament to their heirs.
“a testament is of force after men are dead…it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.” (Hebrews 9:18)
What was God thinking when he allowed dominion to be transferred to humans he knew were not capable of exercising it against an adversary as powerful as Satan?
He was thinking that there would be some human offspring who would seek “first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33) and in so doing would realize we need to acknowledge his power and authority, admit we need him, trust his word, believe his promises to us, and act accordingly.
“walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power…Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son…Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature…For it pleased the Father…to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight…in the faith grounded and settled…which was preached to every creature which is under heaven…the word of God.” (Colossian 1)
So this testament takes the form of a testamentary trust, allocating physical assets and authority only to certain children who meet the criteria of the trust.
Like all trusts, a testamentary trust allows the creator to stipulate how the assets contained in the trust will be disbursed. People often use testamentary trusts if they want to be able to specify when they leave their assets to a beneficiary. For instance, a parent might not want to leave their assets to their child until he or she turns 18 or graduates from college. The trust terminates when the beneficiary receives the specified assets…
A testamentary trust involved three parties. The grantor or settlor is the person who creates the trust in order to transfer his or her assets. The beneficiary is the person or entity who is the recipient of the assets. The trustee handles the trust and manages the assets until the beneficiary takes over…
We can understand that
- the grantor is the clone Adams, out of whom emerged Eve carrying the mitochondria / seed of Adam
- the beneficiary is a series of short-lived Sons of God who qualify to take possession during each lifetime,
- and the trustee is Creator God who manages the assets until the fully qualified Son of God inherits forever.
This brings us to the awareness that any covenants made to humans after the first commitment to the Adams must take into account the bedrock commitment to give dominion to the human Sons of God and their offspring.
an oath is a solemn declaration, usually based on an appeal to God or to some revered person or object (Matthew 5:34-36), that someone will do some particular thing–like speak the truth, perform a particular act, keep a promise, etc. To swear is to make the oath. To forswear is to swear falsely.
This first testament granting dominion to godly humans, AKA sons of God, follows the standard requirements when probated for authenticity.
- written down –
- Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.” (Malachi 3:16-18)
- ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven.” (Hebrews 12:22-23)
- signed, in blood no less – Back in the day before the alphabet or universal literacy, symbols / signs were used to identify a person, especially authority figures. Think sign-et ring or military in-sign-ia.
With this in mind, we should understand when God tells us that his sign-ature is found in the heavens.
- And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven…and let them be for signs,” (Genesis 1:14)
- The heavens declare the glory of God…The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.” (Psalm 19:1, 97:6)
- For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Romans 1:17-20)
- “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.” (Joel 2:31)
- “there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars…Men’s hearts failing them for fear…looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:25-27)
- “Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel…Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those… things that are made…we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved.” (Hebrews 12:24-28)
- sealed / guaranteed to be truth by legal authority –
- “And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation…And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground…day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto the manner…Then stood up upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani, and cried with a loud voice unto the LORD their God. Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee…thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly…Behold, we are servants this day…the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress. And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it…to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes; (Ezra 8-10)
- “the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (II Timothy 2:19)
- and witnessed per required legal process –
- “And I bought the field…and weighed him the money…And I subscribed the evidence, and sealed it, and took witnesses…the evidence of the purchase, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open: And I gave the evidence of the purchase…in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison.” (Jeremiah 32:9-12)
- “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” (Acts 5:30-32)
We don’t question that the line of descent listed in Genesis 4 doesn’t include all of Adam’s and Eve’s children. Those that are written down are his line of heirs, the beneficiaries to whom God conferred the blessing of the inheritance – dominion over the earth, AKA Creator God’s King of Righteousness.
In the post Seed of the Serpent we saw how Satan got right to work reproducing himself in first an immortal clone then a long-lived demigod to rule on earth. God, on the other hand, took his time. He didn’t reproduce his Spirit empowered 100% human until 4,000 years after he said he would. No wonder “there shall come in the last days scoffers…saying, Where is the promise of his coming?” (II Peter 3:3-4)
Meanwhile, amazingly, God appointed innately helpless mortal human beings – with a sin nature no less – to oppose the evil hyper dimensional immortal Man of Sin and his fiends. That’s how powerful humans are when anointed and controlled by the Holy Spirit.
We are not passive recipients of grace to forgive sin. We are active players in God’s kingdom, given grace to defeat sin not only in our lives but, through priestly intercession, in the lives of others.
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God… (Hebrews 5:6-7)
OK, so that’s a bit of a dig by the author of this post. But seriously, if the author of Hebrews makes a pointed remark that his readership in the first century was oblivious to the basics of the order of the Melchizedekian priesthood, we should certainly expect that even more understanding was lost in the intervening 20 centuries, and make up our minds to study this ancient bedrock information.
God’s anointed heir Melchizedek Adam continues through anointed / designated / messianic heirs who represent God and rule creation as God ordained. This is the “order” of Melchizedek, where “A religious order is a lineage of communities and organizations of people who live in some way set apart from society in accordance with their specific religious devotion, usually characterized by the principles of its founder’s religious practice.”
It is impossible to put all the cause and effect actions of various characters into a story and stay in chronological order of all the actors. That’s why authors use the literary devices of flash-backs, flash-forwards, and multiple viewpoints. When we treat Genesis 1-14 as one complete story that sometimes has to backtrack in time as the narrative shifts between main characters, we realize that Melchizedek doesn’t just mysteriously appear and disappear into the story. This character is woven throughout the story. When we assemble all the key actors on the world’s stage on the occasion of Melchizedek’s appearance, we won’t have a problem recognizing the person who carries the title and responsibilities of the Melchizedek in this act of the play.
And if you still don’t recognize him, check the written cast of characters. Genesis 5 gives the equivalent of the Sumerian King’s List which starts “When kingship descended from heaven.” That much we can all agree on. In the manner of king’s lists across times and cultures, Genesis 5 records the preflood lineage of Melchizedekian Priest-Kings anointed to protect God’s people.
“And Priest-King Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth…and he died. And his heir Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat his heir Enos…And Lamech…begat a son / heir: 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. And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters…and he died. And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Genesis 5)
Since the long lifespans of these individuals overlapped, not every appointed heir may have actually inherited the kingship. Details of some of the men who did assume responsibilities when the current king either died or became too old and infirm are given in the apocryphal book of Jasher.
“And Cainan [Adam’s great-grandson] grew up and he was forty years old, and he became wise and had knowledge and skill in all wisdom, and he reigned over all the sons of men, and he led the sons of men to wisdom and knowledge; for Cainan was a very wise man and had understanding in all wisdom, and with his wisdom he ruled over spirits and demons; And Cainan knew by his wisdom that God would destroy the sons of men for having sinned upon earth, and that the Lord would in the latter days bring upon them the waters of the flood. And in those days Cainan wrote upon tablets of stone, what was to take place in time to come, and he put them in his treasures. And Cainan reigned over the whole earth, and he turned some of the sons of men to the service of God.” (Jasher 2:11-14)
“And Enoch [Cainan’s great-grandson] lived sixty-five years and he begat Methuselah; and Enoch walked with God after having begot Methuselah, and he served the Lord, and despised the evil ways of men. And the soul of Enoch was wrapped up in the instruction of the Lord, in knowledge and in understanding; and he wisely retired from the sons of men, and secreted himself from them for many days. And it was at the expiration of many years, whilst he was serving the Lord, and praying before him in his house, that an angel of the Lord called to him from Heaven, and he said, Here am I. And he said, Rise, go forth from thy house and from the place where thou dost hide thyself, and appear to the sons of men, in order that thou mayest teach them the way in which they should go and the work which they must accomplish to enter in the ways of God. And Enoch rose up according to the word of the Lord, and went forth from his house, from his place and from the chamber in which he was concealed; and he went to the sons of men and taught them the ways of the Lord, and at that time assembled the sons of men and acquainted them with the instruction of the Lord…And all the kings of the sons of men, both first and last, together with their princes and judges, came to Enoch when they heard of his wisdom, and they bowed down to him, and they also required of Enoch to reign over them, to which he consented. And they assembled in all, one hundred and thirty kings and princes, and they made Enoch king over them and they were all under his power and command. And Enoch taught them wisdom, knowledge, and the ways of the Lord; and he made peace amongst them, and peace was throughout the earth during the life of Enoch. And Enoch reigned over the sons of men two hundred and forty-three years, and he did justice and righteousness with all his people, and he led them in the ways of the Lord...And it was in the fifty-sixth year of the life of Lamech when Adam died; [do the math – every generation was present and accounted for except Noah] nine hundred and thirty years old was he at his death, and his two sons, with Enoch and Methuselah his son, buried him with great pomp, as at the burial of kings, in the cave which God had told him. And in that place all the sons of men made a great mourning and weeping on account of Adam; it has therefore become a custom among the sons of men to this day. And Adam died because he ate of the tree of knowledge; he and his children after him, as the Lord God had spoken. And it was in the year of Adam’s death which was the two hundred and forty-third year of the reign of Enoch, in that time Enoch resolved to separate himself from the sons of men and to secret himself as at first in order to serve the Lord. And Enoch did so, but did not entirely secret himself from them…and the day on which he went and appeared to his subjects he taught them the ways of the Lord, and all they asked him about the Lord he told them…until all the kings, princes and sons of men sought for him, and desired again to see the face of Enoch, and to hear his word; but they could not, as all the sons of men were greatly afraid of Enoch, and they feared to approach him on account of the Godlike awe that was seated upon his countenance; therefore no man could look at him, fearing he might be punished and die…And the day came when Enoch went forth and they all assembled and came to him, and Enoch spoke to them the words of the Lord and he taught them wisdom and knowledge, and they bowed down before him and they said, May the king live! May the king live! (Jasher 3:1-22)
“And all the days that Enoch lived upon earth, were three hundred and sixty-five years. And when Enoch had ascended into heaven, all the kings of the earth rose and took Methuselah his son and anointed him, and they caused him to reign over them in the place of his father. And Methuselah acted uprightly in the sight of God, as his father Enoch had taught him, and he likewise during the whole of his life taught the sons of men wisdom, knowledge and the fear of God, and he did not turn from the good way either to the right or to the left. But in the latter days of Methuselah, the sons of men turned from the Lord, they corrupted the earth, they robbed and plundered each other, and they rebelled against God and they transgressed, and they corrupted their ways, and would not hearken to the voice of Methuselah, but rebelled against him.” (Jasher 4:1-4)
The Sumerian King List has interesting similarities to the Genesis 5 King List, but also significant differences. The most apparent is the lengths of time of each reign in the Sumerian list. However, this does not mean the Sumerian list is a complete myth. Someone more knowledgeable than me has analyzed the two numerical lists and concluded that it is possible to make the two lists match. Think of it like equivalents between the metric and the American measuring systems. In this case it is the difference between measuring in units of 60 – like minutes in a hour and circles – and measuring in units of 10 like our currency.
When the kingdom durations of the antediluvian section are expressed in an early sexagesimal numerical system, all durations except two are expressed as multiples of 602. A simple tally of the ciphers used yields six 10×602 signs, six 602 signs and six 60 signs.
The lives of the biblical patriarchs, however, have a precision of one year. If Adam and Noah are not included (as in the King List), and the lives of the patriarchs are similarly rounded to two digits, the sum of the lives has six 103 signs, six 102 signs and six 10 signs. In addition, if the number representing the sum of the ages was wrongly assumed as having been written in the sexagesimal system, the two totals become numerically equivalent.
It is suggested that the Sumerian scribe that composed the original antediluvian list had available a document (possibly a clay tablet) containing numerical information on the ages of eight of the patriarchs similar to that of the Genesis record and that he mistakenly interpreted it as being written in the sexagesimal system.
That the two documents are numerically related is strong evidence for the historicity of the book of Genesis. The fact that the Sumerian account shows up as a numerically rounded, incomplete version of the Genesis description, lacking the latter’s moral and spiritual depth, is a strong argument for the accuracy, superiority, and primacy of the biblical record. In addition, the parallels between the Sumerian and biblical antediluvian data open up the possibility of establishing chronological correlations between the rest of the Kings List and the book of Genesis.
I wouldn’t try to understand exactly what is being explained, simply take away the information that the Sumerian King List does have historical value for validating the extraordinarily long lives of the pre-flood kings.
As the above analysis states, there are “chronological correlations”, but I would not equate the two lists. The most telling clue is the constant change of the capitol of the king in contrast to Melchizedek who reigns from “Jerusalem, which I have chosen…I put my name for ever.” (II Chronicles 33:7)
As described in the post Sin City, the sequence of cities is a detailed description of what the Bible summarizes – perpetual warfare between power-hungry rivals to the Kingdom of God.
The following is the translation by Jacobsen 4 of his critical edition of the Sumerian text of the antediluvian section of the King List together with a few selected lines of the postdiluvian section for comparison (see the [online] text following for explanation of the italics, bold and underlining):
When the kingship was lowered from heaven
the kingship was in Eridu(g).
(In) Eridu(g) [correlates with early city] A-lulim(ak) / correlates with Cain (became) king
and reigned 28,800 years;
Alalgar / correlates with non-violent inheritance of throne by Cain’s heir] reigned 36,000 years.
reigned its 64,800 years.
I drop (the topic) Eridu(g);
its kingship to Bad-tibira(k)
*Note, the kingship was literally carried away. “When Mesopotamian polities went to war, the successful party…carried off royal family members, deportees, and precious goods and treasures…the gods of the losing king or polity…
Ancient Near Eastern gods were represented on earth by cult images…gods were seen as protectors of the city in which they lived, and their departure meant that the city was left vulnerable to invasion and conquest. By removing the cultic statues, conquering kings were symbolically stripping the city of its divine protection, thus placing the city instead under their new hegemony or facilitating its destruction. Assyrian royal inscriptions also describe individual enemy kings who face defeat as being abandoned by their gods…
(In) Bad-tibira(k) En-men-lu-Anna(k)
reigned 43,200 years;
reigned 28,800 years;
divine Dumu-zi(d), a shepherd, reigned 36,000 years.
reigned its 108,000 years.
I drop (the topic) Bad-tibira(k);
its kingship to Larak was carried.
(In) Larak En-sipa(d)-zi(d)-Anna(k)
reigned its 28,800 years.
reigned its 28,800 years.
I drop (the topic) Larak;
its kingship to Sippar was carried.
(In) Sippar En-men-dur-Anna(k)
became king and reigned 21,000 years.
reigned its 21,000 years.
I drop (the topic) Sippar;
its kingship to Shuruppak was carried.
(In) Shuruppak Ubar-Tutu(k)
became king and reigned 18,600 years.
reigned its 18,600 years.
5 cities were they;
reigned their 241,200 years.
The Flood swept thereover.
After the Flood had swept thereover,
when the kingship was lowered from heaven
the kingship was in Kish.
[end of the antediluvian section]
In Kish Ga … ur(?) [from a biblical world view this could be Noah, the most authoritative and trusted leader in this scary new world guiding the growing population
45 and reigned 1,200 years;
Aka, [missing lines possibly first mention of post-flood organized warfare correlating with Sargon / Arphaxad]
reigned 625 years.
Kish was smitten with weapons; [
its kingship to E-Anna(k)
In E-Anna(k) / Uruk
Mes-kiag- gasher / [Gilgamesh / Nimrod]
son of Utu, became high priest
and king and reigned 324 years.
I drop the topic Sumerian King List.
Note that the Sumerian rival to the biblical version reports “when the kingship was lowered from heaven“. The Sumerians acknowledged that the true power of a king came from heaven, both before and after the Flood.
“The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD‘s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.” (Psalm 115:16)
The only question then, is “Who, in which one of the heavens, is empowering which ruler?”
From the previous post on the Seed of the Serpent we recognize “son of Utu”, AKA Marduk, the Sumerian Antichrist, the rival to YHVH’s anointed Christ.
Just as with the Antichrist (read the Seed of the Serpent for more detail on this), the actions of the individual gives us the way to recognize the role of the individual who is the Royal Priest / Melchizedek in any generation of the order.
Have the Protestant denominations lost so much knowledge of the essential role of a priest? It is to be an intercessor, an advocate, a spokesman between sinful humanity and righteous God.
“if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father” (I John 2:1)
Yes, John is specifically referring to YHVH’s Chosen Savior at that time in history. But John did not introduce a brand new concept. The role of an advocate, a Righteous One, was essential to all faiths in the millennia preceding John’s letter, so was understood when it was transferred – for the Jews from the Levitical High Priest and – for the pagans from any of their priests – to Jesus Christ for the Christians.
In any priestly order there are more priests than the High Priest, and sure enough we find priests / fathers who offered sacrifices to mediate between the true Creator God and their people long before the Levitical priesthood was established. These are Melchizedekian priests functioning both prior to and after the establishment of the Levitical priesthood.
Abraham put his own life on the line when he acted as defense counsel for the guilty. To put this in perspective, compare to God’s thunderous response when Job questioned him.
“Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2)
YHVH is the prototype for his spin-off Zeus.
“And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me…
- but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?…Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
- And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes: Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous…
- Peradventure there shall be forty…
- Peradventure there shall thirty…
- Peradventure there shall be twenty…
- Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.” (Gen 18:20-33)
“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters…this man was the greatest of all the men of the east [logically a reference to one of Abraham’s descendants]. And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.” (Job 1:1-5)
“And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother. Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob. So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people that were with him. And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.” (Genesis 35:1-7)
“When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt...Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians. And Jethro said, Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians…the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them. And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God: and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses’ father in law before God.” (Exodus 18)
“And God said moreover unto Moses…Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me…And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go...that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.” (Exodus 3:15-18)
“Balak the son of Zippor…king of the Moabites…sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me: Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed. And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak unto me…And God came unto Balaam, and said…thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed….And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more…And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams…And the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak…Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his! And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether…And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor: God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it. He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him…there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!…Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth? (Numbers 22-23)
2. Staying Close To YHVH During Storms
Both Adam and Enoch (stated twice in his case for emphasis) “walked with God“. This is key to recognizing scripturally legitimate anointed ministers of God.
“Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love…There is One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all…for the work of the ministry…Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4)
Crossing through the flood to guarantee continuity in the knowledge of the true God, surely we can recognize that Noah is the priest of the Most High God, the king of Righteousness, the Melchizedek. He is the first man in Adam’s list of descendants whose status as Adam’s heir of promise is so well documented that there can’t be any mistake about it.
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth…But Noah…was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God…And God said unto Noah…with thee will I establish my covenant;” (Genesis 6:5-18)
What covenant would that be? There is only one at that time in human history.
3. Inheritance of Dominion Over the Earth
Let’s not be coy. That means beating down the evil rulers currently in control.
Scripture documents Noah’s designated status as Adam’s heir to the promise to have dominion over the earth by verbatim repetition of the terms of that covenant. The following passage, while drawing attention to a specific incident in history, is just as applicable to Adam, and in fact only applicable to all the persons referenced because it is true with our ancestor Adam.
“be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise…because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely
- blessing I will bless thee, and
- multiplying I will multiply thee.
And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things [blessing and multiplying, against all odds], in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:” (Hebrews 6:12-18)
“And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, 1) Be fruitful, and multiply…2) And…all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered / dominion.
- behold, I establish my [first] covenant with you, and with your seed after you…[instead of following through on my plan to destroy the covenant when “the LORD said, I will destroy / cut off man whom I have created from the face of the earth.” (Genesis 6:7)]
- AND I will establish [another] my covenant with you, neither [indicating plural covenants –“not the one or the other”] shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth…And God said, This is the token of the [new] covenant which I make…I do set my bow in the cloud.” (Genesis 9:1-13)
“And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness…and the spirit of God came upon him. And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said…which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open…his king shall be higher than Agag [evidently the hereditary king of the Amalekites, a fierce nation], and his kingdom shall be exalted. God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows. Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee...He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open: I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly. Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city. And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first [most prominent, like the First Lady] of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever…Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!” (Numbers 24)
The execution of the curse on Amalek was delegated to other Melchizedekian royals, first to Moses. This command against Agag is so important that it was was written directly into the law of Moses, in the same passage as social order commands. God knows why Amalek was such an adversary to Israel, but a clue is given in the allusions to abomination both by name and in the order to destroy the potential for furtherance of the line of Agag by killing women and children, an unusually harsh battle tactic, as well as the association with witchcraft.
- If there be a controversy between men…if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten…Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed
- Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.
- If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband’s brother unto her. And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel. And if the man like not to take his brother’s wife, then let his brother’s wife…come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face…And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed.
- When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets: Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.
- Thou shalt not have…divers weights, a great and a small…But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the Lord thy GOD. Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God. Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.” (Deuteronomy 25)
The execution of this order against Amalek was a priority task delegated to the first king of Israel, and failure to follow through caused his downfall.
“Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD…of hosts. I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass…Saul smote the Amalekites…But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments…And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel?…to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” I Samuel 15)
It was finally fulfilled by a woman.
“On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews’ enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her. And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai….And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears…let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king’s provinces...from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language…the king granted the Jews to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women.” (Esther 8)
4. Executing God’s Blessings on Mankind
The passage describing Melchizedek’s exercise of his office towards Abraham applies to every individual in that office.
“this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God…blessed him…Now consider how great this man was…blessed him [the great man Abraham ] that had the promises. And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better…” (Hebrews 7:1-7,23)
The emphasis on “this” Melchisedec clearly singles him out from other Melchizedeks.
Who, exactly, is he?
If we trust the Bible to provide this information, he would be Shem, who was alive during this incident with Abraham and Nimrod.
“And he / Noah said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem…”(Genesis 9:26)
However, this Melchizedek (transliterated from the Hebrew letters) or Melchisedec (from the Greek letters) is considered one of the most mysterious characters in the Bible by respected Christian study sources which profess to be unable to determine who he is. Some mainstream Christian teachers propose that Melchizedek was not a normal human but a theo-phany or Christo-phany / phan-tom / spirit appearance of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament prior to his birth. The perplexity centers on the author’s statement that Melchisedec has no parents or offspring, but is eternal.
“For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 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;
- 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..” (Hebrews 7:1-3)
Since most people are mentioned without naming their parents or progeny, the fact that Melchizedek’s genealogy isn’t given in Genesis is not proof that he has none. On the other hand, since Jesus Christ’s parentage is most certainly and essentially established as the son of Mary and of God, and he most certainly and essentially had an end of life, he can’t be the individual who encountered Abraham. The author of Hebrews, like a host of other authors, must be using allegory, allusion, analogy, aphorism (as I am using alliteration) as literary devices to expand our understanding, If this is true, then:
- he is interpreting the story of a human Melchizedek meeting Abram to reveal a spiritual meaning beyond the prosaic news report of an event,
- he is comparing the character of Melchizedek to another person and as an abstract concept in addition to the concrete reality of this individual.
- he is translating material facts into spiritual truths.
Analogies often use “like” and “as” to establish the similarity between the known and the introduced, but not always, especially if there is an abstract as well as concrete meaning in the analogy. For example, the phrase “father of the nation” would more accurately be phrased “like the father of the nation” in a concrete sense, since the political father of a new state, such as Ata-turk, / Father Turk is not the literal parent of all the citizens. This is an allegorical concept drawn from the real “families of the sons of Noah…in their nations” recorded in Genesis 10:32, as well as the abstract father in the sense previously explored in the post Seed of the Serpent as the absolute authority, which itself initially drew its meaning from literally long-lived fathers of nations. But we understand what is meant.
Likewise, drawing attention to the lack of reported genealogy can be understood to be allegorical even without inserting “As if he was” in front of “without father…” This perspective is clinched by the explicit use of allegorical terminology that the Melchizedek who met Abraham is like the Son of God who had no genealogy. Again, this can’t be Jesus Christ who is not like, but is most certainly, the Son of God and who most certainly has descendants. And the author of Hebrews has already stated this earlier in his treatise.
“Jesus…was made a little lower than the angels…that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man….both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren…And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.” (Hebrews 2)
“I have manifested thy name / attributes unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word…” (John 17)
There is only one man who had no human parents, nor beginning of days nor end of life, and no descendants – in his original state of spiritual perfection. The spiritual “…Adam, which was the son of God.” (Lu 3:38), before he was corrupted and started the degenerative process of death / time. This is the person to whom Abraham’s Melchizedek is being likened.
“Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” (Isaiah 28:9-10)
The writer of Hebrews is using this teaching method when he draws our attention to the function of the Son of God, the entire purpose of which was to represent God and have dominion over the earth.
And that’s exactly what Melchizedek’s titles announce.
- Priest – vicar or representative, likeness – of the Most High God,
- King of Righteousness, explicitly, Melchi – Zadok, where we have before proven right-ness, doing things right not wrong, is necessary in order to be in control of anything from driving a car to managing turbulent subordinents,
- King of Salem / Peace, where peace is the cessation of enmity between previously hostile parties.
Now, do you really believe that the battle plan to save the world wasn’t drawn up and put into action until 4,000 years after the enemy tried to seize control?
“Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world…None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him…That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption…
Their inward thought is, that their houses / dynasties shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah. Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them…
But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.“ (Psalm 49)
Obviously, the psalmist is contrasting the heathen who don’t, with God’s people who do, have a dynasty that continues forever. In other words, perpetuate their own life forever as much as is humanly possible.
The Melchizedek who met with Abram is not an anomaly. God has always had a human royal high priest stand-in for him on earth. This Melchizedek who met with Abram after the slaughter of the kings was simply God’s current Anointed One, AKA priest-king Son of God, at that time in history, in a line of descent, AKA order, from the first human commissioned to have dominion over creation.
“And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel / Nimrod king of Shinar…made war…Abram…smote them…And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. 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, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.” (Genesis 14:18-20)
Now put this passage in the proper historical socio-politico-religious context we learned in the post on Nimrod.
“Anu [corresponds to YHVH] and Bel [Lord, corresponds to YHVH’s Son to whom was given dominion over the earth] called by name me, Hammurabi, [Ham – abi, Ham is my (fore)father), the exalted prince, who feared God, to bring about the rule of righteousness in the land…”
Now re-read the biblical statement, with appropriate emphasis.
“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.” (Genesis 14:18)
Not Nimrod – Ham-mur-abi / Am-rapha-el, but Melchizedek “was the priest of the most high God.” Nimrod is the fake, the Anti- Christ. Melchizedek is the real Anointed One.
At the time that Nimrod was building Babylon as the religious and political capitol of the world in a desperate bid to realize his dream of being King of the World, and corralling as many of the nations fleeing to the four corners of the habitable world as he could, Melchizedek was holding the fort in Jeru-salem as the true King of the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth. He inherited this post after Noah was disgraced by his son Ham, and could no longer serve in the exalted role of High Priest.
“And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: and he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brethren without [bragged about it].
The Bible uses the phrase “nakedness of” as a euphemism for incestuous sexual activity, In Ham’s case it may have been virtual sex / pornography, watching his father engaging in sex with his mother or it might have been, like Reuben, directly engaging in sex with his father’s wife while Noah was indisposed and unable to prevent it. To whatever degree, this insult is particularly abhorrent to God.
“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.
And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.” (Gen 9:20-27)
Since Noah lived for many years after the flood, what did he do after he retired from being the Melchizedek?
An fascinating possible answer is provided in Mesoamerican mythology. A foreigner highly suggestive of a missionary Noah, brought the way of salvation, before being supplanted, as in Mesopotamia, by Antichrist.
Immediately north of Columbia and Venezuela, the Cuna Indians of Panama, who practiced writing on wooden tablets, had a tradition that after a devastating flood, ‘. . . there appeared a great personage who . . . taught the people how to behave, what to name things, and how to use them. He was followed by a number of disciples who spread his teachings. . . .’ (D. B. Stout, Handbook of South American Indians, vol. IV, p. 267.)
The legends of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent chief god of all the Mesoamerican cultures, goes back to about 1200 B.C. with the first and foundational Olmec civilization. Accounts preserved by successor Mesoamerican cultures tell of a great hero, Ce Acatl Topiltzín Quetzalcoatl who taught people to be good. He confronted priests of a capital city in an attempt to stop human sacrifice. One day Quetzalcoatl unknowingly drank an intoxicating beverage and committed incest with his sister. Ashamed, Quetzalcoatl surrendered his priestly position and left Mesoamerica.
Shem lived for 100 years before, and 500 years after, the flood, providing eye-witness accounts of God’s judgment on the gods’ corruption of humanity to every generation through to Abram. Shem is so evidently the individual functioning as the Melchizedek at the time of history when Abram visited him that his personal name didn’t need to be written into the biblical record.
The ancient Targumim (Aramaic interpretive translations) identify Melchizedek as Shem – son of Noah. Shem was one of the links in the chain who transmitted the G‑dly traditions that originated with Adam. These traditions were carefully handed down from generation to generation, and Shem—who headed an academy—was a key conductor of these teachings.
“Abram…went to Noah and his son Shem, and he remained with them to learn the instruction of the Lord and his ways, and no man knew where Abram was, and Abram served Noah and Shem his son for a long time. And Abram was in Noah’s house thirty-nine years, and Abram knew the Lord from three years old, and he went / walked in the ways of the Lord until the day of his death, as Noah and his son Shem had taught him.” (Jasher 9:5-6)
“Adoni-zedek [clearly referencing the same individual as Melchi-zedek, where Adoni / my Lord is an acceptable alternate title to] 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 [King]. 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.” (Jasher 16:11-12)
Shem can also be recognized as Melchizedek by his priestly designation as “the father of all the children of Eber / Hebrews. Since the same verse continues to state “even to him (Shem) were children born,” clearly “father” in the context of the Children of Eber references not the generative but the religious function.
As the head of the one righteous nation formed at the splitting of united humanity into many nations at the Tower of Babel, Eber’s resume certainly fits the bill as Shem’s heir. As one of the ancient fathers born before the countdown in lifespans, (H)Eber was still alive into Jacob / Israel’s lifetime.
This activity is stated as a primary objective in the Kingdom of God by our penultimate Melchizedek.
“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep…the wolf [such as Nimrod]…scattereth the sheep…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.” (John 10:11-16)
Interestingly, while personalizing this mission, he delegated it to his undersecretaries in the State Department.
“I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel…Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”(Matthew 15:24, 28:18-20)
Yet another example of the oneness of the sons of God filled with God’s Spirit and the multitude of subordinate priests under the High Priest in the order of Melchisedec,
Once we know what to look for, we know who inherits the position of Melchizedek after Shem dies or becomes incapacitated.
“And he / Shem…said, Blessed be Abram…possessor of heaven and earth:” (Genesis 14:19)
“the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect... behold, my covenant is with thee…I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” ( Genesis 17)
I put to you that the everlasting covenant made with Abraham “to be a God unto thee, and to they seed after thee” is the Melchizedekian priesthood, the High Priesthood of which was inherited through one single line of appointment, as the Anointed One / Messiah / Christ from Adam to Enoch to Methuselah to Noah to Shem to Abraham and on to his designated heirs culminating in Jesus Christ.
This covenant is expressly defined as renewing a human king’s righteous dominion over the whole world.
“What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh [i.e. human, not God our heavenly father], hath found?…what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness...that he might be the father / leader, guide, teacher, priest of all them that believe…that righteousness might be imputed unto them also…who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham…For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was…through the righteousness of faith…of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and [as Creator] calleth those things which be not as though they were.“ (Romans 4:1-18)
The flags indicating the order of the religious fathers who showed the way to God is that they are recorded to have walked in the way of God. The original “Walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk.”
“God, before whom…Abraham and Isaac did walk” (Genesis 48:14-15)
“And his father Isaac said unto him / Jacob …God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: [have dominion]…(Genesis 27:26-29) “many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go…to the house of the God of Jacob; and…we will walk in his paths:…O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.” (Isaiah 2:3-5)
Moreover, possession of the promises only occurred as Abraham and his heirs acted in faith on God’s promise to supernaturally empower them to partner with God to fulfill his purpose to be his earthly representatives. Let’s look at the documented examples.
Abraham was called out of Mesopotamia to take possession of the land of Canaan only after he publicly acted on his faith in Yahweh’s promise to restore life by remaining faithful unto death.
…Abram was clothed with the spirit of God. And he called out and said, Woe unto my father and this wicked generation, whose hearts are all inclined to vanity, who serve these idols of wood and stone which can neither eat, smell, hear nor speak, who have mouths without speech, eyes without sight, ears without hearing, hands without feeling, and legs which cannot move; like them are those that made them and that trust in them.
And when Abram saw all these things his anger was kindled against his father, and he hastened and took a hatchet in his hand, and came unto the chamber of the gods, and he broke all his father’s gods…
Make no mistake, whenever a true believer stands up for the true God there will be a fight. Basically, people take it as a real put-down to their ego when they are told they need a higher power – and authority.
And Terah entered the room and found all the idols fallen down and broken…And when Terah saw this his anger was greatly kindled, and he hastened and…found Abram his son still sitting in the house; and he said to him, What is this work thou hast done to my gods?…And Terah, seeing all that Abram had done, hastened…to the king and he came before Nimrod and…And he said…thus has he done to my gods and thus has he spoken; and now therefore, my lord and king, send for him that he may come before thee, and judge him according to the law, that we may be delivered from his evil...
And the king said to Abram, What is this that thou hast done to thy father and to his gods?…And Abram answered the king, saying…0 foolish, simple, and ignorant king, woe unto thee forever. I thought thou wouldst teach thy servants the upright way, but thou hast not done this, but hast filled the whole earth with thy sins and the sins of thy people who have followed thy ways. Dost thou not know, or hast thou not heard, that this evil which thou doest, our ancestors sinned therein in days of old, and the eternal God brought the waters of the flood upon them and destroyed them all, and also destroyed the whole earth on their account? And wilt thou and thy people rise up now and do like unto this work, in order to bring down the anger of the Lord God of the universe, and to bring evil upon thee and the whole earth? Now therefore put away this evil deed which thou doest, and serve the God of the universe, as thy soul is in his hands, and then it will be well with thee…
And the king said to the princes and sages…decide what judgment is due to this man who reviled the king; who spake and did all the things that you heard. And they all answered the king saying… having despised our gods, he must therefore be burned to death, for this is the law in this matter…and the king ordered them to take Abram from prison and bring him out to be burned.
Isaac was Abraham’s designated Melchizedekian heir, although at this time in history the role was essentially that of a vagabond king waiting to reclaim his throne from the rebels. The unfortunately description of this condition is “Pretender.”
And God said, 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)
Isaac was chosen over Ishmael, who became instead the father of the Arabs and Islam. We can deduce from what we have learned about an heir, the “the only begotten son”, that this is because Isaac, not Ishmael, reflected both Abraham’s and Yahweh’s Savior’s character of obedience unto death.
“Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son. And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called…
And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.” (Genesis 21:8-13; 22:6-10)
Jacob was chosen over Esau because he valued the inheritance so much he risked his life to get it.
“And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother…My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing…
And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed: Therefore
- God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:
- Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee:
- be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee:
- cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee. (Genesis 27:11-29)
We also don’t always recognize that Jacob was functioning as a Melchizedek, but it is because he was the greater world-wide priest-king, the Melchizedek, that humble Jacob was in a position to bless the Egyptian Pharaoh despite Pharaoh’s exalted position.
“And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.” (Genesis 47:7)
But by now we should recognize the current Melchizedek of the whole earth when we see him in action.
It is possible that Joseph’s famous special coat was the means by which Jacob / Israel publicly proclaimed his heir to the Melchizedekian priest-kingship.
“Now Israel loved [identified with] Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his [maturity, wisdom] old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved / felt one with him more than all his brethren [i.e. as the LORD God had when he made Jacob his heir over Esau] they hated / repudiated identity with him.” (Genesis 37)
For certain Joseph did assume the role of King of Righteousness and Peace over the whole world.
“Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren…And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him…but his father observed the saying.” (Genesis 37:1-11)
Joseph walked the walk in a big way.
“And the LORD was with Joseph…And his master saw that the LORD was with him…his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and…fled, and got him out.” (Genesis 39) with “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (II Timothy 2:22)
“God…hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 45:8)
“And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do. And the famine was over all the face of the earth…And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.” (Genesis 41:55-57)
The Splitting of the Melchizedekian Blessing
I put it to you that he is in actuality a Chosen One, a Melchizedek, in his own right. One evidence for this can be found in the splitting of the Melchizedekian blessing into two parts:
- be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth
- and subdue it: and have dominion (Genesis 1:28)
“And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people...And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh…are mine…The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. And…laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim…his seed shall become a multitude of nations.” (Genesis 48)
And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days…
- “Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
- Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee [transferring leadership from Joseph, to whom the brothers initially bowed]…The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh / the one to whom it belongs come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be [resurrection of all].” (Genesis 49)
Christianity acknowledges that Shiloh is fulfilled in Jesus Christ via his claim to the throne of Israel through Jacob – Judah – David, which is true. Christianity also traces the fulfillment of the Melchisedec Royal Priesthood to Jesus Christ as the descendant of Judah through King David.
But what is overlooked when attributing the totality of the fulfillment of Melchisedec in Jesus Christ as a descendant of Judah is the splitting of the Melchizedekian blessing which transferred half of the Melchisedec blessing to Joseph’s descendants through Ephraim.
“And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession. And now thy two sons, Ephraim / אֶפְרַיִם and Manasseh…are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine [therefore receiving equal shares as Jacob’s heirs rather than 1/2 share each of Joseph’s full share.]
And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath / אֶפְרָת: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.
Did Jacob just lose his train of thought? In psychiatry we call it tangential thinking. It’s a sign of cognitive dysfunction commonly seen in dementia with a loss of attention and immediate memory shown by the individual’s distraction from the current topic of conversation into deeply embedded significant memories. It would seem that the word Ephraim sidelined Jacob into a deep rut remembering Ephrath where he lost his deeply loved Rachel.
If Jacob’s mind is wandering can we take anything he says seriously? If a psychiatric exam determined that Jacob lacked mental capacity he would be assigned a Power of Attorney over his affairs, and his last will and testament immediately following in chapter 49 would be invalidated.
But that’s not what happened. Everything Jacob prophecied over his children came to pass. So we need to attribute meaning to what Jacob is saying to Joseph here as well.
At the very least, we can see the similarities between the names Ephra-im and Ephra-th. The word Ephrath is simply the feminine form of the same word, like Jesse and Jessie. Recall that names indicate attributes, and this one means Fruitful. Can we not recognize the metaphor when Jacob says “there was but a little way to come to fruitfulness in God’s promises to me?”
“And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him. And God said unto him…thy name shall not be called any more Jacob / Usurper, but Isra-el / Prince of God. AKA Melchi-zedek King of Righteousness shall be thy name…And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land. And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him [face to face, as with Abraham and Moses].
Can you imagine what a high he was on after meeting with God! He was ready to be fruitful and multiply for sure.
And Jacob set up a pillar [for a memorial of this never-to-be-forgotten occasion] in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon. And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Beth-el [house of God].
And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour…And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin. And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.
What a crashing let-down! And this too was an occasion that he would never stop feeling in his deepest being to the end of his days.
And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day.
Consider the parallel with Job. Satan surely tried to crush his faith in God and pressure him in his anguish to curse God, but no, Jacob remains Israel, even when more troubles come crashing down as he is in deep mourning over his loss.
“And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar. And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine: and Israel heard it.” (Genesis 35)
When Joseph named his second son “Fruitful”, he was focused on his immediate circumstances, but he couldn’t have been oblivious to the name’s link to the first and most painful experience in his young life – the death of his mother at Ephrath. His life was shaped by his father’s preference for his mother over his stepmothers. His father’s favoritism and the consequence hatred of his stepbrothers stemmed in part from Rachel’s loss to both of them at Ephrath. Years of listening to stories of lives gone wrong because of early childhood family trauma informs my awareness that Joseph had an unusual capacity to forgive and heal from trauma, made possible by his faith in, and submission to, God’s will for his life as he, like his father, was ruthlessly and unrelentingly pummeled by the Adversary.
He was obviously not aware of the future fruitfulness God had in store for him, because he objects to Jacob giving this blessing to his second son instead of his first.
“And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. And he blessed Joseph, and said,
God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but
truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations…In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers. Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.
Like Joseph, we are unaware of all that is wrapped up in Ephraim / Ephrath despite having the connections laid out in scripture.
“And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,” (Matthew 2:13-18)
Jesus Christ did not descend from Ephraim, so I put it to you that this half of Melchisedec was not fulfilled in him.
So who does?
“And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon’s servant, whose mother’s name was Zeruah, a widow woman…was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph. And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field: And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces: And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:” (I Kings 11:26)
“And the LORD said unto Ahijah, Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince over my people Israel, And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it thee: and yet thou hast not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes; But hast done evil above all that were before thee: for thou hast gone and made thee other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger, and hast cast me behind thy back: Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam…Moreover the LORD shall raise him up a king over Israel, who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that day: but what? even now. For the LORD shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them…And he shall give Israel up.” (I Kings 14:7-16)
” I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away…Then said God…ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.” (Hosea 1:9)
Hold on! What about
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?…he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.” (Numbers 23:19-20).
Exactly. Keep reading.
YET the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.
Then shall the children of Judah AND the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head. ” (Hosea 1:10-11)
The Ephrathite heirs of Joseph’s half of the Melchizedekian covenant are the body of Christ
None other than the non-Jewish body of believers, initially united with Jewish followers of the Mosaic covenant, under the leadership of James.
“James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written…the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Wherefore my sentence is…For Moses of old time hath in every city them [who were scattered] that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.” (Acts 15:13-21)
“us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles…as he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God…What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.” (Romans 9:24-30)
“I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:” (Ephesians 3:1-11)
“Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.” (Ephesians 5:3)
“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; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth…” (Revelation 5:9-10)
Is it so difficult to accept clear scriptural statements that there were humans empowered by God’s Spirit to function as his ministers in the explicitly stated Order of Melchizedek prior to Jesus Christ?
And what about regular humans functioning in God’s Spirit now? Can we not recognize the continuity of God’s plan from Genesis through Revelation for all the peoples of the earth?
“ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily 1) swear by the greater: and 2) an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things [swearing and oath], in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast…even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec….By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament…because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 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.” (Hebrews 6:12-20, 7:22-25)
“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and HIGH Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus…Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God…Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast OUR profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 3:1,12, 4:14-16)
If we Redeemed are going to understand our role as Royal Priests empowered to take control back from the Evil One on the earth in the here and now, we need to recognize and learn from the actions of the Melchizedeks throughout scripture.
“For we know that the whole creation [continuously] groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now...waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption...And...the Spirit…maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:19-29)