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THE MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD

   The phone rang! The caller on the other end asked me to teach a class on The Melchizedek Priesthood. I said, “I need to pray about this first”.  So, we hung up and I asked Father if I could teach on The Melchizedek Priesthood.  Not could, as in permission, but could, as in, am I capable of teaching on this subject!?  Fifteen minutes later I had written a God-inspired class.  This was my go-ahead! I study more than I teach or write, so He just drew it out of me. 

   So, here it is!

  There are only 11 scriptures that use the word Melchizedek.  1 in Gen. 14:18, 1 in Psalms 110:1-4, 9 in Hebrews and 5 of those are in Ch. 7.

   The reason Melchizedek is mentioned in the book of Hebrews and no other New Testament epistle is because the Hebrew ecclesia was made up of mostly converted Jews.  Since they were mostly converted Jews, their background in the priesthood order of Aaron made it harder for them to grasp the change to the Melchizedek order. They required more explanation than the non-Jewish believers.

   It was the same thing with the tithe.  We see the word tithe mentioned only in the epistles to the Hebrew ecclesia for the same reason.

   Part of Jesus’ mission was to get the House of Israel to see there was a new priesthood order coming that would fulfill their covenant with him and change their lives.

   If you never realized this yourself, it will be so helpful in your own understanding of the parables.  Jesus was constantly portraying this soon coming change. The parable of The Great Gulf Fixed is a great example.  That gulf was between the 2 covenants. This new order of priesthood is why he was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

   Following are the scriptures that mention Melchizedek:

   Gen. 14:18 Then Melchizedek, king of Salem (Peace) brought out bread and wine; he was priest of the most high God.  Some say this was Seth.  But the high priest in the order of Melchizedek would sacrifice his own body by dying for all people. No high priest in the Old Testament could have been after the order of Melchizedek, as we shall see. It never refers to Seth as a high priest in the bible, but if he was, it would have been after the order of Aaron. No, I will suggest it was the pre-incarnate Word of God in vision form manifested in this verse. That Word was God and the order of Melchizedek means “after the order of God”. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the WORD WAS GOD.  Aaron’s order was after a man.  The Melchizedek order is after God.

  Psalms 110:1-4 The Lord said unto my Lord, 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 forever after the order of Melchizedek.

  Here, we can see these verses are speaking of the Lord, so… we know of whom He is speaking, and refers to him as a priest, and he is… Isn’t a high priest a priest? But a priest is not necessarily a high priest.

   Hebrews 5:6 And as he saith in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedek. (Notice the different spelling in the New Testament)? This scripture comes right after it says that Christ did not glorify himself to be made a High Priest. So again, we know of whom this is speaking.

   Hebrews 5:10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchizedek. It was God who glorified Jesus to be made a High Priest.  This is an important point.

   Hebrews 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

   Hebrews 7:1 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; v.2: To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is King of peace.  Notice here, it gives the interpretation of who this was …  The King of righteousness was King Jesus Himself, The pre-incarnate Word in vision form. This is the interpretation of Genesis 14:18  Enough said!

   Hebrews 7:10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedek met him.

   Hebrews 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?

   Hebrews 7:15 And it is far more evident: for after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest.

   Hebrews 7:17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

   Hebrews 7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent.  Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) It was God’s choosing!

   Ok, so now let me say this: I am sure I am going to write some things you have never understood before because they are not taught in any pulpit that I know of.  So please be kind in considering what I introduce here.

   Some of it is by revelation, some comes out of the way I study.  I study with a concept that begins in Genesis, so everything I believe must fit Genesis to Revelation.  One other concept I use in studying is that most everything in the Old Covenant feasts of the Lord is a type, and they find their fulfillment in the New Covenant, especially in the 3 main feasts the Israelites celebrated.  These feasts are full of types and shadows of our progressive growth in Christ.  When I discovered this, it made the old testament come alive.  

   There is little mentioned about Melchizedek in the bible, so we must draw from the types and shadows of the priesthood of Aaron to understand how his order finds its fulfillment in the order of Melchizedek. 

   In the old covenant, all priests were Levites in the order of Aaron. An order of a man. But not all Levites were priests. 

   First, the priests were born in the lineage of Levi, then they were under tutors until there came a day when they were ready to dedicate themselves to becoming a priest.  Later, there would come a day when they were mature enough to be consecrated by God to become a priest. It is God who chooses if a person is ready to take on the role of a priest, as we shall see.

   Today, the new covenant priests are all believers in Christ, born again of the seed of Christ, our Lord, spiritually grafted into the seed of Judah). But not all believers are priests in the sense of the chosen generation, and for the same reason as the Levites: Born by the seed of Christ through a new birth, under tutors and governors until the time they are ready to dedicate themselves to becoming a priest. Later, there will come a day when they will be mature enough to be consecrated by God to become a priest in the sense of the chosen generation. It is God who chooses if a person is ready to take on this role of a priest.

   Now, some would object to the above understanding, using the scripture found in 1st Peter 2:9 and I quote: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Those who hold forth this verse will say all believers are priests in this chosen generation. But I would draw your attention to whom this epistle is written to.  Peter is writing to the strangers scattered abroad from the dispersion and calls them the ELECT, chosen by God.   You will find this in Ch.1 v1-2. (New American Standard) Greek for “chosen” in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: ekiekios – meaning elect – chosen.

   Now this is an interesting verse: Matthew 20:16 MANY are called but few are chosen. We know this is not speaking of our Salvation experience because ALL are called and chosen for salvation, for Jesus said, “if I be lifted up, I will draw ALL men to me”. I know of no other calling today that comes by way of a choosing by God at the point of maturity, other than a new covenant priest in the Melchizedek Priesthood; one in the chosen generation.

   So, this being understood, let’s see what else we can learn about Melchizedek.

   There was one high priest at a time in the order of Aaron because the old covenant priests died.  There were also many priests.  There is one high priest in the order of Melchizedek because in this order, the high priest has an endless life.  In this order, there are many priests also.

   We have yet to see a Royal Priesthood arise in the order of Melchizedek.  Why?  Well, to begin with, in the purpose of God, (see the article titled: “Purpose in Relationship” on this website), it isn’t time yet.  It will never appear in the Pentecost feast as we shall see.  It is purposed for a time of maturity – perfection and that does not take place in the time of the Pentecost feast.  It is found in the 3rd Main feasts of the Jews, not the second. 

   The beginnings of the 3rd main feast of the Jews (the feast of Tabernacles) has begun to break forth and we get in on it through grace by faith, just like the other 2 main feasts. (see the article titled: “The Third Heaven” on this website) Believing is required and works follow.  We could say works follow believing because true faith produces works.  When you believed for salvation, did not works follow?  So it is in each of the main feasts of the Lord.

   Kingship and priesthood are not brought forth in a kit for you to assemble for yourself, but it is a called out-people – a remnant from all time – called and chosen by God.  For it was God who said, “Thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons”.  It was God who chose who should be consecrated in the 3rd step of growth under the old covenant of priests; celebrated in the feast of tabernacles, so also in the new, as it is the fulfillment of the old. They are a chosen generation out of all generations of time.

   Now God has called out and chosen Jesus in the new order as a high priest in the order of Melchizedek. There will also follow a people who will be called out and chosen.  God is even now, preparing a people to fulfill His promise that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord.   We “joyfully expect” which means “wait” for the promise to be manifested through Father’s consecration of the sons of God, calling them into His business.

   This exactly fulfills the following custom in bible times: when a child became a man, his father chose him to become a part of his business with all the rights and authority he himself had.  This was called adoption.  The father adopted his mature son into his business.  We are not adopted when we are born-again.  We are born of God into His family.  We are adopted when God puts His seal of consecration on a mature believer. That mature believer is then known by Him as a king-priest with the full rights and authority of God Himself.  This king-priest is not the Source, but in the family business of “Thee” Source!

   If you have ever wondered what this Royal Priesthood will look like, take a peek!

   1. They will eat of the tree of Life – Rev. 2:11
In the 3rd feast of the Jews, we find the life:  The way, the truth and the life. 

   2.  They will eat of the hidden manna – Rev. 2:17 
We eat different foods in each feast: milk, manna, and hidden manna

   3. They will have power over the nations – Rev 2:26

   4. They will be clothed in white – Rev. 3:5

   5. They will be a pillar of the faith – Rev. 3:12

   6. They will sit in God’s throne with Jesus – Rev. 3:21

   7. They will inherit all things – Rev. 21:1

   8.  They will be beheaded for the witness of Christ and the word of God. Rev. 20:4 
This is happening even now – they are getting the cobwebs out of their souls and putting on the mind of Christ – when you follow God’s order to “come up hither” and believe into the revealing (revelation) of Christ in the 3rd feast also, you will find this to be so true.  Rev. 4-18 is all about the training of these kings and priests into full sonship.  But that is another article for another time.

   9. They will not worship the beast or his image, nor receive his mark on their foreheads (they can’t, they have the mind of Christ) nor in their hands (they can’t for they have been consecrated by God to serve Him alone). Rev. 20:4

   10. They are a blessed and holy people – Rev. 20:6

   11. They shall sit upon thrones – Rev. 20:4

   12. They shall be given judgment – Rev. 20:4

   13. They shall reign with Christ 1000 years upon the earth. Rev. 20:4

   14. They will deliver creation Romans 8:19

   15. The 2nd death will have no power over them – Rev. 2:17

   16. They will be given a white stone – Rev. 2:17

   17. They are the overcomers mentioned in Rev. Ch.2 & 3

   This is the Word of God – This is Melchizedek and his priests of a chosen generation.  The Melchizedek order is after the Word of God.  The Word was God, so we can say this order has an endless life.  WOW

   Now, I would like us to look at Rev. 20:4-6

   And I saw thrones (this speaks of kingship) and they sat upon them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands, and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.  This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests (so now, we have kings and priests in this scripture, making up the Royal (king) priesthood (priest) of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 

   Let’s see how God secured the Royal Priesthood by the crucifixion and resurrection through old covenant types.  Boy, this gets exciting!

   When the priests of the old covenant sacrificed a lamb, it pointed to the securing of our salvation in Christ Jesus.  It was called a sin offering.  Refer to Exodus 12 and most of Leviticus.  It represents Passover.  Passover is a 30-fold realm in our growth.  The beginning of our relationship with God in Christ.

   Passover
   30 fold
   Sin offering
   A Lamb

   When the priests of the old covenant sacrificed a bullock (and many other oxen) it pointed to a dedication to God, showing the second phase of becoming a priest. It is a personal choice to dedicate one’s life to the priesthood. The sacrifice of the bullock is called a peace offering. Numbers 7:88  It represents Pentecost or feasts of weeks.  Pentecost is a 60 fold realm in our growth.

   Pentecost
   60-fold
   Peace offering
   A Bullock

   When the food (manna) in the 60-fold realm no longer satisfies, it is time to follow on to know the Lord, a calling to “come up hither”.

   Ezra 6:3 Then shall we know, IF we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he will come to us as the rain; as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

   When the priests of the old covenant sacrificed a certain ram, (called a ram of consecration Lev. 8:22) it was called a wave offering. (Lev. 8:27) Consecration is the 3rd step in a man becoming a priest.  This is God’s choice at this point.  This priesthood is “chosen” of God.  This is why it is referred to as the “elect” of God.  God elects them! It is in the realm of Tabernacles, a 100-fold realm.

   Tabernacle
   100-fold
   Wave offering
   A Ram

   You will notice with each offering there was a need for a more mature animal.

  All of the aforementioned offerings were given by the grace of God.  It secured the way for us to enter in and become a part of the Royal Priesthood of the chosen generation, by faith. 

   So, it was much more than a Lamb hanging on that cross.  For this particular purpose, it was a Lamb, a bullock and a ram.  Thank you God, for Your amazing ways.

  This secured the promises for salvation, dedication, and consecration for us, if we believe it.  We cannot earn any of it; so, cast down any imagination that you can do anything that Grace has freely given us and rest by believing in the promises of God and remember works follow faith.  It was faith that saved you, it is the same in every feast.  It’s always “BY FAITH” because we serve a faith God.  It is faith that pleases Him.  It is not written, “will the Son of man find mercy on the earth when He cometh…or hope, or long-suffering, or patience, … I think you get the point.  He is looking for faith.  So, let’s believe it!

   I would like to address another truth in the scripture in Rev. 20 and this time let’s go just to verse 6.  “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection”.  So, who has part in the first resurrection?

   I’m glad you asked that question.  We can gather from Rev. 20:4-5 that no UN-believers come forth in the first resurrection by the words “blessed and holy” is the one who has part in the first resurrection.

   So we know believers have part in the first resurrection, but does that include all believers? 

   Let’s settle something else first.  Concerning the Hebraic view, resurrection refers to a bodily resurrection, NOT salvation for the soul.  I do not believe you will find any scripture where resurrection is referring to anything but the body.  The soul is transformed, not resurrected.

   Continuing then!  Rev. 20 also speaks of a 2nd resurrection that contains all the dead not raised in the first resurrection.  We find the righteous “and” the wicked in the 2nd resurrection.

   John 5:28-29 Do not wonder at this; for the time is coming, when ALL those who are in their graves will hear his voice, And they will come out; those who have done good works to the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil works to the resurrection of judgment.

   Do you see it?  Not all heard his voice to come out in the first resurrection.  Now, ALL in the graves heard!  There are good works and evil works in this resurrection, indicating believers and non-believers. These believers are those who were saved but not chosen to be a priest after the order of Melchizedek.  I want to quote one of my favorite teachers here, Bill Boylan.  I would say he is my favorite, but Jamie Luck runs right along beside him.  Anyhow, Bill pointed out to us that the Great White Throne judgment is not the end of the bible.  The end of the bible is 1st Corinthians 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued to him, then shall the Son also himself be subject to him who put all things under him, so that God may be all in all. 

   Let’s consider one last scripture:

   Philippians 3 – The whole chapter is so good, why don’t you use your own bible and read chapter 3 before we end this.  Paul has basically said that everything he did under the law, was of no matter to him anymore.  He gave it all up that he might abound in Christ.  He wanted to be found in him since he had no righteousness of his own gained through the law, but he wanted to be found in the righteousness gained by receiving Christ, so that through this righteousness he might know Jesus, the power of his resurrection, and be a partaker of his sufferings, even to a death like his.  By any means, Paul wanted to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

   Now, Paul certainly knew that all would be resurrected in the resurrection during the White Throne Judgment, so what is he addressing here?  The word resurrection in Philippians 3 has to do with “an out-resurrection of the dead”.  In other words “a people out of a people”.  This is why he says he forgot what was behind him and pressed forward for the things that were before him; the goal to receive the prize of victory of God’s highest calling THROUGH Jesus Christ.  That high calling is to the Royal Priesthood of the first resurrection, and to be a mature son of God.

   Paul did not consider that he had reached that maturity.  He saw it though, because he was caught up to the 3rd heaven.  Heaven is a realm of Spirit.  In this case, it was the realm of Tabernacles.  He couldn’t talk or write about it.  God put a seal on his lips to be revealed only in God’s timing.  

   Jesus said, “I do cures and miracles today and tomorrow, but on the 3rd day I will be perfected”.  We are in that day! The day Paul saw and the day John wrote about in the book of Revelation.

   In conclusion:

   I asked Jamie Luck to share her thoughts on Ezekiel 44.  Following is what she offered:

   The Melchizedek Order: Foreshadowed by The sons of Zadok – Ezekiel 44

   In the 44th chapter of the book of Ezekiel, we see God distinguishing between two groups of Levitical priests, those who went far from Him, and those who did not.  Both of these groups foreshadow two types of believers who will have different responsibilities in the ages to come.

   In Ezekiel’s vision, the first group of Levites that God addresses are those who “went far from Me, when Israel went astray, who went away from Me after their idols, shall bear the punishment of their iniquity”.

   God says that this group of Levites will still serve as priests, but their service will be limited to the house of God, where they will keep the sanctuary, and receive the burnt offerings from the people.  He specifically says, “they shall NOT come near to Me, to serve as a priest to Me” (v 13).

   The second group of Levitical priests are the “sons of Zadok”, who did not go astray when Israel went after it’s idols.  God makes it clear that this group of priests will be the only ones to come near to Him to minister to Him.  Only they will have access to the inner court where God is.  They will change their clothing to linen garments when they enter the inner court.  They will change back to woolen clothing when they leave the inner court and engage again with the people.  Verses 23-24 further outline the duties of these priests; they will teach the people the ways of God, and they will judge among the people.  Verse 28 tells us that they will receive no land, for God Himself will be their inheritance. 

   The sons of Zadok are a foreshadowing of the priestly line of Melchizedek.  This is the priesthood that is appointed to the mature sons of God, who, as described in revelation, have withstood the testing and have overcome.  These are the company of believers that arise at the first resurrection; to them it has been granted to rule and reign with Christ in His millennial reign.

   As modeled by the sons of Zadok, these priests will have access to the presence of God to minister to Him.  The linen garments foreshadow the glorified bodies that will be theirs, giving them access to the heavenly realms.  However, these priests will also engage with the people, for like Christ, their glorified body will operate in the physical world as well as the spiritual.  They will teach the people the ways of God, and judge rightly with the mind of Christ, among the people of the world.  It is the responsibility of the sons of God, ie, the priesthood of Melchizedek, of whom the risen Christ is the High Priest to bring the knowledge of God into the earth so that mankind may learn from them the ways of the Father.

   The sons of Zadok are distinguished from the other group of Levitical priests who foreshadow the second group of priests in the ages to come.  They too will serve in God’s house, but their duties will be limited.  They will arise at the second resurrection and will not reign with Christ in the Millennial reign.  We can draw from the vision of Ezekiel that in some way, these priests did not stay with God, but instead went away to some sort of idols.  They did not lose their priestly title, but the scope of their service was limited because of their idolatry.

   The goal of all believers is to “press on to know the Lord” as Hosea writes (Hosea 6:3).  To those that go on to know Him and receive Him as He is, learning to be like Him in heart and deed, overcoming that which He assigns to overcome, it will be granted to be a priest in the order of Melchizedek. This is a high calling, for one must be changed to manifest the fullness of the stature of Christ.  It requires that we do as Christ did, submitting our will to that of the Father’s, and letting Him conform our will to His will, so that we WILL and ACT according to His good pleasure.  It is a daily dying to ourselves, so that we will live unto God.  However, when Father brings one to maturity, that person will be ready to govern with Christ for he will think and act as God does.  This is the Father’s heart, to have sons who are like Him, and govern the kingdom as He does.  These sons are the order of Melchizedek.

   Thank you Jamie, for contributing your thoughts to this article.

   In closing, just let me say that I was tempted to title this article: After Salvation, Then What?  If you understand this title, then I would say you understood this message.  Be encouraged.  We walk by faith, not by sight.

   I HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE: BONNIE

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