History of Melchizedek
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?
Because there is a change in the priesthood, then there must also be a change in the priestly laws. Levitical priests have to retire at age 50. The Melchizedekian priest does not have a mandatory retirement age. This priesthood is eternal.
We represent the King by being His ambassadors. A priest acts as an intercessor to help people come before the Lord. A prophet tells you what God is doing for mankind. To be a son of the prophets means to study all the prophecies.
Rituals and dispensations change. There was a ritual of bread and wine performed by Melchizedkian priests. The Passover Seder had a ritual using bread and wine. And now we have Christian Communion.
The Hebrew word Melek means king. The Hebrew word Zedek means righteous. Melchizedek means King of Righeousness, or King of the Zadok priests.
Jacob had 12 sons, one of them was Levi. He was the father of the tribe of Levi. Only his descendants can become Levitical priests. Levi had 2 grandsons, Moses and Aaron. Aaron was the first high priest of Israel. Only descendants of Aaron can be Aaronic priests. There is a priestly Order of Aaron. There is also a priestly Order of Melchizedek.
Adam. God gave him dominion over all the earth. This makes him King over the whole earth.
Josephus 1.2.3 says that Adam knew that water and violence would destroy the whole earth. This makes him a prophet.
Genesis says that Cain and Abel brought an offering unto the LORD. Where did Cain and Abel learn that they should bring an offering? Priests offer offerings. Cain and Abel learned about this from their father. This particular sacrifice went horribly wrong. Either Adam was a lousy teacher or that kid was defiant (you can’t make me). So, anyway Adam was also a priest.
Seth was the next Melchizedek priest-king. The Bible says that Seth was righteous.
Then his son Enos was the next. Jasher 2:3-5 says that the sons of men served images of brass and iron, wood and stone. They forsook the Lord all the days of Enosh (Enos) and his children.
Cainan (son of Enos) Jasher 2:11-13 says that Cainan knew by his wisdom that God would destroy the earth by waters of the flood. Cainan wrote upon tablets of stone. This makes him a prophet.
Jasher 2:14 says Cainan reigned over the whole earth, this makes him a king, and he turned some of the sons of men to the service of God. (Cainan started a revival.) This makes him a priest.
Cainan had a son named Mahalaleel, Mahalaleel had a son named Jared. Jared had a son named, Enoch. I don’t think Mahalaleel and Jared did much, soooo Enoch became the next Melchizedek.
Jasher 3:12 says Enoch reigned over the sons of men (that makes him a King) and he did justice and righteousness with all his people, and he led them in the ways of the Lord. (Another revival.) The book of Enoch 10 says that God gave Enoch a prophecy that He Messiah would come seventy generations from his time. And then in Genesis 5:24 it says that Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. (He was the guy that never died.)
Enoch had a son named Methuselah. He became the next Melchizedek. Jasher 4:1-3 says When Enoch 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. This made him a king. 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. This made him a priest. Jasher 4:4 the sons of men would not hearken to the voice of Methuselah, but rebelled against him.
Methuselah had a son named Lamech. Lamech had a son named Noah!
Noah followed the ways of God taught to him by his grandfather Methuselah. Noah was given the patriarchal writings from Adam to his time. God gave Noah a prophecy that man had 120 years to repent or the flood would occur. Methuselah and Noah preached repentance for 120 years. The book of Noah, Col.7 says You will govern the entire earth; all that is upon it, including the mountains and the seas. In column 10 of the book of Noah, Noah talks about the offering he did as a priest. The atonement was a goat. The thank offering was an ox, ram, sheep and turtledoves with salt. The meal offering was with wheat, oil, and incense. So again, we see king, priest, and prophet in one person. This is a Melchizedekian priest. In column 8 it says that Noah had the written accounts of the patriarchs with him on the ark. This is the preflood list of Melchizedekian priests or king-priest-prophets. They are:
Adam, Cainan, Enoch, Methuselah and Noah.
After the ark came to rest Noah built an alter and sacrificed on it. Genesis 8:20. After God put the bow in the sky, God told Noah to teach is sons the Seven Noahide Laws. They were commanded to spread out over the earth. Each nation was to make courts of justice, and punish murder, theft, fornication, idolatry and blasphemy. The seven Noahide laws are, 1. Spread out 2. Make courts 3. Punishment for Murder 4. Punishment for Theft 5. Punishment for Fornication 6. Punishment for Idolatry 7. Punishment for Blasphemy
Noah had a dream and was told that Shem was the next King of Righteousness. Book of Noah, Col. 15. Abraham became the next King of Righteousness
Shem had a son named Arphaxad, he had a son named Salah, he had a son named Eber, he had a son named Peleg, he had a son named Reu, he had a son named Serug, he had a son named Nahor, he had a son named Terah, Terah had a son named Abram. It skipped 8 generations. God changed his name to Abraham and he became the next King of Righteousness. Shem anointed him.
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest 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. And he gave him tithes of all. Genesis 14:17-20
How do you know that it was Shem that anointed Abram?
And Jasher 16:10-12 says Adonizedek King of Jerusalem, the same was Shem, went out to meet Abram with bread and wine in the valley of Melech. 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.
Abraham had a son named Isaac. Jasher 24:7 says that Abraham sent away his son Isaac, and he went to the house of Shem and Eber, to learn the ways of the Lord and his instructions, and Abraham remained there three years. So I think Abraham stayed with Shem and Eber for three years.
Jasher 26:39 says that after the death of Abraham God blessed Isaac and his children. For Isaac kept all the commandments of the Lord as Abraham his father had commanded him;
Then Isaac sent Jacob to study for the priesthood. Jasher 28:18 says Isaac sent his son Jacob to the house of Shem and Eber, and he learned the instructions of the Lord, and Jacob remained in the house of Shem and Eber for 32 years.
And God spoke to Jacob in a dream and renewed the covenant with him as He did with his father Isaac. Genesis 28:12-16 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
Jacob studied with Shem and Eber at the School of the Prophets until the death of Shem. Eber continued the school, but copies of all the records were given to Levi for safe keeping. Eber died, just 29 years after Shem, his father died. Then the area was overrun by the Amorites. They seized the area, took control of the records, and took the title of Adoizedek (The Lord of Righteousness) as their own.
Jasher 28:24-25 And it came to pass in those days, in the hundred and tenth year of the life of Isaac, that is the fiftieth year of the life of Jacob, in that year died Shem the son of Noah; Shem was six hundred years old at his death. And when Shem died Jacob returned to his father to Hebron which is in the land of Canaan.
Jacob had 12 sons. The book of Levi 2 says I, Levi was born in Haran. When I was about 20, Simeon and I took vengeance on Hamor for our sister Dinah. One day the spirit of understanding of the Lord came upon me, and I understood that all men corrupt their way. I grieved for mankind, and I prayed to the Lord that I might be saved.
After Levi repented God spoke to him in another dream. Levi 4 says, The Most High has heard your prayer. Your sins are forgiven, and you will become a son to Him, a servant and minister of His presence. You will shine the light of knowledge to Jacob, a sun to the seed of Israel. You and all your seed will be blessed until the Lord visits all the heathen in the tender mercies of His Son, even forever.
Levi 9 says, Judah and I (Levi) went up to Isaac, and my grandfather blessed me according to all the words of the visions which I had seen. When we came to Bethel, my father Jacob had a vision concerning me, that I should become a priest unto the Lord; and he rose up early in the morning, and paid tithes of all to the Lord through me. We came to Hebron to dwell there, and Isaac continually taught me the law of the Lord, even as the angel of God showed to me. He taught me the law of the priesthood, of sacrifices, whole burnt offerings, first-fruits, free will offerings, and thank offerings. Every day he instructed me, and prayed for me before the Lord.
Jasher 36:15 says At that time the portion of birthright, together with the kingly and priestly offices, was removed from the sons of Reuben, for he had profaned his father’s bed, and the birthright was given to Josheph, Josheph was a prophet, the kingly office to Judah, and the priesthood unto Levi, because Reuben (the firstborn) had defiled his father’s bed.
Genesis 365:22 And it came to pass, when Israel (Jacob) dwelt in that land, that Reuben (Jacob’s first born) went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine: and Israel (Jacob) heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:
A punch line.
The Melchizedekian priesthood was recreated in Jesus the Messiah. He was born a king a direct descendant of Judah. He was ordained into the priesthood by a priest of that order. (John the Baptist) John the Baptist was baptizing in the Jordan river 8 miles from Quamran. He, Jesus, would also have to be filled with the Holy Spirit to become a prophet. This happened publically at the water baptism, when a dove descended upon Jesus, and he became a priest and a prophet. This was a ceremony, a formality, a public statement. John said, I shouldn’t be doing this. I can’t unbuckle your shoes! Jesus said do this because it looks good. And God honored it. Furthermore, Jesus never sinned. So why did John baptize Jesus? Answer, because John was baptizing Him into the Melchizedekian priesthood. The Melchizedekian priesthood that was divided by Jacob was now restored in Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 6:20 says even Jesus, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
Levi gave the office of high priest to his son Kohath.
Kohath says, You must keep the priesthood in every way that I have commanded you… Amram, my son, I command you and your descendants… given to Levi my father, which he in turn gave to me along with all my writings as witness. You must take care of them. They are for you and your descendants and in them; is great worth. It is important that they be carried on with you.
Amram gave the priesthood and records to Aaron his firstborn, and Moses’ brother.
Another punch line is coming up here.
The high priests were Aaron, after him, Eleazar, after him, Phinehas, Abishua, Bukki, Uzzi, Eli, Ahitub, Ahijah, Ahimelech, and then Abiathar. During the time of King Solomon a conspiracy formed against Solomon. The high priest, Abiathar, sided against Soloman. Solomon replaced him with a descendant of Aaron named Zadok.
Ezekiel 48:11 says It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept My charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.
You see the above verse says that the sons of Zadok are superior to the sons of Levi.
The Zadok line of high priests from Zadok were, Ahimaaz, after him, Azariah, after him, Johnan, after him, Azatiah, Amaria, Ahitub II, Zadok II, Shallum, Hilkiah, Azariah IV, Seraiah, Jehozadak, Joshua the son of Jehozadak, Joshua, Joiakim, Eliashib, Joiada, Johanan, Jaddua, Onias I, Simon I, Eleazar, Manasseh, Onias II, Sion II, Onias III, Onaias IV, and Jason. Antiochus Epiphanes started the assassination of the Zadok priests. Under the direction of the Holy Spirit, the Zadok priests took the temple library to Qumron. There they were protected by God and they prepared the hearts of the people for the coming Messiah. They were ridiculed by the Sanhedrin, Pharisee’s and the Sadducee’s. The Dead Sea Scrolls found in Qumran is that temple library!
The Ante-Nicene Fathers record the line of the prophets. From the Hippolytus Fragments of the Pentateuch. This is a record of the priestly prophetic line from Moses. Remember Jacob made Levi the priest. Levi handed it down to Kohath, who handed it down to Amram, Amram was the father of Moses and Aaron. Moses, after him, Joshua, after him, Othniel, after him, Jehud, Shamgar, Baruk, Gideion, Abimelech, Taleg, Babin, Jephthah, Ephran, Elul, Abdon, Samson, Elkanah (father of Samuel the prophet), Eli the priest, Samuel the prophet, Nathan the prophet, Gad the prophet, Shemaiah the teacher, Iddo the teacher, Ahijah the Shilonite, Abihu, Elijah the prophet, Elisha the prophet, Micah the prophet, Abdiahu, Jehuda, Zacharias the teacher, Esaia the prophet (the son of Amos), Jeremiah the prophet, Ezekiel, Hosea the prophet (the son of Bazi) Joel the prophet, Amos the prophet, Obadiah, Jonan the prophet, Micha the Morasthite, Nachum the Alcusite, Habakkuk the prophet, Zephaniah the prophet, Haggai the prophet, Zachariah the prophet, Malachi, Ezra the teacher, Shamai the chief priest, Jaduah, Samean, Antigonus, Joseph (son of Johezer and Joseph (the son of Gjuchanan), Jehosua (son of Barachia), Nathan the Arbelite, Simeon (This is the Simeon who held the Messiah in his arms.), Jehuda, Zachariah the priest (father of John the Baptist), Joseph (a teacher of the tribe of Levi), Annas and Caiaphas.
Hippolytus says, Moreover, from them (Annas and Caiaphas) were taken away the priestly, and kingly, and prophetic offices. These were teachers at the advent of Messiah; and they were both priests of the children of Israel. Therefore, the whole number of venerable and honorable priests put in trust of this most excellent law was 56, Annas and Caiaphas being excepted. No priests arose after them.
John 18:24 Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas th high priest.
Luke 3:2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests.
Acts 4:6 And Annas thr high priests, and Caiaaphas, and John, an dAlexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
These two guys participated in the crucifision of Jesus.
Annas and Caiaphas were not good guys and their titles were taken away. When that happened the true leader would be the one who was last in succession. Therefore the head of the School of the Prophets in Qumran would fall to Joseph the Levite. If he died without children, it would then go back to the previous leader who was Zechariah the priest, and his firstborn was John the Baptist!
The Melchizedekian order and the Messiah can both abide as a priest forever, the order of Levi cannot.
Hebrews 7:11-13 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under t 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? 12. For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 14. For it is evident that our Lord spang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. 15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 16. Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. 17. For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
In the Old Testament to be a Priest you had to sacrifice. Now to be a Priest you have to acknowledge Jesus sacrifice.
Jesus is the King!
Jesus is the High Priest!
Jesus is the Prophet!
Now, let’s talk about Elijah. John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah. In the last days there will be an Elijah company. (That is a big group of people). That is 3 Elijahs.
All of these king, priests and prophets that we have talked about have been here in the past. Now it is time for the Melchizedek company. (That is a big group of people). We had 3 Elijahs. We have lots and lots of Melchizedeks.
But why did all those guys die? They should have had an endless life. Answer, because they were born to a different generation. We were born of 1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
That says that we are priest, nation refers to Kings, and praises refers to prophets.
What happened to the Essenes? Where did they go? Where are they now? When Jesus died, resurrected, ascended to Heaven the Essenes likely accepted Him. They went out to preach the Gospel, to the world as commanded in Matthew 28:19-20. The Essenes became us Christians: We come from the Essenes!
Psalms 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
Diane Ebaugh Sutton