THESE ARE THEY ...
When the holy Spirit described Father’s chosen elect, He depicted them as a people coming out of great tribulation. The “life” of this world was not an easy one for them, for they are a spiritual people; they are a heavenly minded people having an earthly experience. They are not only heavenly minded, but their conversation, or their citizenship, is also in the Heavens of God’s Spirit (Phil. 3:20). They are members and citizens of a heavenly community; it is a community of sons of God who are becoming just like Christ, to rule and reign with Him from their Father’s throne. And they are looking to those Heavens of Spirit for their Savior, Lord and King, to appear. When He shall appear, they shall be like Him, for they shall see Him as He is. As members of the spiritual new Jerusalem “city” of God, they are foreigners to this world and the things of it. They are not comfortable with anything that is of this world, for they are a heavenly people. It is also somewhat difficult and strange for a heavenly, spiritual people to have an earthly or worldly experience. They are in the world but not of it. And this world is not their home!
Who are these elect and chosen ones? “These are they .... which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” They are becoming pure, holy, undefiled and entirely righteous, for their Father is thoroughly cleansing them by the blood of the Lamb and the washing of the water of His pure Word of truth. Truth (Christ) means everything to the elect, for by Him they are being cleansed, purified and perfected! “These are they ....” who are being prepared to reign with Christ! And, “These are they ....which spake to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt” (Ex. 6:27). Moses and Aaron were called and chosen of God to bring Israel out of Egyptian bondage. So also are the Lord’s elect of this hour called and chosen of Him to lead God’s people out of the bondages of this world and its corrupt systems of man. “These are they....” who are being prepared of their Father to bring forth deliverance for the people of the Lord, and eventually for all mankind, releasing them from the world and its systems, as typified by Egypt.
To bring deliverance to the multitudes and lead them out of the bondages of this world and its corrupt systems is not something we will do by any of the old order activities of the past. Babylon’s captives will never be set free by preaching and teaching them! We lead others out of bondage by obeying the will and the word of our Father. When our Father called us to leave the old dead, church system, and we obeyed Him, we were thereby marking out a spiritual path for others to walk. And that spiritual path leads to Zion, the dwelling place of God and His elect, in the Spirit! But we do not leave the holy, spiritual hill of Zion and go out among the captive believers to set them free. We cannot possibly lead others out of their bondages by joining them! You do not bring someone out of prison by going into prison with them. Only as we remain spiritually within the sanctity of Zion and her spiritual habitation of rest can we lead others out of the bondages with which they are entangled! Only a free people can bring deliverance to the captives!
Furthermore, the unregenerate multitudes will not need to come
to meetings or listen to sermons to find the Lord as their Savior, for God will
fill Zion with so much glory and truth that entire nations will come running
into her glorious gates of praise, and there find spiritual food, along with
love, forgiveness, joy and satisfaction. At that time, “many nations shall
come and say, Come, LET US GO UP to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of
the God of Jacob, that He may teach us His ways, and we may walk in His paths.
For the law shall go forth out of Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem”
(Mic. 4:2, AMP, see also Hag. 2:7 & Zech. 8:22). None of these scriptures
even suggest that we will go to them to preach the Gospel. That was God’s
plan for the last age, which was the church age. But this is a new Day, with
new, fresh and revolutionary principles by which God shall gather the multitudes
into His Kingdom! In this new Day our Father will send out His pure Word and
His holy Law from Zion, and then many nations will COME TO ZION, by the Spirit,
to walk in His paths. The salvation and restoration of the nations of this world
will not be done the old way. God has a better plan, the more excellent way,
for this new Kingdom Day!
“These are they ....” who are also called of God to fulfill all the types and shadows given in scripture. All the unfulfilled promises and purposes of God are being gathered together, written upon the hearts of the elect, and then fulfilled by the Spirit as He leads His holy remnant to do His will. These elect and chosen ones are kings and priests after the order of Melchisedec in the blessed Kingdom of their Father. What a great glory and awesome responsibility is ours in this new and greater Day of the Kingdom of God on earth! And the tests and trials of our “great tribulation” are preparing us for that glory to come, and are also qualifying us for the awesome responsibility we face!
“These are they, .... of all that might do service in the tabernacle of the congregation” (Num. 4:41). As priests of the most high God, the elect of the Lord shall perform the Lord’s service in His tabernacle, which is simply to do all His holy will and enter into HIS REST. Father’s will for all His elect now is for us to REST while our almighty Father does His wonderful work! There is a new tabernacle or temple being built. It is nothing at all like all the former temples that were built by man, for this new Temple is being built by the Lord. It is a spiritual temple, made up of lively stones, each of them like unto the original foundation or corner Stone, which is Christ Jesus, our Lord, our Savior and our King. The church system has portrayed the House or Temple of the Lord as a realm of religious activity, supported by the works and the wealth of man. But the Lord would say to us all, “Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or WHAT IS THE PLACE OF MY REST? Hath not my hand made all these things? Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye” (Acts 7:49-51, Is. 61:1).
King David was an honorable king and a man after God’s own heart. He desired to know the will of God and then did it. When David realized the true state of the house of the Lord that it was a glorious place of rest and peace, he announced one day, “Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build AN HOUSE OF REST for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building: But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed blood” (1 Chron. 28:2-3). What wisdom David had! He knew that the House of the Lord was to be AN HOUSE OF REST! It was to be a holy realm where none of the religious works of man were to be done! In the tabernacle of the Lord, there was the Holy place and the most Holy place, or the Holiest of all. The place of rest, the realm where the ark of the covenant was placed, was in the Holiest of all, also called the most holy place (Ex. 26:33-34).
We now have access to the Holiest of all through Christ and His precious blood. But first, we will have to cease all the religious, church works of the past age! The Holiest of all is a spiritual realm of total and absolute REST! It gives us rest from all the labors of the flesh, so that our flesh is at rest in God! We no longer see our need to work religiously, or to do something in the natural to further the work of the Lord. In the Holiest of all, we see the Lord working, doing His wonderful work as only He can do it, while we REST and worship in His wonderful and awesome presence! If anyone should ever ascend up to the Holiest of all, there to partake of the glories of that high and holy spiritual realm in God, perhaps even briefly, they would never ever revert to the old ways of the past. The Holiest of all is there for us if we will cease our own works and enter into the REST OF GOD (see Is. 11:10, Heb. 3:18, 4:1 & 10).
We have known for some time that we were called of our Father to become king-priests after the order of Melchisedec. But some, when they heard that there was such an order in God, claimed immediately that they were now Melchisedec priests of the Lord. However, since the Melchisedec order of priests have the “power of an endless life,” it becomes very obvious that no one yet is a Melchisedec priest. We still have a ways to go before we become kings and priests after the order of Melchisedec. We must yet be transformed into the image and likeness of Christ to qualify as Melchisedec priests. All the empty claims that some have made will never make them Melchisedec priests! So, let us look at the Melchisedec order of priests to see what we shall yet become in the fullness of time.
Melchizedek is first mentioned in the book of Genesis. Abraham met Melchizedek when he was “Abram,” meaning high father, before the Lord appeared to him and called him “Abraham,” which means father of a multitude. Abram was returning from “the slaughter of the kings” at “the valley of Shaveh.” Then, we read, “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. And he gave him tithes of all” (Gen. 14:18-20). As we proceed in this study, we will see that Melchizedek is Christ and Christ is Melchisedec! We believe the scriptures prove this conclusively! Abraham recognized Christ, so he paid his tithes to the Lord, acknowledging Christ as Melchisedec, “the priest of the most high God.”
The writer to the Hebrews also tells us this: “And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him” (Heb. 7:9-10). Although Abram may have literally paid his tithes to Melchisedec, a spiritual transaction also took place, for it is declared that Levi paid tithes to Melchisedec or to Christ, while in the loins of his father, Abraham. What a wonderful, glorious, spiritual transaction that was! It is very likely that this scripture is telling us that those who receive tithes, as Levi did, should also pay their tithes to Melchisedec, for we were also in the loins of Abraham when he paid tithes to the Lord! All offerings and sacrifices should ultimately go to the great High Priest! As far as I am concerned, my tithe, or that which I give to the Lord, is much more than a tenth; it is all I have! Gladly, I give Him my all, knowing it is the right thing to do; I believe it is the will of my Father. But I also trust the Lord and rejoice in the promises of my Father, which assures us that we shall receive much more of the glory of His Kingdom, and also of His blessings and benefits, as a result of our sacrifice UNTO HIM!
Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, FOR MY SAKE, AND THE GOSPEL'S, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, WITH PERSECUTIONS; and in the world (or age) to come eternal life” (Mk. 10:29-30). If we surrender or give up all we have for the sake of Christ and the Gospel we are promised an hundredfold now in this time, including all we gave up, along with the persecutions common to this “life.” And in the world or the age to come, we shall receive eternal Life, which is the fullness of the Life of Christ. All that our Father has promised us in this “life,” comes with persecution, for we are strangers and pilgrims in this world. We are citizens of another world, or of another realm, which is the wonderful realm or dominion of the Kingdom of our Father.
Why do you suppose Abram paid tithes to Melchizedek, or to Christ, at that time? Because Melchizedek, or Christ, brought forth bread and wine, which was a typical function of the high priest, and also because Melchizedek, or Christ, blessed him. There is something special and wonderful about the blessings of the Lord! He can bless us like no other can, and when we are blessed of Him, we will surely know it. The wisest of men has said, “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it” (Pro. 10:22). The blessings and the wealth of this world adds burdens, problems and sorrows to our lives. But the blessing of the Lord makes us rich spiritually and adds no sorrow along with His spiritual blessings. Abram received something special from God that day, and that special blessing caused Abram to want to give the Lord the tithe of all that he had. And when we are enjoying the blessings of the Lord and receiving from His bountiful hand, we will also want to give Him our tithes. But because this is a new Day, with a higher and more glorious purpose and priesthood, we will do more than give Him our tithe - we will forsake all to follow Him. And when we forsake all that is of this world, we will not lose a thing, for God has promised to supply all our needs, according to His riches in glory. But when we forsake all the things of this world, we are affirming our heavenly, spiritual citizenship and showing our total allegiance to Christ, our glorious and honorable King and Lord of all. If ever there was a time when the Lord’s elect needed to affirm their allegiance to Christ, their King and Lord of all, this is that time!
Not only did Melchizedek bless Abram, but He also blessed the Lord God most high, “And blessed, praised, and glorified be God Most High, Who has given your foes into your hand!” (Gen. 14:20a, AMP). To bless the Lord as He did tells us that this Melchizedek, who blessed Abram, was also a high priest. A high priest is one who was called to minister unto the Lord and to bless Him. It was the high priest’s calling to “minister unto me in the priest's office” (Ex. 28:1). Melchizedek, therefore, was Christ, the great High Priest (Heb. 3:1), after the order or rank of Melchisedec, and with the power of an endless life.
Melchizedek-Christ is also seated at the right hand on the
throne of the Father, where He rules and reigns over all. The Psalmist said
of Him, “THE LORD (God) says to my Lord (the Messiah), Sit at My right
hand, until I make Your adversaries Your footstool. [Matt.26:64; Acts 2:34;
1 Cor. 15:25; Col.3:1; Heb.12:2.] The Lord will send forth from Zion the scepter
of Your strength; rule, then, in the midst of Your foes. [Rom. 11:26,27.]”
(Ps. 110:1-2, AMP). Melchizedek, or Christ, is to sit at Father’s right
hand on His heavenly, spiritual throne, and remain there
“until I make Your adversaries Your footstool.” He is to rule and reign there “in the midst of Your foes” until His adversaries have become His footstool. It is by the power of the reign of Christ, the King, that every enemy is to be defeated and put under the feet of this corporate Christ. Melchisedec-Christ must rule and reign in the midst of His foes until that purpose is fully accomplished. God is sending forth from Zion the Scepter of His almighty strength and power, which makes it possible for Him to conquer every enemy.
Now, notice what was said in the next verse of that same chapter: “Your people will offer themselves willingly in the day of Your power, in the beauty of holiness and in holy array out of the womb of the morning; to You [will spring forth] Your young men, who are as the dew” (Ps. 110:3, AMP). The Day of His power is here! This is the Day when His people - His chosen elect, the sons of God - “will offer themselves willingly in the day of Your power.” We will not only offer all our possessions to Him as a sacrifice, but, more importantly, we will also offer ourselves to the Lord, and we will make that offer “willingly in the day of Your power.” Many of us have already done that! Then comes the birth of the manchild, which is the manifestation of the sons of God, as we read, “in the beauty of holiness and in holy array out of the womb of the morning; to You [will spring forth] Your young men, who are as the dew.”
Those “young men” are the sons of God who have become manifest sons of God by the power of the resurrected Christ of glory. They are as young men, for they have a new and mature Life, which is the fullness of the Life of Christ! They shall be birthed “in the beauty of holiness and in holy array out of the womb of the morning.” Or, they shall come forth “out of the womb of the morning” to be born again of the Spirit in the holiness of perfection and the great Glory of the Lord. When the elect of the Lord are born again of the Spirit and are given their new bodies, they shall come forth in the beauty of holiness out of the womb of the morning, thus initiating the Morning of this new Day of the Kingdom of God on earth. This present midnight hour of spiritual darkness is not a time when there will be great spiritual advancement or when much new truth will come forth. Rather, it is a time of the proliferation of spiritual darkness, resulting in gross error and deception (see Is.26:21)! Therefore, we should walk softly before the Lord, weighing carefully all we read and hear! Peter warned us of this, when he declared, by the Spirit, “beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen” (2 Pe. 3:17-18). The new morning of the great glory of the Lord shall soon dawn! And our new birth into the image and likeness of Christ, which is the manifestation of the sons of God, will change this midnight hour into the new morning of the greater Glory of the Lord! Then all darkness will be vanquished by the Light of Christ, and the Light that He is will enlighten the whole world of mankind. What a wonderful Day that will be and what an awesome Glory awaits us all!
“The Lord has sworn and will not revoke or change it: You are a priest forever, after the manner and order of Melchizedek. [Heb 5:10; 7:11,15,21.]” (Ps. 110:4, AMP). Who is the Lord speaking to here? Verse one tells us: “THE LORD (God) says to my Lord (the Messiah).” God, the Father, is speaking to Christ, the Messiah! In spiritual reality, Christ and the Father are inseparably one! But it may be difficult for us to understand this union, especially as it has to do with their functions or their work. So it helps our understanding to see that the One God has another aspect, Person or expression of Himself. Therefore, the Father is saying to Christ, His beloved Son, “You are a priest forever, after the manner and order of Melchizedek.” In other words, You, Christ the Messiah, the anointed One, are Melchisedec; you are a priest forever, after the manner and order of Melchisedec-Christ! But there is still more scriptural evidence to come!
After hearing of His appointment as a High Priest forever after the order of Melchisedec, Christ is then told what His task will be. Father says of Him, “The Lord at Your right hand will shatter kings in the day of His indignation. He will execute judgment [in overwhelming punishment] upon the nations; He will fill the valleys with the dead bodies, He will crush the [chief] heads over lands many and far extended. [Ezek. 38:21,22; 39:11,12.] He will drink of the brook by the way; therefore will He lift up His head [triumphantly]” (Ps. 110:5-7, AMP). While He sits at His Father’s right hand, Melchisedec-Christ will shatter kings, removing them from power and replacing their dominion. He will execute judgment and punishment upon the nations, or upon the heathen. He will fill the valleys with the dead bodies; it will not be the actual dead bodies of people, but it will be the remnants of the Adamic “man,” as in Is. 22:2 & 66:15-16, 22-24 & Jer. 9:22. It is the leftovers of those who have been transformed and changed into the glorious image and likeness of Christ. He will also crush the heads of the many lands or nations of man, and will replace their headship with the Headship and Kingship of Christ, Who has become their beloved Savior, Lord and King.
Then, “He will drink of the brook by the way; therefore will He lift up His head [triumphantly].” And what is “the brook by the way” from which He shall drink? Is it not “the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life” (Ps. 36:8-9). Christ is Melchisedec, and Melchisedec is Christ! Christ is the Head, and Christ also is the Body. And for each member of the Body to fully become the Christ, they must drink of the brook by the way, which also is “the river of thy pleasures, the fountain of life.” Every member of the Christ grows and increases with the increase of God by drinking from the fountain of His Life. Each time a member of His Body drinks of that fountain of Life to the full, they become like Him, to be joined to Him, making the Christ greater and more complete! And when this completed Melchisedec-Christ has drunk of the fountain of His Life to the full, or when the sons of God have come forth “in the beauty of holiness and in holy array out of the womb of the morning,” the Christ shall “lift up His head (Christ, the Head) triumphantly.” Then, Christ will be Lord of all in all the earth, to the glory of the Father. Then He will be, in truth and in fact, both the Alpha and the Omega! And the heathen will then drink even as we have drunk of that Life-giving stream (see Obadiah 16)! Amen and amen!
If you still wonder if Christ is really Melchisedec, the Messiah and the Melchisedecian High Priest forever, this passage of scripture should seal it and confirm this truth for your understanding: “So too Christ (the Messiah) did not exalt Himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed and exalted by Him Who said to Him, You are My Son; today I have begotten You; [Ps 2:7.] As He says also in another place, You are a Priest [appointed] FOREVER after the order (or with the rank) of Melchizedek. [Ps 110:4.]” (Heb. 5:5-6, AMP). Whom is this scripture referring to? It is referring to Christ, the Lord! He also is Melchisedec! Christ was appointed a Priest FOREVER after the order of Melchisedec! This means that Christ was Melchisedec when He met Abraham in the beginning, and He will also continue to be Melchisedec unto the end, when we shall be fully joined to Him, becoming all that HE IS! Indeed, Christ is Melchisedec forever! And when we have been perfected and transformed, we too shall become priests and kings, after the order of Christ-Melchisedec, with the power of an endless Life.
The writer to the Hebrews said of Jesus: “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec” (Heb. 5:7-10).
Jesus, the first Son, had His days in the flesh, just as we are now during these days of our earthly, spiritual journey! In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers to His Father, asking Him to be saved from the terrible death of the cross. And, once we get a glimpse of the Life and Glory of Christ, which is soon to come, we may also ask to be delivered out of this realm as well. This realm is not really true life at all. It is the realm of death! But after praying and travailing, asking His Father for deliverance from the death of the cross, Jesus was given the understanding that the cross was the way His Father wanted Him to go. He knew then that the cross was His Father’s will for Him! So Jesus said, “O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done” (Mt. 26:42). When difficult times come upon us during these trying days of our flesh and we are being tested and tried sometimes beyond what we think we can endure, what else can we say to our Father but “thy will be done!”
Our Lord Jesus, Who is Christ the Son of God, also is Melchisedec! And Christ, the Spirit and the Son of God, established the order of Melchisedec, which is a higher order of priests than anything we have known in the past. Jesus was born the Son of God, but in spiritual reality He became all that Christ is and also Melchisedec, the priest of the most high God, when He was raised from the dead! So also shall we become all that Christ-Melchisedec is, when we have been changed into the glorious image and likeness of the living Christ of God! So then, what is the order of Melchisedec? It is the order of Christ, which is the highest and most glorious order or rank attainable by anyone! The order of Melchisedec originated with Christ, and that order of priests is also being administered by Christ, Who is the great High Priest of that holy, Heavenly, Divine order! CHRIST IS MELCHISEDEC FOREVER! And all who shall become priests of God in that Divine order must be changed to become all that He is, just as Jesus was changed! Like Jesus, we shall also “become a High Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek. [Ps 110:4.]” (Heb. 6:20, AMP). It is the order of High Priests who minister unto the Father and have the power of an endless Life! When we consider these truths, can there be any doubt that Melchisedec is indeed the Christ of God?
The following scripture gives further evidence that Christ is Melchisedec: “FOR THIS Melchizedek, king of Salem [and] priest of the Most High God, met Abraham as he returned from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, And Abraham gave to him a tenth portion of all [the spoil]. He is primarily, as his name when translated indicates, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, which means king of peace. Without [record of] father or mother or ancestral line, neither with beginning of days nor ending of life, but, resembling the Son of God, he continues to be a priest without interruption and without successor. Now observe and consider how great [a personage] this was to whom even Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth [the topmost or the pick of the heap] of the spoils” (Heb. 7:1-4, AMP).
Melchisedec is declared to be King of Salem, or King of the new Jerusalem, which means King of Peace. The name Melchizedek, from the Hebrew, means “king of right!” A related Hebrew word also includes equity and prosperity, as well as “king of right,” when describing Melchizedek. Only Christ can fit this description! And only Christ can and will bring peace to this troubled old world. Melchizedek (in the Hebrew Old Testament), or Melchisedec (in the Greek New Testament) is also declared to be “king of righteousness!” Who else could this great Personage be, but Christ, the holy, anointed and living Son of God! He alone is the KING OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, for the righteousness of God is to be received by the faith of Christ (Rom. 3:22).
The King James translation gives the order of the revelation and manifestation of Christ to the world as, “FIRST being by interpretation King of righteousness, AND AFTER THAT ALSO King of Salem, which is, King of peace” (Heb. 7:2). We must know Christ FIRST as the King of righteousness, and then we may know Him also as our King of peace. Righteousness must precede peace in our lives, and also in the lives of all mankind in this world. And when they know Him as their King of righteousness FIRST, the revelation and manifestation of Christ as the King of Peace will follow. Without righteousness there can be no peace! But when we have Christ within, we have true righteousness within us, which will bring forth true and lasting peace. This is true for the individual believer and also for the whole world of mankind.
It is God’s plan that we become the righteousness of Christ, or that we become “uncompromisingly and consistently righteous.” Thus, we read, “Your people also shall all be [uncompromisingly and consistently] righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified. The least one shall become a thousand [a clan], and the small one a strong nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its [appointed] time” (Is. 60:21-22, AMP). When we have Christ within in fullness, and not in part as we do now, we shall be thoroughly and completely righteous! The holiness and righteousness of Christ will then be what we are, resulting in a manifestation of His righteousness from within us. Then, we shall possess the Kingdom Land of promise, with all its blessings and benefits, forever! Then, the branch or the small twig, or the elect remnant of the Lord, which we are now, will become a gigantic Tree. Then, a little one, or the small remnant that we are, shall multiply a thousandfold. And that company of saints, who once appeared to be small, insignificant and of little consequence, shall become a strong nation. And the Lord, Who is our Head, our Lord, our King and our Master, will hasten the fulfillment of this Word of promise in its appointed time, season or Day!
Indeed, “these are they ...” who have grown in spiritual maturity and stature to become a strong nation and a mighty and gloriously adorned company of saints. “These are they ...” who have endured “great tribulation,” which has tried and tested them, until they came forth as the purest of gold in the Kingdom of their Father. “These are they...” whose beauty and glory exceeds that of the sun in their brilliance, for they walked the path outlined by their Father throughout their earthly, yet spiritual journey! “These are they ...” who have drawn “water from the wells of salvation” (Is. 12:3, AMP). They know Who their Source is and they partake of Him often and continually. “These are they ...” who “Sing praises to the Lord, for He has done excellent things [gloriously]; let this be made known to all the earth.” They will also “Cry aloud and shout joyfully, you women and inhabitants of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy one of Israel” (Is. 12:5-6, AMP). “These are they ...” who shall be arrayed in greater glory and splendor than even Solomon or the lilies of the field (Mt. 6:28-30). And “these are they” who love, honor and faithfully serve and worship their Savior, Lord and King!
“These are they ...” who shall be dressed in fine, royal apparel, rivaling the finest garments ever worn by any king, whether of the past or the present. And as “Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck” (Ge. 41:42), so also shall our heavenly Father replace our old garments of this life with the royal apparel of the Life of Christ in the Kingdom of God. Indeed, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14). Our Father will also place that symbolic ring of authority upon us, along with that allegorical gold chain about our necks, thus conferring upon us the authority of Christ, Who is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. No person has ever been or ever will be arrayed in such royal splendor and glory, as we shall be when we are changed into His resplendent image and likeness.
Let us consider this scripture (Heb. 7:1-4) in more detail. It is said of Melchisedec-Christ that He was “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. NOW CONSIDER HOW GREAT THIS MAN WAS, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils” (Heb. 7:3-4). When we truly consider how great this Man was and IS, we will then have to readily acknowledge that He must be Christ, the Spirit and the Son of the living God! Melchisedec is declared to be “WITHOUT FATHER, WITHOUT MOTHER, WITHOUT DESCENT, HAVING NEITHER BEGINNING OF DAYS, NOR END OF LIFE; BUT MADE LIKE UNTO THE SON OF GOD!” Indeed, Melchisedec was not only “made like unto the Son of God,” HE WAS CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD! No other person we know of was “Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life!” That could only be Christ, the Spirit, for of all persons we know of, only Christ meets every one of those conditions and descriptions.
Christ and Christ alone, is “without father, without
mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life!”
Christ is not a natural born man, or a man of this earth! He is The Messiah,
The Spirit of the Father! He had no beginning of days, nor end of life. He cannot
die, for He is Spirit! And Christ, the Spirit of the Father, is Melchisedec,
the anointed High Priest to Whom Abraham proudly paid his tithes. Abraham saw
Him as a man; I have seen Him as a man also; and maybe you have seen Him that
way as well. He can appear to us as a man or as an angel, for He is the Spirit
of God and can do whatever the Father wills! There is not another One like Him
anywhere, Who is so glorious, so awesomely beautiful and spiritually attractive!
And His glory far outshines the sun and the stars in His brilliance, brightness
and resplendence! YET WE ARE, SLOWLY BUT EVER SO SURELY, BECOMING ALL THAT HE
IS! Amen and amen!
The order of Melchisedec is also an order of spiritual change, resulting in many changes in every area or realm, from the old order of the law, to the church order and then to the new and higher order of the Life of Christ. Thus, it is written, “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? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law” (Heb. 7:11-12). Perfection is the goal, first for the Lord’s elect, then for the Israel of God, and finally, for all mankind. For the individual, perfection means to be altogether complete in every area of our lives. Perfection is that state of life that is without faults, failures or incompleteness. It is the life of the person who has been changed into the full glory, power and honor of sonship; it is truly, the manifestation of the sons of God!
Perfection was not possible under the older order of priests, which was the Levitical order, or the priesthood of Aaron. Therefore, it was necessary for God to change the order of the priesthood into one that was perfect, holy and undefiled and was able to impart perfection to many others. To bring perfection into the world, a perfect order of priests was necessary. And that order is the Melchisedec order, or the order of Christ, the pure, holy, perfect and undefiled High Priest and the Son of the living God! Without Him, we are nothing! But with Christ, we may join Paul in saying, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil. 4:13). Christ, as our Savior and Messiah, gloriously and wondrously saved us from sin and death. And Christ also, as Melchisedec, the sovereign King and the forgiving, restoring and reconciling High Priest of God, is also making us kings and priests, after the order of Melchisedec, in the blessed Kingdom of our Father.
We are becoming all that Christ is! We are becoming kings and priests of God, after the order of Melchisedec, through union with Christ! Our union with Him begins with the cross and ends with our spiritual growth to the throne of our Father, when we are fully merged into Him. At the cross of Christ, we were circumcised, or our flesh was crucified, so that our old fleshly nature, including the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts, was rendered powerless within us. We were thus circumcised, or identified with Him in His death and raised with Him to a new Life in Christ by the operation of God, through faith in Christ, even as He was raised from the dead. And then, we who were once dead in trespasses and sins shall be brought to a new Life by God, in union with Christ, having freely forgiven us all our trespasses (see Col. 2:11-13). When this word is entirely and completely fulfilled in us, we shall stand sinless and guiltless before our Father, prepared to ascend His royal throne of all power and authority, and become Melchisedec kings and priests of God. And only our Father, through and in harmony with Christ, can make us what He has purposed for us to become, for Christ and the Father are ONE!
“For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature]. And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power]” (Col. 2:9-10, AMP). In other words, all of God dwells in Christ! We need nothing else but Christ and all that He is. And when we have Him within IN FULLNESS, we shall have all of God within us as well!
Paul continued His discourse on our union with and in Christ,
“When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory. So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God). It is on account of these [very sins] that the [holy] anger of God is ever coming upon the sons of disobedience (those who are obstinately opposed to the divine will)” (Col. 3:4-6, AMP). Christ shall soon appear to His own! This is scriptural truth; it is truth that cannot be refuted or denied! And if He is our Life, then it is certain that we shall appear with Him when Christ appears in the splendor of His great glory! If our union with Christ is secure, sure, constant and steadfast, then it is assured that WE SHALL APPEAR WITH HIM!
Therefore, because we have this hope of appearing WITH CHRIST, we will deny self its desire and expression, recognizing our old nature as being dead, lifeless and without expression in our lives. The Apostle Paul tells us that the holy anger of God will come upon all the disobedient ones, including “those who are obstinately opposed to the divine will!” If we will hear His Word and obey His revealed will, it is certain that we shall appear with Christ when He appears in His glory! The doing of our Father’s will is that ability within us that is necessary and vital in our lives for us to appear with Him in His glory!
The Concordant Version of Colosians, chapter three and verse four, reads like this: “Whenever Christ, our Life, should be manifested, then you also will be manifested together with Him in glory.” In that version, the admonition follows, telling us, “Put to death, then, your members which are on earth...” The earthly or worldly members of our bodies get us into trouble. But if we will recognize that all our carnal, bodily members have been put to death, which is the death of the cross, including our souls or our carnal minds, then the Spirit will have the preeminence within us, and will lead us to keep our appointment with the Lord, when He, Who is our Life, shall be manifested. The Amplified Translation along with others, use the word “appear,” saying, “When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.” How much better it is to see the appearing of Christ as the MANIFESTATION of Christ in His glory! It is our utmost desire and ambition to “be manifested together with Him in glory.” To see Christ MANIFEST in His glory will most assuredly change us into that same Glory, by the Spirit of the Lord! And may the Lord of glory keep us all unto that great moment, which is likened unto the twinkling of an eye, to take place “at the last trump.”
As Christ-Melchisedec is a merciful and faithful High Priest, so also are we becoming that in His Kingdom. He is the Apostle and High Priest of our profession. He has passed into the Heavens where He serves and ministers in our behalf. He is touched with the feelings of our infirmities, for He was IN ALL POINTS tested as we are, yet He came through it all without sin. As our faithful High Priest, Christ is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the Heavens. He is seated on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty of the Heavens, and is a minister of the true sanctuary of the Lord. The Temple of His ministry is the true sanctuary of the Lord, nothing like any other temple that man has ever pitched. He does not offer gifts and sacrifices according to the law, but He offered Himself once for all the sins of the people. And now He has a more excellent ministry, in which He is the Mediator of a better covenant, based on better promises. Since the old, former covenant was found full of fault, He made a NEW COVENANT with His people that is faultless and full of hope and promise for all. Also, our High Priest opened the way into the Holiest of all, thus eliminating the first or older tabernacle. Entrance into the Holiest of all brings us into the very intimate presence of the Lord. He is a High Priest of good things to come. He offered Himself once and for all time as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. And to those who look for Him, shall He appear a second time bringing salvation, this time without having anything to do with sin, but to be manifest and to complete the salvation of all the elect who love Him and who seek to do His will. What a High Priest He is! We are becoming exactly and precisely all that HE IS, for His glory and honor, to do all His perfect will in the earth!
“These are they...” who are becoming kings and priests of the Lord in the Kingdom of their Father. They shall not lack anything spiritual, for they are becoming all that Christ is! And, “these are they whom the LORD commanded to divide the inheritance unto the children of Israel in the land of Canaan” (Num. 34:29). In that day, the Lord chose men from the tribes of Israel to divide the inheritance of the land of promise to the people. They were chosen and set apart by God, just as we are also. Many of them in that day were princes from each of the tribes of Israel, to whom the responsibility of dividing the inheritance was given. The Lord chose them for that duty because He knew they were faithful, and He has chosen us for the same reason.
“Now these things befell them by way of a figure [as an example and warning to us]; they were written to admonish and fit us for right action by good instruction, we in whose days the ages have reached their climax (their consummation and concluding period)” (1 Cor. 10:11, AMP). All that happened to the remnant of Israel in history is purposed for the remnant of this hour, teaching and admonishing us to take the right course of action in the Kingdom of God. The end of the ages have come upon us! And we are the people who are called and chosen of our Father to lead the way, by good instruction leading to right action, into the greater glories of the Kingdom of God.
As the Lord chose a remnant in that day who were given the responsibility of dividing the inheritance to the tribes of Israel, so also has He chosen His remnant of this hour who will share the benefits of their inheritance with the multitudes of this world. While the inheritance was initially promised only for the Lord’s elect and chosen ones, they are also called to bless the world with all they receive from their Father. It is the supreme purpose of the Kingdom of God to bless the world and make it new (Gen. 9:1, 16, 18:18, Is. 61:11, Acts 3:25, 2 Pet. 3:13 & Rev. 21:1), by the power and authority of the Christ, which includes both the Head and the Body. We will indeed share our spiritual inheritance with the rest of the world, for that is the spirit and purpose of the declared will of our Father in the Kingdom of God (Mt. 25:15-28).
Perhaps now, with the wisdom and understanding that Melchisedec
is Christ, we have added another dimension to the glory and beauty of Christ!
There is not another One like Him anywhere! He is so glorious, so awesomely
beautiful and spiritually attractive! His glory far outshines the sun and the
stars in His radiance, brilliance, brightness and resplendence! YET WE ARE,
SLOWLY BUT EVER SO SURELY, BECOMING ALL THAT HE IS! AMEN AND AMEN!
Paul and Emily Mueller
P O BOX 25055, Portland, OR 97298-0055