Melchizedek was a heavenly high priest not an earthly one.

melchizedek2In the series “10 reasons why Melchizedek was actually the pre-incarnate Word of God” the following article is reason # 9.

Melchizedek was a heavenly high priest not an earthly one.

Hebrews 8:1-5 says:
(1)  Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
(2)  A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
(3)  For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
(4)  For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there [on earth] are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
(5)  Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

Did you notice how Hebrews 8:3 could present a problem for those that claim Melchizedek was an earthly king and priest practicing the true religion in Salem? The verse clearly states that since every high priest must offer both gifts and sacrifices that it was therefore necessary for Jesus being a high priest to have something to offer as well. And indeed He did have something to offer; for He offered His own shed blood in the holy place in the heavenly tabernacle, once and for all! But what of Melchizedek? What did he have to offer? It certainly couldn’t have been the blood of bulls and goats since Hebrews 10:4 says that such a sacrifice would have disqualified Melchizedek’s priesthood from being one which promises (in Hebrews 7:11 & Hebrews 10:1) to perfect its subjects. Neither could Melchizedek have offered his own shed blood since that would have obviated Christ’s sacrifice. So again what did he offer? Such is the dilemma for those that espouse the idea that Melchizedek was an earthly priest in Salem.

Moreover, Hebrews 8:4 rules out the idea that Melchizedek’s priesthood was being practiced on earth during Abraham’s time since it tells us that there is no way that Jesus could be a priest on earth. Hebrews 9:24 confirms this by stating that Christ is serving as a high priest in heaven. Since Jesus is a high priest after the order and similitude of Melchizedek it follows that Melchizedek couldn’t have been a priest on earth either. Furthermore, Hebrews 8:5 says that the heavenly tabernacle not only preceded the earthly tabernacle used by the Levitical Priesthood but was the basis for its blueprint. This fact combined with the realization that Melchizedek was the first priest mentioned in the bible seems to indicate that he was a high priest in heaven before there was even one on earth.

Regarding Hebrews 8:3-5; 9:2, Dr. Henry Morris states:

The only true tabernacle is in heaven (Rev_21:3, Rev_21:10-11), but God’s glory had filled its earthly model (Exodus 40:34) when its construction was carried out according to the pattern given by God to Moses (Heb_8:5)…The “example” [in Hebrew 8:5] is an actual set of plans, as it were, and Moses was instructed concerning all its details…The design of the tabernacle in the wilderness, with its appurtenances, is described specifically in Exodus 25-27. Many of these details, as well as the worship services specified for the tabernacle, were models of the heavenly tabernacle and types of the spiritual ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, our great High Priest…The heavenly tabernacle is a real physical structure in the real place called Heaven.[1]

Since the true tabernacle in heaven preceded the earthly tabernacle of the Levitical priesthood (Hebrews 8:5) and the true tabernacle has a “minister of the sanctuary” (Hebrews 8:2) then it is not unreasonable to think that the perpetual intercession of Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:3) was and is being carried out in the true tabernacle and that Melchizedek is actually Jesus the Christ the perpetual high priest who intercedes with His blood which was shed “from the foundation of the world.(Revelation 13:8)”

References
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1. See notes on Hebrews 8:3-5; 9:2, The DEFENDER’S Study Bible, Henry M. Morris, Ph.D., LL.D., Litt.D.

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Melchizedek’s priesthood is said to result in perfection

melchizedek2In the series “10 reasons why Melchizedek was actually the pre-incarnate Word of God” the following article is reason # 7.

Melchizedek’s priesthood is said to result in perfection.

Hebrews 7:25 reveals that one of the qualities of a perfect priesthood is the priest’s ability to perpetually intercede on behalf of the priesthood’s subjects. Melchizedek is said to abide a priest continually so his priesthood definitely has this quality of perfection; yet, only God inherently possesses the power of an endless life therefore only God can truly meet this criteria. How could a priest who is merely a man spearhead a priesthood that brings about perfection if this priest is not God Himself? This is the riddle that Hebrews 7:11 presents us with, for it reads:

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 7:11)

The good and necessary consequence of Hebrews 7:11, 19 & 25 is that perfection is a by-product of the Melchizedek priesthood. And if so, then Melchizedek must be Jesus Christ for only Christ is able to save believers to the uttermost seeing as how Christ and Christ alone ever liveth to make intercession for them that come unto God by Him. Furthermore, Hebrews 7:26 says that the high priest described in Hebrews 7:24 & 25 became one of us. This implies that Jesus was a high priest before He became one of us and if so then who else could Melchizedek have been except Christ?

Melchizedek abides a priest continually and Jesus has a priesthood that is said to be unchangeable.

melchizedek2In the series “10 reasons why Melchizedek was actually the pre-incarnate Word of God” the following article is reason # 6.

Melchizedek abides a priest continually and Jesus has a priesthood that is said to be unchangeable.

Before us lies a great paradox that should have caused the Melchizedek-disparaging commentators to cease with their naturalistic interpretations of the text. Hebrews 7:24 makes it known through what is attributed to Christ that Melchizedek’s priesthood could neither be transmitted to another nor interrupted by death. Thus if Melchizedek is still a high priest (as Hebrews 7:3 very clearly states) then Jesus cannot at the same time also be a high priest since there can only be one perpetual high priest at a time. Yet, Hebrews 6:20 states that Jesus is a high priest forever as well. The only rational conclusion that this verse leaves us with is that Melchizedek is really the pre-incarnate Word of God Who is spoken of in John 1:1.

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12 reasons why Melchizedek was actually the pre-incarnate Word of God

Speculations concerning the identity of Melchizedek are plentiful and not without controversy. Most commentaries or study bibles that I have read say that he was merely an obscure king of a Canaanite city called Salem, who upheld the true religion. According to these writers, Salem was allegedly also known as the city of Jerusalem in the days of Abraham; thus Melchizedek is said to have been ruling there while administering his priestly functions for occupants who were undoubtedly pagan [1]. Continue reading

The name Melchizedek is really a title which means “King of righteousness.”

melchizedek2In the series “10 reasons why Melchizedek was actually the pre-incarnate Word of God” the following article is reason # 1.

The name Melchizedek is really a title which means “King of righteousness.”

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; (Hebrews 7:1-2)

The Holy Spirit in Hebrews 7:2 tells us that Melchizedek is more than just a name given in Genesis 14:18 for now we are told that it’s also a title which means “King of Righteousness.” The word “Salem” (which is discussed in the next section) is also revealed to be a title as well. What an irony that Melchizedek would be identified by a pair of traits (righteousness and peace) which Scripture uses solely of God and His kingdom! For Who else except Christ the God-man could warrant such titles? Continue reading