Scripture References: Hebrews 9:22; Leviticus 5:11; cited I Kings 8:38-50; I John 1:9; Revelation 13:8; I Peter 1:20; Matthew 13:17; Hebrews 6:20; Hebrews 7:3; Genesis 5:4; Genesis 7:1; Genesis 8:20; II Peter 2:5; Romans 4:3; John 8:56; Job 1:1,5; Job 19:25-27; Job 19: 29; Genesis 32:24-32; Genesis 48:16; Deuteronomy 18:17-19; Mark 9:1-4; I Samuel 21:4-6; I Samuel 23:9; Luke 6:3-5; I Chronicles 15:27; I Samuel 16:13; Psalm 110: 1-7; Psalm 122:6-9; Psalm 17:15; I Kings 18:36-39; I Kings 17:18-24; II Kings 2:8; I Kings 18:10-12; I Kings 18:46; II Kings 2:9,12; Isaiah 6; Matthew 5:8; Hebrews 11:37,38; Daniel 2:17-18; Daniel 1:17-19; Daniel 2; Daniel 5:10-14; Daniel 7:18,22; Daniel 12:1; Daniel 10:11-12
I observed an interesting discussion between a teacher of Judaism who believes that the writings in the Tanakh are the only ones that should be assigned status as “scriptures” and another brother who believes that the Tanakh and New Testament writings are the inspired word of Yahweh. Both the Judaism teacher and the other brother believe in Yahushua as the Messiah. The discussion centered on the scripture in Hebrews 9:22 that said “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.”
Judaism: Old Testament Scriptures Versus New Testament Writings
I have always thought that this truth about the “shedding of blood” was foundational for believers in Yahushua. I also thought that Judaism would prove this true what with all the animal sacrifices for sin that was done by Levitical priests at the command of Yahweh. However, the Judaism teacher brought up an interesting point. He said that there didn’t have to be shedding of blood for remission of sin. He said Yahweh made allowances for grain to be offered for sin offerings (Leviticus 5:11). Because part of the verse in Hebrews 9:22 stated that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin, the Judaism teacher’s stance that the book of Hebrews (with its mystery author) and the entire New Testament could not be counted as scripture because it contradicted the Tanakh.
The question was also posed about how the patriarchs who were born before the Levitical priesthood was started received atonement for their sins. The teacher of Judaism responded that it was through prayer and repentance (Teshuvah). He cited I Kings 8:38-50 and oddly enough I John 1:9. I believe that it is true that Yahweh desires repentance from the heart rather than sacrifices of animals. However, there is a deeper meaning for why this is the case.
New Testament: Mysteries of the Kingdom Revealed
Because the teacher of Judaism discounted significant parts of the New Testament, he must have missed or dismissed the verses in Revelation 13:8 and I Peter 1:20 that explain that Yahushua is the lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. Yahushua had already atoned for the patriarch’s sin. However, this fact was just not widely revealed until the first appearance of Yahushua. This is a part of the gospel message that he revealed to his disciples. That is why Yahushua said to his disciples in Matthew 13:17 that many righteous men and prophets had desired to see and hear the things which the disciples were seeing and hearing at the time concerning the kingdom and had not seen or heard them. As the master Yahushua indicated that the mysteries of the kingdom had not been fully revealed to many righteous men and prophets who were seeking knowledge, it left me wondering about any exceptions that precluded the Master from including all the righteous men and prophets in that statement.
Order of Melchisedek and the Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit)
The scriptures speak of a special order of kings and priests called the Melchisedek Order. Today, many are familiar with earthly fraternal orders; well this one is the non-satanic, original template for fraternal orders. Yahushua was declared a high priest after the order of Melchisedek (Hebrews 6:20); we also have record that Melchisedek or the man holding the title of Melchisedek was classified as a king and priest. In Hebrews 7:3, Melchisedek is described as having no genealogy, no descendants, and no beginning or end of days. The book of Hebrews describes this person as a man, but this title can’t be given to a mere human. The title of Melchisedek is reserved for those with the eternal Ruach ha Kodesh dwelling and operating within them. The Ruach ha Kodesh is the one that is without natural genealogy, descendants, beginning or ending of days. Yahweh gives his Ruach ha Kodesh as a gift and notice that it can’t be handed down physically to one’s descendants. We have the example of King Hezekiah to demonstrate that. King Hezekiah operated in the spirit of Yahweh. He didn’t get the gift from his earthly dad Ahaz because Ahaz was a known idolator. Hezekiah also couldn’t hand down the precious gift to his offspring Manasseh; Manasseh was known to be one of the wicked kings in Judah’s history until he had his own conversion experience with Yahweh.
Biblical Examples of Melchisedek Kings and Priests
The name Melchisedek means my king is righteous (ness). If Yahushua is the high priest in the order, there were and are lower ranking kings and priests in the order of Melchisedek. These kings and priests had certain characteristics in common with each other: they were known to have the spirit of Yahweh, they had prior knowledge of Israel’s Redeemer (Yahushua), they were often associated with righteousness, and they often demonstrated king or priest leadership duties on behalf of their people.
Here is a list of some of the Melchisedek kings and priests. The list is by no means a complete one; there are probably many missing from this list.
- Enoch. He walked with Yahweh and Yahweh took him (Genesis 5:4). The book of Enoch also mentioned that he made intercession not only for mankind but for angels who had sinned just as a king priest would do. He also was allowed to see Yahushua’s Day according to the Book of Enoch and prophesied about it.
- Noah. Yahweh declared Noah righteous in his generation (Genesis 7:1). Noah offered burnt offerings to Yahweh for the remnant survivors of the judgment flood (Genesis 8:20). He was called a preacher of righteousness in his generation (II Peter 2:5).
- Abraham. His faith was counted as righteousness (Romans 4:3). He offered sacrifice of his beloved son Isaac, but Yahweh stopped the test before the sacrifice was implemented. He demonstrated the heart of an obedient king priest of Yahweh. He demonstrated his willingness to put aside his own personal vision/mission/will for Yahweh’s will (similar to the High Priest Yahushua). He specifically was allowed to see Yahushua’s Day and rejoiced like all Melchisedek brethren (John 8:56).
- Job. Job was declared upright or righteous, and he offered burnt offerings to Yahweh as a priest on behalf of his family (Job 1:1,5). He also was allowed to see Yahushua’s Triumphant Day and calls Him “my Redeemer” that lives (Job 19:25-27). He was allowed to know specific mysteries about the latter days including Judgment Day (Job 19: 29) that only a very few are documented to know about prior to Yahushua’s appearance on the earth the first time.
- Israel. Jacob’s character was changed by Yahweh and resulted in a name change. We know that Yahweh is a spirit but when He operates physically on the earth He takes on a body (Yahushua). Jacob physically wrestled with a man who had a body. This person is known as the Angel of the Yahweh, the Captain of the Yahweh’s Host, and Son of Yahweh. I believe that it was Yahushua that blessed Jacob and changed his name to Israel after a night of wrestling (Genesis 32:24-32). Israel later acknowledges insight into “the Angel” that redeemed him from all evil (Genesis 48:16) indicating prior knowledge of Yahushua’s redemption.
- Moses. Moses made intercession for himself and his people countless times like a righteous, meek king priest. He especially fit the king priesthood within the order of Melchisedek as he was conveniently left out of the Aaronic priesthood; he was a member of a higher order. He was given knowledge of the coming Messiah/Prophet which would be raised up from among the brotherhood and would be like him (Deuteronomy 18:17-19). Of course that Prophet would be like Moses if they have the same spirit operating within them. Moses was seen in a glorified state speaking with Yahushua on the Mount of Transfiguration (Mark 9:1-4).
- David. He led his people like a shepherd and held the title of king in Jerusalem (like Melchisedek king of Salem). He and the men with him (brotherhood) were able to eat of the showbread which was only lawful for the priests to eat (I Samuel 21:4-6). The fact that Yahweh didn’t kill him which He was prone to do to people who violated the order of the tabernacle indicates that David and those with him may have had a right to the food as priests of a higher order than the priesthood of Aaron (Luke 6:3-5). He was a king who wore an ephod; the ephods were usually worn by those associated with the priesthood (I Chronicles 15:27). He was anointed with the Ruach ha Kodesh (I Samuel 16:13). When David was on the run from king Saul, he commanded Abiathar the priest to bring him the ephod so that he could inquire of Yahweh; handling and use of the ephod was usually reserved for priests (I Samuel 23:9). We know that Yahweh answered the young Melchisedek king priest, and David’s life was spared from king Saul. He had insight into Yahushua, the latter days, and the Melchisedek order of which he was a part when he said, “My master said to my master sit thou at my right hand while I make thy enemies thy footstool” (Psalm 110: 1-7). David had knowledge that Jerusalem was code for the “Melchisedek brotherhood” which makes up the house of Yahweh. He makes it plain in Psalm 122:6-9 when he said to, “pray for the peace of Jerusalem…for my brethren and companions’ sake I will say now peace be within thee. Because of the house of Yahweh I will seek thy good.” He had knowledge of the resurrection and the fact that he would be changed into the likeness of Yahweh (Psalm 17:15); he knew that he would have to be awakened.
- Elijah and Elisha. Elijah made prayers and sacrificial offerings to Yahweh in order to turn the hearts of the people away from idolatry and toward the true Eloha (I Kings 18:36-39). He operated in the power of the age to come- raising the dead (I Kings 17:18-24), parting bodies of water with his robe (II Kings 2:8), being translated by the Ruach ha Kodesh to different places (I Kings 18:10-12), and running faster than horses (I Kings 18:46). He was with Moses and Yahushua at the mount of Transfiguration (Mark 9:1-4). Elisha had a double portion of Elijah’s spirit (II Kings 2:9,12).
- Isaiah. Saw Yahweh in a vision and lived (Isaiah 6). Only the pure in heart are allowed to see Yahweh (Matthew 5:8). Had knowledge of the coming Messiah and gave details about His kingdom and end time events (Isaiah 11); all of his writings testify of the first and second coming of the Messiah. He was mentioned as bearing the marks of the brotherhood along with the rest of Yahweh’s prophets. Hebrews 11:37,38 talks about men of whom the world was not worthy living in caves, being destitute and afflicted, and being sawn in two. Historically, Isaiah was said to have been sawn in two by Manasseh king of Judah who later repented before Yahweh. Isaiah was the mouthpiece of the Yah’s instruction to the people.
- Daniel and his 3 friends. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah made intercession for themselves and others (Daniel 2:17-18). They were righteous leaders (spiritual royalty) even within captivity (Daniel 1:17-19). The three Hebrew children had the Ruach ha Kodesh who showed up in bodily form when they were thrown into the fire for the glory of Yahweh (Daniel 3:24,25). The Ruach ha Kodesh actually donned a physical body and started to walk around the furnace with them! Daniel had knowledge of the present wicked world system, the Messiah, and the coming kingdom. He prophesied the truth with enough tact to not be considered hostile to the world system leaders operating in his day (Daniel 2). Even the heathen acknowledged that Daniel had the spirit of the living Eloha dwelling within him (Daniel 5:10-14). Daniel had dreams and visions specifically for the Melchisedek Order brethren (Daniel 7:18,22). The angel Gabriel classified the end time believers as Daniel’s people; this alludes to the Melchisedek order and Daniel’s high rank within that order (Daniel 12:1). Daniel known as a man greatly beloved by Yahweh who heard his prayer immediately and sent the messenger angel Gabriel swiftly (Daniel 10:11-12).
Other Melchisedek Brothers and Sisters
Some of their brothers and sisters within the Order of Melchisedek include:
Abel, Shem, Sarah, Isaac, Joseph , Judah, Aaron, Miriam, The Seventy elders, Joshua, Caleb, Phineas, Deborah, Samuel, Samson, Jonathan, Nathan, Zadok, Asa, Hanani, Jehosophat, Hezekiah, Josiah, Jeremiah, Obadiah, Jonah, Amos, Joel, Micah, Nahum, Habbakuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Ezekiel, Esther, Mordecai, Boaz , Ruth, The 7000 (who haven’t bowed the knee to idolatry), Obadiah (fed the prophets while in Jezebel’s house), Nehemiah, Ezra, Rahab, Naaman (heart was toward Yahweh in Syria), Widow of Zerephath, Shunemite woman (faith to say it is well), Zerubbabel, Joshua son of Josedech, Peter, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, Matthew, Thaddaeus, Philip, Nathanael, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Canaanite, The Seventy disciples, Zecharias, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, Simeon, Anna the Prophetess, Mary mother of Yahushua, Martha, Mary, Lazarus, Woman with Expensive Ointment, Woman at the Well, Man Blind from birth, The former Demoniac, The thankful leper, Joanna, Mary Magdalene, Mary the Mother of James, The Mother of Zebedee’s children , Simon’s mother in law, Zacchaeus, Cleopas, Ananias, Paul …I mean Shaul now that I know there is a possible difference, Barnabas, Timothy, Silas, Aquilla, Priscilla, Cornelius
And the list will go on and on until the last trumpet sounds…