Melchizedek

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The Mystery of Melchizedek

We found out that Jesus Christ came to fulfill the prophecy of Melchizedek in the article “Who is Melchizedek”, the priest of God whom appeared in the Old Testament times. Exploring further into the characteristics of Melchizedek in the book of Hebrews, we can find a mystery about him.

This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace”. Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever. 

Hebrews 7:1-3

About two thousand years ago when Jesus came as the high priest in the order of Melchizedek, there were some prophetical points about Melchizedek that were not completely fulfilled by Jesus:

Melchizedek

i) ‘Without father or mother’

The Bible indicates that Melchizedek was “without father or mother”. However, is there anybody who is born without parents? In Jesus’ spiritual perspective, only those who do the will of God are regarded as parents or family members.

While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Matthew 12:46-50 

For Melchizedek to be “without father or mother” implies that Jesus must be born to parents who did not do the will of God nor have faith in God. However, Jesus was born of Joseph and Mary who were both believers. Thus, Jesus did not fulfill being ‘without father or mother’.

ii) ‘Without genealogy’

There is nobody on earth who does not belong to a genealogy³. In the Bible, genealogy refers to the genealogy of Israel. The genealogy of Jesus Christ can be found at the beginning of the book of Matthew since he was a descendant of Abraham.

³ A line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob… Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.

Matthew 1:1-16 

Jesus clearly belongs to the genealogy of Israel. However, Melchizedek is to be ‘without genealogy’. Thus, Jesus Christ cannot be said to be ‘without genealogy’.

iii) ‘Without beginning of days or end of life’

God the Almighty Creator is described as the only being who is without beginning of days or end of life. To be “without beginning of days or end of life” implies that the priest who comes in the order of Melchizedek must be God Himself. Jesus who came as the Christ is God Himself who brought out bread and wine and established the Passover for the forgiveness of sins.

However, he is neither ‘without father or mother’ nor ‘without genealogy’. This was why it was hard to explain Melchizedek in the time of the early church. In order to fulfill all the prophecies of Melchizedek, there are prophecies regarding the second coming of Jesus Christ.

The Second Coming of Jesus

so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Hebrews 9:28

The Bible prophesies that Christ will appear a second time. When He comes again, He must fulfill all the prophetical points about Melchizedek – to be born of parents who are unbelievers and not to be listed in the Hebrew genealogy. As the high priest in the order of Melchizedek, he must present bread and wine to grant blessings, which is to establish the New Covenant Passover as Jesus did. The one who does this is none other that God Himself, who is ‘without beginning of days or end of life’.

The Passover of the new covenant which Jesus established was abolished in A.D. 325 (see Passover: Changed in History for more details). However, Christ Ahnsahnghong restored the truth of the Passover again in this age. The one who fulfilled the prophecy regarding Melchizedek completely is Christ Ahnsahnghong.

Christ Ahnsahnghong was born in Korea and is not listed in the genealogy of Israel. He was also born to parents who are unbelievers. Most distinctively, he brought the sign of Melchizedek, blessing with bread and wine — the  Passover of the new covenant to bless mankind with the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

Please receive the prophetical Melchizedek who appears in this last age. Come to the World Mission Society Church of God to keep the New Covenant Passover established by the prophetical Melchizedek, Christ Ahnsahnghong!

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A Biblical Figure – Melchizedek

It is written that there will be a priest who will carry out his priesthood in the order¹ of Melchizedek in the book of Psalms. In all sixty-six books of the Bible, Melchizedek was mentioned thrice.

The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

Psalms 110:4

¹ Order means a way in which a thing is done; an arrangement; a manner

In the New Testament, the writer of the book of Hebrews revealed that he had much to say about Melchizedek.

We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

Hebrews 5:11-14

At the stage of the early Church, it was difficult to have complete knowledge and understanding of Melchizedek. Melchizedek was first mentioned in the book of Genesis.

Melchizedek, a Priest of God.

After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand. Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Genesis 14:17-20

Melchizedek was a priest of God who appeared in the time of Abraham², who blessed Abraham with bread and wine. In return, Abraham then presented Melchizedek with a tenth of everything.

² ‘Abram’ here is the former name of Abraham (Genesis 17:3-5).

In the Old Testament times, it was a common ritual for priests to offer animals’ blood to God when they were granted blessings, received forgiveness or established a covenant with God. However, unlike all the other priests in the old testament times, Melchizedek blessed Abraham with bread and wine.

The Reality of Melchizedek

The Old Testament is a shadow of the New Testament. The Old Testament contains prophecies to be fulfilled in the New Testament (Hebrews 10:1). Just as Melchizedek blessed Abraham with bread and wine, there is also a high priest in the order of Melchizedek who will appear to bless us with bread and wine.

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover… While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 26:17-19, 26-28

During the Passover feast, Jesus brought out bread and wine to bless His disciples with the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. This was different from the existing Jewish priests who carried out blessings by animal sacrifice (Mark 14:12). Jesus was the priest who blessed with bread and wine in the order of Melchizedek, fulfilling the prophecy in the old covenant.

Let us confirm that Jesus is the reality of Melchizedek.

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 5:7-10 

The author of Hebrews had insight that Jesus came as the high priest in the order of Melchizedek. However, there were some prophetical points about Melchizedek that were not completely fulfilled by Jesus. We will explore this in the next article – The Mystery of Melchizedek.