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The purpose of this series is to help us understand the government of the Kingdom of Israel, her King and High priest and Israel’s history, to show us “how we got here”. How we got here is a bundle of history (3500 years) and the relationship between the Order of Melchizedek and Israel which actually started with Adam (6,000 years ago). And I apologize up front for this being another drinking-from-the-fire-hose teaching. The transcript and recording will be posted so you can verify everything I say.
Melchizedek has not been taught in the church or in Judaism. And when it is mentioned (rarely), it is taught as a mystery and a secret and one of those things we will understand in heaven. That’s the pat answer. The church has misunderstood because it doesn’t identify as or with Israel. the church identifies as Israel’s replacement. Indeed, there was a lot of replacing and changing in Israel but that began with the golden calf incident, not with Yeshua’s resurrection as the church says. Israel broke the covenant and Yeshua restored it. The church, though, says He simply did something totally different. Not so. If that were so, and He did away with Israel to create a “church”, we would not be able to count on His Word – not Messiah.
Christian doctrine has made it harder for us to grasp the Kingdom’s concepts because the wickedness in man prefers religion over Kingdom – men ruling instead of God who is also King ruling. Religious men really don’t want YHVH’s government to come to the earth despite what they say.
Exodus 32 reveals the reason why the Order of Melchizedek seemed to disappear after Aaron did not become the earthly counterpart High Priest of the Order of Melchizedek.
Let’s review from last week and I will add some additional enlightening information from scripture for this difficult subject. Here is what I’ve taught so far.
The Order of Melchizedek is eternal, existing forever and its structure is that of a King who is also the Order’s High Priest. He made Adam to be His earthly counterpart to teach mankind the Kingdom. But Adam failed and was removed from the Garden. However, Genesis 4:26 says men began to call on the name of YHVH after Seth and Seth’s son, Enosh, was born. Someone would have had to teach Seth. The only person YHVH had ever walked with was Adam. So it likely was Adam who taught Seth and Seth taught Enosh to help mankind call on YHVH’s name and the instruction continued on down the line to Noah.
Noah was the earthly Melchizedek High Priest (2 Peter 2:5) at the time of the flood. Here is where I will add some verifying information to what I said last week. Noah passed his mantle to Shem. We know this because Shem was the Melchizedek in Genesis 14:18 and Jasher 16:11 where the word Adonizedek is used.
Shem is not named in Genesis but he is named in Jasher. That is the corroborating witness that it was Shem, Noah’s son, who served as Melchizedek (Adonizedek) in Salem which would later be Jerusalem.
Shem chose Abram to carry the mantle of Melchizedek. This happened when Abram rescued Lot from the four Kings of the north. For being true to uphold the most important Kingdom precept – loyalty to the brethren, Abram was chosen. Here is a hint of what it means to be chosen. Being chosen has something to do with Order of Melchizedek which I will show you next week.
Levi at Mount Sinai standing with Moses against the golden calf and the other 11 tribes. This parable and the parable of the wedding in Matthew 22:14 are about Israel and how the people rejected YHVH not only at the golden calf but for 1500 years by rebelling against Him constantly, going back to Egypt, etc. He could not get that first generation to tend His vineyard or come to the wedding.
They had accepted the terms of the covenant but backed away from hearing their betrothed further. Moses was alone hearing the further terms of the marriage covenant in which YHVH was explaining how He would dwell with His wife. The ceremony, Aaron’s ordination, was part of Israel’s wedding ceremony. They didn’t make it. They were unfaithful even before the marriage was finalized. And when YHVH filled the Tabernacle, He knew He was marrying an unfaithful Bride. This is why He sought a second generation to be His faithful Bride and it is why the renewed Covenant has an additional clause of accepting the sacrifice offered by God to be part of His Kingdom. People come into Israel now by individual choice, not by national choice because the elders agreed with Moses and told the people “this is what we’re doing”.
Back to Shem and Abram. How do we know Shem chose Abram to fill the office of Melchizedek? Because Shem blessed Abram with the elements of Yeshua – the bread and wine. Right here is our clue. The earthly King-Priest, Shem, pointing to the Heavenly Melchizedek with the bread and wine! The bread and wine always represent Yeshua in scripture.
Shem had a relationship with YHVH. He represented the “Most High God” on the earth, per Genesis 14:18-20, 22. Yeshua is our bread and wine! Get it? It’s right here in the beginning, in Genesis and Jasher, so that when we are reading the Book of Hebrews about the Melchizedek, we can understand when it says:
Hebrews 7:1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
Hebrews 7:2 to whom also Abraham divided a tenth part of all (being first, by interpretation, “king of righteousness”, and then also “king of Salem”, which means “king of peace”;
We now know that both entities, Shem and Yeshua, have the same characteristics. Melchizedek means “my righteous King” and King of Salem (Genesis 14:18) means King of peace. Both of these describe Shem and Yeshua.
Hebrews goes on to say:
Hebrews 7:3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God), remains a priest continually.
Who is this talking about now? Shem or Yeshua? Stop and think for a moment. Shem had a father – Noah. He has a genealogy and he was born. He had a beginning. Now it is no longer Shem that Hebrews is talking about, but Yeshua alone.
Sometimes, the scripture writers use double entendre, double intention, when talking about a subject. They use overlap in their writings. An example of this is in chapter 60:5 and 15 when the allusion is both to Jerusalem and her people. Here, the Hebrew writer thinks his audience will understand where the overlapping description of Shem and Yeshua ends and the description of Yeshua alone begins! And this description of Yeshua is important. It is how we know Yeshua is the better of the two.
Shem passed the mantle to Abram so who did Abraham pass it to? The office and title went to the Promised Son. No surprise there! Who else would it go to? The mantle was passed to Isaac which is one reason he was not allowed to go to Egypt. Earthly Melchizedeks can only serve YHVH from inside the borders of Israel. Shem had to leave Ararat to serve at Salem. The Order of Melchizedek rules from Israel making Jerusalem the capital of the earth.
Jacob should have become the next Melchizedek but he and his family were removed from Canaan because of sin just like Adam was removed from the Garden for the same reason. But YHVH was not done with Jacob and his family. There is an extra-Biblical account of the 12 brothers in Egypt called the Testament of the 12 Patriarchs.
Levi’s chapter reveals that YHVH met with him and promised him a Priesthood in Israel. Levi’s chapter in the Testament of the 12 Patriarchs speaks only of the Priesthood, not the Kingship.
Also, Jasher 56:13 says Jacob prophesied to Levi that his children would carry the Ark of the Covenant. This information is not in the Genesis 49 prophecy.
Note that Jacob’s prophecies split the Melchizedek office. While Levi was to inherit the Priesthood, the Kingship went to Judah in the Genesis 49:10 and Jasher 56:8.
Yeshua YHVH Elohim was still in Heaven ruling and reigning within the structure of the Order of Melchizedek as the men who served in the earthly office died and passed their mantle to the next son.
We come now to the Exodus account where YHVH plans to ordain Israel as His Kingdom of Priests (Exodus 19:6). The entire population of Firstborns were to be set aside for this service. YHVH will retain His Kingship while Israel’s Firstborns serve as Priests before Him.
Aaron was in the line of Levi and the one to be established as the earthly Melchizedek Priest counterpart to YHVH. He didn’t make it because he sinned.
There are always consequences for sin. The specific sin in this Torah Portion is found in Exodus 32, the golden calf treachery. I said last week that Aaron should have remembered who He served – YHVH. It was the people whom he served when they asked him to make them a calf to be their god. It was Aaron who made the mold to pour the molten gold from their jewelry into. Aaron did not say ‘no’.
Jasher 82:15 says he was scared the people would kill him if he didn’t comply. It does not matter why he agreed to lead the people in worshiping the image of the beast. What matters is that he did and it had consequences for him.
People have asked the question from time immemorial: Why wasn’t Aaron removed from office after the golden calf? The answer is, “He was”! He did not get to become the Melchizedek. Instead, YHVH made good on His promise to Levi and gave Aaron another office, that of High Priest of the Levitical Order (Hebrews 7:11).
No gift of YHVH is ever taken away.
Romans 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. -WEB – “without repentance – KJV.
Aaron never had a promise of perpetual High Priesthood equivalent to David’s promise of an eternal King on his throne. The promise to Levi was simply for a perpetual priesthood for his descendants, not a promise for the High Priest’s office. The Aaronites will work the under the supervision of Zadok in Ezekiel’s Temple (chapters 40 to 48).
Aaron simply became a lesser substitute High Priest over the substitute Levitical Order for what he did.
The Levitical Order is the Order that is the “instead of” Order. It functions “instead of” the Melchizedek Order of Firstborns.
Numbers 3:12 And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that opens the womb among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;
Numbers 3:41 And you shalt take the Levites for me (I am the LORD) instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel; and the cattle of the Levites instead of all the firstlings among the cattle of the children of Israel.
People say the Levitical Law is the part that was removed after Yeshua’s resurrection. I understand why they that say that. They somehow know, but cannot explain, why the Levitical Order did not fit YHVH’s original plan. However, What we call the Levitical Law is the same instructions that the Melchizedek Firstborns would have operated under serving Aaron’s Priesthood as the Levites did.
Like the Levites, the Firstborns would not have been making sacrifices. Instead, they would have performed those tasks that went to Levi’s descendants in the clan of Gershon, Merari and Kohath instead of the Firstborns.
What else might they have done? Shepherding the firstlings of the Israelites.
Numbers 3:45 Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; [referring to the Firstborn’s cattle which should have been used in service to the Tabernacle instead of the Levites’ cattle] and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD.
YHVH had been saying the “Firstborns are Mine” (Exodus 13:2). Now He is saying that of the Levites. However, YHVH will still take all the firstborn cattle but they will be shepherded under the Levitical Order, not the Melchizedek Firstborn Order.
The Book of Hebrews explains the difference between the Levitical and Melchizedek Orders to show why the latter is better.
We read about Aaron’s failed Priesthood and Priestly line in Hebrews 7:11:
Hebrews 7:11 Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people have received the law), what further need was there for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
The Levitical Order had problems from the beginning not only because they suffered death as all men do, but also because they themselves either led people into sin or they allowed people to sin without punishment for it. Both image worship and Idolatry come with an automatic death penalty which was never enforced by the line of Aaron except two times. First, when the Levites stood with Moses and killed 3,000 people and when Phineas killed Zimri and Cosbi for bringing fornication into the Tabernacle!
The Aaronite Priesthood eventually not only permitted image worship and idolatry but actually led into these right there on Temple Mount in YHVH’s own House (Judges 18:4, 2 Kings 23:5, Ezekiel 44:12, Hosea 10:4, Zephaniah 15:5 are just a few examples)!
Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is of necessity a change made also in the law.
This is one of the scriptures used by the church to claim the Law was changed. From another scripture, they claim the Law was completely discarded. I will talk about that next week.
What was the change in the Law? It has to do with the “instead ofs”, the taking of the Levites “instead of” the Firstborn criminals. I will have more on this in a minute.
Hebrews will now address the problem of death in the High Priest line (Hebrews 7:23-27) before it continues to the problem of sin in the Levitical High Priest. All of the earthly High Priests, both the Melchizedek and the Levitical one, died. Only Yeshua is eternal.
Now, let’s talk about the sin of the golden calf. The Book of Hebrews addresses the issue and gives the golden calf sin as reason for YHVH adding the Feast of Yom Kippur to the Law.
Where does Yom Kippur start in scripture? After the golden calf incident.
Exodus 32:30 On the next day, Moses said to the people, “You have sinned a great sin. Now I will go up to Yahweh. Perhaps I shall make atonement for your sin.”
There is no certainty in Moses’ voice that he can make atonement for Israel. In fact, there became an atonement for it inside the Levitical ordination, an instruction that was not in YHVH’s original Melchizedek ordination instructions. There will now not be a Melchizedek ordination. Aaron’s Levitical ordination included atonement for him and his sons. This is now inserted into the Levitical ordination in Leviticus chapter 8. Moses does the ordination and then says:
Leviticus 8:34 What has been done today, so Yahweh has commanded to do, to make atonement for you.
The original ceremony was for making atonement for the altar.
Exodus 29:36 Every day you shall offer the bull of sin offering for atonement: and you shall cleanse the altar, when you make atonement for it; and you shall anoint it, to sanctify it.
Exodus 29:37 Seven days you shall make atonement for the altar, and sanctify it: and the altar shall be most holy; whatever touches the altar shall be holy.
Now, the sacrifice for the ordination has been pointed to Aaron himself. Here is what the Firstborns’ sin put on Israel from year to year.
Leviticus 23:26 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
Leviticus 23:27 “However on the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement: it shall be a holy convocation to you, and you shall afflict yourselves; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh.
Leviticus 23:28 You shall do no kind of work in that same day; for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement for you before Yahweh your God.
Leviticus 23:29 For whoever it is who shall not deny himself in that same day; shall be cut off from his people.
The denial in the form of fasting is a show or regret and repentance for this treason.
Leviticus 23:30 Whoever it is who does any kind of work in that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people.
If you don’t want to annually repent of this sin, you cannot be an Israelite.
Leviticus 23:31 You shall do no kind of work: it is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
We will keep doing Yom Kippur forever even though its sacrifices won’t be done in the Ezekiel Temple.
Leviticus 23:32 It shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for you, and you shall deny yourselves. In the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall keep your Sabbath.”
Leviticus 16 is all about the bull and goats atonement ceremony. The Book of Hebrews tells us the Aaronic High Priest had to be atoned for (Hebrews 10:1). This is a timeline from the Jewish Rabbi, Rashi.
On 7 Sivan, Moses went up onto the mountain . . . On 17 Tammuz, the tablets were broken. On the 18th, he burned the [Golden] Calf and judged the transgressors. On the 19th, he went up to plead for mercy. On 1 Elul, he went up to receive the second tablets, and was there for forty days. On 10 Tishrei, G‑d restored His goodwill.
Ten Tishrei is then given by YHVH as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, when Moses returned to the camp with the second set of commandments in his hands.
The restoration of YHVH’s relationship with Israel was made possible by the Yom Kippur bull and goats ceremony which cleansed the earthly Tabernacle/Temple from year to year. Keep this in mind for later on.
Every year thereafter atonement for the Levitical Order and the Israelites was made until the Temple was finally destroyed and no atonement could be made. The Book of Hebrews (Hebrews 9:11-12 and 10:4) explains that the blood of bulls and goats cannot remove the stain of this grave sin (pun intended).
The covenant was so broken that Yeshua, the God and King of Israel had to give up His own life. His blood atoned for national Israel and He overcame and conquered the golden calf with a Lamb! This god had been destroyed in Egypt by the Lamb but with the making of the image, the Israelites resurrected it. The Lamb of God killed the calf the first time and the second time. Passover and Yom Kippur go together. Passover for annual covenant renewal and Yom Kippur for the forgiveness of Israel’s national sin.
His atonement for the nation of Israel must be accepted to become a citizen of His Kingdom, Israel. You can call yourself what you want, O Jews, but you are not Israel until you accept Yeshua’s atonement for the sin you inherited from your fathers over this golden calf. Do not think that you setting up your own altar to offer bulls and goats will mean anything to YHVH except that you are continuing in your rebellion!
We need Yeshua’s national atonement via the Lamb because every physical descendant of Israel has participated in this golden calf image worship because we inherited it in our DNA. Interestingly, the Gentiles never committed this sin. The golden calf is an Israelite-only sin.
The High Priest did the Yom Kippur ceremony alone. There were no other Priests with him in the Tabernacle or the Temple. Why? Because Aaron alone is responsible for Israel’s sin and each subsequent High Priest bore the same responsibility. The Firstborns have responsibility, for which they paid through the loss of their office. The approached Aaron to make their god but he had the ultimate responsibility.
Yom Kippur is the second of the changes in the Law after the Levites being taken “instead of” the Firstborns for service in the Tabernacle. What are some other changes in the Law?
We find them in Exodus 34 with the covenant renewal that Moses begged YHVH for. YHVH relented from destroying this wicked people and agreed to continue with Israel because of Moses’s eloquent arguments in Exodus 32. In the renewed Covenant, YHVH does not recite all of the original covenant. He highlights the clauses that pertain to the golden calf incident and Israel’s relationship with Him. Mentioning the clause from the original instruction is a way of being all inclusive. We call this “et al” today.
Here is one of the commandments added to the Law.
Exodus 34:12 Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the people of the land where you go, lest it be for a snare in the midst of you.
“Lest it be for a snare” was added to not making a covenant with the “ites” of Canaan. Here is what else:
Exodus 34:13 But you shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their sacred poles.
Exodus 34:14 For you shall worship no other god. For Jehovah, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God;
Exodus 34:15 lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they go whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice to their gods, and call you, and you eat of his sacrifice;
Exodus 34:16 and lest you take from their daughters for your sons, and their daughters go whoring after their gods and make your sons go whoring after their gods.
Exodus 34:17 You shall make you no molten gods.
YHVH gave the instruction to not make images, have them, use them, bow to or serve them. But the Israelites broke this. They didn’t just have pictures of cows. No, they bypassed YHVH’s built in hedge around images and went for broke! They made a specific kind of image, which technically could be viewed as not included in the Commandments. So now, YHVH specifically prohibits molten images.
And explicitly, Israel is not to adopt the filthy fertility ritual of boiling a baby goat in its mother’s milk.
Exodus 34:26 “You shall bring the first of the first fruits of your ground to the house of Yahweh your God. “You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”
First fruits are related to the harvest. Boiling a kid in its mother’s milk is a Spring harvest festival of Canaan in which fertility rites, fornication and adultery, were performed among those filthy people.
Those are the basic additions. Now, moving on.
It was the golden calf sin that wrote in stone what was promised in Genesis 15 to Abraham which was God promising to die for Abraham’s descendants if they sinned against Him. He had to promise this so the covenant promises to Abraham could continue. If the covenant with Abraham’s descendants was broken, and there was no one to die for it because Abraham was not included (he was in a trance), the entire promises would be null and void. Genesis 15 is the promise of the Gospel and Israel’s future restoration. This is why Yeshua said:
Hebrews 10:9 …“Behold, I have come to do your will…”
Yeshua had an agreement not only with Abraham but with His Father that He would die for Israel’s sins. It became the Father’s will for Yeshua to make good on His promise. Hebrews 10:9 continues:
…He takes away the first, that he may establish the second,
Hebrews 10:10 by which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
What did Yeshua remove? The stain of the deliberate sin of treason against YHVH for which there is no sacrifice except for Yom Kippur. Individuals have no sin for deliberate sin. (I will have more on that in a minute) That was removed along with the line of Aaron serving in the High Priest office! Yeshua took back the High Priest office from Aaron on the earth and established Himself as Israel’s High Priest, not just ruling from the Heavenly office, but ruling on the earth, too!
I submit that Yeshua slew (the Greek word is anaireō) the golden calf and replaced it with Himself! He IS the bull! He is also the Lamb. His is the Kingdom, the power and the glory that the Israelites gave to a small golden image of a baby bull, a calf. They didn’t even make a bull. They made a calf which tells you what they thought of Israel in the first place!
Anaireō (Strong’s G337) is most often translated as “slay” or “slew”, “kill” and “put to death” but this is compound word whose primary meaning is to “take up”. “Taking up” has a particular meaning when it comes to Yeshua.
Acts 10:39 We are witnesses of everything he did both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they also killed, hanging him [anaireō] on a tree.
Yeshua killed what the golden calf represented and removed the High Priest from doing Yom Kippur anymore. The Levitical Priesthood has always been connected to the golden calf because they are the “instead ofs”. Yeshua replaced the Levitical Order with the original Melchizedek Order but the line of Aaron was not removed. It’s kind of like the boss coming in to do your job because you’re just not qualified. You don’t lose your entire employment. You just are no longer responsible for that particular area anymore.
I told you to remember that the bulls and goats cleansed the earthly Tabernacle/Temple. The earthly Tabernacle and Temples were cleansed from year to year. However, the blood of bulls and goats could not cleanse the stained Heavenly Temple. Understand that we stain YHVH’s Heavenly Temple whenever we sin. Only Yeshua’s own blood could cleanse it because there are no bull and goat sacrifices in Heaven.
Yeshua took back control of His House that He had delegated to the Levitical Order and replaced it permanently ON EARTH with the Order of Melchizedek. He has for now not yet come to exercise His rights under the Order of Melchizedek but He will and very soon, too!
Interestingly, there is something in the minds of religious people about this because of religious history. It was common from the beginning to do bull sacrifices. The first ever such sacrifice happened just outside the entrance to the Garden (which should give us a clue about the parts of the sacrifices that have to go outside the city and the red heifer which is slain outside the city). Demons began to use the bull sacrifices as religious ceremonies after that. Babylon and Egypt had bull sacrifices but there was a later development in the religions after Israel came out of Egypt: The slaying of the bull motif. I have news for them. There is no better slayer of the golden calf or a bull than Yeshua!
In the beginning of this teaching, I said, “Religious men really don’t want YHVH’s government to come to the earth despite what they say”. It turns out that the first generation mindset has not completely died out yet. What religious leaders want is to “rule” and to make this world into one great big religious system. They reject the Order of Melchizedek and have taken it so far underground that most people have never heard of Melchizedek. Religious leaders keep perverting their religions with new interpretations and doctrines. The latest religion is “science”.
Melchizedek temple found – City of David. CBN carried the story in 2019. They’re the only news outlet – mainstream or alternative – that carried it. No one cares about the Order of Melchizedek. It’s a big mistake they’re making!
The Book of Hebrews does not teach that any of YHVH’s government system was removed or replaced with a new one. His Temple and Law remain. Only some changes were made. But next week, I will tell you about something that really was replaced.
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