The Priesthood

THE PRIESTHOOD

 

This study will shine a light on the three stages of the Priesthood. It includes the Order of Melchizedek, the Levitical Priesthood, and Christ our High Priest. The last part deals with the infiltration of the Edomite Jews into the priesthood.

 

 

THE ORDER OF THE HIGH PRIEST OF MELCHIZEDEK                          

 

Melchizedek is an office, an occupation of Yahweh's priesthood on the earth, the person or group of people that hold the office. A preacher of righteousness.

 

There are three orders, successions, styles or ranks that the office went through.

 

The first order was a singular priest. The oldest living patriarch starting with Adam was the preacher of righteousness. Adam was the first man of our race that had the Spirit (DNA) of Yahweh. His duty was to keep the charge of Yahweh, build the kingdom and walk in The Way. The oldest living patriarch of the race of Adam was the leader, the high priest, and tithes and offerings were brought to him.

 

The second order was the Levitical priesthood. Levi, a son of Jacob, was the tribe that Yahweh chose to be His priesthood to the people, they were the mediators. Moses and Aaron were the grandchildren of Levi and the chief or high office of the priesthood was given to Aaron and his descendants. The Aaronic priesthood. He and his sons were the top dogs of all the other Levites, which had other jobs pertaining to the temple and priestly duties. The children of Israel brought their tithes, sacrifices and offerings to the priesthood. The sons of Aaron performed the sacrificial rituals and atonement for the people.

This priesthood went through many stages of corruption and revival. After the last revival, which was when Ezra and Nehemiah and a remnant of Judah returned from Babylonian captivity, and a brief period during the Maccabees, the priesthood was taken over by the sons of Esau and Cain. Jews. The Pharisees ( Edomite priesthood) by the time of Christ was controlled by the Jews, hence the animosity and murder of Christ. John the Baptist was sent to cleanse the sons of Levi (what was left of the true priesthood) and prepare the last sacrifice, Christ. When Christ died, the priesthood expired, along with the oblations and ordinances that went with the priesthood. No more human priesthood to intercede for the people, no more sacrifices or rituals, no more decrees and add ons by the Edomite priesthood.

 

Enter the third and final stage or order of the office. Yahshua Christ our High Priest and King in the order of Melchisedec. Now we must bring our spiritual sacrifices to Him. He is our Mediator to Yahweh. His office is eternal and will not end. We honor Him by seeking knowledge and understanding and then practicing it. We pay our tithes to Him by loving our brethren and sharing in our abundance. We perform our duty by building the kingdom.

It is up to us to stand and be counted. We can no longer bring a goat to a man in a priesthood to put a band-aid on a sin that a sacrifice cannot heal. Only our allegiance (faith) and obedience to Christ can allow us to stand before Yahweh.

 

Some say that Christ was Melchizedek in Genesis 14, and others even say it was a Canaanite king.

Christ was not a king on the earth during the OT times and His first physical appearance was when He was born to Mary. Christ became the final office holder when He died and rose.

A Canaanite, which is a Jew in the line of Cain, most certainly was not a preacher of righteousness.

 

This study will demonstrate that the order of Melchizedek is an office of shepherds of the Most High. Each stage is represented by the same family (race) of people, Adamites.

Adam was the first, followed by the eldest sons, which take us up to Nahor, Abraham's brother. Then the Levitical priesthood, which is of Abraham's seed by Jacob, and end's with John the Baptist. Finally, Christ takes over, forever. Christ is of the race of Adam and the seed of Abraham through Isaac, Jacob and Judah.

 

 

Order

H1700  dibrâh   dib-raw'   noun

Feminine of H1697; a reason, suit or style: - cause, end, estate, order, regard.

H1697 BDB Definition:

1) speech, word, speaking, thing

   1a) speech

   1b) saying, utterance

   1c) word, words

   1d) business, occupation, acts, matter, case, something, manner

 

Melchizedek

H4442  malkı̂y-tsedeq   mal-kee-tseh'-dek   noun

From H4428 a king: - king, royal. and H6664 the right (natural, moral or legal); also (abstractly) equity or (figuratively) prosperity: -  X even, (X that which is altogether) just (-ice), ([un-]) right (-eous) (cause, -ly, -ness).; king of right; Malki-Tsedek, an early king in Palestine: - Melchizedek.

H6664  from H6663 -verb- A primitive root; to be (causatively make) right (in a moral or forensic sense): - cleanse, clear self, (be, do) just (-ice, -ify, -ify self), (be, turn to) righteous (-ness).

 

BDB Definition:

Melchizedek = “my king is Sedek”

1) king of Salem and priest of the Most High God to whom Abram paid tithe after the battle he fought to free Lot; ‘the order of Melchizedek’ the order of the priesthood to which Christ belongs

 

Order

G5010  taxis   tax'-is   noun

From G5021 -verb- to arrange in an orderly manner, that is, assign or dispose (to a certain position or lot): - addict, appoint, determine, ordain, set.; regular arrangement, that is, (in time) fixed succession (of rank or character), official dignity: - order.

Thayer Definition:

1) an arranging, arrangement

2) order

   2a) a fixed succession observing a fixed time

3) due or right order, orderly condition

4) the post, rank, or position which one holds in civic or other affairs

   4a) since this position generally depends on one’s talents, experience, resources

     4a1) character, fashion, quality, style

 

Melchisedec

G3198  Melchisedek   mel-khis-ed-ek'   noun

Of Hebrew origin [H4442 king of right]; Melchisedek (that is, Malkitsedek), a patriarch: - Melchisedec.

Thayer Definition:

Melchizedek = “king of righteousness”

1) the king of Salem and priest of the most high God, who lived in the days of Abraham

 

 

Now the verses.

After Abraham rescues lot and defeats the kings, he pays tithes of the spoils of war to...

Genesis 14:18  And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

 14:19  And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven (the sky) and earth (the land):

 14:20  And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered your enemies into your hand. And he (Abram) gave him (Nahor) tithes of all.

This Melchizedek at this time was Nahor, the oldest living patriarch. Adam was the first of the order of Melchizedek, Noah was the eighth.

Nahor was the king of Salem. Salem is the early name of Jerusalem.

 

 

The Second Advent.

David prophesied of the period between Christ's ascension and His return to earth.

That He would be King and High Priest over the order of Melchizedek when He returned to rule.

Psalm 110:1  A Psalm of David. Yahweh said unto my Lord (Master), Sit You at My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.

 110:2  Yahweh shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion: rule you in the midst of your (hated) enemies.

The rod of strength out of Zion is Christ, a descendant of David of the tribe of Judah (figuratively Zion). David rules in the midst of Canaanites and Edomites (Jews).

 110:3  Your people shall be willing in the day of Your power (strength), in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: you hast the dew of Your youth.

 110:4  Yahweh hath sworn, and will not repent (change His mind), You art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

David was considered a king and priest of the order of Melchizedek. David was a 'type' of Christ.

 

 

Hebrews 5:5  So also Christ glorified (honored) not Himself to be made an high priest; but He (Yahweh) that said unto Him, You art My Son, to day have I begotten (engendered) You.

Christ was of the seed of David, Judah, Jacob, Isaac, Abraham, Adam.

 5:6  As He saith also in another place, You art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.  (Psa 110:4)

 5:9  And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation (deliverance) unto all them that obey Him;

 5:10  Called of God (Addressed by Yahweh) an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

 

 

Hebrews 6:18  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation (encouragement), who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope (expectation) set before us:

 6:19  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil (death);

 6:20  Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

The earthly priesthood of Levi served it's purpose as a schoolmaster, and could never have saved us from death. When Christ became our High Priest, through Him we have life. When we obey and follow Him, we can be encouraged and expect Yahweh to fulfill His promises.

 

 

Hebrews 7:1  For this Melchisedec (Nahor), king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

 7:2  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;

 7:3  Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like (being compared) unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

Melchizedec is an office without a father, without descent, etc.

Paul is using Melchisedec as a model of Christ. David was this too. This is the role we should seek.

 7:9  And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

 7:10  For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec (Nahor) met him.

 7:11  If therefore perfection (fulfillment) 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?

Aaron, who was Moses' brother, was a Levite. Aaron and his sons were the priesthood from the Exodus on. They held the duties of the priesthood and made atonement for the people.

 7:12  For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

A change has taken place, Christ's death, so the priesthood and it's duties ended.

The “churches” teach that the law has been “done away with”. They say even the food laws were “done away with”. Only the priesthood, it's oblations and sacrifices were over, or “done away with”.  

 7:13  For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.

 7:14  For it is evident that our Prince sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

 7:15  And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,

 7:16  Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

 7:17  For He testifieth, You art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

 7:18  For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.

Romans 8:3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

In verse 18, Paul is talking about the disannulling of the commandment of the ritual sacrifices, not the 10 commandments or the food laws.

 7:19  For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

The law is for the unrighteous. The deeds (rituals) were the atonement for the sins of the unrighteous. The purpose is for our learning and instruction. The law itself cannot justify us, only imitating the example of Christ justifies us, our faith (allegiance) to Yahweh.

 7:20  And inasmuch as not without an oath He was made priest:

The Levites were priests by birth.

 7:21  (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by Him that said unto Him, Yahweh sware and will not repent, You art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)

 7:22  By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament (covenant).

Hebrews 8:6  But now He has obtained a more distinguished office, and by so much better a covenant is He mediator, by which better promises are ordained by law.

 7:23  And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:

 7:24  But this man, (Christ) because He continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

 

 

2Peter 2:5  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

'Person' is in italics, meaning it was added by the translators.

Noah was the 10th patriarch from Adam. Since Enoch was translated and Methuselah outlived his son Lamech, Noah was the eighth preacher of righteousness, being the oldest living patriarch in the order of Melchizedec.

 

What is meant by "without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days or end of life" (Hebrews 7:3)? It seems to plainly indicate that Melchisedec was eternal. However, we must put ourselves back into the eastern world 2000 years ago to understand what the expression would have meant to the original readers. The expression quoted above is not peculiar to the Scripture (used only once). It was an expression we find in secular literature of the day. The expression was used, not to indicate eternality, but to express the idea that an individual did not have a recorded geneology, or to indicate an obscure genealogy. Adam Clarke gives such examples from actual historical documents of the day. Here are two such documents:

Senceca, in his 108th epistle, speaking of some of the Roman kings, says: "Of the mother of Servius Tullus there are doubts; and Ancus Marcus is said to have no father."

Titus Livius, speaking of Servius, says he was born of a slave, named Cornicularia,..., of no father.

 

It must be noted that although there may be not a record of the genealogy of Melchisedec, we must consider Noah as a link in the progression.

2Peter 2:5  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

 

Preacher G2783  kērux   kay'-roox   noun

From G2784 -verb- proclaim publish; a herald, that is, of divine truth (especially of the gospel): - preacher.

 

Righteousness G1343  dikaiosunē   dik-ah-yos-oo'-nay   noun

From G1342 -adjective- Equitable, holy (set apart), innocent, ; equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification: - righteousness.

Thayer Definition:

1) righteous, observing divine laws

   1a) in a wide sense, upright, righteous, virtuous, keeping the commands of God

Genesis 6:9  These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

6:10  And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

 

The phrase "without descent" is translated from the Greek agenealogetos. This word does not mean the absence of ancestors, but the absence of a traced genealogy. According to Adam Clarke, the word means "a generation, a descent, a pedigree, not absolutely, but rehearsed (recited; repeated; as words; narrated), described, recorded."

The base of agenealogetos is genealogetos. The "a" before the word changes the word into its negative, or opposite meaning, portraying the idea of "without." "Genealogetos is he whose stock is entered on record. And so, on the contrary, agenealogetos is not he who has no descent, no genealogy, but he whose descent and pedigree is nowhere entered, recorded, reckoned up."

To the Judaeans, a traceable genealogy was of utmost importance, especially for the priesthood. If one could not prove his lineage he was barred from being a priest (Nehemiah 7:64). There is no recorded genealogy of Melchisedec (other than the connection with Noah from 2Pet 2:5). His descent was not important because his priesthood was not dependant on it. His lineage did not affect his right to the priesthood. Actually his descent is important. We must understand that the only race with the Spirit (DNA) of Yahweh is the race of ADAM. The Bible is the book of the generations (descent) of Adam. Everything Yahweh has purposed for His priests and priesthood are for the children of Adam, and would only be brought to them by their own kinsmen. The author went on to say in Hebrews 7:13-17 that the Law foretold of a day in which the Melchisedecian priesthood would arise again. Since under the Law of Moses the priesthood had to be of the Aaronic order, this gave evidence that the Law would one day be abolished in favor of a new covenant and consequently a new priesthood. The only Law being referred to is the ordinances of the Levitical priesthood. All the other laws of God still stand.

Ephesians 2:15  Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances (Levitical rituals); for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

The House of Judah lived in Judaea (Jerusalem) and kept the priesthood and rituals.

The House of Israel had been dispersed throughout the Greco-Roman world and became pagan. They discontinued and forgot their heritage and traditions.

The Greek: 2:15  having annulled the law of commandments in ordinances (rituals), in order that He would establish the two (Houses) with Himself into one new man, making peace,

The gospel was to those forgetful amnesiatic Israelites. It was a reminder of who they were.

 

Colossians 2:14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross;

First, no translations say anything about the law being “done away with”. The “churches” teach that the law was “done away with”.  

The context here is about the ordinances and 'added' decrees (handwriting) by the religion of the Jews, which is Judaism.

The scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees took the law of Moses and perverted it into 'the traditions of the elders', which is Judaism. Today it is called the Talmud. This is the Jews Bible.

The Pharisees taught that it was against their law to do good on the Sabbath. That if a brother or even an ox were to fall in a ditch on a Sabbath, you, by their 'traditions' could not help them out.

What was Christ constantly rebuked for by these Edomite Priests? Healing on the Sabbath and that His disciples didn't follow the 'traditions of the elders' and wash their hands before eating.

These are some of the 'added' charges, decrees, obligations, or bonds, of their religion. The dogmas added by men.

So Paul is saying that since Christ died on the cross, the rituals and Levitical ordinances were done away with. In addition, making the 'added' obligations (the handwriting) of Judaism of none effect. Now they have no authority.

 

Colossians 2:20  Wherefore if you be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances (the handwriting of men),

Don't listen to these rules and regulations of men. These decrees of Judaism.

The Greek 2:21  One should not hold, nor should one taste, nor should one touch,

22  (things which are all for corruption in their misuse,) according to the commands and instructions of men?

Paul warns us 4 times in chapter 2 of Colossians to beware of the 'doctrines of men' (handwriting, decrees, ordinances of men).

The context returns to the Levitical ordinances of the Law of Yahweh.

Hebrews 9:1  Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances (deeds) of divine service, and a worldly (earthly) sanctuary.

The ordinances were the deeds (works) of the rituals, performed by the Levitical priesthood. The earthly sanctuary is referring to the Temples built with hands. These were part of the Old Covenant. Our ancestors needed the priesthood and sacrificial rituals because Christ did not come till much later.

 

The Law (of ordinances) needed to be abolished because it demanded that the priests have their lineage through Aaron, not Melchisedec. After the Law (ordinances and priesthood) was abolished (expired) through Christ's death and the New Covenant was instituted with His blood, Jesus had no need to be in the lineage of Levi to serve as a priest of God. He could be of the stock of Judah and still be a priest under the order of Melchisedec, for there was no genealogical requirement for this order. The two priesthoods were of a different sort and order, serving two different purposes, at different times.

David was a King and a Priest. Christ is also a King and a Priest. Mary was a Judahite, as was Joseph. Mary's cousin Elisabeth and her husband Zacharias were Levites.

The racial lineage of Melchisedec is of the race and descendency of Adam. There was really three priesthoods. The first being the Melchisedec priesthood being from Adam to Nahor. Then since the people became so numerous, the Levitical priesthood and it's ordinances. When Christ died, the Levitical priesthood and ordinances expired and He became our High Priest in the order of Melchisedec. The office of righteousness.

What does the phrase "having neither beginning of days, nor end of life" mean (Hebrews 7:3)? It could merely mean that the day of Melchisedec's birth and death are not recorded. This would be in stark contrast to other famous men of the Bible who births and deaths are recorded with great accuracy. It would also be in opposition to the importance of one's age under the Levitical and Aaronic priesthood, for under the Levitical priesthood one had to prove their age so it could be determined whether or not they were too young or too old to serve as a priest. The Aaronic priests could not begin to serve as a priest until they were twenty-five years old, and had to retire when they reached the age of fifty (Numbers 4:1-3, 22-23, 35, 43; 8:24-25). Age was very important to the Aaronic priesthood, but not to Melchisedec's. He served as a priest for life.

From Adam to Nahor, the oldest living patriarch was the preacher of righteousness (Melchisedec).

What evidence is there that Melchisedec was more than a man? Primary support comes from verses are 3, 8, and 15-16. Verse three says Melchisedec "abideth a priest continually." The word "abideth" in the Greek is in the present tense, indicating continuous action. This being true, it appears that Melchisedec never died, but is still acting as a priest.

Christ IS our reigning High Priest. He will always be our Mediator to Yahweh. Not man, not water, no priest. No middle men. Just you and Christ Yahshua.

Verse eight says, "of whom [Melchisedec] it is witnessed that he liveth." Notice that "is" and "liveth" are also in the present tense. By using the present tense instead of a past tense, the author of Hebrews (Paul) seems to be implying that it was still being witnessed that Melchisedec lives even in his own day.

Daniel 4:34  And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto the sky, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured Him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation:

Hebrews 7:25  Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Hebrews 9:17  For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

Finally in verses 15-16 we read that Jesus was made "after the power of an endless life." This statement arose out of the comparison the author was making between Melchisedec and Jesus. Keeping with the author's train of thought, it seems as though he was implying Melchisedec's life was also endless.

All those who where the patriarchal preachers of righteousness indeed will have an endless life. All those of the Levitical priesthood, who were righteous priests will have an endless life. Yahshua Messiah is an endless life.

Why was Melchisedec considered great, and greater than Abraham at that (Hebrews 7:7)? To answer this question we must go back to the first mention of the story in Genesis 14. It is said that Melchisedec came with bread and wine to Abraham after Abraham had defeated Chedorlaomer and the kings who fought with him. These kings looted Sodom and Gomorrah, taking Lot, Abraham's nephew captive; therefore, Abraham went to rescue him. When Abraham and his servants returned from the battle, Melchisedec brought food and drink, apparently for the famished soldiers. Abraham then tithed the spoil and gave it to Melchisedec as was the ancient custom. Upon doing so, Melchisedec blessed Abraham. Dr. Macknight said concerning this blessing, "The blessing here spoken of is not the simple wishing of good to others, which may be done by inferiors to superiors, but is the action of a person authorized to declare God's intention to bestow good upon another." One reason Melchisedec is considered greater than Abraham was because he was authorized by God to declare His intentions of bestowing good upon Abraham.

Of course he was, Nahor (Melchisedec) was the oldest living patriarch descended from Adam. Abraham was his younger brother.

Secondly, Melchisedec was greater than Abraham because Melchisedec was the priest of the Most High God (Hebrews 7:1, 3, 11-12, 15, 17, 21). Abraham was not a priest. He was the friend of God, but not the priest of God. Melchisedec held an office that mediated between God and men. Abraham did not hold an office of this type.

Melchizedec is an office without a father, without descent, etc.

Paul is using Melchisedec as a model of Christ. David was this too. This is the role we should seek.

Finally, why did God need to change the priesthood from Aaronic to Melchisedecian? The answer to this question is supplied by the author of Hebrews (Paul) in 7:11-28. I will elaborate upon a few of his reasons here. First of all, with the changing of the law (of ordinances) comes a changing of the priesthood (Hebrews 7:11-12). Under the Law of Moses, God appointed the Levitical, Aaronic line to serve as priests. When Jesus ushered in the New Covenant, however, He needed to change the priesthood.

He didn't change the priesthood, it simply expired. It was of no use. He became our only and High Priest, for ever more. No need for a mediator, Christ is our mediator to Yahweh now.

Secondly, the Aaronic priesthood was weak and unprofitable (Hebrews 7:18-19). It made nothing and nobody perfect. Jesus on the other hand could (Hebrews 7:19, 22). The Aaronic priests could only minister for a short time, but since Jesus lives and dies no more, He can minister as a priest forever (Hebrews 7:23-24). The Aaronic priesthood had to be done away with because of its flaws and shortcomings, due to the nature of the men that served in it.

The Greek has: 24  But He, because He is to abide for the ages, has the untransferable priesthood.

Thirdly, but having to do with the reason above, was that the Aaronic priests could not save those who came to them. Jesus on the other hand can save all that come to Him because He lives forevermore to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:22-28).

Finally, the Levitical order of priests had to be replaced by another order because the former had to offer sacrifices daily for their own sins before they could offer sacrifices for other's sins. Jesus offered up His own harmless, undefiled, and separated body to God to atone for sin once and for all. He had no need to offer up sacrifices for His own sins, but rather took other's sins upon Himself and gave us of His righteousness, and eternal life to those who come to God through Him (II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 7:22-28).

So we can see in chapter 7 of Hebrews that the priesthood went through stages. The eldest living male of the race of Adam was high priest until the days of Abraham, proclaiming righteousness and setting an example. Then the Levites were the priesthood for the children of Israel because the law given on Mt Sinai, when disobedient, they required atonement for sins. This was a shadow of things to come. When Christ died, the priesthood was no longer needed, Christ made the final atonement and assumed the role as High Priest, forever.

 

Haran in Easton's Bible Dictionary (1.) Heb. haran; i.e., "mountaineer." The eldest son of Terah, brother of Abraham and Nahor, and father of Lot, Milcah, and Iscah. He died before his father (Gen. 11:27), in Ur of the Chaldees. (2.) Heb. haran, i.e., "parched;" or probably from the Accadian charana, meaning "a road." A celebrated city of Western Asia, now Harran, where Abram remained, after he left Ur of the Chaldees, till his father Terah died (Gen. 11:31, 32), when he continued his journey into the land of Canaan.

 

Haran in Fausset's Bible Dictionary HARAN was Terah's firstborn son, oldest brother of Abram (who is named first in Genesis 11:27, because he was heir of the promises), father of Lot, and Milcah who married her uncle Nahor, and Iscah or Sarai who married her uncle Abram, being "daughter (i.e. granddaughter) of his father not of his mother" (Genesis 20:12). That Haran was oldest brother appears from his brothers marrying his daughters, Sarai being only ten years younger than Abram (Genesis 17:17). Haran died in Ur, his native place, before his father.

 

Evidently Haran was much older (by about 60 years) than Abraham and had previously settled the land known as Haran which was north and between Ur of the Chaldees in the east and the land of Canaan to the west.

 

Genesis 11:31  And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.

 11:32  And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.

 

After Abraham hacked up the people's and his father Terah's gods and idols in the temple, they wanted to kill him. He told them to worship the true God and not the lifeless gods of sticks and stones.

Jasher 12:1-44

1 And when the king heard the words of Abram he ordered him to be put into prison; and Abram was ten days in prison.

2 And at the end of those days the king ordered that all the kings, princes and governors of different provinces and the sages should come before him, and they sat before him, and Abram was still in the house of confinement.

3 And the king said to the princes and sages, Have you heard what Abram, the son of Terah, has done to his father? Thus has he done to him, and I ordered him to be brought before me, and thus has he spoken; his heart did not misgive him, neither did he stir in my presence, and behold now he is confined in the prison.

4 And therefore decide what judgment is due to this man who reviled the king; who spoke and did all the things that you heard.

5 And they all answered the king saying, The man who revileth the king should be hanged upon a tree; but having done all the things that he said, and having despised our gods, he must therefore be burned to death, for this is the law in this matter.

6 If it pleaseth the king to do this, let him order his servants to kindle a fire both night and day in your brick furnace, and then we will cast this man into it. And the king did so, and he commanded his servants that they should prepare a fire for three days and three nights in the king's furnace, that is in Casdim; and the king ordered them to take Abram from prison and bring him out to be burned.

7 And all the king's servants, princes, lords, governors, and judges, and all the inhabitants of the land, about nine hundred thousand men, stood opposite the furnace to see Abram.

8 And all the women and little ones crowded upon the roofs and towers to see what was doing with Abram, and they all stood together at a distance; and there was not a man left that did not come on that day to behold the scene.

9 And when Abram was come, the conjurors of the king and the sages saw Abram, and they cried out to the king, saying, Our sovereign lord, surely this is the man whom we know to have been the child at whose birth the great star swallowed the four stars, which we declared to the king now fifty years since.

10 And behold now his father has also transgressed your commands, and mocked you by bringing you another child, which you didst kill.

11 And when the king heard their words, he was exceedingly wroth, and he ordered Terah to be brought before him.

12 And the king said, Hast you heard what the conjurors have spoken? Now tell me truly, how didst you; and if you shalt speak truth you shalt be acquitted.

13 And seeing that the king's anger was so much kindled, Terah said to the king, My lord and king, you hast heard the truth, and what the sages have spoken is right. And the king said, How couldst you do this thing, to transgress my orders and to give me a child that you didst not beget, and to take value for him?

14 And Terah answered the king, Because my tender feelings were excited for my son, at that time, and I took a son of my handmaid, and I brought him to the king.

15 And the king said Who advised you to this? Tell me, do not hide aught from me, and then you shalt not die.

16 And Terah was greatly terrified in the king's presence, and he said to the king, It was Haran my eldest son who advised me to this; and Haran was in those days that Abram was born, two and thirty years old.

17 But Haran did not advise his father to anything, for Terah said this to the king in order to deliver his (own) soul from the king, for he feared greatly; and the king said to Terah, Haran your son who advised you to this shall die through fire with Abram; for the sentence of death is upon him for having rebelled against the king's desire in doing this thing.

18 And Haran at that time felt inclined to follow the ways of Abram, but he kept it within himself.

19 And Haran said in his heart, Behold now the king has seized Abram on account of these things which Abram did, and it shall come to pass, that if Abram prevail over the king I will follow him, but if the king prevail I will go after the king.

20 And when Terah had spoken this to the king concerning Haran his son, the king ordered Haran to be seized with Abram.

21 And they brought them both, Abram and Haran his brother, to cast them into the fire; and all the inhabitants of the land and the king's servants and princes and all the women and little ones were there, standing that day over them.

22 And the king's servants took Abram and his brother, and they stripped them of all their clothes excepting their lower garments which were upon them.

23 And they bound their hands and feet with linen cords, and the servants of the king lifted them up and cast them both into the furnace.

24 And Yahweh loved Abram and He had compassion over him, and Yahweh came down and delivered Abram from the fire and he was not burned.

25 But all the cords with which they bound him were burned, while Abram remained and walked about in the fire.

26 And Haran died when they had cast him into the fire, and he was burned to ashes, for his heart was not perfect with Yahweh; and those men who cast him into the fire, the flame of the fire spread over them, and they were burned, and twelve men of them died.

27 And Abram walked in the midst of the fire three days and three nights, and all the servants of the king saw him walking in the fire, and they came and told the king, saying, Behold we have seen Abram walking about in the midst of the fire, and even the lower garments which are upon him are not burned, but the cord with which he was bound is burned.

28 And when the king heard their words his heart fainted and he would not believe them; so he sent other faithful princes to see this matter, and they went and saw it and told it to the king; and the king rose to go and see it, and he saw Abram walking to and fro in the midst of the fire, and he saw Haran's body burned, and the king wondered greatly.

29 And the king ordered Abram to be taken out from the fire; and his servants approached to take him out and they could not, for the fire was round about and the flame ascending toward them from the furnace.

30 And the king's servants fled from it, and the king rebuked them, saying, Make haste and bring Abram out of the fire that you shall not die.

31 And the servants of the king again approached to bring Abram out, and the flames came upon them and burned their faces so that eight of them died.

32 And when the king saw that his servants could not approach the fire lest they should be burned, the king called to Abram, O servant of the God who is in heaven, go forth from amidst the fire and come hither before me; and Abram hearkened to the voice of the king, and he went forth from the fire and came and stood before the king.

33 And when Abram came out the king and all his servants saw Abram coming before the king, with his lower garments upon him, for they were not burned, but the cord with which he was bound was burned.

34 And the king said to Abram, How is it that you wast not burned in the fire?

35 And Abram said to the king, The God of heaven and earth in whom I trust and who has all in His power, He delivered me from the fire into which you didst cast me.

36 And Haran the brother of Abram was burned to ashes, and they sought for his body, and they found it consumed.

37 And Haran was eighty-two years old when he died in the fire of Casdim. And the king, princes, and inhabitants of the land, seeing that Abram was delivered from the fire, they came and bowed down to Abram.

38 And Abram said to them, Do not bow down to me, but bow down to the God of the world who made you, and serve Him, and go in His ways for it is He who delivered me from out of this fire, and it is He who created the souls and spirits of all men, and formed man in his mother's womb, and brought him forth into the world, and it is He who will deliver those who trust in Him from all pain.

39 And this thing seemed very wonderful in the eyes of the king and princes, that Abram was saved from the fire and that Haran was burned; and the king gave Abram many presents and he gave him his two head servants from the king's house; the name of one was Oni and the name of the other was Eliezer.

40 And all the kings, princes and servants gave Abram many gifts of silver and gold and pearl, and the king and his princes sent him away, and he went in peace.

41 And Abram went forth from the king in peace, and many of the king's servants followed him, and about three hundred men joined him.

42 And Abram returned on that day and went to his father's house, he and the men that followed him, and Abram served Yahweh his God all the days of his life, and he walked in His ways and followed His law.

43 And from that day forward Abram inclined the hearts of the sons of men to serve Yahweh.

44 And at that time Nahor and Abram took unto themselves wives, the daughters of their brother Haran; the wife of Nahor was Milca and the name of Abram's wife was Sarai. And Sarai, wife of Abram, was barren; she had no offspring in those days.

 

Genesis 12:1  Now Yahweh had said unto Abram, Get you out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father's house, unto a land that I will shew you:

 12:2  And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shalt be a blessing:

 12:3  And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curseth you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.

 12:4  So Abram departed, as Yahweh had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

 12:5  And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

 

After the birth of Isaac...

Genesis 21:8  And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.

Jasher 21:6-8

6 Also Terah, the father of Abraham, and Nahor his brother, came from Haran, they and all belonging to them, for they greatly rejoiced on hearing that a son had been born to Sarah.

7 And they came to Abraham, and they ate and drank at the feast which Abraham made upon the day of Isaac's being weaned.

8 And Terah and Nahor rejoiced with Abraham, and they remained with him many days in the land of the Philistines.

Genesis 24:2  And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray you, your hand under my thigh:

 24:3  And I will make you swear by Yahweh, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that you shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:

 24:4  But you shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

 24:9  And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.

 24:10  And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.  

 

The Town of Nahor

When Abraham sends out his servant to find his kin, he sends him to Aram Naharaim, translated by the KJV and other bibles as “Mesopotamia”. Later in Genesis, this kingdom will be revealed to be close to (or containing) the city of Harran, where Terah settled his family en route to Canaan. Paddan Aram, first mentioned in Genesis 25, may be an alternate or more specific name for the region. Although Nahor is in Aram Naharaim at the start of this story, Genesis 11 does not record him traveling with his father and siblings:

Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there. Genesis 11:31

Terah took his son Abram, his daughter Sarai, and his grandson Lot. Why not Nahor?           By Genesis 24, Nahor is so at home in Aram that a town bears his name. Although Abraham and Nahor took different paths, they both appear to be prominent in their communities. Like Abraham, Nahor was probably rich: he may have founded the town that he lived in and his granddaughter Rebekah was well-stocked with nurses and attendants. He also had plenty of children: twelve in all, one fewer than Jacob’s named children and more than Abraham’s eight. Even if he wasn’t prominent in the text, he was a prominent man in his community. We should expect no less of the grandfather (or great-grandfather) of three matriarchs: Rebekah, Leah, and Rachel.

 

Was Nahor's God Yahweh too?

Genesis 31:53  The God of Abram and the God of Nahor judge between us; and Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac.

 

Joshua 24:2  And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith Yahweh God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.

Terah served other gods. Abraham and Nahor were sons of Terah. The 'they' that served other gods were Terah and those ancestors that dwelt beyond where the flood occurred. The flood was not worldwide. It was in the Tarim Basin in southern Sinkiang. Far west China.

 

It is also pertinent that in the next generation Abraham's "son" [Isaac] married Nahor's "granddaughter" [Rebecca] indicating that Nahor was Abraham's senior by some years.

Abraham was 75 years old when he left Haran [the city] Gen 12:4. Terah must have been 130 years old when he fathered Abraham. It is also to be noted that Lot's daughters described their father as being "old" [Gen 19: 31]. We tend to think of Lot as Abraham's young nephew, but Lot never behaves deferentially to Abraham which indicates that they were of similar age. This again indicates that Haran [the man] was considerably older than Abraham and is consistent with the hypothesis that Haran was some 60 years older than his youngest brother Abraham.

 

 

Yahweh's race in the earth. The Preachers of Righteousness. The office of Melchizedek.

ADAM  1      (red, ruddy, able to blush)    (Preacher of Righteousness for 930yrs)

 

SETH  2     (substitute, compensation)    (POR for 212yrs)

 

ENOS  3      (man, mortal)    (POR for 198yrs)

 

CAINAN  4     (possession, fixed, a chamber)    (POR for 195yrs)

Genesis 5:13  And Cainan lived after his begetting Maleleel, seven hundred and forty years, and he begot sons and daughters.  (Septuagint)

 

MAHALALEEL  5    (praise of God)   (POR for 155yrs)

Genesis 5:16  And Maleleel lived after his begetting Jared, seven hundred and thirty years, and he begot sons and daughters.  (Septuagint)

 

JARED  6    (descent, to descend)   (POR for 232yrs)

Genesis 5:19  And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:  

Enoch 6:1 And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto 2 them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: 'Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men 3 and beget us children.' And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them: 'I fear you will not 4 indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.' And they all answered him and said: 'Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations 5 not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.' Then sware they all together and bound themselves 6 by mutual imprecations upon it. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn 7 and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it.

 

-Skips Enoch who was translated  (dedicated, to train)

 

METHUSELAH  7    (man of a dart, shoot of growth, branch)    (POR for 334yrs)

Enoch 76:12 And the twelve portals of the four quarters of the heaven are therewith completed, and all their laws and all their plagues and all their benefactions have I shown to you, my son Methuselah.

The Heavenly Tablets and the Mission of Enoch.

Enoch 81:1 And he said unto me:
' Observe, Enoch, these heavenly tablets,
And read what is written thereon,
And mark every individual fact.'

2 And I observed the heavenly tablets, and read everything which was written (thereon) and understood everything, and read the book of all the deeds of mankind, and of all the children of flesh 3 that shall be upon the earth to the remotest generations. And forthwith I blessed the great Yahweh the King of glory for ever, in that He has made all the works of the world,

And I extolled Yahweh because of His patience,
And blessed Him because of the children of men.

4 And after that I said:
' Blessed is the man who dies in righteousness and goodness,
Concerning whom there is no book of unrighteousness written,
And against whom no day of judgment shall be found.'

5 And those seven holy ones brought me and placed me on the earth before the door of my house, and said to me: ' Declare everything to your son Methuselah, and show to all your children that no 6 flesh is righteous in the sight of Yahweh, for He is their Creator. One year we will leave you with your son, till you givest your (last) commands, that you mayest teach your children and record (it) for them, and testify to all your children; and in the second year they shall take you from their midst.

Charge given to Enoch: the four Intercalary Days: the Stars which lead the Seasons and the Months.

Enoch 82:1 And now, my son Methuselah, all these things I am recounting to you and writing down for you! and I have revealed to you everything, and given you books concerning all these: so preserve, my son Methuselah, the books from your father's hand, and (see) that you deliver them to the generations of the world.

2 I have given Wisdom to you and to your children,
[And your children that shall be to you],
That they may give it to their children for generations,
This wisdom (namely) that passeth their thought.

3 And those who understand it shall not sleep,
But shall listen with the ear that they may learn this wisdom,
And it shall please those that eat thereof better than good food.

4 Blessed are all the righteous, blessed are all those who walk In the way of righteousness and sin not as the sinners, in the reckoning of all their days in which the sun traverses the heaven, entering into and departing from the portals for thirty days with the heads of thousands of the order of the stars, together with the four which are intercalated which divide the four portions of the year, which

5 lead them and enter with them four days. Owing to them men shall be at fault and not reckon them in the whole reckoning of the year: yea, men shall be at fault, and not recognize them

6 accurately.

These are the 91st days of the Solar calendar. Soldier Sabbaths. John the Baptist was born on the first one, which is the Spring Equinox, March 20-21. Six months later, as recorded in the Bible, Christ is born, on the third 91st day, which is September 17-18. The second 91st day is June 18th and the fourth intercalary day is December 17th. It was Adam, Enoch and Job that were the original astrologers and instituted the calendar.

Today, we (society) do not follow Yahweh's Solar Calendar. The feast days are neglected as well as the land Sabbaths. Men surely are at fault.

First Dream-Vision on the Deluge.

Enoch 83:1 And now, my son Methuselah, I will show you all my visions which I have seen, recounting 2 them before you. Two visions I saw before I took a wife, and the one was quite unlike the other: the first when I was learning to write: the second before I took your mother, (when) I saw a terrible 3 vision. And regarding them I prayed to Yahweh. I had laid me down in the house of my grandfather Mahalalel, (when) I saw in a vision how the heaven collapsed and was borne off and fell to 4 the earth. And when it fell to the earth I saw how the earth was swallowed up in a great abyss, and mountains were suspended on mountains, and hills sank down on hills, and high trees were rent 5 from their stems, and hurled down and sunk in the abyss. And thereupon a word fell into my mouth, 6 and I lifted up (my voice) to cry aloud, and said: ' The earth is destroyed.' And my grandfather Mahalalel waked me as I lay near him, and said unto me: ' Why dost you cry so, my son, and why 7 dost you make such lamentation?' And I recounted to him the whole vision which I had seen, and he said unto me: ' A terrible thing hast you seen, my son, and of grave moment is your dream- vision as to the secrets of all the sin of the earth: it must sink into the abyss and be destroyed with 8 a great destruction. And now, my son, arise and make petition to Yahweh of glory, since you art a believer, that a remnant may remain on the earth, and that He may not destroy the whole 9 earth.

The Second Dream-Vision of Enoch

Enoch 85:1 And after this I saw another dream, and I will show the whole dream to you, my son. And Enoch lifted up (his voice) and spake to his son Methuselah: ' To you, my son, will I speak: hear my words-incline your ear to the dream-vision of your father.

Quite the allegorical comparison of Adam. Cain, Abel, Seth. The 2 seedlines. Good and bad. The broken heart of a mother for a murdered son.

Enoch's Admonition to his Children.

Enoch 91:1 And now, my son Methuselah, call to me all your brothers
And gather together to me all the sons of your mother;
For the word calls me,
And the spirit is poured out upon me,
That I may show you everything
That shall befall you for ever.'

2 And there upon Methuselah went and summoned to him all his brothers and assembled his relatives.

Fragment of the Book of Noah

Enoch 106:1 And after some days my son Methuselah took a wife for his son Lamech, and she became 2 pregnant by him and bore a son. And his body was white as snow and red as the blooming of a rose, and the hair of his head and his long locks were white as wool, and his eyes beautiful. And when he opened his eyes, he lighted up the whole house like the sun, and the whole house 3 was very bright. And thereupon he arose in the hands of the midwife, opened his mouth, and conversed with Yahweh of righteousness.

Enoch 107:1 And I saw written on them that generation upon generation shall transgress, till a generation of righteousness arises, and transgression is destroyed and sin passes away from the earth, and all 2 manner of good comes upon it. And now, my son, go and make known to your son Lamech that this 3 son, which has been born, is in truth his son, and that (this) is no lie.' And when Methuselah had heard the words of his father Enoch-for he had shown to him everything in secret-he returned and showed (them) to him and called the name of that son Noah; for he will comfort the earth after all the destruction.

Enoch 108:1 Another book which Enoch wrote for his son Methuselah and for those who will come after him, 2 and keep the law in the last days (that's us!). Ye who have done good shall wait for those days till an end is made of those who work evil; and an end of the might of the transgressors.

 

-Skips Lamech who died before Methuselah   (powerful)

 

NOAH - 8th preacher of righteousness (II Peter 2:5)   (rest, quiet)

(Preacher of Righteousness for 356yrs)

Enoch 10:1 Then said the Most High, the Holy and Great One spake, and sent Uriel to the son of Lamech, 2 and said to him: 'Go to Noah and tell him in my name "Hide yourself!" and reveal to him the end that is approaching: that the whole earth will be destroyed, and a deluge is about to come 3 upon the whole earth, and will destroy all that is on it. And now instruct him that he may escape 4 and his seed may be preserved for all the generations of the world.'

Enoch 67:1 And in those days the word of God came unto me, and He said unto me: ' Noah, your lot has come 2 Up before Me, a lot without blame, a lot of love and uprightness. And now the angels are making a wooden (building), and when they have completed that task I will place My hand upon it and preserve it, and there shall come forth from it the seed of life, and a change shall set in so that the 3 earth will not remain without inhabitant. And I will make fast your seed before Me for ever and ever, and I will spread abroad those who dwell with you: it shall not be unfruitful on the face of the earth, but it shall be blessed and multiply on the earth in the name of Yahweh.'

This came true. Ham's children were the original Egyptians, Ethiopians and North Africans. Japheth's children spread out all over. These became the Indo-Aryans, Medes, some Greeks, Romans, Russians and Slavs. Shem's children were the Assyrians, Lydians, Syrians, Aramaeans. Shem continues the holy line chosen by Yahweh. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are Shemites. This is where we get the term 'Semite/Semitic'. Jacob's children, Israelites, went on to settle the white nations we have today. Yes, the race of Adam is the white race. The Jews are of the race of Cain and of Esau's children. The Jews are not Israelites or Shemites (Semites).

____________________________________________________The Flood

 

SHEM  9     (name)         (POR for 150yrs)

Fitting that Shem means 'name'. Yahweh placed His name on Shem's lineage.

 

-Skips Arphaxad who dies before Shem

Genesis 11:13  And Arphaxad lived after he had begotten Cainan, four hundred years, and begot sons and daughters, and died. And Cainan lived a hundred and thirty years and begot Sala; and Canaan lived after he had begotten Salah, three hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters, and died.

 

(K)CAINAN  10    (POR for 95yrs)

 

SALAH  11           (POR for 130yrs)

Genesis 11:15  And Sala lived after he had begotten Heber, three hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters, and died.  (Septuagint)

 

(H)EBER  12    (region beyond)  Father of the Hebrews    (POR for 74yrs)

Genesis 10:25  And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.

11:17  And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.

 

PELEG  13   (division, channel, canal)    (POR for 69yrs)

Genesis 11:19  And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.

 

REU  14    (friend)    (POR for 130yrs)

Genesis 11:21  And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.

 

SERUG  15    (branch, intwine)      (POR for 123yrs)

Genesis 11:23  And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.

 

NAHOR  16     (snorting)     (POR for 104yrs)

Genesis 11:25  And Nahor lived after he had begotten Terah, an hundred and twenty-five years, and begot sons and daughters, and he died.  (Septuagint)

 

-Skips Terah   (delay)

The priesthood skips Terah because he was an idolater and Nahor the younger was born just before Nahor the elder dies

Genesis 11:26  And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

Terah was 130 when he had Abram. Haran was the eldest.

 

-Skips Haran who did not trust in Yahweh when it counted.

 

NAHOR  17 who was Abraham's older brother (and the last Preacher of Righteousness in the patriarchal order)

 

ABRAHAM who was the 'friend of God' and to whom the covenants and promises were made. Abraham was 5 years old when grandpa (the elder) Nahor dies.

 

ISAAC

JACOB

LEVI

Genesis 46:11  And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

 

The Gershonites were responsible for the care of the tabernacle and tent, its coverings, the curtain at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, the curtains of the courtyard, the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard surrounding the tabernacle and altar, and the ropes—and everything related to their use (Numbers 3:25-26, KJV).

The Kohath clan were responsible for the care of the ark, the table, the lampstand, the altars, the article of the sanctuary used in ministering, the curtain, and everything related to their use (Numbers 3:31-32, KJV).

The Merari clan was responsible for the frames of the tabernacle, its crossbars, posts, bases, all its’ equipment and everything related to their use, as well as the posts of the surrounding courtyard with their bases, tent pegs and ropes (Numbers 3:36-37, KJV).

 

LEVI

KOHATH -His sons Amram, Hebron, Uzzeil, Izhar and his son Korah

The rebellion of Korah

Numbers 16:3  And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and Yahweh is among them: wherefore then lift you up yourselves above the congregation of Yahweh?

16:28  And Moses said, Hereby you shall know that Yahweh hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.

16:32  And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.

Korah and his cronies seek to elevate their Levitical status with a challenge to Moses and Aaron. With this act they also challenge Yahweh, who had placed Moses and Aaron in their positions.

This example also shows that in the case of Genesis with Cain and Abel's offering.

Abel's was accepted, Cain's was not. Cain was not Adam's son. If Cain was the firstborn son, Abel would have been challenging the order of the patriarchal priesthood and destroyed, just like Korah and his men were.

 

AMRAM -His sons Moses and Aaron and daughter Miriam

 

AARON -His sons Eleazar, Ithamar, Nadab, Abihu

Leviticus 10:1  And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before Yahweh, which He commanded them not.

10:2  And there went out fire from Yahweh, and devoured them, and they died before Yahweh.

Sons of Ithamar

Eli  (1Sa 4:18) Because of his unrighteousness, his seed was thrust from the priesthood. Below is his lineage.

Hophni and Phinehas

1Samuel 2:34  And this shall be a sign unto you, that shall come upon your two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them.

Ahitub, Ahijah, Ahimelech, Abiathar

1Samuel 22:20  And one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped, and fled after David.

Also in the line of Ithamar was Hilkiah and Jeremiah.

1Kings 2:26  And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get you to Anathoth, unto your own fields; for you art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put you to death, because you barest the ark of Yahweh GOD before David my father, and because you hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted.

2:27  So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto Yahweh; that he might fulfil the word of Yahweh, which He spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.

Jeremiah 1:1  The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:

 

Aaronic Priesthood

As a result of the failure of the Israelites to observe the gospel law administered by Moses under the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood, Yahweh gave an additional law of performances and ordinances and “confirmed a priesthood also upon Aaron and his seed, throughout all their generations” to administer it. This priesthood was of lesser power and authority than the priesthood of Melchizedek and was used to administer the outward ordinances, particularly as characterized by the ceremonies of the law of Moses. The terms Aaronic and Levitical are sometimes used synonymously , although there are some specific differences in the offices existing within the Levitical Priesthood. For example, the lesser priesthood was conferred only upon men of the tribe of Levi. However, within the tribe, only Aaron and his sons could hold the office of priest. And, still further, from the firstborn of Aaron’s sons (after Aaron) was selected the high priest (or chief of the priests). Thus Aaron and his sons after him had greater offices in the Levitical Priesthood than did the other Levites.

The privileges of the priests were greater than those who functioned in the other Levitical offices, and a distinction between the two is evident when the scripture speaks of them as “the priests and the Levites”.

1Kings 8:4  And they brought up the ark of Yahweh, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring up.

Ezra 2:70  So the priests, and the Levites, and some of the people, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, dwelt in their cities, and all Israel in their cities.

The Nethinims were not Israelites. They were the descendants of Esau that beguiled Joshua and the people into believing they were kin from afar, and got them to swear not to kill them. These Nethinims were of the cast of Gibeonites and started their infiltration of the priesthood in the days of Joshua. By the time of Christ, they gained control and taught their 'traditions of men' instead of Israelite scripture and heritage. Today these Jews have infiltrated our nation and control everything. We once more find ourselves in Egypt (captivity).

John 1:19  And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art you?

The Pharisees did not come to John because they believed him. They really came in order to see what he was doing. John was sent “to cleanse the sons of Levi”, as it is evident at Malachi chapter 3. John's having called certain of the Judaeans a “race of vipers” by itself indicates that they (the Jews) are certainly not Levites.

 

The priests could offer sacrifices for the people, burn incense on the altar, and teach the law, whereas the other Levites were employed in more menial tasks, such as the housekeeping of the tabernacle, keeping oil in the lamps, transporting the Ark of the Covenant, taking down and setting up the tabernacle when moving, and related tasks in assisting the priests. The account of Korah’s rebellion against Moses and Aaron delineates some of the differences between the duties of the priests and those of the Levites. It also shows the error of aspiring to offices in the priesthood. Levite companions sought for the high priesthood, but as they were unworthy, Yahweh destroyed them.

 

The Aaronic Priesthood continued “with the house of Aaron among the children of Israel” from Aaron until John the Baptist, who was a priest in the Aaronic order, and by this authority he prepared the way for and baptized Jesus.

 

The Aaronic priesthood held the office for 1600 years.

The Levitical priesthood under ARRON (Ezra 7:1-6)

Eleazar

Phinehas

Abishua

Bukki

Uzzi

Zerahiah

Meraioth

Azariah

Amariah

Ahitub

Zadok  (2Sam 8:17)

Shallum

Hilkiah

Azariah

Seraiah   

Jehozadak -Deported to Babyon

Joshua -Returned from Babyon (Zech 3:1, 6:11)

Ezra -Son of Seraiah (Ezra 7:1)

 

By the time of Christ, the priesthood had been infiltrated by the Canaanite and Edomite Jews.

On the true Israelite Levitical priesthood in the line of Aaron's side was:

ZACHARIAS

Luke 1:5  There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the (8th) course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

1:6  And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

1:7  And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

1:8  And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

1:9  According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

1:10  And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

1:11  And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

1:12  And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

1:13  But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elisabeth shall bear you a son, and you shalt call his name John.

Their son, and Christ's cousin, John the Baptist.

 

Prophecy of John the Baptist

Malachi 3:1  Behold, I will send My messenger (John), and he shall prepare the way before Me: and

       Yahweh, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple (body), even the messenger of the

       covenant, whom you delight in: behold, He shall come, saith Yahweh of hosts.

 3:2  But who may abide the day of His (Christ's) coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth? for He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

 3:3  And he (John) shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he (John) shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto Yahweh an offering in righteousness.

John was sent to cleanse the Levitical priesthood in order that they may offer Christ in righteousness. The priesthood was infiltrated by the Jews and became corrupt.

Baptism with water was by John for the Levitical priesthood and for Christ. John was the last Levitical priest and Christ was the last sacrifice. When Christ died, the priesthood, baptism, oblations and ordinances of the priesthood ended. Christ is now our High Priest. The only way to be baptized now is by being immersed in the knowledge and understanding of the Word. Water and some man cannot do anything for you.

 3:4  Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto Yahweh, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

The days of old and in former years are referring to when the priesthood was performing righteously and in accordance with the law.

Since Christ died, and the ritual ordinances expired, we, the holy seed, a priestly kingdom, must offer 'spiritual sacrifice' to Yahweh. This would be done by immersing ourselves in His Word. And practicing it.

 

 

 

EDOMITE PRIESTS- the corrupt priesthood

See 'Pharisees' in Who's Who menu for a full understanding of this corrupt priesthood.

 

On the other side we have the infiltration by the enemies of Israel into the priesthood. These are the descendants of Cain and of Esau. They are the counterfeit. The wolves in sheep's clothing.

Christ was talking to the Jew Pharisees and priests.

Matthew 23:33  Ye serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?

23:34  Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them you shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall you scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

23:35  That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom you slew between the temple and the altar.

 

ANNAS was high priest from 6-15 AD

  

John 18:12  Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound Him,

 18:13  And led Him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.

The true high priests of Israel did not play musical chairs, a high priest was for life. This is more evidence of the Edomite authority in the priesthood then.

 18:14  Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Judaeans, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.  (John 11:50)

 18:15  And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple (John) was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest.

 18:16  But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple (John), which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.

 18:17  Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not you also one of this man's disciples? He saith, I am not. (1st denial)

 18:18  And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.

 18:19  The high priest then asked Jesus of His disciples, and of His doctrine.

 18:20  Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world (society); I ever taught in the synagogue (assembly hall), and in the temple, whither the Judaeans always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.

 18:21  Why askest you Me? ask them which heard Me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.

 18:22  And when He had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest You the high priest so?

 18:23  Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest you Me?

 18:24  Now Annas had sent Him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.

 18:25  And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not you also one of His disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not.  (2nd denial)

 18:26  One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see you in the garden with Him?

More evidence that the high priests were Edomites.

 18:27  Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.  

 

Acts 4:1  And as they (the disciples) spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,

 4:2  Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

Why did the religious sects grieve about the apostles teaching truth? Because they were of the serpent seed. John 8:44

 4:3  And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.

 4:4  Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.

 4:5  And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,

 4:6  And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.

These kindred are defined by Christ Himself as the seed of the wicked one. He is referring to Satan's children through Cain and through Esau.

The Pharisees was once an Israelite Levitical sect, now mostly Edomite controlled.

The Sadducees sect was always an Edomite sect.

 

Peter and the apostles doing the work of Yahshua.

 5:16  There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

 5:17  Then the high priest (Annas, an Edomite) rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation (jealousy),

 5:18  And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.  (Luke 21:12)

The Edomite Sadducees were accusing the apostles of teaching the doctrine of Christ! This alone proves that the Sadducees and Pharisees doctrine was NOT the doctrine of Christ.

 

CAIAPHAS  30 AD

 

Matthew 26:3  Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,  

 26:4  And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill Him.

The “churches” teach that the Romans killed Christ. But once again, scripture reveals otherwise. Caiaphas and the priesthood were Edomites. The religious authority, then just as today, has been taken control of by Esau/Edom.

 

Matthew 26:57  And they that had laid hold on Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.

 26:58  But Peter followed Him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.

 26:59  Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put Him to death;

 26:60  But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,  

 26:61  And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

But Christ was referring to His body. The enemy (the Jews) not having truth in them, thought He was threatening the temple, and their authority.

 26:62  And the high priest arose, and said unto Him, Answerest You nothing? what is it which these witness against You?  (Is 53:7)

 26:63  But Jesus held His peace. And the high priest answered and said unto Him, I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You be the Christ, the Son of God.

 26:64  Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall you see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.  (Dan 7:13)

 26:65  Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now you have heard His blasphemy.

This is why the seed of the serpent is considered to be the devil, which means in Greek the false accuser.

 

John 11:47  Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.

 11:48  If we let Him thus alone, all men will believe on Him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

Occupancy, opportunity, and people.

Their position of authority was in jeopardy because Christ was exposing them.

 11:49  And one of them (a chief priest), named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,

 11:50  Nor consider that it is expedient (advantageous) for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

Caiaphas was talking about his own nation, the Edomite Jews.

 11:51  And this spake he (Caiaphas) not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;

Christ's message threatened the position of the Jews, Caiaphas said that Christ must die for His people ('that nation') instead of what would happen to Caiaphas' kindred if Christ lived.

 11:52  And not for that nation only, but that also He should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.  (Is 49:6)

Caiaphas knew that Christ came for His own people who were among the Judaeans, and that those scattered abroad were also His people, the “lost”, or dispersed Nations of Israel.

 11:53  Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put Him to death.

Now the Edomites are full aware of the real threat.

 11:54  Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Judaeans; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with His disciples.

 

ANANIAS  60AD

 

Paul on trial before the Sanhedrin (Acts 22:30-23:10)

(Acts 23:3) Paul calls high priest Ananias a “whitened wall” and warns that God would smite him. The fulfillment is recorded by Josephus (Wars 2.17.9). Slain with his brother by robbers.

Acts 23:1  And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men, brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

 23:2  And the high priest Ananias (Edomite Sadducee) commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.  

 23:3  Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite you, you whited wall: for sittest you to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

Leviticus 19:35  Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure.

 

A Prisoner in Caesarea

Governor Felix holds Paul as a prisoner in Caesarea for more than two years. Felix does this because he hopes to be bribed into an early release (Acts 24:26-27). When Porcius Festus replaces Felix as governor in 60 A.D. the case against the apostle is repeated.

Paul, refusing the offer to have his trial in Jerusalem, requests his case be heard by Caesar. Festus agrees and soon sends him off to Rome.

Acts 24:1  And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.

 24:2  And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by you we enjoy great quietness (prosperity), and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by your providence (foresight),

Why was 'nation' not translated as 'gentile'? It's the exact same word (G1484).

The translators use it when it fits their agenda.

 24:3  We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.

 24:4  Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto you, I pray you that you wouldest hear us of your clemency a few words.

 24:5  For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Judaeans throughout the world (society), and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:

 24:6  Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took hold of, from whom you yourself should be able, examining him concerning all these things, to discover that which we accuse him of.

These Jews were trying to put Paul away for preaching scripture. The Jews were teaching their own religion, the 'traditions of the elders' (Judaism).

 

 

DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM  70 AD

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Now; we also know that Enoch and Job were two of the dwellers in Ancient Jerusalem before it was ever called Jerusalem. They had moved out of the dynasties that had descended from the House of Seth, of the House of Adam. They had been down by the Persian Gulf and then they crossed over into the ancient lands now known as Palestine and Jerusalem which was then called the city of Kings, the city of Peace,..Salem..the City of God. Enoch and Job had been raised here in this city of God. The pattern of the advice given to them told them that they would achieve great exploits and do great things.

Now; Enoch said that he was brought into the presence of THE MOST HIGH GOD and he saw him all enveloped in Light and round HIM were the Seraphims who were saying:..Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty. And as Enoch beheld all this then YAHWEH came forth as Melchizedek, Enoch talked with this Melchizedek who was embodied as was Enoch. So again it was not the spirit that was taken into the heavens, and Angels accompanied him, but Enoch went in the flesh and in the heavens then Enoch beheld all the Majesty of God's Glory. Then he beheld God..spirit, soul, and body..Melchizedek the Eternal Existing One. And Enoch was told all the things he must tell the children of men, and he returned to earth to engage in his Patriarchal ministry.

We are told in the Old Testament of the work of these great Patriarchs, those who god called forth of the race. At this time there was no existing center of the church or the spiritual center of the called out worshipers as such, for each and every Patriarch was a High Priest for his house, according to the call of God. This was one of the most important areas for men, for not only must they be Holy and Righteous, but also they must know the teachings of the Truth's of God, both by tradition and by effect. For in each household the head of the household was the Priest of that house, and the grandfather's or great grandfather's continued in their work and these were the High Priest's of the Patriarchal patterns of the centuries.

Now; do not be mislead into thinking that these were not wise men for the Adamites had come to earth with a written language and knowledge of why there were here and they knew their purpose and their undertaking. They knew they were going to become a Kingdom, and they knew they were to conquer Lucifer, and overthrow him, and they were going to do this for their Father's good purpose, for He was altogether righteous and true. So in this area of time when they prepared and worked toward these ends, the revelation to Enoch and Job was to go into Egypt and there to build a city.

Now; go over into the records of the Old Testament and we see that Abraham moved out over the plains and he learned that Lot had been captured by the Kings. And as he heard this we discover that it came to pass in the day (Genesis 14) of Amraaphel the King of Shinar, Arioch King of Ellasar, Cheddorlaomer King of Elam and Tidal King of the nations; these made war with Bera King of Sodom and Birsha King of Gomorrah, Shinab King of Adma and Shemeber King of Zeboiim and the King of Bela, which is Zoar..all of these forces were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is actually the Salt Sea. They had served Chedarlaomer for 12 years.

And this civil war had raged all thru the areas of Africa, and then into this plane where Abraham was to cross, and now they took Lot the brother of Abraham captive and all of his household and his possessions.

Word of this capture was brought to Abraham about the taking of his brother Lot, and Abraham took his own servants and those born in his household...318 of them, and he pursued those who held Lot captive until he came to the edge of Dan, then he divided his forces and struck those who held Lot, and pursued them unto Hobah. Of course the blessing and strength of the MOST HIGH was with Abraham, thus Abraham was victorious and he brought back Lot and all his goods, and his women and the servants captured with Lot. Also Abraham brought back the goods and spoils that were taken even from the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Thus with 318 men..YAHWEH defeated these fallen people led by the kings of the fallen angels.

These spoils were tithed to Nahor, Melchizedek.

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