Who is this Melchisedec?
Who is this Melchisedec?
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Who is this Melchisedec?
1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 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; 3 Without father, without mother, without descent,... neither beginning of days, or end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
Think of this great person, of how great this man must be! And now, the question is, “Who is this man?” Theologians has had different ideas. But since the opening of the seven seals, the mysterious book that's been mysterious to us.... According to Revelation 10:1 to 7, all the mysteries that's wrote in this book, that's been hid down through the age of the reformers, is supposed to be brought out into view by the angel of the last church age. How many knows that's right? That's right, it's supposed to be brought. All the mysteries of the mysterious book is to be revealed to the Laodicea messenger of that age.
Seeing there is much dispute about this person and this subject, I think it behooves us to break into it, to find out who this is. Now, there is several schools of thought on Him. One of the schools are, claims, “He's just a myth. He wasn't actually a person.” And the others says, that, “It was a priesthood, that was the Melchisedec priesthood.” That's the most likely one, that hold better to that side than they do to the other, is because they say it was a priesthood. It can't be that, for in the fourth verse it says He was a person —a man. So, in order to be a person, He has to be a personality—a man. Not an order; but a person! So He was not just a priesthood order, neither was He a myth. He was a person.
And the person is eternal. If you notice, “He had no father. He had no mother. He had no time He ever began. And He had no time He ever ended.” And ever who it was is still alive tonight, because the Bible said here, that, “He had neither father, nor mother, beginning of days, or ending of life. So it would have to be an eternal person. Is that right? An eternal person! So it could only be one person, that's God, because He's the only one that's eternal—God! Now, in I Timothy 6:15 and 16, if you'd like to read that sometime, I'd like for you to read it. Now, the thing that I contend is, that, He was God, because He's the only person that can be immortal. And now, God changing Himself into person; that's what He was, “No father, no mother, no beginning of life, no ending of days.”
Now we find in the Scripture that many people teaches that—three personalities in the Godhead. So you cannot have a personality without being a person. It takes a person to make a personality. A Baptist minister, a few weeks ago, come up to my house and said, “I'd like to straighten you out on the Godhead sometime when you got time”—called me up, rather.
I said, “I got time right now.” Because I want to be straight and we lay aside everything else to do it.
And he come up, he said, “Brother Branham, you teach that there is just one God.”
I said, “Yes, sir.”
He said, “Well,” he said, “I believe there is one God, but one God in three persons.”
I said, “Sir, repeat that again.”
He said, “One God in three persons.”
I said, “Where did you go to school at?” See? And he told me a Bible college. I said, “I could believe that. You cannot be a person without being a personality. And if you're a personality, you are one personality to yourself. You're a separate, individual being.”
And he said, “Well, the theologians can't even explain that.”
I said, “It's by revelation.”
And he said, “I can't accept revelation.”
I said, “Then there's no way for God to ever get to you, because 'It's hid from the eyes of the wise and prudent, and revealed to babes [revealed, revelation], revealed to babes such as will [accept it] learn.'” And I said, “There'd be no way for God to get to you; you close yourself off from Him.” The whole Bible is the revelation of God. The whole church is built upon the revelation of God. There is no other way to know God, only by revelation. “To whom the Son will reveal Him.” Revelation; everything is revelation. So, not to accept the revelation, then you're just a cold theologian, and there is no hope for you.
Now, we find out that this person had no father, no mother, no beginning of days or ending of life. It was God, en morphe. Now, the word comes... the Greek word, means “change” was used. Changing Himself, en morphe, from one person to.... One person; the Greek word there en morphe means... It was taken from the stage act, that one person is changing his mask, to make him some other character. Like in school, just recently, I believe, Rebekah, just before she graduated, they had one of Shakespeare's plays. And one young man had to change his clothes several times, because he played two or three different parts; but, the same person. He come out, one time, he was a villain; and when he come out next time, he was another character. And now the Greek word en morphe means that he “changed his mask.”
And that's what God did. It's the same God all the time. God in the form of the Father, the Spirit, the pillar of fire. The same God was made flesh and dwelt among us, en morphe, brought out so He could be seen. And now that same God is the Holy Ghost. Father, Son, Holy... not three Gods; three offices, three acts of the one God. The Bible said, “There is one God,” not three. But that's how that they couldn't.... You can't get this straightened out and have three gods. You would never sell a Jew that. I'll tell you that. One who knows better, he knows there's only one God.
Notice, like the sculpture, he hides, with a mask over it. That's what God has done to this age. It's been hid. All these things has been hid, and is supposed to be revealed in this age. Now, the Bible says they would be revealed in the latter times. It's like a sculptor keeping his piece of work all covered over until the time he takes the mask off of it and there it is. And that's what the Bible has been. It has been a work of God that's been covered up. And it's been hid since the foundation of the world, and its sevenfold mystery. And God promised in this day, at the age of this Laodicean church, He would take the mask off the whole thing and we could see it. What a glorious thing! God, en morphe, masked in a pillar of fire. God, en morphe, in a man called Jesus. God, en morphe, in His church. God above us, God with us, God in us; the condescending of God.Up there, holy, no one could touch Him, He settled upon the mountain; and even if a animal touched the mountain, had to die. And then God come down and changed His tent, and come down and lived with us, become one of us. “And we held him,” the Bible said. I Timothy 3:16, “Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; for God was manifested in the flesh, handled by hands.” God ate meat. God drank water. God slept. God cried. He was one of us. Beautiful, typed in the Bible! That was God above us; God with us; now it's God in us, the Holy Spirit. Not the third person; the same person!
God came down and become flesh, and died the death, in Christ; so that He could clean the church, in order to get into it for fellowship. God loves fellowship. That's what He made the man at the first time for, was for fellowship; God dwelt alone, with cherubims. And notice now, He made man, and man fell. So He came down and redeemed man, because God loves to be worshipped. The very word god means “object of worship.” And this that comes among us, as a pillar of fire, as something that changes our hearts, that is the same God that said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. He's the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Now in the beginning, God dwelt alone with His attributes, as I spoke of this morning. That's His thoughts. There was nothing, just God alone, but He had thoughts. Just like a great architect can set down, in his mind, and draw out what he thinks he's going to build—create. Now, he cannot create, he can take something that's been created and make it in a different form; because God is the only one can create. But he gets in his mind what he's going to do, and that's his thoughts, that's his desires. Now it's a thought, and then he speaks it, and it's a word then. And a word is.... A thought, when it's expressed, it's a word. A thought expressed is a word, but it has to be a thought first. So, it's God's attributes; then it becomes a thought, then a word.
Notice. Those who have, tonight, eternal life, was with Him and in Him, in His thinking, before there ever was an angel, star, cherubim, or anything else. That's eternal. And if you have eternal life, you always was. Not your being here, but the shape and form that the infinite God.... And if He isn't infinite, He isn't God. God has to be infinite. We are finite; He is infinite. And He was omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. If He isn't, then He can't be God. Knows all things, all places, because of His omnipresence. Omniscient makes Him omnipresent. He is a being; He's not like the wind. He is a being; He dwells in a house. But being omniscient, knowing all things, makes Him omnipresent, because He knows everything that's going on. There can't be a flea bat its eyes but what He knowed it. And He knowed it before there was a world, how many times it'd bat its eyes, and how much tallow it had in it, before there ever was a world. That is infinite. We can't comprehend it in our minds, but that's God. God—infinite!
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