THE WORTHY CHRIST – YEAH!
It is mentioned in the Bible and the previous post that Jesus was/is a priest after the order of Melchisedec. Here is a little teaser on the concept.
“… even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:20 KNJV)
What does that mean?
Jesus is a priest after the order of Melchisedec and not of the priesthood of Aaron because: Melchisedec was/is the King of Salem (King of Peace) and a priest of the Most High God (Genesis 14:18). Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:2-7). Hummm?
[What a ca-winkie-dink? That’s a coincidence for those who didn’t get it.]
Melchisedec is renowned for blessing Abraham after Abraham went to war and rescued his nephew Lot and family from conquering kings:
“For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him.” (Hebrews 7:1 NKJV)
According to Biblical descriptions, Melchisedec was: without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually. (Hebrews 7:3 NKJV)
Melchisedec was not merely human. He never born or died; had neither father or mother and was made like the Son of God… eternal. This is why, among other reasons, Jesus was/is a priest after the order of Melchisedec. Just thought that might be interesting. 🙂
The Second Half of the 70th Week
We began with the first three and a half years of the covenant, the blessing half of the agreement also considered “The Acceptable Year of the Lord” segment of the covenant and it is complete. Jesus is now the Lamb who was slain and is now worthy to open the seals of the little book.
The second incarnation of Christ can be found in Revelation 5:5 and 6, taking place just before the Great Consummation begins but after Christ’s crucifixion. According to the John’s vision, after the first half of the covenant, Jesus steps from the heavenly realm into a time just before the beginning of the Great Consummation. Bear in mind, John is seeing these events through a divine vision, which allows him to perceive events through time relative to both halves of the seventieth week. Through John’s vision, he is able to perceive and witness the split-versing phenomenon, experiencing both periods of three and a half years as if they were connected by mere moments. In truth, the two events are separated by more than two thousand years even as the seven weeks, sixty-two weeks, and one week segments of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy are prophetically fulfilled over more than two millennia.
Through his divine vision, John is able to see both halves of the seventieth week as if they were simply connected back to back. John’s vision displays Christ as unworthy one moment in verses 1 through 4 and then worthy only moments later in verses 5 and 6. Split-versing explains the disassociation which takes place between these two sections of scripture and prophecy. Through His ministry and crucifixion, Jesus completes the first four edicts found in Daniel 9:24, providing the mechanisms required for salvation to potentially save the entire world. Following Jesus’s resurrection, He then ascends to be with His Father. Though two thousand years has elapsed here on earth, in John’s heavenly vision, he perceives Jesus stepping from the first half of the seventieth week into a time just before the second half of the seventieth week begins. Only after completing the first four edicts and the first three and a half years of the seventieth week can Jesus then become the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah.” Jesus had to fulfill the first four edicts in order to become our Savior and He who is able to open the seven seals.
Verse 9 of Revelation 5 confirms Jesus only became authorized to open the book after He was crucified and was resurrected. The verse states, “… You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (NKJV). Between the two embodiments of Christ, there exists a major fulfillment, which permitted Jesus to fulfill the first half of the covenant of Jesus Christ. As previously mentioned, Jesus’ ministry is the blessing half of the covenant also known as The Acceptable Year of the Lord.
Take a moment to examine the differences and distinctions between “Jesus the Christ,” who had not yet given His life for the sins of the world, and “Jesus the Savior,” who did give His life for humanity and to fulfill the first half of the prophecy in Daniel 9:24-27. As with many of the deeper issues within the Word, it often requires effort to determine God’s intended message. (1)
As Jesus opens the little book and releases one seal after another, the visions and prophecies prepared for the Latter Days begin to unfold and be fulfilled. Thus begins “The Day of Vengeance” as mentioned in Isiah 61:1-2 and Luke 21:22. The first four seals release the Beginning of Sorrows. The fifth seal takes place during the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation when the Beast shatters the power of God’s holy people and thus separates the sheep from the goats. (2) This is the process by which the hand of God separates the committed believer or true Christian from the pseudo-Christian; thus, the great and fiery crucible aids in preparing the Bride of Christ to make herself ready for her Husband before the Rapture and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.(3) The sixth seal begins with the Rapture and Wrath of God as all the earth sees the coming of Christ, the gathering of His saints, and the trembling of the secular world in great fear. At that time, according to Revelation 6:15–17, every individual remaining on earth will attempt to go into hiding for fear of God and His wrath to come. God willed the world to know He is God and He is fulfilling His Word and purpose:
“Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD!” (Ezekiel 38:23 NKJV). This is a reference to the Battle of Armageddon.
The seventh and last seal will not be released until the 144,000 Elect have received the seal of God written in their foreheads. The seal of God is not one of the seven seals; rather, it is a title of ownership given to protect the Elect of God from God’s Wrath to come. The seal for the 144,000 Elect is the actual name of God written in the Elect’s foreheads.(4)
The opening of the seventh seal releases the seven angelic trumpets of judgment, triggering a deluge of God’s Wrath.(5) Ultimately, the seven bowls of wrath will be poured out over the false religions, their organizations, and every “religious” person the world over.
The remaining text from Revelation 5:8–14 speaks to the chorus of heavenly worshippers giving glory to God and especially His Son, who is now worthy to open the book and its seals. By the end of the seventieth week, Jesus will bring the Time of the Gentiles to a close. The Great Consummation is the second half of the covenant and begins the second half of the seventieth week. Though much of the text will result in otherworldly or supernatural events taking place in our natural world, John experiences these events during his visions, most of which took place in the heavenly realm.
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(1) Proverbs 25:2, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.”
(2) Matthew 25:32–33, separating the sheep from the goats.
(3) Daniel 11:32–35, “Some … shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end.” And Revelation 19:7.
(4) Revelation 14:1.
(5) Revelation 8:1–13, Revelation 9:1–21, and Revelation 16:1–21, the Wrath of God.
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