The righteous “king of Salem” who is presented in mystery, Melchizedek, will one day rule openly as the King of all the Earth for a thousand literal, actual years from Jerusalem.
“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.” Genesis 14:18-20 (KJV)
For some reason, over my years in Baptist churches, whenever you brought up the subject of who Melchizedek might be, it always seem to upset people. Most pastors I knew would shy away from the topic because it might cause “controversy”. (oh no, not that!). And come to think of it, I cannot recall a single sermon devoted to who Melchizedek might be.
So I thought it might be both fun and edifying if today we opened the pages of God’s preserved word, the King James Bible, to see if perhaps the LORD might talk to my Lord, and be pleased to reveal to us the true identity of the mysterious Melchizedek. With that, I have already given you Clue #1 as to who Melchizedek is.
The Mysterious King of Salem and Abraham meet
We first meet Melchizedek in the book of Genesis at something called the Battle of the Kings. This where Lot was captured and his uncle Abram (God had not yet changed his name) goes to get him back. I love this passage because you get to see the fire in Abraham, mounting up on horses and calling his army of servant-soldiers together and they go and bring Lot back by military might. This is where things really get interesting.
As Abraham returns from rescuing the wayward Lot, he is met primarily by two kings. First, the king of Sodom, where we get the words sodomite and sodomy from, greet Abraham, and also someone named Melchizedek, who is the king of Salem.
Abraham wants nothing to do with the king of Sodom, and gives him a fairly harsh rebuke. But shockingly, Abraham, upon meeting Melchizedek, pays him tithes of all he had. For further light on this, the story goes into detail in the book of Hebrews, as we read here:
“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; 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; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.” Hebrews 7:1-4 (KJV)
As you read the description of Melchisedec (spelling in Hebrews is different because it’s written in Greek), who does this man sound like to you? He has no mother, no father, no ‘beginning of days’ and he is made like unto the ‘Son of God’, Jesus Christ. Sure sounds like Hebrews is describing Jesus to me, right? Well, hold on now. Not so fast.
Hebrews says that Melchisedec is “like unto” the Son of God, it does not say he is the Son of God. For this reason, a lot of pastors I think shy away from preaching about Melchisedec/Melchizedek because, even though he looks a lot like Jesus, and Abram/Abraham pays him tithes like he would pay unto God, the Bible does not expressly say that Melchizedek actually is Jesus Christ. Right?
Boy oh boy, if only there was a verse or two or three, or seven, that plainly said Melchizedek and Jesus Christ were one and the same. Oh wait! (insert sound of screeching brakes here), what about Psalm 110?
Psalm 110, though only 7 verses long, is a marvelously mind-blowing passage for all the scripture it packs into it.
There is so much Bible action happening here, almost don’t know where to start first. So let’s start with verse 1. My King James Bible says that Psalm 110 is a ‘Psalm of David’, so we know who wrote it. It would behoove you to also recall as we start that when Jesus returns at the Second Coming with us on horseback, the Bible says He sits on the ‘throne of David’.
“[[A Psalm of David.]] The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” Psalm 110:1 (KJV)
In verse 1, we see the fully-capitalized Name of LORD that denotes God the Father, and the capital-L Name of Lord, which denotes God the Son, Jesus Christ. They are talking with each other and having a conversation related to the Battle of Armageddon at the Second Coming.
“The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.” Psalm 110:2,3 (KJV)
For you Bible believers who are ‘rightly dividing’ on a regular basis, this immediately brings to mind the following sister passages connecting this to Jesus Christ.
“The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.” Joel 3:16 (KJV)
“And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.” Amos 1:2 (KJV)
Connecting all these passages proves that it is God the Father and God the Son conversing in Psalm 110, and it also shows you that God the Father and God the Son are one in the same. Both Joel and Amos prophesy regarding the Second Coming, and both refer to Jesus as LORD, a term for God the Father. Blissful harmony.
But what about Melchizedek? Glad you asked. Back to Psalm 110 where we pick up the action here:
“The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.” Psalm 110:4 (KJV)
Here we have God the Father, talking to His Son Jesus, and saying that He Jesus is a high priest “for ever” after the order of Melchizedek. So are we to understand that Jesus is just a high priest in this mysterious priestly line? No, we are not. After all, Jesus came first:
“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they bet hrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Colossians 1:15-17 (KJV)
Let’s pause for a moment and remember where we started. Psalm 110 show God the Father discussing the Battle of Armageddon with God the Son, and it is recorded by the king of Israel, David. Let us also remind ourselves how David and Jesus, two kings, are connected in the Millennial Kingdom.
“And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.” Isaiah 16:5 (KJV)
“And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Luke 1:31-33 (KJV)
The throne that Jesus Christ will rule from during the earthly Millennial Kingdom is called the ‘throne of David’. David is a man after ‘God’s own heart’. Jesus will rule the world in righteousness as David ruled Israel.
Psalm 110 gives of a complete picture of God the Father sending God the Son, Jesus, to rule the Earth from the throne of David. David is a witness to this conversation as he writes Psalm 110, prophesying that one Day Jesus, his Lord, will rule from his own throne.
Melchizedek is none other than Jesus Christ, and the “order of Melchizedek” is a holy lineage that connects David and Jesus, and shows us a direct pathway that starts in judgment and war in Genesis 14, and ends in judgment and war in Revelation 19.
Still not convinced? Let’s let Jesus have the last word:
“And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.” Mark 12:35-37 (KJV)
Jesus Christ sits on the right hand of God right now, and the Day where His enemies are made “his footstool” is the Battle of Armageddon at the Second Coming. And the throne that Jesus is given is the throne of David. And the righteous “king of Salem” who is presented in mystery, Melchizedek, will then rule openly as the King of all the Earth for a thousand literal, actual years from Jerusalem. The day that the King of Peace actually brings peace to the City of Peace, on David’s throne. Complete harmony.
We hope this study is a blessing to you, keep looking up!