Who was Melchizedek?

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The Bible states that Melchizedek was a king and a priest. He was king of Salem. We know that Abraham paid a tithe to him. So, could Melchizedek have been Jesus Christ incarnate, or was he just a man that resembled the attributes of the Son of God?

The scriptures say that Jesus will not claim the throne over the “city of peace” until the prophecies of revelation comes to pass. So, we know that Jesus does not sit as a king on any throne on earth before this time. Therefore, Melchizedek was not Jesus but his work prefigured that of Christ (Ps. 110:4; Heb. 6:20 to 7:21). His unexpected appearance makes him in a certain sense a timeless figure, and his priesthood a type of the priesthood of Jesus Christ.

About Melchizedek having no end of life, this can be interpreted that either he didn’t die or people have no record of his death. The writer of Hebrews is saying that there is no record of Melchizedek’s death or of his life in the Torah, which was the only genealogical records that Israel relied on prior to Moses. So, even though we have no recorded proof, we can safely say that being a mortal man, Melchizedek died. Or it could be that the Lord took Melchizedek to heaven like Elijah and Enoch. We certainly cannot say he was Jesus because the scriptures say that Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is alive there.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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