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65-0221E WHO.IS.THIS.MELCHISEDEC

John Collins5/8/2012 7:26:00 PMIt's interesting that he talks about his plans Easter, and the motion for something in Jeffersonville. This let to the local Jeffersonville church holding WMB's body from the grave from Dec (when he died) to Easter in hopes that he would rise from the grave:
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Now, the Lord willing, we'll be back again soon, as soon as we can find a day. I made a--a motion, or--or said something about Easter. I better check that, because I think I've got a schedule in California along about that time.
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It's disgusting when you think about it, but they thought that WMB would have his own resurrection in the same way that Jesus Christ was resurrected. Biblically, the next resurrection will be many people, not just WMB.

WMB starts the sermon saying that the seventh age messenger [himself] would be the only one who could know who the 'Melchisedec' was:
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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 Revelations 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? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] That's right, supposed to be brought. All the mysteries of the mysterious Book is to be revealed to the Laodicea messenger of that age.
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Now, when you consider that WMB's entire seven seals teaching was plagiarized from Clarence Larkin, you can immediately tell that what is coming cannot be any new 'revelation.'

Now here is the REAL funny part:
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And then while reading the first three verses of Hebrews 7:1 to 3, and then commenting on this. And we don't know what the Lord will do; we do not know. The only thing we do is just believe, watch, pray. That right? And believe that "He'll make everything work together for good to them that loves Him," because He promised to.
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;
Let's read a little farther.
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 Revelations 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? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] That's right, 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 4th 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 a 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? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] An Eternal Person! So it could only be one Person, that's God, 'cause He's the only One that's Eternal. God!
Now, in First 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."
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OK, so Melchesidec was a great mystery. Theologians do not even know to whom this scripture is referring to when reading Hebrews 7:1 to 3.

...why exactly were they confused, when the rest of the chapter in the Bible tells exactly who He was! Later, in the 22nd verse, Hebrews practically SHOUTS out who this is! "This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant."

Jumping ahead a bit, we find that WMB tries to trick everyone in the audience into thinking the rest of the world did not know this 'great mystery:'
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Notice, like the sculpture, he hides, with a--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 will be revealed in the latter times. It's like a sculptor keeping his--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!
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There is no 'mask' over it! By the end of WMB's ministry, they must have been so confused that they could not even understand their own bibles, otherwise somebody would have surely stood up and said, "I also know the mystery! It is in the next few verses!"


WMB Then goes into the Godhead again:
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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, and to my house, and said, "I'd like to straighten you out on the Godhead sometime when you got time." Called me up, rather.
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Though WMB gives a different account of the conversation, I'm imagining a Baptist minister calling WMB to say, "look, we do not believe in three gods, we are saying the same thing you are. We just have a name for it."

WMB tries to ridicule the thought by saying that God cannot have three personalities, however WMB did the same thing when he took the "breasted god" [female] attribute from the Kaballah and applied it to El Shaddai. God has shown his different personalities throughout the ages, and because of this, there are many different names of God. WMB also taught this, but decided to ridicule the minister instead.



For those of you who think that WMB was Sola Scriptura, take this next statement:
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Now, 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 world, 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.
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Find the term 'en morphe' in any of the translations of the bible, even the original greek.

The closest you will find is Phil 2-7: "but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men."

This word 'form' comes from the word 'morphen,' which simply means 'shape or form.' This is one of the scriptures that Trinitarians use TO SUPPORT the explanation of the Trinity, God can be the Father, can be the Son, can be the Holy Ghost, but is still one God. He exists beyond time and space, and can take any form He chooses.



WMB then gets into Gnosis. Watch out:
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Now we find Him at the beginning, His attributes. And, now, you were with Him then. Then is when the Book of Life comes into view.
Now, we read over here in Revelations the 13th chapter, the 8th verse, that, "The beast that comes upon the earth," in these last days, "will deceive all those people on the earth whose names were not written in the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world."
53 Think of it! Before Jesus was ever born, four thousand years before He came on earth, and several thousand years before you come on earth; Jesus, in God's mind, died for the sins of the world, and the Book of Life was made, and your name was put on that Book of Life before the foundation of the world. That's the Bible Truth. See, your name was ordained of God and placed on the Book of Life before the foundation of the world.
54 You were there in His attributes. You don't remember it, no, because you're just a part of His Life. You are a part of God when you become a son or a daughter of God.
Just as you are a part of your earthly father! That's right. You are. The male carries the hemoglobin, the blood. And when that has gone in--in the egg, then you become a part of your father; and your mother is a part of your father, also; so you're all a part of your father.
Glory! That lets the denomination out, altogether. Uh-huh. Certainly does! God, in all, the only place!
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Compare his 'revelation' of God before the creation to the Gnostic belief of Sophia:
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"And...Sophia (Wisdom)...being an Aeon, conceived a Thought from herself with the reflection of the invisible Spirit [the Absolute] and Foreknowledge [one of the higher Aeons, or possibly here referring to the Power of the Absolute; i.e. "Shakti"]. She wanted to bring forth a likeness out of herself without the consent of the [Absolute] Spirit...and without her consort....And because of the invincible power which is in her, her thought did not remain idle and a thing came out of her which was imperfect and different from her appearance, because she had created it without her consort..."
[Apocryphon of John, from the Nag Hammadi Library, James M. Robinson, Ed, pp.103-4 (Harper & Row, 1981, San Franscisco)]

Many of these in the divine healing movement fell into the same trap, though it is unclear if they did so BECAUSE of WMB, or if WMB was influenced by them.

Since this spirit is so prevalent in the churches today, people like Phillip Lee are writing books to expose this Pagan idolatry. Take a sample excerpt from his book, "Against the Protestant Gnostics":
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The object of gnosis is simply unknowable:

The transendence of the supreme deity is stressed to the utmost degree in all gnostic theology. Topologically, he is transmundane, dwelling in his own realm, entirely outside the physical universe, at immeasurable distance from man's terrestrial abode ... he is naturally unknown (naturaliter ignotus), ineffable, defying predication, surpassing comprehension, and strictly unknowable.

All of this sounds frightfully close to the description of the attributes of God listed in the Westminster Confession of Faith (1647):

There is but one only living and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions, immutable, immense, eternal, incomprenhensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute.

Do these similarities support the popular notion of the Protestant intention--that the Reformation attempted to remove Christianity from the realm of the natural and the historical and, in turn, attempted to spiritualize it, personalize it?



Though this is not really important to salvation in any way, it should be pointed out that this statement is not correct:
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A theophany is something that you could not see. It could be right here now, yet you cannot see it.
It's just like, well, like television. That's in another dimension. Television; people are moving right through this room now, singing; there is colors, also. But the eye is only subject to the five senses... Your whole being is only subject to five senses, rather. And you are only subject to what the sight has been limited to see. But there is another dimension that can be seen by a transformation, by television.
59 Now, television does not manufacture a picture. A television only channels it into a circuit, and then the television screen picks it up. But the picture is there, to begin with. Television was here when Adam was here. Television was here when Elijah set on mount Carmel. Television was here when Jesus of Nazareth walked the shores of Galilee. But you're just now discovering it. They wouldn't have believed it back there. You'd have been crazy to have said something like it. But now it's become a reality.
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Television was NOT around when Jesus was alive, and television does not move full pictures of people moving through the room through another dimension.

Television did not exist until the first transmitting towers started broadcasting, and the images move through radio waves, not another dimension.

That being said, his point is accurate, scientifically it was available if they knew how to build it.


It is interesting that WMB brings up the Witch of Endor, and spoke about her in a good way:
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Also let us notice another prophet, one time, by the name of Samuel. He was a great man. He had taught Israel; told them they shouldn't have a king. He said, "Have I ever said one thing to you in the Name of the Lord but what come to pass?"
They said, "No. Everything you've always said in the Name of the Lord come to pass."
He was a prophet, and he died.
About three or four years later, the king got in trouble; that was before the Blood of Jesus Christ was ever shed. He was in paradise. And a witch of Endor called for somebody to come, and console Saul. And when the witch saw him standing up, she said, "I see god raising up out of the earth."
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You'll remember that WMB himself claimed to have searched through 'the other side' for a person who just lost a loved one, and said that 'they were happier on the other side.'

This is Biblical -- but only for the EVIL ones. Those with familiar spirits.
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Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God. ( Leviticus 19:31 )

And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. (Leviticus 20:6 )




WMB then said that Jesus had no mother -- which takes away the 'man' part of Jesus that died for our sins:
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Now notice, now, we see Melchisedec and why that Mary wasn't His mother. That's the reason He called her "woman," not mother. "He had no father," for He was the Father, the everlasting Father, the three in the One. "He had no mother," certainly not.
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"When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" John 19:26
To be a son of a woman would indeed make that woman mother.


WMB then tries to raise himself up a bit towards the level of Jesus -- by pulling Jesus down a bit to his level:
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"So Moses was truly a vindicated prophet, and he said, 'The Lord your God shall raise up, among you, out of your brethren, a Prophet like unto me. And all that won't hear him will be cut off from the people.'" He said, "Now, children, remember, that, as Hebrews, we believe God's vindicated prophets."
Now listen close. Don't miss it. And he said, "When the Messiah comes, you will know Him, for He will be a Prophet-Messiah. Now, they said it's been four hundred years. We haven't had a prophet since Malachi, but He'll be!"
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The prophets of old prophesied the coming Messiah -- not some 'prophet messiah'. This was God's only begotten Son, not some lowly man with a spiritual gift.


It's interesting that WMB uses the term 'Red Light Woman':
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There was a woman which was ill-famed. We would call her, today, a redlight woman, or prostitute. She had too many husbands. So while Jesus was setting there, this woman come out about eleven o'clock.
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WMB was very familiar with these types of women, though he would typically avoid casting that impression.
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WMB spent some time in and around London until flying to Paris for a couple of days of seeing the sights there.64 No word of seeing King George VI. These sights included a visit to Place Pigalle, the Paris Red Light District. It was called Pig Alley by US soldiers visiting this prostitution district during WW II. WMB said he had heard about its immorality and just had to go there and see it for himself. His verdict, "It's true!"
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There is a very interesting '[Blank spot on tape]' here. WMB is leading up to the point where he claims that Malachi 4 [WMB] would be the involved in this somehow, but whatever was said is cut out from the listener:
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Now we've had two thousand years of teaching, coming down through the Roman Catholic church, after the apostles. Then we come down through the Roman Catholic, the Greek, and so forth, on down to Luther's age, and Wesley, whatmore, nine hundred different organizations coming down. They had all these ages, teaching.
Now He promised, just before the end time would come, that the picture of Sodom and Gomorrah would again, "As it was in the days of Sodom, so shall it be in the coming of the end time, the Son of man will reveal Himself again." [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]
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Again, WMB tries to claim that the number of letters in his name are significant:
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Look at the world today. Look at the Sodom condition. Look at the earthquakes in divers places, and the things that's taking place. Look at the church and the mess it's in, of Babylon. Look at the messenger to it, an Oral Roberts and a Billy Graham.
G-r-a-h-a-m, first time we ever had a messenger, to all the churches, that his name ever end in h-a-m, like Abraham. A-b-r-a-h-a-m is seven letters. G-r-a-h-a-m is six letters. Where is he at? To the world. Six is man's number. Man was created on the sixth day. But seven is God's number.
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Unfortunately for the listeners of the day, they did not have the iPads with the Lexicon built into it. A-b-r-a-h-a-m is English, and may have a similar number of letters. In the original Hebrew, however, there are only five letters of this FIRST NAME to compare to WMB's LAST NAME.

Genesis 17 speaks about the name change from Avrm to avrhm. In ancient Hebrew there are NO vowels, they must be supplied by the reader. So we actually have 4 letters in Abrm's name which God, not Abraham's father changed to Abrhm.


In summary, after processing the examples and scriptures used to prove his point, there is no greater 'unveiling of this mystery' of who this Melchisedec was than to have simply read the next few verses of the chapter in the Bible.

Unfortunately, people's fear to study the Bible for themselves had already set in, though it is much worse today. Jesus Christ was the mystery fulfilled, and there is nothing more we need to know than to have faith in Him.

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