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Tuesday, April 17 2012
How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change?
It was the Messiah (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah), later also known as Jesus Christ (in English), Who was "the LORD God" of the Holy Scriptures (see Appearances Of The LORD God and What Does Word of God Mean To You?) - right back to the moment of Creation (see The First Act Of Faith and How Many Days Of Creation Were There?).
"8:56 Your father Abraham [see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Abraham?] rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." (John 8:56-58 KJV)
As "the LORD God," it was Jesus Christ Who established His Levite Priesthood. The Messiah's Levitical Priesthood (see A History Of Jerusalem: Melchizedek's Salem) began with Aaron, while Aaron did not begin as a priest (see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood). At the time of the Exodus, Aaron was designated as a prophet - of the Word of God (i.e. of Jesus Christ; again see What Does Word of God Mean To You?), that was given to Moses.
"7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. 7:2 Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land. 7:3 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. 7:4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. 7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
It was after the Exodus, and after the giving of the Law of "the LORD God" (i.e. of Jesus Christ) at Mount Sinai (see Paul's Geography Lesson and The Stones Of Mount Sinai), that the Levitical Priesthood was established. They were given to do and to teach what Jesus Christ commanded them to do and to teach (see The First Christian Church).
"28:1 And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons. 28:2 And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty [see Linen In History And Prophecy]. 28:3 And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office. 28:4 And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre [see 'Raghead' Racism], and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office." (Exodus 28:1-4 KJV)
"The Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office"
When the Israelites took possession of their physical promised land, the territory was divided according to tribal ancestry, on both sides of the Jordan River (the 2½ tribes of Reuben, Gad, and part of Manasseh were given territory east of the Jordan River, the rest of the 9½ tribes west of the Jordan - see the map):
"13:7 Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance unto the nine tribes, and the half tribe of Manasseh, 13:8 With whom the Reubenites and the Gadites have received their inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond Jordan eastward, even as Moses the servant of the LORD gave them" (Joshua 13:7-8 KJV)
As the priesthood, the Levites were not given a tribal territory of their own. They instead were given property throughout the territories of all of the other tribes.
"14:3 For Moses had given the inheritance of two tribes and an half tribe on the other side Jordan: but unto the Levites he gave none inheritance among them. 14:4 For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim: therefore they gave no part unto the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell in, with their suburbs for their cattle [see also The Herds Of Abraham, Isaac And Jacob] and for their substance." (Joshua 14:3-4 KJV)
The tribe of Levi was assigned the priesthood and service to the LORD; as such, since they were to serve throughout Israel, they were not given political territory of their own, as was the case for all of the other tribes, but rather were given towns and lands throughout the territory of all of the other tribes. In effect, the Levites were federal, while the individual tribal territories were provincial.
"21:1 Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites unto Eleazar the priest, and unto Joshua the son of Nun, and unto the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel; 21:2 And they spake unto them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, The LORD commanded by the hand of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with the suburbs thereof for our cattle. 21:3 And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD, these cities and their suburbs." (Joshua 21:1-3 KJV)
"The priests and the Levites that were in all Israel ... left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem"
When the united kingdom of Israel divided into two independent kingdoms, "Israel" and "Judah," after the death of Solomon (see Rehoboam's Answer and A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah), the Levites, who remained united in their service to the LORD, found themselves divided into two because they had been given towns and pasturelands throughout all of the other tribes.
The political choice, as a matter of their religious responsibility to the LORD, was later forced upon the Levites when the king (see Jeroboam Of Israel) of the northern ten tribes (see The Northern Kingdom and The Galilee Captivity) became so religiously corrupt that the northern Levites immigrated to join the southern Levites who had lands in Judah (see The Southern Kingdom) i.e. "the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office unto the LORD." The result is that the "lost ten tribes" generally did not, and do not, have Levites among them, while Judah ("Jew" is an abbreviation of Judah; see Who Were The First Jews?) does.
"11:13 And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts.
The Levites in the southern kingdom of Judah also later became corrupt - the reason that the LORD permitted the Babylonians to conquer and exile the nation of Judah.
"8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. 8:17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. 8:18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them." (Ezekiel 8:16-18 KJV)
That exile lasted for seventy years, until the nation of Judah, and what had become the priesthood of Judah, were re-established in the time of Nehemiah and Ezra (see A History Of Jerusalem: Ezra And Nehemiah). From them, came the religious council and authorities that rejected the Messiah when He came (and would do so again today if He came again as He did the first time) - even though it was the same Messiah Who established the Levitical priesthood, not their Levitical priesthood, in the beginning. Just as many of the Christian-professing "ministry" have become, the Levites went from servants ("minister" means servant) of the LORD to arrogant and corrupt masters (or "misters" - same word) of the people of the LORD. They now serve themselves in the man-made religions that they unlawfully built upon the foundation of the Messiah (see Is Your Religion Your Religion? and The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?).
"16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day." (Matthew 16:21 KJV)
Fact Finder: Prophecy plainly describes a "Holy Place" in Jerusalem that will exist just prior to the return of the Messiah. Will the "abomination of desolation" that will be committed in it be committed against Judaism, "Christianity" - or against the Messiah? Whose wrath will come when it is committed (i.e. "24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, whoso readeth, let him understand: 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains ... 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be" Matthew 24:15-16,21 KJV)?
This Day In History, April 17
69: Vitellius became Roman Emperor after the First Battle of Bedriacum (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars, The Politics Of Rome and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
1080: King Harald III of Denmark died. He was succeeded by Canute IV.
1194: The second coronation of England's King Richard I, after his return from the Third Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1421: The sea breached the dikes at Dort in the Netherlands. More than 100,000 people were killed.
1492: Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella (Ferdinand and Isabella were the parents of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England) signed a contract giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia.
1521: Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. While Luther rejected the leadership of the papacy because of the pope's immoral and unethical behavior, Luther's "protest" did not include most of the Church of Rome's actual antichrist doctrines (e.g. see Why Observe The True Sabbath?). Luther, and most of the "Protestant churches" of today, remain Roman Catholic in doctrine (see Antichristians).
1555: The city of Siena surrendered to Philip of Spain after a lengthy famine. He later sold Siena to Cosimo de Medici.
1610: Henry Hudson sailed from London, England; among his discoveries (to Europeans; the native people who were there already knew it) included what would later be known as Hudson Strait.
1793: The Battle of Warsaw.
1808: The Bayonne Decree by Napoleon ordered the seizure of U.S. ships (France had supported the rebellion of the New England colonies against their creators in England, while at the same time tolerating no independence efforts in any of the French colonies in Louisiana or elsewhere throughout the continent of North America).
1864: During the Schleswig Holstein-Prussian War, Prussian forces under Prince Frederick Charles attacked the fortress at Dueppel.
1895: The Treaty of Shimonoseki ended the Sino-Japanese War. China and Japan recognized Korean independence and China gave up Formosa to Japan.
1916: Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sri Lankan stateswoman, was born. In July 1960, she became the world's first woman prime minister.
1941: The entire Yugoslav army and government surrendered to the Germans in Belgrade.
1961: The CIA and Mafia (the Cuba scenes in the "Godfather" movies are historically correct) backed "Bay of Pigs" invasion of Cuba. The 3-day fiasco left 100 killed and more than 1,000 invaders captured.
1969: Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian-born Arab, was found guilty of the assassination of U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy.
1970: Apollo 13 returned to earth after an oxygen tank explosion caused the moon-landing mission to be aborted and the near-loss of the crew.
1975: Phnompenh fell to the Khmer Rouge, the Cambodian communist insurgents, just as North Vietnamese and Vietcong were sweeping south toward Saigon. The communists under Pol Pot (actual name, Saloth Sar) would eventually murder over 2 million Cambodian people - 1/4 of the population.
1989: The Polish trade union Solidarity was legalized after a 7 year ban by the communist government.
1997: Former Israeli President Chaim Herzog died at age 78 (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).