by Tony Alamo
Today, and for the past 2,000 years, those of us who have been saved by faith in Jesus, have been saved by faith in the King of all kings, the Prince of Life, the Prince of Peace, who is a priest after the order of Melchizedek, not the Levitical priesthood (Gen. 14:18-20, Psa. 110:4, Heb. Ch. 7). The Levitical priests were not eternal, because all of them died. All of those priests were sinners and had to offer up offerings, kosher animals, for the forgiveness of their sins as they did for the people of Israel.1 This was a thing, a ritual, that had to continuously be done because the Law of Moses made nothing perfect.2
Hebrews 7:19 says, “For the law [of Moses] made nothing perfect,” because the Law of Moses was given to unregenerated, unsaved people who were not born again of the Spirit. They had no spiritual power of Christ living in them; so to receive forgiveness of sins, they had to bring animals to sacrifice for their sins over and over again. The Law of Moses only condemns sins and gives no power to stop sinning. “But the bringing in of a better hope did [give us the power to never sin]; by the which we [gladly] draw nigh unto God” (Heb. 7:19b).
Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek (Gen. 14:18-20, Heb. 7:1-4). There is no priesthood mentioned in the Bible, according to God’s priests, but from the tribe of Levi (the Levites) who were the only ones ordained to officiate over the animal sacrifices for sins, which were symbolic of the true sacrifice for sins who would come in the future to do away with the animal sacrifices.3 He would sacrifice Himself for our sins, for everyone who would believe in Him (Acts 16:31, Rom. 10:9, Rev. 1:5).
Levitical priests were made priests without an oath, but Jesus was made a priest with an oath. Hebrews 7:20-22 says, “And inasmuch as NOT without an oath He was made priest: [This is very important.] (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by Him that said unto Him [Christ], The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) By so much was Jesus made a surety [a guarantee] of a better testament.” The Bible goes on to say that there were many Levitical priests, but they couldn’t last because they all eventually died.
But this man [Jesus], because He never dies, has an unchangeable priesthood. “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost [to the end of the world] that come unto God by Him,” seeing He lives forever to make intercession for them. “For such an high priest became us [He died in our place], who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.” So Christ, because He had never sinned, is consecrated for evermore (Heb. 7:24-28).
“Now of the things which we [the apostles] have spoken this is the sum [total]: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary [we are the sanctuary of God, the temple of the triune God4], and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man” (Heb. 8:1-2).
Hebrews 9:1 says, “Then verily the first covenant [which is done away with] had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary [built by men, not the Spirit of God]. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick [symbolic of the church of God, the Lord who is the Word, the Light of the world], and the table, and the shewbread [symbolic of Christ, the Word of God, the Bread of Life, and the whole Word of God, like a table of power, strength, and joy which we eat in the presence of our enemies. ‘Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies’ (Psa. 23:5) keeping me spiritually nourished and with joy during all persecutions, trials, and tribulations. It is spiritual food for those of us who believe.]; which is called the sanctuary [for our souls]” (Heb. 9:1-2).
There were two veils. “And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all [sometimes called the Holy of Holies]; Which had the golden censer [for the incense, symbolic of our prayer life. Our prayers are considered by God as golden, therefore are golden.5], and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold [Gold must go through fire to become pure and this is also true for us.6 Our hearts must be made pure by trials, our being steadfast.], wherein was the golden pot [or bowl, symbolic of a pure, godly life] that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded [symbolic of proof of your being a priest of the New Testament in you, the temple of God], and the tables of the covenant [the ten commandments now written in your mind and heart (Jer. 31:33, Heb. 8:10, 10:16), and IF your heart has become the holy sanctuary of God as symbolized in the Old Testament]” (Heb. 9:3-4).
“Over it [over you will be] the cherubim of glory shadowing the mercyseat” (Heb. 9:5). God’s mercy will be yours for keeping yourself holy by keeping God’s sanctuary holy, which is your heart, soul, mind, strength, and body, in holiness by the Holy Spirit. “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water [which is the Word of God7]” (Heb. 10:22). The Word is Spirit and Life (John 6:63). Jesus said, “I am the Resurrection, and the Life” (John 11:25), and “Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you” (John 15:3). Jesus told Nicodemus, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water [the Word of God, the Holy Spirit’s receiving and washing] and of the Spirit [which is also the Word and Life], he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God” (John 3:5). If you believe the Word of God, which says Jesus is the Word of God, the Life, the Spirit, the Triune God, and the Resurrection (John 11:25, 14:6, I John 1:1-3, 5:7, Rev. 19:13), then you can be saved right now. If you do, then say this prayer to God now:
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up your cross daily and follow Jesus for the purpose of mortifying your flesh, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God with Christ on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God in Christ on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, submit yourselves one to another, and do what the Word says so that the church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God’s Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.
Yours in the wonderful name of Jesus,
Pastor Tony Alamo
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Eternal Life footnotes:
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return