by Tony Alamo
The psalmist David, king of Israel, prophesied the coming Messiah of God would be "a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek," not after the Levitical priesthood or any other earthly priesthood (Psalm 110:4). That is, Christ would prove Himself to be royally connected to God forever by rising from the dead.5 God glorified Jesus by raising Him from the dead and by His ascension into Heaven,6 where He is now a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
To qualify to be a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek, one must be resurrected from the dead.7 Before Christians become Christians, they are dead in their sins and trespasses.8 Anyone who accepts Christ as their personal Savior is first resurrected spiritually from the dead works of the world before he becomes a part of Christ (His body, the body that Christ lives and does His good works in).9 He (the Christian) also becomes a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek, working with Christ and doing Christ’s good works.10 Revelation 1:6 states Christ "hath made us [true Christians] KINGS AND PRIESTS unto God and His Father."
The resurrection of Christ from the dead is strongly proclaimed many times throughout the Bible in Acts 13:30, Rom. 1:4, 1 Cor. 15:15, and many other passages. The resurrection of Christians from the dead and their dead works is also strongly proclaimed throughout the Scriptures (Eph. 2:1, 5-6, Rom. 8:11, Col. 2:13).11 Faith is presented in the scriptures and can be acquired with no difficulty by one who really believes in God and His divine power (the Word).12 The testimony of Christ’s resurrection from the dead is most abundant in Scripture and is always described in the same manner as to the essential fact.13 The witnesses to Christ’s glorious resurrection from the dead and His glorious ascension into the kingdom of Heaven were not sparse but many.14 Added to these accounts in the four Gospels is 1 Cor. 15:1-8, the Apostle Paul’s account of his seeing Jesus (also referred to in 1 Cor. 9:1). This puts the Apostle Paul among the apostles, the witnesses of Christ’s glorious resurrection from the dead. I, Tony Alamo, have seen Christ appear before my very eyes, and can testify as well that He is gloriously risen from the dead.
The proclamation of Christ’s glorious resurrection from the dead and glorious ascension into Heaven is the basis of apostolic teaching (Acts 1:22, 4:21-33, 17:18, 23:6, and 1 Cor. 15:14). Christ’s resurrection from the dead and ascension into the kingdom of Heaven are number one among the miracles that bear witness to Christ’s deity (Rom. 1:4). Christ’s resurrection from the dead and His ascension into the kingdom of Heaven are God the Father’s royal, divine seal of approval, His sign that Jesus is the Christ and is a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek, the priest in Heaven who forever atones for sincere, repentant sinners.15 Those who would declare His praise do so by their obedience to His law16 ("the heavens declare the glory of God" [Psalm 19:1, 1 Cor. 6:20]) and by their obedience to the law of creation (1 Cor. 10:3, John 17:5).
The resurrection of Christ and the resurrection of His repentant followers are connected. They are all priests forever after the order of Melchizedek, priests who have risen from the dead works of the world. Although we Christians are priests forever after the order of Melchizedek, only Christ through His sinless blood, can forgive sins.17
John 20:23 states, "Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained." This means sinners’ sins are forgiven (remitted) because we Christians (risen priests) lead them to Christ, the only one capable of forgiving sin through their faith in the cleansing power of His blood to cancel all sin. If we don’t lead sinners to Christ for their remission of sins through His blood, then their sins shall be retained. Since only the sinless blood of the Lord Jesus Christ can take away the sins of the world, we as priests after the order of Melchizedek must lead sinners to the only priest qualified to forgive sins, Christ Jesus, a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.18
Those who deny Christ’s Word and His resurrection from the dead have always been the enemies of Christianity. This is natural, as Christianity must either stand or fall with the resurrection. Christ’s resurrection from the dead has always been the main topic of argument regarding faith.
Melchizedek (Christ), in the Old Testament, went out to meet Abraham and congratulate him on his victory over Chedorlaomer and his allies in the valley of Shaveh (the king’s dale, or valley). Jesus (Melchizedek) brought bread and wine to Abraham’s victorious troops and blessed Abraham. Abraham gave Melchizedek, the Royal Priest of God, one tenth of all his spoil as a tithe, fully realizing that Melchizedek, Christ, was far superior to him (Abraham).19 Jesus said, "Before Abraham was, I Am" (John 8:58). Christ also was and is the Lamb,20 the sacrifice of God.21 Aaron and every high priest of the Levitical priesthood, the tribe of Levi, symbolically performed the same duties in their priestly work with the blood of animals that Christ, a priest, currently performs in Heaven with His own sinless blood.22
The Levitical priests were instructed by God that any sinner coming to the house of God (Bethel) to repent was to bring a lamb without spot or blemish as a sin offering, a sacrifice for his sins.23 Lambs and young rams were an important part of almost every sacrifice in the Old Testament (Lev. 4:32). "Lamb of God" is the term used typically for Christ as the sin bearer of the world (John 1:29, 36, 1Pet. 1:19). Christ is likened unto a sacrificial Lamb because of His sacrificial death innocently and patiently endured to abolish sin.24 This Messiah, this Lamb of God, had been long anticipated and is mentioned repeatedly throughout the Old Testament.25
Isaiah 53:7 states, "He [Christ, the Messiah who would come] was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth." The Passover Lamb is the symbol of Christ. When God sees the blood of the Lamb applied on a person’s soul by faith, God will PASS-OVER that soul, He will not kill it, then send it to Hell. The lamb symbolizes Christ who would come to die for the sins of the world.26
At the Old Testament sin offering, if the sinner were truly repentant, God would forgive him. This would be confirmed by the actual visual presence of God descending in a cloud from Heaven into the most holy place of the tabernacle. The visual presence of God in the cloud is called the Shekinah glory. This was not at all symbolic; God actually appeared visibly in the cloud.27 The word "Shekinah" does not appear in the KJV Bible. The Hebrew word "Shekinah" simply means "the visual manifestation of God."
So also is God manifest in the works done in Christians (spiritual Israel28 and Judah29) by Christ Himself (and His Father)30 dwelling within them by the Holy Spirit,31 making the Christian a house of sanctity,32 the Bethel, the house of God,33 the holy, consecrated place where, "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant [New Testament] with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah...I [God] will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be My people" (Jer. 31:31, 33, 2 Cor. 6:16). This incredible, graphic Scripture from the Old Testament which is confirmed many times in the New Testament clearly foretells the NEW TESTAMENT, showing how God would bring Christians to a heavenly condition and dignity through His great gift to the world, the death of HIS LAMB, the glorious resurrection, and the ascension of His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:30). The Word of God is written in His royal children’s hearts, in their minds, and in their souls because they seek Him.34
When Melchizedek, Christ, died on His cross at Calvary, the veil separating the outer temple from the most holy place was torn in the earthquake, just as the flesh of Christ, the Lamb, was torn for us (Isa. 53:7, Matt. 27:51). This event symbolized the end of the Levitical priesthood and the beginning of a heavenly, eternal, risen from the dead priesthood, led by the risen KING OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, THE KING OF SALEM, THE PRIEST OF THE MOST HIGH35 whom David prophesied would come, who was and is the MESSIAH OF GOD, A PRIEST FOREVER AFTER THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK, THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD (Psalm 110:4). By faith, "Ye [we] are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:28). All other priesthoods were and still are no more than false idolatry.
This same Messiah, who is the Lamb of God, the Christ, was crucified,36 buried, and spent three days in Hell for us all.37 He rose from Hell, from death, out of the tomb, conquering them all as well as conquering Satan and sin.38 After His glorious ascension into the kingdom of Heaven, He sat down on the right hand of God where He, the glorified, conquering Christ, the Messiah, the Priest of the Most High sits forever, after the order of Melchizedek.39
When sinners cry out to God for repentance and for forgiveness of their sins, Christ begins His eternal, priestly work by hearing their confession of their sins, weighing the sincerity of their words as well as their sorrow over the sins they have committed. He also hears them vow, "If God will forgive us, we promise to sin no more." 40
The Christian must first learn that if he knowingly and willingly falls away from Christ into sin again after salvation, a worse thing will happen to him.41 "There remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant [the New Testament], wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing" (Heb. 10:26-29)? Christ takes the prayers of repentance for the newly repentant sinner, mingles them with His own blood, then brings them before the Father into the most holy place in the great, heavenly temple of God. The Father forgives all former sins because the sinner’s soul was washed by faith in Christ’s own blood.42 It is then that Christ (Melchizedek) and the Father descend from Heaven into the body of the newly repentant former sinner through the power of the Holy Spirit,43 giving the new convert Holy Spirit power, enabling him to keep all of God’s commandments. The new convert becomes a priest and king forever after the order of Melchizedek44 if he continues in Christ.45 The converted sinner, now a new creature in Christ Jesus,46 is then part of the only true royal family of Heaven, which is, for that matter, a part of the only true royal family in the entire universe.47 The Apostle Peter says it this way: "Ye [the born again Christians] are a chosen generation, a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, AN HOLY NATION" (1 Pet. 2:9). Jesus said, "I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore."48 The Apostle Paul stated He is "a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek." 49
When our will is dead, we are free. We are truly emancipated from the bondage of Satan, the dominion of sin, and the satanic fear of death.52 There is no more guilt, for Melchizedek has forgiven us and washed us in His own blood. We are now serving Christ, which is the only relationship that makes one right with God (Matt. 11:28-30, James 1:23). We must constantly increase our faith through the Word.53 If we fall back into sin from the resurrection of life, we are again condemned by the law.54 Man’s key to a peaceful relationship with God lies in keeping His commandments.55 The Word of God must be studied vigilantly in order to know what His commandments are.
If you would like Christ to save your soul, to forgive all your sins by performing His eternal priestly service for you, then you must agree to be faithful to Christ, to put your faith and trust in Him only.56 If you would count it as a great privilege that Christ should have a throne in your heart, if you desire a place and room in His mercy, and if you desire to freely give up your dearest lusts and sweetest enjoyments of this world in exchange for eternal life with all the treasures of Heaven and incredible abundance on earth,57 God will give you the power to do so by Jesus and His Father entering your body through the Holy Spirit.58 You will then be a chosen vessel of God, fit for Him to work in.59 If you will allow Him to do His godly works in you in this present life, He will allow you to live with Him in His heavenly paradise forever. This is His will. If your will is the same as His, then say this prayer to Him 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 former 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
Now that you are saved and forgiven of your sins, raise your hands and praise the Lord. "Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth."60
Christ now lives in you through the Holy Spirit.61 There is a way you can receive a fuller portion of the divine nature of God in you. God the Father lives now in you also. The more of the divine nature of God that lives in you, the more you will be able to stand against the temptations that so easily have moved so many millions of Christians away from salvation. This is caused by more man in us than God in us. Mankind has become so wicked that if Satan and his impish army were abolished, we would be our own devil.
Now that you are saved, pray for the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Prayerfully study the Word and pray always for more of the divine nature.62 For instructions on how to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and to receive more of God’s holy nature, ask for our literature or call. For without holiness no man shall see God.63
Now that you are saved it is a commandment to be fully submerged, baptized in water in the name of the Father and in the name of the Son and in the name of the Holy Spirit.64 Follow all of God’s commands and live.65
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 the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying yourself, 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 on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourself 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.
Pastor Tony Alamo
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"Forever Yours" footnotes:
1 Gen. 14:18, Ps. 110:4, Heb. 5:5-6, 10, 6:20, chap. 7 return
2 Heb. 7:2 return
3 Gen. 14:18, Heb. 7:1-2 return
4 Gen. 14:18, Heb. 7:1 return
5 Isa. 53:10-12, Ps. 16:10, Mark 16:6, Luke 24:6, 46, Acts 2:23-24, 26:23, 1 Cor. 15:3-4 return
6 Mark 16:19, Luke 24:50-51, Acts 1:9 return
7 Mark 16:19, Col. 2:12, Rom. 6:3-11, 13, 8:10-11, Heb. 1:3, 10:12 return
8 Col. 2:13, Eph. 2:1, 5-6 return
9 Rom. 12:5, Eph. 2:10, Heb. 9:14, 2 Cor. 6:16 return
10 John 4:36-37, 10:3-4, 2 Cor. 9:8 return
11 Job 19:25-27, Dan. 12:2-3, Isa. 26:19, John 5:24, 25, 28-29, 6:39, 40, 44, Heb. 9:14 return
12 Rom. 10:17, John 20:31 return
13 Mark 16:2-14, Luke 24:1-46 return
14 Matt. 28:16-18, Mark 16:9, 19, Luke 24:51, John 20:1-9, 19-20, 27 return
15 1 Tim. 2:5, Heb. 9:15, Rom. 8:34, Heb. 7:22-25 return
16 Rom. 8:1 return
17 Acts 13:38, Heb. 4:10-13, 1 Pet. 1:18-19 return
18 Mark 16:15, Luke 14:23, Matt. 26:28, Acts 10:43 return
19 Gen. 14:18-20, Heb. 7:4 return
20 1 Peter 1:19, Rev. 12:11 return
21 Eph. 5:2, Heb. 10:12 return
22 Heb. 7: 23-28, 9:11-12 return
23 Num. 6:14 return
24 Isa. 53:7 return
25 Dan. 9:25-26, Isa. 7:14, 11:1-10, 42:1-4, Deut. 18:15, Jer. 23:5-6 return
26 1 John 2:2, 4:10, 1 Cor. 15:3, Heb. 7:22-27 return
27 Ex. 40:34-35, 1 Kings 8:11, 2 Chron. 5:14, 7:1-3, Ezek. 10:4, 44:4 return
28 Rom. 9:6 return
29 Rev. 5:5, Heb. 7:14 return
30 Mark 16:20 return
31 Acts 1:8, 11:24 return
32 Exod. 29:44, 1 Cor. 3:17 return
33 Gen. 28:17-19 return
34 Heb. 8:10, 10:16 return
35 Gen. 14:18, Heb. 7:1 return
36 Isa. 53:7-8, 10-12, Matt. 27:35, Mark 15:25 return
37 Matt. 12:40, 1 Peter 3:19 return
38 Mark 16:6, 1 Cor. 15:56-57 return
39 Mark 16:19, Heb. 1:3, 10:12 return
40 John 5:14, 8:11 return
41 John 5:14 return
42 Rev. 1:5 return
43 1 Cor. 3:16-17, 6:19, 2 Cor. 6:16 return
44 Heb. 5:5-6, 10, 6:20, Rev. 1:6, Heb. 7:23-24, Rom. 6:4, 1Cor. 3:16-17, 6:19, 2 Cor. 6:16 return
45 James 1:25, Col. 1:21-23, 1 Tim. 4:15-16 return
46 2 Cor. 5:17 return
47 Eph. 3:14-15 return
48 Rev. 1:18 return
49 Heb. 5:6 return
50 Matt. 16:24, Luke 9:23 return
51 1 John 4:18 return
52 John 8:36, Acts 26:18, Rom. 8:2 return
53 Rom. 10:17, Col. 2:6-7 return
54 Rom. 6:23, Heb. 10:38 return
55 Isa. 26:3, 2 Cor. 13:11 return
56 Psalm 7:1 return
57 Matt. 6:20-21, Rom. 8:17, John 10:10 return
58 Acts 1:8 return
59 2 Tim 2:21 return
60 I Chron. 16:31 return
61 Rom. 8:11 return
62 II Tim 2:15, Luke 21:36, John 15:3 return
63 Heb. 12:14 return
64 II Tim 2:21 Matt. 28:19 return
65 Deut. 8:1, 30:16, Prov. 4:4, 7:2 return
66 Mark 16:15 return
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
12. John 14:6 return
13. Acts 4:12 return