With the Permission of Pastor Thabo Motau I have decided to cut and paste his teaching and comment in one discussion forum on the topic above. Be blessed as you read part 1 and please feel free to contact him at http://www.globalschoolofministry.info/
Leadership in the Household of Faith.
The concept of priesthood has its root in the mandate Elohim, Creator of heaven and earth gave to Adam and Eve and by extension humanity for representing him in the earth to ensure that all of creation is brought into subjection to His will. It was for this reason that Adam and Eve received His dominion mandate over the whole creation.
Genesis 1:26-28 (KJV) 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Genesis 2:15 (KJV) 15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
A Priest is a mediator between the Creator and His creation! The Priest does not function on his own or for his self-interest. The earth realm was created to be an extension of the Kingdom of Heaven. In His wisdom, Elohim created heaven and earth but gave the earth realm to mankind to exercise oversight on His behalf.
Psalm 115:16 (KJV) 16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
Nimrod – the priesthood of human strength, arm of the flesh and fleshly wisdom
Genesis 10:8-10 (KJV) 8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
The Nimrod Priesthood has these inter-related features:
It is a priesthood type of natural men and women who function in the depravity of humanity. In other words, it is a priesthood type which manifests in glorying of the Self-nature. In contemporary times, this is manifested in loud boastings on mass media about the ‘anointing’ one has to do great exploit that is designed to attract people who are in need of such impartation. In effect, people are attracted to a human and what he/she can do for them rather than to King Yeshua.
The Nimrod Priesthood has these inter-related features:
1. It is a priesthood type of natural men and women who function in the depravity of humanity. In other words, it is a priesthood type which manifests in glorying of the Self-nature. In contemporary times, this is manifested in loud boastings on mass media about the ‘anointing’ one has to do great exploit that is designed to attract people who are in need of such impartation. In effect, people are attracted to a human and what he/she can do for them rather than to King Yeshua.
2. It is a priesthood type which seeks to make a name for itself because self, rather than Yeshua is the focal point of activity. This is a natural consequence of what was said above.
3. It is a priesthood type which prospers by hunting after souls of others; subduing them and subordinating them to serve self-interest of the stronger one, away from the will and pattern of the Most High.
4. It is a priesthood type which leads humans away from the purpose of Elohim and His mandate for humanity on earth. In the New Testament, this means a subtle supplanting of the ‘Go Ye’ or ‘Go Forth’ principle in Acts 1:8 of actively preaching so that sinners are saved and the saved are made disciples and able ministers to one in which the ‘anointing’ is rather used to ask people to ‘Come here’ to dwell inside a building and basically stagnate there from a spiritual point of view.
5. The Nimrod type is steeped in rebellion against Elohim, can never please Him and makes humans engage in religiosity which takes them further away from King of the Kingdom, Yeshua.
6. The Nimrod priesthood does not empower but rather enslaves those who sit under that anointing. Saints can sit for years without understanding that they are called; do not identify their spiritual gifts and basically engage in building a religious corporation or organization that exists to provide visibility, power and wealth for the chief promoters.
7. For that purpose, the Nimrod Priesthood does not make room for emergence of the Five Fold which is a divine facility for releasing the fullness of the leadership of Yeshua in His Church. Ephesians 4:11-16.
8. In sum, this priesthood type, at its heart, is engaged in reversing the divine principle of ‘increase, multiply and fill the earth’. Instead of equipping Christians to be like Yeshua and going forth to fulfil the Great Commission, men or women are rather gathered together, in a state of permanent subservience for the purpose of building modern day Towers of Babel which though good looking on the outward, are not fit-for-Kingdom purpose.
Genesis 11:1-9 (KJV) 1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
Elohim cannot and will never accept or endorse the Nimrod priesthood because it is inherently opposed to His will and His pattern. Yet, this type of priesthood which traps millions in pews as ‘fans’ of ‘great ministers’ is a major feature of churching world-wide including North and South America; Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. This dangerous priesthood, while seemingly ‘successful’ has a DNA that is from the man Nimrod who was a hunter after souls. Let us see two scriptures which warn of the fate that awaits those engaged in the Nimrod priesthood:
Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
1 Corinthians 3:10-15
(KJV) 10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
In the Old Covenant, the religious system envisaged these vital ingredients:
1. A Physical Tabernacle where Yahweh would dwell amongst the people
This was a Tabernacle that was portable when they roamed in the wilderness. The most significant item to be in the Tabernacle was the Ark of the Covenant which was made of shittim wood and overlaid with gold. Inside it was to be the Torah or 10 Commandments, Aarons Rod that budded and samples of the Manna with which Israel was fed. To cover it as a lid was the Mercy Seat made of pure gold with a figure of the Cherubim covering with its wings. It was here that the High Priest literarily met with Yahweh to bring annual atonement for sins of the nation.
Exodus 25:8-10 (KJV)8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.9 According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.10 And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.
2. An Exclusive, dedicated Priestly Caste who were mediators between Yahweh and Israel
this was an exclusive Priesthood comprising only males from the lineage of Aaron who were assisted by other men of the tribe of Levi. No woman, no matter how educated, beautiful, well mannered was qualified to be a priest under this order.
3. Priestly Attire
To distinguish the Priests from the masses they were to wear specially designed clothes. Each piece of their attire had a meaning. Their attire was, as Exodus 28:2 stated, for ‘Beauty and for glory’. The attires were to distinguish them as holy, special and unique among the people. This was to, in turn; attract special privileges and exaltation for them. They therefore were made specially when wearing them.
Atonement for the nation was made annually by the High Priest. The sins of the people were dealt with by observance of sundry rituals. Sacrifices involving animals and birds were made, depending on the weight of sins committed. The people could literarily go to the sanctuary every week to present animals or birds which were used to appease Yahweh in obedience to His instructions.
These attires or clerical robes had special significance that were dictated to Moses by Yahweh Himself. They comprised of specific colours which had specific meanings and specific objects of decoration which conveyed peculiar messages.
5. The people needed to be afar from Yahweh because of their sins
They could not approach Yahweh directly and therefore needed the Priestly caste as mediators with Him. We are now in the new covenant!
One of the strange things of religion is how it has modified history to suit its own narrative. The result is that many who are called by the Name of Yeshua, Jesus today have almost totally swallowed hook line and sinker, a ‘Church history’ as packaged by Babylon. It is a Church history which ignores a fundamental reality. That reality is that Peter, Paul and others who preached the gospel as far as Rome functioned as Priests after the Order of Melchizedeck, lived like their Master Yeshua, Jesus. They were rejected and killed by Rome, just as it did with their King! Let this truth be constantly in our hearts: The gospel that went from Jerusalem to Rome was mediated by the Melchizedeck Priesthood! The gospel that proceeded from Rome to other parts of the world was mediated by a Levithical themed Priesthood! Understanding what happened in that great city of Rome is the key to unlock the Grand Mystery of the ages.
Within the first century of the Kingdom Church on earth, Satan had successfully taken some altogether from the path of the true gospel of the Kingdom.
1 John 2:18-27 (KJV) 18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. 26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
They left the company of faithful saints to preach another gospel. Some others preached a gospel which despised Grace and encouraged legalism that turned them back into embrace of Levitical concepts of priesthood that would stand between sinning Church goers and ‘a holy God’.
Galatians 1:6-9 (KJV)6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed
The adversary intensified persecution so much that some many hearts fainted and preferred temporary reprieve from Rome than to continue the testimony of Yeshua by matrydom, if necessary just as faith worthies like Peter, Paul and countless others suffered.
It must be noted that of all the original disciples of Yeshua, only John the beloved died naturally at a ripe old age! All others sealed their testimonies with their own blood and did not flinch because the Order of Melchizedeck is an eternal priesthood! When Roman Emperors offered them union of Church and State, the vast majority embraced it. Persecution ceased for them and that wing of the Church became established, organised and powerful! Babylon emerged in full force, dressed in robes of religious honour and glory! The result is history.
Babylon had come to Church fully dressed for the greatest show on earth: a religious behemoth that gives perhaps as much as 2 billion or more people today with a sense of ‘doing God’s business’ based on rituals and religious pageantry but denying the power of true holiness and lacking the understanding of what Yahweh made His Kingdom Church to be on this side of eternity.
(To be continued in Part 2)