Christian Churches of God
Priesthood of Eloah from Messiah Onwards
(Edition 1.0 20071210-20061210)
In this lesson we will review the study paper Priesthood of Eloah from Messiah On wards (No. CB118) and focus on the reorganization of the priesthood during the times of David. We will also look at the meaning of the names of the 24 courses of the priests and provide a variety of ways the concepts can be reinforced.
Priesthood of Eloah from Messiah Onwards
To review the basic concepts related to the priesthood under Messiah and into the Millennium and the symbolism that is involved in the text.
1. Who our High Priest is.
2. Children will be able to identify who is the perfect and complete sacrifice that restored us back to the Father.
3. Children will be able identify the current order of the priesthood.
4. Children will be able to identify what priesthood will function in the Millennium and from which location.
5. Children will be able to provide some explanation of what sanctification means.
Hebrews 10:4, 10-12,18
Open with prayer.
Ask the children who they think our High Priest is now and why that is important.
Review the Questions and Answers.
Conduct the activity on the priesthood.
Close with prayer.
Questions are in bold.
Q1. What is our calling?
A. Eloah has called us to be priests and kings. From the Old and New Testaments we see that we are called to be kings and priests (Ex. 19:5, 6; Rev. 1:5,6; 5:9,10; 1Pet. 2: 9,10).
A. The three orders are:
1. The Order of Melchisedek.
2. The Order of Levi and the Aaronic Priesthood.
3. The Order of Melchisedek through Jesus Christ and the Church as a spiritual priesthood.
A. Yes, by our actions we can sanctify or make the nation and people holy so they can know the truth and repent in sanctification of the nations.
Q4. Was there anything to indicate to us that the High Priest is holy unto the Lord?
A. From Exodus 28:36ff., we see how the High Priest is holy and dedicated to God based on what was engraved or carved into the golden plate the High Priest wore on his forehead tied with blue ribbons onto his white turban.
A. Yes, we see from the New Testament, God is Holy and we too are to become Holy (Eph. 4:24).
A. Yes, the four living creatures at the throne of God (Isa. 6:3 and Rev. 4:8).
A. The sacrificing of animals was no longer necessary after Jesus Christ was sacrificed as the Lamb of God to die for the sins of this world (Heb. 10:4-10; 12-18).
A. Christ fulfilled all aspects of the sacrificial system. He is pictured as the sin offering in Psalm 22; Burnt offering in Psalm 30; Trespass offering in Psalm 69; Drink offerings in 2Timothy 4:5 and Philippians 2:17. See footnote to Psalm 69 in The Companion Bible.
A. Yes, from his ascending or going up to the Father at 9:00 a.m. on the morning of the Wave Sheaf in 30 CE Messiah was anointed above his fellows (Heb.1:9; Ps. 45:7) and qualified to be our High Priest.
A. The Church was started in 30 CE when the Holy Spirit was freely given.
Q11. Once the Church was started did the priesthood remain under bloodlines?
A. No, we are organized spiritually under Messiah after the Order of Melchisedek.
Q12. How many people did Messiah appoint in Luke 10:1,17? What was the significance of this?
A. With the appointment of the seventy[-two] by Christ in Luke 10:1,17 the authority of the Sanhedrin was transferred to the Church. Jesus Christ is now High Priest of the Order of Melchisedek.
A. The Temple proper was destroyed in 70 CE and in 71 CE it was closed at Leontopolis in Egypt.
A. The inner elect became themselves the naos or the Temple in which God resided as the Holy of Holies, and the Church continued to be built with spiritual building blocks, which we are (1Cor. 3:17).
A. No. We have seen that Christ did not exalt or appoint himself to become a High Priest. He was appointed by God who was his God (Heb. 1:8-9).
A. No, it can’t. We need to be grateful to God for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken (Heb. 12:28). It is a promise we need to remember fully as things get more and more difficult.
Q17. During the period of Just Rule, when the Temple is reinstated as Ezekiel 40-43 talks of, will the Temple be physical or spiritual?
A. The Temple will be both physical and spiritual; this will be the first in history where the physical and spiritual Temple function with the priests of Eloah at the same time.
Q18. What line of the priests remained loyal and will be the physical priests during the Millennium?
A. We see that the line of Zadok remained loyal and obedient to Eloah. They will be the physical ministering priesthood in the Millennium.
A. Probably not; we realize that the period of Just Rule and the building and implementing the Temple structure will be a process that takes a period of time over a sequence or series of years.
A. At the end of the Millennium Satan will be released and war of the end will result. After that Satan, as a spiritual being, will no longer exist. He will be made a man and come up in the Great Throne Judgement (Isa. 14:15-20; cf. the paper The Judgment of the Demons (No. 80)). After everyone is willing to obey God there will be the handover to the Father and we will see the City of God on the planet. In the City of God, the Father relocates His Throne to earth once sin is removed from the planet.
Symbolism: clear water is the Holy Spirit; the white sugar is the pure righteous robes of the saints. Yet when the sugar is added we do not see it (sugar dissolves in the water). With God all things are possible. At times we will face periods of trial and testing, i.e. when the water boils, as long as we remain loyal to Messiah the branch/string we will be ok. Typically when we are in the midst of trials we can not see anything happening, yet over time the results are made manifest or show. Many times we have to wait patiently and obey God for a long time before we see how things have changed. So too with rock candy; the more days we wait for the crystals to grow the bigger the crystals. This is like Messiah starting the Church many years ago and with time many sons are brought to glory, and the Church grows. God is the rock/tree trunk/jar that supports the branch that is Messiah.
Supplies: water, pot or kettle, stove, sugar (1 cup of water to 2 cups of sugar for each jar you are making), cotton string, glass jar, pot holders, butter knife or pencil, etc., weight for the bottom of the string, this can be a piece of hard candy like a life saver, or a clean paper clip. Flavouring and colourings are optimal. A spoon for stirring and plastic wrap or foil to cover the jar while the crystals grow.
1. Start a pot of water boiling on the stove.
2. Tie a piece of string around the middle of the pencil/stick/butter knife. The string should be long enough so that when the pencil is placed over the top of the glass, the string will come up just short of the bottom.
3. Wet the string with a little water and roll it in the sugar. Put the paper clip on the end of the string to act as a weight and help the string stay straight. Lay the stick over the top of the glass jar so that the string hangs down inside the jar, but not touching the bottom of the jar.
4. When the water has started boiling, remove it from the heat and let the water settle.
5. Stir in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue adding sugar until it starts collecting at the bottom of the pot and won't dissolve even when you stir. This will take a while and a good bit of sugar but not too much.
6. If you want to add flavouring or colour, stir it in now.
7. Pour the sugar solution into the glass until it is about 1" from the top.
8. Place the pencil over the jar and allow the string to dangle into the solution. Don't let the string settle on the bottom or sides of the glass.
9. Place the glass somewhere that it can sit for a while undisturbed (but do not refrigerate it). After a day or so, you should be seeing crystal growth on the string.
10. Leave the string in the solution until the crystals are big enough for you or have completely stopped growing.
11. Remove the string from the glass and let dry.
Tips to increase your success:
· To add some flavour, you can add a few drops of lemon or lime juice (or other flavours) or tie a small piece of hard candy at the bottom of the string, like a piece of a peppermint or cinnamon candy.
· Natural fibre string-like cotton or twine will work best. Nylon fibre and other polymer string won't stimulate crystal growth very well. Or you can use wooden popsicle sticks (don't get the coloured ones because the dye may not be edible!)
· Glass jars with a hole cut in the lid work great and keep dust from settling into the solution. If you are using a normal glass, you can cover the top with tin foil.
· If you want the crystals to grow larger, let a little air into the jar by raising the lid (you can rest it on a couple of pencils balanced on the jar rim).
· If the string keeps floating, you can weigh the end down with something. Small pieces of store-bought rock candy work best and will make your own crystals start to grow faster.
· How does this work? The water-sugar mixture is saturated at boiling temperature (this means that it cannot dissolve any more sugar). When the mixture lowers in temperature it becomes supersaturated – meaning that it contains more sugar than it should at that temperature. When more sugar is added at room temperature the mixture "realizes" that it has more sugar than it should and the excess sugar crystallizes on the string.
· A common water/sugar ratio is 1:2. For example, 1 cup of water to 2 cups of sugar.
· This is a great science experiment.
· Do not play with the jar or put your fingers in it. This disrupts the forming process of the crystalline structure. It may not prevent it from working, but it will hinder or slow the progress of the crystal growth.
· Too much sugar is bad for your teeth, and other parts of your body. Only have one piece of rock candy a day, and drink some water after you finish yours.