Zadok, Priest of El Elyon, NOT Your Prosperity Preacher

He who dwells in the secret place of the “Most High” (Elyon -H5945 the Supreme,  Most High God) Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalms 91:1 NKJV

The Torah Portion for the week of May 12th to 18th in Hebrew is Emor or “Say” and can be found here.

I learn so much of the Word of God by listening to these Bible passages many times each week. These are from a Messianic website that includes readings from the New Testament that relate to the Old Testament readings for each given week. Keep in mind, every time you read Paul, James, Peter and John speak of the “Holy Inspired Word of God” they are speaking ONLY of the Old Testament. The New didn’t become accepted until hundreds of years later.

For years before being “Born Again with God’s Spirit” and after, I wondered why some of the things I saw on Christian television representing the church of Jesus Christ could prosper so greatly. Multitudes of people flock to some ministries and others barely get by. The “Name It and Claim It” and “Glitzy Broadway Productions” ones that cater to the carnal nature abound in the thousands, while the more pious they are, the smaller in size those congregations seem to be.

For the opening of their new place of worship, Church By The Glades started a series titled, “Life Is A Circus and I’m Surrounded By Clowns”. Supposedly God was “worshiped” through the Brittney Spears song “Circus”. And it seems that’s what some ministries are turning to in an effort to boost their numbers and probably bank account too. Do you think He Accepted It? At least fire didn’t fall from heaven and consume them like Nadab and Abihu.

Some answers to this dilemma can be found in that weeks Torah Portion from the prophets in Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 44:15-16, 19, 31     “But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer to Me the fat and the blood,” says the Lord God . 16 “They shall enter My sanctuary, and they shall come near My table to minister to Me, and they shall keep My charge.

(The sons of Zadok draw near to God to minister to God in His sanctuary, even at His table!!)

19 When they go out to the outer court, to the outer court to the people, they shall take off their garments in which they have ministered, leave them in the holy chambers, and put on other garments; and in their holy garments they shall not sanctify the people. (ESV says – “lest they transmit holiness to the people with their garments” – Think of the prayer cloths of Paul that healed the sick  Acts 19:11-12) These priests walk in the Anointing of the Most High God and are clothed in it. Remember what it says of Peter’s Shadow?

23 “And they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the unholy, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. 24 In controversy they shall stand as judges, and judge it according to My judgments. They shall keep My laws and My statutes in all My appointed meetings, and they shall hallow My Sabbaths.

These men of God, sons of Zadok, preach against sin and the need to “Obey” God’s Laws & Statutes. They don’t build a doctrine around Romans 6:14 and totally disregard the other 22 verses about shunning sin and not becoming a slave to sin in that chapter. Some church leaders today have their secret sins or lusts so instead of being a hypocrite they just won’t speak about sin or having at least a desire for holiness that pleases Father God.

28 “It shall be, in regard to their inheritance, that I am their inheritance. You shall give them no possession in Israel, for I am their possession. 29 They shall eat the grain offering, the sin offering, and the trespass offering; every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs. 30 The best of all firstfruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest’s; also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, to cause a blessing to rest on your house.
Ezekiel 44:15‭-16, 19, ‬23, 28-30 NKJV

Verse 28 doesn’t seem to line up with the lifestyles of many mega-church leaders. Multiple multi-million dollar homes and condo’s, fleets of planes, expensive luxury or  sports cars and $4,000 tennis shoes. Their way of conveying their success in ministry is by showing off the biggest, shiniest pile of all they have acquired from the sheep.

I learned a lot about the Zadok and Abiathar Priesthoods in a message by David Wilkerson.

Zadok – H6659 Strong’s Definition
From H6663; just; Brown Briggs – “righteous”

Abiathar- H54 Strong’s Definition
Contracted from H1 and H3498; father of abundance (that {is} liberal); Brown Briggs – “my father is great”

How often we see men of God we thought were full of integrity fall from their pedestal in later years as in the “Me Too” movement.

Often times it’s very respected men of God. There were 3 big named ones that fell about a year ago. Bill Hybels, Frank Page and Andy Savage.

Would you believe that these two types of priesthoods, one righteous, the other cursed with failures in ministry were prophesied thousands of years ago by an unnamed prophet God sent to rebuke Eli, the priest at Shiloh. The two sons of Eli were wicked men who took by force if need be the best parts of the animal sacrifices brought by the people. They would rob God of the fat on the meat that should have been burnt in the offering and have sex with the women who served at the tent of meeting. Although Eli admonished them that they were wrong by their actions he allowed it to continue.

As I said before, the Torah Portions have common threads of thought that run through them. The portion from Leviticus chapter 21 to 22:16 clearly laid out conduct of acceptable behavior for the tabernacle priests, their family members and servants. You might think, “that only applies to priests and ministers of God’s Word.” From the readings of that week in 1 Peter 2:4-10 it reminds us that all “Born Again” believers are a very special set apart people,

9 But you are A Chosen Race, a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, a Holy Nation, a people for God’s own possession , so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people , but now you are the people of God ; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy .
1 PETER 2:9‭-‬10 NASB

And the readings from Luke chapters 11 & 12 include the verses of all the “woes” Jesus speaks against the Pharisees’ and Lawyers in Luke 11: 37-54

Jesus’ answer to the prosperity gospel that is so popular today and what many mega-churches thrive on is from Luke 12. The parable of a rich man who builds new and bigger barns for all he has only to die and leave it all behind.

21 So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” 22 And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. 33 “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
LUKE 12:21‭-‬22‭, ‬33‭-‬34 NASB

The Unnamed Prophet Rebukes Eli and Curses His Descendents

1 Samuel 2:27-29   And there came a man of God to Eli and said to him, “Thus says the Lord , ‘Did I indeed reveal myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt subject to the house of Pharaoh? 28 Did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? I gave to the house of your father all my offerings by fire from the people of Israel. 29 Why then do you scorn my sacrifices and my offerings that I commanded for my dwelling, and honor your sons above me by fattening yourselves on the choicest parts of every offering of my people Israel?’
1 Samuel 2:27‭-‬29 ESV

The descendant priests of Eli would continue but would be a weak, corruptible priesthood that would be self centered, fat and not reach it’s full potential. Just at the time they should be at spiritual maturity a flaw in their moral character would surface and be exposed, causing them to fall and be a reproach to God’s name.

The prophet says in v30-33, your descendents will NOT Be Cut Off as priests but will weep and grieve, being a cursed ministry,

1 Samuel 2:30-33  Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and the house of your father should go in and out before me forever,’ but now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed. Behold, the days are coming when I will cut off your strength and the strength of your father’s house, so that there will not be an old man in your house. Then in distress you will look with envious eye on all the prosperity that shall be bestowed on Israel, and there shall not be an old man in your house forever. The only one of you whom I shall not cut off from my altar shall be spared to weep his eyes out to grieve his heart, and all the descendants of your house shall die by the sword of men.
1 Samuel 2:30‭-‬33 ESV

The unnamed prophet also foretold the death of Eli’s two sons in 1 day in verse 34 which did come to pass, even at the expense that the Ark of the Covenant would be captured by the Philistines. He prophesied there would be two priesthoods.  The other would be a Holy priesthood that would seek the face and heart of God above all else, Not Mainly His Hand!! These are the men of God He allows to draw near to God to Minister to God and in turn be clothed and walk in God’s Holy Anointing. The corrupt and arrogant are never allowed to get that near to God because of His mercy, less they would die.

Through all generations God has kept to Himself a Remnant of dedicated and consecrated followers.  Jesus said, I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Matt. 16:18

That statement includes prevailing against corrupt priests and churches, bankrupt of understanding the Holiness of God.

The message from God the unnamed prophet brought to Eli wasn’t all bad news. He also foretold of a consecrated priesthood that would be faithful to God and God would be faithful to them.

1 Samuel 2:35  But I WILL Raise Up for Myself a Faithful Priest Who Will Do According To What Is In MY Heart and In MY Soul; and I WILL BUILD HIM An ENDURING HOUSE, and He Will Walk Before MY Anointed Always

Ezekiel speaks of El Elyon’s “God Most High” Faithful Priest – Ezekiel 43:19
You shall give to the Levitical priests who are from the offspring of Zadok, who draw near to Me to minister to Me,‘ declares the Lord God , ‘a young bull for a sin offering.
EZEKIEL 43:19 NASB

At the time King David ruled Israel Zadok and Abiathar were the two high priests. 1 Chronicles 15:11;

When it was time for David to choose one of them to anoint Solomon as the new king he named Zadok.

1 Kings 1:45
Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him (Solomon) king

Why? Because Abiathar had betrayed King David. When David became old, Abiathar apparently didn’t have discernment to hear or seek the counsel of God for who would succeed him. It seems Abiathar looked to the appeal of the flesh and sided with what the populace might approve of. The account of it is in 1 Kings chapter 1 & chapter 2,

Abiathar Is A Direct Descendant of Eli 

The Lord’s priest at Shiloh, Eli father of Phinehas, father of Ichabod, brother of Ahitub, father of Ahimelech, father of Abiathar (1 Samuel 14:3, I Samuel 22:20). The Cursed Priesthood of Eli lets it’s moral weakness and carnal nature fulfill the unnamed prophet’s words to Eli yet again

1 Kings 1:5, 7, 9
Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king.”
7 He had conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest; and following Adonijah they helped him

9 Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fatlings by the stone of Zoheleth = “Serpent”

This morally corrupt priest is making offerings with Adonijah who is usurping King David’s authority at the “Stone of The Serpent.” The name alone should be a “Red Flag” to any spiritually conscious priest but he is blinded by the lust of power, greed and revenge. After Solomon is anointed king he deals with the rebellion fully aware of it’s root cause. Solomon being the wisest person who ever lived easily saw the connection of the unnamed prophet’s words from God to Eli, then down to Abiathar.

1 Kings 2:26
Then to Abiathar the priest the king (Solomon) said, “Go to Anathoth to your own field, For You Deserve To Die; but I will not put you to death at this time
V27 So Solomon dismissed Abiathar from being priest to the Lord , In Order To Fulfill The Word of the Lord , Which He Had Spoken Concerning The House of Eli in Shiloh (1 Sam. 2:27-36)

All of this episode was chronicalled by King David also before his death in Psalm 55. In the NKJV it has a descriptive title on it,

Psalm 55 – Trust In God Concerning the Treachery of Friends, A Compilation of David

9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10 Day and night they go around it on its walls; Iniquity and trouble are also in the midst of it. 11 Destruction is in its midst; Oppression and deceit do not depart from its streets. 12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him. 13 But it was you, a man my equal, My companion and my acquaintance. 14 We took sweet counsel together, And walked to the house of God in the throng. 15 Let death seize them; Let them go down alive into hell, For wickedness is in their dwellings and among them. 16 As for me, I will call upon God, And the Lord shall save me. 17 Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.
21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, But war was in his heart; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords. 22 Cast your burden on the Lord , And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. 23 But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; But I will trust in You.
Psalms 55:9-17, 21‭-‬23 NKJV

You can only imagine how many times David who loved God, went to the Tent of Meeting with Abiathar to worship and praise God. They “walked to the house of God together” probably very many times. Many times David speaks of his trust and dependence in Abiathar when problems in his kingdom arose.

These 2 priesthoods are alive and well even today. One Holy and Faithful to God, who Draw Near to God and Minister to God with reverence for His Holiness.

The other a cursed priesthood, “self centered and greedy,” more often ministering to the flesh, entertaining the sheep,  your prosperity preachers. They are afraid to Preach Holiness or Against Sin (not a crowd pleaser). They DON’T Draw Near to God to Minister to God. Instead as Ezekiel wrote the words of God, they are FAR from God,

Ezekiel 44:10-14   “And the Levites who went far from Me, when Israel went astray, who strayed away from Me after their idols, they shall bear their iniquity. 11 Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, as gatekeepers of the house and ministers of the house; they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister to them. Because they ministered to them before their idols and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity, therefore I have raised My hand in an oath against them,” says the Lord God , “that they shall bear their iniquity. And THEY SHALL NOT COME NEAR Me to minister to Me as priest, NOR COME NEAR ANY of My holy things, NOR INTO the Most Holy Place; but they shall bear their shame and their abominations which they have committed. Nevertheless I will make them keep charge of the temple, for all its work, and for all that has to be done in it.
Ezekiel 44:10‭-‬14 NKJV

Did you notice, this flawed priesthood ministers to the house and to the people. God says THEY WON’T GET NEAR Him, His Holy Things or His Holy Place. Their ministry is for those people who covet and lust always for more. Having itchy ears and liking smooth words even at the price of not knowing the Heart or Desires of Father God.

God spoke words through Jeremiah the prophet as well about the false teachers and the people who love the words they are told by them,

Jeremiah 5:26-27, 30-31  ‘For among My people are found wicked men; They lie in wait as one who sets snares; They set a trap; They catch men. As a cage is full of birds, So their houses are full of deceit. Therefore they have become great and grown rich. “An astonishing and horrible thing Has been committed in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests Rule By Their OWN Power; And My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?
Jeremiah 5:26‭-‬27‭, ‬30‭-‬31 NKJV

They Don’t Operate under the Anointing of God by His Holy Spirit. They can quote Hebrews 4:16 until they are blue in the face and they still won’t have gotten any where near “The Shadow of The Almighty God.” Probably a good thing for them too.

The Abiathar priesthood of today and the people that follow them are getting what they want now but at a spiritual price, leanness of soul.

Psalm 106:13-15 KJV
13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: 14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. 15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

Like when Balaam asked God to go with Balak’s men, God said No. In greed, Balaam asked again and God said Go if they call, then an angel almost killed him.

They have insatiable appetites and are never truly content or happy, even worrying about loosing what they have. They seldom consider that God would be pleased if they would not consume everything they have on only themselves. There are so many people in the world that live really impoverished lives. For the price of an average pedicure you can feed a family for a month on Samaritan’s Purse’s website. Hundred’s of ministries are underfunded to help the really poor people in the world. Too often we fail to let the heart of God fill us with compassion for others because eyes are on ourselves in our “selfie culture and generation”.

Multitudes of Christians with “itching ears” are content with just “doing their duty” or giving God just lip service and not really wanting to know about what God desires from them. Just tell them encouraging words and ways to get the most from God. The lifestyles of their ministers doesn’t really matter, just don’t step on my toes.

The Zadok priesthood today and those who follow them are allowed by Father God to “draw near to Him and minister to Him”. With that comes the anointing of Father God and the unveiling of the burdens of His Heart for His children that are in need. Greed is turned to compassion. Envy is traded for Love of a stranger. Selfishness gives way to selflessness and sacrifice for the good of others who you may never know in this life. Sometimes it brings tears and a hurting heart but it’s the “good kind” that leaves the knowledge that my Heavenly Father is Pleased. That feeling is Priceless.

There is compassion that feeds the ego
and there is compassion that humbles it. Compassion that feeds the ego
is a sense of pity for those who stand beneath you. Compassion that humbles
is born of a deeper understanding of the order of things:

When you understand that your fellow man is lacking in order that you may be privileged to help him
—then you are truly humbled.

Paul Like Jeremiah Rebukes False Ministers

Romans 2:21‭-‬24   You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written.
Romans 2:21‭-‬24 NKJV

Jeremiah 23:2‭, ‬11‭-‬14‭, ‬16‭-‬17   Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I WILL ATTEND TO YOU for the evil of your doings,” says the Lord . “For both prophet and priest are profane; Yes, in My house I have found their wickedness,” says the Lord . “Therefore their way shall be to them Like slippery ways; In the darkness they shall be driven on And fall in them; For I will bring disaster on them, The year of their punishment,” says the Lord . “And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria: They prophesied by Baal And caused My people Israel to err. Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: They commit adultery and walk in lies; They also strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah. Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the Lord . They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The Lord has said, “You shall have peace” ’; And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’ ”        Jeremiah 23:2‭, ‬11‭-‬14‭, ‬16‭-‬17 NKJV

Paul rebukes teachers and preachers of God’s Word for “dishonoring God through breaking the law.”

God says to the false ministers through Jeremiah, “You have scattered My flock, driven them away,” God does not allow these ministers into the Holy of Holies, Near His Glorious Presence. They don’t know the way into it so they can’t teach others how to truly Draw Near to God even though God says He will make them “gatekeepers,”

Ezekiel 44:11 Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, as gatekeepers of the house and ministers of the house;

God speaks to Ezekiel telling him it is to those that observe His “statutes and laws” that He reveals the “entrances and exits” of the sanctuary. Priests with the character of Zadok are observant of God’s Holiness and treat the authority He allows them to walk in and anointing God has put on them with reverence to God’s Holiness. Then they can teach others the proper way to enter into God’s Presence.

Ezekiel 44:5 The Lord said to me, “Son of man, mark well, see with your eyes and hear with your ears all that I say to you concerning all the statutes of the house of the Lord and concerning all its laws; and mark well the entrance of the house, with all exits of the sanctuary.

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The ministers with the character of Abiathar have a cavalier attitude, anything goes if it pleases the masses. A Brittney Spears “Circus type” atmosphere or even Broadway type productions that glorify the flesh and to entertain and draw a crowd are acceptable. All that matters is if the ends justify the means, a larger attendance. But watch your back if you leave their church.

In this article and video of a sermon David Hughes, pastor of “Church by the Glades” in Coral Springs, Florida, tells his church members (6,000 – 7,000) about the church’s “back door”. And since the New Testament uses the body/church metaphor, David thought it a good idea to extend the metaphor to churches having a mouth and an anus (the back door) like the human body. And the church members who are not happy, and who ultimately leave the church, like human excrement, they are excreted out the “back door”, or the anus, of the church.

Yes, his ex-church members are like human excrement, pooped out as harmful waste from the church’s anus.

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All these shenanigans used to build Mega-Churches through entertainment and a circus atmosphere was foretold by a “Real Man of God”  in the line of the Zadok Priesthood, Charles Spurgeon back in 1894 as this article explains,

The Church Growth Movement Innovating Like It’s 1894

The “Church Growth Movement” and building “Seeker Driven Mega-Churches” is nothing new as Mr. Spurgeon says. Isn’t that what Solomon wrote with inspiration from God’s Most Holy Spirit?

That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 NKJV

6 You shall say to the rebellious ones, to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God , “Enough of all your abominations, O house of Israel, when you brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My sanctuary to profane it, even My house, when you offered My food, the fat and the blood; for they made My covenant void- this in addition to all your abominations. And you have not kept charge of My holy things yourselves, but you have set foreigners to keep charge of My sanctuary.” ‘Thus says the Lord God , “No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, of all the foreigners who are among the sons of Israel, shall enter My sanctuary.
EZEKIEL 44:5‭-‬9 NASB

One day Everyone Will Be Drawn Near and Stand in God’s Presence At The Judgement Seat of Christ.

In Numbers, God assigned to the Levites the job of guards, protecting entry into the Tent of Meeting.

Numbers 1:51 When the tabernacle is to set out, the Levites shall take it down, and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up. And if any outsider comes near, he shall be put to death. 53 But the Levites shall camp around the tabernacle of the testimony, so that there may be no wrath on the congregation of the people of Israel. And the Levites shall keep guard over the tabernacle of the testimony.”
Numbers 1:51‭, ‬53 ESV

God was very precise in the instructions of how He was to be approached, worshiped and by whom in His Word given to Moses and the prophets. Nadab and Abihu, Uzzah, and in the New Testament Ananias and Sapphira are all examples of those that got too close to God by the wrong way.  At Church By The Glades in Florida or Ed Young’s church, during church service was glory, worship or praise brought to Father God or did they just stroked the flesh of these sheep.

For the people that more often seeks God’s hand instead of His Heart and Desires, the Eli – Abiathar priesthood is available

They will say I did this and that in your name, Jesus might say Depart From Me, I Never Knew You

This is a word of prophecy given about the apostate church given May 2, 2019. It’s just another confirmation of what I’ve written about on this topic. If you want to know the Truth, ask The Truth. Jesus Is The Way, The Truth and The Life.

Church, Do Not Be Deceived. Do Not Listen To The Lies of the Enemy

 

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