Extracts from: Revelation Chapter 1; and also from the Booklet "Is God Love"? by Lloyd Allen.
Chp. 1 v.13 And in the midst to the seven candlesticks one like unto (a)Son of Man, (b)clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden (c)girdle.
(a) The Lord in relation to the Earth, (Comp. App. 98 XV1). The Son of man title, links to His Earthly ministry, when He used the same title of Himself, it did not reach culmination, due to denial of Him by His people Israel. On this yet future occasion, He will re-appear when Israel is all but lost, and then they will look on “Him who they pierced”, (Zech. 12:10) and will mourn Him and recognise Him, and the Millennial Reign will start; after He has judged the Nations; (Matt. 25:46).
(b) These refer to His High Priestly garments, denoting that He is taking up His position as Priest/King of the Jews in Israel on Earth. In Gen. 14, there is the remarkable and beautiful account of Abram’s return from the slaughter of the kings (many of whom were Nephilim). He is met by the King of Salem, (Melchisedec) with bread and wine for sustenance. In Psm. 110, Almighty God states to Christ, who is at His right hand, that He is as Melchisedec “for ever”. This is mistranslated, and the Hebrew says “the Age”. The reading there is; v4, “Thou art a priest for the Age. After the order of Melchisedec”. The Age referred to is the Kingdom Age (Millennial). The meaning is Christ as King Priest at the time, see later Chapters.
The whole of Psm. 110 (and Psm. 2) speaks clearly of the transition of Israel from downtrodden Nation on the brink of destruction, to willing (v3) servants of the “King of Kings”. The “King of Kings” will “execute” many leaders (vs 5-7); in His start to the new order for the “Kingdom Age”!
The fact of Israel’s conversion to Christ Jesus Messiah has to do with the timing of the Father; see Zech. 12:10.
The following extract is from the excellent book “Is God Love”? by Lloyd Allen.
There is another dividing point that we can consider. That point is marked by the mentions of Melchisedec in the Book of Hebrews, which also mention Jesus.
Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (Hebrews 6:20).
And this Melchisedec was:
… king of Salem, priest of the most high God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him. (Hebrews 7:1).
Salem I understand is the pre-Jewish name of Jerusalem. However, note that Melchisedec represented a time before the promises made to Abraham and far before their receiving of the Mosaic Law, which came much later. He was a ‘royal priest’, a combination of offices which was forbidden under the Law of Moses. This information about Melchisedec establishes the fact that God was dealing with mankind even in those early Chapters of Genesis, and had His redeemed ‘remnant’, including people such as Adam and Noah.
Another point is that, under Mosaic Law, Jesus could not have been a priest, as He was not of the tribe of Levi (but of Judah), and that Law did not allow a person to be a priest and King. This is why re read “Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec”. This way He is not only the Messiah of Israel, but also the Lord of all people, those before the Law and those afterwards. The Gospel of John confirms this.
All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. (John 1:3).
Jesus said unto them, “Verily, verily I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I Am”. (John 8:58).
We might wonder about the existence of a priest of God before Abraham since the Levitical priesthood was established much later. However, before that was set up, the head of the family did the work of a priest, a privilege of the birth-right. Job, who lived before Moses, sacrificed on behalf of his sons (Job 1:4-5). All were held accountable to God, as Paul explained;
For the invisible things of Him from the Creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20).
His summary is:
From Adam to Melchisedec, God contacted mankind through individuals and oral tradition. Even in those early days He had His remnant of true believers. They probably knew more of His Will than we tend to imagine, because in those days it was not written down.
Through Abraham He gave a Covenant that represented the loving plan of Salvation for mankind that He had prepared before the beginning of time.
Through Moses and the prophets He gave Israel, and us, a written account of that plan. The Law was given not to establish His authority, for He had no need for that as He is God. It was given to teach Israel, and us, how to love Him and each other, and to protect and guide us.
Finally, Paul was given the message of boundless grace.
Even through the darkest portions of Scripture, with severe scalding, there is always a word of forgiveness offered. This is His unmerited love to people.
There is one more verse, on which I would like to end. It is the most quoted and probably best known verse in the Bible, John 3:16.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotton Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
GOD IS LOVE