This article is a summary of a message by Paul L. Cox, which is available on DVD at http://aslansplace.com/articles/?0000000108
In the spring of 2010, I began feeling that we should gather together at the beginning of Pentecost, the evening of May 22 at sundown; so I invited whoever wanted to come and join me at Aslan?s Place. I arrived at 7:30pm and a small group assembled as sundown approached. As we waited, we could feel the presence of the Lord increasing and, as the sunlight disappeared, we felt a slight breeze moving through the room. At 7:50pm, the anointing rapidly increased and we felt we were to stand and join hands; but then, all of a sudden, I started running backwards. Now, I want to tell you that I have not even run forward in a long time!
I ran backwards around the living room at a full run seven times. On the final return to my chair, the Lord sat me down and I asked, ?Okay, what was that all about?? Each person had a different idea. One said I was unwinding; another said I was undoing; and another said I was going backwards to something. I was mystified and wondered for many weeks what this meant.
Also during the spring of 2010 the discernment of something new began. I was on the phone with my friend, Pastor Rob Gross from Kaneohe, Hawaii, and together we realized that I was discerning Melchizedek. As I pondered what it meant to discern Melchizedek, I kept saying to others and especially to Rob, ?I do not get this.? I listened to a set of tapes and read a couple of books about Melchizedek but still was not satisfied?I knew that there was something more the Lord wanted me to understand. This was a mystery that I was to comprehend, but what was it?
In searching out the things of God I often say I need my ?ah ha??the moment of clarity when all that the Lord is trying to communicate finally makes sense. My ah ha moment in regard to Melchizedek finally came when I understood that the Lord had taken me back to the very beginning of my training to discern good and evil; and I remembered that the Lord had given me Hebrews 5:14 just after I had conducted my first seminar on discernment, Discerning the Battle. I had returned home from Virginia following that seminar when my friend, Dr. Tom Hawkins, called and said ?The Lord gave me a verse for you.? That scripture was Hebrews 5:14, and it became the foundational verse for the call of God on my life to teach discernment. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (NKJV) Now, years later, my ah ha moment occurred when I realized that this verse is right in the middle of the passage about Melchizedek.
After twenty years, the Lord had brought me back to the beginning days and showed me that discernment is really all about recognizing the intercession of Melchizedek. It?s about knowing what the Lord Jesus is interceding for in his function as the eternal high priest, Melchizedek; and then doing what the Father is doing. All these years I had been in training, learning to discern many different kinds of spiritual beings; angels, seraphim, cherubim, elders, rulers, elemental spirits, orbs, powers, etc. Now I knew that the purpose of my training had not been just to recognize these beings, but also to understand Melchizedek?s intercession as the High Priest before the Father. By discerning the spiritual being(s) present I would be able to see what the Father was doing because He has trained me in regard to their purposes and functions and I would know how I was to respond based on my discernment. I would understand how to do what the Father is doing.
For years I was told that discernment (the use of the physical senses to know what is going on in the spiritual realm) is not necessary and, indeed, unbiblical. I now understand that not only is discernment necessary but it is essential to entering into and understanding the new realms that God has for us.
Who is Melchizedek? Melchizedek is first mentioned in Genesis 14, which tells of nine kings and nations that were warring. Abram became involved in the conflict because Lot, his brother?s son, had been taken prisoner. Along with 318 servants, he pursued these enemies, attacking them and rescuing Lot. Then, as Abram returned to the King?s Valley with the King of Salem pursuing him, Melchizedek suddenly appeared before him. Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: ?Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.? And he gave him a tithe of all. Genesis 14:18?20 (NKJV)
I believe that Melchizedek is the eternal High Priest who came as Jesus Christ. Melchizedek is the function of Jesus Christ as THE eternal High Priest, always interceding for us. As mentioned in scripture, Melchizedek is the King of Peace (Salem) as well as the King of Righteousness.
Melchizedek blessed Abram because the Lord had delivered the enemies of Abram into his hands. Could it be that when we are aware of Melchizedek, it is an indication that the Lord is giving us victory over our enemies? I realized that this is what I had been asking the Lord for?I had been sitting in the Jacuzzi some months before, worn out because I had been battling witchcraft and I prayed, ?Lord, when do we ever win?? A righteous anger came up inside me saying, ?How dare these people exercise witchcraft and come against the God Most High?? I got really angry and asked again, ?God, when do we ever win? Lord, why don’t you display your glory and remove those who come against Your Kingdom plans?? I prayed for grace and mercy for them but also declared, ?Oh God arise and destroy your enemies.?
Isn?t it time for God’s vengeance against his enemies? Isn?t it time for the Kingdom of God to advance? The revelation of Melchizedek would seem to indicate that we are now moving into a period of time in which we will have victory over our enemies.
Melchizedek is a King and a Priest and He belongs to the Order of Melchizedek. Our Heavenly Father has always wanted His people to be an order of Kings and Priests; in fact, that was His intention for the Children of Israel. However, Israel did not want that?the people refused the position. It was then that the Lord set aside the tribe of Levi to act as priests for the people. But, after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Church entered into a new position. Believers are declared to be a ?royal priesthood??we are now Kingly Priests and belong to the order of Melchizedek.
After the brief account of Melchizedek in Genesis, there is no more mention of him until 900 years later during the time of King David, who mentioned Melchizedek in Psalm 110. It is noteworthy that although David was a king, he also once went into the holy place and ate of the table of showbread, therefore acting like a kingly priest. David clearly stated in Psalm 110 that Melchizedek is tied to victory over one?s enemies. The LORD said to my Lord, ?Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.? The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! The LORD has sworn And will not relent, ?You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek. Psalm 110: 1-2,4 (NKJV)
Now, fast-forward through over 900 additional years before hearing of Melchizedek again. The New Testament book of Hebrews offers the most detailed description of Melchizedek and speaks clearly to us about the High Priestly function of Jesus Christ. In the Hebrews 5-8 we are reminded that Jesus is forever Melchizedek. He is the King of Peace and the King of Righteousness. It is this wonderful Jesus, the Perfect One; who, because of His intercession, enables us to endure and have hope in the future. This Melchizedek is not a priest of the tribe of Levi, but of the tribe of Judah. The entire passage crescendos in Hebrews 8:1-2; Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man. (NKJV)
But how do we really comprehend Melchizedek? This knowing is not just an ?intellectual? knowing but a ?discernment? knowing; a knowing that arises through the five physical senses. Melchizedek is difficult to comprehend without physical discernment.
Perhaps it is time to train your senses so that you will know when Melchizedek is interceding so that you may discern the answers of the Father to that Priestly intercession. When you discern Melchizedek, then you will understand more fully what the Father is doing. Then like, Jesus, you will be able to do what you see the Father doing.