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The Coming Priesthood

Discerning the True and False


1 Samuel 2:31

31 Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father's house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house.

In today's text, someone came to Eli and prophesied some amazing things. I believe it not only concerned his day but ours as well. It deals with the phony, hypocrisy rising in the churches. There is a battle brewing between the phony and the real.

I. THE TWO PRIESTHOODS; DISCERNING THE DIFFERENCE

1 Samuel 2:35

35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.

The prophecy of two priesthoods is being fulfilled; right before our eyes, both are operating in the church. He goes on to describe the priest that shall be of the spirit of Eli.

1. Such priests are people, pleasers, more than pleasers of God. (v29) Eli was soft on sin. Only once in 50 years did he ever correct his sons. They played with holy things and committed sex acts in the temple.


2. He had no backbone. He represents ministers today who want to preach against sin, afraid to reprove and rebuke the people. People are given over to pleasures satisfying the flesh and no hunger for God. Afraid they are going to lose some people and their offerings.


3. They cater to their needs and comfort rather than give themselves toward the flock's needs. That’s why Eli got fat and lazy; he took the choicest cuts of meat from his sons instead of caring about ministering to the people and giving himself to prayer.

II. THE PROPHET PRONOUNCED THREE JUDGEMENTS ON THIS PRIEST

Every so-called minister who is of the seed of Eli, compromising, soft on sin, concerned only for himself will know three Judgments:


1. A loss of all spiritual power and authority to be lightly esteemed by God meant a loss of God’s favor and blessing.

1 Samuel 2:30-31

30 Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.


31 Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father's house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house.

2. They will be bypassed by the true anointing and move of God in the last days

1 Samuel 2:32

32 And thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an old man in thine house for ever.

In other words, God said when I choose to pour out my spirit, you’ll be standing in ruins. God is passing by the dead churches who want to do things their way.

3. They will lose God's touch in the very prime of their life. (v33)

Note: As you well know, this has a two-fold application. It was fulfilled first when Saul sent men to Nob to slay 85 Priests who were of the seed of Eli. But it also means that today this priesthood will look good to a certain point, active and busy, then suddenly, spiritual death will take place. God is going to leave them. But here is the sad part for a lot of the church: God will not cut off all of them; some will continue until Jesus comes, and God said it will be cause for weeping.

1 Samuel 2:33

33 And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the flower of their age.

But look what God said through the prophet in (vs35)

1 Samuel 2:35

35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.


This Holy ministry was the Zadok Priest Hood in David's Kingdom. David is a type of Christ, and Israel is a type of the church. (We've looked at what God is about to tear down in his house and what he is about to raise up.

III. LETS CONSIDER ZADOK

His name means one who proved righteous; he was the first priest to recognize God’s anointing on David. People were coming from all over to join David, and Zadok recognized God's anointing and left Saul. He didn’t want anything to do with

a dead fleshly ministry.

1 Chronicles 12:1

12 Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war.

1 Chronicles 12:28

28 And Zadok, a young man mighty of valour, and of his father's house twenty and two captains.

When others forsook David when he was running from his son Zadok and Abiathar stood with him.

2 Samuel 15:24

24 And lo Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God: and they set down the ark of God; and Abiathar went up, until all the people had done passing out of the city.

Notice when Israel was divided, which is a type of the church given over to fleshly sin, there was a righteous remnant, the Zadok priesthood.

IV. LETS CONSIDER ABIATHAR

I wanted you to see that both priests stood with David, who is a type of Jesus. Both appear good and righteous, but something happens suddenly to the Abiathar priesthood. He is never mentioned anymore because he had the spirit of Eli.

Note: Remember, God said not all of Eli's seed would be cut off, if the 80-something priest that was slain Abiathar escaped and ran to David. His ministry survived, standing with Zadok. But he suddenly lost his place, his anointing, because he was seduced by the call of success. (is this not what we see in the church today, successful ministers but not anointed, charisma but no power).

David had another son, Adonijah, which means success and prosperity. He exalted himself king.

1 Kings 1:5

5 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.

He was self-centered and prideful; he was never corrected like Eli's sons, and what the prophet said came to pass. He surrounded himself with ungodly men and council.

1 Kings 1:6-7

6 And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom.


7 And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.

Notice Abiathar came over to the dark side of the phony priesthood; they tried to start a new move.

1 Kings 1:8-19(KJV)

8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.


9 And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by Enrogel, and called all his brethren the king's sons, and all the men of Judah the king's servants:


10 But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not.


11 Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?


12 Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon.


13 Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign?


14 Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.


15 And Bathsheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king.


16 And Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou?


17 And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the Lord thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.


18 And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not:


19 And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the priest, and Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy servant hath he not called.

My dear brothers and sisters, you need to come to the realization that a parting of ways is happening. A new priesthood is now emerging in the body, and the old move is about to fight the new one. The old movie will begin to move in satanic powers, and many will not ever realize it. But the forerunners will help get many who do not ripen first ready to cross over.

1 Kings 1:24-53(KJV)

24 And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?


25 For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king's sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save king Adonijah.


26 But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not called.


27 Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?


28 Then king David answered and said, Call me Bathsheba. And she came into the king's presence, and stood before the king.


29 And the king sware, and said, As the Lord liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress,


30 Even as I sware unto thee by the Lord God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day.


31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live for ever.


32 And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king.


33 The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and bring him down to Gihon:


34 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon.


35 Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.


36 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said, Amen: the Lord God of my lord the king say so too.


37 As the Lord hath been with my lord the king, even so be he with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord king David.


38 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David's mule, and brought him to Gihon.


39 And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Solomon.


40 And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them.


41 And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him heard it as they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city being in an uproar?


42 And while he yet spake, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came; and Adonijah said unto him, Come in; for thou art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings.


43 And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord king David hath made Solomon king.


44 And the king hath sent with him Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they have caused him to ride upon the king's mule:


45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon: and they are come up from thence rejoicing, so that the city rang again. This is the noise that ye have heard.


46 And also Solomon sitteth on the throne of the kingdom.


47 And moreover the king's servants came to bless our lord king David, saying, God make the name of Solomon better than thy name, and make his throne greater than thy throne. And the king bowed himself upon the bed.


48 And also thus said the king, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which hath given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes even seeing it.


49 And all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and went every man his way.


50 And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.


51 And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon: for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me today that he will not slay his servant with the sword.


52 And Solomon said, If he will shew himself a worthy man, there shall not an hair of him fall to the earth: but if wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die.


53 So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came and bowed himself to king Solomon: and Solomon said unto him, Go to thine house.

1 Kings 2:13-27(KJV)

13 And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said, Peaceably.


14 He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she said, Say on.


15 And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign: howbeit the kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother's: for it was his from the Lord.


16 And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And she said unto him, Say on.


17 And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon the king, (for he will not say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the Shunammite to wife.


18 And Bathsheba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto the king.


19 Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king's mother; and she sat on his right hand.


20 Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee; I pray thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my mother: for I will not say thee nay.


21 And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife.

22 And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.


23 Then king Solomon sware by the Lord, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life.


24 Now therefore, as the Lord liveth, which hath established me, and set me on the throne of David my father, and who hath made me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this day.


25 And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.


26 And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the Lord God before David my father, and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted.


27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the Lord; that he might fulfil the word of the Lord, which he spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.

IV. EZEKIEL UNDERSTOOD

Ezekiel understood the prophetic importance of the two priesthoods.

Ezekiel 44:6-17(KJV)

6 And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations,


7 In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations.


8 And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.


9 Thus saith the Lord God; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.


10 And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity.


11 Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them.


12 Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord God, and they shall bear their iniquity.


13 And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.


14 But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein.


15 But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord God:


16 They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.


17 And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.

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