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Last week I studied 1 Chronicles 29, where we read how King David gathered all of the resources necessary to build the temple so that Solomon could do that project. In 1 Chronicles 29:3 KJV he spoke of another fund, "of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house." In verse 4 he gave 3,000 talents of gold and 10,000 talents of silver. This was a considerable amount of money.
Verse 5 then adds, "And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord?" The people themselves then stepped up...
7 and gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents and one hundred thousand talents of iron.
Collectively, they gave more than what David gave as an individual. Scripture does not tell us directly the purpose of this fund, but our own revelation treats it as a fund that was vaulted in what we today would call a national bank. In that this was "offered willingly" (vs. 9), it is clear that it was an offering to God that was not mandatory. Nonetheless, all offerings have value of their own in relation to one's relationship to God. This particular offering was no exception.
According to our revelation, God has connected this offering to the tithe that Abraham gave to Melchizedek when he returned from the battle against the five kings of Shinar. Melchizedek was the builder and ruled as a King-Priest of the City of Salem (i.e., Yeru-Shalayim). The offering in the time of David was at the same city, David being the current high priest of the Order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4).
We are not told in Scripture what Melchizedek did with the tithe that Abraham gave him, but I believe it is safe to say that he used it to build the Kingdom of God which, in his day, was centered in the earthly Jerusalem. The same was true in the time of David, though David himself had to conquer the city that had been usurped by unbelievers. Recall from Joshua 10:3-5 how Joshua himself had to fight another coalition of kings, led by Adoni-zedek, "Lord of Righteousness." The title Adoni-zedek is the equivalent of Melchizedek, "King of Righteousness." Hence, the kings of Jerusalem, though unrighteous, retained the title given to Shem, who built the city.
When David conquered jerusalem, he too was given this title. Still later, when Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the people, in essence, proclaimed Him to be the King who comes in the name of the Lord. He was, in fact, the Melchizedek of His day, although we know that He was founding a heavenly city, the New Jerusalem. Just as Shem's successors were unbelievers and usurpers, so also we see how the earthly Jerusalem was usurped by unbelievers. This could not have been avoided, because, as Paul tells us in Galatians 4:25, this earthly Jerusalem "in mount Sinai in Arabia and answereth to Jerusalem which now is and is in bondage with her children."
In other words, Paul says, the earthly Jerusalem is incapable of bringing forth the promised son. Being linked to Arabia, the inheritance of Hagar and Ishmael, it could not bring forth the true inheritors of the Kingdom. So we ourselves, as the body of Christ, no longer rally around Mount Sinai, nor do we rally around its counterpart, the earthly Jerusalem and its Mount Zion. We rally around Mount Sion, known also as Mount Hermon (Deuteronomy 4:48), the place where Jesus was transfigured (Hebrews 12:22 KJV).
The point is that we today are not connected to Jerusalem's Mount Zion. The earthly city has been disqualified as the capital of the Kingdom. Even Abraham himself sought for the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 11:10 KJV) in "a better country, that is, an heavenly" (Hebrews 11:16 KJV).
So we today have a different vision. We are not Zionists but Sionists, assuming that we have the faith of Abraham and are therefore his sons.
This heavenly city, though, is coming to earth (Revelation 21:2). It originates in heaven, but in God's overall plan, heaven must be married to the earth and become "one flesh." The purpose of God is not to remove us and take us to live in heaven. It is to transform the earth into a place that can manifest heavenly things and be in agreement with the will of God.
This purpose has been thwarted throughout history, due to the imperfect hearts of men and their leaders. It has been near impossible to sustain Kingdom rule in a country or city beyond a single generation. For the past 2,600 years, the earth has been given over to a Babylonian succession of beast empires. This has made it impossible to build the Kingdom, other than on an individual level of believers. But Babylon's time of authority has ended, and we are now witnessing its fall from power.
At the same time, we are now called to build the Kingdom in a way that goes beyond mere evangelism. Evangelism has brought in many citizens of the Kingdom who support Jesus' throne rights. Our King is Jesus, but His rule has been disputed for nearly 2,000 years (Luke 19:14), first by the Jews and later by the corrupt church, whose king-priests have been more comparable to Adoni-zedek the usurper in Joshua 10:3 than to the true Melchizedeks. These disputes have now been resolved fully in the divine court, and the outcome only awaits His coming to claim His throne and enforce divine judgment upon the usurpers (Luke 19:27).
I have written before that every kingdom has four elements: a King, Citizens, Laws, and territory. God's Kingdom began in the garden, but since Adam's sin, we have never seen the fullness of that Kingdom. It was reconstituted under Moses, but because the people refused to go up the Mount, the foundation of that kingdom was the Old Covenant, based on the will of man. That kingdom reached its apex under David and Solomon, but then it declined until both Israel and Judah went into their respective captivities. It should have been brought in when Jesus came, but He was rejected. It should have been set up by the church, but it too became corrupted.
Today we are finally seeing the time where the Kingdom will succeed. Jesus will be the King; the overcoming remnant will be partakers of the first resurrection; His laws will be established in the earth; and whole territories will proclaim Him King. As Babylon falls in each of its aspects, it will need to be replaced by something "better" (to use the word in the book of Hebrews). Among the things that need to be replaced will be the laws (or traditions) of men, political rulers, economic, financial, and banking systems, along with ungodly culture and social norms.
Today we are building a temple, not a physical temple that honors the earthly Jerusalem, nor a reinstated Old Covenant priesthood that would sacrifice animals. It must be founded on Christ, who is the Mediator of the New Covenant. This Kingdom will take a long time to build, and not every nation will be part of it for the next thousand years. Most of the people on the earth will have to learn new things, depending on how much they have studied the word of God. People will continue to engage in agriculture, mining, ranching, manufacturing, etc., for these things will be needed in a sustainable kingdom. Only the overcoming remnant who are resurrected or changed into His likeness will have no need for such things. But they will constitute a tiny minority.
This brings us to our present course of action. We have already set up the infrastructure of a new banking system. This has taken a long time to accomplish, but God has given certain people the wisdom and knowledge to do this. But in doing this, our heavenly Father has given us the pattern in 1 Chronicles 29, showing us that we are to set up a Melchizedek Vault. We currently know very little about its purpose, other than that fiat money (cash) is to be converted to gold and is to be held in God's Vault.
As we see in the case of David himself, we are to allow others to participate in this. God does not need money, of course, nor even do we. The amount is not an issue. But yet if any of you wishes to participate, you can send to GKM an offering earmarked for the Melchizedek Vault, and I will pass this on.
David was the high priest of the Order of Melchizedek in his day, so we may say that their offerings were put into the Melchizedek Vault. A steward was set over the vault--in this case, "Jehiel, the Gershonite" (1 Chronicles 29:8), a descendant of Moses' son, Gershon. (By the way, Moses had all the characteristics of a high priest of Melchizedek as well, although this is not stated specifically in Scripture.) I believe that Jehiel was probably the first steward of the treasury who was given the key of David--the key to the treasury (Isaiah 22:22). Later, this position was held by Shebna and then Eliakim (Isaiah 22:15, 20).
That situation proved to be prophetic of future things, as we learn from Revelation 3:7. The prophecy, no doubt, has had many layers of fulfillment, depending on the time in which people were seeing it. I cannot do a deeper study about that. My focus is on what to do today.
Revelation 3:9 seems to suggest that the current financial system is to be understood prophetically as "the synagogue of Satan." It is also Shebna in Isaiah 22:15. Particularly since 1913-1914, Babylon has enslaved the world primarily through its power to create money as a debt, rather than as an asset. Currencies are debt notes being traded for real assets. Those who hold large amounts of this debt are said to be wealthy.
The Melchizedek Vault represents a break from the world's financial system, and it marks the start of something new that is coming to the earth. Just as David did not fund it all by himself, but allowed others to participate in it, so also is it with us. Jesus finished His work on the cross, but then His body was also to be crucified with Christ, participating in His work. In a way, offerings allow people to participate in the work of God on whatever level that may be. This principle is seen in the case of something as simple as a cup of cold water being given to "a righteous man" (Matthew 10:41, 42). It is a way of participating in the reward given to that righteous man.
So also, those of you who have sown into GKM over the years can expect to receive a share in whatever reward God gives to GKM itself.
This Melchizedek Vault is no different. The reward is still somewhat sketchy, but our revelation links it to Abraham, who was promised an inheritance in the Promised Land. On one level, he was given the land of Canaan, but this was only a type and shadow of a "better country." Nonetheless, his tithe to Melchizedek secured the promise by his participation in the reward of the righteous man, Melchizedek, who had founded the earthly Jerusalem.
This was prophetic of something greater yet to come at the end of the present age, relative to the heavenly Jerusalem. We are securing an interest in the new financial system of the Kingdom. It is certainly not mandatory for anyone--other than for Jesus Himself, who bought the Kingdom with His own blood.
If I get more revelation on this, I will share it later.