I don't know about Melchizedek. For years I was convinced he was Jesus Christ, until I read a commentator who gives a lot of attention to the words
of the Bible.
Hebrews 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto
the Son of
God; abideth a priest continually.
It's that "like unto" that makes me doubt it was the Lord, in which case Shem would the most likely candidate.
But my answer is I don't know.
Those are the clouds of heaven indeed, but not this earth's heaven (I.E. the atmosphere) but the third heaven's, up above the universe (which is the
There are clouds in the third heaven, and those are spoken of in numerous places, especially in the Psalms.
They're associated with chariots and hence the rapture (remember Elijah).
Psalm 104:3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot
: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
When the Bible says
1Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds
, to meet the Lord in the
air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
it's not talking about the sky's clouds but clouds like the one that picked the Lord up
Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received
him out of their sight.
How could a cumulo-nimbus carry a body out of the atmosphere, into deep space, past Alpha Draconis, and into the third heaven?
Hope that helps.
I'm about to go to sleep so I'll keep it as simple as I can for now, but which other Bible would you suggest and why?
If none, then the words were not preserved.
I know the argument might sound simplistic, but it's deeper than meets the eye. That and simplicity is commended by Paul
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