Who is Melchizedek?

From earliest antiquity there has always been one great initiatic centre on earth which commanded all others. All the lesser centres were branches of this unique centre, whose light has never ceased to shine throughout the centuries.

To guarantee the continuity of this flame, there had to be a being who possessed all powers and all knowledge; a being who could be God’s representative on earth; a being who would never die. And such a being actually exists.

Melchizedek meets Abraham
He is mentioned under different names in all the spiritual traditions of the world; there can be no doubt as to his existence. In the Hebrew tradition he is known as Melchizedek. In Genesis Moses tells us that Melchizedek brought bread and wine to Abraham and that Abraham gave him the tenth part of his spoils of war.

St Paul also speaks of Melchizedek in his Epistle to the Hebrews: “This King Melchizedek of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham as he was returning from defeating the kings and blessed him; and to him Abraham apportioned one-tenth of everything. His name, in the first place, means ‘king of righteousness’; next he is also king of Salem, that is, ‘king of peace.’ Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.”

All decisions concerning the destiny of mankind come from Melchizedek
You will ask: ‘But if he had no father or mother, how was he created?’ A being who is God’s representative on earth is all-powerful in respect to matter. He can form an etheric body that is capable of lasting until the end of time, and he can also disintegrate it at will.

Of all God’s representatives it is Melchizedek—whose name means ‘king of justice—who has the most important role to play on earth. He is the judge of the living and the dead, and all decisions concerning the destiny of mankind come from him.

Teacher of all the initiates
All the high initiates received instruction from him: Hermes Trismegistus was an aspect of Melchizedek, and also Orpheus, Moses, Pythagoras, Plato, Buddha, and Zoroaster, all the greatest initiates were taught by him—even Jesus.

It was Melchizedek who delegated the three Magi to represent his kingdom in paying homage to Jesus, because Jesus was the incarnation of the Divine Principle, of the Word made flesh. But Melchizedek, representative of the living God, who has neither beginning nor end, has a different role to play.

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Sèvres, January 4, 1959

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