ELDER BEEBE: – if not asking too much, or consuming too much of your valuable time, I should be very glad if you would give your views or opinion of Melchisedec through the SIGNS, whether he was anything more than a man. As this is the first time I ever troubled you for your views, I shall be glad if you will answer.
Plymouth, Ill., Jan. 9, 1880
REPLY. – That Melchisedec was a man who lived in the flesh in the days of Abraham, there can be no reasonable doubt; and that he was also king of Salem, and a priest of the Most High God, is equally evident. His priesthood was prior to, and of a different order from, that of the sons of Levi, and so far superior to it that Levi, while yet in the loins of his great-grandfather, paid tithes to and received blessing from Melchisedec; who, though a man in the flesh, and like all other men, had parents, yet his “descent was not counted,” or given, that the type might be the more perfect, and the order of his priesthood more strikingly emblematic of the priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is not said of him as a man, but as a priest and king, that he was without father and without mother, and that he was made in these respects like unto, or a perfect type of, the great High Priest of our profession. In the type he is without father or mother, or beginning of days or end of life; no descent is given in the type of beginning or end. Unlike all other kings and priests, his priesthood and kingly office were without any predecessor or successor. Neither of his offices were hereditary; and in these particulars, as also in what his name and titles signified, he was an eminent type of the Son of God, as King of righteousness and peace, and Priest of the Most High God.
For a more elaborate expression of our views on this subject, we refer our correspondent to the SIGNS OF THE TIMES, Vol xv., No. 24, Vol. xix., No. 2, and Vol. xxxii., No. 24.
Elder Gilbert Beebe – Editorial
Middletown, N. Y., February 1, 1880
Signs of the Times
Volume 48, No. 3
February 1, 1880