Episode:The Third Epochal Revelation to Urantia (Part 3)
94:7-10.4, p. 1021
The Salem missionaries of Melchizedek carried his gospel of belief and faith in God to many regions of the world. And though their work presents a heroic chapter in the annals of the human race, only in Palestine did the idea of one God gain lasting favor. Machiventa ended his emergency mission suddenly, just as he began it, leaving his students, and Abraham and his descendants, to nurture the new Salem religion.
Summary by Kermit
Commentary on Melchizedek’s covenant with Abraham: “This covenant of Melchizedek with Abraham represents the great Urantian agreement between divinity and humanity whereby God agrees to do everything; man only agrees to believe God’s promises and follow his instructions.”
This is not to say that God intervenes in our daily outer life to deliver us from our path of effort, struggle, conflict, etc. He is not a magical God. Rather, He does everything consistent with a creator in his loving relations with his creature children. The “belief” called for from the creature must surpass faith and attain the level of trust.
7. The Melchizedek Missionaries
While the Salem missionaries penetrated to the far corners of the world, their results were vague and indefinite, due to the extreme backwardness of the indigenous peoples. Only in Palestine did the idea of one God claim the continued allegiance of a whole tribe or race. Long before the coming of Jesus, the Salem teachings had become submerged in the older superstitions and beliefs, being absorbed in the beliefs in the Great Mother, the Sun, and others. It is ever thus, that unless you allow revelation to cleanse your belief systems of preconceived opinions, settled ideas, and long standing prejudices, new truth is powerless to find recognition let alone realization, appreciation, and love in your heart.
Interestingly, elsewhere in the revelation we find that the Great Mother beliefs themselves had their origin in the offspring of Cain, Eve’s son by Cano.
8. Departure of Melchizedek
Machiventa disappeared as unceremoniously as he had appeared after ninety-four years in the flesh. Among the reasons for Machiventa’s decision to end his mission in the flesh were the following:
- Surrounding tribes as well as his immediate associates came to regard him as a demigod leading to their treating him with undue reverence and even superstitious fear.
- He wanted to leave well enough in advance of Abraham’s death to insure the establishment of the truth of the one and only God in the minds of his followers.
9. After Melchizedek’s Departure
Abraham was greatly tried by Melchizedek’s departure. The traditions of these days did become the foundation for Moses’s leadership of the Hebrews and their flight from Egypt, notwithstanding the fact that Abraham’s Salem organization nearly disappeared upon Melchizedek’s departure.
The author’s narrative here provides key clues to Hebrew history and while not spelling out this history in great detail, he does provide key pieces of information with which a serious student can work through the information in our records and find threads of truth. A good example of this is the explanation of the Old Testament conversations between Abraham and God. In reality, these were conversations with Melchizedek, as were the many contacts of Abraham and Sarah with “the angel of the Lord”. We still have to do our homework. Most enlightening is the single paragraph wherein the en masse re-working of the Hebrew scriptures spawned by the Babylonian captivity, resulting in the loss of more complete records of these days is explained. (Here’s more coordination of essential knowledge).
While Melchizedek’s teaching was full and replete, and many of the Hebrew priests had some understanding of these early events, later priests found the records of these days seemingly impossible and fantastic. Within five hundred years many regarded the whole narrative as a myth. The major casualty of losing sight of Melchizedek was that his mission to prepare the way for the promised bestowal son all but failed. By the time Michael appeared in the flesh, very few of the Hebrews were able or willing to receive him as the promised son as foretold by Machiventa.
But again, the revelators point to the Book of Hebrews to highlight the passage concerning the unfortunate comparison between Melchizedek and Christ, yet, salvaging the thread of truth that Christ did receive provisional title to Urantia upon the orders of the Melchizedek receivers.
10. Present Status of Machiventa Melchizedek
Being an emergency bestowal, neither resurrection roll call nor ending of a planetary dispensation marked Machiventa’s appearance or departure. Notwithstanding the apparent ad hoc nature of Machiventa’s bestowal, he did not end his sojourn in the flesh until he was duly released by the Father Melchizedek and informed of the approval of his mission by Gabriel.
The nature and timing of this communication with Salvington based personnel remains a puzzle, when one takes into account the quarantine in place since the planetary rebellion.
It’s sad to record that of the descendants of those who believed in his teachings while he was in the flesh, only the progeny of Abraham through Isaac thence to the Kenites continued to nourish any clear concept of the Salem teachings.
We ended our reading with 93:10.4, a most intriguing little paragraph telling us that in the succeeding nineteen centuries, Melchizedek collaborated with the many prophets and seers, endeavoring to keep alive the truths of Salem until the fullness of the time for Michael’s appearance on earth.