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Melchizedek and the Passover Lamb

The Yahushaic Covenant volume iii
Melchizedek and the Passover Lamb

Rav Sha'ul

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The arranged marriages of High Priest Yahusha III's daughters
by Rav Sha'ul

 

The future husbands of these 3 Zadokite heiresses (3 daughters of Yahusha III) were carefully chosen according to their bloodline. They were selected from among the lions of Judah (descendants of the Kingly line of David through Solomon) and men of noted priestly lineage of The House of Zadok:

·        Hanna (the mother of Miriam) was given in marriage to a Davidian and Maccabee prince, Alexander III Helios called Eli.

·        JoAnna was given in marriage to a Davidian Nasi and Prince of Israel, Joachim.

·        Elizebeth (the mother of John the Baptist) was given in marriage to a noted priest, Zacharias of the course of Abijah.

NOTE: Elizabeth was betrothed to be the wife of a priest of a noted Zadok priestly lineage and from the line of Judah. Since Elizabeth was an heiress of the Zadok house of her father the High Priest Yahusha III and her husband was of the Tribe of Levi, her son, Prince John the Baptist, would be eligible to become the High Priest and King of Israel making him a potential candidate for Messiah. Yet, it was John’s role to become the chosen High Priest of YHVH and to transfer the sins of the Passover Lamb onto Yahusha as the fulfillment of Elijah.

This is the reason many Jews of that time believed John to be The Messiah. John too was well known among the Jews living in Israel coming from royal descent and carefully cultivated lineage… while we are led to believe John was some "wild guy yelling at the top of his lungs" in the middle of nowhere and the masses just happen to "wander out to see him", actually he was very well known. The Jews knew he was a High Priest by blood and descendent of the Davidian Dynasty. That is why they came out to see and hear him. John was qualified by blood on both sides of Zadokite High Priest and Royal Davidian descent just like Yahusha the Messiah was, his cousin. They suspected he might be The Messiah.

Prince John the Baptist (I'll explain why he was considered a Prince by law), however, knew he wasn’t the Messiah. In fact, Princess Miriam (I'll explain why she too was considered a Princess by law) was sent to live with her auntie Elizabeth (John’s mother) after being told by Angelic Decree that her son was The Messiah.

Again while we are led to believe Yahseph (Joseph) “put her away silently” because he was embarrassed that she was with child and couldn’t explain it. That is not at all the truth. Yahseph put her away silently with Elizabeth (who was in protective custody) to protect her and his son from King Herod! During this time, Prince John was made intimately aware by his mother that the baby in his cousin Miriam’s womb was the prophesied Messiah by Angelic Decree. John would later learn from his father that his role was to pave the way for him as High Priest, mentor him, and as prophesied “make straight his path” as Elijah. More on this later.

It would be Prince John the Baptist the grandson of Yahusha III the High Priest that would be heir to the office of the High Priest. This made John uniquely qualified (as The Zadokite High Priest in succession to Yahusha III) to Mikveh (consecrate) Yahusha the Messiah as the next High Priest in succession. Yahusha was the next male heir after John to Yahusha III.

 

JoAnna and Hanna eligible by law to give birth to Princes and Princesses

I have been referring to John as a Prince and Miriam as a Princess... why? I stated that they were considered royalty at that time. This is because JoAnna and Hannah (daughters of High Priest Yahusha III) were betrothed to husbands of the House of David as very young girls. According to the royal primogenitor law they were eligible to be mothers of Prince and Princesses of the House of David. According to the ruling of the Great Sanhedrin in 37 BCE, their sons would also be eligible to sit on the throne of David as the King of Israel. If YHVH so willed, it was possible that either one of these girls could be blessed to be the mother of the expectant messiah. Therefore Miriam, the daughter of Hannah, was a Princess in the Davidian Dynasty bloodline by law! John the son of Elizabeth was a Prince by law. But that is not all. Mirian was also a Maccabean Princess on her father Eli’s side as well, as Eli was a Maccabee Prince named Alexander III Helios. Princess Miriam was far from some unknown peasant living in Judea, she was a Davidian and Maccabean Princess groomed carefully to give birth to The Messiah and kept in protective custody of The Temple.

NOTE: Keep in mind that only royalty kept their lineage back to the Davidian Dynasty. It is so even today with Royalty as they carefully interbreed, protect, and document their lineage. It must be noted here that Yahusha was well aware of his lineage on both sides of his family tree because being royalty himself this was carefully kept for him. He taught these royal lineages to his disciples in Matthew and Luke (probably more lineages in Mark and John that were "lost"). Again, this only makes sense in the context of Miriam and Yahseph being of royal descent. If Miriam and Yahseph were just unknown ordinary Jews living in obscurity in Israel they would not have known their lineage to King David and even all the way back to Adam. They would not have been qualified to bring The Messiah into this world.

This becomes extremely important when Yahusha is accused of blasphemy when he said he was the son of God (Yahusha ben Yahuah). Yahusha explained to the accusing Jews that his references to “son of God” was because he could trace his lineage back to Adam who had no parents and was called Adam ben Yahuah (Adam the son of God). Since all male descendents were considered “sons” of their fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers, and so on, Yahusha’s claim to “son of God” was by blood lineage to Adam. When Yahusha explained this to his accusers, they recognized this reality and accepted his claim. Only to later bring that same charge against him again. At that point Yahusha saw no need to continue defending himself. He was innocent of blasphemy never claiming himself to be God but the son of God through Adam and had already proved it to them. That is why Yahusha died “innocent” of the charge of blasphemy. Not because, as the Christian Church teaches, he was God; but because he was not God and never claimed to be God. His claim was the son of God through Adam.
 

Eli the father of Miriam and Grandfather of Yahusha

Miriam’s father was Eli or Heli. Eli was the son of the future Maccabee Queen Alexandra II, who at this time was known by her Jewish name, Esther of Jerusalem. Heli, the shortened nickname for Helios (“The Sun”), was a descendant of both the Maccabee Kings of Judea and a prince of the House of David, for his father was Matthan ben Levi, a Davidian Prince who was first married in his youth to the vivacious royal princess, Elizabeth of Jerusalem. This royal lineage was passed on to Yahusha the Messiah.

Princess Miriam’s childhood

Princess Miriam, the young maiden, was called a “child of sorrow”. Miriam’s father Prince Alexander III Helios, was executed by King Herod the Great in a series of persecutions or pogrom against the Davidians. It was Herod’s attempt to eliminate any rival to the throne of Judea. The death of Heli occurred (according to Davidian genealogist David Hughes) around 15 BCE. The young maiden Miraim was placed in protective custody along with her mother Hannah (who served in The Temple until she died). Miriam was placed in the Order of the Temple-Virgins until she was eligible for marriage about the year of her bat Mitzvoth at the age of 12-13 years of age. At which point she was given in marriage to a your lion of Judah or Davidian Prince named Yahseph (Joseph). The reason Yahseph readily excepted Miriam’s explanation for why she was with child is because… it made perfect sense to him. He knew that he and his young fiancé were being groomed to give birth to The Messiah. He also knew that ALL major players in the Plan of YHVH were born miraculous births: John the Baptist, Sampson, Isaac, and others. So knowing all of this it would stand to reason to young Yahseph that indeed… he was the father of the chosen Messiah. This is why he sent Princess Miriam to live with her auntie Elizabeth. Elizabeth was already living under the watchful eye of protective custody with her son Prince John.

Daughters of Jerusalem

We see several references to these women held in protective custody of The Temple. They, as royals, were known as “Daughters of Jerusalem”. Only once we realize who these women were (and there blood relation to Yahusha) can we understand statements made by The Messiah. Below we see Yahusha speaking to his aunties (all royal Daughters of Jerusalem in protective custody being daughters of the High Priest Yahusha III). These women all played a major role in Yahusha's life as they literally help to raise him as a child:

Luke 23:28

Yahusha turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.

Now it makes sense. His aunties and their children were all in danger as well.

We also see that Yahusha was taken to see his grandmother Hannah in The Temple (where she was in protective custody) when he was consecrated. Below we see that Hannah’s true identity as a Zadokite Princess and daughter of Yahusha III had been concealed by The Temple to protect her from the wrath of Herod. Below she is referred to as "the daughter of Penuel". After the death of Hanna's husband at the hands of Herod, Hannah returned to Temple service because she was actually the daughter of the High Priest Yahusha III not Penuel as we will see:

Luke 2

36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher (this is her new identity). She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage (not a long marriage), 37 and then was a widow (by Herod)until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple (she was in protective custody) but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying (for the lives of her children and grandchildren who were being hunted by Herod). 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child (her grandson) to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

We don’t know what Hannah “spoke about the child” but no doubt being his grandmother and daughter of Yahusha III it probably was to witness to Yahusha’s lineage as a Zadokite High Priest (as that lineage was being carefully concealed). The conversation probably went something like "look, I am not the daughter of Penuel but Yahusha III, placed in protective custody of The Temple. This child is my heir and heir to both the House of Zadok and the Davidian Dynasty. He is the redemption of Jerusalem."

As young girl, Miriam was taken to the temple with Hanna and lived as a child protégé in the custody of the temple (a Daughter of Jerusalem). There she was an eye-witness to the exaltation of the divine ministry of the priests in the Temple of Herod. The construction project to transform this ancient temple into the most glorious temple in the entire Roman Empire by Herod the Great was started just prior to Miriam’s birth in 20 BCE. This construction would continue throughout her lifetime.

These were the tender impressionistic years, where she witnessed the high priests transported to the throne of the Almighty in the beautiful and glorious temple rituals that commanded all the senses of the beholder. If there was a young Jewish maiden, who knew and understood the true halakhic observance of what Torah life was like, it was the Princess Miriam. Surrounded by the priests speaking Hebrew, listening to the international delegations speaking Greek, who came from nations around the world, and daily listening to construction workers speaking Aramaic and the Roman guards speaking Latin, Princess Miriam no doubt absorbed and mastered the life of a poly-linguist. She no doubt passed all this knowledge on to her son Yahusha who was being groomed to become The Messiah. Here in the most awesome monument of religious expression, Herod the Great erected his image of religious power, as the Temple of Herod rose as the largest platformed temple in the entire Roman Empire all under the watchful eye of Princess Miriam.

Grief and sorrow as a child would remain with Miriam the rest of her life. This grief culminated as she watched her firstborn son, driven to the “cross” by whips on the road to his execution as a royal Davidian Prince and an heir of the Zadokite High Priesthood of Israel. The Roman procurator Pontius Pilate abducted his responsibility and gave defacto authority to the hands of the feared family of high priests, Ananias and Caiphas, from the House of Hanan, for the execution of Yahusha. But “why” would the High Priest in Israel at the time want to execute the obvious Messiah instead of anoint him King?

Next: Why Caiphas wanted to kill Yahusha

 

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