The first century BCE text was found among the Dead Sea Scrolls in Cave 11 and was composed of 13 fragments and focused on the end time and the coming deliverance of Melchizedek. This non-canonical text speaks of the rebellion of Satan/Belial and of the promised destruction of Satan in the end times.
This document pre-dates Christ by at least a century. This document adds credibility to the doctrine that Melchizedek and Christ are one and the same. This adds weight to the Hebrews account of describing Jesus as being a priest of the order of Melchizedek because here Melchizedek is described as performing the same function Christ is prophecied to fulfill in Revelation 20.
Hebrews 5:5 So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. 6 And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
The author of Hebrews is quoting:
Psalm 110:4 The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
Satan’s demise is supposed to happen on the Day of Atonement at the end of the tenth Jubilee cycle. This supports the teaching that the Day of Atonement is a Holy Day that depicts, via the ritual of the Scapegoat (Azazel goat), of Satan’s banishment for 1,000 years. Leviticus 16:8-10. Young’s Literal Translation uses the more accurate phrase ‘goat of departure.’ See also Saving Humanity: God’s Plan
Source for the text is: The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English by Geza Vermes; Penguin Books – Pages 500-502
Note: … indicates sections of the text illegible and thus untranslatable.
The Heavenly Prince Melchizedek
… And concerning that which He said, In this year of Jubilee each of you shall return to his property (Lev. 25:13) and likewise, And this is the manner of release: every creditor shall release that which he has lent to his neighbour. He shall not exact it of his neighbour and his brother, for God’s release has been proclaimed (Deut. 15:2). And it will be proclaimed at the end of days concerning the captives as He said, To proclaim liberty to the captives (Isa. 61:1). Its interpretation is that He will assign them to the Sons of Heaven and to the inheritance of Melchizedek; for He will cast their lot amid the portions ofMelchizedek, who will return them there and will proclaim to them liberty, forgiving them the wrong-doings of all their iniquities.
And this thing will occur in the first week of the Jubilee that follows the nine Jubilees. And the Day of Atonement is the end of the tenth Jubilee, when all the Sons of Light and the men of the lot of Melchizedek will be atoned for. And a statue concerns them to provide them with their rewards. For this is the moment of the Year of Grace for Melchizedek. And he will, by his strength, judge the holy ones of God, executing judgement as it is written concerning him in the 10 Songs of David, who said, ELOHIM has taken his place in the divine council in the midst of the gods he holds judgement (Psalms 82:1). And it was concerning him that he said, Let the assembly of the peoples return to the height above them; EL (god) will judge the peoples (Psalms 7:7-8). As for that which he said, How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah (Psalms 82:2), its interpretation concerns Belial and the spirits of his lot who rebelled by turning away from the precepts God to … And Melchizedek will avenge the vengeance of the judgements of God … and he will drag them from the hand of Belial and from the hand of all of the spirits of his lot. And all the ‘gods of Justice’ will come to his aid to attend to the destruction of Belial.
And the height is … all the sons of God … this …
This is the day of Peace/Salvation concerning which God spoke through Isaiah the prophet, who said, How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who proclaims peace, who brings good news, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion: Your ELOHIM reigns (Isa. 3:7). Its interpretation; the mountains are the prophets … and the messenger is the Anointed one of the spirit, concerning whom Daniel said, Until an anointed one, a prince (Dan. 9:25) … And he who brings good news, who proclaims salvation: it is concerning him that it is written. … To comfort all who mourn, to grant to those who mourn in Zion (Isa. 61:2-3). To comfort those who mourn: its interpretation, to make them understand all the ages of time … In truth … will turn away from Belial … by the judgements of God, as it is written concerning him, who says to Zion; your ELOHIM reigns. Zion is …, those who uphold the Covenant, who turn from walking in the way of the people. And your ELOHIM is Melchizedek, who will save them from the hand of Belial. As for that He said, Then you shall send abroad the trumpet in all the land (Lev. 25:9) …
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